• Murder At The Vicarage Agatha Christie

    "It really was very awkward - after all, as the local vicar I have many obligations to fulfil and my time is precious.  But there was no doubt about it.  The Colonel was dead.  There, as large as life - or should I say death - lying sprawled across a desk in a horridly unnatural position.  I pulled myself together and went over to him.  The cold hand that I raised fell back, lifeless.  You see, the real trouble was that only a few hours earlier I'd said: 'Anyone who murdered Colonel Prothero would be doing the world at large a service.' And someone had - in MY study!"

  • Dark Room
  • Mallorys Oracle
  • Murder In Mesotopamia

    Nurse Amy Leatheran has a most unusual patient. Louise, according to her husband the celebrated archeologoist Dr. Leidner, suffered from 'nervous terror'. Her fantasies were vivid and horrifying: a disembodied hand, a yellow, dead face pressed against the window...who or what did she fear? At the site of a dig in the Iraqi desert, surely she was safe from danger. Most of the expedition were old friends and colleagues. Yet they seemed an unnaturally formal group - there was tension and uneasiness in the air. Something sinister was going on - and it involved murder....

  • rat king

    Industrialist Ruggiero Miletti has been kidnapped from the  heart of one of Italy's most powerful families: and the family is oddly undisturbed that the kidnappers are getting panicky and impatient, that the trail is going cold and that police progress has been zero. Commissioner Aurelio Zen has been removed from his desk and thrust into this shadowy case and his arrival in Perugia is resented from the start - by the officials and the Miletti family, who would rather do business with the kidnappers without police intervention. Zen unearths sizzling secrets in this family rat nest: terrorism, drugs, takeover bids, dark past  secrets, blackmail and sexual perversion - and each suspects has connections into the police department.

  • pompeii

    A.D. 79 - Rome's rich and shameless are relaxing in their luxury holiday villas on the coast.  The Imperial Navy is peacefully at anchor at Misenum. Tourists are out and about in the resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Only one man is worried. Engineer Marius Attilius Primus is just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. Springs are failing for the first time in generations.  His predecessor has disappeared. And now there's a crisis on the Augusta's sixty-mile mainline, north of Pompeii on the slopes of Vesuvius. Attilus - decent, practical and incorruptible - assures Pliny, the scholarly naval commander, the he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry.  But as he makes his way to Vesuvius he finds there are forces in the world which even the world's only superpower cannot control.

  • dead famous
    In the goldfish bowl of a "Big Brother" style house, a murder is committed. One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, forty microphones and one murder - and no evidence. How was it done? A killer read - literally - from Ben Elton.
  • my sweet audrina
    The house in the wood was picturesque and charming.  The family who lived there were happy and affluent.  Audrina wanted to be as good as her sister. She knew that her parents could not love her as much as they had loved her perfect - and dead - older sister.  But how did the first Audrina die? Why was Audrina named after her dead older sister?  What was the secret of the room empty of everything except for a rocking chair? Why did time seem to drag - then go quickly? And what was the secret that everyone knew - except sweet Audrina?
  • collectors

    Annabelle is a beautiful stranger with a mysterious past, planning the heist of the century - two short cons to fund a long con, then a life of unashamed luxury, incognito in a foreign land. Jonathan DeHaven, the shy head of the Rare Books Division at the Library of Congress, is planning nothing more than an uneventful day amongst his cherished collection. But when Jonathan is found dead by Caleb Shaw, a member of the Camel Club, two conspiracies are destined to meet as the Club determines to track down the dead man's long-lost wife - and Annabelle decides to avenge the death of her beloved ex-husband. Unfortunately, the victim of Annabelle's long con has sworn eternal revenge and Jonathan's killers will stop at nothing to keep the truth about his death, and the code they have perfected over the years, from surfacing.