Also published as The Indigo Necklace Murders
“Appealing background, pleasingly described; some family skeletons;
bitter-sweet romance, and customarily deft Abbott sleuthing.”—The Saturday Review
Lieutenant Pat Abbott and his lovable but
slightly rattle-brained wife, Jean, have become about the most popular couple
in murder fiction today. In The Indigo Necklace, Frances Crane takes them to
New Orleans, where a huge wartime population has overflowed into the famous
French quarter, steeped in tradition and old-world ceremony. When murder is
done amidst these incongruous elements, it takes ingenious sleuthing indeed to
unravel the crime!
Pat Abbott and his Jean are paying guests
of a proud old Creole family, luxuriating in the charm of their surroundings,
when Jean discovers a body at her very doorstep. Before the Lieutenant unmasks
the murderer, the Abbotts meet a fascinating array of aristocrats and
scoundrels, including a police chief, drawn from life, who will become a
permanent member of the Abbott troupe—if Mrs. Crane's publishers and audience
have anything to say.
“The plot of The Indigo
Necklace is good, and the writing is considerably above the average.”—The Montreal Gazette
“One of the year’s best.”—The Boston
Included floor plans have been redrawn for improved legibility.
Detective Darnell died before he closed the case. Can his daughter solve it thirty years later?
It was the murder that shocked the nation. Kate Rokesmith, a young mother, went to the river with her three-year-old son. She never came home.
For three decades the case file has lain, unsolved, in the corner of an attic. Until the detective's daughter Stella, a cleaner who loves restoring order, starts to clear out her father's house after his death...
THE DETECTIVE'S DAUGHTER SERIES: The Detective's Daughter.
The Detective's Secret.
The House With No Rooms.
The Dog Walker.
An abandoned chapel burns. In this part of Manchester, destruction is not unusual. But this time, the body of a man lies inside.
And it’s down to Scott and Bailey to save them all...
Detective Constable Rachel Bailey is struggling to come to terms with huge change, just as her partner, DC Janet Scott grapples with a horrifying tragedy. But they must put aside their own troubles if they are to solve this murder investigation. Especially when a second building goes up in flames...
Asey solves the Swan Boat Murder “in the
best Mayo manner [and] the other two stories are just as good.”—The New York
Top-notch entertainment for mystery readers
is contained in this volume made up of three Asey Mayo short novels, each
replete with the excitement, the humor and the amusing characterisations that
have distinguished all of this author’s popular books about the famous Cape Cod
In “The Headacre Plot,” murder is all tied
up with an eccentric millionaire’s hobby for wooden Indians and merry-go-round
horses, which play a neat part in the solution of the killing of Colonel Head. “The
Wander Bird Plot” concerns the girl, Cordelia, her angry uncle, and the
unfortunate and very dead gentleman found in their trailer. The third of the
stories takes its title, “The Swan Boat Plot,” from its locale in Boston’s
Public Garden, near the famed swan boats. Asey Mayo witnesses the shooting of a
young photographer and is called upon to solve a case that involves Boston’s
glamour girl and leads him on a fine chase through Boston’s old brick-bordered
Every man in Hiverton knows Rachel Campion. She is the most gorgeous girl to have turned up in the fishing village in living memory. When she is discovered lying dead on the beach, Gently joins the throngs of summer visitors on their annual pilgrimage to the seaside in the midst of a summer heatwave - and as the temperature soars, the mystery deepens.
The long-buried skeleton of a woman is unearthed close to where Rachel's body was found and Gently suddenly has the riddle of two mysterious deaths to solve. Many of the locals, including the secretive brotherhood of fishermen, seem particularly reluctant to help Gently answer the vital questions: Why was Rachel Campion murdered? How is the old skeleton connected with the new crime? And who is the murderer?
The Man in Gray was published in the United
Kingdom as The Gray Stranger
“ ‘Now, what’s an enologist?’ I asked the
dog. In reply he began to bark furiously and rushed at the front door. He
yowled as if in panic.”
An enologist is one who studies wine.
Daniel Vincent Willoz was one who studied wine until someone put a murderous
end to his enological practices. As is often the case, Willoz spent too much
time on enology and too little on toxicology. The good news is that Jean and
Pat Abbott are present to solve this fiendishly complex murder puzzle set in
As they drive away in low gear, Pat attempts to negotiate the treacherous hill from the ranch to the Rio Grande. The gorge below seems like a gruesome black gash. Then, without warning, their car plummets madly toward the river’s brink, crashing to a dizzy, roaring halt.
In exotic Tangier, the well-known husband
and wife team of Pat and Jean Abbott discover that international drug
trafficking, plus greed and intrigue, invariably spell catastrophe for those
And very bad luck for a number of
free-loading beachcombers and expatriates who’d just about convinced themselves
that they never had it so good.