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Rayner, Lucy

Overview
Works: 41 works in 202 publications in 1 language and 1,993 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Fantasy fiction  History  Young adult works  Biography  Juvenile works  Romance fiction  Children's audiobooks 
Roles: Narrator
Classifications: PR6054.U537, 813.6
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Most widely held works by Lucy Rayner
After the war is over : a novel by Jennifer Robson( )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel--a tale of class, love, and freedom--in which a young woman must fnd her place in a world forever changed. After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boardinghouse. Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One is from a radical young newspaper editor who offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget. Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte's dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland--and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers? As Britain seethes with unrest and postwar euphoria fattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to fnd her true voice... and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants
The curse of Maleficent : the tale of a sleeping beauty by Elizabeth Rudnick( Recording )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aurora has always enjoyed her simple life. She loves to explore the beautiful woods surrounding her quaint cottage. She even likes living with her bumbling yet well-meaning aunts. But when Aurora discovers a dark secret about her past, her whole world turns upside down. Will she be able to save herself from an imminent curse?
A twist in time : a novel by Julie McElwain( Recording )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan's attempts to return to the 21st century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge's nephew Alec, Kendra's confidante and lover, has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way
Victoria : the queen by Julia Baird( )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach
Alice through the looking glass by Disney Press( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland, all is not well. The Mad Hatter has become horribly and certifiably normal. Soon Alice realizes that the only way to save him is to travel to the past and right old wrongs. Time may not be on her side, in fact, he might even try to stop her!
The girl from the savoy by Hazel Gaynor( Recording )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting a dazzling new historical novel, The Girl from the Savoy is as sparkling as champagne and as thrilling as the era itself.Sometimes life gives you cotton stockings. Sometimes it gives you a Chanel gown ...Dolly Lane is a dreamer; a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but her life has been fractured by the Great War. Memories of the soldier she loved, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and spur her on to make a better life.When she finds employment as a chambermaid at London's grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the bright young things who thrive on champagne, jazz, and rebellion. Right now, she must exist on the fringes of power, wealth, and glamor--she must remain invisible and unimportant.But her fortunes take an unexpected turn when she responds to a struggling songwriter's advertisement for a 'muse' and finds herself thrust into London's exhilarating theatre scene and into the lives of celebrated actress, Loretta May, and her brother, Perry. Loretta and Perry may have the life Dolly aspires to, but they too are searching for something.Now, at the precipice of the life she has and the one she longs for, the girl from The Savoy must make difficult choices: between two men; between two classes; between everything she knows and everything she dreams of. A brighter future is tantalizingly close--but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind?
Mistletoe and murder : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn( )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seething resentments, well-kept family secrets, and a savage murder set the stage for Christmas in Cornwall in this cozy holiday installment of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. In December 1923, the formidable Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple has decided that for Christmas the family will all gather at Brockdene in Cornwall at the invitation of Lord Westmoor. Her daughter-Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher-is somewhat less than pleased but yields to the demands of her mother, especially as she'll be there just before the holidays working on another article for Town and Country about the estate itself. But the family gathering quickly goes awry. Brockdene, it seems, is only occupied by the Norvilles-poor relations of Lord Westmoor-and Westmoor himself won't be joining them. So Daisy, her husband Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, and their family must spend their Christmas holiday trapped in an ancestral estate with a rich history of lore, ghost stories, and rumors of hidden treasure and secret passageways with a family seething with resentments, grudges, and a faintly scandalous history. The veneer of civility that pervades the halls of Brockdene, however, begins to wear thin when long-held family secrets threaten to bubble over and one of the Christmas guests is found savagely murdered. With few clues as to who committed the murder, and with too many motives as to why, it is once again up to Daisy to sort out the truth that lies beneath a generation of poisonous secrets
A murder in time : a novel by Julie McElwain( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates. While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact. Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman
Rattle his bones : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn( )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighth installment in this cozy mystery series features Daisy Dalrymple at the Museum of Natural History, a place of fascination--and murder in the summer of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple makes what should be an uneventful research trip to the Museum of Natural History quite an eventful day--with her nephew Derek and her soon-to-be stepdaughter Belinda in tow. But as she interviews the various curators for her article on the museums of London, she soon discovers that the Museum of Natural History is a hothouse of professional rivalry and jealousy. Much resentment exists, particularly between Dr. Smith Woodward, the keeper of geology, responsible for the fossil collection, and Dr. Pettigrew, the keeper of mineralogy, responsible for the museum's fabulous gem collection. On a later trip, as closing time nears, Daisy hears two voices followed by a tremendous crash and rushes into the next hall to discover Dr. Pettigrew dead--murdered amidst a pile of dinosaur bones. Daisy's fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, is assigned to investigate and together they must unravel a most baffling case of missing gems, dispossessed European royalty, professional rivalry, and a murder most foul
The stone house by A. K Benedict( Recording )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tanya keeps having bad dreams about an old stone house around the corner--and a girl trapped there, screaming and terrified. When Tanya and her friends investigate, they stumble onto their own worst nightmares come to life. Despite the danger, Tanya is determined to free the mysterious girl in the house. But they are running out of time--the house is scheduled for demolition
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claire-Louise Bennett's debut, Pond, is a shimmering, unusual novel that demands to be devoured in a single sitting
Die laughing by Carola Dunn( Recording )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One morning in April 1924, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher finds herself in a most unenviable position. Despite her best attempts to elude the inevitable, she must face her darkest fears and with all strength and courage she can muster, must confront the one person she has tried hardest to avoid--the dentist. But upon arriving for her appointment, she finds the waiting room deserted and adjoining examination room locked with no hint of either Dr. Talmadge or his nurse. Thinking to leave quietly, Daisy's retreat is halted by the return of the nurse and, with the help of Mrs. Talmadge, the two begin searching for the inexplicably absent doctor. Exhausting all other possibilities, they resort to looking once again in the surgery where they find him stilling in his dentist's chair with the nitrous mask strapped to his face, the tank of nitrous turned on full, a smile on his face and stone-cold dead. While the circumstances of his death are out of the ordinary, there's no reason to suspect that it was anything other than a tragic, if inevitable, accident of a careless dope fiend. Certain that there is something more than happenstance and an accident involved in the dentist's untimely death, Daisy is determined to uncover the truth behind a case of what she is certain is murder most foul
The case of the murdered muckraker : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn( )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In late 1923 the newly married Daisy Dalrymple and her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, come to America for a honeymoon visit. In the midst of a pleasure trip, however, both work in a bit of business-Alec travels to Washington, DC, to consult with the US government, Daisy to New York to meet with her American magazine editor. While in New York, Daisy stays at the famed Hotel Chelsea, which is not only close to the Flatiron Building offices of Abroad magazine, where she'll be meeting with her editor, but home to many of New York's artists and writers. After her late morning meeting, Daisy agrees to accompany her editor, Mr. Thorwald, to lunch. But as they are leaving the offices, they hear a gunshot and see a man plummeting down an elevator shaft. The man killed was one of her fellow residents at the Hotel Chelsea, Otis Carmody, who was a journalist with no end of enemies-personal and professional-who would delight in his death. Again in the midst of a murder investigation, Daisy's search for the killer takes her to all levels of society, and even a mad dash across the country itself, as she attempts to solve a puzzle that would baffle even Philo Vance himself
To Davy Jones below : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn( Recording )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In late 1926, the newly married Daisy Dalrymple and Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard take an ocean voyage to America for their honeymoon. Daisy and Alec are accompanied by Daisy's childhood friend Phillip Petrie, his wife, Gloria, and Gloria's father, American millionaire industrialist Caleb P. Arbuckle, and all are looking forward to a pleasant, uneventful trip. But at the last minute they are joined by Arbuckle's new friend, Yorkshire millionaire Jethro Gotobed, and his new wife, Wanda, a showgirl whom all but Gotobed are convinced is a gold digger of the worst sort. Then, having barely lifted anchor, the ocean liner is beset by a series of suspicious accidents and deaths. With harsh weather and rough seas putting many out of commission due to seasickness-including Alec-it soon falls to Daisy to figure out what connection there might be between the seemingly unrelated incidents. Convinced that there's a murderer aboard ship, Daisy must unmask the culprit or culprits before she or anyone else falls victim
A villains collection by Serena Valentino( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection includes all three books in Serena Valentino's Villains trilogy
The summer guest : a novel by Alison Anderson( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by the real friendship between Chekhov and the Lintvaryov family, landowners in the Ukraine, This is a masterful and utterly compelling literary novel that breathes life into a vanished world, while exploring the transformative power of art and the complexity of love and friendship
Dancing at midnight by Julia Quinn( )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lady Arabella Blydon has beauty and a brain, and she's tired of men who can see only one without the other.When a suitor tells Arabella he's willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood, a wounded war hero who intrigues her like no other man.Lord John has lived through the worst horros of war but nothing could have been as terrifying to his tormented heart as Lady Arabella. She is intoxicating, infuriating and she makes him want to live again. Suddenly he's writing bad poetry and climbing trees in the pitch-dark night just so he can dance with her as the clock strikes midnight. And even though he knows he can never be the sort of man she deserves, he can't help wanting her. But when the harsh light of day replaces the magic of midnight, can this tormented soul learn to love again?
A mourning wedding : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn( )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The inimitable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her husband Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher seem to get a reprieve from their sleuthing duties when they are invited to the wedding of their friend, Lucy Fotheringay.Lucy's grandfather is hosting the ceremony at his beautiful estate and so it promises to be a typical affair with hordes of gossipy aunts and other colorful but not necessarily pleasant relatives. Daisy meets all these characters and observes the ensuing familial fraternization with a certain kind of amusing nonchalance. That is, until Lucy's great aunt is found strangled to death in her bed. Lucy, in the meantime, has arranged to meet her betrothed in the conservatory, but when she arrives she finds him trying to revive her uncle, who has died--or has he been murdered? And just like that a normally celebratory occasion turns suspicious. Now Daisy must sift through a throng of relatives--aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents--once wedding guests and now murder suspects. And she must find the killer quickly before another family member becomes a corpse
Gunpowder plot : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the winter of 1924, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to a school friend's house to witness the estate's famous Guy Fawkes celebration. But she gets more than the quiet weekend at the quaint family manse that she was originally hoping for. The home is the site of some severe family tension. The Viscount and head of the family is a strict and unyielding sort, insisting that everyone--especially his children--meet his own unreasonable expectations. On the evening of the Guy Fawkes celebration, the Viscount is found dead on the floor of his study, killed by his own hand. What's more, he apparently first killed a guest--a married woman visiting England from Australia--before turning the gun on himself. Now it's up to Alec Fletcher, Daisy's husband and a DCI of Scotland Yard, to unravel the mystery and the long-held family secrets that led to this state of affairs. But a solution will require, perhaps, more than a little help from Daisy herself
The bloody tower by Carola Dunn( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In early 1925, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher--recent mother of twins--resumes her journalistic career by agreeing to write a piece about the Tower of London--the Bloody Tower--for an American magazine. Invited to observe the centuries-old ritual Ceremony of the Keys, she's spending the night (her first time away from her babies) since the complex is locked and guarded, and the high walls are surrounded by a disused moat. Having been given a tour of the Crown Jewels, interviewed and observed the Yeoman Warders, and met the Ravenmaster, Daisy has more than enough material for her article and decides to leave as early as possible the next morning to return to her family. But when walking down the stairs, she almost trips over the dead body of one of the Yeoman Warders. That there's something seriously amiss cannot be denied, due to the pike sticking out of his back. With her husband, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher assigned to resolve the case, Daisy once again finds herself in the middle of a case of murder most foul
 
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