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The Twelve Saints of Christmas

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Book 12 in the Heathcliff Lennox series
Twelve Saints, who are not true saints at all. They are the great and the good, although none are entirely great, nor good – indeed one is a murderer.
Temple House near Bath is built upon an old Roman Temple, the house bequeathed many centuries before to a secret order of old aristocracy. The ‘Saints’ are not true saints, they are remnants; the last of their line, they have wealth, but no heirs.
The Order may invite any such relict to join them. They will come to live in Temple House, they will become a revered and venerable Saint, and when they die all their wealth must go into the saints coffers.
Each Christmas these coffers are opened and the Saints – after much debate and contemplation – will donate a proportion of their wealth to a good and deserving cause.
This fine philanthropic task has followed the same line for hundreds of years – until now. It is Christmas 1923 and a Saint is found dead, murdered, and the killer is from within Temple House itself. The Order of the Saints is shrouded in secrecy and this dreadful deed cannot be allowed to expose them. And so their keeper of the books – the Dead Reckoner – suggests they call in Major Heathcliff Lennox and ex-Inspector Jonathan Swift to uncover the killer.

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Death of a Penniless Poet

Book 2 of Miss Busby Investigates – Out now

Gabriel Travis – a poet and book binder – has lived and worked above the popular bookshop in Chipping Common for many years. His story is tragic, his murder even more so. The police are convinced the bookshop owner is the culprit; the elderly and erudite, Ezekiel Melnyk.
Adeline Fanshawe is less convinced, indeed she is outraged that the police could even consider such a thing of the venerable bookseller. She naturally turns to Miss Busby, persuading her to bring her sleuthing skills to unpick the truth of the matter. In doing so, Miss Busby uncovers another tragic mystery, one that has lain dormant for far too many years.

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Murder at Little Minton

Miss Busby investigates: Murder at Little Minton – Out now

A picturesque Cotswolds village at Christmas 1922, a man found face down floating in the lake. He was known to take a risk, an insurance salesman; debonair, charming and sweet-talking.
His clients were all ladies of a certain age, but nothing was as it seemed; he was playing a game, he pushed his luck, he put a price on his head and somebody decided to collect.

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Saint Valentine’s Day Murder

Book 13 in the Heathcliff Lennox series

1924 Valentine’s Day.

One man lies dead, the other shot and badly injured. Why they chose to fight a duel on a cold and frosty morning is a mystery.

Every Valentine ‘s day, Lady Bancroft holds a ball at Bancroft Hall for a handpicked list of high societies’ most eligible men and women.

It was always a great success, and many a happy couple bestowed grateful gifts on their kind hostess – thus enabling Lady Bancroft to continue living in her beautiful Cotswolds mansion in genteel comfort.

Until the duel.

Now everything lies in jeopardy. All Lady Bancroft could think of was to call her distant neighbour, the handsome, ex war hero, Major Heathcliff Lennox. He’d rather go fishing actually, but there was a murder, and he’d agreed to become a consultant to Scotland Yard, under pressure from ex detective Inspector Swift. Uncovering the murderer is hardly a challenge, the man’s injured and lying in bed at Bancroft Hall. But then there’s another murder, and it all becomes very complicated…

Meanwhile, Lennox’s wife, Persi, an archeologist, is handed a mystery of her own. The Valentine’s Murder is not the only mystery at Bancroft Hall, there was the centuries old mystery of the lost Lady of Lisle.

In 1415 Sir Edward Parcival Bancroft joined King Henry the fifth’s retinue to wage war in France. Edward distinguished himself at Agincourt and was ennobled for his bravery and valour.

King Henry returned in triumph to London. Lord Edward Bancroft rode south, exploring a country he’d become enchanted with. He reached Lisle, and fell in love with the daughter of the local Seignour, Lady Madeleine de Lisle. They married and one year later, he escorted her home to Bancroft Hall. For six months they appeared happy and content. Then one fine summer’s day, Lady Madeleine walked out of the house and vanished, never to be seen or heard of again.

Unless Persi, and Swift’s wife, Florence can find her, or at least, uncover what happened to her…

Major Heathcliff Lennox – ex WW1 war pilot, 6feet 3inch, tousled dark blond hair, age around 30 – named after the hero of Wuthering Heights by his romantically minded mother – much to his great annoyance.

Lord of Cold Compton

Book 3 In the Miss Busby Series

A woman lies dead, shot and bleeding. Behind her body stands a large old manor house, her house, and now her son’s.

She ran the rural estate as a minor fiefdom, all had to subjugate themselves to her will, or they were put out of their homes and ejected from the community.

Lady Compton was hated, nobody mourned her passing, but her murder brought suspicion and dismay to the closely allied village, and it brought the police into their midst.

Everyone has secrets, just as she had. Was the secret the cause of her murder? Had her deceit finally caught up with her? Was the man rumoured to be the culprit really the killer? Not that anyone would name him, not to outsiders, anyway.

Miss Busby is unaware of these undercurrents, until her advice, and help, is sought. It’s a terrible dilemma, she is told. No-one knows what to do. Should the police be told? Or should silence prevail?

Whatever she does will put her in contention with Inspector McKay and he has distractions enough.

If you love Agatha Christie, Miss Marple, you’ll love this.

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The Heathcliff Lennox Series

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Karen Baugh Menuhin

NUMBER 1 best selling author with sales of over 1 million books

1920s, Cozy crime, Traditional Detectives, Downton Abbey – I love them! Along with my family, my dog and my cat.

At 60 I decided to write, I don’t know why but suddenly the stories came pouring out, along with the characters. Eccentric Uncles, stalwart butlers, idiosyncratic servants, machinating Countesses, and the hapless Major Heathcliff Lennox. A whole world built itself upon the page and I just followed along.

Now, some years later, I have reached number 1 in USA and sold over a million books. It’s been a huge surprise, and goes to show that it’s never too late to try something new.

I grew up in the military, often on RAF bases but preferring to be in the countryside when we could. I adore whodunnits, art and history of any description.

I have two amazing sons – Jonathan and Sam Baugh, and his wife, Wendy, and five grandchildren, Charlie, Joshua, Isabella-Rose, Scarlett and Hugo.

I’m married to Krov, my wonderful husband, who is a retired film maker and eldest son of the violinist, Lord Yehudi Menuhin. We live in the Cotswolds.