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by Andrew Cartmel


Launching a new series, a cast of lovable rogues face fiendish puzzles and murderous villains in this love letter to Agatha Christie murder mysteries and classic whodunnits. Introducing a new series from the creator of the beloved, bestselling Vinyl Detective novels.

DEATH IN FINE CONDITION is book one of THE PAPERBACK SLEUTH series, a brand new murder mystery series set in the book world, from the author of THE VINYL DETECTIVE. This just published in English from Titan books, where it featured on the indie bestseller list and garnered rave reviews. There are two more books in the series under contract which will be publishing yearly.

Cordelia Stanmer is an addict-turned-dealer of classic crime paperbacks, who is chasing a hot tip for a treasure trove of second-hand books: a complete set of Sleuth Hound originals.

They're the perfect gift for the object of her affections, to be left by her secret admirer. Only problem is they aren't for sale, but still in their owner's house—not that ownership, or locks or the law will stop Cordelia. But the owner is a criminal, a violent one, and when Cordelia’s crush posts pictures of the mystery gift online she's in a race against time to save their life...

Andrew Cartmel is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His work for BBC television includes a legendary three year stint as the Script Editor on Doctor Who. He has also been commissioned to write scripts for Midsomer Murders, Dark Knight and Torchwood. He has toured as a stand-up comedian and his stage play UNDER THE EAGLE was hailed by Time Out London as ‘bitingly funny’.