WorldCat Identities

Lake, Deryn

Overview
Works: 43 works in 219 publications in 3 languages and 6,334 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6062.A4853, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Deryn Lake
The mills of God by Deryn Lake( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sleepy, eccentric Sussex village of Lakehurst suddenly becomes a place of terror and night shadows. After dark, it is not safe to go out, to the consternation of the newly arrived Vicar, trendy young Nick Lawrence, and Inspector Dominic Tennant of the Sussex Police Force. A serial killer is on the loose: one who leaves notes at the scene of his crimes signed "The Acting Light of the World."
Death at the wedding feast by Deryn Lake( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Apothecary John Rawlings has travelled to Devon to be by the side of his mistress, Elizabeth di Lorenzi, who is due to give birth to their child. Leaving his shop--and his new carbonated water business--in good hands, John is presented with a surprise on his arrival at Sidmouth House. While Elizabeth is recuperating, he learns that Lady Sidmouth's daughter, Miranda, is to marry the Earl of St Austell, who is fifty-two years her senior. The Earl has a cruel reputation and John feels that no good will come of this unlikely match. As the wedding day approaches, John feels increasingly uneasy, and he is especially mindful of a vision his daughter, Rose, had about an evil old woman who may do him harm. Before too long John's fears are confirmed, and he soon finds himself at the centre of a murderous plot that must be unravelled ..."--Page [2] of jacket
Death and the black pyramid by Deryn Lake( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apothecary John Rawlings is summoned to Devon where he finds himself investigating the brutal murder of a fellow stagecoach passenger
Dead on cue by Deryn Lake( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A new arrival to Lakehurst village can only mean trouble for Reverend Nick Lawrence ... The residents of the sleepy Sussex village of Lakehurst are abuzz with the news of the arrival of Gerry Harlington, a flamboyant American actor and the new owner of Abbot's Manor, with his glamorous wife. The local dramatic society recruits him as their director for their new show, but his ideas are met with violent protest from the amateur actors. So when a corpse is discovered after the grand opening night, Reverend Nick Lawrence doesn't have to look far to find potential suspects"--
The moonlit door by Deryn Lake( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new puzzle for the Reverend Nick Lawrence . . . It is May in the sleepy village of Lakehurst, Sussex, and Nick Lawrence has organised a Medieval Fair, complete with maypole dancing, archers and Mr Grimm's men, a group of Morris dancers. The fair is enjoyed by all and a great success, but once the village green is deserted a horrific event takes place that shocks the whole village. A young orphan, Billy, is shot through the heart with an arrow and his body covered with the ribbons from the maypole.It is up to Nick and Detective Inspector Dominic Tennant to try and find out who would commit such a horrific crime - and why?
Death in the setting sun by Deryn Lake( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Rawlings has never been happier. His apothecary business is doing well and he is blissfully content with his charming wife and adorable little daughter. But an evening out at an illustrious theatre party at Gunnersbury House, hosted by Princess Amelia, shatters his happy existence. When one of the popular characters of the series comes to an untimely end, suspicion falls upon John Rawlings when he is found crouched over the inert figure. Despite his protestations of innocence, many at the scene, including the powerful Princess Amelia, believe John to be the murderer and he is forced into hiding. Along with his closest friends, John attempts to delve through the layers of deception to uncover the truth
Death in hellfire by Deryn Lake( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something sinister lurks inside the Hellfire Club... When John Rawlings is asked to investigate a secret club and some shady goings-on, he is intrigued. The disreputable Sir Francis Dashwood is believed to be involved, as well as some illustrious members of the British aristocracy
Death and the Cornish fiddler by Deryn Lake( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Georgian historical mystery
Death on the rocks : a John Rawlings mystery by Deryn Lake( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apothecary John Rawlings is intrigued when a letter arrives asking him to investigate an impostor claiming to be the long-lost step-son of a wealthy Bristol merchant in possession of his dead wife's diamond inheritance. John Rawlings' father, Sir Gabriel Kent joins him on the trip to take the healing waters at Hotwell where they socialize with the crème of Bristol society. But Rawlings is compelled to try and solve the mystery and so he must trawl through the underbelly of eighteenth-century society to unearth the sordid secrets at the heart of the investigation
Death in the valley of shadows by Deryn Lake( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and French and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preparing to become a father for the very first time, Apothecary John Rawlings leaves the heavily pregnant Emilia occupied with maternal matters and turns his attention to his business, rather neglected of late. Working in the shop one early afternoon, John is taken aback when a middle-aged stranger rushes in through the door looking panic-stricken. The man is not seeking a cure for a terrible ailment, however, but a place to hide. John agrees and a moment or two later a formidable woman comes to the counter enquiring if the Apothecary has seen anyone answering the description of the stranger he has in his back room. Honoring his promise to the man, John sends her on her way and, intrigued, goes to question the fellow. The man's name is Aidan Fenchurch and his pursuer is Mrs. Ariadne Bussell, a former lover who is reluctant to give up the chase. So reluctant, in fact, that she has been shadowing him for years. Feeling sympathy for Aidan, John agrees to do him a good turn, but is shocked when a few days later the man is dead, ostensibly the result of a street robbery. Suspicious, Sir John Fielding sends the Flying Runners to arrest Mrs Bussell. However, the lady is taken ill in the coach and before she can be thoroughly questioned she dies. The Apothecary recognises the signs of fatal poisoning. Soon there are more victims, some poisoned and some killed by less subtle methods. John Rawlings embarks on a journey that leads him to the Surrey countryside in search of answers to be greeted by some familiar faces
The governor's ladies by Deryn Lake( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts in 1775, and his American wife Margaret face trouble when the War of Independence erupts
Death in the west wind by Deryn Lake( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and French and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Devon, April 1759. Newlyweds John Rawlings and Emilia are spending their honeymoon touring the mysterious country of Devon. The gruesome discovery of a young girl's body, badly beaten and bruised, draped over the figurehead of a schooner draws the apothecary into the investigation..."--Publisher description
Death at the Boston Tea Party : a John Rawlings mystery by Deryn Lake( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following a long and perilous journey, Apothecary John Rawlings has arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, to pursue a new business venture. He finds the place riven with tension and unrest. There are many who feel it's time the colonies sought freedom from British rule, and the seething resentment erupts into outright rebellion during the notorious Boston Tea Party. But has someone taken advantage of the chaos to commit cold-blooded murder? Called in to examine a body fished out of Boston harbour, Rawlings recognizes one of his fellow travellers from England. If he could unearth the truth about the victim's past and the reason why they'd come to Boston, he would be one step closer to catching the killer. But has Rawlings beocme a pawn in an altogether bigger game?"--Publisher
Death in the dark walk by Deryn Lake( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having just finished his indentures, Rawlings is celebrating at Vaux Hall Pleasure Gardens when he trips over the body of a young girl. Summoned to the magistrate’s office as prime suspect, Rawlings not only clears his own name but impresses Fielding so much with his powers of recollection that he is asked to investigate the crime. From gaming hell to fashionable house, Rawlings follows a trail of lustful liaisons and illicit intrigue which prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the girl has quite a past...a past filled with threatening secrets
Death in the Peerless Pool by Deryn Lake( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and French and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the discovery of a body in a popular swimming bath, the Peerless Pool, 18th-century apothecary John Rawlings and magistrate Blind Beak find themselves mixed up in another adventure. Who is the mysterious Hannah and could her murder be connected to the disappearance of two children, long ago?
Death at the beggar's opera by Deryn Lake( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Rawlings, the apothecary with a talent for detective work, and John Fielding, the blind magistrate, make a welcome return in this evocative Georgian mystery. They are enjoying a performance of 'The Beggar's Opera' in Drury Lane when the leading actor dramatically falls to his death on stage. As they begin the hunt for clues, they discover a hotbed of rivalry on and off the stage and a trail of obsession that leads to the dark heart of a cold-blooded murder
Death on the Romney Marsh by Deryn Lake( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Rawlings finds a mysterious scarecrow on Romney Marsh, which he discovers is a skeleton. When he finds out that the "scarecrow" was a French spymaster, come to England to awaken two sleeping spies, he must work out who, out of a motley bunch of characters, these two spies are
Death at the Devil's Tavern by Deryn Lake( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This third John Rawlings mystery involves the murder of Sir William Hartfield, whose body is pulled from the Thames on the eve of his wedding. Suspecting foul play, Rawlings investigates the family and discovers not only did each member stand to gain, but each had a good motive for the murder
The king's women : a novel in four parts by Dinah Lampitt( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A John Rawlings mystery by Deryn Lake( Book )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apothecary John Rawlings is intrigued when a letter arrives from Bristol asking him to investigate an impostor claiming his diamond inheritance. Rawlings must trawl through the underbelly of society to unearth the sordid secrets at the heart of his investigation
 
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Death at the wedding feastDeath and the black pyramidDeath in the setting sunDeath in hellfireDeath and the Cornish fiddlerDeath in the valley of shadowsThe governor's ladiesDeath in the west wind