Scotland Yard Superintendent Perry Trethowan is enjoying a vacation evening at a cosy Yorkshire pub when an old woman shows him an original, unpublished Bronte manuscript. Trethowan agrees to engage in a little literary detective work, but he doesn’t realise that for a criminal the manuscript is motive for theft, torture - and murder.
This unique murder mystery is both a penetrating analysis of a decaying social class and a deeply moving personal story of two men: Peter Proctor, recently retired as a senior British cabinet minister, and Timothy Wycliffe, a young aristocrat who was bludgeoned to death more than 30 years ago. Once close friends, their relationship had gradually faded; even Wycliffe's shocking murder caused relatively little impact on his friends and the national press, who were distracted that week by more momentous events.
"Not typical but the only one available"
Meet the cast of Jubilee Terrace, one of the most popular soap operas on British television. Recently, however, long-standing cast member Vernon Watts, died suddenly of a heart attack. Terrible as his death was, the production team was quick to make the most of the opportunity.
"His best book for a long time"
Eve is dealing with the sad minutiae after her mother’s death - the funeral, packing up the house and responding to the pile of condolence letters - when she makes a surprising discovery. One letter throws a new light upon her mother, a woman she never fully knew, and prompts Eve to investigate further. It causes Eve to set out on an unexpected journey, on a path leading into the past and around the world.
How far would a child go to rid himself of a despised parent? Or a man of the cloth to be elected pope? From murderous ministers and conniving cardinals to the dark imagination of a schoolboy and the suspicions of an ageing Mr Mozart, this unique collection of Robert Barnard’s short stories takes you on a trail of murder, mystery and intrigue.
Sarah Jane Fearing, the sole offspring of a father who desperately wants a male heir, has grown up in the imposing rural mansion of one of England’s most influential banking families. At the centre of Sarah’s world stands her charming, generous uncle Frank, the only relative who seems to have escaped the straitjacket of ponderous respectability that so effectively stifles the Fearing family.
"undramatic but beautifully read"
Kit Philipson has always felt like something of a stranger in his family. Growing up as an only child in Glasgow, he had every advantage. His mother was a teacher; his father, a journalist, escaped from Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransports. But on her deathbed, Kit’s mother tells him he was adopted and his birth name was Novello. Soon, vague memories of his early life begin to surface, some good some bad.