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A Bed of Scorpions

A Mystery (Sam Clair #2)

Judith Flanders


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CD-Audio (3/1/2016)
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Hardcover (3/19/2015)


New York Times Bestselling Author of The Invention of Murder

Summer in London—the sun is finally shining, the flowers are in bloom, and life is humming merrily along for book editor Samantha Clair, off to lunch with her old friend, art dealer Aidan Merriam.

Humming merrily until she learns that his partner has just been found dead in their gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand. Could anything be worse? Oh yes, the police investigation is being led by Detective-Inspector Jake Field, who just happens to be Sam’s new boyfriend. And Aidan, who just happens to be Sam’s ex-boyfriend, wants her help.

Armed with nothing more than her trusty weapons of satire, cynicism, and a stock of irrelevant information culled from novels, Sam races to find a killer who is determined to find her first in this fast-paced, uproarious novel.

Praise For A Bed of Scorpions: A Mystery (Sam Clair #2)

“A brilliant writer . . . Judith Flanders has found that difficult, magical ground between humor and crime.” —Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Deadly funny. Judith Flanders’s wry take on publishing and murder should be on everybody’s wish list.” —Donna Leon, New York Times bestselling author

"Sam's second appearance (A Murder of Magpies, 2015, etc.) is a joy to read, filled with diverting characters, a socially clumsy but clever heroine, and a mystery filled with dubious characters." --Kirkus Reviews

"Art and money are the linchpins of Flanders’s enjoyable follow-up to 2015’s A Murder of Magpies...The finer points of book design, the navigation of Sam and Jake’s relationship, and a tense climax featuring archival shelving units add texture to the narrative." --Publishers Weekly

Minotaur Books, 9781250112378, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

About the Author

JUDITH FLANDERS is an international bestselling author and one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. Her book Inside the Victorian Home was shortlisted for the British Book Awards History Book of the Year. Judith is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, and the Times Literary Supplement. She lives in London.