D is for Death

D is for Death

Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 06/06/2024
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D is for Death
A New Cosy Crime Drama to Adore!
D Is For Death marks the exciting debut of new crime solving heroine Miss Dora Wildwood and believe me when I say this release has all the style and passio... READ MORE
Steven at Bluewater
D is for Death
Fun murder mystery full of classic crime Easter eggs
If you love Dorothy L Sayers, Josephine Tey, Margery Allingham and their sisters in crime there's a lot of fun to be had with this book. The characters are... READ MORE
Hayley Anderton


'A little bit Margery Allingham with hints of Mitford, definite tones of Eva Ibbotson and as delightful as I Capture the Castle, D is for Death is an instant classic. I loved it so much' MARIAN KEYES
'I absolutely loved D is for Death - mischievous and Mitford-esque and tender' ALEX HAY

1935. Dora'son the first train to London, having smuggled herself out of the house in the middle of the night to escape her impending marriage. But unluckily for her, Dora's fiance is more persistent than most and follows.

As Dora alights at Paddington station, she is immediately forced to run from the loathsome Charles Silk-Butters. She ducks into the London Library to hide and it is there, surrounded by books, where she should feel most safe, that Dora Wildwood stumbles across her first dead body.

Having been thrown into the middle of a murder scene, it's now impossible to walk away. Indeed, Dora's certain she will prove an invaluable help to the gruff Detective Inspector Fox who swiftly arrives on the scene. For as everyone knows, it's the woman in the room who always sees more than anyone else: and no one more so than Dora herself...

D is for Death heralds the launch of a brilliant historical crime series that marries the quality of Dorothy L. Sayers with the ingenuity of Janice Hallett - and in Dora Wildwood introduces a character with the spark and gusto of Enola Holmes and the detective skill of Miss Marple.

*** Readers already love Dora Wildwood! ***

'Witty, beautifully plotted and full of memorable characters. I for one can't wait to see what Dora does next. Highly recommended'

'The start of a new historical mystery series with a delightful protagonist, a deftly drawn cast and a well imagined backdrop'

'Oh my god this book! I want to inhale it. I want to live in it. I want to buy the rest of the series and read them all one after the other while feasting on peppermint creams'

'Absolutely delicious, a mash up of so many of my favourite things, with a heroine who has gone straight to the top of my list of favourite sleuths'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

*** And so do your favourite writers! ***

'A charming and authentic ode to Golden Age crime fiction and to books in general. In a genre replete with world-weary cynicism, Dora Wildwood makes for an endearingly optimistic feminist sleuth' CHRIS BROOKMYRE
'A glorious, stylish story of passion, poison and peril' LUCY DIAMOND
'What a world, what a plot, what a cast - a masterpiece!' VERONICA HENRY

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781399731478
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 500g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 30 mm

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D is for Death
A real gem, atmospheric and fascinating!!
An unexpected gem of a book!! Loved it!! Set in 1935 it took me a while to get into the language, then I was hooked into a fascinating world of eccentrici... READ MORE
D is for Death
Perfect crime novel for golden age crime fans.
This was an absolute joy to read and balances perfectly the nod to the golden age of crime novels and a refreshing feminist sleuth. Dora is a wonderful cha... READ MORE
Claire Darke
D is for Death
Absolutely loved it
I absolutely loved "D is for Death" by Harriet F Townson. Set in the Golden Age, it is exactly how I think murder mystery books should be written. Endearin... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
D is for Death
Perfect for all golden age crime fans!
This debut crime novel from Harriet F. Townson (pen name for Harriet Evans) is a gem. Fell in love with Dora immediately, the plot is brilliantly crafted,... READ MORE
D is for Death
It made me laugh many, many, times
Harriet F. Townson’s debut novel, D is for Death, made me laugh many, many, times. There are echoes of PG Wodehouse and Douglas Adams. Charles’s mother can... READ MORE
Colin Edwards