The 30th outing for Harpur & Iles - Colin Harpur and his boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, uncovered an unpalatable truth: there is corruption in the ranks.
Good detective work allowed the pair to arrest and charge a fellow policeman, who murdered an undercover officer in an attempt to keep a crook-police racket secret. But their work is not yet done. Who ordered the execution? Why? Just how high did the conspiracy go? And - and most importantly - does the crooked power group behind the assassin still flourish?
To celebrate the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Jubilee, a collection of original stories from distinguished members of the CWA.
An eclectic collection of short stories from the following members of the CWA:
SIMON BRETT ANN CLEEVES LIZA CODY LINDSEY DAVIS MARTIN EDWARDS RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS CHRISTOPHER FOWLER JOHN HARVEY - CWA Short Story Dagger Winner 2014 DAVID HEWSON ALISON JOSEPH PETER LOVESEY CLAIRE McGOWAN MICHAEL RIDPATH PETER ROBINSON CATH STAINCLIFFE ANDREW TAYLOR CHARLES TODD MARGARET YORKE
Romance, tragedy and family intrigue - fans of Downton Abbey will love this compelling tale from a best-selling storyteller.
1891: The rich, aristocratic Fairbairn family have occupied Lochlee Castle in Argyllshire for the past five hundred years, and the current head of the family, the Earl of Rothbury, along with his wife, sons and daughters, all seem set for a happy future, until they fall victim to a wicked curse. Soon it seems the whole family is doomed, with tragedy and heartbreak around every corner. Can the surviving Fairbairns show bravery in adversity and carve out happy and successful lives, against all odds?
A century-old crime menaces the present in this spine-tingling tale of supernatural suspense.
Antiques dealer Nell West is valuing the contents of her late husband Brad's childhood home, Stilter House. Set on the remote Derbyshire Peaks, there was once a much older property there, in which the notorious Isobel Acton committed a vicious crime. Warned against visiting the house by an elderly aunt of Brad's, Nell hears mysterious piano music soon after her arrival. It becomes clear that the music is tangled with Isobel Acton's macabre fate more than a hundred years earlier. A fate whose consequences still menace the present.
How a humble Devon knight became a king's coroner: the thrilling prequel to the perennially popular Crowner John medieval mystery series.
1192. Returning from the Holy Land at the end of the Third Crusade with Richard the Lionheart, King of England, Sir John de Wolfe, a Devon knight, finds England simmering with rebellion. Discovering a body washed up on the shores of the River Exe, its throat cut, Sir John deduces that he was a king's courier. Tasked by Hubert Walter, the Chief Justiciar, to find out why the man died and who killed him, Sir John de Wolfe finds himself drawn unwillingly into affairs of state. His new career as a king's coroner is about to begin...
"Fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers will enjoy Jeanne Dams' very traditional British cozies" - Booklist
Dorothy Martin and her husband are invited to join their friends Nigel and Inga at a Welsh music festival, where they will be performing. But when a tragic accident takes the life of one of the choir, Dorothy and Alan find themselves in the midst of an investigation as tumultuous, passionate and complicated as any opera.
A devastating tragedy still looms over Adam's family years later - can he find the answers to unresolved questions?
What happened in the Lake District twenty-six years ago that resulted in a family being torn apart? An old tragedy, still unresolved, brings together estranged brother and sister Adam and Kirsty, who try to solve it despite their relatives' objections.
A perplexing new mystery for Libertus set amongst the backdrop of a Roman Britain in turmoil at the death of the Emperor . . .
Libertus accepts a contract to install a pavement for Genialis, a self-important citizen from a nearby town, in the house of the customer's intended but unwilling and young bride, Silvia. However, the winter is exceptionally severe, and although the mosaic is laid in time to earn the promised bonus, Genialis goes missing in the snow before payment can be made.
Meanwhile, at an important feast, the sacrifice is spoiled as an aged priest lets go of the sacrificial ram - and when news arrives that the Emperor is dead, it seems that these dark omens are being realised. The subsequent discovery of not one, but two mutilated corpses only adds to this. Who holds the answer to the mysteries? Everyone had motive; Libertus attempts to solve the mystery against a backdrop of superstitious fear of auguries, and public riots following the confirmation of the Emperor's death
Jim Rook gets the shock of his life when he returns for a new semester to find something more than unpleasant in his classroom.
Jim Rook, remedial English teacher and psychic, knows it's going to be a bad day. He nearly runs over someone dressed entirely in black - but why did they walk right in the middle of the college driveway? And who just walks off into the fog after nearly being run over? But when a splash of blood appears on a questionnaire Jim realizes that his day isn't going to be merely bad: it's going to be the day from hell. Perhaps quite literally . . .
"Medieval mystery fans have cause for rejoicing with the return of Brother Athelstan" Booklist on Bloodstone.
January, 1381. Guests of the Regent, John of Gaunt, Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston have been attending a mystery play performed by the Straw Men, Gaunt's personal acting troupe, when the evening's entertainment is rudely interrupted by the sudden, violent deaths of two of Gaunt's VIP guests, their severed heads left on stage. The Regent orders Athelstan to find out who committed such a heinous act, leading Athelstan to tackle his most baffling case yet.