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A Spider on the Stairs

A Spider on the Stairs

Bethancourt and Gibbons Mysteries (Volume 4)

Cassandra Chan

Minotaur Books

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Best friends Phillip Bethancourt, a wealthy man-about-town, and Scotland Yard Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons are each on their way to Yorkshire over Christmas, though not together, and neither of them are looking forward to their respective trips. While Phillip is returning to his family's estate to spend the holiday with relatives---a dreaded task---Jack must determine whether a particular murder is the work of a serial killer. It looks like it most likely is. As it turns out, Jack isn't on the case for more than a day before the understaffed locals ask him to look in to another.

Jodie Farrady, a former bookshop employee who disappeared about a year ago, is found strangled in that same shop Christmas morning. The modus operandi is similar to the serial killer's, but not exactly the same. It could be a copycat. It could be a coincidence. Either way, Jack could certainly use his good friend's help as he investigates the citizens of a Yorkshire that has suddenly turned quite deadly. Luckily, Phillip is all too eager to escape his own holiday and join the hunt.

A Spider on the Stairs---Cassandra Chan's contemporary reimagining of the classic English mystery---is not only a tale that is every bit as delightful and charming as the luminaries in this beloved tradition, but by far its most worthy heir.

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In Which Bethancourt Contemplates the Awfulness of Christmas
The twenty-third of December was a grey, cheerless day, with black clouds scudding across the sky and spatterings of rain. Phillip Bethancourt, looking out the window of his parents'...

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Praise for A Spider on the Stairs

"Readers who have somehow missed the first three installments of this series are really in for a treat. ... Chan’s literate and charming mysteries are rightfully compared to those of golden age British crime fiction." - Booklist

"An enjoyable outing into Dorothy Sayers territory." - Publishers Weekly

"Chan beefs up the mystery while retaining the Golden Age feel to produce her best work to date." - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Cassandra Chan

CASSANDRA CHAN has published three novels, most recently Trick of the Mind, and several short stories featuring Gibbons and Bethancourt. She lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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