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Head of Zeus
Bibliotheca Classica
Bibliotheca Classica Simon Brett
 Death Sentences: Short Stories to Die For, 37

An antique book has a way of bringing the past into the present, carrying traces of all those readers that have possessed it throughout its lifetime.

Sometimes those traces are as minor as a name, scrawled inside the front cover; other times they are more glaring, as, for example, the heavy eraser marks that censor Professor Derrick Rounsevell's newly-inherited copy of Bibliotheca Classica, an obscure encyclopedia from the eighteenth century. A past owner endeavored to remove any lurid or indecent detail from the book's entries, which, in cataloging tales from mythology, religion, and literary history, resound with unseemly acts.

Curious about the origin of this bowdlerization, yet suspicious of internet research, the stodgy old professor enlists his younger wife Harriett to investigate. To Derrick's delight, Harriet learns increasingly intriguing details about the volume – uncovering a history of manipulation, theft, and a century-old murder plot – but, in the process, she also makes discoveries about her husband that Rounsevell no doubt hoped would remain buried.

If he's not careful, the next thing to be erased may be his marriage...

Head of Zeus * Crime Fiction
18 Dec 2018 * 89pp * £0.99 * 9781789542295
REVIEWS
'Brett has a rare gift for balancing humor and detection'
Publishers Weekly
'What treats you have in store! All these stories show their authors to be masters of their craft'
Ian Rankin, on the DEATH SENTENCES series
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What's In A Name
It's In The Book
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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
The Pretty Little Box
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
Pronghorns of the Third Reich
Death Leaves A Bookmark
An Acceptable Sacrifice
Book Club
The Book Thing
The Long Sonata of the Dead
Author

Simon Brett

Simon Brett
Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full time. As well as the much-loved Fethering series, the Mrs Pargeter novels and the Charles Paris detective series, he has written a number of radio and television scripts. In 2014, Brett was the recipient of the CWA's illustrious Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement in the mystery field. He lives in a small village in the South Downs.
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