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The Decent Inn of Death: A John Madden Mystery: 6 Paperback – 14 January 2020

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Praise for Rennie Airth

Outstanding.--Publishers Weekly (starred)

"[The Decent Inn of Death] is a locked-room murder mystery that rivals the best of Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell or P.D. James."--BookPage

"Move over, Inspectors Alleyn, Dalgliesh, and Morse, and make room for John Madden in the pantheon of great, civilized English sleuths."--The New Yorker

"Madden is seamlessly admirable...In an era when our real-life heroes tend to have feet of thick, grubby clay, it can be bracing to spend time with a man who is naturally but not implausibly noble."--The Washington Post Book World

"[Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written... well worth reading, and rereading, whenever we're engaged in war."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"One of the best mysteries in years."--The Boston Globe

"Airth writes with arresting authority and compassion...a major talent."--Chicago Tribune

"It's the tactics and the terrain, the morale and the characters that make the difference between an average thriller and one as good as this."--The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters news service for many years. The first novel in his John Madden mystery series, River of Darkness, won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for best international crime novel of 2000 and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity awards.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (14 January 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143134299
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143134299
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.95 x 2.03 x 19.81 cm
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