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Patricia Hall Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ackroyd and Thackeray Books

Death by Election (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying Fall (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Bleak Midwinter (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perils Of The Night (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Italian Girl (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead on Arrival (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skeleton at the Feast (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep Freeze (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Dark Waters (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Reckoning (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
False Witness (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sins of the Fathers (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in a Far Country (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Death Divided (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Game (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dust to Dust (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kate O'Donnell Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Poison Pool (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coldness of Killers (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masks of Darkness (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ready-to-Read Level 3 Books

Creepy-Crawly Birthday (By: James Howe) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pinky and Rex and the Mean Old Witch (By: Melissa Sweet,James Howe) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pinky and Rex Go To Camp (By: Melissa Sweet,James Howe) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pinky and Rex Get Married (By: Melissa Sweet,James Howe) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mitchell Is Moving (By: Ariane Dewey,Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train (By: Felicia Marshall,Sharon Shavers Gayle) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier (By: Alan Daniel,Lea Daniel,Patricia Lakin) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Teddy Roosevelt: The People's President (By: Bob Dacey,Debra Bandelin,Sharon Shavers Gayle) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vampire Bunny (By: James Howe,Jeff Mack) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who's Afraid of Granny Wolf? (By: Lisa Wheeler) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross (By: Patricia Lakin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier (By: Stephen Krensky,Bob Dacey,Debra Bandelin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Albert Einstein: Genius of the Twentieth Century (By: Alan Daniel,Lea Daniel,Patricia Lakin) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invasion of the Pig Sisters (By: Lisa Wheeler) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abigail Adams: First Lady of the American Revolution (By: Bob Dacey,Debra Bandelin,Patricia Lakin) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Max & Mo Go Apple Picking (By: Patricia Lakin) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snack Attack (By: Stephen Krensky) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trucks (By: Stephen Krensky) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sojourner Truth: Path to Glory (By: Peter Merchant,Julia Denos) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs (By: Shirley Raye Redmond) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sparky and Tidbit (By: Gerald Kelley,Kathryn O. Galbraith) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Innings and Outs of Baseball (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbid of the Sea (By: Jim Durk,Cordelia Evans) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic! (By: Sheila Sweeny Higginson,Rob McClurkan) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Explosive Story of Fireworks! (By: Kama Einhorn) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbids at the Museum (By: Jim Durk,Cordelia Evans) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day at the Fair (With: Kathryn Mitter) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cool Story Behind Snow (By: Joe Rao) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy (By: Ellie O'Ryan,Rob McClurkan) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zach and Lucy and the Museum of Natural Wonders (By: The Pifferson Sisters) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zach and Lucy and the Yoga Zoo (By: The Pifferson Sisters) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Airplanes Get from Here . . . to There! (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Attack of the Zombie Rabbids (By: Shane L. Johnson,Maggie Testa) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unmasking the Science of Superpowers! (By: Scott Burroughs,Jordan D. Brown) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing (By: Joe Rao) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret Agents! Sharks! Ghost Armies!: World War II (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Laurie Calkhoven) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Founding Fathers Were Spies!: Revolutionary War (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Patricia Lakin) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroes Who Risked Everything for Freedom: Civil War (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Patricia Lakin) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fearless Flyers, Dazzle Painters, and Code Talkers!: World War I (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Elizabeth Dennis) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Can't Bring a Sandwich to the Moon . . . and Other Stories about Space!: Space Age (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Laurie Calkhoven) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crayola! The Secrets of the Cool Colors and Hot Hues (By: Rob McClurkan,Bonnie Williams) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Harlem Globetrotters Present the Points Behind Basketball (By: Scott Burroughs,Larry Dobrow) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mount Rushmore's Hidden Room and Other Monumental Secrets: Monuments and Landmarks (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Laurie Calkhoven) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ready-to-Read Level 2 Books

Party on, America! (By: Michael Teitelbaum) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Case (By: Robert Roper,Kirsten Larsen) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Smurfs: Off To School! (By: Peyo) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Clumsy Tale (By: Susan Hall,Ilanit Oliver) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snow Giant (By: Veronica Paz) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pigeon Hero! (By: Doris Ettlinger,Shirley Raye Redmond) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Really Rotten Princess (By: Mike Lester,Lady Cecily Snodgrass) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jamie to the Rescue! (By: Charles Grosvenor,Justin Gerard,Tina Gallo) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Come the Croods (By: Maggie Testa) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. (By: Denise Lewis Patrick,Rodney S. Pate) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Really Rotten Princess and the Cupcake Catastrophe (By: Mike Lester,Lady Cecily Snodgrass) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
All About the Dragons (By: Style Guide,Judy Katschke) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragon Mountain Adventure (By: Charles Grosvenor,Judy Katschke,Justin Gerard) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kung Fu Road Trip (By: Tina Gallo) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gabe: The Dog Who Sniffs Out Danger (By: Thea Feldman,Chris Danger) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sadie: The Dog Who Finds the Evidence (By: Thea Feldman,Chris Danger) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tip's Tips on Friendship (By: Sheila Sweeny Higginson,Thies Schwarz) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Got a Rock, Charlie Brown! (By: Charles M. Schulz,Maggie Testa,Robert Pope) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time for School, Charlie Brown (By: Charles M. Schulz,Maggie Testa,Robert Pope) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hamster Holmes, A Mystery Comes Knocking (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Albin Sadar) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Defend Your Dragon (By: Style Guide,Ellie O'Ryan) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stella: The Dog with the Big Heart (By: Thea Feldman,Chris Danger) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panda School (By: Ellie O'Ryan) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hamster Holmes, Combing for Clues (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Albin Sadar) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
You've Got Talent, Charlie Brown (By: Style Guide,Charles M. Schulz,Tina Gallo) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Berkley, the Terrible Sleeper (By: Renee Kurilla,Mitchell Sharmat) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Raise Three Dragons (By: Ellie O'Ryan) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Friends, New Friends (With: Alison Winfield) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hooray for Reading! (With: Kathryn Mitter) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going to Grandma's (With: Kathryn Mitter) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leaf Dance (By: Bobby Pearlman,Kathryn Mitter) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sealed with a Kick (By: Style Guide,Maggie Testa) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happy Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown! (By: Charles M. Schulz,Maggie Testa,Scott Jeralds) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Make a Trade, Charlie Brown! (By: Robert Pope,CharlesM. Schulz) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . Brazil (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hamster Holmes, On the Right Track (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Albin Sadar) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . Italy (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peppermint Patty Goes to Camp (By: Charles M. Schulz,Maggie Testa,Vicki Scott) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . Mexico (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . China (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucy Knows Best (By: Robert Pope,CharlesM. Schulz) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thankfulness Is Awesomeness (By: Tina Gallo) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . India (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . South Africa (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Linus Gets Glasses (By: Robert Pope,CharlesM. Schulz) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . Australia (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . Egypt (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Video Game Ever (By: Lauren Forte) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alvin and the Superheroes (By: Lauren Forte) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Autumn Festival Fun (By: Tina Gallo) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . South Korea (By: Chloe Perkins,Tom Woolley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Campout Challenge (By: Lauren Forte) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juliet Saves the Day! (By: Scott Burroughs,Kelly Kennedy) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snoopy and Woodstock (By: Robert Pope,CharlesM. Schulz) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Living in . . . Russia (By: Tom Woolley,Jesse Burton) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Parrot in the Painting (By: Thea Feldman,Rachel Sanson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Raccoon at the White House (By: Rachel Sanson,Rachel Dougherty) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keith's Story (By: Patrick Spaziante,Jesse Burton) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Migo Met Smallfoot (By: Art Baltazar,Tina Gallo) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fun Dad (By: Lauren Forte) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Puppy for Helen Keller (By: Rachel Sanson,May Nakamura) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jump Shot (By: David Sabino,Charles Lehman) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Pitch (By: David Sabino,Charles Lehman) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hamster Holmes, A Bit Stumpe (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Albin Sadar) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Ruled the Town (By: Rachel Sanson,May Nakamura) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journey to Pluto (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Love Dolphins, You Could Be... (By: May Nakamura,Natalie Kwee) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Love Video Games, You Could Be... (By: Thea Feldman,Natalie Kwee) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snoopy, First Beagle on the Moon! (By: Robert Pope,CharlesM. Schulz) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakaway (By: Setor Fiadzigbey,David Sabino) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sea Otter to the Rescue (By: Thea Feldman,Rachel Sanson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mission to the Moon! (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Sit with Me (By: Luke Séguin-Magee,Tina Gallo) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gobble Up, Snoopy! (By: Scott Jeralds,CharlesM. Schulz) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Is Here! (By: Robert Pope,CharlesM. Schulz) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Love Fashion, You Could Be... (By: May Nakamura,Natalie Kwee) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunspot's Night Out (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hamster Holmes, Afraid of the Dark? (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Albin Sadar) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slap Shot (By: Setor Fiadzigbey,David Sabino) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
When I Grow Up: Habit 2 (By: Sean Covey,Stacy Curtis) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just the Way I Am: Habit 1 (By: Sean Covey,Stacy Curtis) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pony with Her Writer (By: Thea Feldman,Rachel Sanson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Love Cooking, You Could Be... (By: Natalie Kwee,Elizabeth Dennis) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hamster Holmes, A Big-Time Puzzle (By: Valerio Fabbretti,Albin Sadar) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Rest for the Easter Beagle (By: Scott Jeralds,CharlesM. Schulz) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Day Is Earth Day (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Match Point (By: Setor Fiadzigbey,David Sabino) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duck Stays in the Truck (By: Betsy Lewin,Doreen Cronin) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pool Party! (By: Betsy Lewin,Doreen Cronin) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Love Robots, You Could Be... (By: May Nakamura,Natalie Kwee) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Water, Water Everywhere (By: Jordan D. Brown) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dive In (By: Setor Fiadzigbey,David Sabino) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sharks Can't Smile! (By: Lee Cosgrove,Elizabeth Dennis) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tigers Can't Purr! (By: Thea Feldman,Lee Cosgrove) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goob and His Grandpa: Habit 7 (By: Sean Covey,Stacy Curtis) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let's Go to the Library! (By: Robert Pope,CharlesM. Schulz) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Really Rotten Princess and the Awful, Icky Election (By: Mike Lester,Lady Cecily Snodgrass) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Love Books, You Could Be... (By: Natalie Kwee,Elizabeth Dennis) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Polar Bear Fur Isn't White! (By: Thea Feldman,Lee Cosgrove) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twinkle, Twinkle, Sparkly Star (By: Katharine Holabird,Sarah Warburton) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twinkle and the Fairy Cake Mess (By: Katharine Holabird,Sarah Warburton) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Traveler Sally Brown (By: Scott Jeralds,CharlesM. Schulz) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alligators and Crocodiles Can't Chew! (By: Thea Feldman,Lee Cosgrove) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
World's Worst Family? (By: Andrew Ross) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journey to Miami! (By: Patty Michaels,Derek Ortega) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twinkle and the Fairy Flower Garden (By: Katharine Holabird,Sarah Warburton) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snakes Smell with Their Tongues! (By: Thea Feldman,Lee Cosgrove) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Snoopy Tale (By: CharlesM. Schulz) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Snoopy Met Woodstock (By: CharlesM. Schulz) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chicken House (By: Stephen Gilpin,Doreen Cronin) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elephants Don't Like Ants! (By: Thea Feldman,Lee Cosgrove) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nest Friends (By: CharlesM. Schulz) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twinkle and the Wishing Wand (By: Katharine Holabird,Sarah Warburton) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twinkle Flies High! (By: Katharine Holabird,Sarah Warburton) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Whale of a Tea Party (By: Erica S. Perl) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snoopy on the Job (By: CharlesM. Schulz) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Click, Clack Rainy Day (By: Doreen Cronin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Icky, Sticky Slime! (By: Ximena Hastings,Alison Hawkins) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going Buggy! (By: Patty Michaels,Alison Hawkins) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Whales Fly (By: Erica S. Perl) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Really Rotten Princess and the Wonderful, Wicked Class Play (By: Mike Lester,Lady Cecily Snodgrass) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Backyard Pet (By: Stephen Gilpin,Doreen Cronin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's That Smell? (By: Ximena Hastings,Alison Hawkins) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twinkle Makes Music (By: Katharine Holabird,Sarah Warburton) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in Your Body? (By: Ximena Hastings,Alison Hawkins) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Deep! (By: Alison Hawkins,Maria Le) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flashback to the . . . Fly '90s! (By: Patty Michaels,Sarah Rebar) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flashback to the . . . Awesome '80s! (By: Patty Michaels,Sarah Rebar) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mission at the Museum (By: Guido Guidi) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meet Twitch and Thrash! (By: May Nakamura) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Optimus Prime Time! (By: Patty Michaels) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Creatures! (By: Alison Hawkins,Maria Le) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time for the Vet, Snoopy! (By: Charles M. Schulz) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flashback to the . . . Chill 2000s! (By: Sarah Rebar,Gloria Cruz) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Author and journalist Maureen O’Connor was born in the year 1957, and uses the pen name Patricia Hall to publish her novels. She was raised in West Yorkshire, where she was also born. Hall sets her acclaimed series starring reporter Laura Ackroyd and DCI Michael Thackeray here.

Early on, she was surrounded by books, which she devoured voraciously. An abiding memory of hers is getting away from her two lively little sisters with her new read. She would later tell and write stories just as soon as she could start putting each of the words together.

When she was just thirteen, she made the decision that she wanted to be a journalist, something that did not go over too well with her teachers. They did not see this as being a suitable job for a woman to have, especially not one that was well-brought up and from a prestigious girls’ school. She still pursued the career, as she has always had a disinclination to listen to advice, and talked her way onto the Yorkshire Post in Leeds when she was only eighteen.

She was persuaded reluctantly to take a place to read English at Birmingham University one year later. She would spend as much time working on the student newspaper, which she would eventually edit, as she studied Shakespeare and all the rest.

She never regretted going here, as she met her future husband here, and would land a traineeship on the Guardian. It also got her entry to the career she actually wanted.

Now, she lives in Oxford and has two grown up sons and is married. She writes mystery novels, the first of which, “Death by Election”, was released in the year 1993. She writes the “Kate O’Donnell” series and the “Ackroyd and Thackeray” series.

“Death by Election” is the first novel in the “Ackroyd and Thackeray” series, which was released in the year 1993. There is a hotly contested parliamentary by election raging on in Bradfield. It is much to the delight of Laura Ackroyd (a newspaper reporter) who knows both the town and its politics better than any of the self-styled experts that have just got off of the London train. Balancing the job is her relationship with her politically active and wry grandmother and an old boyfriend coming back from the bright lights in London.

Laura’s workload starts to get heavier, however, as she gets assigned more news stories that follow. One is of the police investigating an unidentified body found on the moors, the hints of certain dirty dealings in the town hall’s back rooms, and a student campaign to “out” different public figures.

As Laura diligently peels back the facade of each of the stories, she finds all kinds of new and old indiscretions, a disturbing amount of violence, and some emotional blackmail. Her investigation reveals a common link that ties each event together. It brings her to Inspector Michael Thackeray’s, a reserved and attractive man, attention. As well as to the attention of the killer, too.

“Dying Fall” is the second novel in the “Ackroyd and Thackeray” series, which was released in the year 1994. A major heat wave hits Bradfield, Yorkshire, which ratchets up the tensions in the crime-ridden council estate known by the name of the Heights. The recent grievance is the youths going for nightly joy-rides racing around in cars they have stolen around the residential streets. Reports surface of kids being assaulted, and Inspector Michael Thackeray sends an undercover cop in. There is a young girl murdered, however, and the unease of the residents soon turns to anger.

Covering this situation is Laura Ackroyd, and she notices some similarities between this recent death and one that happened a decade back. She has been researching Stephen Webster’s case, who was found guilty of killing his step-sister, for a television show that is reexamining the case. For a decade, Stephen has been in jail, could he have been innocent all this time, or could someone be playing a sick game of copycat?

Working different angles of the case, Thackeray and Ackroyd face fraud, deceit, and broken loyalties while they explore their growing attraction to one another.

“In the Bleak Midwinter” is the third novel in the “Ackroyd and Thackeray” series, which was released in the year 1995. During a bitter winter in Yorkshire, Bradfield’s Chief Inspector Michael Thackeray is called upon to investigate Linda Wright’s death, this young real estate agent was found drowned in a nearby reservoir in her own car.

Laura, whose relationship with Michael is too close to be friendship and too precarious to be an affair, has just transferred out of Bradfield and into the close by town of Arnedale. She does this to work at their local paper for a few months, and has gotten a bit of a frosty welcome from the locals. Quickly, she finds a link between the story that she is working about corruption in Linda’s death and some local land deals.

Then there is another woman murdered, and this time it is somebody directly involved in protesting the land’s development. Thackeray and Ackroyd, who cross paths personally as well as in their respective professions, are going to pursue the solution in this absorbing case all the way to its deadly conclusion.

“Perils of the Night” is the fourth novel in the “Ackroyd and Thackeray” series, which was released in the year 1997. Laura’s rash acceptance of a hazardous assignment from her editor at the Bradfield Gazette gets her into some hot water in many ways. While out to cover the hookers in this Yorkshire town’s red light district, she dresses up to try and be inconspicuous and winds up arrested for soliciting. To be found in the cells and rescued by Michael Thackeray (who she has a tumultuous relationship with) is just humiliating.

If that were not bad enough, a young woman’s body is found just a few hundred yards away and just a few short hours later. It turns her assignment of a simple story about prostitution into a proposition much more treacherous.

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