Murder Served Cold
by Eric Brown

The theft of a painting takes crime-writer sleuth Donald Langham to a country house full of seething tensions, resentment and dark secrets.

November, 1956. Lord Elsmere, an old friend of Donald Langham’s literary agent, Charles Elder, is in a pickle – his favourite painting, a Gainsborough, has been stolen from under his nose. What’s more, there’s no evidence of a break-in. The family heirloom was recently re-insured for a hefty price, and Elsmere is struggling financially. Could he have staged the theft, or was it taken by one of the guests?

Old Major Rutherford, evasive beauty Rebecca Miles, Dutch war hero Patrick Verlinden, Elsmere’s son Dudley Mariner and his statuesque sculpture fiancée, Esmeralda Bellamy, are all guests at the manor. But who would steal the painting, and why? Private investigators Langham and Ralph Ryland take on the case and soon uncover seething animosities, jealousy, secrets and deception, before events take a shocking turn…

Reviews

Brown keeps the parade of red herrings moving along smartly

Kirkus Reviews

Satisfying … As always, it’s a pleasure to spend time in the company of Langham and Dupré

Publishers Weekly

Brown has created two likable series protagonists with whom the reader will genuinely enjoy spending time … Another fine entry in a reliably entertaining series that recalls Frances and Richard Lockridge's Mr. and Mrs. North novels

Booklist

The story has a twist that will satisfy fans

Library Journal

Eric Brown

Two times winner of the British Science Fiction Award, Eric Brown is the author of thirty science fiction novels and numerous short story collections. He writes a monthly review column for the Guardian. He has written five previous Langham & Dupré mysteries, Murder by the Book, Murder at the Chase, Murder at the Loch, Murder Take Three and Murder Takes a Turn. Born in Haworth, West Yorkshire, he now lives near Dunbar in Scotland.

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Editions

Murder Served Cold by Eric Brown is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278885251st April 2019145 X 223mm208$28.99
Hardback978072788852528th December 2018145 X 223mm208£20.99
Hardback - Large Print978072789267627th October 2020144 X 224mm320$36.95
Hardback - Large Print978072789267631st August 2020144 X 224mm320£22.99
Paperback97818475197643rd February 2020140 X 215mm208$17.95
Paperback978184751976429th November 2019140 X 215mm208£12.99
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