Cracking Open A Coffin

By Gwendoline Butler

A chain of it appears indiscriminate murders unearths the paintings of a really sufferer, calculating felony, and leader Commander John Coffin needs to become aware of the hyperlink among the sufferers from an elite London collage and a shelter for battered girls. Reprint. K.

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