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The Resource Murder by the book : a Langham and Dupre mystery, Eric Brown

Murder by the book : a Langham and Dupre mystery, Eric Brown

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Murder by the book : a Langham and Dupre mystery
Title
Murder by the book
Title remainder
a Langham and Dupre mystery
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Eric Brown
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eng
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Review
  • SF author Brown (Homeworld) does a good job depicting the changing social world of 1955 London in his well-paced first mystery. Literary agent Charles Elder asks an old friend and client, mystery writer Donald Langham, to help him with a delicate personal matter. Kenneth, “a charming scallywag” with whom Charles has become intimate at the Hackney swimming baths, is now trying to blackmail him with incriminating photographs of the pair in flagrante delicto. Don, whose contact at an investigative agency could assist in the case, teams with Charles’s glamorous associate, Maria Dupré, to try to retrieve the photos. Meanwhile, a number of Don’s fellow writers are meeting untimely ends. Maria lacks the well-roundedness of the main characters, but her high spirits nicely compliment Don’s somewhat-dour nature. Readers will hope a sequel is in the works. Agent: John Jarrold, John Jarrold Literary Agency (U.K.). (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 10, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 23, p)
  • When dangers threaten London's community of mystery writers, one of their own is forced to investigate. Mystery author and reviewer Donald Langham's literary agent, Charles Elder, is being blackmailed over an unspeakable secret--well, unspeakable in 1955 London--and Donald is determined to help him. Though he doesn't offer his aid in order to get closer to Charles' assistant, Maria Dupré, that would in fact be quite an incentive for Donald, who is far too British to mention his interest in getting to know Maria better on his own account. Donald hopes that his experience working years ago for Ralph Ryland's investigative agency will assist him in catching the blackmailer red-handed, and Maria and Charles serve as assistants to this plot and as comic relief, at least until Charles becomes seriously injured. His poor prognosis spurs Donald to work even harder in his investigation, though his progress is slowed by the deaths of several of his colleagues in the mystery circle. When Maria begins to suspect foul play and worry about what may happen to Donald, the author is forced to face the possibility that he may share Charles' fate if he cannot solve the case. Charming characters and a consistently entertaining tone mark this crime debut from sci-fi veteran Brown (Kéthani, 2008, etc.).(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2013)
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10183742
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1960-
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Brown, Eric
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no index present
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novels
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True
Series statement
Langham and Dupre mystery
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0001
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  • Langham, Donald (Fictitious character)
  • Dupre, Maria (Fictitious character)
  • Murder
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Murder by the book : a Langham and Dupre mystery, Eric Brown
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Publication
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000050824727
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
218 p.
Isbn
9781780290515
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
Murder by the book : a Langham and Dupre mystery, Eric Brown
Publication
Control code
000050824727
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
218 p.
Isbn
9781780290515
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

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