Mr Wickham turned out to be a disappointing husband in many ways, the most notable being his early demise on the battlefield of Waterloo. And so Lydia Wickham, née Bennet, must make her fortune independently. A lesser woman, without Lydia's natural ability to flirt uproariously on the dance floor and cheat seamlessly at the card table, would swoon in the wake of a dashing highwayman, a corrupt banker and even an amorous royal or two. But on the hunt for a marriage that will make her rich, there's nothing that Lydia won't turn her hand to.
Now a major TV series
Detective Paul Hjelm and his team receive an urgent call from the FBI. A murderer whose methods bear a frightening resemblance to a serial killer they believed long dead is on his way to Sweden. The FBI hunted him for years, haunted by his signature device: a terrible weapon that squeezed the vocal cords shut. Has he somehow returned from beyond the grave, or is it a copycat killer? And what does he want in Sweden? The team must collaborate with the FBI on a desperate hunt that will take them from rainswept city streets to deserted Kentucky farmhouses.
James Aden has his hands full as he leaves the comparative sanity of a job on an estate in Scotland when his wife inherits a farm in Suffolk. To supplement the income from the farm, he takes a job as an agent on Sir Charles Buckley's vast estate. The list of problems and troublesome characters that he has to deal with is virtually endless with rogue chimney pots, unsavoury tenants and delinquent sheep giving him fraught days and sleepless nights. Then there's the farm secretary, Gail, whose turbulent love life provides James with even more headaches than the feisty sheep.
It's a bleak midwinter in rural Lancashire, heavy snows have been forecast and everyone is ready to hunker down for a prolonged cold spell. In the sleepy village of Moulton Bank, Detective Inspector Steve Carmichael and his wife have been invited to a Valentine's Day dinner party given by local celebrity Caroline Lovelace. Neither she nor her bombastic MP husband has ever taken any notice of the DI before, so Carmichael is feeling a little flattered... Meanwhile, not so very far away, a solitary man has tied up his narrowboat and not far away from him, out on the towpath, a frozen corpse is slowly buried in the snow...
Fifteen year old Thomas Elkin engages in the turmoil of the First World War. Accepting the blame for the death of his recently conscripted brother, Elkin switches identity with his dead sibling and enters into the conflict. His burning ambition is to die a glorious death in his brother's name. Believing that, in fully submitting to the reality of war is atoning for his sins, he faces all the attendant horrors with a steel will and a poignant resignation. His personal conflict sees itself mirrored in the wider events and soon the two are inextricably linked, raising issues of mortality, morality, guilt and faith.
One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest, and a horror of the stifling dark - and of the man who trapped her - dogs her the rest of her life. Wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can, until the return of her childhood sweetheart offers a chance of flight to the New World. Will Nell escape the dark at last? Four and a half centuries later, Tess and her small son Oscar move to York. But time in York has a way of shifting strangely, and memories of a past that is not her own begin to surface with disturbing effect.
London, early 1950s, Marcia Beasley of St John's Wood is discovered dead in her home, naked and wearing a coal scuttle on her head. Detective Sergeant Greenleaf is tasked with solving the crime and bringing meaning to her gruesome death. It is a discomfiting matter, not only for the victim's niece Rosy Gilchrist - eager to distance herself from her aunt's fate and raffish reputation - but to all members of the deceased's social circle. The floral Felix and the acidic Cedric, awful Vera, self-enamoured artist Clovis Thistlehyde, the amiably inane Fawcett family - all, it seems have secrets to hide and grudges to bear.
From the 1930s through to the 1980s, as Britain endured war, depression, hardship and strikes, the women at the Rowntree's factory in York kept the chocolates coming. This is the true story of The Sweethearts - the women who roasted the cocoa beans, piped the icing and packed the boxes that became gifts for lovers, snacks for workers and treats for children across the country. More often than not, their work days provided welcome relief from bad husbands and bad housing, and a community where they could find new confidence, friendship and, when the supervisor wasn't looking, the occasional chocolate.
Nobody believes Lord Pickhurst's new young wife is as demure and devoted as she seems, but where in the West Country would she find a suitable paramour? When there is a spate of jewel robberies and a brutal murder Sergeant Beddowes must solve the riddle of how elderly Lord Pickhurst died, or an innocent man will go to the gallows, while the guilty get away scot free.
During the Second World War, some 3 million people, most of them children, were evacuated from British towns and cities due to the danger of German air attacks; many were sent to the countryside, but some were sent to Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and the utter ingenuity of childhood, this heartbreaking tale explores the darker side of the British evacuation during the Second World War and is a testament to youthful resourcefulness and the will to survive.
At 12 o'clock on a Spring day in a London Coroner's Court, famed forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks young journalist Molly Lefebure if she might like to become his secretary. Recalling the "horror of secretarial work and secretarial young ladies", she turns him down, resolving to stick to twelve-hour days covering "everything from Boy Scout meetings to the blitz". By 3 o'clock that afternoon, curious about exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door, Molly has changed her mind. It is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure. "Miss Molly" becomes Dr Simpson's right-hand woman, following him to crime scenes, courtrooms and mortuaries, taking notes, collecting evidence and witnessing the most shocking of sights.
Joe Parker is Manchester's most ingenious criminal defence lawyer. Sam Parker is Manchester's most tenacious homicide detective. Both bear the burden of the unsolved murder of their sister and both have a stake in the murders that have shaken the city to its core. Ronnie Bagley is awaiting trial for murder. Two weeks before he's due in court, he takes on Joe Parker to defend him. Little does Joe know that Bagley is smarter than anyone has given him credit for, and soon Joe will find himself pitched against his own brother, Sam, in a race to outwit the most terrifying killer the city has ever seen.
Keane's task, assigned directly by Wellington, is the creation of an elite unit operating behind the French lines. As the first exploring officers in the British Army, Keane and his company are trusted with the secrets of the generals and viewed with hostile suspicion by regular troops. In a bid to recruit men with uncommon skills, Keane springs soldiers from military jails and liberates them from their regiments. It's up to him to form this band of blackguards into an elite unit. Deep in enemy territory, they must negotiate with dangerous guerilla groups and forge new routes for their army if they are to succeed - and survive.
A deeply honest and provocative story of a husband and wife, in love and at war...
From a distance, Michael and Jolene Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid dependable marriage, exciting careers and children they adore. But after twelve blissful years together, the couple have lost their way. They are unhappy and edging towards divorce. Then an unexpected deployment tears their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm's way and leaving the other at home, caring for the children and waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.
Aster's father Jack, is reported missing presumed killed from the trenches of Flanders. Soon after, her mother Violet, dashing up to London on receiving an urgent telegram, is killed in a tragic accident. The only thing Aster has to remember her mother by is her Flower Book, a journal of pressed flowers that charts Violet's life and dreams - and keeps all her secrets. On her 21st birthday, Aster receives devastating news that turns everything she believes about herself upside down. Will Aster finally discover what really happened to Violet and Jack? Will the Flower Book reveal the truth at last?
The exclusive Clos du Lac sanitarium. A man is discovered standing in the therapy pool. Someone has chained him to the bottom and left him to die very, very slowly. Inspector Lucas Rocco believes it's an unusual and elaborate method of execution. But nobody seems to have heard or seen anything. It is soon clear the Clos du Lac is no ordinary sanitarium, and holds secrets that the authorities feel are better left hidden. And a high-level kidnapping mounted in an attempt to derail France's new trade agreements with China means Rocco now faces threats from more than one quarter...one of them a rogue government assassin.
The body of a beautiful young Estonian woman is found in a lake in rural Lancashire. Is it murder or a tragic accident? As Inspector Steve Carmichael begins to look into the dead woman's life, he discovers a wealth of secrets and embarks on a murder enquiry. Lillia Monroe was a woman who had expensive tastes and apparently had the money to satisfy them. Who did she meet regularly at a local hotel? How did she finance her love of things? And what does her diary reveal about her liaisons and her true feelings about the men in her life?
Inspired by the ITV series starring Martin Clunes
Doc Martin arrives in the picture postcard fishing village of Portwenn, Cornwall. Once a high-flying London surgeon, his suddenly-developed blood phobia means he has to take a job in a local practice. But while the Doc's medical skills are second to none, his bedside manner leaves a lot to be desired. He immediately starts infuriating the locals, none more so than school teacher Louisa Glasson...
One hot June day in London in 1923, the elegant and vivacious Clarissa Dalloway prepares for an evening party, reminiscing about childhood romance, and dwelling on her daughter Elizabeth's rapidly-approaching adulthood. Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith hears the birds in Regent's Park chattering in Greek. There seems to be nothing to link the two: she is middle-aged and prosperous, with a sheltered, happy life behind her; whilst he teeters on the brink of madness, slowly spiralling towards self-annihilation. Yet their two spheres are about to collide...
It's 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.
Upon completing his surgical studies, Mr. Harrison accepts a proposal of partnership from a country doctor and moves to Duncombe - a small village ruled utterly by middle-aged women. Deploying their formidable armoury of matchmaking skills, these ladies eagerly descend upon the innocent young newcomer. For whilst poor Mr. Harrison endeavours to win the heart of his dear Sophy, the woman he truly loves, a comedy of errors is being woven around him...
When a body is discovered in the Regents Canal, the local residents vaguely wonder if it might belong to their missing neighbour Barbs, but none of them quite get round to doing anything about it. While Scarlett is preoccupied with her uptight husband Brian and her adolescent daughter Camille, Connie is wondering whether her lover Memet is being unfaithful to her. As the two women gossip and wryly comment on everything from advertising and the press, psychiatrists and school systems to nutrition cranks, lives of both families are turned on their heads as the do-gooder Barbs' whereabouts remain unknown.
Before the First World War, two wealthy and sophisticated couples - one English, one American - travel, socialise and take the waters in the spa towns of Europe. They are 'playing the game' in style. That game has begun to unravel, however. With compelling attention to the comic and the tragic results, the American narrator reveals his growing awareness of the social intrigues and emotional betrayals that lie behind its facade...
After a long absence, the young Mary Smith has returned to Cranford, that cosy sphere of delicate gentility and elegant economy. From the newly-arrived half-pay Captain Brown (so considerate he blacks his own boots to save the maid-servant) to Miss Betsy Barker (so devoted to her Alderney cow she clothes her in warm flannel drawers), the Cranford denizens' quirks and foibles provide both amusement and comfort to Mary as she settles into the rhythms of village life. But as she absorbs and adapts to the Cranford philosophy, it seems that they may also have much to learn from her...
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