Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • For fans of the TV series, this is a must read. It is something of a personal memoir and a narration of Rumpole’s most famous case; one that he mentions in almost every episode. I can see Leo McKern potificating about it over a glass of Plonk at Pommeroy’s.
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Killing Floor

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu(Jack Reacher, Book 1) • Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour he’s arrested for murder. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here.
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Where Are the Children?

Suggested by Timothy Lane • Nancy was found guilty of murdering her two children, but was released from prison on a technicality. Seven years later, having moved to Cape Cod, Nancy is remarried and has two small children but her past catches up to her.
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The Blackthorn Key

Suggested by Brad Nelson • A mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries. The trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.
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The Girl, the Gold Watch, & Everything

Suggested by Timothy Lane • A young man seems to be going nowhere, symbolized by inheriting only a gold pocket watch when his rich uncle dies.  Things change when he learns what the watch can do, and finds that it was the biggest part of his uncle’s inheritance
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Desert Gold

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Set in the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico, Desert Gold is a classic tale of the Old West by Zane Grey. Drifter Dick Gale, upon arriving in the border town of Casita, finds a place of corruption, revolution, and violence.
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Flashman

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Fraser revives Flashman, a caddish bully from Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes, and relates Flashman’s adventures after he is expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s.
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The Moon’s a Balloon

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • A fun, easy, and entertaining read, this book is well-written and gives you a good sense of the old Show Biz world with its chaos. Niven had a long career in Hollywood and was prolific. He was a notorious womanizer which completely broke his second wife.
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McNally’s Risk

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Embroiled in a murder conspiracy, man-about-Palm-Beach and sometime-sleuth Archy McNally walks into a viper’s nest of lust and larceny while checking out the background of a wealthy client’s prospective daughter-in-law.
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Where The Dead Lie

Suggested by Brad Nelson • One of London’s many homeless children, Benji Thatcher, was abducted and tortured before his murder—and his younger sister is still missing. Few in authority care about a street urchin’s fate, but Sebastian refuses to let this killer go unpunished.
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McNally’s Luck

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Archy McNally takes on a deceptively simple case of catnapping. Soon, the case of the missing Peaches—a foul-tempered, overweight Persian—morphs into the murder of a prominent Palm Beach woman.
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McNally’s Secret

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • The first in the series. Sex, lies, blackmail, and murder are on the menu. Archy McNally is investigating missing Inverted Jennies from the home of Lady Horowitz, one of his father’s wealthiest clients.
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