Not One Of Us
Lizzie Rees seems to have died of natural causes, but her mother is not convinced. Coroner Harry Probert-Lloyd finds himself drawn into the mystery despite struggling with blindness and the threat of bankruptcy in this fourth novel in the Teifi Valley Coroner series, set in 19th-century Wales.
Slaughter in the Sapperton Tunnel
Railway Detective 18
Volume eighteen in Marston’s popular mystery series is set on the Victorian railways. When a bizarre blockage in a Gloucestershire Tunnel causes havoc, the rail operator is convinced it is a personal attack against him, and Inspector Colbeck is summoned to investigate.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Set in 16th century Italy this novel explores the themes of identity, perception and appearance through the story of Flavia, whose prominent birthmark causes her to be exiled to a convent where she becomes the personal servant to a cruel and beautiful mistress. Slightly off-mint.
Set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, Scott’s famous novel tells the story of the young, romantic English officer Edward Waverley. Posted to Dundee, he befriends a Highland Jacobite chieftain named Fergus MacIvor, falls in love with Fergus’s sister Flora and renounces his former loyalties to support the Scots fighting against Union with England. Read by David Rintoul. Unabridged.
In Lancashire in 1612, with the Pendle witch trials looming, the mistress of Gawthorpe Hall is 17-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth who, after three stillbirths, is pregnant again and desperate for herself and her child to survive. A chance encounter with Alice Gray, a young midwife who promises to help her, brings hope – if Alice can escape the witch-hunt.
The Murder of Harriet Monckton
Elizabeth Haynes has woven this Victorian whodunnit around the coroner's report and witness statements to the unsolved murder of a woman in Kent in 1843. Heavily pregnant when she was poisoned, a potential suitor, a fellow teacher and a former landlord are all suspects.
A King’s Commander
An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure
When Captain Horatio Nelson countermands orders and pursues an enemy division, the rakish Captain Lewrie, having been promoted following the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, gets dragged into the action before facing the Nore and Spithead mutinies, and an old enemy.
An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure
Commander Lewrie is dispatched to the Adriatic to intercept the French ships supplying Napoleon's armies. The four-ship squadron the HMS Jester has joined emerges victorious from the first few skirmishes, but the dire need for reinforcements soon becomes clear.
The Great Adventure Collection
Tracking Magua with Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans; travelling into the Heart of Darkness in search of Kurtz; or entering an extinct volcano on a Journey to the Centre of the Earth ... This set of eight novels could be described as the A-list of adventure stories: the other five are The Man Who Would Be King, Robinson Crusoe, The Odyssey, Gulliver’s Travels and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a ninth book is a journal to record your own exploits.
In this bestselling thriller set in 1941 Tom Wilde is assigned to his deadliest mission yet – to smuggle a package out of Germany that will ensure the fall of the Third Reich. Deep behind enemy lines he discovers the truth about the task. As the enemy pursue him across Europe he becomes convinced that the secret he has risked his life for should remain hidden, even if that means betraying his country.
A Very Private Life
For 50 years, the novelist Patrick O’Brian lived with his wife Mary Tolstoy in southern France, writing his best-selling Aubrey-Maturin series of naval adventures. Based on personal experience as well as notebooks, letters and photographs, his stepson recreates that period and addresses the revelations about O’Brian’s true identity, including a previously abandoned family, that troubled the reclusive author’s last years.
Where My Heart Used to Beat
A well-established psychiatrist, his curiosity piqued by a letter from a First World War veteran, goes to visit the very aged neurologist on his secluded French island, and unleashes his own bottled-up memories of the Second World War and the fleeting love of his life. American-cut pages.
Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru
In this reimagined mystery, Poe and his fictional detective Dupin are friends who solve crimes together. Among anti-immigrant upheaval in Philadelphia in 1844, they are mystified by the arrival of a package of mummified bird parts and a young heiress in distress.
We Must Be Brave
As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. When an unaccompanied child arrives in Upton, local woman Ellen volunteers to take her in until she can be reunited with her parents, but as the war progresses, the days turn to years. Slightly off-mint.
Wartime for the District Nurses
After their first year as district nurses in East London, Alice and Edith struggle to cope, and this second novel in the series follows them as rationing takes hold and the Blitz escalates. Now they have to deal with the aftermath while facing up to their own emotional problems.
A Different Kind of Evil
Agatha Christie becomes the investigator in Wilson’s historical thriller: while aboard a ship bound for the Canary Islands in 1927, and under instructions from the British Secret Service to investigate an agent’s mysterious death in Tenerife, she witnesses a young heiress falling from the ship. Was it suicide or murder? Agatha must use her crime writer’s talents to link the two deaths and outwit the perpetrator.
Blackberry and Wild Rose
When Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel, she is too preoccupied with her passion for silk design to notice Sara's disgruntled attitude to her new role as lady's maid. Before long, a toxic mix of ambition and betrayal taints everyone living in the elegant house in Spitalfields.
My Name is Red
In 16th-century Istanbul, the Sultan commissions a great book celebrating his life and empire, to be illustrated in the European style. Then one of the painters is murdered. Questions arise as to whether the motive was artistic rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror. Read by John Lee. Unabridged
The Three Musketeers
The adventures of d'Artagnan and his dare-devil companions, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, amid the intrigues of the French ancien régime, was a sensation when it first appeared in 1844 and has never lost its swashbuckling appeal. This abridged version is published in the Macmillan Collector’s Library. Gilt-edged pages and silk marker.
A Novel Without a Hero
With the Napoleonic Wars as backdrop, Thackeray's great satire of materialistic society follows the fortunes of two young ladies from Miss Pinkerton's Academy: the orphaned, penniless, yet ruthless Becky Sharp; and Amelia Sedley, her less worldly friend, brought up in comfort and wealth and destined for neither. Slightly off-mint.