Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway – minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out – and fast.
It turns out the house was once a children’s home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the home. Father Hennessey tells him that two children did go missing from the home forty years before – a boy and a girl. They were never found.
When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the scent by frightening her half to death…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - His Last Bow
Eight short stories from the portfolio of Doctor Watson, illustrating the singular mental faculties of his friend Sherlock Holmes. The title story of this collection refers to Holmes' emergence from retirement to help the government fight the German threat at the approach of the First World War. Several of the detective's earlier cases complete the volume, including "Wisteria Lodge," "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax," and "The Dying Detective."
Paula Daly - Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
_No family is perfect._ A husband, three children and a full-time job, so many plates to keep spinning. No wonder you forgot you were supposed to be looking after your friend's daughter. But no one has seen her since yesterday. And she's not the first to go missing from your small town. _So who's hiding something?_
Carola Dunn - Daisy és a jégbe fagyott Don Juan
Daisy Dalrymple igen figyelemreméltó ifjú hölgy, aki újságírói munkát vállal, hogy függetlenségét biztosítsa – ez bizony meglehetősen szokatlan lépés egy vikomt lányától 1922-ben. Első megbízatása épp karácsonykor a Wentwaterek úri birtokára vezérli, ahol összegyűlik az egész család. A kellemes együttlétet hívatlan vendég, a „faragatlan tuskó” hírében álló Lord Astwick megjelenése zavarja meg, akire egy reggel a birtok tavának jegébe fagyva találnak rá – nyilvánvalóan nem baleset, hanem gyilkosság történt. A helyszínre érkezik a Scotland Yard vonzó felügyelője, Alec Fletcher, aki a nyomozás idejére a segédjévé fogadja Daisyt. Valamennyi családtag gyanúsított, a gróftól egészen az unokájáig. A nyomozás során fény derül Astwick bárdolatlan viselkedésének következményére, és ez újabb gyilkossági indítékokat tár fel a Wentwater-birtokon. A szemfüles Daisy leleplezi a gyilkost, a családtagok többségét lenyűgöző megoldással áll elő, és felmerül egy jövőbeni regényes kaland lehetősége is. Carola Dunn elbűvölő sorozatának szép és okos, de minden lében kanál főszereplője lépten-nyomon hullákba botlik, akárcsak M. C. Beaton tökéletlen, ám annál megnyerőbb hősnője, Agatha Raisin. Daisy és Agatha rokon lelkek, akik minduntalan a legelképesztőbb kalandokba és bűnügyekbe keverednek – az olvasók nagy-nagy örömére.
G. M. Malliet - Wicked Autumn
_A delightful new cosy crime series starring Max Tudor. In Wicked Autumn, G M Malliet serves up an irresistible English village - deliciously skewered - a flawed but engaging protagonist and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional locked room mystery._ Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has sound a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Four short stories of mystery and intrigue by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are performed radio theater style by the St. Charles Players: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," "A Scandal in Bohemia," and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot." The narration is acceptable, although some characters sound flat and their British accent is too obviously forced. However, this detracts little from the overall entertainment value of the stories. The overall aural quality could be improved; a slight hissing can be heard throughout the narration. Though at times Holmes comes across as haughty, listeners become caught up in learning how he ingeniously solves the cases using clues that Watson, the other investigators, and most listeners miss. Fine for individual or group listening, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes could be used for entertainment or for a unit on the mystery genre in English classes. The lack of strong female characters in these stories may warrant including alternate classic mysteries with strong women, such as Simon Brett's Mrs. Pargeter, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton, or Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax. A nice feature of this package is that each short story is completed with one cassette. Unless you have a great demand for classic mysteries, this audiobook is an additional purchase.
Joanne Harris - Gentlemen and Players
The place is St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and for the staff and boys of the school, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork and Information Technology rule the world and Roy Straitley, Latin master, eccentric, and veteran of St Oswald's, is finally - reluctantly - contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs. And a bitter grudge, hidden and carefully nurtured for thirteen years, is about to erupt. Who is Mole, the mysterious insider, whose cruel practical jokes are gradually escalating towards violence - and perhaps, murder? And how can an old and half-forgotten scandal become the stone that brings down a giant?
Dorothy L. Sayers - Murder Must Advertise
Pym’s Publicity is an Advertising Agency with a secret. Victor Dean broke his neck falling down the stairs, and it could have been an accident. But a harassed Managing-Director thinks otherwise, and calls in Lord Peter Wimsey to investigate. Before Wimsey uncovers the truth however, five people die – for the secret of Pym’s is a deadly one, involving ruthless men who will kill – and kill again – to protect themselves.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning (somewhat mistakenly - see inductive reasoning) and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective.
C. J. Sansom - Lamentation
Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr. Shardlake, still haunted by events aboard the warship Mary Rose the year before, is working on the Cotterstoke Will case, a savage dispute between rival siblings. Then, unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen. For Catherine Parr has a secret. She has written a confessional book, _Lamentation of a Sinner_, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King's attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has - inexplicably - vanished. Only one page has been found, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer. Shardlake's investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London but leads him and Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of the politics of the royal court; a world he had sworn never to enter again. Loyalty to the Queen will drive him into a swirl of intrigue inside Whitehall Palace, where Catholic enemies and Protestant friends can be equally dangerous, and the political opportunists, who will follow the wind wherever it blows, more dangerous than either. The theft of Queen Catherine's book proves to be connected to the terrible death of Anne Askew, while his involvement with the Cotterstoke litigants threatens to bring Shardlake himself to the stake.
Patricia Cornwell - The Scarpetta Factor
It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same telecast she receives a startling call - in from a former psychiatrist patient of Benton Wesley's. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds an ominous package - possibly a bomb - waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta's life finds her embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionaires with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past.
Patricia Cornwell - Book of the Dead
The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace-not only personally and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsies to communities that lack local access to competent death investigation and modern technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run her out of town. And that's even before the murders and other violent deaths begin. A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones that face her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own. The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - A brixtoni rejtély
A naiv Watson doktor, Conan Doyle klasszikus bűnügyi történeteinek jeles szereplője és narrátora ebben a történetben ismeri meg a Sherlock Holmes névre hallgató különös úriembert, akiről hamarosan kiderül, hogy zseniális magándetektív. Gyors egymásutánban két rejtélyes gyilkosság történik, mindkét áldozat makulátlan úriember. Mindkét helyszínen a falra vérrel írva egy német szó: Rache, azaz Bosszú! Ki a bosszúálló, és mi a két szörnyű gyilkosság oka? Mi köze mindehhez a mormonoknak? Csak a zseniális Sherlock Holmes találja meg a brixtoni rejtély kulcsát.
Philip Pullman - Rubin és füst
A történet 1871-ben játszódik, hősnője egy tizenhat esztendős árva lány, Sally Lockhart, aki szüleinek, vagyonának elvesztése után Londonban próbál talpra állni. Egy utálatos rokon hölgynél lakik, aki a leányt még az utolsó vagyonkájából is megpróbálja kiforgatni. Sally körül egyre fokozódnak a bonyodalmak, melyekben szerepet játszik egy titokzatos, vagyont érő ékkő, a címben szereplő rubin, amelyet sokan szeretnének megkaparintani. Ráadásul a szálak Sally édesapjához vezetnek, aki meglehetősen gyanús körülmények között vesztette életét a távoli Keleten. A leány lassan, lépésről lépésre próbálja megfejteni a mind nyomasztóbb titkot. a Nyomozása során veszélyes kalandokba bonyolódik, különös, félelmetes emberekkel találkozik, életveszélyes helyzetekbe kerül. Sikerrel jár-e Sally nyomozása, s fény derül-e a sejtelmes és homályba merülő titokra? Philip Pullman, az ifjúsági könyveiért számtalan díjat nyert angol író hihetetlen leleménnyel és meghökkentő fordulatokkal szövi azt a cselekményt, amelynek eredménye: egy lehetetlen, izgalmas kalandregény.
Karen Rose - Count to Ten
CLOSE YOUR EYES. HOLD YOUR BREATH. COUNT TO TEN. In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday has never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires--devastating, vicious and in one case, homicidal. He has another problem--his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She’s brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined. Mia’s instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victims’ tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster’s desire for death and destruction is unquenchable … and for Mia he’s started the countdown to an early grave.
Patricia Cornwell - Red Mist
With high-tension suspense and cutting-edge technology, Patricia Cornwell—the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer—once again proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall in this remarkable novel featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. On her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months before, Scarpetta drives to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent husband, Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out. Scarpetta has both personal and professional reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings: the murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and then other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace. Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.
Agatha Christie - What Mrs. McGillicuddy saw!
For an instant the two trains ran side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth McGillicuddy stared helplessly out of her carriage window as a man tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Mrs. McGillicuddy's friend Jane Marple, would take her story seriously After all, there are no other witnesses, no suspects, and no case -- for there is no corpse, and no one is missing. Miss Marple asks her highly efficient and intelligent young friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow to infiltrate the Crackenthorpe family, who seem to be at the heart of the mystery, and help unmask a murderer.
Agatha Christie - Parker Pyne Investigates
Mr. Parker Pyne states quite clearly that he is not a detective but 'a heart specialist'. Deception, accomplices and manipulation are all part of his method of operation and he works to cure unhappiness more frequently than to investigate crime.
Agatha Christie - The Mousetrap and Other Plays
Collects eight classic theatrical whodunnits, including mysteries surrounding the fatal reunion of two lovers, an act of kindness that leads to a charge of murder, and the daughter of a murderess investigating her mother's case.
Agatha Christie - A Caribbean Mystery
An exotic holiday for Miss Marple is ruined when a retired major is killed! As Jane Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier's yarn about a strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major's attention wandered. He never did finished the story!
Agatha Christie - The Secret Adversary
A crime novel in which two desperate youngsters, short of money and restless for excitement, place an advertisement saying they are willing to do anything and to travel anywhere, but their first assignment for a sinister client plunges them into more danger than they could have imagined.