David Jackson visits the Audible Studios to talk about his career as a crime thriller author; where he get his ideas from, how he choose between writing a series or a standalone nove, why he picked Liverpool for his latest novel, and much more!
A selection of eight fairy tales from the book Tales of Old Japan by A B Mitford: The Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Accomplished and Lucky Tea-Kettle, The Crackling Mountain, The Battle of the Ape and the Crab, The Adventures of Little Peachling, The Foxes' Wedding, The History of Sakata Kintoki, The Elves and the Envious Neighbour
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Exclusive interview with David Ashton, author of the Inspector McLevy series.
Poignant, inspiring, and full of wisdom, Morning Song celebrates the joy a new child brings to the life of parents and family. With sources ranging from the Bible, Sappho, and traditional songs to Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, and our outstanding contemporary poets, this beautiful collection summons the cosmic and the comic, the spiritual and the pragmatic, the whimsical and the divine.
Mr J G Reeder, a brilliant and quietly unassuming detective, is a middle aged man whose speciality for more than twenty years has been to deal exclusively with bank robbers and forgers. "I see evil in everything," he declares, "… in dying rose bushes, in horseshoes - in poetry even. I have the mind of a criminal. It is deplorable!" In these four casefiles, The Poetical Policeman, The Treasure Hunt, The Troupe, and The Stealer of Marble, the sheer genius of Mr Reeder shines forth.
Mr J. G. Reeder, super-sleuth extraordinaire, is now working for the Public Prosecutor’s bureau and investigating the case of Sir James Tithermite’s wife who fell overboard from the Channel steamer crossing to Calais. There’s something very fishy about this business. Miss Margaret doesn’t like him, for she knows he’s after her money. The Treasure Hunt is Casefile Number two which is also included in Casefile Numbers one, two, and three from The Mind of Mr J G Reeder by Edgar Wallace.
This bloodthirsty true story by A. B. Mitford (Lord Redesdale) is taken from Tales of Old Japan. It is set in the 18th century and tells of how the Ronins - a masterless group of samurai - planned, over a long period of time, to avenge their master's forced suicide. The Forty-Seven Ronins is quoted as being Japan's most venerated example of the samurai's code of honour and the story continues to retain its popularity to this day.
The case that ingenious detective Mr J G Reeder is working on is more than just a case. It is a suitcase. And the suitcase in question is "... a handsome article ... no maker's name was visible on the inside, or owner's initials on its glossy lid." The woman who had carried the case "... must have the strength of a navvy ..." Mr Reeder has to find out about the contents of the case and discover more about its carrier, 'Mrs Jackson'.
Hot on the trail of a troupe of diamond and emerald embezzlers comes super sleuth Mr J. G. Reeder, Edgar Wallace's master creation of a detective who confesses to having the mind of a criminal. Reeder's techniques for solving cases are unique, most notably because he was "... a gentleman who liked to work in an office where the ticking of a clock was audible and the turning of a paper produced a gentle disturbance".
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Police Constable Burnett was a handsome and romantic young man who had a penchant for writing love poems. But one of his poetical endeavours - and one worthy of the finest traditions of the Metropolitan Police Force - resulted in the untimely death of Mr Arthur Crater, the father of his ladyfriend. The Poetical Policeman is Casefile Number 1 which is also included in Casefile Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 from 'The Mind of Mr J G Reeder' by Edgar Wallace.
Francis Beckett, an author, journalist, and playwright, edits Third Age Matters, the UK national magazine published by the University of the Third Age. His latest book is What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us ("Grey-haired hippies will read this book and shudder; the rest of us, though, will read it for the splendid stories and shafts of insight" - Dominic Sandbrook, BBC History) and his latest play is The London Spring ("The virtue of Beckett's nightmare vision lies in its Orwellian detail" - Michael Billington, The Guardian).
The dramatised narrative 'Witness for the Defence' relates an account of the unacceptable, but still prevalent, degradation of domestic violence.It remains an appalling fact that in the 21 st century there are women all over the world who are being violated, both mentally and physically, by their abusive male partners - women who are reduced to a state of submissive, humiliating, subservience and despair, brain-washed, beaten and coerced into total submission.
"A Good Brandy", by John Bunting: James Branding has been Prime Minister for only three weeks, when his phone rings late one night. As he answers it, little does he know that in the next few hours he will be fighting to save the nation from the gravest danger it has faced for over 70 years. Also includes "The Ambassadors", by Janet Gogerty; "The Duck and Thistle", by Bridget Arregger; and "Esther", by Paul Cassidy.