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Last to Leave

Last to Leave

A Superintendent Mike Yeadings Mystery

Superintendent Mike Yeadings Mysteries (Volume 18)

Clare Curzon

Minotaur Books

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Carlton Dellar, the esteemed poet, couldn't have hoped for a more eventful eightieth birthday. His extended family has gathered under the reproachful eye of his wife to celebrate what is silently suspected to be his last year. Hours later, the guests gather on the lawns in confusion as Larchmoor Place burns to the ground. Worse, Carlton's niece is unaccounted for and her twin brother is brutally assaulted and now lies unconscious in the hospital.

Superintendent Mike Yeadings of the Thames Valley CID strongly suspects arson, a feeling intensified when he learns that the guest list included the aging poet's brother Matthew, one of the country's most powerful and successful senior prosecutors. But as the family is questioned, it becomes clear to Yeadings and his team that perhaps Matthew Dellar is not the only member to be at risk from secret enmity and undercurrents of jealousy and frustration. And when a search of the wreckage uncovers a charred corpse, the enquiry steps up another level as they attempt to find a murderer.

The tenth installment in this enthralling series, Last to Leave is an accomplished investigative drama from a British author of tried and true talent.

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Blurred sounds begin to emerge: a humming in his head, with distant voices: shouting, women's screams. It makes no sense. The humming becomes drumming. Then, far above, a mesh of blackness writhing against...

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"Deftly written from a genre veteran and boasting a challengingly convoluted plot and a cast of darkly wacky characters." - Booklist

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Clare Curzon

Clare Curzon has written more than thirty novels under her name and also under the pseudonyms Rhonda Petrie and Marie Buchanan. Her previous work has taken her to many European countries, but now she lives and writes at her home in Buckinghamshire, England.

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