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No Man’s Nightingale

Published by Hutchinson in 2013

‘Sarah Hussain was not popular with many people in the community of Kingsmarkham. She was born of mixed parents - a white Irishwoman and an immigrant Indian Hindu. She was also the Reverend of St Peter's church. But it came as a profound shock to everyone when she was found strangled in the vicarage. In his comparatively recent retirement, the former Detective Chief Inspector, is devoting much time to reading, and is deep into Edward Gibbons's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. But when his old friend Mike Burden asks if he might like to assist on this case, as Crime Solutions Adviser (unpaid), Wexford is obliged to pay more precise attention to all available information…’

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The Vault

Published by Hutchinson in 2011

‘The new Wexford is a sequel to the the 1998 standalone novel A Sight for Sore Eyes. Reg Wexford has retired. He and Dora now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and Hampstead. Wexford takes great pleasure in his books, but, for all the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle, he misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything…’

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The Monster in the Box

Published by Hutchinson in 2009

‘When Reg Wexford starts out as a young police officer, he is involved with a murder case where the perpetrator is not brought to justice. All these years, Wexford has harboured suspicions about the possible killer, who suddenly returns to Kingsmarkham…’

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Not in the Flesh

Published by Hutchinson in 2007

‘Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury - a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton shroud. The post mortem can not reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man’s ribs…’

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End in Tears

Published by Hutchinson in 2005

‘It is impossible for Chief Inspector Wexford not to wonder how terrible it would be to discover that one of his daughters had been murdered. Sylvia has always been a cause for concern. Living alone with her two children, she is pregnant again. The relationship between father and daughter has always been uneasy. But the current situation also provokes an emotional division between Wexford and his wife, Dora…’

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The Babes in the Wood

Published by Hutchinson in 2002

‘The River Brede had burst its banks, and not a single house in the valley had escaped flooding. Even where Wexford lived, higher up in Kingsmarkham, the waters had nearly reached the mulberry tree in his once immaculate garden. The Subaqua Task Force could find no trace of Giles and Sophie Dade, let alone the woman who was keeping them company, Joanna Troy. But, Mrs. Dade was still convinced her children were dead. This was an investigation which would call into question many of Wexford’s assumptions about the way people behaved, including his own family …’

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Harm Done

Published by Hutchinson in 1999

‘Two young girls disappear then return home unharmed some days later. Chief Inspector Wexford is concerned about a paedophile who has recently been released back into the community but he cannot foresee the series of serious crimes waiting to happen…’

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Road Rage

Published by Hutchinson in 1997

‘A bypass is planned in kingsmarkham that will destroy its peace and quiet and natural habitat for ever. Dora Wexford joins the protest, but the Chief Inspector must be more circumspect: trouble is expected…’

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Blood Lines: Long and Short Stories

Published by Hutchinson in 1995

‘This collection of long and short stories probes the patterns of everyday life to pinpoint the frailties, the desires of deception, and the guilty secrets of human beings. It begins with Bloodlines a story featuring Chief Inspector Wexford and ends with The Strawberry Tree, a novella-length tale of lost innocence set on the island of Majorca…’

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Published by Hutchinson in 1994

‘Only eighteen black people live in Kingsmarkham. One is Wexford’s new doctor, whose daughter disappears. Chief Inspector Wexford takes more than a mere professional interest in the case, testing not only his powers of deduction, but his beliefs and prejudices about racial equality…’

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Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter

Published by Hutchinson in 1992

‘Sergeant Caleb Martin of Kingsmarkham CID had no idea just how terminally unlucky the thirteenth of May would prove. Even alive, he could have no inkling of the chain of bloody events to follow…’

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The Copper Peacock

Published by Hutchinson in 1991

‘A collection of crime stories, including one—An Unwanted Woman—which features Chief Inspector Reg Wexford. The title story concerns a hideous bookmark given to a writer by his attractive cleaning lady. If only she had given herself, instead of the copper peacock, she might have lived…’

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The Veiled One

Published by Hutchinson in 1988

‘The woman was lying dead on the floor when he came in. She was already dead and covered up from head to toe but Wexford only knew that afterwards, not at the time. He looked back and realised the chances he had missed but it was useless doing that—he hadn’t known and that was all…’

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An Unkindness of Ravens

Published by Hutchinson in 1985

‘Rodney Williams was neither handsome nor wealthy, but he had an unerring eye for a pretty girl and when he disappeared and two other men were later attacked by a young woman, Chief Inspector Wexford couldn’t help wondering if there was a connection…’

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The Speaker of Mandarin

Published by Hutchinson in 1983

‘Mysteries were Chief Inspector Wexford’s business, but it seemed extraordinary even to him that he, a country policeman, had walked upon the Great Wall, set foot on the stone boat in the Summer Palace, and had touched the scarlet columns in the Temple of Heaven…’

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Put On by Cunning

Published by Hutchinson in 1981

‘The tragic death of Manuel Camargue, Kingsmarkham’s very own celebrity flautist, is met with a ruling of misadventure. But when, after an absence of nineteen years, Camargue’s entrancing daughter Natalie reappears, Dinah, his fiancee goes to Wexford for help. Dinah believes Natalie is not who she claims to be. Knowing there is a large inheritance at stake, Wexford begins to investigate. But then events take a gruesome twist and now, more than ever, Wexford must establish Natalie’s true identity…’

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Means of Evil

Published by Hutchinson in 1979

‘Five classic Wexford cases that display his remarkable ingenuity—and that of his creator. Ranging from the more everyday crimes of passion and violence in Kingsmarkham to a bizarre murder in Yugoslavia, each is a case which challenges Wexford’s considerable imagination and resourcefulness and the patient reasoning of the long-suffering Burden…’

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A Sleeping Life

Published by Hutchinson in 1978

‘On a sultry August evening, the bloody body of a middle-aged woman is discovered by a small boy beneath a hedge. There are only two things that surprise Chief Inspector Wexford about the murder scene. One, that the only contents of the woman’s handbag are some keys and a wallet containing nothing but some money. And two, how even in death, her deathly grey eyes possess a scornful glare…’

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Shake Hands for Ever

Published by Hutchinson in 1975

‘Angela Hathall is found strangled in her bed but shockingly the death of this meek and solitary woman sparks little emotion from her husband. Called in to investigate, Wexford’s curiosity only deepens when he discovers that the Hathall household has been meticulously cleaned but for a single distinctive palm print…’

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Some Lie and Some Die

Published by Hutchinson in 1973

‘When the body of a brutally beaten girl is found in a quarry during a hedonistic festival at Sundays near Kingsmarkham, Wexford is first on the scene. The victim’s face has been pulped by the back-end of a bottle, but who, in this atmosphere of peace and love, could be capable of such violence?…’

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Murder Being Once Done

Published by Hutchinson in 1972

‘It seems fitting that the final resting place of a young girl’s body should be in a graveyard. But this is no peaceful burial. This is a brutal murder scene…’

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No More Dying Then

Published by Hutchinson in 1971

‘On a stormy February afternoon, little Stella Rivers disappeared and was never seen again. There were no clues, no demands and no traces. And there was nowhere else for Wexford and his team to look. All that remained was the cold fear and awful dread that touched everyone in Kingsmarkham. Just months later, another child vanishes—five-year-old John Lawrence. Wexford and Inspector Burden are launched into another investigation and, all too quickly, chilling similarities to the Stella Rivers case emerge…’

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A Guilty Thing Surprised

Published by Hutchinson in 1970

‘The discovery of Elizabeth Nightingale’s broken body in the woods near her home could not have come as a bigger shock. Called in to investigate, Chief Inspector Wexford quickly determines that the Nightingales were considered the perfect couple—wealthy, attractive and without an enemy in the world…’

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The Best Man to Die

Published by John Long in 1969

‘A man and his daughter lie dead after a car accident. Strangely, no other car was involved and no cause has been found. Wexford’s only option is to wait and hope that the one surviving victim—the mother, Mrs Fanshawe—regains consciousness. But when she finally awakens six weeks later, Wexford’s attention has already been distracted by a new and very violent case. Walking by the canal that same morning, Wexford discovered the bloody body of Charlie Hatton…’

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Wolf to the Slaughter

Published by John Long in 1967

‘Anita Margolis has vanished. Dark and exquisite, Anita’s character is as mysterious as her disappearance. But with no body and no apparent crime, seemingly there’s nothing to be investigated. Until Wexford receives an anonymous note claiming ‘a girl called Ann’ was killed the very night Anita disappeared…’

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A New Lease of Death

Published by John Long in 1967

‘It’s impossible to forget the violent bludgeoning to death of an elderly lady in her home. Even more so when it’s your first murder case. Wexford believed he’d solved Mrs Primero’s murder fifteen years ago. It was no real mystery. Everyone knew Painter, her odd-job man, had done it. There had never been any doubt in anyone’s mind. Until now…’

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From Doon with Death

Published by John Long in 1964

‘No one believed Mr Parsons’ fears for his missing wife. Until two days later she was discovered in the woods, her face swollen and her clothes damply clinging to her lifeless body. With no useful witnesses and a victim known only for her mundane life, Chief Inspector Wexford has just one clue: a lipstick found at the scene…’