It’s only four days to Christmas and, with snow deep on the ground, festive cheer abounds in the villages and small towns of rural Lancashire. Inspector Steve Carmichael is relishing the thought of a long break at home with his family. Not even the impending arrival of the cantankerous Aunty Audrey can dampen his mood. However, when a respectable woman mysteriously vanishes after boarding a train home, Carmichael’s hopes of a peaceful Christmas are well and truly scuppered. What has happened to Hayley Bell? As Carmichael’s team start to pick their way through the conundrum and delve deeper into the lives of Hayley, her eccentric husband and her so-called friends it’s clear that all is not what it seems.In this, the sixth in his series of skilfully-crafted detective novels featuring DI Steve Carmichael, the author again demonstrates his mastery of the genre. With an array of captivating characters and a dexterous plot, Ian McFadyen, once more, keeps his readers turning the pages and has them guessing right up to the bitter end.
In one of his most disturbing cases yet, Sherlock Holmes is called to the prestigious Albany in Piccadilly, the famously discreet residence for notable and wealthy bachelors, to investigate the disappearance of resident Ethby Sands and his valet. When nothing appears untoward, Holmes and Watson depart to investigate a murder in Norfolk. Holmes is supremely confident in his ability to solve the crime, but when a second murder takes place, just as grisly as the first, and it becomes clear that the missing man may be connected to the atrocities, a far more sinister web of intrigue begins to emerge that will test Sherlock to the very limits of his powers. In his latest new case for Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, N. M. Scott once again takes his readers on a gripping journey through Victorian England, from the West End theatres to the chilly Norfolk Broads, taking in the famous Albany, the Royal Geographical Society, exotic explorations of the tropics and the mysteries of Chinese herbal medicine along the way.
The inimitable Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion Doctor Watson are back once again in N M Scott’s third collection of stories inspired by Sir Conan Doyle’s classic crime-busting duo. Dip into Watson’s case notes and discover how a man came to be found suspended in an ice block in Victoria Park, what happened when a theatre critic received an unexpected gift, and how a severed foot pointed the way to a grisly murder. From the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London to the haunting Yorkshire moors, and from ice-locked Russia to the South Downs, danger and mystery seem to lurk around every corner. Watson and Holmes must keep their wits about them to collar a wily blackmailer in ‘The Russian Connection’, and in ‘The Sea Funeral’ they must avert disaster when a German spy ring get hold of some top secret documents. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will find much to treasure in this elegantly written anthology of ten brand-new adventures.
From being at the sharp end of an angry woman's cold, calculated revenge to suffering the miserable consequences of losing everything including a priceless Picasso; from paying the ultimate price for having so much as considered adultery to being fatally drawn to the pungent yet deadly smell of an exotic flower, the situations in which the main protagonists find themselves in this compelling collection of short stories all have an air of finality about them. Some are looking for a way in to an inheritance, to a relationship with a mysterious stranger who turns up out of the blue, or to an understanding of the tantalising story recounted in a handwritten notebook while others are permanently bowing out, disappearing off the face of the earth or finding that their existence has drawn to an end gracefully or otherwise. Their world is one of uncertainty and surprise, where the mundane somehow always ends up being anything but...
In this follow-up to “The Challenge to the Crown“, the second, and concluding, part of his masterly account of Mary Queen of Scots, and her son James VI of Scotland, Robert Stedall takes us from the aftermath of the Earl of Bothwell’s murder, through Mary’s imprisonment and execution, to James eventual coronation as James I of England. En route, he skillfully leads us through the murky labyrinth of Renaissance politics, revealing a world in which few, if any, could afford to remain innocent. In this volume, James moves to centre-stage and his complex, neurotic personality is explored. What exactly was his relationship with his mother, removed from his side at such an early age, and how can we explain his seeming lack of feeling for her fate? Meticulously researched, beautifully written and handsomely illustrated, The Survival of the Crown is a magnificent conclusion to Robert Stedall’s illuminating account of a crucial turning point in British history.
Nathaniel Devarre – pirate, lover, artist – is determined to put his buccaneering past behind him and settle down to a solitary and peaceful existence as a portrait painter. Fate, however, has other plans. His quiet life in Highgate is thrown into turmoil when Elizabeth Rawlins, the wife of a neighbour, reveals that her first love was Sir Roger Trevanyon – the man who put a bullet in Nathaniel’s eye when they duelled over the beautiful Lady Corinne Malvor. And Elizabeth is determined that Nathaniel will help reunite her with Roger. But it’s not only his personal life that is causing Nathaniel trouble: his old friend and commanding officer Henry Morgan is in England, gathering support from King and country while the Spanish howl for his blood after his sacking of their prize colonial city Panama. Long-held grievances, secret love and political scheming combine to deadly effect in this dramatic tale of seventeenth-century passions.
When young librarian Lucasta Smith agrees to a temporary job sorting through the chaotic library of lawyer Hector Elroy’s late father, she’s expecting a quiet few weeks of dusting and cataloguing. But within minutes of her starting, Hector decides that Lucasta’s degree in art history qualifies her to help him solve an art theft for an important client, and whisks her off to Norfolk. And so the two unlikely sleuths embark on a series of investigations, and stolen sculptures soon seem like small fry when one client is suspected of murder. Can Lucasta cope with life – in the highly sexist 1970s – as Hector’s female sidekick? And can stuffy Hector break out of his old-school ways and let a woman into his life?
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