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An Alibi Too Soon

(A book in the Richard and Amelia Patton series)
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When Richard Patton decides to give his old friend ex-Chief Superintendent Llew Hughes a call out of the blue, little does he expect Llew to answer sounding frantic.

He desperately begs Richard to visit him, and reveals that he believes there have been attempts on his life.

Llew has been writing his memoirs, and has discovered something suspicious in an old case...

But as Richard and Amelia approach Llew's house they see that it is ablaze - they are too late. Llew is killed in the fire before he has a chance to explain.

In the wake of Llew's suspicious death, Richard takes up his investigation.

But as he opens the old case, old grievances are disturbed and before long, Richard is drawn into a web of lies that could cost him his own life.

Two men stand in his way: the convicted murderer of the Edwin Carter case, and a disdainful officer who will stop at nothing to halt his investigations.

Can he solve two murders, one old, one new, and uncover the secret behind an alibi given too soon?

An Alibi Too Soon is a complex crime thriller from a master of the genre.

Praise for Roger Ormerod

'Roger Ormerod is an accomplished writer of traditional murder mysteries who has earned himself not only popular success but also the respect and admiration of his colleagues...This is a strongly characterised, intellectually teasing story with a nail-biting climax, which any crime fiction buff ought to relish.' James Melville, Hampstead & Highgate Express

Roger Ormerod
is the author of over twenty novels. He was born in 1920 and left school at seventeen to join the Civil Service in which he spent most of his working life. He retired in 1970 and later worked as a postman and in the production control department of a heavy industry factory. He lives in Wolverhampton. His other novels include A Shot At Nothing, Third Time Fatal, The Key to the Case and The Night She Died.

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Roger Ormerod's An Alibi Too Soon

Hardback Editions

March 1988 : USA Hardback

Title: An Alibi Too Soon
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-684-18930-5 / 978-0-684-18930-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Charles Scribner's
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May 1987 : UK Hardback

Title: An Alibi Too Soon (Constable crime)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-09-467470-1 / 978-0-09-467470-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: An Alibi Too Soon (An Inspector Patton Mystery Book 3)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
Publisher: Lume Books
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