Miss Hawkins looked at her watch. It was two thirty. If everything went according to schedule, she could safely reckon to be dead by six o’clock. But by the day’s end, events have taken a dramatic turn and Miss Hawkins is sentenced to live. Forcibly retired, she is presented with a five-year diary. Programmed since childhood to total obedience, Miss Hawkins slavishly follows her diary’s commands until the impossible happens - she meets a man.
"Rubens Has a Wicked Sense of Humour"
At "The Hollyhocks" old people's home, the inhabitants are "waiting for the scythe". But while they are waiting...Lady Celia is running a blackmailing business, Mr Cross keeps a tally of fellow residents' deaths on the back of his wardrobe, and then there is the rabid old Scots nationalist, and Mrs Green, a woman with a mysterious past. Hardly surprising in this environment that Mrs Bellamy decides she can't take any more and slits her throat.
"I can see lots more Rubens in my future"
The Killer’s modus operandi was the same in each instance: Strangulation, always with a guitar string pulled tight from behind until life is extinct. And though the murders are taking place up and down the country, there is one other similarity that Inspector Wilkins can’t help noticing: Each and every victim is a psychotherapist. Donald Dorricks is on a mission. Nine psychotherapists to go and his crusade is over. Yet even after giving himself up and confessing to the killings, he still protests his innocence.
1947: One year before the Israeli war of independence and Palestine is still under the British Mandate. However, young Israelis are flocking to the leadership of Menachim Begin and his Irgun terrorist movement in an attempt to overthrow their rulers. Two British sergeants have been kidnapped by the Irgun.
"It’s gone so quickly,” Annie said. “I think that life speeds up as it reaches its end. I’m praying for time to remember.” Milwaukee. Is it a place? A person? Or the painful memory of a night to forget? It could be any of them. For Mary, it is the name of her father. For Annie, her mother, it is an anonymous American GI. For her grandmother, it is a place in Wisconsin and an opportunity for revenge. Each clings to her illusions, and the result is an explosion of lies that fragments and destroys a family.
Sir Alfred Dreyfus, eminent headmaster of one of the greatest schools in England, is found guilty of a heinous crime. When Sam Temple, literary agent, visits Dreyfus in prison with a proposal for a book, he finds a man sunk beyond despair. Dreyfus begins, reluctantly, the appalling narrative of his betrayal; as he proceeds, he must also confront his own guilt for a lifetime’s denial of his Jewish origins.