Dead Secret by Roy Lewis
An Arnold Landon Mystery

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What appears to be a simple land dispute turns deadly in this smart new mystery that takes archaeologist Arnold Landon to the ancient Pentire Woods in rural Northumberland and calls upon all his considerable intelligence and abundant knowledge of history before a baffling case of murder yields its solution. The announcement that the long unsullied and unpolluted Pentire Woods have been designated as the site for a highway bypass has already set a series of disturbing events in motion by the time Landon arrives. Two people adamantly opposed to a plan that will destroy the wood are the landowner himself and an archaeologist eager to explore the peat bog where the ancient, perfectly preserved body of the "Wolf Man" has been discovered. Summoned to assess the archaeological value of the site, Landon and his colleague, Portia, find themselves walking a tightrope between the developers, the politicians, the owner, and the inevitable protesters against ecological damage. When one of the protesters is found dead, Landon and Portia also find themselves dealing with murder. Their investigation ratchets up, as does the suspense, and much more is at stake in this adroitly crafted tale than the fate of the Pentire Woods.

About Roy Lewis

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Lewis is a Welshman who was educated in Bristol and Durham. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools and has written some forty crime novels, published in the UK and overseas. He runs business training programs and he has interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Published May 10, 2001 by Carroll & Graf. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shortly after the Cleugh team is joined by another one from Arnold’s Department of Museums and Antiquities, headed by Karen Stannard and her assistant Portia Tyrrel, the two teams find themselves in the middle of a dispute over the plans of Ken Stafford’s Shangri-La development company to put in ...

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Archaeologist Arnold Landon returns for his 13th suspenseful mystery from prolific British author Lewis (An Assumption of Death, etc.). The marshy peat bogs of N

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With the blessing of local landowner Steven Brand-Ruckley, New Age protesters led by the charismatic Nick Semmens take up lodging in the woods, causing trouble and halting construction.

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