Nick Petrie Series

Patricia Hall Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ackroyd and Thackeray Books

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

Publication Order of Kate O'Donnell Books

Dead Beat (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Trap (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dressed to Kill (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Brothers (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Waters (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Playing with Fire (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cover Up (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Poison Pool (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Coldness of Killers (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masks of Darkness (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ready-to-Read Level 3 Books

Creepy-Crawly Birthday (By: James Howe) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pinky and Rex and the Mean Old Witch (By: Melissa Sweet,James Howe) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pinky and Rex Go To Camp (By: Melissa Sweet,James Howe) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pinky and Rex Get Married (By: Melissa Sweet,James Howe) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mitchell Is Moving (By: ) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train (By: ) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier (By: ) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Teddy Roosevelt: The People's President (By: ) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vampire Bunny (By: James Howe) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who's Afraid of Granny Wolf? (By: Lisa Wheeler) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross (By: ) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier (By: ) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Adams Speaks for Freedom (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Albert Einstein: Genius of the Twentieth Century (By: ) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Susan B. Anthony (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From Slave to Soldier: Based on a True Civil War Story (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Billy and the Rebel: Based on a True Civil War Story (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Invasion of the Pig Sisters (By: Lisa Wheeler) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abigail Adams: First Lady of the American Revolution (By: ) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Max & Mo Go Apple Picking (By: ) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snack Attack (By: ) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trucks (By: ) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sojourner Truth: Path to Glory (By: ) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs (By: ) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The One-Eyed People Eater: The Story of Cyclops (By: Joan Holub) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sparky and Tidbit (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Innings and Outs of Baseball (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rabbid of the Sea (By: Jim Durk) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic! (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Explosive Story of Fireworks! (By: Kama Einhorn) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Explosive Story of Fireworks! (By: Kama Einhorn) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rabbids at the Museum (By: Jim Durk) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day at the Fair (With: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cool Story Behind Snow (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zach and Lucy and the Museum of Natural Wonders (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zach and Lucy and the Yoga Zoo (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Airplanes Get from Here . . . to There! (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Attack of the Zombie Rabbids (By: Shane L. Johnson) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unmasking the Science of Superpowers! (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secret Agents! Sharks! Ghost Armies!: World War II (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Founding Fathers Were Spies!: Revolutionary War (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heroes Who Risked Everything for Freedom: Civil War (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fearless Flyers, Dazzle Painters, and Code Talkers!: World War I (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Can't Bring a Sandwich to the Moon . . . and Other Stories about Space!: Space Age (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crayola! The Secrets of the Cool Colors and Hot Hues (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Harlem Globetrotters Present the Points Behind Basketball (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mount Rushmore's Hidden Room and Other Monumental Secrets: Monuments and Landmarks (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ready-to-Read Level 2 Books

Romulus and Remus (By: ) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Helen Keller and the Big Storm (By: ) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig (By: ) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble (By: ) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sacagawea and the Bravest Deed (By: ) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thomas Edison to the Rescue! (By: ) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paul Revere and the Bell Ringers (By: ) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Babe Ruth and the Ice Cream Mess (By: Dan Gutman) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Practice Makes Perfect (By: Wendy Wax) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Annie Oakley Saves the Day (By: ) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
George Washington's First Victory (By: Diane Dawson Hearn) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Party on, America! (By: ) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jackie Robinson and the Big Game (By: Dan Gutman) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Case (By: ) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Scary Basement (By: ) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thomas Jefferson and the Ghostriders (By: ) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smurfs: Off To School! (By: ) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Very Clumsy Tale (By: ) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruby's New Home (By: ) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Snow Giant (By: ) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pigeon Hero! (By: Doris Ettlinger) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Really Rotten Princess (By: ) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jamie to the Rescue! (By: ) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Here Come the Croods (By: ) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. (By: ) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Really Rotten Princess and the Cupcake Catastrophe (By: ) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends (By: Andrew Clements) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Do Not Open! (By: Joan Holub) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All About the Dragons (By: ) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Mountain Adventure (By: ) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walter the Baker (By: Eric Carle) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kung Fu Road Trip (By: ) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gabe: The Dog Who Sniffs Out Danger (By: ) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sadie: The Dog Who Finds the Evidence (By: ) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surprise, Trojans! (By: Joan Holub) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Pick Your Dragon (By: Erica David) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tip's Tips on Friendship (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Got a Rock, Charlie Brown! (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time for School, Charlie Brown (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hamster Holmes, A Mystery Comes Knocking (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tiny Seed (By: Eric Carle) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Defend Your Dragon (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stella: The Dog with the Big Heart (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Panda School (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hamster Holmes, Combing for Clues (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You've Got Talent, Charlie Brown (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Berkley, the Terrible Sleeper (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Raise Three Dragons (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Friends, New Friends (With: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hooray for Reading! (With: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going to Grandma's (With: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leaf Dance (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sealed with a Kick (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Happy Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown! (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Make a Trade, Charlie Brown! (By: ) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . Brazil (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hamster Holmes, On the Right Track (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . Italy (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Build a Dragon Fort (By: Erica David) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peppermint Patty Goes to Camp (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Track a Dragon (By: Erica David) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . Mexico (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . China (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucy Knows Best (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thankfulness Is Awesomeness (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . India (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . South Africa (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Linus Gets Glasses (By: ) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . Australia (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . Egypt (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Video Game Ever (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alvin and the Superheroes (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Autumn Festival Fun (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . South Korea (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Campout Challenge (By: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Juliet Saves the Day! (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snoopy and Woodstock (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in . . . Russia (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Parrot in the Painting (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Raccoon at the White House (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keith's Story (By: Patrick Spaziante) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Migo Met Smallfoot (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fun Dad (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Puppy for Helen Keller (By: May Nakamura) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jump Shot (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Pitch (By: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hamster Holmes, A Bit Stumpe (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cat Who Ruled the Town (By: May Nakamura) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starry, Starry Night (By: Marcia Willett) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Journey to Pluto (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If You Love Dolphins, You Could Be... (By: May Nakamura) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If You Love Video Games, You Could Be... (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snoopy, First Beagle on the Moon! (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Breakaway (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sea Otter to the Rescue (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mission to the Moon! (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Sit with Me (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gobble Up, Snoopy! (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas Is Here! (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If You Love Fashion, You Could Be... (By: May Nakamura) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunspot's Night Out (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hamster Holmes, Afraid of the Dark? (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slap Shot (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When I Grow Up: Habit 2 (By: Sean Covey) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just the Way I Am: Habit 1 (By: Sean Covey) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pony with Her Writer (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If You Love Cooking, You Could Be... (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hamster Holmes, A Big-Time Puzzle (By: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Rest for the Easter Beagle (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Day Is Earth Day (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Match Point (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duck Stays in the Truck (By: Doreen Cronin) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pool Party! (By: Doreen Cronin) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If You Love Robots, You Could Be... (By: May Nakamura) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Water, Water Everywhere (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dive In (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sharks Can't Smile! (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tigers Can't Purr! (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goob and His Grandpa: Habit 7 (By: Sean Covey) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Go to the Library! (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Really Rotten Princess and the Awful, Icky Election (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If You Love Books, You Could Be... (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Polar Bear Fur Isn't White! (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twinkle, Twinkle, Sparkly Star (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twinkle and the Fairy Cake Mess (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Traveler Sally Brown (By: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alligators and Crocodiles Can't Chew! (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
World's Worst Family? (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Journey to Miami! (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twinkle and the Fairy Flower Garden (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snakes Smell with Their Tongues! (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Snoopy Tale (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Snoopy Met Woodstock (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chicken House (By: Doreen Cronin) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elephants Don't Like Ants! (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nest Friends (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twinkle and the Wishing Wand (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twinkle Flies High! (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Whale of a Tea Party (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snoopy on the Job (By: ) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Click, Clack Rainy Day (By: Doreen Cronin) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Icky, Sticky Slime! (By: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going Buggy! (By: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Whales Fly (By: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Really Rotten Princess and the Wonderful, Wicked Class Play (By: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Backyard Pet (By: Doreen Cronin) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's That Smell? (By: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twinkle Makes Music (By: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in Your Body? (By: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Into the Deep! (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flashback to the . . . Fly '90s! (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flashback to the . . . Awesome '80s! (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mission at the Museum (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Meet Twitch and Thrash! (By: May Nakamura) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's Optimus Prime Time! (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Creatures! (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time for the Vet, Snoopy! (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flashback to the . . . Chill 2000s! (By: ) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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