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Stone Cold Dead

(A book in the Richard and Amelia Patton series)
A novel by

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

A combined eighteenth birthday and engagement party should be a pleasant occasion, especially one taking place in a canal-side country house quaintly trapped 200 years in the past.

But when Richard and Amelia Patton battle their way through the elements to arrive at Flight House, things immediately take a strange turn when come across an empty red car covered in snow on a rural lane, with the keys still in the ignition.

The water which is home to the houseboat tenants of Flight House has frozen over.

The Pattons find it hard to believe that people manage to live in these conditions.

But do they?

The young woman whom Richard discovers is not dead, though very close to being so.

Prodding ever further into the strange world of Flight House and its string of houseboat tenants, Richard uncovers one uncomfortable truth after another.

He starts asking questions no one wants answered - and starts to feel more and more threatened.

Can he get to the heart of the mystery?

Or will be the one to end up Stone Cold Dead?

Brilliantly evoking the wintry countryside and the frosty silences of a world frozen in time, Stone Cold Dead masterfully handles a slow drip of new clues and twists, as lives half lived give up their secrets.

Praise for Roger Ormerod

"I am glad to announce that the detective novel is still alive and well in Mr Ormerod's skilful 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

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Hardback Editions

January 1997 : UK Hardback

Title: Stone Cold Dead
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-7451-6909-0 / 978-0-7451-6909-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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October 1995 : UK Hardback

Title: Stone Cold Dead (Fiction - crime & suspense)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-09-474010-0 / 978-0-09-474010-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Paperback Editions

June 1997 : UK Paperback

Title: Stone Cold Dead
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-7451-6910-4 / 978-0-7451-6910-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers P.
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January 1997 : USA Paperback

Title: Stone Cold Dead: A Richard and Amelia Patton Investigation
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-7862-0787-6 / 978-0-7862-0787-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Stone Cold Dead (An Inspector Patton Mystery Book 11)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
Publisher: Lume Books
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