Ascent

'Bonington was a fabulous and very creative climber. He brought Britain back to being a leading nation of climbers'

A Testament to Murder

At the lush Villa Calypso on the French Riviera, a dying billionaire launches a devious plan: at midnight each day he appoints a new heir to his vast fortune. If he dies within 24...

The Unseen Hand

1917. The Lotus Hotel offers sanctuary for its exclusively female clientele, attracting the cream of London's society. But a dead body found in one of its rooms is hardly good for...

Cold Wrath

On a hot summer morning, Miles Law cycles into the village of Millington in the Vale of York, on his way to a few hours' work as an under-gardener at The Grange. But when he...

I Had to Go Sick

A story from Night in the Front Line, a collection of Second World War short stories. I Had to Go Sick tackles army bureaucracy as we follow an unnamed narrator through the army...

The Secret of High Eldersham

Samuel Whitehead, landlord of the Rose and Crown, is a stranger in the lonely East Anglian village of High Eldersham. And when the newcomer is stabbed to death in his pub, it...

Twixt the Cup and the Lip

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. When the Russian Royal Family Jewels are put on display at Orbin’s department store...

Choked Off

The villagers of Stoney Cross are busily preparing for their first Arts Festival and enlist the help of a local radio presenter. But the delight soon turns to dismay when the...

Blind Man's Hood

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. Inspired by the unsolved Peasenhall murder case of 1902, Blind Man’s Hood shows...

The Death Grip

A story from The Prisoner’s Defence, a collection of First World War short stories. When Hugh Latimer is shot in the head during combat, he is not expected to survive. But he...

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