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The Lively Dead

(1975)
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In this mystery from CWA Gold Dagger winner Peter Dickinson, a landlady discovers a corpse beneath her crowded London boardinghouse

A sturdy young woman with a knack for home repair and a practical sense of Marxism, Lydia is renovating her London townhouse while her husband finishes law school. To bring in extra money, she rents her upper floors to the exiled government of Livonia, a Baltic state that was long ago absorbed into the Soviet Union.

One day, as Lydia is taking up the floorboards, the Livonians carry a coffin through the house. It bears their housekeeper, who is to be honored with vodka toasts and a solemn funeral. After the ceremony, Lydia returns to her floorboards. Beneath the rotted wood is dirt - and in the dirt, she discovers a corpse that never reached the graveyard.

Identifying the body and finding the person who stashed it there draws Lydia into a tangle of spies and counterspies as her quiet little boardinghouse becomes a new front in the global Cold War.

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Hardback Editions

May 1975 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lively Dead
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-340-19561-4 / 978-0-340-19561-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lively Dead: A Crime Novel
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 1-4976-9766-2 / 978-1-4976-9766-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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November 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lively Dead
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-09-958080-2 / 978-0-09-958080-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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July 1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: THE LIVELY DEAD
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-394-73317-7 / 978-0-394-73317-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Lively Dead
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-679-73317-5 / 978-0-679-73317-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon Books
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August 1977 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lively Dead
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-380-01706-7 / 978-0-380-01706-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books (Mm)
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1975 : USA Paperback
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Title: The lively dead
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-394-49680-9 / 978-0-394-49680-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lively Dead: A Crime Novel
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA