It took three tortured days in 1876 for Charles Bravo to die from the poison that burned its way through his body. The subsequent investigation revealed many people with a grudge against the young barrister. The dramatic inquest was covered in sensational detail by the press, but no one was convicted of his murder. Over a century later, James Ruddick draws on new evidence to solve one of the most famous murders in criminal history.
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On June 6th 2004, in a quiet suburb of Riyadh, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were filming a programme on al-Qaeda when they were ambushed by Islamic gunmen. Simon was killed outright. Frank was shot and lay pleading for his life. A figure pumped four more bullets into his body at point blank range. Against all the odds, he survived. This is the remarkable account of his agonising journey to where he is today.
Lukas has been apprenticed to work for Emperor Rudolph II. The reclusive emperor collects wonders from around the world, all crammed into four rooms. Not everyone is charmed by his eccentricity though, and when a group of diplomats arrives, sent by the King of Spain, Lukas senses danger. But if he is to protect the great Bohemian from tyranny Lukas must first learn the true meaning of trust, honour and friendship.
Research biologist, Piers Egerton, has been working on a top-secret project for a number of years and has finally realised it is something he wants no part of. But the people he works for think he knows too much. Lee Barber is a train driver, whose career is seemingly ruined through one simple error. Frustrated and desperate, the two strangers are thrown into each other’s paths at a pivotal moment. As Thames Valley Serious Crimes Squad, headed by Mike Yeadings, investigates the disappearance of one of the men, grim secrets of national importance emerge.
Three terrific stories following the fantastical adventures of Free Lance, a mercenary knight. When we meet Free Lance, he is down on his luck. So it seems good news when the local lord wants him to recover an enchanted crown from the Lake of Skulls.
When Connor starts creating a map of an imaginary world for his school project he has no idea where it will lead. As he draws the islands and the mountains, the map begins to take shape. And then there’s the tower - ominous and threatening - but so necessary that without it the map would not be complete. Perhaps without the tower, the map might not even exist. But the map does exist, and so does the tower. As Connor enters the world he’s created he meets others who have their own tales to tell.
After escaping an assassin who tries to kill him Max Gordon learns that his explorer father is missing. Determined to find him, Max discovers a clue which leads him to the inhospitable wilderness Namibia and the discovery of a potential ecological disaster masterminded by the ruthless Shaka Chang.
London 1715. The air is black with soot. The murky alleyways crowded with people. In the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral, there are rumours of a gruesome murder. The victim had been "beskewered by an arrow right through his heart". Even in the city where crime is commonplace, this catches the attention of young Tom Marlow. Tom is fascinated, and when the mystery unexpectedly intrudes into his own life, he feels compelled to investigate.