Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers! by Ellis Peters

Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers! by Ellis Peters

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A hitchhiker is caught in a murderous web

His whole life, William Banks has been trying to escape his mother, who wants desperately for him to become a lawyer. Banks wants to paint, and when he gets the opportunity to attend art school in the next county, he jumps at the chance. It’s only forty miles, but it’s a start. Getting to class, however, will be a deadly proposition.

On his way there, Banks is picked up by Alf, a down-on-his-luck crook who has dreamed up a plan involving a fire, a burned body, and a dead hitchhiker. By all rights, Banks shouldn’t live to see morning, but a stroke of luck—and a very helpful village girl—help him escape death without his ever knowing he was in danger. Caught up in a bizarre case of missing identity, Banks must think quickly to save his own life—once he finally realizes someone is trying to kill him.


“A beguiling writer.” —The Daily Telegraph

“A cult figure of crime fiction.” —Financial Times

“Charm’s not usual in murder mysteries, but Ellis Peters’ stories are full of it.” —The Mail on Sunday

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