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101. The Pharmacist's Wife - Vanessa Tait

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When Rebecca Palmer's new husband Alexander opens a pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh, she expects to live the life of a well-heeled gentlewoman. But her ideal is turned to ashes when she discovers her husband is not what he seems. As Rebecca struggles to maintain her dignity in the face of his infidelity and strange sexual desires, Alexander tries to pacify her so-called hysteria with a magical new chemical creation. A wonder-drug he calls heroin. Alexander's desire to profit from his invention leads him down a dangerous path that blurs science, passion, and death. He soon discovers that even the most promising experiments can have unforeseen and deadly consequences...

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102. The Powder of Death - Julian Stockwin

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The Powder of Death opens with a returned envoy to China meeting an English scholar in Oxford, in the mid-13th century; their purpose is to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them. The novel tells the story of its re-discovery, one man's obsession with the powder of death, and Edward III's determination to use it to his advantage. The nature of warfare is changed forever, and the world hears the death-knell of Knightly chivalry.

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103. The Protector - S. J. Deas

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Autumn, 1646: The first Civil War is over, but the killing is not yet done. William Falkland, reluctant investigator for Cromwell, seeks his missing family. As his hopes are once again dashed, Falkland must help another, John Milton, whose sister was apparently abducted by the King's supporters. Falkland's task will lead him towards a brutal act buried in the maelstrom of the War, and a secret that threatens not just his own life, but also the fragile peace England so desperately needs...

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104. The Quarryman's Bride - Tracie Peterson

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105. The Return of Little Big Man - Thomas Berger

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106. The Royalist - S. J. Deas

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William Falkland is a dead man. A Royalist dragoon who fought against Parliament, he is currently awaiting execution at Newgate prison. Yet when he is led away from Newgate it is not the gallows to which they take him, but to Oliver Cromwell himself. Cromwell has heard of Falkland's reputation as an investigator and now more than ever he needs a man of conscience. His New Model Army are wintering in Devon but mysterious deaths are sweeping the camp and, in return for his freedom, Falkland is despatched to uncover the truth. With few friends and a slew of enemies, Falkland soon learns there is a dark demon at work.

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107. The Sapphire Widow - Dinah Jeffries

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Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child. While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian ocean. After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind. Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo, a rugged outdoors man with a chequered past. The plantation casts a spell, but all is not as it seems. And when Elliot's shocking betrayal is revealed, Louisa has only Leo to turn to..

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108. The Secrets of Gaslight Lane - M. R. C. Kasasian

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London, 1883: All is quiet at 125 Gower Street, perhaps too quiet. So, when a young woman turns up at the door, imploring London's foremost personal detective to solve the mystery of her father's murder, Grice can barely disguise his glee. Mr Nathan Garstang was found slaughtered, with no trace of a weapon or intruder. A classic locked-room case. But what piques Grice's interest is the crime's link to one of London's most notorious unsolved murders. Ten years ago, Nathan's uncle aunt and servants were murdered in their sleep in the very same house. Now, it seems, the Garstang murderer is back...

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109. The Silent Hours - Cesca Major

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An epic, sweeping tale set in wartime France, The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart: Adeline is a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past. Sebastien is a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically. Finally there is Tristan, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves from Paris to settle in a village that is seemingly untouched by war.

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110. The Strangler Vine - M. J. Carter

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel.

Calcutta, 1837. The East India Company rules India, and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing. William Avery, a junior officer in the Company’s army, is sent to find him, in the unlikely company of the enigmatic Jeremiah Blake.

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111. The Tutor - Andrea Chapin

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Headstrong young widow Katherine de L'Isle lives a comfortable but solitary existence, until a new schoolmaster from Stratford by the name of William Shakespeare arrives to shatter her tranquillity. Rude, flirtatious and wickedly witty, Katherine is first seduced by his words, then by his passion. Beneath her excitement, Katherine knows that Will already has a wife - will she ever be his true love? Alone, vulnerable and entangled, Katherine is plunged into a passion she cannot control, whilst the more she learns of charming young Will Shakespeare, the more it seems that he is not who he claims to be...

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112. The Victory: Volume Twelve of the Morland Dynasty - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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From the winner of the RNA Novel of the Year Award comes the thrilling twelfth installment in The Morland Dynasty series.

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113. The Wages of Sin - Kaite Welsh

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Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh's first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up against resistance from lecturers, her male contemporaries, and - perhaps worst of all - her fellow women, who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman. When one of Sarah's patients turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into Edinburgh's dangerous underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers - and a confrontation with her own past.

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114. The Walnut Tree LP: A Christmas Tale - Charles Todd

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115. The Waters of Sul - Moyra Caldecott

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It is 72 AD. Most of Britain is under Roman domination. But there is unrest in Aquae Sulis. The local people are threatening rebellion. The centurion Decius Brutus, a Celt, is ordered to return to his home town to deal with the troublemakers...

The Waters of Sul is set at a time of transition and adjustment, when beliefs are questioned and loyalties tested. Love and hate, conflict and reconciliation, troubled romance and an uneasy traffic with the supernatural, all feature in this brilliantly conceived novel from a masterful storyteller.

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116. The Way of All Flesh - Ambrose Parry

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Edinburgh, 1847. A number of young women have been found dead. Medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the renowned Dr Simpson, whose house is full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. With each having their own motive to look deeper into the city's spate of suspicious deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.

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117. The Widow of the South - Robert Hicks

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118. Theft of Life - Imogen Robertson

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The electrifying new historical thriller featuring Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther from 'one of the best writers of historical fiction currently at work' - BBC History Magazine

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119. There Was A Time - Frank White

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A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer's morning in 1940, the countryside as still as a painting. In the blue sky above, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of Britain. If they fail, Hitler's next step will be invasion. The conflict will take husbands and sons away, bring in evacuees from the city and soldiers to defend the coast. Everywhere, the feeling of change is in the air. There Was a Time portrays a community of people and weaves together their stories with passion, betrayal, intrigue and suspense.

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120. Throne of the Caesars: Blood and Steel - Harry Sidebottom

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Rome, 238AD: Emperor Maximinus reigns at the helm of an empire that is bleeding manpower and money to sustain his wars in the north. In Africa, Gordian the Elder and Younger are proclaimed as the new Augusti. A family descending from the imperial bloodline, they represent a chance for the establishment to take back the empire. In Rome, the first blood of the revolt is shed when an assassin murders Maximinus' prefect and announces to Rome that their ruler is dead and the Gordians have taken the throne. As chaos descends on the capital, news reaches Maximinus of the betrayal. On the dusty plains outside Carthage, bloody battle will determine the fate of the Roman Empire.

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