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Watson mini-mystery notes Fiction, a new venture

Today sees publication of the first of a new fiction series that we are calling Watson mini-mysteries.

The Anatomy of Ghosts, cover The Anatomy of Ghosts, Murder Mystery in 18th Century Cambridge

The Anatomy of Ghosts is both a ghost story and a murder mystery set in the cloistered world of a Cambridge college in the late 1700s.

The Soul Collectors, cover The Soul Collectors, Thriller with a Macabre and Grotesque Enemy

A chilling thriller, CSI Darby McCormick faces a strange enemy. Young children go missing only to return years later in bizarre and macabre circumstances.

The Secret Crown, cover The Secret Crown, Murder, Conspiracy and Treasure Thriller

The murder of King Ludwig II and cover-up is the basis for Chris Kuzneski’s fast paced thriller. Will the good guys find the treasure and the historical truth first?

Dark Water, cover Dark Water, Complex Police and Detective Serial Murder Mystery

Caro Ramsay's latest novel, Dark Water, is out in paperback. Set around Glasgow in Scotland it should satisfy lovers of challenging detective mysteries.

Warrior of Rome, Lion of the Sun, cover Lion of the Sun, historically detailed Warrior of Rome thriller

Lion of the Sun is the third book in the Warrior of Rome series featuring Ballista. Historically accurate story of the battle for the Roman Empire.

Bad Things Happen, cover Bad Things Happen, Plans Go Wrong, People Die, A Good Debut Novel

Harry Dolan's debut murder mystery romps along and is a promising start for a new writer. Readers will enjoy this work and be waiting for his second book.

How to be Topp, cover How to be Topp, with cartoons by Ronald Searle

Penguin has republished the classic Molesworth books from the 1950s. This new review asks: do they stand the test of time? Are they of another time and place, now past? As they say "the past is another country".

Warrior of Rome, King of Kings, cover Warrior of Rome, King of Kings

A richly detailed novel set in Imperial Rome of Emperor Valerian at the end of the third century AD with the Sassanid challenging the Roman Empire on the eastern borders.

Leen Times, cover Leen Times, saga of the Daniels family continues

Leen Times A R Dance continues the story from Narrow Marsh of William and Abigail Daniels. The Daniels are married with a successful business and their adversary, the wealthy Sir Josiah Sidmouth has been transported to Van Diemen’s Land. Life is looking good but …

Trail of Blood – Shanghai Moon, a Murder Mystery

A richly detailed murder mystery, Trail of Blood, spans three generations across three continents before the search for the Shanghai Moon reaches New York's Chinatown.Trail of Blood is another volume in the Bill Smith and Lydia Chin series of crime novels.

The Missing, cover The Missing, Strong Debut Novel by Jane Casey

Jane Casey's debut novel, The Missing, is an intriguing mix of murder mystery and psychological thriller that explores the nature of personal strength and victimhood.

Corsair, book cover Corsair – Piracy, Terrorism, Political Intrigue

Combining maritime and naval history with ancient and modern politics has enabled Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul to produce a good read to while away a long journey.

Notwithstanding , book cover Notwithstanding, Nostalgic Tales of Rural Idyll

The author Louis de Bernières grew up in a Surrey village and the short stories in Notwithstanding reflect memories of rural idyllic childhood and English eccentricity.

Narrow Marsh, book cover Narrow Marsh, Historical Novel Set in Nottingham

Love and hope is challenged by social division and turmoil as the Industrial Revolution causes poverty and revolt amongst Nottingham's working classes.

Picture of Dorian Grey, book cover Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's Only Novel

Debauchery, Vanity, Pleasure and Cruelty in a Life of Eternal Youth. A century old yet this book echoes today's "Me" generation with its pursuit of perpetual beauty and self fulfilment without facing realities of life or accepting ageing.

The Uncommon Reader, book review The Uncommon Reader, Majestic Alan Bennett Tale

The Uncommon Reader/em> is a gentle, wry, story in the established Bennett mould with an underlying comment on literacy and the British attitude to intellectual pursuits.

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