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Death in the Valley of Shadows (2003) [Novel]
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Series: John Rawlings Mysteries
Part: 9

Summary (From the publisher):

Preparing to become a father for the very first time, Apothecary John Rawlings leaves the heavily pregnant Emilia occupied with maternal matters and turns his attention to his business, rather neglected of late. Working in the shop one early afternoon, John is taken aback when a middle-aged stranger rushes in through the door looking panic-stricken. The man is not seeking a cure for a terrible ailment, however, but a place to hide. John agrees and a moment or two later a formidable woman comes to the counter enquiring if the Apothecary has seen anyone answering the description of the stranger he has in his back room. Honouring his promise to the man, John sends her on her way and, intrigued, goes to question the fellow.

It transpires that the man's name is Aidan Fenchurch and his pursuer Mrs. Ariadne Bussell, a former lover who is reluctant to give up the chase. So reluctant, in fact, that she has been shadowing him for years. Feeling sympathy for Aidan, John agrees to do him a good turn but is shocked when a few days later the man is dead, ostensibly the result of a street robbery. Suspicious, Sir John Fielding sends the Flying Runners to arrest Mrs Bussell. However, the lady is taken ill in the coach and before she can be thoroughly questioned she dies. The Apothecary recognises the signs of fatal poisoning.

Soon there are more victims, some poisoned and some killed by less subtle methods. John Rawlings embarks on a journey that leads him to the Surrey countryside in search of answers to be greeted by some familiar faces...

Original title: Death in the Valley of Shadows
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesHistorical
FictionHistoricalEuropean18th Century

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Death in the Valley of Shadows (2003)
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Language: English

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Death in the Valley of Shadows (August 2007)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Oxford, U.K.
Publisher: Isis
ISBN: 9780753178966
Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.0 in
Pages: 348
Notes: Large Print edition

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Death in the Valley of Shadows (September 2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Allison & Busby
ISBN: 9780749083700
Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.9 x 1.0 in
Pages: 303

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Death in the Valley of Shadows (July 2003)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Allison & Busby
ISBN: 9780749006419
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.2 in
Pages: 281

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