The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits

The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits

Language: English

Pages: 512

ISBN: 185487229X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

this collection, gathers together some of the best stories in the genre of crime fiction

Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn, Book 12)

Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, Book 3)

The Coffin Tree (John Coffin Mystery, Book 26)


The Dinosaur Feather
















water with their beautiful milky sails puffed and billowing. Nicholls’s aide, Captain Geoffrey Hughes, entered with a steaming cup of tea and a platter of biscuits, along with a stack of documents. Tonneman, inhaling the fragrant steam of the strong tea halfway across the chamber, longed for his own hot dark brew and a change of his filthy garments, from which a noxious vapour was rising as the ice melted. Hughes set his burden down on the fine Dutch desk, then retreated. “The death of a

more madeira with water while the Pearsons took theirs straight from deep goblets. Mistress Pearson – so far not “Widow” – bore finery and a plumpness that bespoke a rich merchant’s wife. Pearson brothers George and Chad matched a black-draped portrait of the late Francis: a curly head, lips like a mink trap. John Williams was Pearson’s business partner. Despite open windows and high ceilings, the room was roasting. The Reverend Treat, having again donned his elderly persona, made consoling

With squinted eyes, Benjamin stared into the air as if trying to see an idea more clearly. “Well, well,” he said finally. “This case certainly has its peculiarities. The attempted cutting off of a man’s right hand is a very suggestive act, but, as for now, I believe we can do no better than speculate on the motivation. Tomorrow, if you wish, I should be happy to assist you in your inquiries.” The tea, honey and cakes soon diverted Benjamin’s mind to other matters – from an account of the tea

of the house or had anyone calling since the inquest.” “What about the doctor and the maid?” “Dr Gaynor’s easy enough, he’s just up the road. The maid’s gone back to her parents ten miles away.” “Didn’t Mr Haslem keep her on?” “The fact is, she bolted straight after the funeral. The gossip from the hall is that some of Mrs Haslem’s diamonds had gone missing.” “Is the maid suspected of stealing them?” “I don’t know, because Mr Haslem wouldn’t have any inquiries made. I had that from the

and started. “She’s not . . . She’s not . . .” “Anyone your parents would allow you to marry?” He shook his head. “They usually aren’t.” “Your Highness, I want you to understand –” “Tiago. I am human and have lived in the world. I will grant you my own interests, my passion for the sea and for the lands beyond to which I hope we can take the light of our Lord have allowed me little time for lusts of another order. Still I know the power of all-consuming lust and youthful love.” He waved my

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