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.
Volume Five of The Cazalet Chronicles
As this fifth volume of The Cazalet Chronicles opens, the Cazalets' beloved matriarch is dying, and with her will go the last remnants of the old life of servants, class and tradition. The next generation of Cazalets is set to take over Home Place. The author provides a brief background for readers new to the Chronicles.
The First Murder
A Historical Mystery by the Medieval Murderers
When, in 1154, the first performance of The Play of Adam at Oseney Priory ends in tragedy, the playwright issues a grim warning for generations to come: 'beware the sins of envy and vainglory, else foul murder ends your story'. In four acts, a prologue and an epilogue, the Medieval Murderers trace Prior Wigod's curse, from medieval Oxfordshire to Surrey, 1944.
The Kingmaker's Daughter
The Cousins' War
Daughter of the most powerful noble in 15th-century England, Warwick the ‘Kingmaker’, Anne Neville finds herself alone, widowed at 14, fatherless and stripped of her inheritance. Even when she marries Richard of Gloucester – the future Richard III – danger follows her.
In 1453, Luca Vero, a member of the secret Order of Darkness tasked with searching out signs of the end of the world, finds himself and his companions, including Isolde, in a small harbour town where a children’s crusade would seem to have found a miracle. This is the second book in the Order of Darkness series. Young Adult
Volume Five of The Cazalet Chronicles
As this fifth volume of The Cazalet Chronicles opens, the Cazalets' beloved matriarch is dying, and with her will go the last remnants of the old life of servants, class and tradition. The next generation of Cazalets is set to take over Home Place. The author provides a brief background for readers new to the Chronicles. Slightly off-mint.
In the summer of 1546, Matthew Shardlake is unexpectedly summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen Catherine Parr. Her secret confessional book is missing and its contents, in the wrong hands, could destroy her. This is the 6th of Sansom's Shardlake series of thrilling mysteries.
The Angels of Lovely Lane
In 1953, five very different girls arrive at the nurses’ home in Lovely Lane, Liverpool, to start their training at St Angelus Hospital. They are still adapting to its rules and hierarchies when a girl is admitted after a botched back-street abortion and a tragedy begins to unfold.
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’.
The Throwaway Children
When Rosie and Rita’s father fails to return from the Second World War, ‘Uncle Jimmy’ moves in. Soon their mother, pregnant with his child, is persuaded to give up her little girls, not realizing it will be for good. Cast into a local orphanage, nine-year-old Rosie vows to look after her five-year-old sister, but will she be able to fulfil her promise once the pair find themselves shipped off to Australia? Off-mint.