Jenny Corvill is determined to relinquish the reins of the prosperous waterside mill in Galashiels to her new husband, Ronald Armstrong, and enjoy life as a young bride. But soon her plans begin to be disrupted by her frivolous sister-in-law, Lucy, who leaps at an opportunity to set up a second home in London. There, she can frequent the most fashionable drawing-rooms - and cast her eye over the handsomest men.
When the ex-Queen Nicoletta of Hirtenstein, Gregory's redoubtable grandmother, summons him to Rome, he is powerless to refuse. She is redecorating the villa of an Italian politician, Signor Ardicci. A Russian painting, belonging to Signor Ardicci's opera-singer wife Rini, has disappeared. It appears that the value of the artwork lies in the diamond frame that Rini had made for it. But before long, Greg realises the goings-on at Villa Stefani are more complex and frightening than they at first appear....
What could be more glamorous than a week-long birthday party on a Greek millionaire's island? But ex-Crown Prince Gregory of Hirtenstein soon begins to worry that something strange is going on. The birthday girl, Elissa Paroskolos, seems almost out of her mind, her husband is overly protective, and Gregory's girlfriend, Liz, is scared.
It is mid-19th century Scotland and the weaving industry is booming. Thanks to the patronage of young Queen Victoria and her consort, all things tartan are the height of fashion. One day, young Jenny Corvill steals towards the royal household. Cradled in her arms is a parcel of cloth she knows will impress the royal couple and establish her father's wares in the forefront of the weaving industry. But many pitfalls lie ahead for this independent young woman, including the charming Captain Prentiss.
Jenny Armstrong, mistress of the thriving Corvill and Son weaving business, returns to her native Scotland determined to achieve prosperity and comfort for her reunited family. But the death of her brother Ned brings disruption and harm.
In London to organise a series of concerts for the Spitalfields Festival, Greg Crowne has befriended a pretty Polish countess, Marcelina. So when Marcelina is found dead behind the rolling stacks in the Museum of Music Heritage, Greg is inevitably drawn into the police investigation. It emerges that Marcelina had been sent to England by an elderly relative, Estelle Wiaroz, to buy a lost musical manuscript.
A woman finds her loyalties are divided when a team of developers hired by her father are given the task of demolishing a block of Georgian townhouses in York. She feels she should support her father, but she is also a big fan of architectural conservation. She faces a choice between compromising her principles and following the man she loves.
One of her clients is the eccentric Moorfield family who live in a rambling Victorian mansion called Ashgrove. Olivia soon realises why none of her employees want to clean regularly for the unusual family. Vivienne, the matriarch, is impossibly spoilt and demanding. Roseanne, her daughter-in-law is a hippy, obsessed by her guru of the moment; Vivienne's daughter Angela has a perpetual hangover and little Primrose seems forgotten by her father Brenton.