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Shortly after 9 p.m. a young woman left the River Bar of the Lowry Hotel, Salford Manchester. She paused, as her mobile phone rang. It was to be the last time she would ever do so. She was dragged backwards the few feet towards the river Irwell. It was an easy task for a strong man to haul the petite woman over the low railings and heave her into the murky waters below.
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A great beginning — Salt of Portugal

Beginnings are hard. We don’t know how to pen the first sentences of a novel, compose the introduction of a sonata, or craft the opening scene of a play. But we do know an elegant way to start a dinner party. Get a bottle of Taylor Chip Dry port and chill it in the fridge. […]  Looking for a Mystery Thriller Amazon UK  Amazon US

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A Manchester Mystery Thriller

A Manchester Mystery Thriller
It is early morning in Manchester. At Castlefield Basin an Elvis impersonator wakes, to find a body slumped on the back of his narrowboat. A knife is sticking out of the man’s abdomen. Fingerprints on the knife are not a match to Elvis. During police investigations, they return to find that he and the boat have disappeared.
A rich lady believes her toy-boy lover, the drummer in a rock band is stealing from her. He is found murdered one evening in the band’s dressing room. A maths student at Manchester University is leading a double life as an escort. Her body is found floating in Castlefield Basin. Is the connection the missing narrowboat? The Gent investigates.
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The tram driver saw a tallish man on the edge of the kerb. The man failed the routine taught to every small child: he looked right, then left, but his undoing was not to look right again. The tram was almost upon him when he stepped into the road. The driver sounded the horn automatically, his brain registering immediately that it was too late. The last thing the driver saw as the tram struck the man was the horrified look in his ice-cold Nordic-blue eyes.
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100 years of great ports — Salt of Portugal

Making great port requires exceptional grapes and a deep knowledge of the production process. But most of all, it requires time, lots of time. Time for the nectars to lose the brashness of youth and mellow with age. That is why we cannot produce port wine by ourselves. We need our children and grandchildren to […]

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