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Ian Holloway has guided Crystal Palace to second in the Championship

Appleton out to upset Holloway's applecart

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Gold Digger, By Frances Fyfield

What is a crime writer to do when they start to chafe at the restraints of the genre? How to re-energise the overfamiliar elements – such as the careful concealment of the murderer’s identity?

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