Orders to Kill

December 1917. Ada Hobbes has cleaned for Dr Tindall for many years and begins this frosty morning like any other day. But it turns out the house is not empty after all. The...

Rage of the Assassin

London, 1818. MP Sir Roger Mellanby attends a performance of Macbeth at Covent Garden, featuring Hannah Granville. It is the final performance of what has been a triumphant...

The Thimble River Mystery

A short story from British Library Crime Classic Deep Waters. When a man is found dead on his yacht on the Thimble River, an inlet off the Solent, series detective David...

The Body in the Dumb River

“For the most part, the dead man received public sympathy. A decent, hardworking chap, with not an enemy anywhere. People were surprised that anybody should want to kill Jim.”...

Under the Guise of Death

While attending a lavish masked ball in Venice, retired Scotland Yard detective Jasper has a shock when, at the midnight démasqué, he spots a woman whose accidental death he...

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...

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