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Prodigal Daughter
  • 9781846522000
  • 01-01-2008
  • SS-CD
Prodigal Daughter (Audio CD)
Rachel Moore / Trudy Harris

At the end of the war, Sara Boskelly joined thousands of other young women on the long journey to America hoping to be reunited with the handsome GI who had captured her heart. Sadly, the voyage was to end in bitter disappointment and Sara has to return to her native Cornwall and make her peace with her parents. She must also try to win the forgiveness of her childhood sweetheart, the gentle painter Robbie Killaine, but she hasn't reckoned on Miriam Roche, his new love, who is determined to hold on to her man, whatever it takes...

The Keeper Of Secrets
  • 9780753127759
  • 01-12-2007
The Keeper Of Secrets (Audio CD)
Judith Cutler / Paul Ansdell

England, 1810. Young Parson Tobias Campion is excited to be starting at the small parish of Moreton Priory. But his first night in the village brings excitement of the wrong kind when he has to intervene in the attempted rape of housemaid Lizzie Woodman. Even in the normal course of events, village life is far from quiet, and soon Tobias has to deal with suspicious deaths. Matters come to a head when Lizzie disappears from her employers' home. What has become of the girl and who is responsible? As Tobias searches for answers, he finds himself delving into the dark secrets that haunt Lizzie's past.

Murder In Steeple Martin
  • 9781407900902
  • 01-12-2007
  • SO-CD
Murder In Steeple Martin (Audio CD)
Lesley Cookman / Patience Tomlinson

Ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is producing and directing a play in her home village of Steeple Martin. She never expected her exciting new venture to lead to romance - and she certainly didn't expect mystery, intrigue and murder. When a series of accidents culminates in murder being committed, Libby is compelled to find out if its roots are in the past or the more sordid present. A cast of local characters alternately helps and hinders her, including Fran, the sceptical psychic and Sidney the guard cat.

A Seaside Practice
  • 9781407901794
  • 01-12-2007
  • SO-CD
A Seaside Practice (Audio CD)
Dr Tom Smith / Joe Dunlop

When he arrives to take up his first posting as a GP in Collintrae, a small fishing village on the West coast of Scotland, young Tom Smith isn't quite sure what to expect. Certainly, nothing in his medical training could have prepared him for what he finds - a baker with nine lives, Mad Maggie in the Muck and a gaggle of giggling nuns are just a few of the extraordinary cases that he comes up against. Heartwarming and gloriously eccentric, Dr Tom's stories capture the beauty of the Lowlands, the joys and sorrows of its inhabitants and the richly rewarding experiences of life as a Scottish country doctor.

  • 9781845597177
  • 01-12-2007
  • SO-CD
Missing (Audio CD)
Cath Staincliffe / Penelope Freeman

Janet Florin has been missing for almost a week, and family friend, Trisha Marlowe, desperate for news, hires Sal Kilkenny to track her down. Ramin's brother, Berfan, is missing too. A failed asylum seeker, likely to be returned to Iran, has he disappeared to escape deportation? His brother says not. And when Sal hears that Berfan has been seen in Manchester, the chances of finding him look good. Meanwhile as the summer kicks into gear, the temperature is notched up on the domestic front, when Sal's housemate, Ray, wants to share much more than the chores...

The Tailor's Daughter
  • 9781846521201
  • 01-12-2007
  • SS-CD
The Tailor's Daughter (Audio CD)
Maggie Bennett / Tanya Myers

London, 1771. The unexpected friendship between Tabitha Prewett, the only daughter of a respectable tailor, and the beautiful Mariette de St Aubyn, daughter of aristocratic French émigrés, deepens as the years pass, rising above their differences in social class and religion. When Mariette marries Irish landowner Conor Townclear, Tabitha's emotions are stirred. As angry rioters flood through London during the violent anti-Catholic riots of 1780, leaving mayhem in their wake, Tabitha realizes she loves Conor. Forsaking her faithful suitor, Rob Drury, she defiantly throws in her lot with Conor and Mariette, but it is a friendship that could have devastating consequences for them all...

Skin And Blister
  • 9781846522109
  • 01-12-2007
  • SS-CD
Skin And Blister (Audio CD)
Victoria Blake / Trudy Harris

Oxford, May Morning. The city rejoices in the spring, but life at St Barnabas's College has become increasingly sinister of late, and now events have taken a deadly turn. PI Sam Falconer is perfectly placed to investigate. After all, she grew up in Oxford and her brother Mark teaches at St Barnabas's. When Mark vanishes, and Sam's mother receives a card announcing a funeral mass for him, Sam fears her family's brutal history has come back to haunt them. For the Falconers, the sins of the father are all too real...

The Lazarus Strain
  • 9780753128510
  • 01-11-2007
The Lazarus Strain (Audio CD)
Ken Mcclure / Sean Barrett

When a top research institute is broken into and vandalised, the police believe that it is animal rights activists taking things a step too far. Then they discover one of the institute's eminent scientists, Tim Devon, brutally murdered. Dr Steven Dunbar, working for an elite government agency, is sent to investigate. A few of the dead scientist's research animals have also gone missing, and top-level authorities are strangely obsessed with hunting down and killing the purportedly harmless animals. Was the attack on Devon and the institute really the work of extremist activists, or is something far more sinister going on?

Blood In The Water
  • 9781407900209
  • 01-11-2007
  • SO-CD
Blood In The Water (Audio CD)
Gillian Galbraith / Hilary Neville

When one Edinburgh citizen after another is murdered in the same bloody manner, the newspapers buzz with talk of a serial killer. Smart and capable, but battling disillusionment and loneliness, DS Alice Rice races against time and an implacable killer to solve this series of grisly murders among the professional elite in the city's well-to-do New Town.

Summer Of The Hawthorn
  • 9781407901602
  • 01-11-2007
  • SO-CD
Summer Of The Hawthorn (Audio CD)
Anne Doughty / Caroline Lennon

Deirdre Weston, a London journalist, returns to her family home in Armagh to come to terms with the death of her mother. Faced with painful memories of her own past, Deirdre almost despairs of the task she has set herself. At the point of her deepest need, she is comforted by Deara, a mysterious young woman from 5th-century Ireland who draws her into the Druidic world of Tara, where the conflicts echo those of troubled 20th-century Ulster.

False Charity
  • 9781407901688
  • 01-11-2007
  • SO-CD
False Charity (Audio CD)
Veronica Heley / Patience Tomlinson

Bea Abbot and her husband have been running a highly successful domestic agency for many years, but when he falls ill and dies, she is pressured by her MP son, and novelist daughter, to retire. Bea is so tired from the long years of nursing her husband that all she wants is peace and quiet, and to have her pretty early Victorian house in Kensington, London, all to herself. What she gets is a couple of young lodgers with troubled backgrounds and an old friend banging on her door, asking for help. What she gets is murder!

Storm Over Burracombe
  • 9781845599966
  • 01-11-2007
  • SO-CD
Storm Over Burracombe (Audio CD)
Lilian Harry / Anne Dover

Hilary Napier is upset and angry when her father brings in a new manager for the family estate, which she's been running for the past year. Even though she resents his presence, she cannot help liking Travis Kellaway. When her defences are broken down by the illness of her brother's much-loved horse, she realises Travis's strength and compassion. It isn't long before their relationship moves to a new footing. Meanwhile, village life in Burracombe is enlivened by the new Drama Club, formed by the energetic young curate Felix Copley. Almost everyone becomes involved in the pantomime he decides to organise, with some hilarious results - and a tragic issue.

The Spaniard's Daughter
  • 9781846521409
  • 01-11-2007
  • SS-CD
The Spaniard's Daughter (Audio CD)
Melanie Gifford / Maggie Mash

Juliana Rodriguez is being raised to be a lady by her guardians Richard and Catherine Worledge, but both her name and the strawberry birthmark Catherine insists she keeps covered reveal the truth about her parentage. Even Juliana has heard the gossip, and yearns to know more of her past. Then, on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, she discovers a baby in the scullery destined for the haphazard care of a supposed wet-nurse. It seems that Catherine is the go-between in this illicit business, and it is then that Juliana takes the first step on a dangerous path: she steals her first child...

Death's Door
  • 9780753127919
  • 01-10-2007
Death's Door (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / James Bryce

When two young female artists are murdered in what look like ritualistic killings, the pressure is on to find a highly professional murderer. The arrival of the father of one of the victims, millionaire businessman Davor Boras, brings in the big guns of the Home Office, MI5 and the CIA. It isn't long before Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner gets called back to the front line in a case that is as deadly as it is mysterious. There's too much at stake; there's going to be bloodshed - and Skinner's men are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire.

Hungry Ghost
  • 9780753127971
  • 01-10-2007
Hungry Ghost (Audio CD)
Stephen Leather / Russell Boulter

Geoff Howells, a government-trained killing machine, is brought out of retirement and sent to Hong Kong. His brief: to assassinate Chinese Mafia leader, Simon Ng. Howells devises a dangerous and complicated plan to reach his intended victim - only to find himself the next target... Patrick Dugan, a Hong Kong policeman, has been held back in his career because of his connections - his sister is married to Simon Ng. But when Ng's daughter is kidnapped and Ng himself disappears, Dugan gets caught up in a series of violent events and an international spying intrigue that has run out of control...

Devil Under The Skin
  • 9781407900261
  • 01-10-2007
  • SO-CD
Devil Under The Skin (Audio CD)
James Pattinson / Terry Wale

It was nearing the end of the road for The Merrymakers. Such companies of entertainers touring the towns and villages of East Anglia were finding things more and more difficult. For Howard Layton, player-manager of the troupe, it was a worrying time. But it was the murder of the bright young star of the show that proved to be the hardest blow he had to bear. For Debbie was his own daughter, and he and his wife Gloria had had ambitious plans for her career on the stage. And why would anyone want to kill her anyway?

By The Mast Divided
  • 9781407900292
  • 01-10-2007
  • SO-CD
By The Mast Divided (Audio CD)
David Donachie / Peter Wickham

London: 1793. Young firebrand John Pearce, on the run from the authorities, is illegally press-ganged from the Pelican tavern into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on her way to war. In the first few days, Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. And he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader. During an action-packed two weeks, as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English Channel, these disparate men form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Bless This House
  • 9781407900469
  • 01-10-2007
  • SO-CD
Bless This House (Audio CD)
Norah Lofts / Michael Tudor Barnes & Nicolette McKenzie

The house was built in the Old Queen's time - built for an Elizabethan pirate who was knighted for the plunder he brought home. It survived many eras, many reigns - it saw the passing of Cromwell and the Civil War. It became rich with an Indian Nabob and poor with a twentieth century innkeeper. It saw wars, and lovers, and death. Children were born there, both heirs and bastards. It had ghosts and legends and a history that grew stranger with every generation.

Devil Under The Skin
  • 9781407969732
  • 01-10-2007
Devil Under The Skin (MP3 CD)
James Pattinson / Terry Wale

It was nearing the end of the road for The Merrymakers. Such companies of entertainers touring the towns and villages of East Anglia were finding things more and more difficult. For Howard Layton, player-manager of the troupe, it was a worrying time. But it was the murder of the bright young star of the show that proved to be the hardest blow he had to bear. For Debbie was his own daughter, and he and his wife Gloria had had ambitious plans for her career on the stage. And why would anyone want to kill her anyway?

Forgotten Dreams
  • 9781845597115
  • 01-10-2007
  • SO-CD
Forgotten Dreams (Audio CD)
Katie Flynn / Anne Dover

Lottie and her mother, Louella, share a house in Victoria Court with Mr Magic and his son Baz. Lottie is a child star, dancing and singing at the Gaiety Theatre to an enraptured audience, whilst Louella acts as Max Magic's assistant. But a road accident causes Lottie to lose her memory. Louella tries to help but the white mist remains. Then Lottie meets a boy with golden-brown eyes who calls her "Sassy" and accuses her of running away. It is after this meeting that the dreams start, dreams of another life, almost another world, and Lottie, sharing them with Baz, begins to believe he knows more than he chooses to tell.

An Orkney Murder
  • 9781845599201
  • 01-10-2007
  • SO-CD
An Orkney Murder (Audio CD)
Alanna Knight / Hilary Neville

Rose McQuinn makes a long anticipated journey to her childhood home on Orkney, but does not find the peace and relaxation she anticipates. An archaeological team stumbles across a body, causing great excitement - could it be the preserved corpse of a 13th-century princess? When the body is identified as the corpse of a local woman, brutally murdered and then thrown into the bog, the calm pleasure of Rose's holiday is shattered. Realising that she probably knows the identity of the killer, Rose is all too aware that in exposing the killer she will destroy the happiness of those closest to her.

The Malice Of Unnatural Death
  • 9781845599676
  • 01-10-2007
  • SO-CD
The Malice Of Unnatural Death (Audio CD)
Michael Jecks / Michael Tudor Barnes

Roger Mortimer was once the King's most able commander, but now he is his most hated enemy. Escaping from the Tower, Mortimer made his way to France and has hired an assassin to murder the King - but others have the same idea. As the body of a local craftsman and that of a King's messenger who was carrying a dangerous secret are found in the city's streets, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock, are asked by the Bishop to find out who is responsible. But when murderers can use magic, no one is safe...

Cypress Grove
  • 9781846521386
  • 01-10-2007
  • SS-CD
Cypress Grove (Audio CD)
Rose Boucheron / Margaret Sircom

When Robert Markham and his wife Grace see the advertisement for The Old Manor House in the idyllic village of Cypress Grove, buying the hotel seems a perfect way for them to achieve their dream of living in the Cotswolds. Their first year as proprietors is as interesting as their guests. There's the American widow Mrs Macready and her daughter Ellis, newly retired Constance Boswell ... and the mysterious Anthony Sheridan, who claims to be using the hotel as a base for his house-hunting, but is not entirely what he seems.

Women Of Iron
  • 9781846521645
  • 01-10-2007
  • SS-CD
Women Of Iron (Audio CD)
Catherine King / Maggie Mash

For sale: One child, six months old, Lissie. The seller: Grace Beighton watched the baby's mother die. Only she knows who the father is. The buyer: Luther Dearne has made a fortune with the iron masters of Yorkshire's South Riding. He has everything he could possibly want - except children. Now he can buy one of those, too. Hated by her adopted mother, adored and spoilt by her new father, Lissie will grow into a beautiful and independent woman. The child bought in a dark and dirty tavern will prove to be Luther Dearne's greatest joy, deepest heartache and finally his undoing.