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Corrupt copper and bad Catholic Jimmy Costello is back, and he's studying to be a priest in Rome. But his old life refuses to stay buried... When a visiting archbishop dies in suspicious circumstances the Kilburn hard man is asked to drop his religious studies and help local police investigate. Together with his partner Inspector Ricci, Jimmy follows a twisting trail of evidence from the streets of the Holy City to Glasgow and back, where they uncover a sinister plot more evil than they had ever imagined.
A kindly voice from the 'Lost or Stolen' option at the other end of the phone confirmed that no one had taken money from her cards in the short time they'd gone missing. Thank heavens. She decided there was no need to cancel them ... When Georgie Hamilton's car goes missing and then reappears outside her house hours later, her family is convinced she must have left it there - after all, her handbag is still on the back seat. But as her bank accounts start being emptied, and her husband's and clients' funds are raided too, it's clear someone has stolen her identity and is playing fast and loose with it. Her marriage under strain and her business suddenly in tatters, Georgie is forced to confront her past. It's time to face up to what happened to her over twenty years ago ... time to face up to the real Georgie Hamilton.
The Silent Quarry is the first in the DI Winter Meadows series by Cheryl Rees-Price. In 1987 a quiet Welsh village was devastated by a brutal attack on two schoolgirls, Bethan Hopkins and Gwen Collier. Only Gwen survived, with horrific injuries and no memory of the attack. The killer was never caught. Now, nearly thirty years later, Gwen has gone missing and DI Winter Meadows is assigned to the case. Charismatic and intuitive, he has an uncanny gift for finding the truth. But in this small and close-knit community, the past is never far away, and those who have secrets will go to any lengths to keep them. Tensions run high as old feelings and accusations are stirred. And DI Meadows has to battle his own demons as he uncovers a truth he wished had stayed in the past ...
A classic murder mystery by acclaimed crime writer Bernard Knight. When super-rich Margaret Walker is found dead after a wild party, people assume it was an overdose - until a knife wound, almost invisible, is discovered on her body. But who would have wanted to murder her? As the investigation progresses, it is discovered that some of the party guests may have had a motive to kill Margaret...but were those motives enough to make someone a murderer - or was it a case of mistaken identity?
Leaving Glasgow under a cloud when she is forced from her teaching job by a vindictive colleague, Lara Mason uproots herself and moves to provincial Loreburn, determined to put her past behind her. Needing a home in a hurry, she takes the first room she can find, in a house with handsome fellow teacher Mick, whose laid-back manner is infuriating and seriously distracting. Resolving to move out as soon as possible, Lara's interest is caught by Ladybank Row, a dilapidated group of 1930s houses which remain a genteel haven in the centre of town. Developing them proves to be a serious commitment beset by endless problems. Mick offers to help, but Lara isn't so sure she should let him ...
A Hazy Hassocks Winter Story In the cold, dark, and surprisingly snowy days of early December, Mitzi and Joel are planning a secret wedding with minimum fuss in a luxury hotel in the nearby village of Apple Hinton. After sneaking off guiltily one Friday afternoon, disaster strikes when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and they're forced to seek shelter in the rural hamlet of Pedlars Puddle, Mischief abounds as the snow gets thicker - and will Mitzi and Joel even make it to the church on time?
Can Rosemary build a new life from the ashes of her past? After the death of her parents, Rosemary Breedon discovers she was adopted, and decides that she needs a fresh start. A trained architect, she prepares to build herself a new home, with the help of her friend Drew Trevellas. But someone doesn't want her plans to succeed. After her caravan is destroyed by fire she moves in with Drew. Soon tools and building materials start to disappear. Rosemary is plagued by emails, more thefts and threats, until part of the new house is demolished. Then the farmer next door is murdered and his partner is suspected of the crime. Who is doing so much damage? Who wants to frighten her away?
From the bestselling author of The Darkness Within Him comes the Revealed series - a tale of dark secrets and the forbidden world of desires. When schoolteacher Allie Shaw takes an impromptu cleaning job to cover for her ill friend, she never expected to wind up snowed in with a devilishly handsome sex God. Allie is drawn in by his mysterious charm, but he is reluctant to act on his developing feelings. Under the circumstances, the two become close, but this enigmatic stranger is determined to keep his distance, and for good reason - is there more to him than meets the eye?
The first title in the DCI Banham series by acclaimed author and actress, Linda Regan. A thrilling tale of murder and mayhem set in the world of theatre, Behind You! is the scintillating debut crime novel from acclaimed actress Linda Regan. DI Paul Banham and Sergeant Alison Grainger investigate a series of mysterious deaths at a London theatre during pantomime season: it may be Christmas, but one of the cast certainly isn't full of goodwill to all men...
Christmas at the Castle is a seasonal treat from Jenny Kane, featuring much-loved characters from her bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee. When hotshot businesswoman Alice Warren is asked to organise a literary festival at beautiful Crathes Castle in Scotland, her 'work mode' persona means she can't say no - even though the person asking is her ex, Cameron Hunter. Alice broke Cameron's heart and feels she owes him one - but her best friend Charlie isn't going to like it. Charlie - aka famous author Erin Spence - is happy to help Alice with the festival...until she finds out that Cameron's involved! Charlie suffered a bad case of unrequited love for Cameron, and she can't bear the thought of seeing him again. Caught between her own insecurities and loyalty to her friend, Charlie gets fellow author Kit Lambert to take her place. Agreeing to leave her London comfort zone - and her favourite corner in Pickwicks Café - Kit steps in. She quickly finds herself not just helping out, but hosting a major literary event, while also trying to play fairy godmother - a task which quickly gets very complicated indeed...
It's Christmas again at St Mary's and time for Max's obligatory illegal jump. On this occasion, however, they're right up against it. A loaded gun has been left behind in Ancient Egypt and it's up to St Mary's historians to retrieve it before someone accidentally blows their own head off, thus affecting the timeline for centuries to come. And as if that's not enough, Max has inadvertently poisoned Mr Markham. It's hot, they're running out of supplies, they can't find the gun, and it's all going horribly wrong. Again.
Following Enlightened comes Christmas With Nathan - a sexy seasonal short. It's now three months after the birth of their son William, and time for Nathan and Stella to spend their first Christmas together as a family of three. The trouble is, Nathan hasn't touched Stella since the birth, and she's starting to worry that something might be wrong between them. Can Nathan soothe her fears and give Stella a Christmas to remember, or is fatherhood just a step too far for this formerly closed-off Dom?
Wickedly funny, this Christmas house party is both a delight and a horrible warning.' Katie Fforde William really isn't into Christmas - all the jingly tinselly presenty stuff makes him feel queasy. He'd like to spend it alone in his vast old house with his cat. But Haseley House could be a goldmine in the right hands - and William's relatives want to make sure it does end up in the right hands! Hilary intends to ignore Christmas. With Daniel away, she won't have to conceal how desperately she still misses Ben. But widows aren't allowed to spend Christmas alone, and it sounds as if William might need her support. Frances, the nanny, was hoping for a break from spoilt little Tobias, but now she's told they're to stay with his eccentric grandfather in some spooky old house. Can Hilary possibly be having feelings for another man? Will Frances overcome the snobbery threatening to separate her and Daniel? This particular family Christmas is going to change everybody's lives.
Have you got a book in you? Write On! will help get the words out of the wood and down on paper, from hesitant beginnings right through to THE END.Adrian reveals the tricks of the trade for fiction writing which can also be applied to non-fiction. There's even advice on editing and submitting your work for publication. Edited from his collection of articles from the 'Beginners' pages of Writing Magazine, with top tips for quick reference, Adrian covers every part of the writing process, tackles writer's block, solves problems and kick-starts your mojo. His personal, friendly tone will inspire, encourage and fire up the reader-writer.
Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail - to go wrong! Take one interim Chief Training Officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil - and wait for the bang! Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary's series.
Since 1994, the UK's National Lottery has created 2,300 millionaires. Expensive cars, big houses and dream holidays are all top of the wish list for those ordinary people whose lives are changed with a winning lottery ticket. But what about buying a boob job for your sister, giving away holidays to children with cancer or hiring a private helicopter for the school prom? For the first time five winners share the details of their shopping sprees and the highs and lows of their lives once they became millionaires. "We Won The Lottery" also goes behind the scenes at the National Lottery to reveal funny facts, the luckiest numbers, the unusual purchases and exactly what happens when you win. "Quick Reads" are exciting, short, fast-paced books by leading, bestselling authors, specifically written for emergent readers and adult learners.
This entertaining follow-up to the successful Wannabe a Writer? is an essential read for every author and would-be best-seller, whether established or debut, self-published or still dreaming of the limelight. In today's celebrity-driven world, self-confessed media tart Jane Wenham-Jones, takes us on an uproarious ride along the publicity trail from getting the perfect promotional photo to choosing clothes to wear on TV. With anecdotes from Jane's own numerous media exploits, Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of? is packed with tips and tricks to help you get yourself noticed, gain maximum column inches and airtime and create online buzz for your books and projects. Offering advice and insights from writers, journalists, publicists and celebrities who've been there and done that, this is the ultimate guide for anyone longing for fame and success. Includes contributions from Joanna Trollope, Richard Madeley, India Knight, Kelvin MacKenzie, Peter James, Lucy Mangan, Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell, Joanne Harris and many top authors Jane Wenham-Jones is a well-known author and journalist who regularly appears on radio and TV. She is a regular columnist for Woman's Weekly Fiction Special, BookTime and her local paper The Isle of Thanet Gazette as well as being the agony aunt for Writing Magazine.
A comedy of Russian gangsters, town planners and a dog called Nigel. Malcolm Thomas is not happy. The view he loves is about to be blocked by an ugly building. He decides to take action and forms a protest group. Then things go badly wrong and Malcolm finds himself running for his life. Along the way he gets mixed up with corrupt town planners, violent gangsters, and a kidnapped concert pianist. Malcolm starts to wonder if objecting to the building was such a good idea when he finds himself upside down with a gun in his mouth. This hilarious story from Monty Python star, Terry Jones, will make you laugh out loud.
Mitzi Blessing is back! It's high summer in Hazy Hassocks and to welcome the new vicar, the Baby Boomers are putting on a charity show in the village hall. With Trilby Man overseeing the event, Mitzi making the refreshments, and YaYa Bordello in charge of the show-stopping finale - what could possibly go wrong?
An easy-to-use comprehensive guide for writers on preparing and presenting their work to agents, publishers and print media. Regardless of the writer's level or ability, there is something extremely daunting about putting together a submission. It doesn't matter if it is for an article for a magazine, or short story for a competition, a humorous anecdote, a play or TV script, a novel or non-fiction book, The Writer's ABC Checklist will provide answers to questions you didn't even know you should ask. With its A-Z format, references can be found quickly and effortlessly. Unfamiliar terms are explained and bullet points at the end of most sections provide a quick reminder of the main items covered. This unique book is packed with writing tips and is something no aspiring writer can afford to be without. Lorraine Mace is a columnist with Writing Magazine, a writing judge, a tutor for the Writers Bureau and winner of an international poetry award. Maureen Vincent-Northam gained first place in a national children's book competition. An online tutor in genealogical writing, she is also a writing-competition judge.
What would you do if you were told you could never have children? Faced with this news, Gracie Davies is at an all-time low. But with the support of some new Wimbledon friends, an unorthodox therapist, her hippy-chick sister Naomi and Czech call-girl Maya, she sets up The SW19 Club and begins her rocky journey to inner peace and happiness. Add in a passionate fling with handsome landscaper Ed, a fairytale encounter with a Hollywood filmstar and the persistence of her adulterous ex, life is anything but predictable...
With his blonde dreadlocks and his speed on the running track, Jamie Baulch earned the nickname 'The Flying Pineapple'. This is Jamie's story about his life as one of the most decorated British athletes. He puts his success down to his adopted parents who inspired him to be the best he could be. His sporting potential was quickly spotted from an early age by his teacher, Mr Atkins. Jamie's story is about the fun he had competing in school and around the world. His life on the track was always about how fast he could run. When he retired in 2005, he was determined not to slow down. He is now head of a sports management company and continues to inspire a new generation of sportsmen and women.
The follow-up to the critically acclaimed My Fire's Gone Out, the Fire Philosophy is an inspirational and common sense parable for coping with change. Using real life examples of people who have overcome adversity in their lives including redundancy, illness and addiction, this book examines the choices to keep your spark alive.
A dying artist creates a series of ten paintings - The Death Pictures - which contain a mysterious riddle, leading the way to a unique and highly valuable prize. Thousands attempt to solve it. But before the answer can be revealed, the painter is murdered.A serial rapist is working through a series of attacks. He isn't shy to make clear his hatred of women, and taunting of the police. He leaves his calling card, a witch's hat at the houses he breaks into, each numbered from a pack of six. The detectives face baffling questions. Why kill the artist when he would die naturally in just a few weeks time? What to make of the attempted break in at his house just before his death? Could it be connected with the rapes, all of which have been carried out in the area around his home? The media interest in the cases is intense, and Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen again turns to his friend, TV Crime reporter Dan Groves to help him handle it. Dan does - at the price of some great scoops, and an involvement in the case that eventually leads him to effectively talk to the rapist, using the stories he broadcasts to lure him into a trap, and finally, discover the extraordinary solution to the riddle.
A fascinating collection of stories from Welsh history collected from Phil Carradice's popular BBC Wales blog, gathered together for the first time in a book. Snapshots of Welsh History - without the boring bits covers a wide range of Welsh history topics. Written in Phil's unique easy-to-read yet elegant style, these stories are funny, tragic, sad and hilarious. Yet the one thing they all have in common is that they make compelling reading.
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