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Hanging Murder

(2019)
(The fourth book in the Lancashire Detective series)
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We can all stand on principles until evil pays us a visit...

The year is 1894 when Mr Simeon Crosby, a retired executioner, comes to Wigan with his wife and brother to give a talk on his life's work.

Whilst he has an eager following, there are also many people who strongly object to Crosby's profession and do not wish his melancholy shadow to be cast over their town. Protests have been organised and threats have been made.

Detective Sergeant Brennan is tasked with overseeing the security of the controversial visitor and all seems to be going to plan... until a murder is committed on the night of Crosby's talk.

As Brennan and his brawny constable Fred Jaggery begin their lines of inquiry, they become overwhelmed with suspects and frustrated at the ambiguity of the evidence.

And then a second body is found.

Brennan soon discovers that both victim and killer can take many, sometimes indistinguishable, forms.

Hanging Murder is one of A.J. Wright's Lancashire Detective Mystery series of cleverly crafted Victorian whodunits, which also includes Sitting Murder and Elementary Murder.

Praise for A.J. Wright:

'This is an absolute gem of a historical crime novel - cleverly and intricately plotted, very well-written and convincingly evoking all the social problems of a late-Victorian industrial town' - Crime Review

'Excellently plotted, with some breathtaking moments, as pieces of the dark past come into the light' - Chris Nickson, best-selling author of the Richard Nottingham Mysteries

'A.J. Wright has composed a clever tale indeed in his novel, "Sitting Murder". The grey and gloomy place that was Victorian Britain is wonderfully rendered by the author in this fast-moving mystery novel' - L.J. Shea, bestselling author of The Raven's Augury

'A network of loves, hates, intrigue and suspense' - Roger Silverwood (best-selling author of DI Angel Mystery Series)

'... the book vividly depicts the tensions and ramifications of the miners' strike. The mystery is equally strong: the plot is fast-paced and cleverly strewn with red herrings and subtle clues. Highly recommended' - Historical Novel Society

In 2009 A. J. Wright won the 2010 Dundee International Fiction Prize for his Victorian murder mystery Act of Murder. His writing is inspired by his two major interests: all things Victorian and classic works from the Golden Age of crime fiction. He lives near Wigan.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Used availability for Alan Wright's Hanging Murder

Paperback Editions

April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hanging Murder
Author(s): A J Wright
ISBN: 1-911445-75-8 / 978-1-911445-75-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Endeavour Quill
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hanging Murder (A Lancashire Detective Mystery Book 4)
Author(s): A J Wright
Publisher: Endeavour Quill
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU