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The Hireling's Tale

(1999)
(The sixth book in the Castlemere series)
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When a young woman is found dead at the bottom of a boat in the Castlemere Canal, completely naked, and full of crack cocaine, the inhabitants of the dockside town are shocked. How could such a thing happen in Castlemere? The town's trio of police, detectives Frank Shapiro, Liz Graham and Cal Donovan, are concerned with answering a more basic set of questions: Who is this woman? How did she get on that boat? Why?

The detectives quickly determine that she was thrown off the roof of a local hotel -- where an international business convention was being held, complicating the list of suspects. Suddenly, the deaths of a sheep from a local farm and of a homeless man throw the case off course -- someone in Castlemere is using live objects for target practice. Shapiro finds out firsthand that there is a professional killer on the loose, leaving Graham and Donovan to try and piece this puzzling case together alone.

When a panicky phone call from a friend of the dead woman offers to shed light on these bizarre events Liz sends Donovan to fetch her. It should take only a few hours, but even that may be too long...

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Hardback Editions

January 2000 : UK Hardback

Title: The Hireling's Tale
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 0-7540-3911-0 / 978-0-7540-3911-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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December 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hireling's Tale
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 0-312-24400-2 / 978-0-312-24400-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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March 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Hireling's Tale ([A Castlemere mystery])
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 0-333-74956-1 / 978-0-333-74956-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hireling's Tale (Castlemere)
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 1-4472-4369-2 / 978-1-4472-4369-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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March 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hireling's Tale
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 0-373-26377-5 / 978-0-373-26377-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Worldwide Library
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August 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hireling's Tale (Camden)
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 0-7540-3912-9 / 978-0-7540-3912-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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July 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hireling's Tale (Castlemere)
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 0-330-37355-2 / 978-0-330-37355-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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December 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hireling's Tale
Author(s): Jo Bannister
ISBN: 0-7862-2163-1 / 978-0-7862-2163-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hireling's Tale (Castlemere Mystery series Book 6)
Author(s): Jo Bannister
Publisher: Bello
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December 1999 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Hireling's Tale (Castlemere Detectives)
Author(s): Jo Bannister
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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