Reverend Paltoquet

10 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

The Bockhampton Road Murders Publisher's Summary

Sometimes we're not alone.

What is the secret behind the brutal murders that have taken place sporadically over the last century in a small, insignificant South London terraced house?

The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet is determined to find out when two of his favorite parishioners are found with their heads caved in in front of the ornate Victorian fireplace by their five-year-old son, Henry Freeman.

This fireplace seems to be the key to the puzzle. Despite years of neglect, the living room hearth is always spotlessly clean, like the day it was installed. Why?

This novel centers around the Reverend Paltoquet and his search for the truth. The other chief protagonist is Edith Lomax, an unhappily married doctor's wife, who resides in 57 Bockhampton Road, where the first murders take place back in 1896. This triple murder of a man and two children sets in train the series of murders that are to follow.

The search for the truth, which involves another six murders by the same fireplace in the same room in the same house following on from the first murders, culminates in the present day with an exorcism that doesn't work. We discover that there are many restless spirits trapped in the house, forced to remain by the violence of their deaths, and unable to communicate with the living world until a medium helps to set them free.

Reverend Paltoquet's close friend, Dorothy Plunkett, is that medium. He calls on her to help these spirits to their final rest, and this is when we learn the truth behind the murders. And the real perpetrator of the crimes.

©2014 Pat Herbert (P)2016 Pat Herbert
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  • Book 1

    • The Bockhampton Road Murders

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Sometimes we're not alone. What is the secret behind the brutal murders that have taken place sporadically over the last century in a small, insignificant South London terraced house? The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet is determined to find out when two of his favorite parishioners are found with their heads caved in in front of the ornate Victorian fireplace by their five-year-old son, Henry Freeman. This fireplace seems to be the key to the puzzle. Despite years of neglect, the living room hearth is always spotlessly clean, like the day it was installed. Why?

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Haunted Christmas

    • A Reverend Paltoquet Novel, Volume 2
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet and his new friend Dr. Robbie MacTavish go on a tour of Europe shortly after the war and encounter a mystery in a Bergen forest. Just why are the ghosts of two little children haunting a fir tree there and just how can the two friends help uncover the mystery surrounding their deaths?

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • The Possession of November Jones

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 3
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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    The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet and Dr. Robbie MacTavish, together with their mutual friend, medium and clairvoyant Dorothy Plunkett, are drawn into the lives of a family whose tragic story is traced back to violent events that took place back in the London of 1887.

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  • Book 4

    • The Witches of Wandsworth

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 4
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This novel, which is the fourth in the Reverend Paltoquet supernatural mystery series, tells of the murder of a 17 year-old girl on Wandsworth Common in 1954, and the attempts by Chief Inspector Neverholme and his sidekick Sergeant Rathbone to solve it. It also tells the story of two sisters, one pretty, one plain, and the effect the pretty one's fiancé has on their lives dating back to the end of the First World War.

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  • Book 5

    • So Long at the Fair

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 5
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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    Just how can a woman keep throwing herself off the top of the big wheel at a South London fair? Two little girls witness a beautiful woman doing just that when they visit the fair back in the 1890s. In the late 1950s she is still falling off the wheel and Dr. Robbie MacTavish is a witness, as is a small boy, Ronnie Fisher, the great nephew of the Reverend Bernard Paltoquet's housekeeper, Mrs. Harper.

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  • Book 6

    • The Man Who Was Death

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 6
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The year is 1968. The Reverend Paltoquet takes on the handsome Dave as his gardener to tend the graveyard as well as the vicarage gardens, and very soon he has the female population in a tizzy, not least among them the vicar's usually imperturbable housekeeper, Mrs. Harper. To outward appearances, he has everything going for him, but there is a dark side to his character. He has the ability to see people's auras, and whenever he sees a black one around a person's head, he knows that person will die.

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  • Book 7

    • The Dark Side of the Mirror

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 7
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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    Twins run in families, or so it has been known. Robespierre and Danton Fentiman, identical in appearance, but not in personality, were hanged for two different murders back in 1937. Their ghosts appear to Robespierre's twin sons, Carl and Basil, nearly 20 years later, asserting that their convictions were wrong and asking them to rectify two miscarriages of justice. Carl asks his local vicar, Bernard Paltoquet of St Stephen's Church, Wandsworth, for help and he in turn seeks the help of an experienced clairvoyant.

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  • Book 8

    • Sleeping with the Dead

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 8
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Just what happened to two young women who disappeared from a small Blackpool guest house just after the First World War? Their fate has remained a mystery for many years, despite attempts by the husband of the first woman and the prospective husband of the second to find out. Fast forward to the 1950s. Reverend Bernard Paltoquet and his friend Dr. Robbie MacTavish arrive at the same guest house for a fortnight's holiday.

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  • Book 9

    • The Corpse Wore Red

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 9
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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    The ninth novel in the Reverend Bernard Paltoquet series finds the doughty Wandsworth vicar involved in another psychic mystery, along with his close friend and associate, Dr. Robbie MacTavish and his old medium friend, Anbolin Amery-Judge. This time, it concerns the murder of a young, pregnant woman, Alice Troy, and the subsequent conviction of Howard Drake, one of Bernard's parishioners, for the crime.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 10

    • Seeing Double

    • The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 10
    • By: Pat Herbert
    • Narrated by: Karl R. Hart
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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    A story of murder and ghostly hauntings in a cozy 1950s England that is no more. When a mysterious middle-aged woman moves in next door to St. Stephen's vicarage, she is immediately taken under the wing of Nancy Harper, the Reverend Bernard Paltoquet's redoubtable housekeeper. As the relationship between the two women develops, however, "Mrs. Aitch" begins to entertain suspicions that her new neighbor is not all she seems.

    Regular price: $19.95