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Personally, the F&M list holds far more of these than the tally in my library.
Tony Broadbent's The Smoke, about a circa WWII cat-burglar, The Cambridge Theorem by Tony Cape, some of those set in far-off climes, S.F.X. Dean's By Frequent Anguish, an apparently very moving entry in the realm of donnish detective stories, featuring Professor Neil Kelly, John Donne specialist. Reginald Hill's non-Dalziel & Pascoe Death of a Dormouse, The Spy's Wife and Who Guards a Prince; Barbara Paul's The Fourth Wall, wherein attacks to a Broadway company are solved by the players; the art-historian protagonist of John Malcolm's A Back Room in Somers Town - all attract me.
What about the rest of you? Any desires? What piques your interest?
(edit: fixing touchstones)
Since their webpage isn't up, I don't really know their whole list of authors! I'm sure there are many I'm coveting and don't yet know it!!
I've fixed the link to another source. Sorry! It was cut off by length limits.
Due to my incredible good fortune, and her kindness, I now have The Smoke, and it starts off wonderfully. Highly recommended, so far.
It begins in post-war London, and Broadbent's style and the way he depicts the straitened city are both admirable. It seems there's also an espionage thread to it. (Burgling embassies can lead to that.)
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