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Dread Murder

(2006)
(The second book in the Major Mearns and Sergeant Denny series)
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In the court of King George IV, Major Mearns---an old dog of war and veteran of Willington's army---is the guardian of Windsor Castle. Some would call him a spy; he calls himself a 'watcher.' Working with his close friend, the resourceful Sergeant Denny, the pair maintain a cool facade behind which they go about their duties quietly and unnoticed.

Unnoticed, that is, until the day Mearns receives a parcel containing a gruesome surprise: a pair of severed human legs. The legs belong to a fellow soldier. Casting aside official protocol, Mearns and Denny decide to investigate the murder themselves, also enrolling the help of a precocious young runaway, Charlie. But soon these maverick investigators find themselves up against all manner of obstacles and danger, not the least of which is the Crown Keepers of the Peace---a unit of former soldiers headed by Mearns's nemesis, Felix Ferguson.

With more butchered body parts turning up in parcels and the number of deaths rising, our amateur investigators find themselves up to their necks in corruption and intrigue. Mearns struggles to keep Ferguson at bay, not only during the investigation, but also for the affections of the desirable Mindy, a maidservant in the castle. With the pressure on, can Mearns get to the bottom of the murders and win the heart of his ladylove?

With Dread Murder, Gwendoline Butler delivers a cleverly cunning and old-fashioned mystery that hides a gruesome murder behind its charming facade.

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Hardback Editions

April 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dread Murder
Author(s): Gwendoline Butler
ISBN: 0-312-36133-5 / 978-0-312-36133-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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March 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: DREAD MURDER
Author(s): Gwendonline Butler
ISBN: 0-7490-8283-6 / 978-0-7490-8283-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
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Audio Editions

October 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dread Murder
Author(s): Gwendoline Butler
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Dread Murder
Author(s): Gwendoline Butler
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2006 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Dread Murder
Author(s): Gwendoline Butler
ISBN: 1-84559-421-5 / 978-1-84559-421-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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August 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Dread Murder
Author(s): Gwendoline Butler
ISBN: 1-84559-524-6 / 978-1-84559-524-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Dread Murder
Author(s): Gwendoline Butler
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon