When Louise Vaughn disappears on her way home from choir practice in the village of Feringham, her parents and their dear friend Norah are devastated. No trace of her is ever found. But, 12 years later, Detective Marsh rekindles the investigation and discovers that the family, including a spiteful and violent adopted brother, have something to hide.
No one would have been surprised if old Mrs. Ludlow were murdered, but when her housekeeper is the one who turns up dead, everyone assumes that the lethal drugs were intended for Mrs Ludlow. And Dr Patrick Grant thinks he can prove everyone wrong. . .
"very subtle and funny"
An idyllic cruise, a longed-for holiday to the Greek islands, a carefully planed school reunion....In this first-ever collection of her short fiction, including a new Patrick Grant story, Margaret Yorke provides a virtuoso display of her ability to extract unease, fear, and evil from everyday situations.
When Martin Trent rings home to announce his return from an assignment as a tour guide in Venice, Susan is filled with fear, a fear based on what has happened before, and her dread of further violence. Why does Susan put up with Martin's treatment? Though neighbours suspect what is going on, Susan covers her bruises with make-up and pretends that nothing is wrong and, despite everything, she loves Martin. But what is the truth about the relationship between Susan and Martin?
When her goddaughter is arrested, Isabel Vernon is startled to discover that the child of her memory has become an overweight, shaven-headed environmentalist and that Isabel herself is now regarded as Emily Frost's next of kin. Emily is then released on bail to the Vernons in the villlage of Fordswick. But her presence in the Vernons' house proves troubling, and is deepening the tensions already within it.
Daniel and Jennifer had bought a house together, and their friends assumed they would eventually marry. Then everything had changed. Stephanie stole Daniel from Jennifer. Confused, humiliated, and increasingly angry, Jennifer took to following Stephanie around London. Her obsessive love prompted her toward violent revenge. It would also lead to her coming under suspicion by the police, for a crime she did not commit.
"Delicious English Slice of Life Crime Story"
After serving ten years of a life sentence for murder, Stephen Dawes was released on licence to start a new life. But Stephen could not let the past bury itself; he alone knew he had not killed his wife Marcia. As Stephen set out to reconstruct Marcia's last hours, the time she must have spent plotting a suicide meant to look like murder, he gradually began to realize that nothing was as it had seemed, and that he was chasing a murderer himself...and putting his own life in jeopardy.
"An old story"
Philip Winter had been accused of rape. He knew he was innocent, a victim of his accuser’s paranoia when he had rejected her advances. The jury acquitted him, but neither his family nor his employers accept the verdict. Made a pariah in his own home, Philip disappears. Suicide is suspected and his wife accepts the solution with relief, but he is now part of the homeless society adrift with other outcasts.
The day that Jerry Hunt met Charlotte Frost was the day he decided to go straight. Jerry had been running a successful scam with his friend Pete, but something in Charlotte's smile made him take stock of his activities. He'd been to prison once and, Jerry decided, he wasn't going there again. In many ways, Charlotte, too, would like to pull away from her past.
When journalist Andrew Sherwood witnesses an assault on a woman, he is curious to find out more about her. Then she disappears. And, it transpires, Louise Widdows is on the run from a tyrannical husband and moves into a vacated cottage, trying to cover her tracks in case her husband tries to find her. Befriended by Andrew and his young son, Louise is drawn to the freedom so long denied, while Andrew is drawn to her by the mystery of her sudden flight and a secret he suspects she is hiding.
"Long dull disappointment"