Wages of Sin

Wages of Sin

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

A new investigation for DCI Peach that leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouths When a novice young prostitute is killed in the town of Brunton after only her first night, Inspector Peach sets out to solve the crime by interviewing some of the other local prostitutes and their customers. Discovering that these include a divorced policeman from a nearby station, and a Catholic priest at odds with his beliefs, Peach realises he must tread carefully this time. But however hard he tries, Peach cannot believe that one of these lonely men was capable of murder. Unfortunately, he must delve into the town's most sinister underbelly before he can find out who really is to blame.From BooklistGregson's Chief Inspector Percy Peach books have the rare ability to depict gruesome murders while still giving the reader a good chuckle. His latest is no exception. Peach has been away from the CID for a year, during which solve rates have decreased and the department has faltered under the mismanagement of Peach's boss and nemesis, Superintendent Tommy "Bloody" Tucker. Peach is assigned to the high-profile case of prostitute Sarah Dunne, who's been brutally strangled. Tucker, one of those awful bosses who loves taking all the credit when his subordinates perform well, warns Peach that he'd better solve the case in double-quick time. Peach, whose great delight in life is to insult the pompous Tucker without Tucker quite catching on, continues his campaign to undercut his loathsome boss. But Peach is also a gifted detective who's dedicated to his job, and he's determined to find Sarah Dunne's killer, even with Tucker's bungling attempts to control the case. A compelling, funny, highly entertaining police procedural that makes a fine addition to any mystery collection. Emily MeltonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reservedAbout the AuthorGregson is a Lancastrian by birth, and taught for 27 years in schools, colleges and universities.
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Rest Assured

Rest Assured

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

A seemingly idyllic English holiday park turns into the scene of a grisly murder and a perplexing case for Lambert & HookTwin Lakes is a tranquil place. It is a complex of holiday homes in a particularly beautiful part of England. 'Rest Assured', says the sign at its entrance. And the people fortunate to occupy the luxury homes on the site are indeed able to relax in a beautiful setting.Then a series of mysterious threatening notes are delivered to one of the lakeside homes. DS Bert Hook conducts an informal investigation and the notes cease to appear. All is peaceful once more as spring moves into summer and the site is seen at its best. But suddenly a brutal death shatters the peace of this quiet place. As Lambert and Hook and the murder team investigate the crime, it emerges that the victim was by no means as innocent as most people thought him. And it seems that many of the residents lead far from ordinary lives and have secrets they will do anything to...
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Final Act

Final Act

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

Lambert & Hook discover that interrogating professional actors is an impossible business in the latest intriguing mystery. Sam Jackson is not a man who suffers fools – or anyone else – gladly. A successful British television producer who fancies himself as a Hollywood mogul, he makes enemies easily, and delights in the fact. It is no great surprise that such a man should meet a violent death. Detective Chief Superintendent Lambert and Detective Sergeant Hook deduce that the person who killed him is almost certainly to be found among the company of actors who are shooting a series of detective mysteries in rural Herefordshire. But these are people who make a living by acting out other people's fictions, people more at home with make-believe than real life – and the two detectives find interrogating them a difficult business. How can Lambert and Hook fight their way to the truth when faced with a cast of practised deceivers?
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[Lambert and Hook 20] - Something Is Rotten

[Lambert and Hook 20] - Something Is Rotten

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

A Lambert and Hook mystery DS Bert Hook is cajoled into auditioning for a local Shakespearean play. Desperate to get out of it, he expects his boss, John Lambert, to forbid him from performing. No such luck. Hook meets a rather surprising and sinister cast of characters. And when the director is found murdered, Hook needs to find the truth and fast. Who is innocent, who is just playing a part and who is really rotten to the core?
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[Inspector Peach 05] - The Lancashire Leopard

[Inspector Peach 05] - The Lancashire Leopard

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

On the bitterly cold morning of January 6, a frozen body is found in the Lancashire town of Brunton. It seems 19-year-old Hannah Woodgate is the latest victim of the serial killer the media have dubbed “the Lancashire Leopard”. Detective Inspector Percy Peach is determined to find the Leopard before he kills again. But with no motive, no fingerprints and no clues, that is proving to be a very hard task indeed. How does the Leopard choose his victims? And, with a 60-strong task-force going through a painstaking process of eliminating suspects trying to track him down, how is he keeping one step ahead of the police at every turn? When the next woman’s body is found, the police are as baffled as ever. Whom should they suspect? Handsome loner Clyde Northcott, who was found with drugs after a bust-up at a party? Neo-Nazi thug Paul Dutton, who has shown he can certainly be violent? What about Terry Plant, recently released from prison, and on the hunt for his ex-wife? Or Michael Devaney, who certainly has reason to hold a grudge against women? With no shortage of suspects, or victims, DI Peach faces fatal pressure to find the ‘Lancashire Leopard’ before he makes his next kill. ‘The Lancashire Leopard’ is a chilling, expertly-plotted mystery story. It is perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. Praise for J M Gregson: ‘Begins with quiet observation before pouncing to murderous effect’ - Sunday Express ‘A chilling story that never flags from start to finish’ - Bolton Evening News ‘. . . Peach is as distinctive as Inspector Morse but less brooding’ - Booklist J M Gregson taught for twenty-seven years in schools, colleges and universities before concentrating on full-time writing. He has written books on subjects as diverse as golf and Shakespeare. His other crime novels include ‘Stranglehold’, ‘Girl Gone Missing’ and ‘Body Politic’. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books. **From Publishers Weekly Lives hang in the balance as series hero Detective Inspector Percy Peach tracks a serial killer in J.M. Gregson's (A Turbulent Priest) The Lancashire Leopard. The killer's tendencies suggest law-enforcement know-how, and the fact that he targets young women of a certain type makes Peach fear for his companion and colleague, Detective Sergeant Lucy Blake. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. About the Author Gregson is a Lancastrian by birth, and taught for 27 years in schools, colleges and universities.
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Skeleton Plot

Skeleton Plot

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

Skeletons have a habit of revealing themselves eventually . . . When a human skeleton is discovered on the boundary of a 20-year-old property development, it seems there are a large number of people who may know the identity of the corpse and how it got there. But twenty years is a long time and those individuals were very different people back then. Skeletons are being revealed in all senses and there are many prominent local figures who are beginning to feel uncomfortable and afraid. It's up to Detective Chief Superintendent Lambert and Detective Sergeant Hook to dig around in the past and unearth the truth of how and why the body ended up buried in the ground all those years ago.
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More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

A shocking murder in a garden paradise marks the start of a difficult new case for Lambert and Hook. - Dennis Cooper is one of the few full-time resident National Trust curators in England and lives with his wife in the grounds of the spectacular Westbourne Gardens, which receives thousands of visitors each year. On the face of things, Dennis lives a perfect life and has a dream job, but this idyllic setting is riven with dark secrets, and it isn’t long before foul play draws Lambert and Hook into this troubled Eden.From BooklistThe venerable Lambert and Hook series, now celebrating more than 20 years of dependable service, keeps rollin’ on. Lambert and Hook, the Gloucestershire cops (they’re a chief superintendent and detective sergeant, respectively), investigate the murder of a National Trust curator—in terms familiar to North American readers, he’s basically the curator of a national historical site—who, by all accounts, seems to have led a pleasant enough life. Although, as Lambert and Hook discover as they dig beneath the surface, and as they have often discovered over these many years, the most peaceful of lives can conceal unexpected dark corners. As usual, the characters are solidly constructed (and not just the two familiar series leads but the supporting players as well), the setting is well imagined, and the story offers readers enough surprises and misdirection to keep them on their toes. Although it might exist under the radars of many readers, this series is well worth a look. --David Pitt About the AuthorGregson is a Lancastrian by birth, and taught for 27 years in schools, colleges and universities.
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A Necessary End

A Necessary End

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

The new DCI Peach mystery . . .Alfred Norbury is a learned man. He is never afraid to display his erudition, but he is generous in his encouragement of younger people. The people who assemble around him to form a reading club are also learned. Some of them are simply well-read, whilst others have formal qualifications which rival those of Norbury.But learning is no protection against violence. Murder arrives suddenly, brutally and unexpectedly. The investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector Percy Peach and Detective Sergeant Northcott reveals several people with good reason to hate the victim. They range from the young man who was his latest protégé to the two women forty years older whose lives were radically damaged by him a decade earlier. Peach tackles the case, and the people involved in it, with his normal ebullience. The solution when he arrives at it is both unexpected and moving.
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Mortal Taste

Mortal Taste

J M Gregson

Mystery & Thrillers

Head teacher Peter Logan is a strange case of Jekyll and Hyde. He's effected impressive improvements at his Cheltenham school, but his private life is in no way exemplary. So when he's shot in the head one September evening, does he die a martyr or is this his just comeuppance? It’s up to Lambert and Hook to find out the truth.From BooklistPeter Logan is headmaster of Greenwood Comprehensive, one of Cheltenham's top schools, and by all accounts, he does an outstanding job. The parents, staff, and pupils admire him, and Greenwood has won kudos for its forward-looking methods and philosophy. But Logan is not quite the gifted headmaster his public image portrays. When he's found stabbed to death in a local park, it soon becomes clear that he had some dark secrets. Chief Superintendent John Lambert and his trusty sidekick, Detective Sergeant Hook, are assigned to the case, which Lambert is determined to solve quickly, because he is due to retire in a few months. But a tangle of suspects and motives complicate matters, with drugs, sex, blackmail, potential pedophilia, and vengeful ex-lovers all figuring into the case. Recommend this solid entry in an entertaining series to fans of such A-list British procedural authors as Peter Robinson and Reginald Hill. Emily MeltonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reservedAbout the AuthorGregson is a Lancastrian by birth, and taught for 27 years in schools, colleges and universities.
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