Written in Red by Annie Dalton
A spy thriller set in Oxford with echoes of the cold war (An Anna Hopkins Mystery)

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Dalton’s warmth may mislead readers into thinking people who are attacked always recover (they don’t). But even if her single-story risks sometimes falter, her long-term-plot risks pay off.
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The murder of a college professor has its roots in the Cold War: the new Oxford Dogwalkers mystery from award-winning YA writer Annie Dalton.

Shortly before Christmas, Professor James Lowell is found brutally attacked in his rooms at Walsingham College, where Anna Hopkins works as an administrator. Baffled as to why anyone would wish to harm such a gentle, scholarly man, Anna discovers that Lowell had a connection with her fellow dogwalker, Isadora Salzman, who knew him as an undergraduate in the 1960s, a co-member of the so-called Oxford Six. It turns out that Isadora has been keeping a surprising secret all these years. But someone else knows about Isadora’s secret: someone who has sent her a threatening, frightening letter.

Could the attack on Professor Lowell have its roots in a 50-year-old murder? And who is targeting Isadora and the surviving members of the Oxford Six? Anna, Isadora and Tansy, the dogwalking detectives, make it their business to find out.
 

About Annie Dalton

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Annie Dalton is the author of more than thirty novels for children and young adults, including the Agent Angel series. She has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Norfolk in a cottage with a ruined castle at the bottom of her garden, with her three cats and a dog called Riley.
 
Published June 1, 2016 by Severn House Digital. 240 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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on Mar 15 2016

Dalton’s warmth may mislead readers into thinking people who are attacked always recover (they don’t). But even if her single-story risks sometimes falter, her long-term-plot risks pay off.

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