Best Andrea Frazer books

Strangeways to Oldham: (The Belchester Chronicles) (Volume 1)

Andrea Frazer

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From the author of the Falconer Files, a series featuring a pair of amateur sleuths and a delightful outpouring of English upper-class eccentricities – with the odd murder thrown in. Strangeways to Oldham – Book One of the Belchester Chronicles Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of one of her breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. If she wasn’t calling a spade a shovel, it was only because she was calling it 'trumps'! On a visit to a local nursing home where an old business partner of her father's is residing, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump – and stumbles upon a murder as well. Installing Hugo in the more civilised and comfortable surroundings of Belchester Towers, the pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector and is incensed when he treats her as a silly old biddy with an over-active imagination. Her outrage prompts her to teach the impertinent young whipper-snapper a lesson, and she and Hugo (Zimmer frame in tow) embark upon their first investigation, only for murder to become a distressingly frequent occurrence…

Nuptial Sacrifice: A Falconer File Short Story

Andrea Frazer

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After many trials and tribulations, eternal bachelor Detective Inspector Harry Falconer has finally decided to get hitched. His bride - the delectable Dr Honey Dubois!

With his trusty sergeant Carmichael as best man, Falconer is in remarkably good spirits as the big day closes in. OK, so the normally lugubrious Carmichael is having trouble getting his words out, and there's the unenlightened Mrs Falconer senior to deal with. But surely nothing serious can go wrong?

With impeccable timing, it does - will bride and groom last long enough to cut the cake, or will it all be over before it even begins?

The final instalment in the much-loved Falconer Files series by acclaimed author Andrea Frazer.

White Christmas with a Wobbly Knee (Belchester Chronicles) (Volume 2)

Andrea Frazer

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White Christmas with a Wobbly Knee – Book Two in the Belchester Chronicles Lady Amanda Golightly, eccentric resident of a sprawling faux castle in the town of Belchester, has recently taken it upon herself to act as a veritable super-sleuth, aided by her friend Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton Crump. In this Chronicle she faces a family crisis while planning a new business venture for Belchester Towers: guided tours. To celebrate (and road-test) her new venture, Lady Amanda invites a horde of old chums to a trial run at Christmas time, complete with tasty nibbles. However, things don’t go to plan – a dead guest is discovered found slumped on the library table, having been dispatched in a variety of unusual ways! Lady Amanda and Hugo are off again, but can they beat the morose Inspector Moody to the unmasking of the culprit?

Shadows and Sins (Falconer Files)

Andrea Frazer

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The body of a woman has been discovered in Castle Farthing Woods, and it appears that although she had been dead for years, nobody had ever reported her missing. DI Harry Falconer of the Market Darley police is perplexed – and not only in his working life. He has recently resumed his relationship with psychologist Dr Honey Dubois – but while visiting a local village in the course of his investigations, unsettling memories of a former love are revived. As Falconer’s sidekick DS Carmichael is coping with the early birth of his twins, the DI is forced to form a closer bond with his new constable, as they try to solve a nightmare conundrum.

Old Moorhen's Shredded Sporran (Belchester Chronicle) (Volume 4)

Andrea Frazer

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Another tongue - in - cheek romp for our intrepid decrepit heroes. Lady Amanda Golightly and her housemate Hugo Cholmondeley - Crichton - Crump return from their visit to Scotland to find a letter informing them that Hugo's sister will be arriving the following day for a month's visit, which sours Lady A's mood as Tabitha constantly bullied her at school.Her manservant's announcement that he is now betrothed to Enid Tweedie, sort of friend and general gopher for his employer, has already unsettled her. If that wasn't enough to cope with, it appears that, while they were away, the security of Belchester Towers had been breached and there had been thefts. To top it all, somebody started systematically killing off the domestic staff! Enter Detective Inspector Moody and Detective Sergeant Glenister, and all hell breaks loose!

Snowballs and Scotch Mist: The Belchester Chronicles - 3

Andrea Frazer

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The batty old biddies are at it again... In this third 'cocktail' mystery, Lady Amanda Golightly receives an invitation to spend Burns' Night in Castle Rumdrummond in Scotland. Although she is dismissive of the idea, her old chum Hugo is thrilled at the thought and, beguiled by the idea of wearing tartan, he uses his own brand of childish pleading to win her agreement to the trip. Along with Beauchamp, her long-suffering manservant, and her friend, Enid Tweedie, acting as personal servants, the four head north of the border for a 'wee break'. It is not too long, however, before murder enters their lives once more, and they begin to suspect some very dirty dealing under the social veneer of castle life. Bagpipes, haggis, tartan and kilts all make their appearance, as dastardly deeds continue through the snowy landscape. But Death has not yet finished with the houseparty.

Death of an Old Git: The Falconer Files - File 1 (Volume 1)

Andrea Frazer

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Book one in the Falconer Files - a village detective series with a delightful slice of humor. In the village of Castle Farthing a mean-spirited, spiteful, curmudgeonly old man is found drugged and strangled in the kitchen of his cottage, with no obvious clues to the perpetrator of the crime. DI Falconer and Acting DS Carmichael are summoned from the police headquarters in the nearby town of Market Darley and begin to uncover a web of grudges against the old man and a sea of familial connections between those who knew him. As the heat of July continues relentlessly, tempers flare, disturbing the usual rural calm of the village, and the normally imperturbable Harry Falconer. Faced with a crime with no obvious prime suspect and the idiosyncrasies of his new partner,Carmichael, he feels that he is gradually losing his grip on the case as the body count rises. Undecided whether he has one or two murderers to bring to justice, only a moment of serendipity will show him how events actually unfolded, and allow him to close his File on Castle Farthing, still smarting from the hideous twist with which events finally came to a head.

Choked off: The Falconer Files- File 2 (Volume 2)

Andrea Frazer

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Choked Off is the second installment of Andrea Frazer’s Falconer Files, a detective series chock-full of picture-postcard villages, dastardly deeds, and a delightful slice of humour. The villagers of Stoney Cross were bustling about like hyperactive ants. In gardens, houses, and the village hall, figures flitted to and fro, making last-minute preparations for their 'Great Event': the first Stoney Cross Arts Festival, which was due to commence on Saturday. The enlisting of a local radio presenter to advertise then review their efforts had added an extra frisson of excitement. But the delight soon turns to dismay when the broadcaster, Marcus Willoughby, actually moves into a house in Stoney Cross the day before the Festival. He turns out to be someone from various people’s pasts; someone whom they had hoped never to see again, and who greets them with recognition – and malice – in his eyes. To those he had never met before, he simply proves to be a smarmy, spiteful bigot, who proceeds to take great delight in verbally shredding their artistic efforts. When he is found dead at his desk in his new home, no crocodile tears are shed. His demise is even presented on air, during his pre-recorded radio show Marcus having been 'choked off' for good while in full flow. His arrival in the village had obviously caused a few already guilty hearts to beat faster, and precipitates the hasty confessions of dark deeds thought long since buried. Into this welter of emotions is dispatched DI Harry Falconer, his erstwhile Acting Detective Sergeant, 'Davey' Carmichael riding shotgun, as they enter 'bandit' country once more.

Trick or Threat

Andrea Frazer

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The Rev. Goodfellow pays a visit to Lady Amanda Golightly at Belchester Towers, upset by the trick-or-treat antics of some local youths who are apparently using this innocent Hallowe'en pastime as a means of extracting money with menaces. Incensed at this bullying of vulnerable local residents, including one of her own circle, Lady Amanda, aided by her faithful friend Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump, girds her loins and prepares to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Caribbean Sunset with a Yellow Parrot (The Belchester Chronicles) (Volume 5)

Andrea Frazer

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The fifth instalment of the Belchester Chronicles by best-selling author Andrea Frazer. Lady Amanda Golightly and her old friend Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump are off to the Caribbean. One of Lady A’s old school-friends is having a school reunion, coupled with a push to sell the villas she has built on part of a privately-owned island. Some of the old girls already live there, others are crossing for the reunion by sea, and Lady Amanda books crossings on the same ship – the Seven Seas Floating Party Town. Hugo, on embarkation, is horrified to discover himself the centre of attention in a gaggle of elderly women with a plethora of unlikely nicknames. As usual, life is anything but uneventful and, soon after disembarkation, the tropical island paradise is rife with murder, smuggling, blackmail and much, much, more. With Lady Amanda’s unerring nose for nefarious deeds, she, Hugo and the newlywed and utterly besotted Beauchamps are off on the detecting trail once more – this time with coconut rum – and their adventures include Lady A’s too close for comfort encounter with a dustbin and Hugo’s unfortunate experience with the local hot sauce.