Fiction

Arrowood

Sherlock Holmes Has Met His Match

Author: Mick Finlay

Publisher: MIRA

ISBN: 1488025134

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 5107

1895 London is scared. A killer haunts the city's streets; the poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force is stretched to the breaking point. The rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, but the celebrated private detective rarely visits the densely populated streets of South London, where the crimes are sleazier and the people are poorer. In the dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood—self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator. When a man mysteriously disappears and Arrowood's best lead is viciously stabbed before his eyes, he and his sidekick Barnett face their toughest quest yet: to capture the head of the most notorious gang in London… In the bestselling tradition of Anthony Horowitz and Andrew Taylor, this gloriously dark crime debut will haunt readers long after the final page has been turned.

Nine Nuns

Author: Stephen Wheeler

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781976289019

Category:

Page: 302

View: 9456

Summer 1219. A group of nuns from England set out to travel to the south of France in order to found a new convent. Against his better judgement Walter agrees to accompany them to ensure they arrive safely at their destination. But they never get there. Instead, one by one the nuns disappear in mysterious circumstances. What happened to them? Were they murdered? If so where are the bodies? Or is the ship on which they travelled simply cursed as some believe? Vanishing nuns, shipwrecks, pirates, murder. Walter becomes embroiled in matters he does not understand that will place his own life in peril not once but several times before the end of the adventure.
Fiction

Sword of Shame

Author: The Medieval Murderers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847396607

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 6587

From its first arrival in Britain with the Norman forces of William the Conqueror, violence and revenge are the cursed sword's constant companions. From an election-rigging scandal in 13th century Venice to the battlefield of Poitiers in 1356, as the Sword of Shame passes from owner to owner in this compelling collection of interlinked mysteries, it brings nothing but bad luck and disgrace to all whoever possesses it.
Fiction

The Heretics

John Shakespeare 5

Author: Rory Clements

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1848544359

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 6147

For fans of CJ Sansom and SJ Parris, THE HERETICS is the fifth in Rory Clements' acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, 'does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times England may have survived the Armada threat of 1588, but when Spanish galleys land troops in Cornwall on a lightning raid seven years later, is it a dry-run for a new invasion? Revenge for the sacking of Spanish shipping and ports? A warning shot to Drake and Hawkins? Or is there, perhaps, a more sinister motive? The Queen is speechless with rage at Spain's temerity. Sir Robert Cecil demands answers. But as John Shakespeare tries to get a grip on events, England's secret defences begin to unravel as one by one his network of spies is horribly murdered. But what has all this to do with Thomasyn Jade, a girl driven to the edge of madness by the foul rituals of exorcism? And what is the link to a group of priests held prisoner in the bleak confines of Wisbech Castle? From the pain-wracked torture rooms of the Inquisition in Seville to the marshy wastes of fenland, from the wild coasts of Cornwall to the sweat and sawdust of the Elizabethan playhouses, and from the condemned cell at Newgate to the devilish stench of brimstone and fear as demons are driven out by unspeakable means, THE HERETICS builds to a terrifying climax that threatens the life of the Queen herself.
Fiction

The Gospel of Mary

A Celtic Adventure

Author: Philip Freeman

Publisher: Sister Deirdre Mysteries

ISBN: 9781681775081

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3879

An old and dying nun has turned up at Deirdre's monastery in Ireland with an ancient manuscript on a papyrus roll. When Deirdre reads the first line, she realizes it claims to be a previously unknown gospel written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. The church authorities in Rome have been seeking to destroy this gospel for centuries, claiming it is a forgery that threatens the very foundations of the faith.Deirdre begins to translate the gospel, but when a delegate of the pope arrives in Kildare searching for the text, she must set out across Ireland seeking safety as the church and its henchmen are hot on her trail. What does the gospel say? And why is the church so afraid of it?

Scoundrels

Author: Duncan Crowe,James Peak

Publisher: Scoundrels

ISBN: 9780995716308

Category:

Page: 412

View: 8539

Viking Tales

Saga of the Lost Ship

Author: Jason Vail

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781721548149

Category:

Page: 238

View: 7706

Ari Thorgilsson builds a cargo ship, the Uxi, in a desperate attempt to save the family from poverty and ruin. Ari sails it out of his home in the fjords of Norway to the Orkney Islands and then into the Irish Sea, where a chance encounter makes an enemy of Ivar the Younger, a son of the Danish Viking Ivar the Boneless. While pursued by Ivar the Younger, a storm drives the ship onto the rocky coast of a hostile land, where the ship is wrecked he and the crew are captured by native Britons. Execution or enslavement seem to be their fate. But there is yet hope, for Artgal, king of the British kingdom of Alt Clut, is in need of warriors. He promises Ari a new ship if he and his companions garrison a fortress on the border with the Picts to the north, while he takes an army to fight the Angles in the east. Ari and his friends accept the offer, and plunge into a year of intrigue and battle in the depths of the land that one day will be known as Scotland, testing their mettle and their commitment to their honor. A Pictish invasion seems to spell the end of Ari's dream of a new ship. And then a fleet of Danish Vikings sails into the River Clut to lay siege to Argtal's fortress, thrusting that dream well beyond his grasp. Or does it?
Fiction

The Man in the Snow

A John Shakespeare Novella

Author: Rory Clements

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062301896

Category: Fiction

Page: 100

View: 3441

A riveting novella set in Elizabethan England—perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and The Tudors. Just a few days before Christmas, a reluctant John Shakespeare—brother of a rising playwright—answers a plea for help from Joshua Peace, Searcher of the Dead, but he has no idea the kind of menace he will face. A naked man has been found in a snowdrift, a wreath of holly crowning his head and a bullet in his back. As all around him prepare for the festive season, Shakespeare must unravel a complex plot of passion and treachery and confront a cold-blooded murderer who will not hesitate to kill again.
Fiction

The Wayward Apprentice

Author: Jason Vail

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781452876818

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 9867

Stephen Attebrook, a crippled knight facing poverty and ruin, seems condemned to a quiet life when he takes a position as deputy coroner in the small town of Ludlow. But instead, he plunges into a web of murder and intrigue. A death Attebrook rules an accidental drowning turns out to be a murder, and he must find the killer with little evidence pointing the way. Then a commission to return a runaway apprentice pitches him into the midst of a conflict between a rebellious earl and King Henry III that is about to erupt into civil war. Caught up in the twilight struggle among spies readying for war, Attebrook races to defend the apprentice against a charge of murder while dodging killers in the employ of one of the factions. Thirteenth century England has never been brought more vividly to life than in the pages of The Wayward Apprentice.
History

Medieval And Renaissance Dagger Combat

Author: Jason Vail

Publisher: Paladin Press

ISBN: 9781581605174

Category: History

Page: 234

View: 3943

Daggers are mentioned in many modern books about medieval and Renaissance swordplay, but until now none described how daggers were used in combat. Drawing from sources written from 1409-1600 (including the works of Hans Talhoffer, Fiore dei Liberi, Filippo Vadi, Joachim Meyer and more), this book uses step-by-step photos and historic illustrations to demonstrate the deadly and effective techniques of European dagger fighting. Talhoffer and the others were men with real fighting experience, not self-promoted "grand masters" or denizens of the training hall, and they wrote the manuals that form the basis for Medieval and Renaissance Dagger Combat. The dynamics of the knife fight have not changed over the centuries, and the masters' lessons are as useful against an attacker with today's tactical folder as they were against the first dagger.
Fiction

The Man in the Snow: A Christmas Crime (a John Shakespeare story)

Author: Rory Clements

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1848548737

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

View: 8007

When a reluctant John Shakespeare answers a plea for help from Joshua Peace, Searcher of the Dead, a few days before Christmas, he cannot know what lies ahead. A naked man has been found in a snowdrift, a wreath of holly crowning his head and a bullet in his back. But it is no ordinary corpse. Shakespeare recognises him as Giovanni Jesu, a black man from Venice, a close associate - and some say much more - of the disgraced Earl of Oxford. Who would kill such a man and why? As all around him prepare for the festive season, Shakespeare must unravel a complex plot of passion and treachery and confront a cold-blooded murderer who will not hesitate to kill again.
Fiction

Marked to Die

Author: Sarah Hawkswood

Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd

ISBN: 0749022450

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9703

October 1143. His task dispatched, a mysterious archer melts back into the forest leaving a pile of corpses in his wake. The lord Sheriff of Worcester cannot ignore such a brazen attack on the salt road from Wich, nor the death of a nobleman in the wrong place at the wrong time. And so Hugh Bradecote and Serjeant Catchpoll are dispatched to hunt an elusive killer and his gang, and put a stop to the mounting attacks. But it is not easy to get the culprits in their sights with a reeve keen to keep his position at all costs, a lord with his own ends to serve and a distrusting and vengeful widow to whom Bradecote is increasingly attracted.

Bad Money

Author: Jason Vail

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534630406

Category:

Page: 244

View: 7624

Ludlow is a pleasant country town where not much happens except for the occasional murder or an attack by the savage Welsh, whose favorite pastime is the plundering of English villages when they are not fighting among themselves. Then a strange series of events strikes in what should have been a placid spring of recovery from the depredations of the Welsh - silver stolen from secret hoards in the dead of night while people were sleeping, a dead boy whom no one knows found in a glover's back garden and a dead man floating in the privy pit at the Broken Shield Inn. On top of this, one of Ludlow's leading citizens disappears without a trace, and counterfeit pennies turn up in the inn's possession. The penalties for possessing bad money can be dire even when one is blameless. Ludlow's deputy coroner, Stephen Attebrook, and his clerk and innkeeper, Gilbert Wistwode, would like nothing better than to enjoy the temperate spring weather, the Broken Shield's sweet ale, and the inn's other comforts. In what begins as an effort to save the Broken Shield's reputation and to recover the missing silver of a neighboring widow, Stephen and Gilbert risk their lives and fortunes, embarking on the pursuit of those behind a desperate plot to mint false money - a plot that stretches into the upper reaches of English society and threatens the throne of King Henry.
Fiction

Ordeal by Fire

Bradecote and Catchpoll

Author: Sarah Hawkswood

Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd

ISBN: 074902092X

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 7902

September 1143. Serjeant Catchpoll hopes a fire at a Worcester silversmith's is just an accident, but when a charred corpse is discovered following a second fire, he has no choice but to call in the undersheriff, Hugh Bradecote, to help find the culprit. Bradecote may be new to the job compared to his weather-beaten, wily and experienced colleague, but his analytical eye is soon hard at work. With further fires, a hooded figure stalking the streets, and a possible murder that has gone undiscovered for some months, the duo must avoid getting more than their fingers burnt as they piece together the arsonist's vengeful motive.
Fulham (London, England)

Fulham Old and New

Being an Exhaustive History of the Ancient Parish of Fulham

Author: Charles James Fèret

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fulham (London, England)

Page: N.A

View: 507

Fiction

Satan in St Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 1)

A thrilling medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 0755350308

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 3014

Will Hugh Corbett be able to discover the truth before London is overrun by a sinister secret society? Satan in St Mary's is the first thrilling book in the acclaimed Hugh Corbett series from Paul Doherty. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Susanna Gregory. 'Vitality in the cityscape... angst in the mystery; it's Peters minus the herbs but plus a few crates of sack' - Oxford Times 1284 and Edward I is battling a traitorous movement founded by the late Simon de Montfort, the rebel who lost his life at the Battle of Evesham in 1258. The Pentangle, the movement's underground society whose members are known to practice the black arts, is thought to be behind the apparent suicide of Lawrence Duket, one of the King's loyal subjects, in revenge for Duket's murder of one of their supporters. The King, deeply suspicious of the affair, orders his wily Chancellor, Burnell, to look into the matter. Burnell chooses a sharp and clever clerk from the Court of King's Bench, Hugh Corbett, to conduct the investigation. Corbett - together with his manservant, Ranulf, late of Newgate - is swiftly drawn into the tangled politics and dark and dangerous underworld of medieval London. Will Corbett be able to find the truth before London is overrun by the Pentangle? What readers are saying about Satan in St Mary's: 'Doherty has a gift for bringing distant ages alive and for populating his books with endearing, believable characters' 'Doherty makes this period come to life' 'Excellent reading, I had difficulty in putting the book down!'

The Outlaws

Author: Jason Vail

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781503051379

Category:

Page: 676

View: 996

Eustace FitzWalter, Giselle de Hafton, and Robert Attebrook could not be more different. Eustace is the bastard son of an earl, Giselle the sheltered daughter of a dotting gentry father, and Robert the son of an impoverished village carpenter. In ordinary times, their lives would not intersect. But when Robert breaks his uncle out of Earl Roger FitzWalter's gaol, he sets in motion a series of events that sends their lives colliding in a maelstrom of murder and revenge that drives them all outside the laws and customs of England. Step into the tumultuous years of the Twelfth Century, and stand alongside Eustace as he schemes to inherit his father's title, lands, and power, using every means within his grasp; Giselle as she fights to free herself from a forced marriage and to save her inheritance; and Robert as he struggles to rise above the limitations of his birth in the face of Eustace's quest for vengeance. A saga to rival Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth, The Outlaws sweeps from serene English villages and quiet forest glens, to French battlefields, remote Welsh fortresses, and even the court of King Henry II, where nobles and clergy vie for power and wealth, and disputes are often decided with steel and blood. The Outlaws is sure to please fans of the Stephen Attebrook mysteries, for it reveals the truth about the founding of the powerful Attebrook family - a secret that family would sooner forget.
Fiction

The Habit of Murder

The Twenty Third Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

Author: Susanna Gregory

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0751562629

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 5135

In 1360 a deputation from Cambridge ventures to the Suffolk town of Clare in the hope that the wealthy Elizabeth de Burgh has left a legacy to Michaelhouse. Yet when they arrive they discover that the report of her death is false and that the college seems destined for bankruptcy. Determined to see if some of its well-heeled citizens can be persuaded to sponsor Michaelhouse, Matthew Bartholomew, Brother Michael and Master Langelee become enmeshed in the town's politics. They quickly discover that a great many other people in Clare have recently met untimely deaths. These killings, combined with the arrogance Lady de Burgh has shown over the refurbishment of the church and the grotesque behaviour of some of her entourage, have created a dangerous restlessness in the town: an atmosphere intensified when yet more murders occur. One of the victims is a fellow traveller of the Michaelhouse contingent, and Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael feel honour-bound to identify his killer. It is a hunt which takes them deep into Clare's murky foundations and which threatens their own survival as well as that of their beloved college.
Fiction

Deeds of Darkness

Author: Mel Starr

Publisher: Lion Fiction

ISBN: 1782642463

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 3286

When Bampton’s coroner, Hubert Shillside, does not return from a trip to Oxford, Master Hugh de Singleton is called. Concerned for his old friend, Hugh takes to the road to investigate. Travel is safer than in times hence but, out of sight of prying eyes, it is still unwise to travel alone… Hugh finds a body, stabbed and left to rot, but it is not the body he was expecting to find. Indeed, reports of pillage, attacks, and chaos on the roads out of Oxford suddenly seem rampant. Hugh must ascertain whether the incidents are random, or whether something darker is afoot. The guilty cannot afford to be caught, but what lengths will they go to to cover their tracks, and will Hugh escape unscathed?