A forensic mystery of the 1950s.
After starting their risky venture of a private forensic consultancy, Doctor Richard Pryor (now a Home Office pathologist) and forensic biologist Angela Bray have now become firmly established. An apparent bizarre suicide in a remote Welsh farm starts them on a new investigation, which is followed by an unusual request from the War Office. And when a Cotswold veterinary surgeon is charged with poisoning his ailing wife, can Pryor's expert evidence save him from the gallows?
Will the remains of a soldier be the key that unlocks the secrets of Leysmorton Manor?
1922. Lady Emily Fitzallan has returned to the country house where she spent her childhood for a family wedding. Leysmorton Manor brings back many memories, especially of her elder sister Clare, who vanished one day after going for a walk, never to return. But the disturbing discovery of a soldier's skeleton at the base of an ancient Yew tree brings the past shockingly into the present. Could the man's untimely death have its roots in Clare's disappearance, which occurred almost half a century ago?
A young girl in 1920s New Zealand dreams of achieving her aspirations, but at what cost?
1921, New Zealand. Bright, fiery and pretty, sixteen-year-old Lottie O'Brien lives with her troubled family in an impoverished part of Wellington. Aspiring for a better life, Lottie is befriended by her class teacher Madeleine Carson, who introduces her to her affluent family living in a prosperous part of Wellington. At first, Lottie resists becoming involved with them, but is gradually drawn into their orbit. Her life is soon transformed, but is Lottie prepared to face the consequences?
A church art exhibition turns deadly...
Jack Haldean expected Lythewell and Askerns' exhibition of church art in Lyon House, London, to be a sedate affair, the last firm to be associated with mystery, violence and sudden death. Or so it seemed - until after the exhibition...
The latest Hennessey and Yellich mystery.
When five corpses in various states of decomposition are found chained to the walls of a kitchen garden, Hennessey and Yellich quickly begin their investigation. The recently deceased owner of the house was housebound for the last twenty-five years, and so would have had no idea of the appalling crimes taking place yards away. At first, there doesn't seem to be much to go on - the victims appear to have little in common - but Hennessey and Yellich know that the dead must hold the clues they need.
A Charles Patterson mystery.
January, 1737. Snow blankets Newcastle Upon Tyne. With plans afoot to build new Assembly Rooms for concerts, musician sleuth Charles Patterson is more concerned with the murder of an entire family. It looks an open-and-shut case - the murderer was the fashionable Alice Gregson, who'd upset several neighbours with her snobbish London airs and graces. But where is she now? And why is her sister convinced of her innocence? Patterson must solve the case before the snow clears, allowing the murder to escape the town . . .
'Tell me a story, Kit...'
It's All Hallows' Eve and Kit Marlowe's evening is disrupted by the call of an ethereal voice, requesting a tale for the haunted night. From the depths of his creative mind comes the tale of ghostly horrors and unearthly cries which rattles even the most supernatural of beings...
Fans of M. J. Trow's Kit Marlowe mysteries must not miss this chilling short.
A Hannah Ives mystery.
Hannah is stunned when a stranger stops her on the street to deliver a message from her long-dead mother. Susan Parker, Hannah learns, is a popular television medium whose accurate predictions leave fans and critics alike puzzled and intrigued. In spite of her scepticism, Hannah schedules a private reading. But on the morning they are to meet, Susan is struck by a hit-and-run driver. An accident? Hannah doesn't think so especially when she discovers that more than one person had good reason to want Susan dead...
When her husband and two daughters disappear, housewife Clare Taylor discovers that her ordinary domestic life has been built on a lie.
Clare Taylor arrives home after a wild week in Chicago to discover that the house has been stripped bare and there's no sign of her husband and two daughters. By dawn next morning, her house has been foreclosed against, there's a dead body in her backyard, and Clare is caught up in a nightmare that began with her husband on Hallowe'en night, 1976.
A skeleton-filled grave leads DCI Hennessey's team back to the aftermath of the English Civil War in this gripping mystery.
When a deep grave containing five skeletons is found in the corner of a field, DCI Hennessey is called in to investigate. The burial site had lain undiscovered for over twenty years, and the resulting police inquiry soon uncovers a multiple murder that seems to have its roots in a legal dispute between two families going back to the aftermath of the English Civil War. But have the victims been discovered too late to catch the killer?