Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs star in seven original BBC Radio 4 full-cast adventures for Holmes and Watson.
How many times did Dr John Watson tantalise us with passing references to a mystery which his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, never wrote about in full? In these original adventures Bert Coules, the chief dramatist of BBC Radio 4’s celebrated Sherlock Holmes canon, has imaginatively fleshed out seven such unrecorded cases.
The Determined Client: Miss Addleton engages Holmes to save her father's good name. The Striking Success of Miss Franny Blossom: Holmes investigates a respectable gambling club. The Thirteen Watches: Bizarre events on an express train brings a railway baron to Baker Street. The Ferrers Documents: A slum landlord and a missing witness figure in a dark tale of hatred and revenge. The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew: A night at the music hall ends in tragedy. The Eyes of Horus: A priceless Egyptian artefact vanishes from a locked casket in a locked vault. The Marlbourne Point Mystery: Holmes and Watson discover death, treachery and betrayal on an isolated coastal headland.
1976, war-torn Beirut. Under the cover of a massive firefight, an unknown band of armed men blast their way into the Imperial Bank of Beirut. Over the next 48 hours they load up three trucks with gold bullion, and the raiders and the loot disappear forever.
Two weeks earlier, a young SAS Major newly arrived in The Regiment had tasked his men with scoping out just such a Beirut bank robbery - strictly as an exercise only. But when SAS veteran Luke Kilbride presented his plan for the heist, the Major tore it apart as being a, 'useless piece of crap'. Kilbride didn't appreciate this jumped-up officer telling him he was a fool. Neither did the men in his unit. Together, they decided to prove the Major wrong and rob the bank anyway, as a freelance operation.
But whilst the heist went like clockwork, that was just the start of things going badly wrong for Kilbride and his men. Eventually, they are forced to hide the loot and make their getaway. Thirty years later, Kilbride and his team are planning their return. The only problem is that a powerful and ruthless enemy is hell bent on finding the gold before them. Kilbride dreams up a cunning and audacious decoy mission to lead them away from the loot - and so begins a race against time to get to the gold before the deadly Black Assassins group can catch up with them.
Alexander Short is a stylish young reference librarian. With his job in jeopardy and his marriage coming apart, Alexander meets the improbably named Henry James Jesson III, a book-lover who hires the librarian for some after-hours research. His task: to complete a cabinet of curiosities chronicling the life of a mysterious eighteenth-century inventor. As the investigation heats up, Alexander realizes there are many more secrets lurking in Jesson's cloistered world than those found inside his elegant Manhattan town house-
Sergeant Malcolm Ainslie of the Miami police homicide department is about to take a well-earned family holiday when he is called away on an urgent mission.A criminal on Death Row with only a few hours to live before being sent to the electric chair has requested that Ainslie hear his confession.Will Elroy 'Animal' Doyle finally confess to the series of grisly double murders for which Ainslie hunted him down?Or, as Ainslie is a former Catholic priest, does the convicted man's desire to 'confess' have a totally different meaning?
Anna Heymes, the wife of a senior government official, suffers from amnesia and from terrifying hallucinations: she doesn't always recognise her husband's face and sometimes not even her own. With the help of a psychiatrist, she learns that she has had a most complex form of facial surgery and now looks nothing like she did before. From this moment, two questions haunt her: Who did that to her and why?
In Paris's 10th arrondissement - the Turkish district - two police officers are trying to solve the mystery of the torture and subsequent killing of three clandestine Turkish women workers. One of the policemen is a newly graduated inspector, the other a regular of the disrtict, supposed to be retired. As the investigation develops they discover that the "Grey Wolves", a ruthless group of far-right Turkish mafia, might be responsible for these particularly atrocious murders.
As Anna is trying to find out who she was before she became amnesiac, she learns that she used to be closely linked to the Grey Wolves. Now she has no choice but to confront an astonishing and horrible truth.
When Justine Fraser found herself on an exchange programme in America, she had no idea that the quirky Nicky Bennet -- a brief, steamy fling -- would, years later, turn out to be one of Hollywood's biggest heart-throbs. Sexy, moody, outrageous Nicky is to die for, and when he goes missing, his enigmatic suicide note spins the media into a frenzy.
When Justine sees the note in the paper, she immediately knows that it is the one clue to solving the mystery of his sudden disappearance. Slowly piecing together the fragments of Nicky's life, she sets out on a road that can only lead to betrayal, violence and revenge, discovering that the man she is looking for might turn out to be an entirely different person from the one she fell in love with ...
The good news: the bugs are all dead. The bad news: we're next. The change begins silently, imperceptibly, inexorably. One natural effect topples into the next, like an array of dominoes that stretches to every corner of the globe. Before anyone realizes it, the earth's ecology has utterly transformed itself. And the days of the old world are finished. In an idyllic Long Island community, paleobiologist Richard Sinclair is one of the first to suspect that the environment has begun to wage bloody, terrifying war on humanity. What initially appear to be random, unrelated events are, in actuality, violent eruptions in a worldwide biological chain reaction. Along with a brave group of survivors, Sinclair must learn to understand the catastrophe while it roils around them, slowly crumbling a panicked world and energizing a reactionary fringe that welcomes the apocalypse. The survival of humankind depends on finding an answer immediately - for all else is dust. Charles Pellegrino, whose dinosaur cloning theory provided the scientific basis for Michael Crichton's bestselling Jurassic Park, has fashioned a heartstopping thriller which uses scientific speculation as the foundation for a masterful exercise in edge-of-the-seat suspense. Brilliantly inventive, frighteningly authentic, Dust is a pulse-pounding reading experience that will leave readers gasping for breath as its heroes confront the final destiny of their species. 'At last, a novel even scarier than Jaws' Arthur C. Clarke
Right-wing fundamentalist groups are spreading across America. Preaching against the government, they are not afraid to take direct action. And it's more than a matter of not paying taxes...they are prepared to rob, to murder, even to wage war against the US government.
And the only man capable of stopping them without vast bloodshed is US Attorney Martin Vail.
Battling against the clock, Vail and his team work to uncover what links the crimes to the churches, the felonies to the fascists. But what begins as a high-wire act of negotiation explodes into a personal nightmare for Vail, as his most sinister adversary rears his evil head. And as he comes closer to uncovering the heart of the evil, Armageddon approaches.
Someone murdered Nick Neumann's father.Now, seventeen years later, new evidence emerges implicating his father's employer, Zurich's venerable United Swiss Bank.
Nick is willing to do whatever it takes to find his father's killer - even if it means abandoning a glittering career on Wall Street and a beautiful fiancee.And when he infiltrates the bank in his search for the truth, he finds himself plunged into a world where everything - gold, power, even life and death - has its price. Sinking ever deeper into this clandestine world of unbridled greed and treachery, Nick turns to an alluring but dangerous woman with an agenda of her own, and soon learns that in order to catch his father's murderer he, too, must become a criminal.
As the bank comes under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Nick finds himself protecting the one man who may hold the key to the truth - the key to his father's murder. And as his search intensifies, as Nick gets closer to the answers, he must face the fact that his own life could be the final sacrifice he has to make.
When Linda Balfour, a young mother, is found butchered in small-town southern Illinois, a coded inscription stamped in blood on the back of her head brands her mutilated body. For Chief Prosecutor Martin Vail, the Bloody insignia drags up memories he'd like to forget - memories of Bishop Rushman, slashed and dismembered ten years ago by an altar boy, Aaron Stampler. But if Stampler is locked away, he cannot have murdered Linda. With his career - and his life - on the line, Vail needs answers fast before the killer signs someone else's life away.
Leon Uris's world-bestselling novel Exodus became a profound influence on thoughts and feelings about the state of Israel.In The Haj, the author once again portrays a tormented nation through its living people.
Haj Ibrahim - known as the Haj - is leader of the small but strategically placed village of Tabah.Sworn enemy - and secret friend - of Gideon Asch, Israeli settler, pioneer, fighter, the Haj and his men are seen first in all their false courage and manic ambition.Theirs is a world of oaths, blood, death and vengeance.But then his association with Asch takes him elsewhere - into diplomacy, and towards leadership of another kind...
In Exodus, Leon Uris told of the birth of a new nation.In The Haj, he foretells the death of a race, of a faith, of peoples who have no greater enemies than themselves, in a novel that is as violent and turbulent as the times in which we live...
From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio’s most popular series. When young drama student Mary Dreisler is found murdered in her flat, her father instantly sends for Paul Temple. There appears to have been no struggle, no robbery - no motive. The only possible clue is a package that arrives for the dead girl. It contains a gramophone record called 'My Heart and Harry' and attached is a note: ‘Adored every minute of it - Spencer’. Who is Spencer? Does the song have anything to do with the murder? If anyone can find the answers, Paul can...
The pleasant village of Market Kindle in the south of England is home to Stoneygates, a school for delinquent boys housed in a Victorian mansion belonging to the rich and elderly Carrie Louise Serrocold and her husband Lewis. When Miss Marple pays her old friend Carrie Louise a visit, she immediately senses that something is wrong at the school. Two gunshots, heard from behind the locked study door, seem to confirm her suspicions. Whilst Lewis Serrocold escapes this attempt on his life, however, the visiting Mr Gulbrandsen has met a grisly fate elsewhere in the house. What did Mr Gulbrandsen know to make him a target for murder? Who has been trying to poison Carrie Louise with arsenic? And what role in all this has Serrocold's deeply disturbed, self-styled assistant, Edgar Lawson? Miss Marple's infallible detective insticts succeed in raising these and other significant questions - and all she requires now are the answers... This full-cast dramatisation of Agatha Christie's ingenious mystery stars June Whitfield, with Keith Barron and Jill Balcon.
Costas Haritos, a CID chief in central Athens, is uncomfortably married, aggressive and pessimistic, and only manages to relax when he is at home reading his English dictionaries. A veteran of the force, he is only now coming to terms with the pervasive corruption in public and private life since the fall of the military dictatorship and the advent of democratic government.
When an Albanian couple is found brutally slaughtered, it looks like an open and shut crime of passion. But when Yanna, a TV journalist investigating the same case, is murdered in a broadcasting studio just before going on air, Haritos begins to think he's missing something crucial in this seemingly simple case. Why was she so interested in whether the police had found evidence of the presence of children at the Albanians' home? When Yanna's successor at the TV station is also murdered, Haritos finds himself sucked ever deeper into the grubby world of the Greek media and the shadowy underworld of international child trafficking.
Raymond Chandler’s first three novels, published here in one volume, established his reputation as an unsurpassed master of hard-boiled detective fiction.
The Big Sleep, Chandler’s first novel, introduces Philip Marlowe, a private detective inhabiting the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s, as he takes on a case involving a paralysed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail and murder.
In Farewell, My Lovely, Marlowe deals with the gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women.
In The High Window, Marlowe searches the California underworld for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin collector.
In all three novels, Chandler’s hard-edged prose, colourful characters, vivid vernacular, and, above all, his enigmatic loner of a hero, establish his enduring claim to the heights of his chosen genre.
Christmas morning greets Dave Cunane sourly. Manchester's most intrepid private eye is in jail. Often known to take the law into hi own hands, he now finds himself in the hands of the law. Framed and arrested for a cold-blooded murder, Cunane turns to the ever-tricky Delise, his part-time lover and full-time assistant, to save his neck and find out who the real killer is. But as the clock ticks away and the corpses pile up, Dave realises that more than one party want him out of the way, for good.
Included here are some of the well-loved Father Brown detective stories, surely among the best in the genre, and a range of poetry, serious and light-hearted - Chesterton wrote some of the best nonsense and satirical verse in the language. The main bias of the selection, however, will be towards his non-fictional prose, where, Dr Ker argues, his real greatness lies. In that sense he is the successor of the great Victorian 'Sages', Carlyle, Arnold, Ruskin and Newman. Selections will be made from his studies of Victorian literature (particularly his classic essays on Dickens, originally published by Everyman), his critical biographies of St Francis of Assisi, St Thomas Aquinas and William Cobbett; his apologetic classics Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man, his journalistic essays (a form in which he excelled) and from his best political and social criticism, with particular emphasis on his championing of the common man and the masses against virtually all the intellectuals of his day. Edited and introduced by an expert in the field, this substantial volume promises to bring its author back into prominence with a thorough intellectual and literary reassessment of his achievements
John le Carré (Author)
, Anna Chancellor (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Patrick Malahide (Read by), Simon Russell Beale (Read by)
George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess ‘the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin’. The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world’s second oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus’ latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Patrick Malahide as Ned, this engrossing dramatisation brings le Carré’s masterful novel vividly to life. 'A radio triumph... Simon Russell Beale’s pitch-perfect master spy' - Financial Times.