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Rutland Crime Series
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What Lies Beneath

Book 1

A peaceful Sunday morning in Rutland is shattered when a dead body is discovered on the rocks at Normanton Church.

The victim has been laid out in a crucifixion pose, facing the altar. DI Caroline Hills is certain there’s a religious connection — one which threatens the tranquility of life in the area.

The killer has gone to extraordinary lengths to make the symbolism clear. And the deaths will continue until Caroline and DS Dexter Antoine uncover the truth behind the dark secret — and what lies beneath.

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On Borrowed Time

Book 2

Each morning, the first train of the day leaves Oakham station and thunders through a tunnel under the village of Manton. But today the driver sees something that changes his life: A dead body hangs in the tunnel’s exit.

DI Caroline Hills knows this isn’t a suicide. It’s murder. And when a second apparent suicide appears in Rutland, Caroline uncovers a shocking link: the victims knew each other.

As Rutland Police fight to catch the killer, a group of friends is left with an even more shocking realisation. One of them is the murderer. And one of them will be the next to die.

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In Cold Blood

Book 3

A body is found under Welland Viaduct on a bitterly cold winter morning. But this will be a murder investigation like no other.

As DI Caroline Hills and DS Dexter Antoine begin to unravel the dark secrets in the victim’s life, they find themselves sucked into a web of lies and betrayal.

Rutland Police need to find the killer before it’s too late. But with Caroline’s health failing and their main witness suspiciously missing, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Dark histories, mysterious gifts and hidden secrets abound. But will they discover the truth before anyone else is killed in cold blood?

Kiss of Death ebook

Kiss of Death

Book 4

An elderly woman collapses and dies during a Sunday morning church service in Oakham. But things aren't quite as innocent as they seem.

Within hours, there's a second unexplained death in Rutland. Then a third. But the victims appear to be completely unconnected.

With the body count rising, DI Caroline Hills and DS Dexter Antoine need to uncover the link before more innocent people die.

Only one thing is certain: a killer walks the streets of Rutland. But no-one knows who the next victim will be, when they will be killed — or why.

Knight & Culverhouse
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Too Close For Comfort

Book 1

What if the serial killer you were investigating was someone you knew?

DS Wendy Knight’s first murder case was always going to test her limits, but even she couldn’t anticipate that a sadistic serial killer might be someone she knew – very well.

As her investigation unfolds, so too does a sinister plot that will turn her world upside down and make it increasingly difficult to distinguish friend from foe in her tightknit world.

By the time Wendy realises she is the killer’s final intended victim, she’s left fighting against her personal instincts – and for her life.

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Guilty as Sin

Book 2

A missing teenager. A murdered businessman. A huge, earth-shattering secret.

When seventeen-year-old Danielle Levy goes missing one lunchtime, DS Wendy Knight and DCI Jack Culverhouse believe they have a routine case on their hands.

When a prominent local businessman is found dead in his warehouse, however, the case takes a whole new disturbing turn as Knight and Culverhouse begin to unravel the connections between the two cases which lead to a dark and disturbing secret that will make them question everything they thought they knew.

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Jack Be Nimble

Book 3

They know when he will kill again… but not who he will kill

As DCI Jack Culverhouse comes to terms with his ex-wife’s dramatic return after she disappeared eight and a half years earlier and DS Wendy Knight tries to cope with with the devastating events of two previous cases, a killer is loose on the streets of Mildenheath.

As the body count begins to rise, Knight and Culverhouse start to realise that the killer is emulating the gruesome, grisly murders of the world’s most famous and elusive serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

They know he’s going to kill again, but they don’t know where or who his next victim will be. And what’s worse, they don’t know who he is either…

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Rough Justice

Book 4

Who hunts the hunters?

When a man is found dead, mutilated in his house, DS Wendy Knight and DCI Jack Culverhouse soon realise that Jeff Brelsford was killed for one reason: he was a paedophile.

As Wendy does her job and tries to find the killer, Culverhouse is less keen. As far as he’s concerned, this is justice.

With Culverhouse’s attitude and stubbornness leaving him on the sidelines, Wendy delves deeper into the dark and murky world of Jeff Brelsford, and what she discovers is enough to shock her to her core.

Could it be that the killer was someone very close to home… a police officer?

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In Too Deep

Book 5

No clues. No time. One chance to expose a terrifying secret.

DS Wendy Knight has endured both tragedy and pain in her short time with Mildenheath CID’s murder squad. Her grizzled partner DCI Jack Culverhouse has seen it all. But neither of them is prepared for a case without a single lead.

A journalist with her finger on the pulse of Mildenheath’s corrupt underbelly is beaten within an inch of her life. With a comatose victim and a defenceless child as the only witness, Knight & Culverhouse must reveal the horrifying truth before the ruthless killer comes back to finish the job.

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In the Name of the Father

Book 6

An anonymous phone call reveals a horrifying secret. But can it be murder if there isn’t a body?

Father Joseph Kümmel is not just a deeply religious and spiritual man. He’s the leader of a closed religious community at Hilltop Farm — one which kills members who want to leave.

When someone manages to get messages to DCI Jack Culverhouse and DS Wendy Knight about the goings-on at Hilltop Farm, they begin to uncover a web of dark deception and murderous intent. With a distinct lack of evidence and a community distrustful of the police, they’re left fighting against the odds.

The stakes are raised when their attempts to charge Father Joseph are blocked by higher powers. Will they be able to uncover the truth in time to stop his plans for a far more sinister fate for the residents of Hilltop Farm?

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With A Vengeance

Book 7

Eleven years ago. A bungled armed robbery led by career criminal Freddie Galloway leaves a police officer shot in the face, fighting for his life.

Present day. The shooter is released from prison, hell bent on revenge. That night, Freddie Galloway leaps to his death to escape a blazing inferno in his country mansion.

With arson confirmed as the cause of the fire, Mildenheath CID are left battling a web of lies as they delve deep into the dark underbelly of Mildenheath’s criminal underworld.

But what they discover will be enough to shock them to the core.

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Dead & Buried

Book 8

Two dead bodies. A corrupt trafficking ring. A betrayal that’ll shake Mildenheath to the core.

Two dead bodies are found buried beneath undergrowth just outside Mildenheath. The race is on to uncover their identities and catch their killers.

When two young men tell police they’ve escaped with their lives from a local brothel where they were kept as male prostitutes, DCI Jack Culverhouse and DS Wendy Knight are left facing a case like no other before.

But as their investigation into the people traffickers and kidnappers gets deeper, they realise the ringleaders will stop at nothing to evade justice.

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In Plain Sight

Book 9

A trail of death. A web of corruption. The ultimate betrayal.

A series of armed robberies on local petrol stations leaves Mildenheath CID chasing their tails. But things are about to get a whole lot worse.

When an elderly woman is killed during an armed raid on her jewellery shop, Knight and Culverhouse realise one of their own is involved — a police officer.

With the future of Mildenheath CID at stake and the lives of their loved ones under threat, time is running out — fast.

As they begin to investigate the web of corruption, they discover just how deep it runs — and how close to home. But are they prepared for the truth?

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Snakes and Ladders

Book 10

A body lies amongst the undergrowth in Mildenheath Woods. His hands are bound behind his back, and he’s been killed execution-style.

But the victim isn’t a gangland kingpin: he’s a well-liked young man, never in any trouble, who had his whole life ahead of him.

But as Jack Culverhouse and Wendy Knight begin to dig deeper into what happened, a shocking new truth comes to light. Was the victim quite as innocent as he seemed?

Psychological thrillers
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Her Last Tomorrow

Could you murder your wife to save your daughter?

On the surface, Nick Connor’s life is seemingly perfect: a quiet life with his beautiful family and everything he could ever want. But soon his murky past will collide with his idyllic life and threaten the very people he loves the most in the world.

When his five-year-old daughter, Ellie, is kidnapped, Nick’s life is thrown into a tailspin. In exchange for his daughter’s safe return, Nick will have to do the unthinkable: he must murder his wife.

With his family’s lives hanging in the balance, what will Nick do? Can he and his family survive when the evil that taunts them stems from the sins of his past?

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Only The Truth

He’s not the perfect husband. But he is the perfect suspect.

Dan Cooper has never been the perfect husband to Lisa. He travels for work and plays the carefree bachelor when he can. But now, on a solo business trip, in a remote coastal hotel, he’s surprised to find Lisa in his bathroom. She’s dead.

He has no idea how she got there but one chilling fact is clear: everything points to Dan having murdered her. Someone is trying to frame him. Someone who might still be watching. In a panic, he goes on the run. But even as he flees across Europe, his unknown enemy stacks up the evidence against him.

Dan is determined to clear his name and take revenge on Lisa’s killer, but the culprit is closing in. And then there’s the agony of his own guilty conscience. No, he didn’t kill her—but is it all his fault?

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In Her Image

He’s watching. He knows everything about you. And you don’t even know he’s there.

No-one believes Alice Jefferson’s stalker exists. But he’s been in her house. And he’s made sure she knows it.

With the police unable to find any trace of him, Alice starts to doubt her own sanity. But then she uncovers his true identity — a shocking revelation that will turn her entire world upside down and leave her unable to trust anybody — even herself.

When she discovers his chilling plans, Alice is left terrified and frightened for her life. Can she escape before it’s too late?

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Tell Me I’m Wrong

What if you discovered your husband was a serial killer?

Megan Miller is an ordinary woman with a young family — until a shocking discovery shatters her perfect world.

When two young boys are brutally murdered in their tight-knit village community, Megan slowly begins to realise the signs all point to the lovable local primary school teacher: her husband.

But when she begins to delve deeper into her husband’s secret life, she makes discoveries that will make her question everything she knows — and make her fear for her young daughter’s life.

Facing an impossible decision, she is desperate to uncover the truth. But once you know something, it can’t be unknown. And the more she learns, the more she wishes she never knew anything at all…

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The Perfect Lie

What if you were framed for a murder you didn’t commit?

Amy Walker lives the perfect family life with her husband and two young sons. Until a knock at the door turns their lives upside down.

It’s the police. Her father-in-law is dead and they’re arresting her for his murder.

The evidence against her is overwhelming. Forensics and witnesses place her at the scene. But there’s only one problem:

She didn’t do it.

With her family destroyed and a murder sentence looming, Amy must discover who murdered her father-in-law — and why they’re so hell-bent on framing her as the killer.

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Closer To You

What if your loved one wanted you dead?

Grace wants to spend the rest of her life with Tom. She needs to. Because otherwise he’ll kill her.

He’s the perfect gentleman. He’s kind, attentive and caring. Her family love him. And he needs Grace dead. But why?

As the feeling grows that Tom is not as perfect as he seems, he begins to slowly and systematically destroy her life. Can she discover the truth and escape with her life?

Kempston Hardwick Mysteries
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Exit Stage Left

Book 1

Charlie Sparks brought a whole new meaning to dying on stage…

Charlie Sparks had it all. A former primetime television personality, his outdated style has seen him relegated to the scrapheap.

When he collapses and dies during a stand-up routine at a local pub, mysterious bystander Kempston Hardwick is compelled to investigate his suspicious death.

As Hardwick begins to unravel the mystery, he quickly comes to realise that Charlie Sparks’s death throws up more peculiar questions than answers.

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The Westerlea House Mystery

Book 2

Oscar Whitehouse foretold his own death on live TV. Hours later, he’s found dead in a locked room. But who killed him?

When TV psychic Oscar Whitehouse is found murdered inside a locked room, private detective Kempston Hardwick and his friend Ellis Flint are called in to investigate.

Within a matter of days, a second murder takes place in the small village of Tollinghill and a local resident claims she saw the already-dead Oscar Whitehouse at the scene, apparently alive and well. Hardwick and Flint realise they have more than just a conventional mystery in the village. Can they uncover the secret of the Tollinghill murders, before it’s too late?

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Death Under the Sun

Book 3

Holidays can be murder…

Sun, sea, sand and murder. How do you find a killer amongst a group of holidaymakers with their own hidden agendas and sordid backgrounds?

After solving two particularly tricky murder cases, Kempston Hardwick needs a holiday. At least that’s what his friend, Ellis Flint, in his infinite wisdom, believes.

When the pair arrive on the twenty-four-hour Greek party island of Friktos, Hardwick is in his idea of hell. Eventually, he decides to make the most of his holiday and to try to relax.

That is until one of their fellow holidaymakers is found dead in their apartment…

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The Thirteenth Room

Book 4

How do you stop a killer when nobody believes there’s been a murder?

A tragic suicide at the Manor Hotel rattles the community, evokes sympathy for the new widow, and makes Kempston Hardwick suspicious. The more he learns about the suspicious death, the more sure he is that whatever happened in room 13 wasn’t suicide.

When the local police are reluctant to investigate, it’s up to Hardwick and his friend Ellis to unravel the mystery. But, before the two men can even finish processing all the clues, another dead body, another supposed suicide, is discovered in room 13.

Rumors of a supernatural culprit begin to get harder to ignore as the danger and the body count mount at the Manor Hotel.

Will Hardwick discover the true killer, or will he and Ellis become the next guests who go to room 13 to check out permanently?

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The Wrong Man

Book 5

Book launches are rarely exciting. The odd murder tends to spice things up a bit, though.

When famous novelist Rupert Pearson’s PA doesn’t turn up for his book launch at the Freemason’s Arms, he’s more annoyed than upset. He certainly didn’t expect someone to find her face-down in a ditch.

For Kempston Hardwick, dead PAs are business as usual. Unfortunately. At least there are lots of excuses to visit the pub.

But why had she made so many enemies? Why are the police so keen to fit up an innocent man? And where did Doug’s pickled onions go?

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