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Cart Before the Hearse

(A book in the David Mallin series)
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When Ernest Connolly admits to having killed, this leads to a great deal of questions...

Who was the victim?

Where was the body?

And what then happened to Ernest?

Ernest's last words haunt the investigation and policemen Dave Mallin and George Coe find themselves attempting to discover a body to fit the crime.

Fortunately, they have a lead: a rather unusual car.

This leads them straight into trouble, and although the victim is soon discovered, it is not at all certain where the blame really lies.

Was Ernest really the culprit?

Five men were intimately involved that fatal Saturday. Five men and one girl.

George becomes obsessed with the loaded pistol which was not fired, but Dave is more interested in the phone call that was not made.

But which is the key to unlock this investigation?

Neither is quite certain, until the end, exactly whose murder they are investigating...

Cart Before the Hearse is an intense crime novel that has a mystery behind every turn.

Praise for Roger Ormerod

"Eclectic, underrated Ormerod can be relied upon to come up with the startling goods" -Sunday Times

"I am glad to announce that the detective novel is still alive and well in Mr Ormerod's skillful hands " -The Spectator

"Fast-moving, with well-orchestrated jiggery-pokery; not unlike an early Dick Francis in tone and method" -Times Literary Supplement

Roger Ormerod(1920-2005) was a prolific writer of ingenious and densely plotted crime novels - some 35 in all - which were published in the UK and the USA. He lived in Wolverhampton and amongst other things worked as a civil servant and as a Social Security inspector - backgrounds which he made full use of in his fiction, as he did with his hobbies of painting and photography.

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Roger Ormerod's Cart Before the Hearse

Hardback Editions

January 1980 : UK Hardback

Title: Cart Before the Hearse
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-7091-7924-3 / 978-0-7091-7924-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 1997 : UK Paperback

Title: Cart Before the Hearse (Linford Mystery)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-7089-5025-6 / 978-0-7089-5025-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Linford (Large Print)
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Kindle Editions

April 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Cart Before The Hearse (David Mallin Detective series Book 14)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
Publisher: Lume Books
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