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One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time.
But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.
In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.
In 1950s England, six-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy; she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts almost immediately. But when his attentions wander to Gracie, an even more sinister pattern of behaviour begins.
As Gracie grows older she finds solace and liberation in books, poetry and her enduring friendship with Billy, with whom she escapes into the poetic fantasy worlds they create.
But will fantasy be enough to save Gracie? Just how far will Uncle Joe’s psychopathic behaviour go?
The story weaves between these events and the visits Billy pays many years later to an old friend, confused and dying in a hospice. It is here that he is forced to revisit the events of the past.
Seas of Snow is a haunting and psychological domestic drama with an unexpected twist and considerable emotional punch.
Paul Temple swings into the Sixties in these five complete radio dramas starring Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury – plus bonus archive material.
Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case (1960)
A dead girl's father is sure the police have placed the wrong man in the gallows. This 1960s remake version is published for the first time.
Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery (1961)
The suave sleuth tries to connect his wife's kidnapping with a body dressed in an expensive designer coat.
Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery (1963)
After meeting an American couple on a flight, Paul Temple is soon investigating another murder in this 1963 remake.
Paul Temple and Geneva Mystery (1965)
A woman thinks her late husband is still alive – and someone would prefer Paul Temple dead...
Paul Temple and the Alex Affair (1968)
The debonair detective investigates three murders, all linked to the mysterious and elusive 'Alex'.
This volume also includes the bonus 2005 radio feature Peter Coke and the Paul Temple Affair, introducing the man behind radio's smoothest and most sophisticated sleuth. Actor Peter Coke talks to Michaela Saunders about how he got the part, what he thinks of his famous catchphrase and more.
Duration: 18 hours approx.
Charles Paris returns in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett’s humorous theatrical mystery, starring Bill Nighy.
A job in pantomime seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory.
When the star is shot dead, and Charles finds the body, he finds himself under suspicion. As the slapstick makes way for a murder investigation, he decides to clear his name by doing some sleuthing of his own. With a host of suspects and the body count rising, the line 'they're behind you' soon begins to take on a very sinister meaning indeed...
Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his wife Frances, in this funny and fast-paced dramatisation by Jeremy Front. Duration: 2 hours approx.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama starring Derek Martin, the precursor to the popular TV series and novels.
Jack Frost is disheveled, disorganised and disrespectful. His superiors don't like him. He has a habit of doing things his way – and getting results. But when Denton CID is faced with a spate of major crimes, Frost finds himself under pressure.
A young woman becomes the sixth victim of a multiple rapist, a teenage girl goes missing, there's a robbery at the Purple Parrot nightclub, and an old man is injured in a hit-and-run. With all this on his plate, Frost has little time and less patience for paperwork – but if he doesn't submit the overtime reports, there will be hell to pay. Has Frost bitten off more than he can chew?
A Touch of Frost gave rise to a hugely successful TV series that ran between 1992 and 2010. This gritty drama, first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1982, features Derek Martin as Jack Frost, with a supporting cast including Haydn Wood, Stephen Thorne and Alan Dudley.
Classic Radio Crime: presenting vintage detectives for your investigation! Duration: 1 hour 25 mins approx.
Seven instalments of the classic radio crime drama starring Cecil Parker, plus special documentary feature A Case for Dr Morelle.
Dr Morelle uses psychological insight, criminology and dogged persistence to solve cases. Here he must deduce the answers to mysteries including a hotel death, a man tormented by nightmares, and deadly threats made to an elderly spinster.
Created by Ernest Dudley as 'the man you love to hate', sarcastic, self-opinionated psychiatrist-sleuth Dr Morelle first appeared on the radio show Monday Night at Eight in 1942. He was one of the most memorable of the British radio detectives and thrilled millions week after week with his unique combination of arrogance and omniscience.
First broadcast on BBC radio in 1957, and published here for the very first time, these seven episodes are Alarm Call; Confession of Guilt; Threat to Kill; The Sleepwalker; The Blackmailer; Voice in the Night and The Will. Also included is a 1999 BBC radio documentary, A Case for Dr Morelle, in which cultural historian and mystery aficionado Professor Jeffrey Richards examines the casebook of the Harley Street detective.
Classic Radio Crime: presenting vintage detectives for your investigation!
Duration: 4 hours approx
Setagaya ward, Tokyo
Inspector Kosuke Iwata, newly transferred to Tokyo's homicide department, is assigned a new partner and a secondhand case.
Blunt, hard as nails and shunned by her colleagues, Assistant Inspector Noriko Sakai is a partner Iwata decides it would be unwise to cross.
A case that's complicated - a family of four murdered in their own home by a killer who then ate ice cream, surfed the web and painted a hideous black sun on the bedroom ceiling before he left in broad daylight. A case that so haunted the original investigator that he threw himself off the city's famous Rainbow Bridge.
Carrying his own secret torment, Iwata is no stranger to pain. He senses the trauma behind the killer's brutal actions. Yet his progress is thwarted in the unlikeliest of places.
Fearing corruption among his fellow officers, tracking a killer he's sure is only just beginning and trying to put his own shattered life back together, Iwata knows time is running out before he's taken off the case or there are more killings . . .
Blue Light Yokohama is crime fiction at its very best - gripping, haunting, atmospheric and utterly captivating.
Praise for Blue Light Yokahama
'Obregón is a bright, sophisticated new voice in crime fiction: his writing sings at you, reverberates, makes you consider more than just the urgent clamour of his novel's well-hewn murder plot. In Inspector Iwata, he has created a quiet, troubled hero whom readers will be sure to follow from one disturbing, atmospheric story to the next' Benjamin Wood, author of, The Ecliptic
The most exasperating of all was the head clerk at reception, in his elegant morning coat and stiff collar, which was not wilting with a drop of perspiration. He was treating Maigret in a cordial way, or possibly feeling sorry for him, as from time to time he flashed him a smile, intended to be both complicit and encouraging.
There was a time when Assistant District Attorney Andrew Giobberti pursued his job with vigour and a certain glee - but now he mostly thinks about his next drink and the girl he can persuade to share it with him.
Then a case much like others lands on his desk: young girl, dead from a gunshot wound, crackhead mother, very guilty-looking boyfriend. Something in this ordinary if tawdry case uncovers a vast well of grief and rage in him, and in his urge to avenge a pointless death he sets himself on a dangerous path to either destruction or redemption.
'Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it.' Claire Douglas, author of LOCAL GIRL MISSING
A doting mother or a pushy parent?
Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.
Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel.
But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point.
Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn’t she?
'Another fantastic twisty-turny novel by one of my favourite authors. I am always enthralled by her books and this is her best yet' Jill Mansell
'The UK's answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing' Claire McGowan
'Sheer perfection. The Trophy Child is gripping, darkly funny and bound to induce spasms of guilt in even the least pushy parent. I can’t remember the last time I was so enthralled. I want to stand on a mountain top and tell everyone to read this brilliant novel' Mark Edwards
THE ONE BOOK YOU WON’T FORGET IN 2017
A gripping psychological thriller full of hidden fragments and dark reflections.
How would you piece together a murder?
Do you trust other people’s memories?
Do you trust your own?
Princeton, 1987: renowned psychologist Professor Joseph Weider is brutally murdered.
New York, twenty-five years later: literary agent Peter Katz receives a manuscript. Or is it a confession?
Today: unearth the secrets of The Book of Mirrors and discover why your memory is the most dangerous weapon of all.
Already translated into 37 languages, The Book of Mirrors is the perfect novel for fans of psychological suspense and reading group fiction.
Praise for The Book of Mirrors
'Intelligent and sophisticated - a crime story told the way Picasso painted pictures. Highly recommended.' Lee Child
'I loved this twisty mind game! The Book Of Mirrors starts with a secret manuscript about a cold-case murder and then uses a host of characters and perspectives to make you look in every direction but at the truth. Who is lying? Is anyone's recall perfect? This isn't just a very clever thriller---it leaves us wondering how much we subconsciously manipulate our own memories to protect ourselves.' Julia Heaberlin (bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans)
'A literary thriller - complex, gripping and a beautiful read.' Jenni Murray
'An elegant, gripping, multi-layered tale about the illusory nature of truth and memory. I loved it.' Tammy Cohen
'The Book of Mirrors is exactly what I look for in a thriller: a great concept, brilliantly executed, smarter than it seems and knotty enough to keep you guessing. Like the best stories about memory, it leaves the reader wondering what's true and what isn't.' - James Smythe
‘This Romanian author's debut novel in English is an agile and provocative exploration the tricks memory can play’ - Sunday Times
'An impressive first novel, intelligent and well written’ - The Times
This twisty, brilliantly written tale of a grisly unsolved murder at Princeton asks if we can truly trust our own memories. This nuanced, multi-layered book has a cracking plot to boot and will be devoured by thriller fans - Sun
‘slippery murder mystery’ - Irish Independent
'Intricately plotted … Faulty memories, outright lies, and secrets make it hard to know whom to believe. The action builds to a crafty and believable resolution.' Publisher's Weekly
'This is a fine multi-layered, intelligent crime story that will keep you guessing about more than just the perpetrator of the crime. The author has created characters with depth and feeling. They take hold of you and immerse you in the story, leaving you reluctant to let it go until the final pages have been read. A certain winner.’ Reading Writes
‘I read The Book of Mirrors in a single sitting. It’s a brilliant novel that is utterly compelling’ Jo’s Book Blog
‘Beautifully written, with a very clever structure' Fully Booked
‘This is as much a whydunit as a whodunit and the reader is drawn deeper into a web of ruthless ambition, manipulation and revenge.' The Bookbag
'Chirovici draws his characters well and tantalizes the reader with judiciously timed revelations. A smart, sophisticated murder puzzle sure to please the more literary-minded aficionados of the form' Kirkus
'This is a meta-novel which possesses ripping momentum and brims with ambiguity. A high-grade mystery that’s ripe for investigation.' - Crime Scene Magazine
‘Intrigue, confusion, and considerable fact distortion reign supreme in the extreme trial by memory presented by The Book of Mirrors' - Little Bookness Lane
‘Already shrouded in hype and hysteria, The Book of Mirrors is going to be the one to watch in 2017’ - BookWormMummy
'This book is going to be a 2017 smash (but don’t cut yourself on the glass) hit!' - Keeper of Pages
‘The Book of Mirrors is a fascinating read that shatters the bubble each character is living in. Intelligently written, the novel offers a good insight into the depth of our memories, and the stories that shape our lives’ - Martha In a Few Words blog
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