A story of muffled menace and contained romance, framed by the pleasant hills of the West Country. Writer Ian Mackellar is increasingly obsessed with Julia Mellors, an unforthcoming woman and surrogate mother to her difficult and dangerous younger siblings, Beth and Charlie. As events unfold, near to an artificial 18th-century folly pool, it becomes clear that at least one of the children is as murderous as a sea serpent - but are they mad, or simply evil?
When archaeologist Dick Hawkins fails to return from a climbing holiday in Wales, his brother Mark pays a visit to the house in which he was staying to retrieve his belongings. It turns out to be the home of another archaeologist, Dr. Merrion, who has been working on the site of an old Cistercian abbey nearby. As Mark pokes around the woods surrounding Merrion's home, he can’t shake the feeling that something sinister has happened to his brother here, and becomes determined to get to the truth.
For the past 20 years, Ben Selby has been living alone and working away at an ordinary job; but before that, many years ago, he was part of a not-quite-legal band of mercenaries. When Peter Gaston, Selby’s former boss, turns up stabbed to death near his holiday cottage, Selby begins to wonder whether his death is related to the band’s last mission, in which priceless treason was lost at sea. Teaming up with Gaston’s widow, Selby heads back to the scene of the shipwreck: he for profit, she for revenge.
A vanishing corpse; a mistrustful policeman; a celebrated archaeologist and TV personality involved in the macabre rites of a primitive religious sect - these are just some of the dark ingredients of a novel whose every page is vibrant with menace.P. M. Hubbard has a disturbing talent for evoking terror in the most unlikely settings: in this case, a sleepy English village is shown to conceal a pit of horror, a terrifying nightmare world that destroys all who would uncover its secrets.
"Not Worth it!!"
Johnnie Slade harbours an obsessive love for fine glass objects, so his interest is piqued when he sees photographs of the fabulous Verzelini tazza in a magazine. He follows its trail and finds that someone may already have committed murder to get their hands on it. If, indeed, it ever existed. And what is the relevance of the entry in the dead man's diary that reads 'Dunstreet'? Johnnie finds out what it means - and he also finds Claudia.
Jake Haddon inherits a house from his uncle. On first viewing it seems innocuous enough, but as the story develops there is a mounting sense of doom. It is obvious that something horrific is going to happen, but not quite what or to whom. This tale of obsession has a pace and momentum that drag the listener to the end.
In the Scottish highlands, a secret is buried in a hillside, sought after by a villain and a pretty young lass. This is a primitive world of lairds and gangrels, in which the annual shooting of the hinds is an ecological imperative, and as man stalks beast, the narrator moves towards the completion of his own task. P M Hubbard is best known for the sixteen classic suspense novels he published between 1963 and 1979. Each is set in the British countryside and draws on the author’s own interests in country pursuits, folk religion and the works of Shakespeare.
While out for a short run in his sailing boat, machinery salesman Peter Grant runs aground on a small off-shore island; an uncharted piece of Scotland's west coast. A taciturn couple comes to his aid, but retired Commander Barlow is a man with a secret, and his wife Lettie is clearly afraid of something. A silent bond forms between Peter and Lettie, and as their touch-less, kiss-less passion deepens through erratic brief encounters, burly Barlow's trips across the tide-created causeway grow ever more compulsive….
In search of a country idyll, London couple Steve and Helen Anderson relocate to an isolated old house, near to the river Lod. Both are strangely drawn to the water, though stories circulate about the river's dangerously weak banks and powerful undertow. Stranger still is Helen's attraction to the forbidding village squire and local Casanova, Matthew Summers. Events come to a head when Helen almost drowns in the river, but it is Steve who needs to watch his back....
Against the backdrop of the daunting Scottish Highlands, young Kate tries to build a new life with her mild-mannered husband, who has taken a teaching position at the local boys’ school. The small glen is lairded by Macalister - young and attractive - with whom Kate becomes increasingly obsessed, and as she navigates the sinister gamekeeper, the hostile wife of the headmaster, and the gay sports instructor at the school, the revelation of dark secrets leads to a sudden and violent climax.
Mike Hurst has writer’s block. Depressed and obsessed to near immobility, he withdraws to a country cottage he mysteriously fled five years before. During his stay, he becomes involved again with the locals and old friends; including Christabel (now married) whom he once loved, and Lizz, whom he believes he could now love.…
Released from prison after serving a sentence for manslaughter, Curtis decides to drive through the West Country, returning by a roundabout route to the scene of the crime that landed him in jail. But it seems that he is still under surveillance, and when the mysterious yet genteel "Mr Matthews from Surbiton" confronts Curtis with questions about his victim’s last words - "high tide at..." - Curtis decides to investigate precisely what that phrase signifies.
By the time Jim Gilruth returns to Pakistan - 20 years after he served as a law officer in a small village near Lahore - colonial rule has given way to Pakistani officialdom. Jim’s strange and enigmatic mission is painfully involved in the brutal clash of the old and the new - but why he has been chosen as the instrument of coercion remains a mystery. Then the details of a half-forgotten murder that Jim adjudicated long ago begin to come back....
From the church of St. Udan's rises The Tower, threatening collapse unless a large sum can be raised to repair it. In its shadow, the brooding, macabre figure of Old Liberty, fire-and-brimstone vicar, rages against robust and clever George Hardcastle, humanist and self-styled 'antichrist', while between them wavers diminutive enchanting Mary Garstin, wearing her wealth and position uneasily.
Millie Trent, the toast - or scandal, according to some points of view - of a West Country sailing resort, is found drowned. The verdict is accidental death, although no one seems to know when or why she ended up in the sea. Paul Mycroft, despite his determination not to let the affair spoil his family holiday, finds himself drawn into an enquiry that begins by providing a startling diversity of views on Millie's character and ends by involving him in unexpected danger.
Gifford knows that he must get away: London, his office job, his suburban home and his older wife have become unendurable. When he is offered the job of handyman on a remote island, Gifford is happy to accept; but once there, doubts begin to creep in. What became of his predecessor, Mackie? And what secret lies inside the power house, which he has been forbidden to enter? There is a dreadful mystery behind the isolated community on the island, and Gifford comes to realise that his own safety depends on remaining ignorant of the truth: that Mackie disappeared because he knew too much.