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The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne by Andrew Nicoll (March 2016)

A woman murdered
A crime unsolved
A mystery that has lasted a century


In the quiet seaside town of Broughty Ferry, all is not as it seems at Elmgrove, the mansion of wealthy spinster Miss Jean Milne.  When her tortured and horrifically murdered body is discovered lying in the hallway - her feet bound and her skull crushed - a killer must be found.  But nothing has been stolen, the doors and windows are all locked and there are no obvious suspects.

When Detective John Trench arrives to assist the local police, he finds a force determined to find someone - anyone - to take the blame.  And sensational newspaper headlines have the whole country in a frenzy.  But as the truth slowly begins to unravel, Trench discovers that the respectable Miss Milne has been leading a double life and that her frequent trips away from home mask an altogether different story.  Could this be the key to the mystery?

Based on a true story, this is a shocking tale of class division, money, sex, lies, betrayal and murder.  With new evidence from police files, at last the curious death of Miss Jean Milne may finally have found a solution.
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