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By Peter Florence, Mark Ellingha

For 2014, Oxfam and Profile have became to crime to be able to elevate an extra £200,000 for Oxfam's paintings. Following the luck of OxTales and OxTravels, this number of crime writing is the most recent Oxfam fundraiser, brought by way of Britain's maximum crime author, Ian Rankin, and that includes a compelling solid of suspects.

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