Sir Richard's family has spent years waiting for him to die, but despite his weak heart, the old man simply refuses to coopeate. In the meantime, he makes their lives miserable by changing his will every few months, depending on which of his strange brood he favors that moment. Now he calls them together to announce his most diabolical revision yet: complete disinheritance of all the wastrels who bear his name. But he never gets a chance to sign the papers - by morning, he's dead.
"A roller coaster ride of varying speeds"
Pigeonsford Estate is playing host to a group of close friends when one of their number, Grace Morland, is found dead in a ditch. The murder is made even more unusual by the fact that Grace was wearing her friend Francesca's hat, the same hat that only the day before she'd claimed she wouldn't be caught dead wearing. Inspector Cockrill has known most of the friends since they were children. They are all from good families and very close to one another; how, then, could one of them be a cold-blooded killer?
"Bored to tears"
Kuschelige Weihnachten? Von wegen! Mörder und Halunken machen keine Weihnachtsferien - und so haben auch Ermittler keine besinnlichen und erholsamen Feiertage. Sherlock Holmes spürt den Dieb eines Diamanten auf, der in einer Weihnachtsgans gefunden wurde, während Miss Marple vor dem prasselnden Kaminfeuer von einem Mord erzählt. Bei einem traditionellen Weihnachtsessen verschwindet ein Halsband.
The most unimaginable and relentless bouts of mischief abound as the Brown children turn their minds to breaking all the rules. But when the no-nonsense nanny Nurse Matilda arrives, with her very special kind of magic, things start to happen beyond everyone's widest expectations.
"Great beginning chapter book"
Few were disappointed when Raoul Vernet was found with his head bashed in, dead in a pool of his own blood. On vacation in England, the Belgian seducer comes to visit Matilda, an old flame from a few years before. She agrees despite suspicions that Vernet has been deploying his legendary charm on another member of the family: young Rosie, who has returned from her Swiss boarding school carrying a child. None of the family members were in the house when Raoul was killed, but all were within a fog-choked London mile.
Once, Nurse Matilda made Mr and Mrs Brown's children good and well-behaved, but now they are naughty again. So when the children go to stay with Great Aunt Adelaide in London, Nurse Matilda has to be called to the rescue....
"worth a listen"
Isabel Drew had done her best in life to live up to her nickname, Jezebel. Sadly, someone believes her efforts insufficient and helps her off the balcony of a theater castle tower. It was a seemingly impossible crime; the culprit escapes detection even though the act is committed before 11 knights on horseback and an entire audience of witnesses.
Juanita di Perli was a young woman when she decided to live the rest of her life on a table-top. She called it God's will, but for the order of nuns that sprang up around her, Juanita's devotion was a curse. For decades they did the bidding of the holy grouch, and the entire island of San Juan el Pirata sighed with relief when she died. Twenty years later, the islanders fight for Juanita's canonization - not because they liked her, but because a local saint would be a tourist boon. The only thing keeping the island poor is the Archduke, who refuses to ask Rome to consider Juanita for sainthood.
For 400 years, the squires of Aberdar have lorded over this gloomy patch of Wales. In Elizabethan times, the house burst with life, love, and intrigue, as gentlemen schemed endlessly in the shadow of the Virgin Queen’s court. But now the house is dark, populated only by two darling twins, their ghastly Belgian aunt, and their father, whose grief for their departed mother is too powerful to bear. Into this grim environment steps Miss Alys Tetterman, a bright young governess with a disfiguring scar and secrets of her own. As she undertakes the education of the girls, she learns there is a long history of twins at Aberdar manor - and of brides dying young.
Though history would remember her as the Marie Celeste, the ship’s name was Mary Celeste. She was a brig - square-rigged, 100 feet long, large enough for a crew of nine, and sturdy enough to cross the Atlantic and bring profits home to its masters - a beautiful ship that was destined for tragedy. On December 4, 1872, the Mary Celeste is found adrift off the coast of Portugal with cargo in her hold, food upon her tables, and half-written letters on her captain’s desk. But not a soul can be found on board. This mystery has puzzled maritime scholars for over a century. One woman knows the answers....
In this story from the popular Nurse Matilda series we see The Brown children have feigned illness and been taken to hospital but with Nurse Matilda running the show they have little chance of keeping up their antics for long.