Painting the Darkness: A Novel #ad - On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, thirty-four-year-old husband and father William Trenchard sits quietly at home when the creak of the garden gate announces the arrival of a mysterious visitor. Painting the darkness has all the ingredients of a first-class melodrama . . . Engaging and satisfying. The times london “it explodes into action so that the reader is hooked by the time he reaches the third page.
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Death in Devon: A County Guides MysteryWitness Impulse #ad - But when the trio arrive they discover that a boy has died in mysterious circumstances. Was it an accident or was it murder?Join Morely, Sefton, and Miriam on another adventure into the dark heart of 1940s England. Morley’s daughter, and his assistant, Miriam, Stephen Sefton, pack up the Lagonda for a trip to the English Riviera.
Death in Devon: A County Guides Mystery #ad - Love miss marple? adore holmes and watson? professor morley’s guide to devon is a story of bygone England; quaint villages, sets off for Devon to continue his history of England, eccentric locals—and murder…Swanton Morely, the People’s Professor, The County Guides. A must-read for fans of sir arthur conan doyle, Agatha Christie, there’ll be plenty of murder, mystery, and Charles Todd, and mayhem to confound.
Morely has been invited to give the Founder’s Day speech at All Souls School in Rousdon.
Days Without NumberMysterious Press #ad - Nick paleologus, a coolly efficient Englishman, is summoned home to resolve a dispute that threatens to tear his family apart. Their desperate efforts to conceal the truth drag them into a deadly conflict with an unseen and unknown enemy. But the hunt involves excavating a terrible secret from their father’s past.
Goddard has penned a real Byzantine-inspired head scratcher of a novel. Bookreporter. Com. Soon, nick realizes the only chance they have of escaping their persecutor’s trap is to hunt this ruthless adversary down. Soon the stalemate between nick’s siblings and their father is tragically broken, and only then do they discover why their father was bound to protect the house at all costs.
Days Without Number #ad - Days without number is classic Robert Goddard: intricately plotted, richly detailed, and suspenseful to the very last page. Secret upon secret is uncovered . . . The literary equivalent of a Russian doll puzzle. His father, michael, is a retired archaeologist and supposed descendent of the last Emperors of Byzantium.
And once that secret is known, nothing will ever be the same again.
Sea ChangeMysterious Press #ad - Then, barely surviving an attempt on his own life, Spandrel discovers that he is the prime suspect in the murder—and a pawn in a dangerous game. An international thriller set in eighteenth-century Europe by the “master of the clever twist” and acclaimed author of the James Maxted series The Sunday Telegraph.
Sea Change #ad - William spandrel, a penniless mapmaker, is offered a rare chance to clear his debts. But determining who that is will be a deadly challenge . . . A picaresque tale of high adventure and low intrigue . . . The historical period is vividly conjured up and the narrative flows effortlessly . . . Engrossing storytelling of a very high order.
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An Unquiet Ghost Mina Scarletti MysterySapere Books #ad - Her descriptions of Brighton are so sharp and vivid you can smell and taste the city on every page. Peter james, author of dead like you‘Linda Stratmann has provided an indomitable heroine in Mina Scarletti’ - promotingcrime. Blogspot. Com‘the novel is perfect for those who enjoy a victorian atmosphere … it is thoughtful, well-characterised and thought-provoking’ - Historical Novel Society‘Linda Stratmann is happily feeding the unquenchable thirst for Victorian crime fiction’ - www.
Crimefictionlover. Com‘a must for anyone intrigued by the fascination that spiritualism held for the victorian middle class society that linda stratmann evokes so well in her fictional account of the psychic search for a murderer’ David Field, author of The Gaslight StalkerTHE MINA SCARLETTI MYSTERY SERIES:BOOK ONE: Mr Scarletti's GhostBOOK TWO: The Royal GhostBOOK THREE: An Unquiet GhostBOOK FOUR: The Ghost at Hollow House.
Twenty years ago, their alcoholic grandfather died in his bed and since then rumours have been circulating that someone in the family murdered him. Desperate to find out the truth, they have decided to seek out a medium to communicate with their grandfather, and they want Mina to help them find one who is genuine.
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Past CaringDelta #ad - His life ruined by scandal, martin holds in his hands the leather-bound journal of another ruined man, former British cabinet minister Edwin Strafford. What’s more, in 1910, martin is being offered a job—to return to England and investigate the rise and fall of Strafford, an ambitious young politician whose downfall, is as mysterious as the strange deaths that still haunt his family.
Martin is intrigued by strafford’s story, by the man’s overwhelming love for a beautiful suffragette, by her inexplicable rejection of him and their love affair’s political repercussions. Suddenly martin, cares desperately—about a man’s mysterious death and a family’s terrible secret, who has not cared for many people in his life, about a love beyond reckoning and betrayal beyond imagining.
Past Caring #ad - . Most of all martin cares because the story he is uncovering is not yet over—and among the men and women still caught in its web, Martin himself may be the most vulnerable of all…. But as he retraces strafford’s ruination, Martin realizes that Strafford did not fall by chance; he was pushed. At a lush villa on the sun-soaked island of Madeira, Martin Radford is given a second chance.
The Corners of the Globe The James Maxted Thrillers Book 2Mysterious Press #ad - Second in the world wide trilogy—“a sophisticated spy story with serious historical chops” from the Edgar Award–winning author of The Ways of the World Kirkus Reviews. Any mistake in max’s mission would be fatal—and not just for him. Traveling to scotland’s remote orkney Islands to collect a mysterious file, Max must keep his true allegiances in mind—and pray his cover isn’t blown.
With the germans about to enter the peace negotiations, the need for reconciliation among nations is greater than ever. As diplomats debate the aftermath of wwi at the versailles peace conference, Royal Flying Corps veteran–turned–double agent James “Max” Maxted has just received his first mission from his new boss—and sworn enemy—legendary German spy Fritz Lemmer.
The Corners of the Globe The James Maxted Thrillers Book 2 #ad - Paris, 1919. Tense action and clever dialogue . . . History buffs and fans of period thrillers . . . Will appreciate Goddard’s attention to detail. Publishers weekly “Tremendous fun.
The City of ShadowsAvon #ad - Stefan and hannah trace the evidence all the way across Europe to Danzig. In a strange city where the nazi party are gaining power, Stefan and Hannah are inching closer to the truth and soon find themselves in grave danger…. Longlisted for the cwa john creasy new blood dagger award 2013 and shortlisted for CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award 2014‘She looked up at the terraced house, with the closed shutters and the big room at the end of the long unlit corridor where the man who smiled too much did his work.
The City of Shadows #ad - She climbed the steps and knocked on the door…’dublin 1934: Detective Stefan Gillespie arrests a German doctor and encounters Hannah Rosen desperate to find her friend Susan, a Jewish woman who had become involved with a priest, and has now disappeared. When the bodies of a man and woman are found buried in the Dublin mountains, it becomes clear that this case is about more than a missing person.
Angela Marchmont Mysteries: Books 4-6 The Riddle at Gipsy's Mile, The Incident at Fives Castle, The Imbroglio at the Villa Pozzi An Angela Marchmont MysteryMount Street Press #ad - Who is she, and what was she doing out there in the middle of nowhere? The search for answers will take Angela from a grand stately home to London’s most fashionable—and disreputable—nightclub, and into a murky world of illegal drinking, jazz music and lost souls. The incident at fives castle book 5it is hogmanay, the scottish seat of the Earl of Strathmerrick, and Angela Marchmont is at Fives Castle, to see in the start of 1928.
But when she finds out that the foreign secretary, the American Ambassador and the Head of British Intelligence are also among the guests, Angela begins to suspect that something momentous is afoot. But what starts out as a minor matter swiftly becomes more serious when one of the residents in question is found dead in the beautiful gardens of his home, having apparently committed suicide.
Angela Marchmont Mysteries: Books 4-6 The Riddle at Gipsy's Mile, The Incident at Fives Castle, The Imbroglio at the Villa Pozzi An Angela Marchmont Mystery #ad - Seduced by the heady sights and scents of the italian lakes, and distracted by an unexpected encounter with an old adversary who seems bent on provoking her, Angela sets out to find out the truth of the affair and resume her journey to Venice before she forgets herself and loses her head—and her heart.
. Before long, they are all snowed in and a body is discovered, and Angela soon finds suspicion directed against herself. The imbroglio at the villa pozzi book 6while holidaying in italy, angela marchmont is persuaded to postpone her trip to Venice and go to Stresa instead, to investigate a pair of spiritualists who are suspected of defrauding some of the town’s English residents out of their money.
Into the Blue Harry Barnett Book 1Delta #ad - Had me utterly spellbound. What happened to young, a man steeped in failure has found a purpose, beautiful Heather Mallender? Who took her—and why didn’t Harry realize that something was amiss? Suddenly, retracing the strange, twisting route that led to Heather’s vanishing. It’s the storyteller as magician; we only see what he wants us to see, when he wants us to see it.
Into the Blue Harry Barnett Book 1 #ad - Washington post book world “A cracker, twisting, turning and exploding with real skill. Daily mirror “Impossible to put down. Praise for into the Blue“Cracking good literature entertainment. Until harry finds himself at the heart of a dangerous puzzle whose pieces are scattered everywhere: in the realm of British politics, in the beds of adulterous lovers, in the past, and most of all, the present, amid the secrets of a killer.
A wonderful storyteller. Yorkshire Post. But the more he learns, the less he knows. A sudden disappearance.