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The Book Lady

By Malcolm Forsythe

Even the most respectable people have secrets. Sometimes those secrets get them killed.

Janet West and Laura Stebbing operate the mobile library that travels the villages of north-east Essex on a schedule as precise as a railway timetable. Janet takes books to lonely, house-bound people and reads to them, too.

So, when Janet’s body is found on a bank of the River Colne, Chief Inspector Millson naturally wonders why anyone would murder such a respectable and well-liked woman.

At first, there is no obvious suspect. But as their investigation proceeds, Chief Inspector Millson and Detective Sergeant Scobie discover that there was rather more to Janet’s life than the library, and a selection of suspects emerges.

As time passes, there are more murders. But as Millson focuses on the search for a killer, Scobie seems distracted…

The Book Lady is a high-quality crime novel and the third book in Malcolm Forsythe’s popular Millson/Scobie series (although it reads well as a stand-alone novel). It’s perfect for fans of golden age British crime novels and police procedurals.

Praise for The Book Lady:

’Forsythe carves out retribution with a scalpel, his ironies supremely dramatic.’ – John Coleman, The Sunday Times

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