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May, 2019
Matthew's Prize, book no.1 The Matthew Loftus Novels, by Marcus Palliser

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Halfhyde and the Admiral

Halfhyde and the Admiral

Philip McCutchan

As the age of the sailing ship is drawing to a close, Lieutenant St. Vincent Halfhyde takes on the task of transporting to Chile a vain foreign officer, a meek Church cleric, a bombastic widow, an uptight Scotland Yard inspector, and a querulous British loudmouth Admiral in service with the Chileans. See Details

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Halfhyde on the Amazon

Halfhyde on the Amazon

Philip McCutchan

St Vincent Halfhyde, commanding the steamer Taronga Park, leaves Liverpool for the Amazon with a British diplomat on a mission to Brazil, where the German Emperor is believed to be establishing a naval base. The voyage is plagued with clashes of personalities, bad weather . . . and murder. See Details

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Halfhyde Goes to War

Halfhyde Goes to War

Philip McCutchan

The ill-fated gold bullion Halfyde inadvertently brought to South Africa in Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs is destined to play a further part in his turbulent career. The Boer War is dragging into a series of seemingly interminable sieges and the British army is floundering on unfamiliar terrain against the cunning of the Boer farmers. See Details

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Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs

Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs

Philip McCutchan

Murder and chicanery involving a consignment of gold bullion stalk St Vincent Halfhyde as he takes the square-rigged ship Glen Hallandale on govenment service from Devonport dockyard to Cape Town. His "cargo" consists of a large draft of convicts from Dartmoor Prison, volunteers for the fight against the Boers in South Africa—volunteers who travel in chain gangs and under strong escort or armed warders in Halfhyde's hastily converted holds. See Details

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The Halfhyde Line

The Halfhyde Line

Philip McCutchan

Recently separated from the Royal Navy, Halfhyde’s maiden voyage as owner/master of the steamer Taronga Park is disrupted when his cargo turns out to be guns headed for rebels in Western Ireland rather than machine parts—and the cargo's owner boards the ship to take command. Only Halfhyde's grim determination to prevail carries the day. See Details

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Halfhyde Outward Bound

Halfhyde Outward Bound

Philip McCutchan

Halfhyde finds himself unexpectedly placed on shore on the half-pay list of the Royal Navy (following the debacle of Captain Watkiss's accidental death chronicled in Halfhyde on Zanatu) and decides to broaden his experience at sea on a merchantman bound for Sydney. His ship, the Aysgarth Falls, has an unsavory crew consisting primarily, it seems, of villians on the run from the police. Bad weather and outbreaks of fighting in the fo'c'sle herald the dangers ahead. See Details

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