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Dead in Oxford

(2020)
(The third book in the Doug Mullen series)
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DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER FULL OF TWISTS

THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
Doug Mullen is house-sitting for Professor Mel Moody and looking after her dog, Rex. He receives an anonymous letter which changes everything.

A friend’s mother has died and someone wants him to know about it.

Flashbacks from his army days take over, as he remembers his friend Ben, whose body he discovered. It was presumed suicide but Doug always had his doubts.

Doug is also contacted by his pregnant old-flame Becca who wants him to take up her friend Marie’s case. Marie’s husband is also an apparent suicide. He shot himself, just like Ben. The police think it’s case closed but Doug isn’t giving up.

Things take a turn for the worse for Doug when he gets back to his home to find it ablaze, and Becca is inside . . .

CAN HE OVERCOME CORRUPT POLICE OFFICERS, BRING JUSTICE, AND SAVE HER LIFE?

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVE
Doug Mullen is a private detective with a conflicted past and a messy present. Desperate to make some sort of life for himself in Oxford, he sets himself up as private investigator. He falls on his feet when an Oxford professor hires him as a house-sitter. But Mullen remains haunted by his memories of a friend’s suicide. He is a man with a compulsion to help the needy and rescue the lost. Whether it is a woman with marriage problems, a murdered down-and-out, a missing Syrian migrant, a goth-girl with an attitude, a damsel in distress or even a miserable-looking dog – Mullen never says no. Never carries a gun. Never gives up. He doesn’t go looking for trouble, but trouble tracks him down without fail.

PRAISE FOR PETER TICKLER
“A marvellous, well-constructed novel that draws you into its vice like grip from the off.” P.S.

“Tickler's light touch, genuine feel for his Oxfordshire setting, and a compelling plot make this an easy page turner of a read. I'm already looking forward to reading more by this author.” Buck

“From a few chapters in, the engaging pace of the action meant that I couldn't put the book down until the end.” Daily Information

"Peter’s novel is a fantastic read. It’s refreshing to read an Oxford book which tells a gripping story from the town point of view." Oxford Times

ALSO BY PETER TICKLER
DETECTIVE SUSAN HOLDEN
Book 1: BLOOD ON THE COWLEY ROAD
Book 2: BLOOD IN GRANDPONT
Book 3: BLOOD ON THE MARSH

DOUG MULLEN
Book 1: DEAD IN THE WATER
Book 2: WHITES LIES, DEADLY LIES
Book 3: DEAD IN OXFORD

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Genre: Mystery

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