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During Joan Locks "six years with the Metropolitan Police (United Kingdom) she was assigned to West End Central, a beat which covers Mayfair and Soho. There she met and married fellow police officer Bob Lock.  Despite the glamour of film premières and ceremonial occasions, and the compliment of being asked to pose as a prostitute, became bored by the limits of the job for women at that time."  Joan Lock is the author of Dead Fall, Famous Prisons, Protecting Yourself Against Criminals, Famous Trials, Dead End, Dead Image, Dead Letters, Death in Perspective, Dead Born, Dead Loss and other titles.

According to the book description of Dead Fall, "A new Victorian mystery featuring the popular Detective Best A real murder occurs on the stage of the London theatre where Detective Inspector Best and his wife are enjoying a night out. Victorian theatre is only just emerging into respectability, which is threatened when another death follows a murder which could be a reaction against one of the Victorian theatres' most traditional practices. The evocative array of suspects includes an all powerful actor-manager; the resentful Super and Property Masters; a crusading journalist turned playwright, a disgruntled dresser, the family of a ballerina who died in a theatre fire and, not least, members of the audience, who indulge in a curious form of blackmail."

 

According to the book description of Dead End, "When Phoebe Threapleton is found dead on a four-poster bed in Bainbridge's department store with six long-stemmed white roses next to her, Inspector Best is baffled. His initial investigations point him towards the shadowy world of spiritualism, but this proves as difficult to penetrate as the potential motives of the dozens of suspects from Phoebe's maid to the Bainbridges themselves."

 

According to the book description of Dead Image, "The explosion was heard 20 miles away. It killed canal boatmen & wrecked the exotic Pompeian villa of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the fasionable St John''s Wood artist. But what caused the Regent''s Park Explosion? Fenian bombs or sabogate by rival railways."

 

According to the book description of Dead Letters, "It is a beautiful warm August day in 1880: perfect weather for the annual Metropolitan Police Annual Fete held at Alexandra Palace. Inspector Best is summoned to uncover the identity of 'Quicksilver' who has sent an anonymous note threatening to cause an horrific explosion at the event. When a second note is received and its threats become increasingly confusing with their literary allusions, Best seeks out the help of Helen Franks, a close friend from the past. However, is Quicksilver really intent on causing mass injury on this fine day, or is his desire of a more personal nature?"

 

According to the book description of Death in Perspective, "At first Berry Hill seemed the perfect place for Jenny and Robin. But Detective Seageant Bridgeman keeps pestering Jenny about a missing girl. Then a young woman is found murdered. Meanwhile, Jenny's fears grow as strange and threatening events wreck her rural idyll."

 

According to the book description of Dead Born, "When the bodies of a number of babies are found scattered around Islington, the volatile Detective Sergeant Best is sent undercover to lodge next door to a suspected baby farm. He shadows an alleged 'child dropper' onto a Thames pleasure steamer and finds himself caught up in Britain's worst civilian tragedy - the 1878 sinking of the Princess Alice - a ghastly experience which will haunt Best forever. His determination to avenge the death of a young pregnant girl he had befriended and save the life of another becomes a crusade. Meanwhile, his beloved Helen returns from Paris with the promise of a decision as to their future. Dead Born is an exciting sequel to Best's adventure's in Dead Image and is again based on historical fact."

 

According to the book description of Dead Loss, "A new Victorian mystery featuring the popular Detective Best After bombs explode in London, Best is sent to Paris, where Irish Americans are plotting their next ?outrage?. There, he encounters a gentleman who says he is helping the French save their plague-ridden vines. But is he who he claims to be? What happened in the blood-soaked railway compartment? And how does it connect with the fate of a young man who may have been lured by a heartrending advertisement in a daily newspaper?"


Dead Fall
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Famous Prisons (Crime and Detection)
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Protecting Yourself Against Criminals (Crime and Detection)
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Famous Trials (Crime and Detection)
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Dead End
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Dead Image
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Dead Letters
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Death in Perspective
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Dead Born
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Dead Loss (Detective Ernest Best)
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Scotland Yard Casebook: The Making of the CID 1865-1935.
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The British policewoman: Her story
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Reluctant Nightingale
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Tales from Bow Street
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Blue murder?: Policemen under suspicion
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Scotland Yard Casebook the Making of The
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