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Last Nocturne
  • 9781407906188
  • 01-09-2008
  • SO-CD
Last Nocturne (Audio CD)
Marjorie Eccles / Terry Wale

Chief Inspector Lamb and Sergeant Cogan are baffled by two unlikely suicides What could make a successful, happily married man shoot himself? What could make a young artist on the brink of fame throw himself from a window to his death? These are the questions that are faced by Chief Inspector Lamb and his sergeant, Cogan. Neither victim left a note behind, and it appears that nothing untoward had occurred in the weeks preceding their deaths. But something must have led them to take such drastic action, and Lamb intends to find out what it was. Highly evocative of the bustling streets of London and Vienna in the early 20th century, Last Nocturne is an intriguing mystery of passion, secrets and lies.

Bella Of Bow Street
  • 9781846522949
  • 01-09-2008
  • SS-CD
Bella Of Bow Street (Audio CD)
Carol Rivers / Annie Aldington

1941, the Isle of Dogs. Neglected by their drunken mother, young Bella Doyle and her brother Terry are left to roam the streets, fending for themselves and skipping school with ease. When her mother's boyfriend turns violent, Bella finds refuge with Micky Bryant, a local ne'er-do-well. After the war, Bella marries Micky, but with her husband falling into a life of crime, Bella struggles to stay one step ahead of the law, cope with Micky's wayward behaviour and control her growing feelings for his elder brother, Ronnie. It takes a shocking tragedy for Bella to realize that she must shape her own destiny...

Bad Girl Magdalene
  • 9781846523007
  • 01-09-2008
  • SS-CD
Bad Girl Magdalene (Audio CD)
Jonathan Gash / Caroline Lennon

Kneeling to receive Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church in Dublin one Sunday, it suddenly dawns on Magda Finnan how she can earn God's blessing. She vows to kill Father Doran. A cleaner at the St Cosmo Care Home for the Elderly, the nineteen-year-old remains haunted by her upbringing in the Magdalene orphanage. Among her memories of discipline and the ever-present fear of damnation, one image in particular defies the passage of time: her best friend, Lucy falling down the stairwell to her death. As the ghosts of the past refuse to lie quiet, a very different revelation awaits her.

The Sunday Girls
  • 9781846523083
  • 01-09-2008
  • SS-CD
The Sunday Girls (Audio CD)
Maureen Reynolds / Cathleen McCarron

During the Great Depression, like many others in Dundee, the Neill family are struggling to make ends meet. Ann would love to stay at school but following the death of her mother she is forced to become a housemaid to support her family. Her employer, Mrs Barrie, couldn't be kinder, but the spiteful housekeeper Miss Hood makes Ann's life a misery. When she meets Maddie, the daughter of a prosperous Dundee solicitor, the only thing they have in common is that they were both born on a Sunday, but they become firm friends, finding fun and laughter in good times and bad.

The Alchemist's Daughter
  • 9781846523144
  • 01-09-2008
  • SS-CD
The Alchemist's Daughter (Audio CD)
Katharine Mcmahon / Tanya Myers

In the spring of 1725, father and daughter John and Emilie Selden begin their most daring alchemical adventure - an attempt to breathe life into dead matter - but their work is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers. One is a researcher into the life of plants, the other a dazzling young merchant. During the course of a sultry August, while her father is away, Emilie is caught up in the passion of first love. Her father's spell broken, she is banished to London, where she discovers that for all her extraordinary education she has no insight into the workings of the human heart...

Tales Of The Country
  • 9781846523250
  • 01-09-2008
  • SS-CD
Tales Of The Country (Audio CD)
Brian Viner / Andrew Wincott

When Brian and Jane Viner took their three children to live in deepest Herefordshire, after eight years in sophisticated Crouch End, north London, they wondered if they needed their heads examining. They had been happy in the city, with an abundance of like-minded friends and a choice of dozens of places to drink cappuccino; in Herefordshire there were thirty five-barred gates between them and the nearest coffee outlet. Where would they find kindred spirits? What would life be like without mains sewerage? And would they ever stop being what some locals charmingly refer to as 'buggers from off'?

Fallen Idols
  • 9781846524073
  • 01-09-2008
  • SS-CD
Fallen Idols (Audio CD)
Neil White / Jack Paulin

Everyone would kill for their 15 minutes of fame... Why was Premiership star Henri Dumas killed in cold blood on a busy Soho street? How are the murders of two estate agents in a nearby flat linked? Who is behind Dumas's killing - an obsessive fan, a celebrity stalker or a sinister blackmailer pushed too far? What is the connection to the brutal rape and murder of a young girl 10 years ago and 300 miles away? When will the shooter stop targeting the country's football stars? Can crime-beat reporter Jack Garrett and single mum DC Laura McGanity find out?

A Mile Of River
  • 9780753132081
  • 01-08-2008
  • ISISCD
A Mile Of River (Audio CD)
Judith Allnatt / Colleen Prendergast

It is 1976 and England is suffocating. The long, dry spring has given way to a summer of severe drought. Jess and Tom live on a remote farm with their increasingly difficult and brutal father. Their mother, Sylvie, walked out years before and Jess is struggling with the role of mother figure to Tom, as well as skivvy and hired hand for her father. Daydreaming about her mother's return, Jess discovers Sylvie's old diary and begins to uncover the shocking truth about her disappearance. As the drought grips ever tighter, the menace in the air builds until it reaches boiling point, with a confrontation between Jess and her father that has devastating consequences.

Stratton's War
  • 9780753132104
  • 01-08-2008
  • ISISCD
Stratton's War (Audio CD)
Laura Wilson / Sean Barrett & Anna Bentinck

London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of CID is not convinced. As he starts asking questions, it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. When Stratton's path crosses with MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, they uncover a criminal network and a secretive pro-fascist organisation. It soon becomes clear that the intrigues of the Secret Service are alarmingly similar to the machinations of war-torn London's underworld.

Damaged Goods
  • 9780753132203
  • 01-08-2008
  • ISISCD
Damaged Goods (Audio CD)
June Hampson / Annie Aldington

Daisy Lane faces her greatest threat yet Things have been going too well for Daisy Lane. Her murdered lover, Eddie Lane, has left her comfortably off and his son little Eddie is an adorable and constant reminder of his father. The new man in her life, South London gangster Roy Kemp, looks out for her and is kind to little Eddie. But someone is watching Daisy's every move, like a predator choosing the perfect moment to pounce. He is a man with murder in his heart - a man obsessed with Daisy and enraged that she turned to Roy Kemp for love instead of him. He plans to teach Daisy a lesson she will never forget...

Glitz
  • 9780753132487
  • 01-08-2008
  • ISISCD
Glitz (Audio CD)
Louise Bagshawe / Penelope Freeman

All's fair in love and war - especially when there's a trust fund at stake... Haughty, social climber Juno, her ditzy, style-free sister Athena and their cousins, "It" girl Diana and wannabe actress Venus, are accustomed to living the high life, thanks to a trust fund set up by their super-rich, reclusive Uncle Clem. But when Uncle Clem summons his nieces to his mansion in the Seychelles to announce his engagement to Bai-Ling, a woman young enough to be their baby sister, the four girls instantly know trouble's afoot... Can they stop the wedding? What happens when four pampered princesses have to cope without their trust fund? Who will learn to stand on her own two feet...and who will fall?

Glitz
  • 9780753139936
  • 01-08-2008
  • ISMP3CD
Glitz (MP3 CD)
Louise Bagshawe / Penelope Freeman

All's fair in love and war - especially when there's a trust fund at stake... Haughty, social climber Juno, her ditzy, style-free sister Athena and their cousins, "It" girl Diana and wannabe actress Venus, are accustomed to living the high life, thanks to a trust fund set up by their super-rich, reclusive Uncle Clem. But when Uncle Clem summons his nieces to his mansion in the Seychelles to announce his engagement to Bai-Ling, a woman young enough to be their baby sister, the four girls instantly know trouble's afoot... Can they stop the wedding? What happens when four pampered princesses have to cope without their trust fund? Who will learn to stand on her own two feet...and who will fall?

A Stranger Light
  • 9781407905549
  • 01-08-2008
  • SO-CD
A Stranger Light (Audio CD)
Gloria Cook / Patricia Gallimore

The Harvey family faces change in the aftermath of war As the Second World War ends, Faye Harvey struggles against the stigma of being a single mother. Then Mark Fuller, badly ravaged by his POW experiences in the Far East, arrives in Cornwall. Faye finds herself drawn to him - but the father of her son, a Scottish laird, turns up, offering marriage now that his wife is dead. Meanwhile, Tristan falls for the new housekeeper, but their age difference and her distrust of men seem to make love impossible. And over at Ford Farm, Faye's cousin Lottie Harmon, waiting for her former GI husband to come from America, begins to fear that she may not want a new life with him after all...

The Unknown
  • 9781407905624
  • 01-08-2008
  • SO-CD
The Unknown (Audio CD)
James Pattinson / Anne Cater

It was Mrs Croyden who had been taken by the idea of digging up the history of the family. It seemed to be the kind of thing that everyone was doing nowadays. And once started she became more and more enchanted by the project. Even her husband George, having seen the ancient photograph of a most attractive girl, long since dead, was taken by the project. The snag was that even Great Aunt Maud, the owner of the photograph, had no idea what had happened to the beautiful girl named Isabella. Apparently she had completely vanished and to the rest of the family had simply become "The Unknown". Would the mystery ever be solved?

The Dying Trade
  • 9781407905655
  • 01-08-2008
  • SO-CD
The Dying Trade (Audio CD)
David Donachie / Peter Wickham

Privateersman Harry Ludlow and his partner and younger brother, James, find that murder and intrigue take up more of their time than the hunt for fat trading vessels. Arriving in the squalid, seething port of Genoa, they find it a tinderbox of tension, fed by the discovery of a hanged British sea captain and packs of English and French sailors at each other's throats. At the behest of Admiral Hood, Harry is drawn into the midst of the lurid murder investigation, only to find himself mired in roiling layers of intrigue, avarice and danger - and the deadly charms of a beautiful woman.

The Urchin's Song
  • 9781407906041
  • 01-08-2008
  • SO-CD
The Urchin's Song (Audio CD)
Rita Bradshaw / Elizabeth Henry

Growing up in the crushing poverty of squalid East End of 1890s Sunderland, Josie Burns is no stranger to cold and hunger. She and her brothers and sisters were sent out to beg as soon as they could walk, but by the time she is seven, Josie's beautiful voice earns her enough in the pubs for her father to leave them alone. That is, until he decides to take little Gertie to work the streets. Josie and Gertie flee to Newcastle, and there she starts a new life in the music hall. Her popularity grows and brings her wealth, but this leads to heartbreak. There are many obstacles to overcome, but Josie has learnt her lesson, that she must fight for what she believes.

The Templar, The Queen And Her Lover
  • 9781407906218
  • 01-08-2008
  • SO-CD
The Templar, The Queen And Her Lover (Audio CD)
Michael Jecks / Michael Tudor Barnes

1325: In the gilded cage that is the Palace of Westminster, Isabella, Queen of England, is troubled by court intrigue. Her jealous husband, Edward II, has removed all her privileges, her regal status and even her children. When Isabella is dispatched to France to negotiate peace with the French King, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill travels with her to ensure her safety. But it seems that no one can be trusted, not least the Queen's own retinue. Murder, betrayal, adultery and cold, calculating evil are just the beginning of Baldwin's tempestuous journey into the dark hearts of powerful nations at war with each other.

The Unknown
  • 9781407969688
  • 01-08-2008
  • SOMP3CD
The Unknown (MP3 CD)
James Pattinson / Anne Cater

It was Mrs Croyden who had been taken by the idea of digging up the history of the family. It seemed to be the kind of thing that everyone was doing nowadays. And once started she became more and more enchanted by the project. Even her husband George, having seen the ancient photograph of a most attractive girl, long since dead, was taken by the project. The snag was that even Great Aunt Maud, the owner of the photograph, had no idea what had happened to the beautiful girl named Isabella. Apparently she had completely vanished and to the rest of the family had simply become "The Unknown". Would the mystery ever be solved?

Forsaken
  • 9781846522727
  • 01-08-2008
  • SS-CD
Forsaken (Audio CD)
Rosie Goodwin / Patience Tomlinson

Born on a Friday, Sophie Winters has always been a loving and giving child, who'd do anything for her family, yet her father Bill has always seemed to resent her. Sophie lives with Bill's animosity - until the night he returns home drunk and forces himself on her. Left pregnant and ashamed at seventeen, Sophie doesn't know where to turn, so when she meets the charming Ben Lewis and he offers her refuge at his mother's hotel, she accepts. Sophie is not the only pregnant runaway staying there, and she soon begins to realise that there is little goodness in the Lewises' hearts...

The Railwayman's Daughter
  • 9781846522833
  • 01-08-2008
  • SS-CD
The Railwayman's Daughter (Audio CD)
Dee Yates / Maggie Mash

In 1875 railwayman Tom Swales, with his wife and five daughters, takes the tiny end cottage in a terrace by the newly-built York-Doncaster railway track. Eldest daughter Mary becomes housemaid to the stationmaster, where she battles the grime from passing trains and the stationmaster's brutal, lustful nature - a fight she cannot win. Mary flees to York, and when she is taken in by the York Quakers her spirit is nearly broken. If she finds the strength to return to her family will they accept her - and will her first love, farmer's son Nathaniel, still be waiting?

Ghost Of A Chance
  • 9781846522888
  • 01-08-2008
  • SS-CD
Ghost Of A Chance (Audio CD)
Susan Hepburn / Maggie Mash

Mike Brodie is tired of people thinking she's a man, and right now, she is tired of everything. As well as keeping an eye on Raffi, her undergraduate goddaughter, she's been running her music shop, doing voice work and playing the saxophone. Her pushy manager, Paul, is filling her diary to bursting point. When Mike decides to take a well-earned break, she heads for Berwick Grange, but being ambushed by armed men on her arrival is just the start of her troubles. When she discovers a body floating in an ornamental pool, mishap turns to murder.

The Unchanging Heart
  • 9781846523069
  • 01-08-2008
  • SS-CD
The Unchanging Heart (Audio CD)
Maggie Bennett / Tanya Myers

England, 1770: the cottagers in the village of Wollaston are suffering great hardship from the enclosures of common land by the wealthy de Boville family. So Zack Venn, dispossessed and embittered, heads for London taking his daughter Meg, who must part from her childhood friend, Elizabeth Pond, the parson's daughter. Elizabeth is heartbroken when Richard de Boville is sent away by his parents, unknowingly leaving her pregnant. Meanwhile life in London is hard for Meg, but through all the changes and chances of their lives, the separate pathways of the two girls are destined to merge again.

The Judas Sheep
  • 9781846523885
  • 01-08-2008
  • SS-CD
The Judas Sheep (Audio CD)
Stuart Pawson / Andrew Wincott

Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is officially on sick leave, but this is ended abruptly when Mrs Marina Norris's chauffeur is found dead from unnatural causes - namely a blast from a Kalashnikov. Mrs Norris has not been home since the murder, but her millionaire American husband seems distinctly unfazed by this. Although Charlie is convinced there is a link, he has few leads and reluctantly agrees to come off the case. Meanwhile, some big-time drug smugglers on the Hull-Rotterdam run demanding his attention. His contact, Kevin, is a lowly cog in the smuggling wheel, but the real villains are not such a pushover...

Blood At The Bookies
  • 9780753131510
  • 01-07-2008
  • ISISCD
Blood At The Bookies (Audio CD)
Simon Brett / Simon Brett

All bets are on whodunnit when a body is found at the bookies... Jude has never been averse to a bit of a flutter; her friend Carole, on the other hand, thinks that the local betting shop is a den of iniquity. But when Jude stumbles upon the body of a Polish immigrant, Tadeusz Jankowski, the race is on to find his killer. The odds aren't looking good. No one seems to know anything about the mysterious Tadeusz - even his sister can't shed any light on what he was doing in Fethering. As they question the local residents, Carole finds an unexpected friend in an inveterate gambler and Jude finds herself in potential trouble with a lecherous and charming drama professor.