The Room on the Second Floor

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Douglas Scott finds nothing more exciting than doing what he shouldn’t. So when he discovers an irresistibly devilish ancient royal decree he’s determined to put it to good use. After all, opening the country’s only legal brothel right under his best friend’s nose is just the latest in a list of tricks he’s pulled – and he always comes out on top!

But the further Douglas gets into the oldest profession, the more he realises what a complicated game it is to play. And when an attempted murder wreaks havoc on Toplingham Manor, he wonders if he might just have made the biggest mistake of his life...

Praise for TA Williams

'...not your usual romantic comedy... If you fancy your love stories racy, with a few drops of murder attempts, peppered with serious issues such as prostitution and hemmed with historical facts: this is your book.' - Chick Lit Reviews and News

'...a very funny story... If you want to read a story with a real plot, and characters that have that real feel to them, and still have some nice fluffiness on the pages of your read, you should definitely pick up Dirty Minds. It was a truly enjoyable read, and I can only recommend it!' - (un)Conventional Bookviews on Dirty Minds

'...not your usual romantic comedy... If you fancy your love stories racy, with a few drops of murder attempts, peppered with serious issues such as prostitution and hemmed with historical facts: this is your book.' - Chick Lit Reviews and News

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About the author

I was born and bred in Devon, down in the south west of England. it's a lovely area and it's no surprise that I've used it for four of my books. I lived and worked in Italy for eight years, before coming back with my Italian wife and our daughter. I've been writing since I was 12. I write all sorts, from thrillers to historical novels and, above all, humour. They say I've got a very English sense of humour, even if my mum was Scottish and my dad was Welsh.

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HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Jan 22, 2014
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781472074508
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Legal
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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