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Detective Inspector Bill Slider, Shepherd's Bush CID London  Created by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Bill Slider has a sharp tongue and a rueful wit, and must deal with the chaos of his personal life while fighting the bad guys. His team is pretty specia...Show more Bill Slider has a sharp tongue and a rueful wit, and must deal with the chaos of his personal life while fighting the bad guys. His team is pretty special as well. Solid plots, engaging characters, authentic cop shoptalk and plenty of twists—what’s not to love? The Slider mysteries are considered one of the very best police procedural series around. If you like quality and heart and ingenious plots, then these books are for you. Show less
Chief Superintendant Peter Diamond, Avon and Somerset Murder Squad created by Peter Lovesey
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Peter Diamond is a golden age-style detective, a devotee of old-fashioned gumshooing. He’s a little out of shape and has no interest in fancy technology—h...Show more Peter Diamond is a golden age-style detective, a devotee of old-fashioned gumshooing. He’s a little out of shape and has no interest in fancy technology—he’s only just been persuaded to get a cell phone and has no patience for computer nonsense—but none of this stops him from solving case after case. Masterful plotting, engaging and memorable characters, and an impeccable sense of history and place makes this series a must read. Show less
Dr Ruth Galloway, Forensic Anthropolgist, Norfolk  created by Elly Griffiths
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The beautiful and mysterious Norfolk coast is the setting for these brilliant mysteries, which combine Ruth’s extensive knowledge of the ancient peoples o...Show more The beautiful and mysterious Norfolk coast is the setting for these brilliant mysteries, which combine Ruth’s extensive knowledge of the ancient peoples of this place and her unexpected involvement with murder cases as she works with DCI Harry Nelson. Ruth lives alone in a remote seaside cottage and teaches at the University of North Norfolk. She is solitary and plump and smart and self-assured and very, very likeable. The characters are first rate and the stories are enthralling from start to finish. Show less
Matthew Shardlake, Lawyer  created by C.J. Sansom
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Set in the turbulent reign of Henry VIII, Matthew Shardlake, the hunch backed lawyer turned detective finds himself reluctantly embroiled in the dangerous...Show more Set in the turbulent reign of Henry VIII, Matthew Shardlake, the hunch backed lawyer turned detective finds himself reluctantly embroiled in the dangerous world of Tudor politics. He begins his career in the employ of Thomas Cromwell, and eventually works for Thomas Cramner and Queen Catherine Parr. His investigations make him many enemies; fortunately Shardlake has the loyal and intimidating Jack Barak as his right hand man. These historical mysteries brilliantly bring the world of the Tudors to life. As P.D.James said “The sights, the voices, the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page.” Show less
DCI Monica Paniatowski, Whitebridge created by Sally Spencer
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In this police procedural series, set in the 1970s in a tough economically depressed northern town, Monica Paniatowski has just been promoted in the wake ...Show more In this police procedural series, set in the 1970s in a tough economically depressed northern town, Monica Paniatowski has just been promoted in the wake of the retirement of her mentor, Charlie Woodend (who has his own series of books by the same author). It is definitely a man’s world, and Monica has to fight for every inch of respect. She’s tough though—she’s a statuesque blonde with a painful past: a Polish refugee and a victim of abuse, she has endured many painful losses but always rises above. She’s a great detective with a brilliant team and her cases are always filled with suspense and unexpected twists. Show less
Christine Falls
A Novel
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D.I. Jimmy Perez created by Ann Cleeves
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Born a Fair Islander of Spanish descent, Jimmy Perez returns to the Shetlands from the mainland to take up a quiet life for himself and his daughter. Ins...Show more Born a Fair Islander of Spanish descent, Jimmy Perez returns to the Shetlands from the mainland to take up a quiet life for himself and his daughter. Instead murder awaits. Perez is not a comfortable man to be around, though he wears his authority lightly and he is understanding and humane. He is a Shetlander to the heart, valuing the skyscapes, wildlife and unreliable ocean. Cleeves has created an empathetic hero with a lively cast of supporting characters which bring the eerie and beautiful Shetlands alive. Show less
Case Histories
A Novel
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Sidney Chambers created by James Runcie
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Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester is a 32 year old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle ...Show more Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester is a 32 year old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, the exceptionally handsome Sidney is an unconventional clergyman and can go where the police cannot. He partners with his roguish friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, to uncover the secrets of Grantchester. Show less
Alan Grant, created by Josephine Tey
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Alan Grant is an Inspector in Scotland Yard. One of his titles, The Daughter of Time, was chosen by the Crime Writers Association as the greatest detecti...Show more Alan Grant is an Inspector in Scotland Yard. One of his titles, The Daughter of Time, was chosen by the Crime Writers Association as the greatest detective novel ever written. Josephine Tey also wrote 7 other crime novels which did not feature Grant. Show less
Lord Peter Wimsey created by Dorothy Sayers
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Wimsey, a member of the aristocracy, is featured in 11 novels and several short stories. Possessed of a very foolish face, he is nonetheless quite adept at solving crimes. A man of many talents he is the archetype of the British gentleman detective. Wimsey, a member of the aristocracy, is featured in 11 novels and several short stories. Possessed of a very foolish face, he is nonetheless quite adept at solving crimes. A man of many talents he is the archetype of the British gentleman detective. Show less
Inspector Roderick Alleyn created by Ngaio Marsh
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Featured in 32 books, Inspector Alleyn of the CID is a gentleman detective. His family is part of the aristocracy. He is elegant, calm and sophisticated. ...Show more Featured in 32 books, Inspector Alleyn of the CID is a gentleman detective. His family is part of the aristocracy. He is elegant, calm and sophisticated. Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand. Devoted to the arts, her love especially for the theatre is often a feature of these great classic detective stories. Show less
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