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The Pretty Little Box
18 Dec 2018 * EBOOK * £1.99 * 9781788541916

A stolen book sets off a sinister chain of events. A DEATH SENTENCE STORY: original shorts about deadly books from the world's best crime writers.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 61 pages
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
The Book of Virtue
The Final Testament
Rides A Stranger
What's In A Name
It's In The Book
Remaindered
Mystery, Inc
The Compendium of Srem
The Gospel of Sheba
The Sequel
From the Queen
The Book of Ghosts
The Book of the Lion
The Little Men
The Nature of My Inheritance
Citadel
Every Seven Years
Condor in the Stacks
The Travelling Companion
The Haze
Seven Years
The Scroll
Reconciliation Day
Dead Dames Don't Sing
Hoodoo Harry
The Last Honest Horse Thief
The Hemingway Valise
The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository
Bibliotheca Classica
Pronghorns of the Third Reich
Death Leaves A Bookmark
An Acceptable Sacrifice
Book Club
The Book Thing
The Long Sonata of the Dead
Also in Death Sentences: Short Stories to Die For series
The Pretty Little BoxDeath Sentences: Short Stories to Die For, 27Charles Todd

At first glance, the miniature book of hours with gilt-edged pages and the beautiful box that contains it look too small to be of any real consequence – which is exactly why the woman, hardly a thief in her day-to-day life, doesn't think twice about pocketing the package when it catches her eye at the local antiquarian bookshop.

But this minor transgression sets in motion a series of events, each one more disastrous than the one before it; as the pretty little box changes hands – being misplaced, stolen, lost, and discarded – it leaves a path of death and destruction in its wake. Meanwhile, all along, one question courses through this chilling history: is the book really the source of its dreadful power, or are the would-be owners of the item already cursed by their covetous desire to possess it – each impelled by one of the seven deadly sins.

 
Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States. Together, they have written nearly thirty mysteries, including the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series.

Original short fiction from one of the world's best crime writers.

Part of the DEATH SENTENCES library.


PRAISE FOR CHARLES TODD:
'Todd employs all the elements of a satisfying cozy mystery ... that will leave the reader wanting more'
Library Journal

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