This traditional 1950s-set mystery series introduces crime writer Donald Langham and his sleuthing partner, literary agent Maria Dupre, as an engaging detective duo. When London’s literary establishment is rocked by a series of bizarre deaths, Langham must draw on the skills of his fictional detective hero as he hunts a fiendishly clever killer with old scores to settle.
Murder by the Book
London, 1955. When crime writer Donald Langham's literary agent asks for his help in sorting out 'a delicate matter', little does Langham realize what he's getting himself into. For a nasty case of blackmail leads inexorably to murder as London's literary establishment is rocked by a series of increasingly bizarre deaths. With three members of the London Crime Writers' Association coming to sudden and violent ends, what at first appeared to be a series of suicides looks suspiciously like murder — and there seems to be something horribly familiar about the various methods of despatch. With the help of his literary agent's assistant, the delectable Maria Dupre, Langham finds himself drawing on the skills of his fictional detective hero as he hunts a ruthless and fiendishly clever killer — a killer with old scores to settle.
Murder at the Chase
July, 1955. Fellow writer Alastair Endicott has requested Donald Langham's help in discovering what happened to his father Edward, who has disappeared without trace from inside his locked study. The elder Endicott had been researching a biography of the notorious Satanist Vivien Stafford. Could there be a connection to his disappearance?