When the family castle is besieged by an ancient enemy, Ursula rides of help to Aylmer, who has asked for her hand in marriage. Ursula admires and respects Aylmer, who is much older than she. He loves her dearly and promises to help lift the siege.
Aylmer offers the services of Benedict de Huste, a young man with a tragic past whom Aylmer regards as an adopted son.
Together Ursula and Benedict fight a double battle. They fight for their lives in the besieged castle, and they fight against the love which grows between them.
When attending a birthday dinner, Bea Abbot doesn't anticipate that the evening will end with death. A curtain goes up in flames and two people are rushed to hospital. Bea looks for two girls. Was the fire started deliberately and were the girls the intended targets? As Bea investigates, she is drawn into a world rich in money but lacking in love.
Ellie Quicke finds you can choose your friends but not your family.
When Poppy Cordover is found dead at the bottom of the office stairs at the Magpie boutique, which she co-owned with her twin sister Juno, the twins' father asks Ellie Quicke to investigate. Ellie's enquiries are about to uncover a hornet's nest of greed, malice and tragic secrets.
Bea Abbot discovers that at least one of her neighbours is hiding a shocking secret in the latest intriguing Abbot Agency mystery
When the party wall dividing the gardens of Bea Abbot and her fiancé Leon collapses, a skeleton is unearthed in Leon's garden. Having only just purchased the property, Leon and Bea set out to discover more about the house's previous owners. Before they can proceed in their investigations however, the pair fall victim to an elaborately-laid trap.
Ellie Quicke finds herself the target of a local cult-like church, but are their motives truly Christian or is there darkness at their heart?
Ellie is desperate to find someone to look after her elderly housekeeper, Rose. But employing a carer proves to be a mixed blessing, for Claire is heavily involved with a local church with a charismatic pastor, who - seemingly coincidentally - is looking to Ellie's charitable trust for financial help. Can Ellie trust Claire and Pastor Ambrose?
Bea Abbot wishes she'd never got mixed up in the affairs of the Holland family, when she finds her house and agency under siege.
Bea Abbot's friend Leon Holland asks for her help to establish an alibi. But why does he need one? And is his life really in danger, as events seem to suggest? Then everything is thrown into chaos as a virus infects the Abbot Agency's systems...deliberately. But why? Bea is about to find herself drawn into a vicious - and deadly - power struggle.
He was like no other hermit she had ever seen. He was young, strong, dark and vowed to silence.
His name was Keren, but he was always called the Hermit.
And as he touched her arm, and healed it, a bond was forged between them - a hopeless bond, for she was Joanna of Leybourne, ward of the Count, and he was a man sentenced to build a church with his bare hands, as expiation for the crime of murdering his wife...
She had lost her heart to the mysterious stranger...
Raven-haired Sophia knew him as Philip Rich, a poor relative of the Earl of Rame. And she knew that he awakened in her a craving that her betrothed, Sir John Bladen, could not satisfy. But she was pledged to wealthy Sir John in order to save her beloved Tarrant Hall. So she scorned Philip's love only to discover, to her horror, that he was, in reality, the famous Earl himself. And now the Earl has vowed to humble Sophia and to avenge his honor in the intrigue of the luxurious court of George II.
Can Gervase ever show his true identity?
Cast out in disgrace from the family estate, dashing young Sir Gervase Escot was drawn towards the great castle at Malling, or there lived the much-courted beauty, Lady Elaine, to whom Gervase was once to have been betrothed.
Rescuing a young girl from robbers, Gervase discovered that she was Elaine's sister, the Lady Beata - a rebellious girl pledged from birth to the church.
Would Gervase ever be able to reveal his true identity to Beata? Could the power of his love - or the deadly skill of his sword - save Beata from the celibate life she dreaded?
A tangled web of past tragedies and present troubles
Ellie Quicke's housekeeper, Vera, gets a terrible shock when the man who raped and impregnated her when she was a schoolgirl turns up, wanting to adopt her young son, the brilliant but difficult Mikey. Ellie gets mixed up in past tragedies, but can she untangle the terrible events of the night of Vera's rape in time to help her friend?
A murder mystery by a well-loved author.
Ellie's friend on the police force asks her to enquire about some deaths in the community which might or might not be suicide, and various relatives of the deceased confirm their suspicions. Unbeknown to the police, an elderly lady moving in and out of dementia has come across some drugs and is using them to ease people in pain out of their misery.
At the same time, the project to turn the quirky, turreted Pryce House into a hotel is dogged by problems and suspicion falls on the difficult twelve-year-old boy Mikey who Ellie has taken in. Social Services threaten to remove him into care. And Ellie's pregnant daughter Diana has been juggling problems caused by the slow convalescence of her estate agent husband.
Can Ellie track down whoever it is who is killing for mercy, keep Mikey at home, and steer Diana into calmer waters?
An abusive marriage leads to possible murder in the latest Abbot Agency mystery.
The fake diamond in Dilys Holland's engagement ring implies that all is not well with her marriage. And Bea Abbot has already clashed with Dilys's husband, the bullying Benton, when she refuses to help him rescue his ailing company. But matters are about to turn a great deal worse when Dilys tries to commit suicide. Or does she?
Bea finds herself obligated to help a businessman whose life is in danger . . . and is sucked into a community packed with scandal, intrigue and corruption.
Bea Abbot is asked to find the man or woman who laid a booby trap for Sir Lucas Ossett, the powerful head of an international company, in his own block of flats. She finds Sir Lucas's wife in a state of fear, while gossiping elderly ladies cast doubt on the probity of their eclectic neighbours. Soon it's clear that Sir Lucas's influence reaches out to touch and perhaps corrupt even those nearest to Bea, while trivial incidents escalate into violence - and death.
In this Ellie Quicke mystery, Ellie is forced to consider the unthinkable about her own daughter. Could she be a murderer?
Ellie has always disliked the local big estate agent - aka Great White Shark - and is distressed when her daughter Diana announces that she is carrying his child and about to become his fourth wife. But Ellie is soon drawn into the family circle when one of the Hooper children dies in their private gym and another succumbs to a peanut allergy. The police want to write off the deaths as accident and misadventure, but Ellie believes someone is targeting members of the Hooper family. Surely Diana wouldn't...or would she?
An Abbot Agency Mystery.
While Bea Abbot worries that she's lost control of her domestic agency, she's asked to find some domestic help for an eccentric little musician falsely accused of murder. She doesn't realize how dangerous this might be until Jeremy - fleeing from attempts on his life - lands up on her doorstep. Researching the gang who'd used an attractive girl to entrap Jeremy, Bea finds traces of them throughout high society . . . Can Bea keep Jeremy - and herself - alive, while all he thinks about is composing a song for pretty, dead Josie?
An Ellie Quicke Mystery
Ellie Quicke is still inclined to act hastily, despite husband Thomas steadying influence. When she took in a young rape victim, she knew the commitment might become a burden, but she didnt expect it to become an invitation to further violence. Mias best friend Ursula is eager to help, but has a wedding to plan - as does Ellies daughter Diana. Both want Ellie to stage their receptions. Can Ellie keep Mia safe? Can she pull off two weddings, when one would be havoc enough? And can she wear the same outfit to both? . . .
An Ellie Quicke mystery.
Ellie Quicke is confronted by an angry young man, demanding to know what has happened to his elderly great aunt. Flavia Osborne had refused to move in with her relatives, telling everyone that she'd sold her secluded house and was moving to a retirement flat - but it seems she never arrived at her destination. Ellie is distracted by her difficult daughter Diana, who makes a shocking announcement, but Russ insists Ellie help him discover the truth. Where is Flavia, and who knows more than they are prepared to tell? . . .
Bea Abbot is back.
Bea Abbot runs a domestic agency that doesn't 'do' murder. There's nothing sinister about charity-worker Zander's request for her to join him on a visit to his former boss Denzil's widow. But Zander had exposed the financial scam Denzil was running after which Denzil had, unexpectedly, died. Now the dead man's widow is out for Zander's blood, and the paperwork that proves Denzil's guilt is missing. Denzil's computer could provide the answers, but then another death occurs . . .
Ellie Quicke is back.
Ellie and her new husband Thomas are called to deal with student Ursula, who has staged a sit-in at church. Ursula challenges Ellie to solve three mysteries: a broken engagement, a disappearance and a death. As she investigates, Ellie suspects there is more to these events than anyone is admitting. Soon she finds her own friends and family targeted, as a powerful group hunts her down . . .
An 'Abbot Agency' mystery.
Bea Abbot runs a domestic agency that does not 'do' murder. But the disappearance of Tomi, the star of an award-winning short film, is a different matter, especially when charming but feckless Chris bribes Bea to investigate with a bouquet of flowers. When Bea (working through personal problems) discovers that Tomi is not the only one amongst his friends to vanish, however, she wonders if her own life might be in danger too . . .
An Abbot Agency Mystery
Bea Abbots domestic agency does not, repeat not, investigate murder . . . that is, until she finds herself in the company of a dead man dressed as a pantomime dame. It looks like suicide, but why dont his red-spangled shoes fit? Why is the mans daughter so keen to hustle his mortal remains away without publicity? Then again, which of the women around him two surviving wives and a daughter really cared about him, rather than his money? . . .
An Abbot Agency Mystery.
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, as he's somehow acquired a valuable picture last seen in the flat of an elderly lady who's been murdered. However, a professional art thief is also after the picture. Can Bea locate Philip and the missing Millais without falling foul of someone who already has several murders to his credit? . . .
Ellie Quicke must hunt down a killer canine
When Ellie Quicke's friend witnesses a pit-bull attack in the park, she goes into shock. Soon there are other attacks . . . and after each one, the dog vanishes. Meanwhile, Ellie's personal life is heading for meltdown. Driven to distraction, 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! . . .
The start of a new mystery series from the creator of Ellie Quicke
Newly widowed Bea Abbot must decide what to do with her deceased husband's business, an exclusive organization handling domestic crises. Though Bea is tempted to sell up, she soon begins investigating an accounting irregularity within a catering firm. What Bea doesn't know (but will soon discover) is that someone is way out of control, and finding it all too easy to kill . . .