When Detective Sergeant Frank Devon was sent to the West Indian island of St Joseph on an exchange assignment, he was told that it would be more of a holiday in the sun than work. And so it would have been, if he had not started looking beyond the limits of his authorised activities. He began to observe certain goings-on that seemed highly suspicious; but when he reported his findings he was met with either indifference or outright disapproval. Soon, however, he was too deeply involved to draw back, and he came to realise the nature of the deadly game he had become embroiled in...
When Colonel Delamere dies at the hands of two burglars, his solicitor, Eric Ward, has to carry out the Colonel's instructions regarding an Anubis statuette: he is to send a sealed letter to the Foreign Office, and hand the statue over. Unfortunately, the statue was taken by the burglars and cannot be found. As well as the Foreign Office, others seem determined to acquire the mysterious statue - including Israeli Intelligence, and a gang of North-Eastern descendants of Yemeni immigrants known as the Sand Dancers. Will anyone discover the secrets of the Guardian of the Dead, or will they be taken to the grave?
Suddenly discovering that your partner has been married before might come as a shock, especially if the ex-husband appears, fresh out of prison and waving a gun. Even streetwise Roy Angel is a bit staggered by this one. Lots of people are interested in Keith Flowers: the police, several former residents of HM Prisons, two gangs of criminals - in fact the only one not interested is the ex-Mrs Flowers, who is giving nothing away, certainly not to Angel. Then Angel's ferocious feline Springsteen is assaulted and put into cat hospital - and it's too late for counselling. It's war!
When a lawyer is found bludgeoned to death in his own home and Jim Omerod is fingered as the killer, his wife, an ex-girlfriend of Sam Carew's, has nowhere else to turn. Sam believes Jim to be innocent, but his investigation becomes increasingly complicated as he gets involved in a dispute with troublesome local travellers. To make matters even more interesting, his skills are called upon to escort a valuable painting from Amsterdam to Unsworth. It should be a simple operation, but somehow nothing ever is where Sam is concerned. Then there is another gruesome murder...
If society has the B-list celebrities it deserves, it now has a killer to match. Except that Simon Darcourt is a great deal more successful than the average talent show contestant. He's bypassing the media completely and posting real-time coverage of his killings on the internet. He's got viewing figures to make TV executives gasp in envy, and he's pulling the voyeuristic strings of every viewer. Angelique De Xavier, his previous nemesis, is drafted onto the police team trying to bring this one-man celebrity hate-fest to an end. But she can't do it alone, and meanwhile a whole load of celebs are, literally, dying to be famous.
Bella Morleigh is astonished when she is left a derelict theatre by her Aunt Maria, a relative she didn't even know existed. The Alexandria theatre has been in the family for years, and Aunt Maria was determined that it should stay that way. However, when Bella visits the place for the first time she finds more than she bargained for: a dead boy. Inspector Connell advises her to call in the help of local psychic Fran Castle. Fran, with the help of her amateur sleuthing partner, Libby Sarjeant, begins to delve into Bella's tangled family history - with alarming results.
Betty Barnes has been largely brought up by her older sister, Kate, in a small West Country village. Betty's daydreams of the bright lights of Hollywood and becoming a movie star are one way for her to escape the realities of school life where she is cruelly bullied. Betty has inherited psychic gifts from her forebears and she experiences memories of an earlier time when she was the local Wise Woman, guardian of a nearby mystical cave. In desperation she runs away, but 1930s London is hardly a hospitable place...and she cannot turn her back on her magic forever.
As the First World War rolls towards its end, Alice Bennett's relief at hearing her husband, Sebastian, is alive is tempered with concern that he is wounded, but when he finally comes home Alice learns that not all scars are visible and sometimes those you can't see are the hardest to heal... Meanwhile, Clara O'Toole's search for her missing Aunt Gertie brings her into contact with a whole new extended family. She is over the moon to find she has a cousin, but is she ready to be drawn into the tragedies, secrets - and dangers - of the family's past?
Private Investigator Sam Falconer grew up in an Oxford College and now she's back to set up a branch of her detective agency. When she's asked to guard a collection of strange museum pieces, ranging from shrunken heads to bottled witches, she quickly realises that being back in Oxford means confronting her own demons, as well as those behind the glass cases. While she confronts the deepest and darkest of childhood memories, she must also follow a grisly trail of victims to work out what could be worth such bloodshed - and why does someone seem to think that Sam holds the key?
There's nothing Detective Inspector Charlie Priest hates more than a case involving children. When Georgina, the eight-year-old daughter of local business man Miles Dewhurst, goes missing, Charlie's suspicions are focused on Dewhurst - is his performance as desolate parent a little too pat? In a race against time to find Georgina, Charlie's life is further complicated by a killer who is targeting clergymen. Three have died suddenly, and a picture of a Destroying Angel mushroom has been left beside the latest victim. The bishop's widow, Annabelle, threatens to embroil Charlie more deeply in the case than he'd ever thought possible...
A pilot replacement for 633 Squadron named Chalmont puzzles Frank Adams, the station's intelligence officer. Why should a sensitive young poet volunteer to join a squadron with a warlike reputation? Chalmont is teamed up with Richards and both show high skill and courage but when ordered on a mission which may involve the death of many civilians both pilots refuse to take part. Now they must face court-martial.
Former British intelligence operative Phil Mason has embarked on a new career as a private investigator. Grateful for the offer of work from his former MI5 liaison officer, he is to investigate low level al-Qaeda suspects who can be eliminated from enquiries. The surveillance work is mind-numbingly dull - until one of the subjects, a man known as Khan, starts to behave suspiciously. Breaking into Khan's home, Mason discovers him dead. An encrypted email on his laptop reveals a reference to an assassination attempt to be made on the US president during a forthcoming visit. Mason must hastily re-learn his old counter-sniper skills if the President's life is to be saved.
Sara's mother told her that she shouldn't marry Conrad - that the 25-year age gap between them would tell in the end. The end is now (apparently) approaching fast. Conrad, a famous painter, has decided that it would be good to die before he gets seriously old and so spends his time sorting out his chaotic life. Sara, teaching art at a local college, finds that she has plenty of male company - other people's husbands, ones she tells Conrad all about, who are just good friends to her. But there's one she, somehow, doesn't get round to mentioning...
When Harvard student Emma Hale disappears, her father believes she has been kidnapped. Months pass and the trail goes cold but then her body is found floating in Boston Harbour. A year later, Judith Chen, another student, disappears. Like Emma, she is soon found dead in the river. CSI Darby McCormick is assigned to the case and uncovers a key piece of overlooked evidence, one that brings her into contact with Malcolm Fletcher...a former profiler, now on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Fletcher, it seems, not only knows the answers but also the identity of the killer. When a third student goes missing, Darby is led into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the former profiler...
Two guards, one nun, one judge - when a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, PI Jack Taylor is sickened, but tells himself the list has nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost. What he doesn't know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And that it's about to become deeply personal.
Velma is charm itself, especially when she's being inexact with the truth. Now she wants Bea, widowed owner of the Abbot Agency, to check up on her stepson Philip - he's somehow acquired a valuable picture last seen in the flat of an elderly lady who's been murdered. Maggie, Bea's assistant, moves into a flat in Philip's building, to investigate. However, Rafael a professional art thief who aims never to leave his victims alive, is also after the picture. Can Bea locate Philip and the missing Millais, and extricate the girls and the booty without falling foul of someone who already has several murders to his credit?
Thea Osborne and her spaniel, Hepzie, are house-sitting in the quiet village of Temple Guiting. Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis is looking forward to visiting for a night or two and celebrating the couple's anniversary. A few days into their stay, a pile of human bones are discovered at the base of an uprooted tree. The locals all have their theories about their identity and rumours abound. Thea and Phil discover that the village turns out to have more than its fair share of secrets, including a strong connection to the Knights Templar. The couple finds their relationship tested to the limits as they try to prevent another murder investigation from threatening the quiet solitude they hold so dear.
When old Eleanor Bridges dies on her birthday at The Laurels nursing home, no-one except her niece, Fran Castle, suspects anything. But when the will goes missing, and Fran's newly discovered relatives appear to be doing everything in their power to obstruct investigations, she enlists the help of her friend Libby Sarjeant. Together they uncover sinister happenings in the past - including greed and elements of witchcraft - that provide a host of motives for murder. But it isn't until a second body is discovered that the killer is unmasked.
It is 1879, and the young Detective Sergeant Sholto Lestrade has his work cut out for him as he investigates mysterious goings-on at "Lord" George Sanger's Circus. First, the best juggler in Europe is shot in full view of a thousand people. Then Huge Hughie the dwarf dies an agonising death whilst performing the Ether Trick. Finally, the Great Bolus dies by swallowing the wrong sword. And all of this comes after two bodies are found with multiple slashes... As a trail of murder is laid amongst the llama droppings, the world's second greatest detective goes undercover to solve the mystery.
As the final months of 1945 bring a feeling of hope, Rhoda Harding, married to Alec for over twenty-five years, is reluctant to settle into premature middle-age. Her daughters lead busy, fulfilling lives, and Alec is content with his family life and successful business - as far as he is concerned Rhoda's place is in the home. Through her new friend Jenny Matherson, Rhoda meets the enigmatic Silas, who encourages her to take employment in the nearby village of Oakleigh. Alec is stunned and furious that his wife wants to work, but Rhoda is determined - after all Silas is very often in Oakleigh too...
1956. Constable 'Thorny' Deepbriar is just a country policeman, but he's always longed to try his hand at detection. His chance comes when a young man is kidnapped, then turns up the next day, baffled but unharmed. Then some blood-stained clothing is found and somebody else goes missing. At last the CID takes an interest, and thanks to the flu epidemic decimating the force, Deepbriar finds himself at the very heart of a murder investigation. As he pulls the strands of the affair together, a friend disappears and he has to risk his own life to prevent the murderer from claiming yet another victim.
Durham:1920s. Ella's happy childhood in Swan Island is abruptly ended when her father dies, leaving the family bankrupt. Ella and her mother must go and live with her grandmother, who runs the Silver Street Café, but Ella vows to return to her childhood home one day. After a first, unhappy marriage, she settles into steady domesticity with David Black, but there had been another doomed romance during the early years of the Second World War, and Ella has never forgotten Harry. It has been years since she last saw him, but old memories are stirred when he comes back into her life...
It's not that Janey Sinclair isn't pleased to see her sister, she just wishes that she could have arrived in a less dramatic style. Being woken up at seven in the morning by Maxine, complete with borrowed wedding dress and police escort, isn't quite how she'd planned to start her Sunday. Still, life's never dull when Maxine's around, and Janey, who's rebuilding her life after her husband disappeared off the scene, is delighted that her sister's back in town. But when Maxine sets her sights on Guy Cassidy, the impossibly glamorous fashion photographer, Janey knows there's no limit to the mischief her sister will get up to in order to dispatch the competition.
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