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A Cruel Necessity

(2014)
(The first book in the John Grey Historical Mystery series)
A novel by

 
 
Two-time Edgar nominee LC Tyler is best known for his series featuring Ethelred and Elsie – a third-rate novelist and his gloriously vulgar agent, respectively. And so he should be: He’s twice won Britain’s “Last Laugh” award for the Best Humorous Mystery of the Year.

But with A Cruel Necessity, the first in the John Grey series, Tyler takes a sharp turn into the shadows. There are still some chuckles to be had, but not many: This is England in the year 1657, Oliver Cromwell is in power, and joy has essentially been outlawed. A young lawyer with a taste for beer and pretty women, Grey finds pleasures enough, even in this backwater Essex town, but he’d be wise to keep his amusement to himself: A Royalist spy has been found dead in a local ditch, and Cromwell’s agents are eager – distressingly eager – to explain to Grey that this is nothing to laugh about.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

November 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Cruel Necessity (A John Grey Historical Mystery)
Author(s): L C Tyler
ISBN: 1-4721-1503-1 / 978-1-4721-1503-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Cruel Necessity: The First John Grey Historical Mystery
Author(s): L C Tyler
ISBN: 1-63194-104-6 / 978-1-63194-104-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Cruel Necessity (A John Grey Historical Mystery)
Author(s): L C Tyler
ISBN: 1-4721-1504-X / 978-1-4721-1504-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2015 : Paperback
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Title: [(A Cruel Necessity)] [By (author) L. C. Tyler] published on (May, 2015)
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: A Cruel Necessity: 1 (A John Grey Historical Mystery)
Author(s): L C Tyler
ISBN: 1-4893-5052-7 / 978-1-4893-5052-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2016 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: A Cruel Necessity: 1 (A John Grey Historical Mystery)
Author(s): L C Tyler
ISBN: 1-4893-5053-5 / 978-1-4893-5053-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Cruel Necessity: A John Grey Historical Mystery
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


December 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Cruel Necessity: A John Grey Historical Mystery
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


December 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Cruel Necessity: A John Grey Historical Mystery
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Cruel Necessity: The First John Grey Historical Mystery
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem Press
Availability: Amazon   


November 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Cruel Necessity (A John Grey Historical Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


November 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Cruel Necessity (A John Grey Historical Mystery)
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon CA