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Fallen Gods
  • 9780753122501
  • 01-10-2003
Fallen Gods (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / James Bryce

Can Britain's sharpest Detective draw triumph from tragedy? The heat is on for DCC Bob Skinner, Scotland's most revered and, in some circles, most feared cop. His career hangs by a thread, as a recent illness has given his enemies a weapon to use against him. A body found in the detritus of a flood is identified as the hated brother whose existence he has kept hidden for years. And an incendiary device destroys a valuable painting in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. As Skinner and his team tackle these crises, his wife Sarah, left in America with their children to recover from the loss of her parents, finds comfort with an old college lover. When fate leaves her staring at a seemingly inevitable murder conviction, Bob will need all his fearsome resources to sort out the tangled mess his life has become. But is he still up to the challenge...?

  • 9780753122525
  • 01-10-2003
Dragonplague (Audio CD)
Terence Strong / John Cormack

Based on a real-life expose of a massive secret terrorist operation to flood Britain with heroin. Terence Strong takes the reader into a new and unchartered nightmare world. It is a world where the twin evils of today stalk side by side, creating the greatest peacetime menace ever known to civilised society: terrorism and hard drugs. No one will escape the nightmare. Not the former Royal marine who dares to fight it. Not his wife and son for whom he risks everything. Nor past and future lovers. All will feel the tentacles of terror during the desperate struggle for freedom - and life itself. Tortured passions, human frailty and strength combine in this powerful story of courage against all odds.

Holy Fools
  • 9781842837252
  • 01-10-2003
  • SO-CD
Holy Fools (Audio CD)
Joanne Harris / Anne Dover

In seventeenth-century France, against a backdrop of witch trials, regicide and religious frenzy, Juliette finds herself seeking refuge among the sisters of the remote abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-Mer. Once an actress and rope dancer, forced to abandon the travelling life, Juliette makes a new life for herself and her young daughter, Fleur. But she may not be safe forever. Times are changing; politically and socially with the murder of the King, Henri IV; and closer to home with the appointment of a new Abbess and a ghost from the past in the shape of Guy LeMerle, a man that Juliette has every reason to fear and hate...

Nothing Is Forever
  • 9781859036983
  • 01-10-2003
  • SS-CD
Nothing Is Forever (Audio CD)
June Tate / Pamela Donald

"A heart-warming tale with a vividly drawn central character" COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH Following the loss of her fiance in WWI, a devastated Flora Ferguson arrives in Southampton, alone and desolate. With the love of her life gone, she devotes herself to the street-children who live around the docks and to free them from their poverty and squalor. Through this sacrifice comes unexpected fulfilment, for not only does Flora find her work wonderfully rewarding, she finds a new degree of happiness through her friendship with the handsome and dedicated Dr Richard Goodwin - a man who shares her compassion and desire to help. Flora must fight for the happiness she knows can be hers...

When Daylight Comes
  • 9781842836514
  • 01-09-2003
  • SO-CD
When Daylight Comes (Audio CD)
Lyn Andrews / Anne Dover
The Long Journey Home
  • 9781842836538
  • 01-09-2003
  • SO-CD
The Long Journey Home (Audio CD)
Wendy Robertson / Julia Franklin
Bone Dancing
  • 9781859036860
  • 01-09-2003
  • SS-CD
Bone Dancing (Audio CD)
Jonathan Gash / Francis Middleditch

"Gash is in top form...promises further entertainment to come" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Dr Clare Burtonall is a hard working Manchester-based doctor. However her private life is unconventional with her boyfriend Bonn being a male escort - fulfilling the needs of bored, rich women. If that wasn't enough, Clare's job is fraught with danger. Working with the police and helping them investigate suspicious deaths, she is constantly at risk and now she is becoming involved in the shocking tragic workings of the Manchester underworld. BONE DANCING is the most unusual mystery you will read this year.

Thursday Legends
  • 9780753117316
  • 01-08-2003
Thursday Legends (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / James Bryce

For Deputy Chief Constable Skinner, the Thursday night football game at a local gym has been an unbroken ritual for twenty-five years. Along the way players have come and gone, but a hard core remains, with each match a little older, a little slower, but as fiercely competitive as a gang of teenagers. Until a former player is found murdered in a manner that shocks even a veteran like Skinner, and suddenly the Thursday Legends have more to worry about than aching backs and dodgy knees. Former Head of Special Branch Alec Smith made plenty of enemies during a long career, and there is no shortage of suspects. But as Skinner's investigation gathers pace, everything points to the Legends themselves. Is someone targeting this disparate group of colleagues and friends in some bizarre scheme of retribution? Or is the murderer one of them? This gritty, fast-paced mystery will pin even the most squeamish readers to the page. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Wearing Purple
  • 9781842836491
  • 01-08-2003
  • SO-CD
Wearing Purple (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / Joe Dunlop

Newly married to his childhood sweetheart and happily settled in Glasgow, private enquiry agent Oz Blackstone is looking for some excitement. And when he's introduced to the seven-foot, granite muscled figure of Everett Davis, champion wrestler and head for the Global Wrestling Alliance, he knows he's found it. The GWA's televised tour of Europe has been dogged by inexplicable technical hitches and terrifying accidents in the ring. Everett is convinced that someone is trying to sabotage his business. Under the inspired disguise of Master of Ceremonies, Oz enters the extraordinary world of professional wrestling. But as he begins to discover the dangerous reality behind the glittering facade, a string of accidents becomes murder, and Oz has to wrestle with the biggest crisis of his life.

Richard & Judy; The Autobiography
  • 9781859036914
  • 01-08-2003
  • SS-CD
Richard & Judy; The Autobiography (Audio CD)
Richard Madeley/Judy Finnigan / Marie McCarthy & Jack Paulin

Richard and Judy are Britain's best-loved 'husband and wife' team. Watched by millions daily over the thirteen years that they hosted ITV's THIS MORNING and now on their own Channel 4 show, RICHARD AND JUDY, they have taken their place in the nation's heart. As delightfully candid, genuine, warm-hearted and spirited as the couple themselves, this compelling autobiography lays bare the heartaches, scares and joys of being one of the nation's most famous couples.

Billy Straight
  • 9780753118559
  • 01-07-2003
Billy Straight (Audio CD)
Jonathan Kellerman / Jeff Harding

A young boy witnesses a murder but who will find him first - the cops or the killer? When beautiful Lisa Bochlinger Ramsey is found brutally stabbed to death in Los Angeles's Griffith Park, a highly sensitive investigation begins for Detective Petra Connor and her partner Stu Bishop. The ex-wife of TV star Cart Ramsey, Lisa had publicly revealed how Ramsay had beaten her up. Suspicion at once falls on the millionaire actor but this is L.A., home of media frenzy and O.J. Simpson. The brass at the LAPD do not want history repeated. Forensic evidence points to a witness to the murder: twelve-year-old Billy Straight - a very scared little boy, frightened into hiding. When Lisa's parents put up a reward on him, only Petra realises the peril in which this child has been placed.

A Deeper Shade Of Blue
  • 9781859036525
  • 01-07-2003
  • SS-CD
A Deeper Shade Of Blue (Audio CD)
Paul Johnston / Geoffrey Annis

"Highly original...always entertaining...great storytelling" - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH The idyllic Greek island of Trigono harbours many secrets. Its labyrinth of caves, containing priceless ancient figures, gave sanctuary to tragic lovers during the Second World War. Now they are the backdrop to acts of chilling depravity. American tourist Rosa Ozal has disappeared and half-Greek, half-Scots investigator Alex Mavros is hired to trace her. In a race to stop a terrible crime being repeated, Mavros must break through Trigono's whitewashed walls of silence to uncover the deadly consequences of a feud that has plagued the island for generations.

Troubled Waters
  • 9781859036686
  • 01-07-2003
  • SS-CD
Troubled Waters (Audio CD)
Rosie Harris / Siriol Jenkins

When fourteen-year-old Sara Jenkins rescues her baby sister, Myfanwy, from the fire that kills their mother, little does she realise the burden she is taking on. Her father Ifor is strict and cruel and when Ifor remarries, Sara finds her new stepmother a hard taskmaster. Rhys Edwards, nephew of the owner of the bakery, falls in love with Sara and they plan to make a new life together in Cardiff - but Sara finds herself alone there, pregnant and destitute. Hard times face Sara, her unborn child and Myfanwy before happiness is finally within reach...

Q Is For Quarry
  • 9780753122099
  • 01-06-2003
Q Is For Quarry (Audio CD)
Sue Grafton / Liza Ross

Inspired by the actual unsolved murder of a young woman in Santa Barbara County. Kinsey Milhone is on a quest for justice. In the summer of 1969, the decomposed corpse of a young white female was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. Her hands had been bound and her throat slashed. Despite months of investigation, she remained unidentified and the case unsolved. Now, 18 years later, the two ailing cops who found her body enlist Kinsey's help to identify the girl and put their ghosts to rest. But neither they nor Kinsey expect that reopening an old case will incite the killer to strike again - not just once, but twice. "An intriguing plot, fully drawn characters, and wry humor" LIBRARY JOURNAL

A Wing And A Prayer
  • 9781842835920
  • 01-06-2003
  • SO-CD
A Wing And A Prayer (Audio CD)
Lyn Andrews / Anne Dover

For Mary Callaghan, marriage has brought heartaches and disappointments, but her daughters bring great joy. It is for them that Mary works so hard, rising before dawn to sell the fruit and vegetables that keep the bailiffs from the door. She wants for them what she never had - a husband who will offer the security her own hard-drinking, free-spending, brash-talking Jack denied her. But the future looks grim when Daisy announces her pregnancy, for the father makes it clear that marriage is a prison from which he's determined to escape. As Nell watches her broken-hearted sister, she wonders how she can ever allow herself to fall in love, when her own mother and sister suffered so much at the hands of men they once worshipped. As the world around grows more uncertain, and war more likely, risking all for love seems a dangerous game, especially when a marriage based on mutual respect and affection appears to be presenting itself. "An outstanding storyteller" WOMAN'S WEEKLY

Not All Tarts Are Apple
  • 9781859036464
  • 01-06-2003
  • SS-CD
Not All Tarts Are Apple (Audio CD)
Pip Granger / Tanya Myers

Rosie's safe world - watched over by her devoted Uncle Bert and Auntie Maggie - is turned upside down when her school friend tells her that "Your mum's a tart". Rosie is used to being with a motley group of grown-ups in the cafe in Old Compton Street, amongst them the mysterious Perfumed Lady, who makes an appearance from time to time. Usually the worse for drink, she laughs a lot and wears clothes like a princess. She brings Rosie presents and Rosie thinks she is her fairy godmother. Of course, she is Rosie's real mum... and one day, might want to reclaim her.

The Road To McCarthy
  • 9780753122150
  • 01-05-2003
The Road To McCarthy (Audio CD)
Pete McCarthy / Christopher Scott

Determined to pin down mythical tales of his own clan history and pursue other far-flung Irish connections to their illogical conclusions, Pete McCarthy is thrust into a world-wide adventure that reveals an unsettled and poignant history, whilst unearthing a good pint in the most unexpected locations. From the Holy Ground of Cork harbour via the Fried Breakfast Zone of Belfast Airport, he travels to Gibraltar and Morocco, searching for his hereditary Gaelic chief in the casbah of Tangier. Journeying on to New York, Tasmania, Montana, and the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, he survives worrying confrontations with ornamental monkeys, an endangered species of goose, and a bar full of drunken Glasgow Celtic supporters. McCarthy's unique combination of laugh-out-loud humour, heartfelt insights, his uncanny instinct for the most unlikely situations and the best bars, lights the way for travellers on THE ROAD TO McCARTHY.

Country Loving
  • 9781859036372
  • 01-05-2003
  • SS-CD
Country Loving (Audio CD)
Julie Highmore / Mary Gardner

For Ruby Grant and her husband Oliver, life slows down alarmingly from the moment they move to the country and set foot in Troy Cottage. At least Ruby can finally start writing her novel in peace - until her daughter Poppy turns up with boyfriend and dog in tow, and announces she's pregnant! Then son Josh needs somewhere to do his washing and her father wants to stay for Christmas... Despite this, Ruby finds village life surprisingly seductive, especially Hamish, a handsome journalist. Surely there's no harm in a little crush - but can Ruby avoid the hazards of country loving?

The Ways Of Death
  • 9781859036389
  • 01-05-2003
  • SS-CD
The Ways Of Death (Audio CD)
Roy Lewis / Robbie Macnab

Arnold Landon has taken time out to investigate an ancient sea cave on the Northumbrian coast, when he gets caught up in violence directed at asylum seekers in a nearby village. Arnold also happens to get involved in the search for a student who disappeared when he was seeking to clear the name of a village man who was rumoured to have been a guard at a concentration camp during WWII. A link between the cave and the mysterious headland of Hades Gate is found and Arnold solves a riddle of the brutal past bringing it into the murderous present.

Gallery Whispers
  • 9780753113981
  • 01-04-2003
Gallery Whispers (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / James Bryce

With his boss recovering from a heart attack, Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner is filling his shoes - and that means more time behind a desk. But he's about to be provided with more drama than he could ever want. One of the world's most ruthless terrorists is on his way to Edinburgh - and he can only have one thing on his mind: the forthcoming conference of world Heads of Government. If Skinner doesn't pick up his trail fast, he could have a global disaster in his backyard. While all eyes are focused on the terrorist threat, a terminally ill woman is found dead - an apparent suicide. But a policewoman sees the subtle marks of an assisted death - and therefore, according to the law, murder. It is the beginning of an ominous pattern.

Borne On The Tide
  • 9781859036198
  • 01-04-2003
  • SS-CD
Borne On The Tide (Audio CD)
Julia Bryant / Tanya Myers

Rescued from the sea when a child, Beatrice Salter has never known who her family is or where she truly belongs. She finally finds a home at the Mariner's Home for children, and an unlikely friend in Dr Pragnell, the kindly gentleman who rescued her. Working in his household, Beatrice observes the love Augusta Pragnell showers on her two sons, Albert and Samuel, and realises what she has missed. As the Pragnell household comes ever closer, Beatrice and Albert find themselves thrown together in a situation which can only cause heartbreak to those they love most.

The Yeare's Midnight
  • 9781859036396
  • 01-04-2003
  • SS-CD
The Yeare's Midnight (Audio CD)
Ed O'connor / Kenneth Knowles

An international sports star is found murdered - her face mutilated in a bizarre, ritualistic manner. What is the significance of the poetic text the killer has left at the crime scene? Why did he surgically remove the victim's left eye? And can a Cambridge lecturer help the police reconstruct the killer's fantasy in time to save her own life? As Inspector John Underwood and his team work frantically to piece together the last hours of Olympic athlete Lucy Harrington, however, another murder will take place before Stussmann finds the key to understanding the killer's terrifying motive.

Inside Track
  • 9780753117149
  • 01-03-2003
Inside Track (Audio CD)
John Francome / Steve Hodson

Pippa Hutchison is an aspiring young trainer, certain that she's as good as anyone in the business. Until, that is, an owner removes two horses to another yard, and one shows dramatic improvement. She enlists the help of her brother, Jamie, once a star flat jockey now trying to revive his racing career over fences after a harrowing time in prison. But former wild boy Jamie has his own demons to deal with, like the new challenge of jumps riding, the hostility of those who can never forgive him for a young lad's death, and the black wall within him that separates him from his past. "Francome provides a vivid panorama of the racing world" TIMES

The Bad Penny
  • 9781842835333
  • 01-03-2003
  • SO-CD
The Bad Penny (Audio CD)
Katie Flynn / Anne Dover

One wild night in the 30s, midwife Patty Peel is called to attend a birth on the opposite side of Liverpool. She pedals off into the storm and delivers a baby girl in a filthy slum dwelling, just as the mother dies. The drunk and violent father tells Patty to get rid of it so she takes the child away, meaning to deliver it to her nearest orphanage. But Patty spent her entire childhood in an institution, except for the frequent occasions when she ran away, and cannot bear to hand the baby over. However, she has few friends and despises the men with whom she comes into contact so how can she hope to bring up the baby alone? She has no idea how the baby will affect the attitude of those around her nor how her life will change as a result.