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    6.7 hrs • 12/1/1998 • Unabridged

    A late spring in 1142 has the monks of Shrewsbury Abbey dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22. For three years, wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single white rose each year, in honor of her late husband. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and found murdered beside the hacked rosebush. Without a rose, the monks’ rental contract becomes void, adding greatly to the widow’s dowry. But before Brother Cadfael can ponder whether a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow’s thorny bushes and root out a killer.

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    The Rose Rent by Ellis Peters

    The Rose Rent

    6.7 hrs • 12/1/98 • Unabridged
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    8.9 hrs • 6/22/2005 • Unabridged

    William F. Buckley’s bestselling Blackford Oakes novels have set a new standard for stylish espionage entertainment. Now Buckley sends Oakes on his most thrilling adventure yet. The year is 1964. Faced with a hard-hitting presidential campaign and a deteriorating situation in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson dispatches Oakes and a swashbuckling soldier of fortune named Tucker on secret missions to Southeast Asia. Tucker is to figure out how to interdict military traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Oakes is to supervise a secret operation in the Gulf of Tonkin, an operation that will give Johnson the excuse he needs for a greater US military role in Vietnam. Filled with the intrigue, wit, and historical detail that have distinguished the previous novels of the series, Tucker’s Last Stand is William F. Buckley Jr. at his inimitable best.

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    Tucker’s Last Stand by William F. Buckley Jr.

    Tucker’s Last Stand

    8.9 hrs • 6/22/05 • Unabridged
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    6.6 hrs • 3/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Whether he’s quoting Wordsworth or having words with a particularly obtuse judge, Horace Rumpole always knows what he’s doing––even if no one else does. In this delightful collection of stories, Rumpole straightens everyone out in the shocking case of a “bent copper,” gallantly teaches a professor of moral philosophy about blackmail, consults with the dear departed when a will is contested, traces the path of true love when a doctor is accused of murder, and (in the name of duty, of course) drinks to excess with a teetotaling member of the prosecution. There is even a rare moment or two when Rumpole finds himself appreciative of “She Who Must Be Obeyed” (Mrs. Rumpole), when she inadvertently provides some essential clues that clinch his cases. Stories in this collection include “Rumpole for the Defence,” “Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail,” “Rumpole and the Dear Departed,” “Rumpole and the Rotten Apple,” “Rumpole and the Expert Witness,” “Rumpole and the Spirit of Christmas,” and “Rumpole and the Boat People.”

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    Rumpole for the Defense by John Mortimer

    Rumpole for the Defense

    6.6 hrs • 3/20/12 • Unabridged
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    7.1 hrs • 1/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Horace Rumpole—who never prosecutes, whose fame rests on an infinite knowledge of blood and typewriters, whose court scenes are proverbial, whose home is ruled by Mrs. Rumpole (“She Who Must Be Obeyed”)—is back on the defense, as irreverent, as iconoclastic, as claret-swilling, poetry-spouting, impudent, witty, and cynical as ever.  This time the judge-debunking barrister-at-law is embroiled with a minister accused of shoplifting, an actress accused of murder, and a racist candidate for Parliament, with art theft and mistaken identity thrown in for good measure. The result is a delightful excursion into hidden corners of the British judicial system served up in typically colorful Rumpole style. Stories include: Rumpole and the Man of God, Rumpole and the Showfolk, Rumpole and the Fascist Beast, Rumpole and the Case of Identity, Rumpole and the Course of True Love, and Rumpole and the Age for Retirement.

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    The Trials of Rumpole by John Mortimer

    The Trials of Rumpole

    7.1 hrs • 1/20/12 • Unabridged
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    9.1 hrs • 10/31/2005 • Unabridged

    In this thrilling yarn, the art of detection gets clouded by desire. It was a bizarre pose for beautiful model Sonia Gluck—and her last. For in the draperies of her couch lay a fatal dagger, and behind her murder lies all the intrigue and acid-etched temperament of an artist’s colony. Called in to investigate, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Roderick Alleyn thinks this is just another routine case…for now. The model was killed in full view of the entire class, making everyone in it a suspect. Then there’s the matter of a second murder. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, before he can corner the killer Alleyn finds his own passions unexpectedly stirred by the feisty painter Agatha Troy—brilliant artist and suspected murderess. And Agatha has nothing but scorn for the art of detection.

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    Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh

    Artists in Crime

    9.1 hrs • 10/31/05 • Unabridged
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    8.3 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country-house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels. One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, a Member of Parliament and one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech and disappears. It turns out she had the wool pulled over her eyes—quite literally. Three weeks later she’s found dead, her body pressed into a bale of wool. When Inspector Roderick Alleyn pays a visit to her country home, he meets two fine, handsome men and two lovely young women, all of whom have reason to be grateful to dear Flossie for saving their lives. But as Inspector Alleyn learns, there are secrets aplenty hiding in the floorboards of that sheep station, and one in particular conceals a murderous motive that has the look and smell of treason.

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    Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh

    Died in the Wool

    8.3 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    7.5 hrs • 12/13/2005 • Unabridged

    On a late Saturday in April, the venerable Roman church of San Tommaso in Pallaria became the site of a most curious assemblage. A superannuated jet-setter and her junkie nephew, a bad-tempered, ultra-British Major, a boisterous Baron and Baroness bearing an astonishing resemblance to one another, and an extremely reticent bestselling author were being gathered together for an exclusive tour of Rome’s ancient ruins that was promised to be “most unconventional.” Which, indeed, it would be. All sorts of new activities, plus some surprises. Like murder, blackmail, and drug-running. Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, brought to Italy by an international probe of drug smuggling, finds himself in the middle of the most baffling case of his career, an intricate web in which each and every one of his suspects could be a killer—or a victim. Or both.

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    When in Rome

    7.5 hrs • 12/13/05 • Unabridged
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    7.7 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    Sleeping Beauty plunges detective Lew Archer into a fascinating and intricate case connected to a disastrous oil spill on the Southern California coast. Ross Macdonald’s masterful tale leads his investigator into a load of trouble involving ransom, a lethal dose of Nembutal, the death of a stranger found floating off shore, and three generations of the imposing Lennox family, whose offshore oil platform caused the spill. The young Lennox heiress—glimpsed for a haunting moment on the beach, clutching an oil-drenched sea bird in her arms—has disappeared, and while on her trail, Archer finds himself journeying into the hidden lives of a family twisted by money, power, and a compulsive instinct for infidelity. If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is Ross Macdonald. Sleeping Beauty is crime fiction at its best.

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    Sleeping Beauty by Ross Macdonald

    Sleeping Beauty

    7.7 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    6.1 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    A hitchhiker stumbles to his knees on the side of a dark road. Private detective Lew Archer stops his car. When he gets to the young man, Archer realizes that he has stumbled into a mess—for the hitchhiker is dying of a gunshot wound. In a matter of hours, Archer is suspected by the law, hired by a target-shooting trucking magnate, and propositioned by an adulterer’s wife. A hijacked truck full of liquor and an evidence box full of marijuana, $20,000 from a big-time bank heist by a small-time crook, corruption, adultery, incest, prodigal daughters and abused wives, and a band of sinners on the loose in the hills all make the little town of Las Cruces seem a lot more interesting than noted in the guide book. As the murder rate rises, Archer finds himself caught up in a mystery in which everyone is a suspect and everyone a victim.

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    Find a Victim by Ross Macdonald

    Find a Victim

    6.1 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    8.0 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    The outcry when Conan Doyle pushed Sherlock Holmes over the Reichenbach Falls and the dismay when Freeling shot Van der Valk are nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when Lorinda Lucas tries to dispose of Miss Petunia and her siblings, Lily and Marigold. Not only does the lid blow off the fictional village of St. Waldemar Boniface, but the literary colony of Brimful Coffers is shaken to its foundations. Old feuds are resurrected and new feuds are born as a town full of mystery writers begins to wonder if life has imitated art or vice versa. Even the cats, Had-I, But-Known, and Roscoe, become embroiled and add their share to the motives for murder and frayed nerves in the community.

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    Canapés for the Kitties by Marian Babson

    Canapés for the Kitties

    8.0 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    10.1 hrs • 12/1/2009 • Unabridged

    Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson and her archaeologist husband are busy raising their young son; yet Amelia dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Happily, circumstances are about to demand their immediate presence in Egypt. Sir Henry Baskerville had just discovered a tomb in Luxor when he promptly died under bizarre circumstances. The tabloids scream of “the Curse of the Pharaohs!” Amelia and her husband arrive to find the camp in disarray and the workers terrified. A ghost even appears. It is not at all what Amelia considers an atmosphere conducive to scientific discovery. Thus the indomitable Victorian sets about bringing order to chaos—and herself close to danger. How Amelia triumphs over evil and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities makes for a delightfully spirited adventure.

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    The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

    The Curse of the Pharaohs

    10.1 hrs • 12/1/09 • Unabridged
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    9.8 hrs • 9/14/2000 • Unabridged

    Even down in New Zealand, war-fueled spy fever is running wild. Near the decaying sulphur springs of Colonel and Mrs. Claire, the strange lights and signals being sent to foreign ships at sea indicate that there’s a spy in their midst. Soon an even darker sign appears: a health-seeker with untoward intentions meets his demise in the boiling mud baths. Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knows that any number of people could have killed the unpleasant man: the English exiles he’d hated, the New Zealanders he’d despised, or the Maoris he’d insulted. Even the spies he’d thwarted—if he wasn’t a spy himself. And when a new arrival appears, one who possesses the cunning of a criminal and the insight of a psychologist, the inspector’s interest is piqued. Often regarded as her most interesting book and set on New Zealand’s North Island, Ngaio Marsh herself considered this to be her best-written novel.

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    Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh

    Colour Scheme

    9.8 hrs • 9/14/00 • Unabridged
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    7.2 hrs • 4/29/2009 • Unabridged

    Written in 1912 as a light-hearted reaction against the solemnity of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Trent’s Last Case, with its ingeniously twisting plot and cheerfully self-mocking hero, is the first classic of the golden age of English detective fiction. When a powerful and ruthless American millionaire is found murdered in his English country garden, Philip Trent—English painter, poetry lover, and amateur detective—delves into the crime. He successively uncovers three different, plausible solutions to the murder, and in the process, comes face to face with his own fallibility, in detection and in romance.

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    Trent’s Last Case by E. C. Bentley

    Trent’s Last Case

    7.2 hrs • 4/29/09 • Unabridged
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    13.1 hrs • 5/1/2001 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author Elizabeth Peters brings back nineteenth-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her entourage in this delicious caper that digs up mystery in the shadow of the pyramids. The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and her precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son’s new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive. Neither Amelia nor Emerson believes the message is authentic, but the treasure map proves an irresistible temptation. Now, deep in Nubia’s vast wasteland, they discover too late how much treachery is afoot (and on camelback), and survival depends on Amelia’s solving a mystery as old as ancient Egypt and as timeless as greed and revenge.

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    The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters

    The Last Camel Died at Noon

    13.1 hrs • 5/1/01 • Unabridged
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    6.7 hrs • 8/1/2002 • Unabridged

    When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his wife, who stand to inherit, as well as a questionable chauffeur and a tycoon of a company trying to get the woman’s property for the oil under it. Private Investigator Lew Archer takes this case in the Los Angeles suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred—and sufficient motive for a dozen murders.

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    The Drowning Pool by Ross Macdonald

    The Drowning Pool

    6.7 hrs • 8/1/02 • Unabridged
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    11.3 hrs • 3/20/2009 • Unabridged

    Television mogul Stanfield Standish wrote the book and broke the rules in the news and entertainment industry. When his charred body is found inside the burnt-out remains of his classic 1930 Duesenberg sedan, his family files a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. They blame the fatal incident on Courtland Motor Company, the firm that restored the antique. That’s when Courtland’s attorney, Max Bramble—suspicious, sharp, and inquisitive—takes over. His first move: hire private detective and ace arson investigator Wylie Nolan. As Nolan brilliantly dissects the fascinating anatomy of a fire, Bramble digs deep into the Standish empire and discovers that the media tycoon scalded many on his way up the ladder. It’s just possible that one of them paid him back with hot-blooded murder.

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    Origin and Cause by Shelly Reuben

    Origin and Cause

    11.3 hrs • 3/20/09 • Unabridged
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