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A Cold Treachery
Bantam, Jan 2005, 25.00, 384 pp. ISBN: 0553803492 In December 1919 in wintry Urksdale, England someone murders five members of the Elcott family, three of them children, in their home. Paul Elcott discovers the grisly remains of his kin, but in his horror he fails to realize that ten year old Josh escaped the brutality. Inspector Greeley assumes the lad is dead as Dr. Jarvis stated that the killings occurred two days ago. Greeley requests help...
A Fearsome Doubt
Bantam, Oct 2002, 24.95, 304 pp. ISBN 0553801805 Seven years ago, Ian Rutledge was the policeman responsible for sending Ben Shaw to the hangman for killing three elderly, bedridden women. Ian left police work to fight in France during World War I, but what he saw in the trenches almost destroyed him. He came back shell-shocked, guilt ridden and broken with his only grip on sanity being his work at Scotland Yard. His belief in himself as a g...
A Test of Wills
Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, has returned to the force at the end of the First World War. In 1919 England was thankful for the end of war, the return of their men and was beginning to rebuild the society that had been interrupted. But as Rutledge well knows, nothing will be the same and there is a sense of loss in England. Rutledge has returned from the war shell-shocked, numb and with the ever present voice of Hamish MacLeod whispering in h...
The Murder Stone
Bantam, Nov 2003, 24.95, 480 pp. ISBN 0553903484 Although her parents were killed in a traffic accident when she was still a baby Francesca Hatton had a very happy childhood growing up in the River's End estate in the isolated Exe Valley in England. Her five male cousins also lost their parents at a very early age and grew up at River's End where Frances Hatton raised all six grandchildren as one big happy family. That happiness dissipated as...

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Watchers Of Time
Bantam, Nov 2001, 24.95, 339 pp. ISBN: 0553801791 In September 1919 in Osterly, Herbert Baker is near death from congestive heart failure. Instead of demanding the appearance of his Vicar, Herbert asks for Father James to talk to him in private. The kind Father visits Herbert though they are of different religions. Not long afterward, Herbert dies. Father James never seems quite the same after his deathbed visit. A few weeks later, an as...


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