Book List:76 titles
  • E. X. Ferrars (1907-1995) was born Morna Doris MacTaggart and known as Elizabeth Ferrars in Great Britain. By whatever name, she was an elegant crime writer, specializing in the traditional, classic mystery. She remains,wrote one reviewer, one of the...


  • Toby Dyke, saturnine journalist, gets a mysterious call to investigate the death of Lou Capell (who had spent the previous night at his flat). While Toby and his companion, George, try and work out who is setting the fantastic murder traps that keep ...


  • When Toby and his round-faced companion, George get caught in torential rain one night, they are surprised to find that they are not the only ones out in such a fierce storm. It seems that Edgar Prees, an aging botanist of prestige and reputation, is...













  • "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs." It was the fact that Alec Methven had apparently done so that first makes the police suspicious on the island of Madeira. Despite all indications to the contrary, he had not eaten his last meal in sol...






  • While vacationing at her friends' country home in the quiet village of Stillbeam, a middle-aged divorcee becomes caught up in a bizarre murder which the surrounding villagers refuse to admit ever occurred...


  • MysteryLarge Print EditionAlec and Veronica Guest live a quiet life in the picturesque village of Maddingleigh, with little to disturb their daily routine. Then an antique dealer friend has a valuable old clock stolen. Not that serious an incident, t...


  • Expecting nothing more than a quiet holiday in the sleepy seaside town of Gallmouth, England, Andrew Basnett is first surprised to meet his nephew, Peter Dilly, quite by chance, and then both pleased and annoyed to find himself drawn into the activit...


  • Home to Horror Holly Dunthorne came home to the little English village where she had spent the only happy years of her troubled childhood. She looked forward to seeing again the dear people who helped her when she needed it the most. But those ...


  • Infidelity, blackmail, unrequited love, and sexual perversion are the dirty little secrets that come to light in the staid English village of Raneswood when an amateur actor is found murdered in his home....


  • Retired professor Andrew Basnett had been at loose ends since finishing the book that was for so long his full-time occupation. A country visit with his old friends Mollie and Ian Davidge seemed like just the diversion he needed. And, indeed, the vis...



  • Home of Horror Peggy Robertson thought she had left the small town where she was raised far behind her. Peggy had won honors at college, settled in the city, and now, despite her good looks and comparative youth, already had launched a brillian...


  • The placid life of a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry becomes agitated for Patrick Carey when an unknown woman claiming to be his deserted wife suddenly appears, only to abruptly die in a mysterious fire....


  • In the small town of Edgeworth to ghostwrite the memoirs of a well-known general, journalist Sara Marriott receives a troubling message on her answering machine and, soon after, her landlady turns up dead...




  • Vacationing at the guest cottage on the property of his brother, Gavin, Nigel Cleaver discovers the bodies of Gavin's wife, Annabel, and her half-sister, Caroline. By the author of Sleep of the Unjust....







  • WEB OF TERROR When Camilla Carey came to the island of Madeira to look after her half-sister Roberta, she knew she had made a mistake. Roberta had changed, not only physically and emotionally, but in strange disturbing ways Camilla could not under...


  • The charmingly mischievous Felix Freer again teams up with his strong-willed ex-wife Virginia to unravel a mystery surrounding the death of an old man killed by a hit-and-run driver in front of Virginia's house...




  • Lovely Celia Kent had looked forward to a quiet vacation at Madame Oliver's hotel on the French Riviera and was disappointed to find Madame no longer in charge and the hotel itself inhabited by a group of very strange guests. Most disturbing was a st...






  • Spending Christmas in Australia with a former student and his wife, Professor Andrew Basnett finds his quiet holiday shattered by two murders, in which the most significant clue is a mysterious piece of crystal...


  • Seventy-year-old university professor Andrew Bassett, hoping to complete his book in the quiet village of Godlingham, becomes involved in an unsolved, six-year-old murder--and another murder just after his arrival...




  • Virginia Freer and her husband, Felix, separated though they may be, are together again after appearances in Frog in the Throat and In at the Kill. Here, they attend an old friend's wedding and-as usual-find murder waiting for them....


  • After killing Guy Lampard, director of a large research institute in England, the murderer changed all of the clocks at the institute, leaving the police unable to determine where the suspects were at the time of the crime...



  • Elizabeth Ferrars wrote more than thirty short stories, many of which appeared in anthologies and newspapers by the time Designs on Life was first published in 1980. Already well known for her crime novels, this collection illustrates the author's sk...


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    After arriving at a rented cottage in the countryside for a holiday, a young woman discovers that the landlord has been murdered and that she has the strongest motive for committing the crime and soon realizes that her own life may be in danger...



  • The night after a fancy dress ball, Leila Guest, wife of the retired vice chancellor of the university, disappears, and the dress she had been wearing, now covered with blood-stains and bullet holes, is found among a bundle of clothes at a thrift clo...







  • Dr. Charles Gair was found hanged, but that is not what killed him. This was the first of the bizarre surprises awaiting those who penetrated the home of the head of the Martindale research establishment on a Sunday morning to see what was amiss. Eve...


  • Whenever Felix, the light-fingered husband from whom Virginia Freer was semi-detached, reappeared in her life, it seemed murder did too. Even when temporarily incapacitated by an accident. Felix brought mystery with him. This time it concerned Holly,...


  • It is at a party that Richard Hendon first hears about the mysterious Paul Clyro and his unexplained disappearance. Clyro had been a scientist, doing secret work on viruses with a colleague named Wolsingham. But Wolsingham had committed suicide by sw...



  • The family of the late Professor Garvie-Brown, particularly his eighth wife, discover that he murdered his previous seven wives, four of whom he had married bigamously. They fear that if the truth were known they would be ruined, and so discover to h...


  • SHADOWS OF DANGER Helena Sebright viewed it as a sunlit holiday - a visit to Africa as temporary governess to a small girl. But from the moment of arrival, the shadows of danger deepened. Outside in the jungle, native unrest threatened every s...


  • Pretty young Susan Lyne did not want to listen the the whisperings in the villages about the peculiar at Bright's Farm. Fir the couple who owned the Farm - Rob and Nina Riscoe trust with her very life. True, the Riscoes were eccentric, with the wild...





  • Robin Nicholl had intended to do some sober thinking about his life whilst wandering the moorlands of Mull in the Hebrides. But, as he travels north, his curiosity is roused by four cheerful middle-aged women who describe themselves as widows. He see...


  • Professor Alistair Dirke thought himself a reasonable man - he could scarcely acknowledge the suspicion that was beginning to grow in his mind every time he saw his wife Rose with Paul Eckleston ...Paul seemed to be there very often these days. Yet s...


  • Moving house is always an exasperating and stressful event. But Robina Mellanby, in her cheerful, slap-dash way, was perfectly able to cope with the ordinary exigencies of the move. Her real anxieties were more deep-rooted. To move so close to the ho...


  • Fanny Lynam's cocktail party is awkward to arrange. Her old friend Clare is not eager to come, the ill-tempered Tom is sure to quarrel with whomever he can, and Fanny is nervous about meeting the young widow, Laura Greenslade, who has just become eng...


  • Alex Summerhill was the confidante of thousands of readers of the daily newspaper to which she contributed a weekly advice column. Her warm-hearted counsel went out all over England, to distracted lovers, women with faithless husbands, men with faith...


  • A murder shocks the sleepy English village of Wellford. Professor Verinder is dead, and the only witness is left injured without catching sight of the killer. The obvious suspect is David Obeney, an unstable man who has only recently arrived in the v...


  • One day in the spring of 1941, Kay Bryant walked along a bombed London street in which she had rented a room before the war. She had come to see what the blitz had done to Little Carberry Street, and now that No. 10 had vanished completely, there was...



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    On a cold winter's night, a man is run over while lying drunk in the middle of a Devon lane. Driving the car is local resident Anna Milne, an attractive widow from South Africa. It could be an unfortunate accident, but strange coincidence hints at mo...



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    Having inherited money, Rachel Gardner had come to Australia to visit her brother, but not only was he not at the airport, he was not at his lodgings either and his Greek landlord was evasive about his whereabouts. Accepting that her best course was ...


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