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When Beggars Dye

(The first book in the Jane Madden Genealogical Mystery series)
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Three photographs. 1948: an unknown woman at the wedding of a miner's daughter to a decorated war hero. 1943: a pale US airman, behind him Mary Mine, a drab-painted warplane destined to crash in flames. 1936: a handsome teenager, arm thrust in fascist salute as his black-uniformed idol struts through the East End of London.
What is the link between these people? And what are their legacies?
Introducing Jane Madden, an ex-police detective trying to build a new life after illness and divorce. She is commissioned not to solve an ancestral mystery, but to find one. Together with a reclusive but brilliant friend, she discovers murder, treachery and corruption as she unearths family ties that have been deliberately broken and buried. Torn between truth and justice, and haunted by an image from her own childhood, she tries to make good the lies of yesterday.
A story of abandonment, obsession, one-sided love and the nature of inheritance.

Genre: Mystery

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