In the latest Richard Nottingham historical mystery, the Constable must track down a predatory child-killer who roams the city.
Leeds, 1733. Three children are found dead in a disused bell pit; their bodies battered and bruised, each of them stabbed through the heart.
As an atmosphere of fear and suspicion pervades the city, Richard Nottingham and his team find themselves hunting a ruthless child-killer, a monster who preys on abandoned street children, those with no one to care about them, no one to report them missing.
The Constable has his suspicions as to who the culprit might be - but how can he prove it when the wealthy and powerful protect their own? He could also do without the interference of the new mayor, who's taking a close personal interest in the case. Nottingham's efforts to bring the killer to justice will have tragic consequences for himself and his family.
When a young fashion model disappears, photographer Kate O'Donnell discovers there's a darker side to Swinging Sixties' London.
For young Liverpudlian photographer Kate O'Donnell, it's an exciting time to be in the capital - especially as she's on secondment to an up-and-coming fashion photographer's studio. But Kate discovers there's a darker side to 1960s' London, when the naked, battered body of a teenage prostitute is found amongst the rubbish bins behind a Soho jazz club - and it turns out the victim was a former model at the studio where Kate's working.
Chris Honeysett's latest assignment.
Babysitting TV archaeologist Guy Middleton during filming at an aging rock star's mansion near Bath seems straightforward enough. It turns out to be anything but. While his brief is to protect Guy from over-eager fans, when the TV presenter starts to receive threatening letters and spiked drinks, Honeysett realizes that there's a lot more to this job than he'd been led to believe. As the menacing incidents escalate in intensity, it becomes clear that someone intends Guy Middleton serious harm. With his highhanded ways and less-than-professional attitude, the presenter has annoyed a lot of people. But who would hate him enough to try to kill him? Meanwhile the archaeological dig unearths some unexpected findings: it's not only Roman remains that are buried in the mansion's grounds...
By popular demand: a welcome return for Simon Brett's actor detective Charles Paris, last seen in 1997's Dead Room Farce.
After a long period of 'resting', life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast as the Ghost of Hamlet's Father and First Gravedigger in a new production of Hamlet, but rehearsals are fraught. When the company reach the first staging post of their tour, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.
A historical mystery series from award-winning science fiction writer, Eric Brown.
London, 1955. When crime writer Donald Langham's literary agent asks for his help in sorting out 'a delicate matter', little does Langham realize what he's getting himself into. For a nasty case of blackmail leads inexorably to murder as London's literary establishment is rocked by a series of increasingly bizarre deaths. With three members of the London Crime Writers' Association coming to sudden and violent ends, what at first appeared to be a series of suicides looks suspiciously like murder - and there seems to be something horribly familiar about the various methods of despatch. With the help of his literary agent's assistant, the delectable Maria Dupre, Langham finds himself drawing on the skills of his fictional detective hero as he hunts a ruthless and fiendishly clever killer - a killer with old scores to settle.
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner's troubled past is about to catch up with him in this intriguing mystery.
Grieving the death of his ex-lover Anna Barham, Detective Inspector Tom Mariner has taken two weeks' leave to recuperate, seeking peace and solitude in a remote corner of Wales. The last thing he imagined was being caught up in a murder investigation - with himself as the prime suspect. But when his walking holiday is interrupted by the discovery of a dead body in the woods, Tom finds the local police taking an inordinate interest in him and the reasons for his presence in the area.
As the body count rises, it becomes clear that there are a number of disturbing secrets being kept behind the closed doors of the ancient stone farmhouses that populate the region - and as those secrets gradually unravel, it turns out that Mariner isn't the only one to have come to the picturesque Caranwy valley to escape a troubled past.
The opening night of Christopher Marlowe's 'Tamburlaine' is marred by murder in this entertaining historical mystery.
March, 1587. Christopher Marlowe's play Tamburlaine, with the incomparable Ned Alleyn in the title role, has opened at the Rose Theatre, and a new era on the London stage is born.Yet the play is almost shut down on its opening night. For a member of the audience, Eleanor Merchant, lies dead, hit by a musket ball fired from the stage. The man with his finger on the trigger? A bit-part player named Will Shakespeare.
Marcus Corvinus investigates the murder of a prominent local politician in this intriguing mystery
December, AD39. While enjoying the Winter Festival holiday, Marcus Corvinus discovers that local politician Quintus Caesius has been discovered beaten to death at the rear entrance of the town brothel. Who would hate him enough to kill him? And what would a supposedly solid citizen be doing visiting the local brothel?
Alex Mavros takes on one of his strangest cases when he is asked to trace a man who has returned from the dead.
Wealthy jeweller Eliezer Samuel contacts PI Alex Mavros after his Uncle Aron is spotted in the streets of Thessaloniki in northern Greece: but that's impossible - Aron Samuel perished in Auschwitz sixty years before. Mavros's investigation will uncover tragic and terrible wartime secrets, resulting in devastating present-day consequences.
A rare local sighting of a Boreal Owl heralds a week of death and destruction for journalist Philip Dryden.
When a reader contacts local newspaper The Crow to report a rare sighting of the Boreal or so-called 'Funeral' owl, the paper's editor Philip Dryden has a sense of foreboding. For the Funeral Owl is said to be an omen of death.
It's already proving to be one of the most eventful weeks in The Crow's history. The body of a Chinese man has been discovered hanging from a cross in a churchyard in Brimstone Hill in the West Fens. The inquest into the deaths of two tramps found in a flooded ditch has unearthed some shocking findings. A series of metal thefts is plaguing the area. And PC Stokely Powell has requested Dryden's help in solving a ten-year-old cold case: a series of violent art thefts culminating in a horrifying murder.
As Dryden investigates, he uncovers some curious links between the seemingly unrelated cases: it would appear the sighting of the Funeral Owl is proving prophetic in more ways than one.