Thea Osborne and her trusty spaniel, Hepzie, have been asked by the Montgomerys to look after their house in Blockley while they take a much-needed holiday. Their elderly mother, Granny Gardner, shouldn't be any trouble - although she is slightly forgetful. Thea settles in easily enough, and the arrival of Jessica, Thea's daughter, is a welcome surprise. Granny's behaviour is a little peculiar, but so too are the Montgomerys' instructions to keep her trapped in the house... But Thea's got far more to worry about when a body is discovered in the house next door. It isn't long before Thea and Jessica find themselves involved in trying to solve the murder.
For Tim Roxham, a young railway policeman, and Fay Rossiter, the problems of relationships across the social divide in pre-war England, pale into insignificance when Mr Chamberlain's tired voice announces that the country is at war with Germany. Now it's not just their love that is threatened but their very lives. Against a background of increasingly disturbing events in Europe, and fierce resistance from Fay's wealthy family and friends, they fight for their relationship in the face of adversity. But as the war rips them apart, only time will tell if they are strong enough to win through.
Five young Ayrtons all grew up at Amberwell, playing in the gardens and preparing themselves to venture out into the world. To each of these children, Amberwell meant something different, but common to all of them was the idea that Amberwell was more than just where they lived - it was part of them.
Amberwell drove one of its children into a reckless marriage and healed another of his wounds...and there was one child who stayed at home and gave up her life to keep things running smoothly.
Sister Agnes is sorting out the library of the nearly defunct Order in Bermondsey, when the Hawker archive, books on spells and magic as well as hand-written journals, catches her eye. These tell the story of Alice, her husband Nicolas and their son who died in infancy. Alice's story seems to haunt the present. The building is now an NHS centre for the mentally ill, and Agnes is drawn into the predicament of Tina-Marie, who fears for her daughter Leila. When horrible and unexplained things start happening, Agnes is convinced someone is after something more than the obvious in the Hawker archives...
London in the late 1980s is an exciting but sometimes dangerous place to live for Fitzroy Maclean Angel, making a living partly through gigging as a jazz trumpet player, partly through taking illegal fares in his de-registered black taxi cab. When an old university friend plummets to his death through a skylight window it's just the start of Angel's troubles, as he gets his arm twisted by the police to help with their enquiries into a group of animal rights activists, who might just have something rather more deadly on their minds than a bit of foxhunt sabotage...
Detective Inspector Honey Laird is two weeks away from giving birth when her boss asks her to investigate Dr McGordon ... her neighbour. On the outside he appears to be the perfect doctor, but when officers knock on his door, looking for witnesses to an accident, Dr McGordon reveals a guilty conscience about something and refuses to say anything. Honey, helped by an unsure young officer, her overprotective housekeeper and her faithful Labrador, Pippa, dives into the case, and it soon becomes clear that the 'what' can be just as mysterious as the 'who' ... and ultimately just as shocking.
Kate Barnes is fourteen years old when she first experiences the strange gifts she has inherited from her grandmother's side of the family, but just as she learning to develop her second sight, her father insists she should return to London. He is determined that Kate must forget her grandmother's teachings and get a job in order to help support their growing family. However, nothing will keep Kate from her destiny - to take her grandmother's place as local wise woman, and guardian of the secret cave which houses their ancestral tomb, watched over by a beautiful woman formed from the rocks...
It is the day of her ex-husband's wedding. The press call Ursula first thing, demanding that she share her innermost feelings with the world at large. Her three children cannot restrain their excitement. After all, it isn't every day that their father marries a government minister. Ursula herself has embarked on a shaky new relationship with Julian, a local antiquarian bookseller. But 11-year-old daughter, Jessie, has taken the break-up very badly. Her father's favourite, she has put up walls, closed doors and turned to Julian for support - but Julian himself is hard to read. And when Jessie goes missing, everyone is caught off-guard and relationships are stretched to the limit...
When young John Vincent died, the outward respectability of the Cornwall household was undermined. Strangers pried, asked too many questions and pointed accusing fingers at Charlotte - herself eager to escape from the oppressive atmosphere of her father's home.
She fled deep into the countryside and there taught at a school run by the untrusting and untrustworthy Mrs Armitage, who was prepared to keep quiet about Charlotte's past - but only up to a point. When the events come to be recreated, some questions naturally arise. Had Charlotte been responsible for the death of the little pupil she loved? And has that crime been repeated?
In darker moments, even Charlotte herself cannot be sure.
Helen-Alice Dear was only 15 when she went to Bulgaria on a family holiday in 1937. Just weeks after her arrival, she found herself prevented from leaving. Her marriage to a Bulgarian man bore her four children, but they were often homeless, cold and hungry. Helen refused to give up hope and bravely managed to protect and raise four happy children. When the Berlin Wall fell, Helen was finally able to fulfil her dream of returning to her homeland.
A heart-wrenching tale of courage and resilience, which proves just how indomitable the human spirit can be.
Ex-copper Sam 'Mad' Carew is bored, so when a beautiful woman asks for his help he can't help but be intrigued. It seems Sam once helped to put away her father, Kevin Kilpatrick, for murder. Kilpatrick confessed to two violent murders, but his daughter Alison adamantly refuses to believe in his guilt and uses every womanly wile to get Sam to investigate. He doesn't bargain on getting mixed up with one of the most ruthless and sadistic crime families in the country. As the body count racks up, Sam realises he'll have to face up to the killer - the elusive and aptly named 'Hammerhead'.
Florence's hot pies are sold from the aptly named Paradise Pie shop. They are legendary, not only with the tramcar operator, but also the hard-up and hungry during the Depression years. Warm-hearted Florence is the mainstay at home too. In her mainly female household there also lives Manny, a casualty of the First World War who is now working as Florence's assistant. Hers is a shoulder to cry on when love affairs fail, but will Florence ever find the time to consider her own future happiness?
When career criminal Terry Greene is sentenced to life for a murder he didn't commit, his wife has two choices: to walk away from the criminal empire he'd built up, or to take it over - to become as big a gangster as her husband. So far as Samantha "Sam" Greene is concerned, there is no choice. All the family's assets are tied up in the business, and the family means more to her than anything else. But being a gangland boss doesn't come easily to Sam - other criminals are trying to take over her husband's empire and she's not sure which of his friends she can trust. As she is drawn into a world of drug-dealing and counterfeit money, she realises for the first time the extent of her husband's activities. And she has two questions to answer - can she get her husband out of prison? And should she?
Terry and Monica Darlington, both pensioners, decided to take their narrowboat Phyllis May across the English Channel and through Belgium and France to the Mediterranean, with their whippet Jim. They took advice from experts, who told them they would lose their boat, their lives - and their whippet Jim. Undeterred, this is their story - a true, high adventure of two innocents and a reluctant dog. They chase rabbits in Oxfordshire, dive through six-foot waves in the Channel, experience the history of Flanders, drift across Champagne and are swept from Lyon to Avignon by the terrible Rhône. Storms, hangovers, breakdowns, vandals, trolls, aliens, killer fish and the walking dead stand between the intrepid crew and their goal - many-towered Carcassonne.
It is a time for ambitious men to prosper, and royal servant John FitzGilbert Marshal is one of them. Raised high, as the kin of the deceased King Henry battle each other for England's throne, John reaps rich rewards but pays a terrible price for the choices he makes - as does his family. His wife, fragile, naïve Aline is hopelessly unequipped to cope with the demands of a life lived on the edge and, when John is seriously injured in battle, her worst nightmare is realised.
Alderman John Foster purchases a piece of land from the Magdalen Nunnery intending to build a chapel, dedicated to the Magi - the Three Kings of Cologne - and some almshouses. He little imagines the shocking discovery about to be made. When the land is cleared and dug over, the body of a young woman is unearthed and later identified as the remains of Isabella Linkinhorne, who disappeared 20 years earlier. Feeling himself responsible, Foster decides to employ Roger the Chapman to investigate, for there is no doubt that the woman had been murdered.
In the 1930s, Emma Pearson and her family offered a rural holiday to two orphaned children. Despite being unable to adopt the John and Tommy as their own, the Pearsons stayed in touch over the years, treating them as family. When World War Two breaks out, tragedy strikes as John is killed at Dunkirk. Emma is worried about her daughter Bella who seems very tired, is working long hours as a Land-Army girl and taking sleeping tablets at night. Her other daughter, Emily, is recovering from injuries inflicted during a London air raid. And Tom's landlady, Daisy Gaskin, is upset when her eldest daughter is arrested for possession of stolen goods.
When Ellie Quicke's friend, Felicity, witnesses a Pitbull savage a young mother in the park, she goes into shock and calls on Ellie for help. Ellie's enquiries indicate that the dog and its owner are strangers to the neighbourhood, but soon there are other attacks...and after each one, the dog vanishes. Driven to distraction by a wealth of problems in her personal life, Ellie hardly has time to hunt down a killer dog and has no idea that she is the next target - until the police question her for a crime she didn't commit.
Roll up to see the Fabulous Fox Twins and join them on their escapades through the northern working-men's club circuit of the 1950s. Follow their meteoric rise and dramatic fall as they are chased by dangerous thugs, the police and a series of dancing girls... Experience the wit and charm that always seem to get them into scrapes, and - just about - out of them. Roll up, roll up. Book now to avoid disappointment.
When housewife Diane Ingleby is shot dead in a car park, DI John Handford and DS Khalid Ali are called in to investigate. It's a baffling case - a kind considerate woman, gunned down in front of her husband and daughter. Handford has many questions - Was Diane the intended victim or was the killer after another family member? Was she as happy as she seemed? Why had she suddenly started keeping a diary? Is it shame, honour or old-fashioned fear that's keeping everyone quiet?
Tyneside solicitor Eric Ward has a new client: Dieter Barschel, an ex-professional footballer charged with drug dealing, but in securing bail for his client, Eric precipitates a murder investigation. Whilst defending Barschel, Eric manages to annoy one of the prosecution witnesses, DCI Charlie Spate. However, the two men must work together to try and resolve the mess they feel partly responsible for creating. Spate is almost as obsessed with the charms of DS Elaine Start as he is with solving the case, but embarrassing revelations about his acquaintance with a prostitute threaten both his career and his romance...
1944, London. A young man is killed in an air raid, leaving a wife, two children and a secret. Ailsa, Margaret and Luke are persuaded by Jaime's brother Cal to return to the North East, to the town he came from. Despite their grief and bitterness, they find a new life there: the children make firm friends with Danny and Shannon Logan, whose father Keir drinks and whose mam, Jessie, has a secret of her own. Against their families' better judgement, the young people form a bond which sustains them in hard times, and which will ultimately prove unbreakable...
Private Investigator Ed Loy is working on what looks like an open and shut case: the disappearance of dentist Shane Howard's daughter, Emily. Little does Loy realise that this seemingly simple case will involve him delving into the world of blackmail, organised crime and the very murky secrets of the Howard family. Locating Emily turns out to be only the beginning. Within hours, Emily's ex-boyfriend is found murdered, and Loy finds himself in a race against time to catch a killer...
Sam Grant is tasked with the job of tracing the vendor of a painting that had come up for sale at a London auction room. Produced by a German Jewish artist who had perished in a Nazi concentration camp, the painting had been stolen from a schloss in Lower Saxony in World War Two. Then it had apparently vanished. Now it has surfaced 50 years later. So who had possessed it in those years? Grant has to find the answer for Gerda Hoffman, an attractive blonde. But the case turns out to be more dangerous and life-threatening than he could have anticipated...
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