Michelle Williams, an attractive young woman with close family ties and an active social life, describes her first extraordinary year in her unusual new job as a mortuary technician. It’s a year in which, with innate good humour, she encounters death at its most tragic, bizarre, and hilarious. Her tale, neither gruesome nor sad, is enlivened by a range of colourful and eccentric characters, from pathologists and coroners to hospital porters and undertakers, giving us a glimpse of life - and death - that few of us will ever experience.
"Things you never wanted to know about a mortuary"
Christmas is coming to Norbridge, but so is The Chorister, a killer with a liking for brutal quotes from the Psalms of David. When a body is discovered with smashed teeth, the harmony of the ancient Cumbrian market town is threatened and members of the Abbey Chorus start to panic.
"contemporary Brit mystery-cozy that's not cute-sy"
Melanie finds herself single again after years of being one half of a couple. Her friends predict loneliness, frustration, disaster. Her parents are convinced she’s a failure in life. But Melanie is overwhelmingly excited to be able to do her own thing – she plans a programme of behaving badly, after a lifetime of behaving properly.
For the first few years of her life, Sarah Harris was a normal, happy, popular little girl. But from the age of six she was targeted by a vicious, manipulative but invisible enemy - and her life became a living hell. Before long she was suspended from school, alienated from her friends, completely bewildered and utterly terrified. Her happy childhood had been destroyed forever.
"Very interesting and different"
Sasha, the attractive inspiring tutor of a watercolour evening class, is tired of a sterile relationship. Among her students is Caroline, a soldier’s wife desperately anxious about her. Alice, the oldest of the group, has unexpectedly found a new life and forms a deep friendship with Moira, recently widowed, who is racked with worry about her daughter Vanessa. Roger is looking for new love, and Pauline is afraid of being left on the shelf.
A newborn baby's abandoned. A five-year-old boy's abducted. A police officer's dead. And Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss thinks she's having a hard time. Struggling to cope after a vicious attack, desperate not to reveal what's happening under the skin, Bev is fighting for survival. But when you barely trust yourself-who can you rely on?