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Little Comfort

(2018)
(The first book in the Hester Thursby Mystery series)
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Awards
Agatha Award Best First Book (nominee)
In a brilliantly twisted debut set among Boston’s elite, Edwin Hill introduces unforgettable sleuth Hester Thursby—and a missing persons case that uncovers a trail of vicious murder . . .
 
Harvard librarian Hester Thursby knows that even in the digital age, people still need help finding things. Using her research skills, Hester runs a side business tracking down the lost. Usually, she’s hired to find long-ago prom dates or to reunite adopted children and birth parents. Her new case is finding the handsome and charismatic Sam Blaine.
 
Sam has no desire to be found. As a teenager, he fled his small New Hampshire town with his friend, Gabe, after a haunting incident. For a dozen years, Sam and Gabe have traveled the country, reinventing themselves as they move from one mark to another. Sam has learned how trusting wealthy people can be—especially the lonely ones—as he expertly manipulates his way into their lives and homes.  In Wendy Richards, the beautiful, fabulously rich daughter of one of Boston’s most influential families, he’s found the perfect way to infiltrate the milieu in which he knows he belongs—a world of Brooks Brothers suits, Nantucket summers, and effortless glamour.
 
As Hester’s investigation closes in on their brutal truth, the bond between Sam and Gabe is tested and Hester unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. While Gabe has pinned all his desperate hopes of a normal life on Hester, Sam wants her out of the way for good. And Gabe has always done what 
Sam asks . . .

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Spectacular . . . this book is deftly crafted and its terrifying conclusion stayed with me long after I finished reading. Don’t miss this one!" - Maggie Barbieri

"Compellingly plotted and compulsively readable, Little Comfort will leave you a little uncomfortable in the best of ways. Hester Thursby, its powerhouse protagonist, is tough, intriguingly flawed and complex. Edwin Hill’s first effort is certain to be among the year’s best debuts." - John Keyse-Walker

"Little Comfort isn’t just the arrival of a fantastic new book, but also marks the emergence of a spectacular writer to watch. This story had me hooked from the first chapter, and my nails bitten to the nub before I was halfway through. Watch out! Little Comfort delivers just what the title promises." - Bracken MacLeod

"Fast-paced and riveting . . . takes off from the opening pages and never lets up. Don’t miss this can’t-put-down debut." - Carla Neggers

"A chilling mix of envy, deceit, and murder. Everyone is lying about something in this tense, stylish debut novel. . . . [It] will have you frantically turning pages until the final, breathless climax." - Joanna Schaffhausen

"In his compelling debut, Edwin Hill spins layer upon layer of intrigue as Hester Thursby, in the business of finding people who don’t want to be found, takes on a job that turns out to be far more surprising and dangerous than she bargained for. This smart, complex, and suspenseful New England thriller will keep you turning pages far into the night." - Jessica Treadway


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Hardback Editions

November 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Little Comfort (A Hester Thursby Mystery)
Author(s): Edwin Hill
ISBN: 1-4328-5370-8 / 978-1-4328-5370-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Little Comfort (A Hester Thursby Mystery)
Author(s): Edwin Hill
ISBN: 1-4967-1590-X / 978-1-4967-1590-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Little Comfort (A Hester Thursby Mystery)
Author(s): Edwin Hill
ISBN: 1-4967-2066-0 / 978-1-4967-2066-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Little Comfort - Target Exclusive
Author(s): Edwin Hill
ISBN: 1-4967-2117-9 / 978-1-4967-2117-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
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Audio Editions

March 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Little Comfort (The Hester Thursby Mystery Series)
Author(s): Edwin Hill
ISBN: 1-66513-483-6 / 978-1-66513-483-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, 1)
Author(s): Edwin Hill
ISBN: 1-68441-402-4 / 978-1-68441-402-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Little Comfort Lib/E: 1
Author(s): Edwin Hill
ISBN: 1-66513-481-X / 978-1-66513-481-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Little Comfort: A Hester Thursby Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Edwin Hill
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Little Comfort: A Hester Thursby Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Edwin Hill
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Little Comfort: A Hester Thursby Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Edwin Hill
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Little Comfort: A Hester Thursby Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Edwin Hill
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Little Comfort (A Hester Thursby Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Edwin Hill
Publisher: Kensington Books
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