Crime & Mystery
Jane A. Adams
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1928. Cissie Rowe had died many times on screen but this time it's for real. DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens investigate. Shoreham is home to a film studio and thriving theatrical community, but who wanted Cissie dead? The two London detectives discover that no one is what they seem as the make-believe continues both on and offstage.
When three bodies are unearthed in the front yard of a cottage, DCI Henry Johnstone is summoned. Two victims are identified, but who is the third?
Johnstone's use of modern methods of detection soon ruffles feathers. Frustrated by the unhelpful local police, he fears the investigation is heading nowhere. Then there's another murder
A Naomi Blake mystery
A teenage boy is found drowned in a canal, just hours after telling his mother that he has killed a man. Rob Beresford was a schoolfriend of Patrick's; in their shock and grief, Patrick and his mates turn for help to Naomi. The dead man is identified as Adam Hensel: in his mid-forties, from the other side of town. There seems to have been no link between the two. Naomi is drawn into the case, by her friendship with Patrick, and because the detective handling it is her boyfriend, Alec. It becomes clear to Naomi that there is a complex, tragic story behind the bald facts of the case.
The murder of a student re-opens a series of cold cases in this intriguing mystery
When a student is found murdered in her room, the police soon recognize the similarities to an unsolved crime committed fifteen years before. A crime investigated by the now discredited DI Joe Jackson, Naomi Blake's one-time mentor. It seems Jackson had a perpetrator in mind - but can the new investigation trust his judgement?
Retired actress Rina Martin gets tangled up in the brutal murder of a seemingly innocent widow
Who would want to kill a widowed mother of two and leave her body for her children to find? Rina Martin's policeman friend Mac can't find a real motive and not much more in terms of suspects. But then there is a second killing. Are the two linked? Rina thinks so - and Mac has long since learnt that, unfortunately, Rina is often right . . .
The murder of a family forces former policewoman Naomi Blake to face her past.
Victor Griffin seemed to be one of the good guys, but that didn't stop someone coming to his home and killing him and his wife. Naomi and Alec find themselves drawn back to face events that happened when Naomi was still a serving police officer - just before the accident that blinded her - and which have now led to murder.
Sometimes, just surviving is not enough. You have to know what to do with yourself once the crisis is over.
Two men stand at a crossroads: Ex-DI Alec Friedman is recovering from a car crash, but feels empty. Hired killer Gregory is contemplating retirement. But then a brutal murder, and a seemingly meaningless kidnapping, drag them, and Alec's wife Naomi, back into the game they were trying so hard to resist.
"There's a man with a gun standing in my garden. I want something done about it."
When a man breaks into Molly Chambers' house she tells the police that she has never seen him before. Ex-DI Alec Friedman - her honorary nephew - isn't so sure. Molly has lived an eventful life, as the wife of a diplomat, and he knows she is still haunted by the horrors of more than one war. But just what is it that Molly has got herself in to? Alec and Naomi only find out just what murky waters they're wading in when it's much too late...
Life is looking up for Rina Martin, with the expected revival of her television career, but as her happy summer ends, storm clouds are on the horizon...
In the Martin Household, change is afoot. Tim is now engaged and preparing to move out, and there is also news of the revival of Rina's television career. But nothing stays peaceful for long. Storm clouds are gathering, and Rina, Mac and their friends are about to be swept up into the maelstrom.
A Naomi Blake mystery.
What had Neil Robinson been about to tell journalist Jamie Dale? Whatever it was, it got them both killed, and Alec and his DCI are called away to help with the investigation. Jamie was an old friend of Naomi's, and now she is being harassed by phone calls seemingly from the dead journalist. With Alec away, Naomi turns to another old friend, Harry Jones, for help. Then the violence strikes close to home, and Alec is forced to question which side of the law he is actually on.
A Rina Martin Mystery.
Against her better judgement, Rina Martin accepts an invitation to Aikensthorpe, a country house hotel with a sinister reputation. Gathered there are a collection of experts in the esoteric; their plan is to re-enact the incident in 1872 that left one man dead and another mad. Rina, unimpressed by the company and their techniques, is relieved when her friend DI MacGregor comes to rescue her. But then a blizzard traps them in the house, and Edwin Holmes, grand old man of psychical research, is found murdered in his bed . . .
A Naomi Blake mystery.
When Alec and Naomi take a much-needed Winter holiday in Somerset, they encounter local eccentric Eddy Thame, a historian and metal detectorist obsessed with the Monmouth rebellion of 1685 and the alleged Kirkwood treasure. A few days after their arrival, Eddy is found dead. Reluctantly, Alec and Naomi become involved, but they soon realise that Eddy seems very different to the rather dotty individual they encountered in the local pub.
A Rina Martin mystery.
When DI 'Mac' McGregor came to Frantham he was a broken man, guilt ridden at the death of a child he had tried to save, and whose killer had escaped. But he found friendship there, in the shape of Rina Martin's strange little household, and romance with CSI Miriam Hasting. But now his past is catching up with him. There are new leads in the child-killer case, and Mac rejoins the hunt only to become the hunted. Can Rina save him from his darkest trouble yet?
A thrilling Rina Martin mystery.
Two men are found shot dead aboard a luxury yacht, and the key lies with a company that makes computer games. What secret were the men protecting that others were prepared to kill to get hold of? Rina Martin decides to find out, much to the consternation of her friend, DI McGregor. But her impulse to help those threatened puts the people she most cares for in grave danger.
A Rina Martin Mystery
When a body is washed up on a beach, it's assumed it must be Edward Parker, who fell from a cliff a couple of weeks before. But it is discovered to be that of Pat Duggan, son of local nightclub owner, Jimmy. Pat had been abducted twice. And, to complicate matters, the missing Edward Parker worked for Jimmy Duggan and disappeared at the same time as Duggan's son. Coincidence? Mac and Rina don't think so . . .
First in a new series featuring Rina Martin.
After a successful acting career Rina Martin is retired; DI Sebastian McGregor (Mac) is recovering his nerve after an investigation went terribly wrong; young George Parker and his family are on the run from a violent past. Like Mac and Rina, George thinks he is safe in the sleepy seaside town of Frantham, but then an old lady is murdered and peace, for all three, is proven to be an illusion . . .
A Naomi Blake mystery.
Naomi and boyfriend Alec Friedman travel to the Fenlands for the funeral of Alec's beloved Uncle Rupert, who ran an antiques business and wrote books on local history. It seems that there were some suspicious circumstances, and that the ostensible cause of death - a heart attack - may not hold true. It soon becomes clear that Rupert may have had some secrets in his past...