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Curious Toys

In this historical thriller set in the summer of 1915, Elizabeth Hand introduces us to her adolescent heroine, Pin, who lives with her mother amongst the carnies and grifters of Chicago’s Riverview Amusement Park. When Pin thinks she’s witnessed the lead-up to a murder in…
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Sorry for the Dead

Written by Nicola Upson — Those who enjoy Nicola Upson’s series featuring unconventional crime writer Josephine Tey, cast as a detective, will be used to the celebrated playwright and crime writer moving in glamorous circles in 1930s London theatreland and hobnobbing with the likes of film…
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Curious Toys

Written by Elizabeth Hand — It is over three years since Elizabeth Hand released a crime novel – 2016’s Hard Light continued her run of the acclaimed Cass Neary series – so the arrival of this standalone historical thriller was greatly welcomed by us and…
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A House of Ghosts

Written by WC Ryan — Blackwater Island lies of the Devon Coast. The year is 1917 and the Great War, still raging, has made the already rich arms manufacturer Lord Highmount even richer. However, the same conflict has also made him indescribably poorer. His two sons…
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Strange Gods

Written by Annamaria Alfieri– Strange Gods opens in 1911 in Kenya – the British East Africa colony and we meet 20-year-old Vera McIntosh. Vera has grown up in Kenya as the daughter of successful coffee plantation owning missionaries. No longer a child, Vera’s fraternisation with the locals…
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The Heavenly Table

Written by Donald Ray Pollock — In the early 20th century, the three Jewett brothers are under the thumb of their crazily religious, impoverished failure of a father. He’s working them practically to death in the swampy field they’re clearing near the Georgia-Alabama border. The…
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A Rising Man

This prize-winning debut takes us back to 1919 Calcutta, where Sam Wyndham, formerly of the British Army and of Scotland Yard, has arrived to start a new life in the colonial police force. He’s barely had time to wipe the sweat from his brow before a…
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A Rising Man

Written by Abir Mukherjee — Calcutta, 1919, and the city is full of rising men. There are the colonials making fortunes in commodities like rubber and jute, or grafting in the administration in ways they never could back in the UK. There are cloth merchants…
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