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A Poison Of Passengers
The Devils Brew
The Red Zeppelin
The Scandal At Bletchley
The Gunpowder Treason
The Pineapple Republic
Murder At Flaxton Isle
"I've been a scoundrel, a thief, a blackmailer and a whore, but never a murderer. Until now..."
The year is 1929. As the world teeters on the brink of a global recession, Bletchley Park plays host to a rather special event. MI5 is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and a select band of former and current employees are gathering for a weekend of music, dance and heavy drinking. Among them is Sir Hilary Manningham-Butler, a middle aged woman whose entire adult life has been spent masquerading as a man. She doesn’t know why she has been invited – it is many years since she left the secret service – but it is clear she is not the only one with things to hide. And when one of the other guests threatens to expose her secret, the consequences could prove disastrous for everyone.
"You'll never get me up in one of those things. They're absolutely lethal..."
Seville, 1931. Six months after the loss of the British airship the R101, a German Zeppelin is coming in to land in Southern Spain.
Hilary Manningham-Butler is an MI5 operative eking out a pitiful existence on the Rock of Gibraltar. The offer of a job in the Americas provides a potential life line but there are strings attached. First she must prove her mettle to her masters in London and that means stepping on board the Richthofen before the airship leaves Seville.
cache of secret documents has been stolen from
Scotland Yard and the files must be recovered if
British security is not to be severly compromised.
Hilary must put her life on the line to discover the
identity of the thief. But as the airship makes its
way across the Atlantic towards Brazil it becomes
clear that nobody on board is quite what they seem.
And there is no guarantee that any of them will reach
Rio de Janeiro alive...
"Your predecessor was sitting in that chair when he shot himself. You can still see the bloodstains on the wall behind you."
1931. Hilary Manningham-Butler is settling into her
new job as passport control officer at the British
legation in Guatemala City. Her predecessor Giles
Markham is dead, having embezzled a large sum of money
from the office’s visa receipts and then taken his own
life. Freddie Reeves, a friend at the legation,
believes there is more to his death than suicide. The
weekend before he died, Markham spent some time at a
remote coffee plantation in the north central
highlands. Freddie knows the owner of the plantation
and invites Hilary to accompany him there for the
weekend, in the hope that she might be able to
discover the truth. Hilary has no intention of getting
involved, but when a house guest dies in suspicious
circumstances it becomes clear that she will not be
given the choice.
"It's a bomb!" some fat idiot yelled, as I was heading for the exit. "They've found a bomb!"
New York 1932. A letter bomb campaign throws the city into a panic and Hilary Manningham-Butler is anxious to get away. The RMS Galitia is setting sail for Southampton, but there will be no respite onboard ship. Another campaign is in the offing, less explosive but equally deadly. A series of anonymous letters are being distributed across the decks. Someone knows far too much about the passengers in first class and venom is spewing in every direction. It will not be long before that venom spills over into violence and murder…
"A dangerous disease requires a desperate remedy…"
Robert Catesby is a man in despair. His wife is dead and his country is under siege. A new king presents a new hope but the persecution of Catholics in England continues unabated and Catesby can tolerate it no longer. King James bears responsibility but the whole government must be eradicated if anything is to really change. And Catesby has a plan...
The Gunpowder Treason is a fast-paced historical thriller. Every character is based on a real person and almost every scene is derived from eye-witness accounts. This is the story of the Gunpowder Plot, as told by the people who were there...
Democracy is coming to the Central American Republic of San Doloroso. But it won't be staying long...
The year is 1990. Ace reporter Daniel Parr has been injured in a freak surfing accident, just as the provisional government of San Doloroso has announced the country's first democratic elections.
The Daily Herald needs a man on the spot and in desperation they turn to Patrick Malone, a feckless junior reporter who just happens to speak a few words of Spanish.
Central America to get the inside story, our Man in
Toronja finds himself at the mercy of a corrupt and
brutal administration that is determined to win the
election at any cost...
A remote Scottish island plays host to a deadly reunion...
should be a lot of fun, meeting up for a long weekend
in a rented lighthouse on a chunk of rock miles from
anywhere. There will be drinks and games and all sorts
of other amusements. It is ten years since the last
get-together and twenty years since Nadia and her
friends graduated from university. But not everything
goes according to plan. One of the group has a more
sinister agenda and, as events begin to spiral out of
control, it becomes clear that not everyone will get
off the island alive..