"I've been a scoundrel, a thief, a
blackmailer and a whore, but never a murderer. Until
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..."
1931. Six months after the loss of the British airship
the R101, a German Zeppelin is coming in to land in
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 lifeline 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
cache of secret documents has been stolen from Scotland
Yard and the files must be recovered if British security
is not to be severely 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."
America, 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!"
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…
dad was a legend. He doesn't have a clue.
has heard of the Stiletto, the infamous assassin who
strikes without warning. He has been running rings
around the police for years. But nobody has the
slightest idea who he really is.
Primrose has more important concerns. He is about to get
married and there is a baby on the way. A chance meeting
with his dad up in London puts a spanner in the works,
however, when his father accidentally chokes to death on
an olive. Jonathan Primrose, it transpires, is not the
dull businessman Eric has always believed him to be. In
fact, he is the Stiletto and his premature death has
wrong-footed a whole host of sinister forces. The
veteran hit man was midway through an assignment and it
looks like Eric may have to step in and complete the
has mistaken him for his father and, unless Eric does
exactly as he is told, he may never see his fiancée or
his unborn child again….
dangerous disease requires a desperate remedy…"
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
is coming to the Central American Republic of San
Doloroso. But it won't be staying long...
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.
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
to 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...
remote Scottish island plays host to a deadly
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...
blizzard, a farmhouse and a family at war..
and Marion Pennywick are celebrating their
twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. They have recently
moved to France and it seems like the perfect excuse
to invite a few friends and family over. Vicki
Pennywick, their daughter, has been once before, but
this time she is bringing a friend; her new fiancé
Akash. Her father does not approve. When Vicki’s
brother also arrives uninvited the situation takes a
turn for the worse. Giles and Robbie have not spoken
for years. Tensions begin to rise; and not just among
the family. Some of their old friends also have scores
to settle. With the phone lines down, heavy snow on
the way and no mobile signal to be had, it looks like
they will be staying at the farm for far longer than
anyone anticipated. And it won't be long before bad
feeling spills over into violence and murder.