Fourteen-year-old Miri lives on a mountain where her ancestors have quarried stone and lived in poverty for generations. Then just before winter's first snowfall, a delegation from the lowlands arrive with exciting news. The king's priests have divined that her small village is the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will come himself and chose his bride from among the girls of the village.
Hired to write a series of articles on the town of Buckford, Rona Parish lodges with a young divorcee. The divorcee's aunt, Edna Rosebury, raises questions about a recent tragic murder and Rona's investigative antennae are instantly on the alert
Rona Parish is writing an article on old family businesses when she learns that Curzon, local manufacturers of fine bone china, are about to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Rona decides to approach the firm, and gets caught up in Curzon family life.
Rona Parish is eager for a fresh challenge after her successful articles on adopted children. A chance encounter with an old friend, Kate - now married into the Tarlton family, who own the oldest jewellery shop in Marsborough - sows the seed for a new series. Rona plans to research the histories of long-established family firms in the town. Kate also enlists Rona's help in getting to the bottom of her sister-in-law Freya's terrifying nightmares after a tune from a musical box triggers a severe reaction.
Rona Parish's latest assignment is almost complete when a young woman named Zara Crane approaches her with a request to help trace her natural parents. Rona's curiosity is aroused - not least because, she discovers that Zara's birth mother had been murdered in her bath twenty-five years earlier.
When successful biographer Rona Parish is asked to write the life story of a recently deceased best-selling author, she is intrigued - to say the least. After all, Theo Harvey led a very colourful life and died in mysterious circumstances. But Rona’s husband Max is wary, and with good reason.... As Rona begins to delve into Theo Harvey’s life and death, and to interview his friends and family - some more willing than others - she realises that she has taken on a poisoned chalice.
Kenny's Department Store, with its handsome Edwardian façade, is the jewel in Ardagh town's crown. TV presenter Ingrid Fitzgerald has watched her husband David, Kenny's charismatic owner, pour his heart and soul into the family store, making it the epitome of boutique chic. She's juggled family life and her glittering career admirably. Now, as their children fly the nest, Ingrid discovers a secret that will shake her world to its very foundations.
"Really Bad Irish Accents!"
When a young woman, Louise, comes to Rona with a plea for help, all her journalistic instincts are aroused. Against her better judgement - and husband Max's advice - Rona is once again drawn into a complex and disturbing sequence of events.
When Suzanna Clarke and her husband bought a dilapidated house in the Moroccan town of Fez, their friends thought they were mad. Located in a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, the house - a traditional riad - was beautiful but in desperate need of repair.