Published: 01/03/2007
ISBN: 9781905886319
Format: Paperback

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"While Timberdick's life is lodged in the past, her future remains bright, and I'd expect several more highly readable novels about her deeds and misdeeds."
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As a young man Malcolm Noble served in the Portsmouth police, a chapter in his life that provides some background to his crime fiction. He has written fourteen mystery novels set in the south of Engla... read more

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The Case of the Dirty Verger
A Timberdick Mystery
by Malcolm Noble

1947 brings no peace to Goodladies Road. Men without a war and girls without homes is a cocktail for murder...

When Ned Machray, an out of work policeman, is dispatched to help an old soldier flee the country, he finds that the old tavern has been bombed, Ma Shipley is working her girls from a smutty tearoom, and the manor is controlled by an embittered Chief Inspector who works from the back of a taxi office.

Before Ned can begin to sort things out, he has to referee a boxing match and face up to the ghost of Sweet Fanny Adams. Then a body is found beneath the railway arches... the Dirty Verger holds the key to the mystery, but who would deal with a man like that?

Well, Timberdick might. A teenage runaway, who can't escape the lies and treachery of her childhood. "Every grown up comes with a cakeload of cruelty," she says, and the Case of the Dirty Verger is no different.

This latest Timberdick Mystery explores our protagonist's first nights on the Goodladies Road, and offers clues to many of the characters who have already appeared in her later murder cases.

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