Death Comes to Lynchester Close
Lord Francis Powerscourt is approached by the Bishop of Lynchester, who has suspicions about the death of a Cathedral Close resident. When a prospective new tenant is poisoned, Powerscourt’s investigation uncovers a trail of corruption leading to the cathedral itself.
Death Descends On Saturn Villa
While Sidney Grice, a Personal Detective in 1880s London, is away, his goddaughter March Middleton accepts an invitation from a long-lost uncle to visit Saturn Villa and then – apparently – murders him. Grice must return to Gower Street, rescue March and unravel the baffling mystery.
Die of Shame
Five people and a therapist meet every Monday evening to talk about addiction, then one of them is killed. It’s clear that a group member is responsible, but DI Nicola Tanner’s investigation hits a wall – the strict confidentiality of the circle and suspects inured to denial and deception.
In a collection of short stories described by James Crawford as ‘a tribute to two of our nation’s greatest assets – our crime writing and our built heritage’, twelve of Scotland’s top crime writers, among them Lin Anderson, Val McDermid , Gordon Brown and Ann Cleeves, weave plots of murder and mystery around structures including a 5,000-year-old burial cairn, Bothwell Castle and the Forth Bridge.
Now We Are Dead
Inspired by his mugging-up on Winnie the Pooh for Celebrity Mastermind, Stuart McBride describes his book as ‘the story of what happens to Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel after she was caught being Very, Very Naughty in In the Cold Dark Ground’. Now, the man she was accused of fitting up is freed and back on the streets of Aberdeen – but Roberta knows he is guilty.
The Blood Road
Now working in Professional Standards and policing fellow officers, Logan McRae must investigate the death of DI Bell after his body is found in the driver’s seat of a crashed car – although Bell died, and they buried him two years previously. The deeper McRae digs into his former colleague’s past, the more sinister the case becomes.
DCI Karen Pirie happens to be nearby when a body is unearthed along with someone’s long-buried inheritance in the Highlands. At first, the victim is assumed to belong to the distant past; then new evidence suggests otherwise. Nothing is as it seems and Karen is called in to unravel the mystery.
Police Dog Heroes
The first dogs to work with the British Transport Police, at Hull docks in 1907, were trained to protect uniformed police to the extent that they would growl when their handlers wore civilian clothes. Including first-hand accounts, this review of the use of dogs by the force tells over 40 stories of canine heroism, including their actions at major incidents such as the Lockerbie bombing and the 2005 London terror attacks.
The Janissary Tree
Istanbul 1836: ten years after the Janissaries, the Sultan’s elite guard, had been disbanded and slaughtered, men from the New Guard go missing; while in the palace, a young concubine has been murdered. These first, mysterious cases for Yashim, the eunuch detective, are read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged. 4 CDs: 4hrs