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.
The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse
The 5th Duke of Portland had led an eccentric life as a recluse, shut up in the cavernous, empty rooms of Welbeck Abbey. In 1897, 20 years after his death, a Mrs Druce made an extraordinary claim that her father-in-law, Thomas Charles Druce, did not die in 1864 and she wanted his coffin opened: if, as rumour had it, Thomas Druce was in fact the 5th Duke, her son was heir to his millions. This book follows the legal contortions of the sensational ‘Druce-Portland case’.
Death Descends On Saturn Villa
While Sidney Grice, a Personal Detective in 1840s London, is away, his ward and would-be lady detective, 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 to unravel this baffling case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten long years after a murder and a suicide shocked the village of Elvet, new evidence comes to light that proves the innocence of the woman accused of the murder. The killer is still at large, and Vera Stanhope must reopen the investigation and jog villagers’ painful memories. Off-mint.