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Uncle Edgar's Newsletter 96
Recently Received & Forthcoming Books
Alphabetical by Author
O'Donnell, Peter (writer) / Romero, Enric Badia (artist)
Modesty Blaise: Million Dollar Game: Butch Cassidy Rides Again / Million Dollar Game / The Vampire of Malvescu
Reprints classic black & white comic strips featuring three adventures of detective Modesty Blaise and her trusty henchman Willie Garvin.
Graphic Novel, Trade Paperback, 1st Edition
Titan - 2011 - ISBN: 1848566751 / 9781848566750
Book Condition: New.
Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania
Having resolved a delicate matter in Bucharest, Holmes and Watson are about to return home when Watson receives a distressing letter from his niece Mina, now living in Budapest. It seems her lawyer husband Janos has not returned from a business trip to Castle Dracula.
Novel, 239 pages, Trade Paperback, Print on Demand
1880: Tuberculosis victims are flocking to the health resort of Manitou, Colorado. But Inez Stannert is headed there to reunite with her son and her sister. On the stagecoach, East Coast businessman Edward Pace dies mysteriously. His widow begs Inez to make inquiries into his untimely death.
Awards: ♦ Finalist for the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel ♦ Winner of the 2012 Bruce Alexander Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery
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.
Derek Strange: What It Was
1972: A young woman comes to cop-turned-PI Derek Strange, asking for help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value. The case leads him onto his former partner Frank Vaughn's turf, where a local addict has been murdered. Soon both men are on the trail of ruthless killer Red Fury.
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)