The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy
By H.B. Lyle
'A thrilling story of espionage, murder and the creation of the Secret Service' Charles Cumming, author of A Colder War'[A] twist-filled adventure that proves far from elementary.' Wall Street JournalAs a boy, he spied for Sherlock Holmes. As a man, he must save the Empire.London 1909: The British Empire seems invulnerable. But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counter-intelligence at the War Office, knows better. In Russia, revolution; in Germany, an arms race; in London, the streets are alive with foreign terrorists. Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, but to convince his political masters he needs proof of a threat - and to find that, he needs an agent he can trust. The playing fields of Eton may produce good officers, but not men who can work undercover in a munitions factory that appears to be leaking secrets to the Germans.Kell needs Wiggins. Trained as a child by Kell's old friend Sherlock Holmes - he led a gang of urchin investigators known as the Baker Street Irregulars - Wiggins is an ex-soldier with an expert line in deduction and the cunning of a born street fighter. 'The best', says Holmes.Wiggins turns down the job - he 'don't do official'. But when his best friend is killed by Russian anarchists, Wiggins sees that the role of secret agent could take him towards his sworn revenge.Tracking the Russian gang, Wiggins meets a mysterious beauty called Bela, who saves his life. Working for Kell, he begins to unravel a conspiracy that reaches far beyond the munitions factory.Fast-paced, action-packed, full of twists and violent, sometimes poignant shocks, The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy marks the arrival of a brilliant new writer.
By Julian Stockwin
Unputdownable naval action from the master of the sea story - 'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' Guardian1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle . . .
In Love and War
By Malcolm Macdonald
Clive Mortimer - an aspiring politician and son of a wealthy Midlands industrialist, and Freddy Oxley - a mere apprentice - seem the unlikeliest of friends. But something in their past exerts a mysterious power over them. And it is not just Anne Howard, the maidservant who loves and is loved by both - yet cannot find happiness with either. Travelling to the Cape, the lush jungles of Venezuela, Imperial Vienna, the Ottoman court and the Carribean, the trio seek to create perfect lives for themselves. Yet inexorably their past catches up with them and when a long-delayed time bomb threatens their ruin, the solution they devise is the most astonishing twist of all.
The Ides of April
By Lindsey Davis
Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities. The vigils are incompetent. The local magistrate is otherwise engaged, organising the Games of Ceres, notorious for its ancient fox-burning ritual. Even Albia herself is preoccupied with a new love affair: Andronicus, an attractive archivist, offers all that a love-starved young widow can want, even though she knows better than to take him home to meet the parents...As the festival progresses, her neighbourhood descends into mayhem and becomes the heartless killer's territory. While Albia and her allies search for him, he stalks them through familiar byways and brings murder ever closer to home.The Ides of April is vintage Lindsey Davis, offering wit, intrigue, action and a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.
The Island House
By Posie Graeme-Evans
When Freya Dane inherits the small Scottish island called Findnar, the young archaeologist finds a treasure house of notes and artifacts from the island's Viking and Christian past. But that is just the beginning of a story that began in 800 AD. It is then that Signy, a young Pictish girl, survives a murderous Viking raid. Taken in by the Christian missionaries of Findnar, she learns their language and their ways - even the mysteries of writing. But before she can take her vows as a nun, she falls in love with the battle's other survivor- a Viking boy called Magni. Forced to choose between her faith and the man she loves, Signy's fate will be tragic . . .As Freya uncovers Signy's story and the secrets hidden beneath her new home, she finally realizes that Findnar is as dangerous in the twenty-first century as it was twelve hundred years ago.'Bursting at the seams with romance, intrigue, visions from the past, Viking marauders, battles, and lost treasure . . . Whether a mystery, a romance, a thriller, or historical fiction, this is the perfect summer read.' Library Journal
The Inn On The Marsh
By Lena Kennedy
Time alone would heal the sorrows of Hollinbury, bright dreams banish the old unhappy ghosts . . .The Malted Shovel, exuberant heart and soul of Hollinbury Hamlet, buzzed with talk while the ale flowed. Talk of Dumb Lukey's crazed acts and the romance between Lucinda and Joe Lee, the Thames bargee. Talk of the Crimea and the terror of Napoleon.At the tavern, hard-headed Beatrice and her sister Dot care for their invalid father and for Lucinda, their pretty orphaned niece. The inn is their livelihood but village business is ever Beat's business too. And now some dark cloud has descended on them all . . .
By Herman Wouk
Herman Wouk's classic novel moves on from the grand themes which have won him international acclaim - war, the fate of nations, and the indomitable spirit of man - to the quest for identity, in the clash between the Inside of faith and family and the Outside of the glittery American dream. Inside, Outside sweeps through more than sixty years, from the pre-war, pre-atomic innocence of the twenties and thirties to the turbulent immediate past. Scenes of rollicking family humour and show-business comedy alternate with sudden tragedy, the spectacle of a falling President and the explosion of war. A bittersweet first love, relived after forty years, and a tense secret wartime mission between Washington and Jerusalem call forth the author's renowned storytelling gift. An intense, personal book about intimate things, Inside, Outside is a merry, poignant, sometimes ribald picture of the American Jewish experience, by a master at the peak of his powers.
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 5
By Anonymous -, Anonymous
After a high-spirited but exhausting dinner party at the Mayfair home of American cinematographer Frederick Nolan, Rupert Mountjoy decides to accept an invitation from the gorgeous Amber Berlynne to catch a train up to Liverpool, and join a sporting party at Aintree racecourse for a spot of riding and the Grand National. However, before he leaves London, Rupert enjoys the ribald attentions of Becky and Dora, a pair of obliging working girls who both enjoy mounting a fresh young charger and getting the bit between their teeth.
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 4
By Anonymous -, Anonymous
After over-strenuous indoor exercises in London, Rupert is advised to get some peace and quiet. At first sight, the sleepy Devonshire village of Little Farcombe looks unexciting, but Rupert is soon taken in hand by the insatiable daughter of the local squire and then encounters a variety of most stimulating country characters. There is the passionate Miss Dunstable who enjoys nothing better than playing ball games with her strapping young gardener, and the curvacious Mrs Wilkinson who welcomes all newcomers to the village in her own very special way - whilst her husband watches through the keyhole! And still to come is the ravishing eighteen-year-old Amber, fresh out of school and eager to experience all of life's pleasures . . .
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 3
By Anonymous -, Anonymous
That notorious rouÃ© Rupert Mountjoy, having beavered enthusiastically through his studies at Oxford, is now free to enjoy the delights of London Society. And he doesn't beat about the bush - he just gets straight in there . . . At the throbbing heart of Edwardian London he encounters many an old friend and makes many a new conquest. Whether jousting alone or hunting in packs, he is always ready to play the oldest game in the world with the exotic American Nancy Carrington, his old but ever ready flame Diana, and droves of devilish parlour maids. And when a grand reception in York is organised for the king, what better way to travel than by train, thundering through tunnels and letting off more than a little bit of steam?
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 2
By Anonymous -, Anonymous
Going up to Oxford takes on an entirely new meaning when lusty Rupert Mountjoy begins his university career. Already well-schooled in the fine art of seduction, and having passed his entrance examinations with flying colours, he is more than ready to matriculate . . . And, as luck would have it, he finds many a frisky female to tempt him into the luscious groves of academe. For this is the dawning of the era of emancipation, when women conducted tutorials on private parts, and when they were more than willing to send freshers down . . .
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 1
By Anonymous -, Anonymous
We all have to start somewhere, and that notorious rake and roué, Rupert Mountjoy, started with a bang . . . Brought up in the delightful English countryside, Rupert, aged fifteen when we meet him, is ready to savour the traditional sporting delights of the privileged English gentleman - and to master the equipment needed for them. Who better to introduce him to these pastimes than a bevy of lusty, libidinous country girls?
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 6
It's the late summer of 1907 and high time Rupert Mountjoy took up Angus Tattershall's long-standing invitation for a few days shooting up at the family manor in the Scottish Highlands. Naturally in the best company, Rupert's fellow revellers include such culling stags as Angus's father, General Sir Warwick Tattershall, the Rajah of Tochestan and HRH King Edward VII (God Bless Him). Amongst the ladies of the house on parade are Mrs Keppel and Annabel, a most nubile seventeen-year-old of Mountjoy's acquaintance to whom both our hero and the Rajah take an immediate fancy, and soon the whole party begins indulging in a very uninhibited series of Highland Games . . .
The Imperial Banner
By Nick Brown
272 ADThe Roman Emperor Aurelian has defeated Queen Zenobia and crushed the Palmyran revolt.Faridun's Banner, hallowed battle standard of the Persian Empire, has fallen into Roman hands and is to be returned to the Persians as part of a historic peace treaty. But on the eve of the signing the banner goes missing. Recalled to Syria, imperial agent Cassius Corbulo is charged with recovering the flag. Accompanied by his faithful servant Simo and ex-gladiator bodyguard Indavara, Cassius must journey across the dangerous wastes of Syria to the equally perilous streets of Antioch. He and his companions face ruthless brigands, mysterious cults, merciless assassins and intrigue at every turn.
By David Wishart
Visionary, scholar, idealist, poet and author of a momentous epic and other timeless works, Wishart's Virgil is a man of contradictions: celibate but capable of great love; stuffy, sometimes prudish but often extremely warm and open; shy but with a talent for friendship and a certain magnetism. Through his eyes we gain an oblique view of great historical events: the assassination of Caesar, the downfall of Pompey and the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. He resists involvement in politics until fate leads him inexorably to the meeting with Octavian that is to result in the commission of his masterpiece, THE AENEID.
The Inner Circle
By Brad Meltzer
The darkest secret of the U.S. Presidency is about to be revealed.Beecher White, a young archivist for the US government, has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself . . . Until now.While Beecher is showing Clementine Kaye, his first childhood crush, around the National Archives, they accidentally uncover a priceless artefact - a two-hundred-year-old dictionary once belonging to George Washington. Suddenly Beecher and Clementine are entangled in a web of conspiracy and murder.Beecher's race to learn the truth behind this mysterious treasure will lead to a code that conceals a disturbing secret from the nation's founding. A secret that some believe is worth killing for.
By Robyn Young
1286 A.D. Scotland is in the grip of the worst winter in living memory. Some say the Day of Judgement has arrived.The King of Scotland rides out from Edinburgh into the stormy night. On the road he is murdered by one of his own men, leaving the succession to the throne wide open. Civil war threatens as the powerful Scottish families jostle for power, not knowing that King Edward I of England has set his own plans for conquest in motion.But all is not destined to go Edward's way. Through the ashes of war, through blood feuds and divided loyalties, a young squire will rise to defy England's greatest king. His name is Robert Bruce. Insurrection is the first in an addictive and action-packed trilogy in the tradition of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell and Manda Scott.
By Julian Stockwin
Napoleon's forces are poised to invade Britain, and Commander Thomas Kydd's ship is at the forefront of the fleet defending the English coast. His honour restored after temporary disgrace in the Channel Islands, and reunited with his ship Teazer, Kydd seizes the chance to fight for his country. Then Kydd is abruptly withdrawn from the fleet and sent back to Dover on a secret mission to guard a mysterious American inventor. Having worked his way up from press-ganged seaman to captain of his own ship, Kydd is furious to find he will miss his opportunity to prove himself in battle. And Kydd's baffled superiors are equally angry to lose Kydd and his ship at such a dangerous time.Yet Kydd's role in the approaching war may be the most crucial part he has ever played.
By David Wishart
When Corvinus receives a letter, with a tantalising PS, from his adopted daughter, Marilla, mentioning there might have been a murder, he hot-foots it to Castrimoenium at once. Not that everyone agrees that Lucius Hostilius was murdered. Poison was apparently the means of death, but Lucius was terminally ill: it was only a matter of time. Although he hasn't any official investigative status, Corvinus can't resist doing a little amateur sleuthing. And he has barely begun when two other corpses turn up and he is formally on the case. Lucius had been suffering something of a personality change because of his illness, so there is no shortage of suspects among friends and family whom he had antagonised. But Corvinus goes up many a blind alley before arriving at the heart of the mystery. As we follow Marcus Corvinus, clue by clue, on his twelfth case, we allow ourselves to be pleasurably diverted by rumours of Meton's love life - and by an authentic recipe for fish pickle sauce . . .