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This Private Plot

(2014)
(The third book in the Oliver Swithin Mystery series)
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If a blackmail letter drives a man to suicide, is the sender guilty of murder? "Yes," says Oliver Swithin, author of bestselling Finsbury the Ferret children's stories and amateur sleuth, who is on holiday in an ancient village.

A midnight streak with his naked girlfriend - Scotland Yard's Effie Strongitham - abruptly ends in the discovery of a corpse. Retired radiobroadcaster Dennis Breedlove has hanged himself from the old gibbet. Evidence suggests blackmail may have driven this celebrity to suicide. Irresistibly intrigued, Oliver believes discovering the dead man's secret will lead to the identity of the blackmailer. But in Britain today, when shame is a ticket to fame, why suicide? What if it wasn't?

When the mystery abruptly turns inside out, black-clad strangers attack Oliver in the night. The Vicar behaves strangely. So do the village's five unmarried Bennet sisters, a mysterious monk, the persistent, self-effacing Underwood Tooth, and Oliver's Uncle Tim, Effie's superior at the Yard and a part-time Shakespearean actor. Plus Oliver's aunt and his mother. Who else might play a role in This Private Plot? Two William Shakespeares?

It's time to put the laugh back into slaughter with the long-awaited third chapter in the career of Oliver Swithin. Yet under the clever wordplay and bawdy jokes lies an inventive and, yes, scholarly plot.

    

"...delicious dialogue, ridiculously eccentric English characters: utter heaven and worth the long wait." - Rhys Bowen


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Hardback Editions

May 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Private Plot (Oliver Swithin Mysteries)
Author(s): Alan Beechey
ISBN: 1-4642-0240-0 / 978-1-4642-0240-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

May 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: This Private Plot (Oliver Swithin Mysteries)
Author(s): Alan Beechey
ISBN: 1-4642-0241-9 / 978-1-4642-0241-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: This Private Plot (Oliver Swithin Mysteries)
Author(s): Alan Beechey
ISBN: 1-4642-0242-7 / 978-1-4642-0242-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: This Private Plot: An Oliver Swithin Mystery (Oliver Swithin Mysteries Book 3)
Author(s): Alan Beechey
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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