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Uncle Edgar's Newsletter 96
Recently Received & Forthcoming Books
Alphabetical by Author
Akitada #8: The Fires of the Gods
11th-century Japan: After losing his job, Akitada ends up suspected of murdering the nobleman responsible for his dismissal. With no income and a growing family to support, Akitada desperately plunges into the investigation of this crime, aided by his faithful servant Tora, inadvertently placing not only his own life, but also the lives of his wife and child, in grave danger.
Novel, 247 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2011 HC
Severn House - 2011 - ISBN: 1847513212 / 9781847513212
Book Condition: New.
Carter Ross #2: Eyes of the Innocent
When a fire in Newark, New Jersey, kills two young boys left home alone, their mother spins investigative reporter Carter Ross a tale of woe, but he soon discovers she isn't what she seems - and neither was the fire.
Novel, 292 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2011 HC
St. Martin's Minotaur - 2012 - ISBN: 1250002281 / 9781250002280
Book Condition: New.
Penzler, Otto (editor)
Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop
Seventeen stories with a holiday theme, each previously published only as a limited-edition chapbook.
Introduction == Otto Penzler
Give Till It Hurts == Donald E. Westlake
Schemes and Variations == George Baxt
The Theft of the Rusty Bookmark == Edward D. Hoch
Murder for Dummies == Ron Goulart
As Dark as Christmas Gets == Lawrence Block
The Holiday Fairy == Jeremiah Healy
I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus == Ed McBain
The Grift of the Magi == S.J. Rozan
My Object All Sublime == Anne Perry
Christmas Spirit == Michael Malone
The Lesson of the Season == Thomas H. Cook
Yule Be Sorry == Lisa Michelle Atkinson
The Long Winter's Nap == Rupert Holmes
Cold Reading == Charles Ardai
The Killer Christian == Andrew Klavan
The 74th Tale == Jonathan Santlofer
What's in a Name? == Mary Higgins Clark
Anthology, 257 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC
1914: Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley learns from his brother Matthew, an officer in the Intelligence Service, that his parents have died in an automobile crash en route to London. They were to turn over to Matthew a document so damning that it would disgrace England and destroy the civilized world. Now it has vanished. How had it fallen into the hands of their father, a quiet countryman? Then Joseph's most gifted student is murdered. England's peace is cracking, as the distance between the assassination of an Austrian archduke and the murder of a brilliant university student grows shorter by the day.
Novel, 363 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 2003)
While the Ellison girls were out paying calls like proper Victorian ladies, a maid in their household was strangled to death. Quiet young Inspector Pitt investigates, and finds no one above suspicion. As his questioning causes many a composed facade to crumble, Pitt finds himself drawn to Charlotte Ellison. But surely a romance between a society girl and so unsuitable a suitor is impossible, especially in the midst of a murder inquiry.
Novel, 287 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1979)
Inspector Pitt is amazed at the sight: the corpse of a peer of the realm, sitting at the reins of a hansom cab. Who would want to exhume a decently buried chap like Lord Augustus Fitzroy-Hammond? A doctor insists that the old man's death was natural, but there's certainly nothing natural about this gristly aftermath.
Novel, 216 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1981)
A boy has been found in the filthy sewers of one of Victorian London's most dangerous slums, violated and then murdered. When the boy's upper class family refuses to answer questions, Inspector Pitt wonders what secrets they hiding; his wife Charlotte is determined to find out.
Novel, 275 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1984)
When womanizing aristocrat George March is found dead over his morning coffee, his family decides to deal with the scandal as discreetly and quickly as possible: they accuse March's wife Emily of the murder. Emily's sister Charlotte and her husband, Inspector Thomas Pitt, take on the seemingly irreproachable March clan, and uncover a web of corruption and depravity that leads from the elegant town house to the slums of Victorian London - and to yet another murder.
Novel, 297 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1987)
Asked to conduct a discreet investigation into the unsolved murder of a diplomat, Inspector Thomas Pitt is all too aware that his superiors simply want things smoothed over. It's up to Pitt's wellborn wife Charlotte and her sister Emily to garner information from the man's high society family. Privy to conversations that would never reach the ears of a policeman, they find a secret so shocking it will lead to more deaths - including, quite possibly, Pitt's own.
Novel, 345 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1988)
Sir Lockwood Hamilton, the kindest of family men and most conscientious member of Parliament, is elegantly attired, tied to the lamppost on Westminster Bridge, and quite dead, his throat cut. Before Inspector Thomas Pitt can even speculate on the reasons, a colleague of Sir Lockwood's meets the same fate in the same spot. Charlotte Pitt scouts society's drawing rooms for clues to these appalling crimes.
Novel, 313 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1990)
Arson results in a woman's death in a quiet London suburb. But was she the intended victim, or was her husband? Or did he set the blaze himself to inherit her fortune? With clues scarce, Inspector Thomas Pitt turns to the woman's distinguished relatives, hoping for answers. Meanwhile, Charlotte retraces the dangerous path the woman walked in the last months of her life, and finds a sinister web that stretches from the lowest slums to the loftiest centers of power.
Novel, 330 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1991)
When evidence appears to implicate a young diplomat in a prostitute's murder, the young man's immensely powerful father makes it clear that Superintendent Thomas Pitt is to arrest someone else for the murder. But Pitt stubbornly pursues an investigation full of twists and turns. Is the young man guilty, or is he being framed?
Novel, 405 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1996)
A meeting is arranged between Protestant and Catholic factions to discuss Irish Home Rule, but the negotiations seem doomed after the government official moderating the meeting is murdered. Unless Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte can root out the truth, Ireland may collapse into civil war.
Novel, 373 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1997)
The battle over Charles Darwin's theory of evolution intensifies when the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by his assistant Unity Bellwood, a woman whose feminism and aggressive Darwinism he finds appalling. When Unity, three months pregnant, tumbles to her death, Superintendent Thomas Pitt is certain that one of the three deeply devout men in the house committed murder. Could it have been the Reverend Parmenter? His handsome curate? Or his son, a fervent Roman Catholic?
Novel, 389 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1998)
Although General Balantyne denies all knowledge of the shabbily dressed victim who has been murdered on his doorstep, Superintendent Thomas Pitt finds a rare snuffbox, last seen in the general's study, in the dead man's pocket. The superintendent must tread lightly, however, lest his investigation trigger a tragedy.
Novel, 330 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1999)
Thomas Pitt of Her Majesty's Special Branch is summoned to a mansion, where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, a beautiful Egyptian woman, now prime suspect in the murder. Pitt's orders are to protect at all costs the good name of the third person in the garden: a senior cabinet minister, rumored to be the woman's lover, who insists she is innocent. Pitt's search for the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to a London slum, and ultimately to a packed London courtroom.
Novel, 345 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 2003)
After an anarchist attack, two of the culprits are captured and the leader is shot . . . but by whom? As Thomas Pitt of the Special Branch delves into the case, clues suggest that the mastermind was Inspector Wetron, the shadowy leader of the Inner Circle, who is using his influence with the press to stir up fear, and to rush a bill through Parliament that would severely curtail civil liberties. To defeat Wetron, Pitt must ally with his old enemy Sir Charles Voisey.
Novel, 323 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 2005)
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. But the accident that felled him has left him without his memory; his entire past has vanished. As he tries to hide the truth, Monk returns to work and is assigned to investigate the murder of a Crimean War hero and man about town. Which is difficult, since Monk has forgotten his professional skills along with everything else.
Novel, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1990)
A talented nurse, who had worked with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, meets sudden death by strangulation in a London hospital. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate, and turns to his unconventional friend Hester Latterly, another of Miss Nightingale's nurses, and barrister Oliver Rathbone for assistance.
Novel, 439 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1993)
Nurse Hester Latterly accompanies Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London, which takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. When the postmortem reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder. To save Hester from the gallows, detective William Monk will have to find a calculating killer among the prominent Farraline clan.
Novel, 436 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1994)
William Monk #09: A Breach of Promise (UK title: Whited Sepulchres)
In a sensational breach-of-promise case, two wealthy social climbers are suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter Zillah. The defendant is young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he cannot marry her. Baffled by his client's refusal, barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone turns to detective William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, the case suddenly ends, in an outcome that no one - except a ruthless murderer - could have foreseen.
Novel, 374 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1998)
Police superintendent William Monk notices a young couple engaged in an intense discussion. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the Thames. Accident, suicide, or murder? The woman planned to marry the man who shared her fate, and her father had recently died in a supposed suicide. But after the woman's friends share their suspicions, Monk and his intrepid wife Hester search for answers to mysteries surrounding all three deaths.
Novel, 340 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 2006)
Fall of the Welfare State #1: Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End
Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, a complex web of international espionage, greed, incompetence, and work by a shoddy Swedish intelligence force lead to the murder of the prime minister.
Novel, 551 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC