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Death in Leamington is more than a crime story; it is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Set in the genteel Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa, the murder of an elderly foreign visitor sets off an intricate chain of events, surprising literary encounters and one too many unexplained and gruesome deaths. Inspector Hunter and his new assistant DC Penny Dore ra ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 28th 2015 by Troubador Publishing Ltd (first published November 3rd 2014)
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Maureen
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the genteel regency town of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the murder of an elderly foreign visitor is just the beginning of a series of murders, all linked in some way, but how? And why?

Inspector Hunter and his assistant DC Penny Dore have their work cut out, as clues lead them up various avenues, only to fizzle out. This is an interesting whodunit, where those tasked with discovering how the victims died and why, are all linked on a personal level. It was gripping, with plenty of tens
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Cathy
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I found it a bit confusing as the first person changed throughout the book, but overall a good, enjoyable read with an interesting story.
Lisa Marie Gabriel
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Death in Leamington
The book Death in Leamington is billed as a celebration of the literary and folk heritage of Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and this would seem a fitting place to start my review. Many literary characters make a fleeting appearance through poetry and quotations, including Hiawatha, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and even Shakespeare’s Queen Mab. There are frequent references to historical figures, such as Louis Napoleon, Sir Edward Elgar and Guy of Warwi
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S.C. Skillman
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Following on from Searching for Amber, which I greatly enjoyed, I found this second novel from David Smith took some adjusting to. Death in Leamington novel lacked the lyrical writing of Searching for Amber, which for me had been one of the most outstanding elements of Smith’s debut novel, lifting the events of the story onto another level.
However, in fairness to the author, this is a different genre. And he has written an ingenious crime suspense novel, set very close to my own home town. In f
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William Deakin
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you like hard-boiled detective stories, police procedural works or Rebus novels you probably wont appreciate this book. But if you like a detective and literary puzzle that reads like Sherlock Holmes meets Agatha Christie meets Enid Blyton with literary references and quotes thrown in you will love this book.

It is definitely a "marmite" book - some readers will love it while others will hate it.
Dilys Myhill
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is written differently from my normal murder mysteries I normally read but nonetheless very enjoyable. There are plenty of characters who each tell their own stories and events up to the murder. It takes awhile to inwardly digest all the facts but this didn't detract. from the novel. WON THIS ON GOODREADS GIVE-AWAY.
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Dec 06, 2014 marked it as to-read
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Review will be added later.
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Described as an exciting voice in Contemporary Literature, David Smith has published four novels all with strong themes of romance and intrigue. His first novel Searching For Amber has been described as "A powerful and notably memorable debut" with a review describing it as "masterly and confident" and another as "Extraordinary, poetic, enchanting, sublime". His latest novel Letters to Strabo has ...more

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