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There’s never a dull moment for the employees of Walls Department Store in the small town of Burshill, England.  Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward and his wife Kate just returned from a second honeymoon in Paris, discovers that life is not going to be as quiet and easy at the station as he would like.  Once again, DCI Hayward’s expertise is called upon to solve the most heinous crimes committed in the once sleepy little town.



Judith Ingram - Smart, Satisfying Mystery, May 26, 2014

THE POISON PEN introduced me to Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward in an intriguing whodunit that is swiftly paced and delightfully British in flavor, reminiscent of Elizabeth George's Lynley tales. The author sets out the murder of a particularly nasty victim and then parades suspects and clues enough to keep the reader guessing until the final pages. As if solving the puzzle weren't enough, a romantic subplot shows a softer side of the steely eyed detective that offsets his cold genius for solving cases and earns him the reader's sympathy. I enjoyed the author's clean literary style, wry humor, and deft handling of plot twists that left me wanting more when I'd turned the last page.



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