Rory Branagan: Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

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Hello.  I am Rory Branagan.  I am actually a detective.  Now … People always say: “How do you become a detective?” and I say: “Ahhh, you don’t just suddenly find yourself sneaking up on baddies, or chasing them, or fighting them, or living a life of constant deadly danger – you have to want it.”

So why did I want it?

I just wanted to find my dad …

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The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

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In a quiet and peaceful Savannah neighbourhood, the viciously stabbed and naked body of a woman in her thirties is found on her kitchen floor by her 12-year-old daughter.

As a top crime reporter, Harper McClain stares at the horrific scene and one thought screams through her mind.  This murder scene is identical to the one she discovered as a child.

Her mother’s.

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What You Don’t Know by Joann Chaney

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A crime like this has a wide reach … That’s how things are – a drop in still water that starts a ripple … It’ll never be over … 

Seven years ago, thirty-one bodies were discovered in a crawl-space belonging to Jacky Seever, beloved local businessman and pillar of the community.

Detective Paul Hoskins was lauded for bringing down one of the most ruthless serial-killers of the decade.

Sammie Peterson, the lead reporter on the case, finally obtained the success she craved.

And Seever’s wife, Gloria?  Well, she claimed to be as surprised as everyone else.

But when you get that close to a killer, can you really just move on?

Today, all three of their lives are in ruins – Hoskins banished to cold cases, Sammie working at the mall and Gloria marked out as the wife of a monster.

So when a series of copy-cat killings provided an opportunity to get their lives back, they have little choice but to take it.  Whatever the cost to their humanity …  

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Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Hounds And Hauntings by Janine Beacham

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The city of Yorke is in a state of panic.  There’s been a murder!  Rumours are circling that an ancient ghost-hound is the culprit.

Rose Raventhorpe, her friend Orpheus and they city’s secret society of butlers search for clues down dark, eerie skitterways, on the mist-covered moors and atop the ancient walls of the city.  Rose believes that the villain is human, and she’s determined to prove it.

There’s no sweeping this crime under the carpet …  

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A Spoonful Of Murder by Robin Stevens

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”A terrible thing has happened, a thing that the Detective Society must investigate.  But this time I am not just a detective, I’m a witness.  And I think that I might even be a suspect …”

When Hazel Wong’s beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells joins Hazel on a visit to her family’s estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong.

But they are greeted with a shock: there’s a new member of the Wong family!  As if that isn’t enough, tragedy soon strikes not once but twice.  There’s been a murder and a kidnap and no one is safe from suspicion … not even Hazel.

The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs and sinister private detectives to solve the crimes and discover the villain – before it’s too late.

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Nancy Parker’s Chilling Conclusions by Julia Lee

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Dear Q

In case they keep it from The Children – this is to inform you there has been A MURDER!  What’s more – I was the one that found him.  Must meet.  Cannot tell when I will be free to speak to you so try to check this place every hour.  Will do my best to get here soon as I can.

N. P.

Nancy has a new job as a lady’s maid, and is accompanying her new employer on a visit to the grand and mysterious Midwinter Manor.  But things take a turn for the worse when Nancy discovers a dead body in the library.  With a house full of strange guests, who could possibly be the murderer?

What secrets lurk in the walls of Midwinter Manor?  Are all of the guests what they seem?  Who does the dead body belong to? 

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Blackbird by N. D. Gomes

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My name is Alex.

I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is.

Or if she will ever come back. 

It was New Year’s Eve the night that, the dead blackbirds descended, hours before Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.

Committed to finding out what happened to her sister within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated, Detective Inspector Birkins is her best shot.

Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia’s last night, Alex starts to find out things she may be better off never knowing …   

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Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride

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She can’t prove he did it … But she might die trying. 

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace – that’s why they demoted her and quashed his sentence.  Now he’s back on the streets and women are being attacked again.  Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.

The Powers That Be won’t listen to her, not after what happened last time.  According to them, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.  Perhaps she could try solving a few instead of harassing an innocent man?

Steel knows Wallace is guilty.  And the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer.  The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him? 

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Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Lord Peter Wimsey’s last three baffling cases all demonstrate his unique detection skills at their most spectacular.

The enigma of a house numbered thirteen in a street of even numbers; an indignant child accused of theft, a dream about a game of chess that uncovers the true story behind a violent death.  Each of the stories introduces a different side of the twentieth century’s most ingenious detective hero. 

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Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

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A cop from Wisconsin pursues a killer through the terrifying slums of Nairobi and the memories of genocide.

In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana – who saved hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide – accepts a position at the university to teach about “genocide and testimony”.  Then a young woman is found murdered on his doorstep.

Local police Detective Ishmael – an African-American in an “extremely white” town – suspects the crime is racially motivated; the Ku Klux Klan still holds rallies there, after all.  But then he gets a mysterious phone call: “If you want the truth, you must go to its source.  The truth is in the past.  Come to Nairobi.”

It’s the beginning of a journey that will take him to a place still vibrating from the genocide that happened around its borders, where violence is a part of everyday life, where big-oil money rules and where the local cops shoot first and ask questions later – a place, in short, where knowing the truth about history can get you killed.  

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