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Haunted Cotswolds
  • 9780752462394
  • 26-12-2010
  • EBOOKS
Haunted Cotswolds (Ebook)
Diz White

Spine-chilling tales of ghosts, ghouls and the undead have been gathered here from every corner of the Cotswolds revealing, in heart stopping detail, this region's unexplained events and the creepy elements that lurk just beneath its rolling hills and beautiful vistas. These stories, illustrated with more than sixty photographs include: King Charles I's headless haunting of Chavenage House; the ghost of Warwick Castle as he emerges from his portrait; the ghouls of the Ram Inn, the most haunted building in Britain; the banshee of Banbury Cross; and a ghostly Guy Fawkes and his conspirators who still plot to blow up Parliament. In this volume, descriptions of Cotswold architecture and history are woven into thrilling stories of supernatural happenings, promising those with an interest in the paranormal terrifying dreams for years to come.

Heroines of SOE
  • 9780752462455
  • 26-12-2010
  • EBOOKS
Heroines of SOE (Ebook)
Beryl Escott

Britain's war in the shadows of male spies and subterfuge in the heart of occupied France is a story well known, but what of the women who also risked their lives for Britain and the liberation of France? In 1942 a desperate need for new recruits, saw SOE turn to a previously overlooked group - women. These extraordinary women came from different backgrounds, but were joined in their idealistic love of France and a desire to play a part in its liberation. They formed SOE's F Section. From the famous White Mouse, Nancy Wake, to the courageous, Noor Inayat Khan, they all risked their lives for King, Country and the Resistance. Many of them died bravely and painfully, and often those who survived, like Eileen Nearne, never told their stories, yet their secret missions of intelligence-gathering and sabotage undoubtedly helped the Resistance to drive out their occupiers and free France. Here, for the first time is the extraordinary account of all forty SOE F women agents. It is a story that deserves to be read by everyone.

Catherine Parr
  • 9780752462523
  • 26-12-2010
  • EBOOKS
Catherine Parr (Ebook)
Susan James

This title presents the turbulent life and loves of Henry VIII's sixth wife. Romantic, chaotic, and terrifying, Catherine Parr's life unfolded like a romance novel. Wed at 17 to the grandson of a confirmed lunatic then widowed at 20, Catherine chose a Yorkshire lord twice her age as her second husband. Caught up in the turbulent terrors of the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536, she was captured by northern rebels, held hostage, and suffered violence at their hands. Fleeing to the south shortly afterward, Catherine took refuge in the household of the Princess Mary and in the arms of the king's brother-in-law, Sir Thomas Seymour. Her employment in Mary's household brought her to the attention of Mary's father, the unpredictable Henry VIII. Desperately in love with Seymour, Catherine was forced into marriage with a king whose passion for her could not be hidden and who was determined to make her his queen.

An Heir For Burracombe
  • 9781407915487
  • 01-12-2010
  • SO-CD
An Heir For Burracombe (Audio CD)
Lilian Harry / Anne Dover

Summer 1953. Hilary Napier's life is turned upside-down when Marianne, a beautiful French woman, knocks on her door. Hilary can't help but be struck by Robert, the young boy with her. As she listens to Marianne's sad tale, she realises Robert is her brother's son. But this is only the first revelation... As the village of Burracombe tries to make sense of the strangers in their midst, there is also much to celebrate. Hilary has her friends to turn to as she tries to find out the facts about her brother's past. But it's her future she worries about - if Robert is the heir to Burracombe, where does that leave Hilary? And is this young boy ready for all that it means?

An Heir For Burracombe
  • 9781407915494
  • 01-12-2010
  • SOMP3CD
An Heir For Burracombe (MP3 CD)
Lilian Harry / Anne Dover

Summer 1953. Hilary Napier's life is turned upside-down when Marianne, a beautiful French woman, knocks on her door. Hilary can't help but be struck by Robert, the young boy with her. As she listens to Marianne's sad tale, she realises Robert is her brother's son. But this is only the first revelation... As the village of Burracombe tries to make sense of the strangers in their midst, there is also much to celebrate. Hilary has her friends to turn to as she tries to find out the facts about her brother's past. But it's her future she worries about - if Robert is the heir to Burracombe, where does that leave Hilary? And is this young boy ready for all that it means?

The Concubine
  • 9781407916170
  • 01-12-2010
  • SO-CD
The Concubine (Audio CD)
Norah Lofts / Patricia Gallimore

"All eyes and hair" a courtier had said disparagingly of her - and certainly the younger daughter of Tom Boleyn lacked the bounteous charms of most ladies of Court. Black-haired, black eyes, she had a wild-sprite quality that was to prove more effective, more dangerous than conventional feminine appeal. The King first noticed her when she was sixteen - and with imperial greed he smashed her youthful love-affair with Harry Percy and began the process of royal seduction... But this was no ordinary woman, no maid-in-waiting to be possessed and discarded by a king. Against his will, his own common sense, Henry found himself bewitched - enthralled by the young girl who was to be known as the Concubine...

The Concubine
  • 9781407916187
  • 01-12-2010
  • SOMP3CD
The Concubine (MP3 CD)
Norah Lofts / Patricia Gallimore

"All eyes and hair" a courtier had said disparagingly of her - and certainly the younger daughter of Tom Boleyn lacked the bounteous charms of most ladies of Court. Black-haired, black eyes, she had a wild-sprite quality that was to prove more effective, more dangerous than conventional feminine appeal. The King first noticed her when she was sixteen - and with imperial greed he smashed her youthful love-affair with Harry Percy and began the process of royal seduction But this was no ordinary woman, no maid-in-waiting to be possessed and discarded by a king. Against his will, his own common sense, Henry found himself bewitched - enthralled by the young girl who was to be known as the Concubine

A Grave In The Cotswolds
  • 9781407921662
  • 01-12-2010
  • SO-CD
A Grave In The Cotswolds (Audio CD)
Rebecca Tope / Caroline Lennon

As undertaker Drew Slocombe drove to Greta Simmonds' burial in Broad Campden, deep in the heart of the Cotswolds, thoughts of his troubles at home and at work played on his mind. The last thing he was worried about was becoming a murder suspect. Thea Osbourne becomes Drew's unlikely friend and defender when the council worker opposing the burial is found dead just minutes from Thea's latest house-sitting assignment: the Cotswold home of the late Mrs Simmonds. As they come to know more about the inhabitants of Broad Campden, Drew and Thea begin to unearth the secrets, conflicts and tensions that simmer below the surface of village life, together playing amateur detective to find the killer, and to clear Drew's name.

A Grave In The Cotswolds
  • 9781407921679
  • 01-12-2010
  • SOMP3CD
A Grave In The Cotswolds (MP3 CD)
Rebecca Tope / Caroline Lennon

As undertaker Drew Slocombe drove to Greta Simmonds' burial in Broad Campden, deep in the heart of the Cotswolds, thoughts of his troubles at home and at work played on his mind. The last thing he was worried about was becoming a murder suspect. Thea Osbourne becomes Drew's unlikely friend and defender when the council worker opposing the burial is found dead just minutes from Thea's latest house-sitting assignment: the Cotswold home of the late Mrs Simmonds. As they come to know more about the inhabitants of Broad Campden, Drew and Thea begin to unearth the secrets, conflicts and tensions that simmer below the surface of village life, together playing amateur detective to find the killer, and to clear Drew's name.

To Defy A King
  • 9781407921709
  • 01-12-2010
  • SO-CD
To Defy A King (Audio CD)
Elizabeth Chadwick / Patience Tomlinson

The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal's life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heartbreaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome...

To Defy A King
  • 9781407921716
  • 01-12-2010
  • SOMP3CD
To Defy A King (MP3 CD)
Elizabeth Chadwick / Patience Tomlinson

The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal's life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heartbreaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome...

Straw In The Wind
  • 9781407922317
  • 01-12-2010
  • SO-CD
Straw In The Wind (Audio CD)
Janet Woods / Patience Tomlinson

1835, England. Serafina Finn is conceived as the result of a love affair between a sea captain and a married woman, who dies giving birth to the child. Abandoned to an orphanage, Serafina grows up never quite knowing who she is. Eighteen years after her birth, and having heard rumours that his lost daughter is still alive, her father instigates a search. He hires Adam Chapman to track Serafina down. Adam falls in love with Serafina but must find evidence to prove her identity. Charlotte, the elder of her two half-sisters, unwittingly holds the key to Serafina's identity along with a terrible family secret. Can Charlotte bring herself to reveal the dark story she has kept hidden for so many years?

Straw In The Wind
  • 9781407922324
  • 01-12-2010
  • SOMP3CD
Straw In The Wind (MP3 CD)
Janet Woods / Patience Tomlinson

1835, England. Serafina Finn is conceived as the result of a love affair between a sea captain and a married woman, who dies giving birth to the child. Abandoned to an orphanage, Serafina grows up never quite knowing who she is. Eighteen years after her birth, and having heard rumours that his lost daughter is still alive, her father instigates a search. He hires Adam Chapman to track Serafina down. Adam falls in love with Serafina but must find evidence to prove her identity. Charlotte, the elder of her two half-sisters, unwittingly holds the key to Serafina's identity along with a terrible family secret. Can Charlotte bring herself to reveal the dark story she has kept hidden for so many years?

False Witness
  • 9781407922799
  • 01-12-2010
  • SO-CD
False Witness (Audio CD)
Patricia Hall / Michael Tudor Barnes

A head teacher is bludgeoned to death and a volatile black teenager is arrested: as far as DCI Thackeray is concerned, that's it, case closed. Though absent at the time of the murder and subsequent arrest, Thackeray is convinced that it was an open-and-shut case. But when his long-term girlfriend, Laura Ackroyd, begins digging into the case for a newspaper article that she's working on, some disturbing facts come to light - facts that cause the case against the accused youngster to unravel at an alarming rate and lead Thackeray to wonder if there could have been a sinister reason behind the youth's speedy arrest.

False Witness
  • 9781407922805
  • 01-12-2010
  • SOMP3CD
False Witness (MP3 CD)
Patricia Hall / Michael Tudor Barnes

A head teacher is bludgeoned to death and a volatile black teenager is arrested: as far as DCI Thackeray is concerned, that's it, case closed. Though absent at the time of the murder and subsequent arrest, Thackeray is convinced that it was an open-and-shut case. But when his long-term girlfriend, Laura Ackroyd, begins digging into the case for a newspaper article that she's working on, some disturbing facts come to light - facts that cause the case against the accused youngster to unravel at an alarming rate and lead Thackeray to wonder if there could have been a sinister reason behind the youth's speedy arrest.

City Of Lost Girls
  • 9781445002200
  • 01-12-2010
  • ISISCD
City Of Lost Girls (Audio CD)
Declan Hughes / Stanley Townsend

In LA there's a killer on the loose. He kills young and rootless girls and he always kills in threes. Back in Dublin, Ed Loy is reunited with Jack Donovan, a film director friend from LA. When the victims of the "Three-In-One Killer" are discovered in LA at locations Jack used for his movies, Loy begins to suspect Jack. He flies to LA, hoping that whatever he finds will point away from his old friend. And then, when he finally unearths the truth, it looks like it may be too late. In Dublin, the killer has broken his pattern. Time is not on Loy's side as he mounts a desperate fight to outwit a ruthless psychopath and save the last of the lost girls.

City Of Lost Girls
  • 9781445002217
  • 01-12-2010
  • ISMP3CD
City Of Lost Girls (MP3 CD)
Declan Hughes / Stanley Townsend

In LA there's a killer on the loose. He kills young and rootless girls and he always kills in threes. Back in Dublin, Ed Loy is reunited with Jack Donovan, a film director friend from LA. When the victims of the "Three-In-One Killer" are discovered in LA at locations Jack used for his movies, Loy begins to suspect Jack. He flies to LA, hoping that whatever he finds will point away from his old friend. And then, when he finally unearths the truth, it looks like it may be too late. In Dublin, the killer has broken his pattern. Time is not on Loy's side as he mounts a desperate fight to outwit a ruthless psychopath and save the last of the lost girls.

A Mistletoe Kiss
  • 9781407920085
  • 01-11-2010
  • SO-CD
A Mistletoe Kiss (Audio CD)
Katie Flynn / Anne Dover

Hetty Gilbert is a canal child with no permanent address, so when she needs to join the library, she cannot do so. Miss Preece dislikes children, but Hetty's longing for books touches a chord and she stretches the rules to help her. Soon, Hetty's chief desire is to become a librarian like her friend. But with war on the horizon, their lives will never be the same. In 1939 Hetty joins in the war effort, for her knowledge of canal boats is desperately needed, whilst Miss Preece can only listen to the dangers her young friend faces, knowing she herself can do nothing to help. But her chance will come, and with it the meaning behind that fragile mistletoe kiss...

A Mistletoe Kiss
  • 9781407920092
  • 01-11-2010
  • SOMP3CD
A Mistletoe Kiss (MP3 CD)
Katie Flynn / Anne Dover

Hetty Gilbert is a canal child with no permanent address, so when she needs to join the library, she cannot do so. Miss Preece dislikes children, but Hetty's longing for books touches a chord and she stretches the rules to help her. Soon, Hetty's chief desire is to become a librarian like her friend. But with war on the horizon, their lives will never be the same. In 1939 Hetty joins in the war effort, for her knowledge of canal boats is desperately needed, whilst Miss Preece can only listen to the dangers her young friend faces, knowing she herself can do nothing to help. But her chance will come, and with it the meaning behind that fragile mistletoe kiss...

Corpse In Waiting
  • 9781407920894
  • 01-11-2010
  • SO-CD
Corpse In Waiting (Audio CD)
Margaret Duffy / Patricia Gallimore

To decide to holiday in Bath, when you live not ten miles down the road, might be regarded as eccentric - but Ingrid Langley and her husband and colleague Patrick Gillard, badly need a break. Patrick is recovering from being seriously ill, and Ingrid is getting over having a baby. Although the holiday proceeds sedately enough, trouble, their old friend, is never far away. Ingrid tries not to feel jealous when they bump into Patrick's old flame Alexandra Nightingale at a "Roman experience, togas provided". But when Alexandra requests Patrick's help with her Bath property hunt, Ingrid joins them on the viewing - only to open a cupboard in the dilapidated property and make a very gruesome discovery...

Corpse In Waiting
  • 9781407920900
  • 01-11-2010
  • SOMP3CD
Corpse In Waiting (MP3 CD)
Margaret Duffy / Patricia Gallimore

To decide to holiday in Bath, when you live not ten miles down the road, might be regarded as eccentric - but Ingrid Langley and her husband and colleague Patrick Gillard, badly need a break. Patrick is recovering from being seriously ill, and Ingrid is getting over having a baby. Although the holiday proceeds sedately enough, trouble, their old friend, is never far away. Ingrid tries not to feel jealous when they bump into Patrick's old flame Alexandra Nightingale at a "Roman experience, togas provided". But when Alexandra requests Patrick's help with her Bath property hunt, Ingrid joins them on the viewing - only to open a cupboard in the dilapidated property and make a very gruesome discovery...

The House Of The Deer
  • 9781407921587
  • 01-11-2010
  • SO-CD
The House Of The Deer (Audio CD)
D.E. Stevenson / Nick McArdle

At short notice Gerald Burleigh Brown is asked to take a deer-stalking holiday in place of his brother-in-law. The old hunting lodge where Gerald stays is miles from the nearest village and surrounded by the forest with its high rocky hills. Apart from getting to know the other people in the house party, Gerald gradually begins to understand and make friends with the local inhabitants. Gerald's days are spent stalking the "hummel", a huge hornless stag which proves particularly elusive. Then suddenly an outburst of violence changes the whole nature of his holiday. In trying to protect the girl he has grown to love Gerald runs into considerable personal danger...

The House Of The Deer
  • 9781407921594
  • 01-11-2010
  • SOMP3CD
The House Of The Deer (MP3 CD)
D.E. Stevenson / Nick McArdle

At short notice Gerald Burleigh Brown is asked to take a deer-stalking holiday in place of his brother-in-law. The old hunting lodge where Gerald stays is miles from the nearest village and surrounded by the forest with its high rocky hills. Apart from getting to know the other people in the house party, Gerald gradually begins to understand and make friends with the local inhabitants. Gerald's days are spent stalking the "hummel", a huge hornless stag which proves particularly elusive. Then suddenly an outburst of violence changes the whole nature of his holiday. In trying to protect the girl he has grown to love Gerald runs into considerable personal danger...

Trouble In Topsham
  • 9781407921815
  • 01-11-2010
  • SO-CD
Trouble In Topsham (Audio CD)
Harriet Hicks / Patricia Gallimore

Wind, rain and hail lashed the cottage. And Bun had just run out of knitting wool. What to do? Far too wet for walking up to the shops, she decided to have a poke at their drawing-room walls. Surely there must be alcoves hidden either side of that huge fireplace? Digging revealed a woman's body getting rid of it should have been easy, but for a young detective and a scoop-happy newspaper reporter. But when Bun's younger sister has afternoon tea with their murder suspect, Bun is worried for her safety. The only solution? For the retired schoolmarm and one-time lady's companion to set about the task of plotting a fatal accident...a very tricky business indeed when both are singularly lacking in experience!