‘Crimson Rose’ by MJ Trow

Crimson Rose (Audiobook) London, 1587. A new play entitled Tamburlaine opens at the Rose Theatre, but when a member of the audience is murdered, young actor Will Shakespeare is the prime suspect and is thrown into jail. Playwright and part-time spy, Kit Marlowe, knows his friend is innocent and sets out to investigate. But when…

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‘Peril at End House’ by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House (Audiobook) When a young woman recounts a series of apparent mishaps, Hercule Poirot, holidaying in Cornwall, is intrigued. Along with his friend Hastings, he sets out to investigate what he believes to be a threat to the woman’s life. But how do you solve a murder that hasn’t been committed? I…

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‘The Song of Geneva Chance’ by Keith Dixon

The Song of Geneva Chance Private detective Paul Storey tackles what seems to be a straightforward theft – two guitars stolen from the home of a once-famous pop group. But he soon discovers there are much more complex reasons for the burglary, ones that include a bunch of dodgy Albanians, an obsessive fan and at…

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‘The Road to Jonestown’ by Jeff Guinn

The Road to Jonestown (Audiobook) Best-selling author Jeff Guinn turns his investigative talents to the life and work of preacher and so-called cult leader, Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre in 1978. From gospel/socialist beginnings in Indiana, to the events surrounding the worst mass-suicide in history, this is an enthralling and scary…

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‘The Midwich Cuckoos’ by John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos When the inhabitants of a sleepy English village mysteriously fall asleep, the authorities take charge, trying to discover how and why it happened. But aside from a few mishaps, no-one appears to have suffered any ill-effects and the incident takes on the significance of an urban myth. However, nine months later, all…

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‘Scotland Yard’s First Cases’ by Joan Locke

Scotland Yard’s First Cases In 1842 Scotland Yard set up the first detective branch. With very little to help in their pursuit of villains, the group was faced with a difficult task. Fingerprinting and DNA didn’t exist and there was no efficient means of communicating between one officer and another – let alone between different…

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Standing with Hemingway

A while back, I wrote about the advantages of standing up to write. Ernie Hemingway famously did it, as did Philly Roth and Ginny Wolf. And though I’ve had a standing desk at my work for a couple of years it was only when I moved to a new house recently that I got around…

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‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Jules Verne

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Audiobook) One of the earliest works of science fiction, Jules Verne creates a fantastical subterranean world in this classic adventure. Along with his nephew Axel and Danish eiderdown hunter, Hans, eccentric Professor Lidenbrock, charts a course to the planet’s core, with only the occasional clue left by…

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‘The Michigan Murders’ by Edward Keyes

The Michigan Murders In 1967, a 19-year-old EMU student was last seen walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A few weeks later, her violated, naked body was found on an abandoned farm. Over the next few years, six more bodies were discovered, leading the police into a murder investigation that would taunt them…

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