English Historical Fiction
Rebellion's Message
Rebellion's Message
Paperback      ISBN: 1780295693
Introducing Elizabethan cutpurse and adventurer Jack Blackjack in the first of a brand-new historical mystery series

January, 1554. Light-fingered Jack Blackjack knows he's not going to have a good day when he wakes with a sore head next to a dead body in a tavern's yard. That would be bad enough - but when he discovers what's in the dead man's purse, the one he'd stolen, his day is set to get much worse. The purse explains why the mysterious man with the broad-brimmed hat wants to catch him. But so does the Lord Chancellor, as does the enigmatic Henry. In fact, almost everyone seems to be after Jack Blackjack.

If it weren't for the rebel army marching on London determined to remove Queen Mary from her throne and install Lady Jane Grey in her place, Jack could leave the city - but with the bridge blocked and every gate manned, there's no escape.

Instead he must try to work out who killed the man in the yard, and why. But it won't be easy as the rebel army comes ever closer and the death toll mounts ...
Rebellion's Message
Rebellion's Message
Paperback      ISBN: 1786894971

London, 1554. Light-fingered Jack Blackjack wakes in a tavern's yard with a sore head, his knife smeared with blood and a dead stranger lying beside him. Jack may have robbed the man but he's certain that he didn't kill him.

Unfortunately, the man's purse contains something much more valuable than money and, as the prime suspect for the murder, everyone is on Jack's tail. He needs to get out of the city, and fast, but a rebel army is marching on London: the bridge is blocked and every gate manned. Trapped in the city, Jack must avoid being caught long enough to find the real murderer.

Rebels Repentant
Rebels Repentant
Paperback      ISBN: 1908483814

At six feet tall and prodigiously clever, Deborah Wilson Horden has no hope of marriage in seventeenth century England. Her birth is unluckily timed when Horden Hall is on fire and her mother is prejudiced against her from the start. Her brother, John, born four years later, is cosseted and protected, but intimidated by Deborah's cleverness and at thirteen he is desperate to impress the family with an achievement of his own. He becomes passionate for the Stuart cause and runs away to Scotland with a Catholic youth whom he hero-worships. He sends letters home that he is travelling and sight-seeing with his friend. These console the family but they never dream he will join the rebels who are fighting to restore James the Second to the throne. Deborah envies him the excitement of new experiences. Her life is more study at home and inevitable spinsterhood. So, when a huge young Scotsman brings John home, wounded from the battle field, she is only too ready to respond to his instant delight in her. He loves her height, her forthright personality, even her great learning. But just as her brother's innocence had led him into rash rebellion, her joy in being loved leads her into drama and tragedy she could never have foreseen. The two young rebels are chastened by their experiences but what will life hold for Deborah Wilson Horden now?

The Reckless Love of an Heir (the Marlow Family Secrets, Book 7)
The Reckless Love of an Heir (the Marlow Family Secrets, Book 7)
Paperback      ISBN: 0008139857

'The romance pulls at the heartstrings' 4.5* RT Book Reviews

"You are reckless, proud, spoiled and everything I dislike "

For Lord Henry Marlow, the future Earl of Barrington, life is for living before he accepts his duty. No wager is too risky or challenge too dangerous - until a racing injury forces the Barrington heir to return home and prepare for his destiny. But the one thing Henry will not do is bow to his parents' wishes and propose to his childhood friend and neighbour, beautiful Alethea Forth. And he'll not put up with her disapproving sister, Susan, either, no matter how much he enjoys their verbal sparring...

Kind-hearted, bookish Susan Forth has always thought Henry arrogant and self-centred, and has never hidden her dislike of the rogue But this injured, vulnerable Henry reluctantly brings out her natural compassion, and a shocking desire for the man who is expected to marry her sister A stolen kiss leads to a forbidden passion - and for the first time in her life, Susan knows what it's like to be reckless - with a man who is finally learning to care.

But when tragedy strikes, their secret love is all that holds them together - and could tear their lives apart...

A new instalment in the passionate Regency romance series, The Marlow Family Secrets.

The Reckoning: A John Madden Mystery
The Reckoning
A John Madden Mystery
Paperback      ISBN: 0143126946
" Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Inspector John Madden--who debuted in the acclaimed River of Darkness--returns in a gripping post-World War II murder mystery

On a quiet afternoon in 1947, retired bank manager Oswald Gibson is shot in the head while fishing. In Scotland, a respectable family doctor is killed in the same manner--and with the same gun. What is the connection? Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Billy Styles and local detective Vic Chivers are baffled until a letter from Gibson is discovered that might shed some light on the case--a letter concerning former Scotland Yard detective John Madden. Despite Madden's legendary memory, he has no recollection of meeting Gibson or any idea of what their relationship might have been. Madden is happily retired from police work, but agrees to help his former prot g Styles and the clues they uncover only deepen the mystery. When a third man is killed in a similar fashion, Madden and Styles find themselves in a race against time to find the killer before another man ends up dead.
Red Adam's Lady
Red Adam's Lady
Paperback      ISBN: 1613739672

The fair Lady Julitta has a problem. She is not wealthy. She prizes her virginity. And her liege, whom she despises, is intent on rape. Red Adam is the lord of Brentborough castle--young, impetuous, scandalous, a twelfth-century hell raiser. On one of his nights of drunken revelry he abducts Julitta. Though she fends him off, keeping her virginity, he has sullied her honor. Then, to the astonishment of all, he marries her. Red Adam's Lady is a boisterous, bawdy tale of wild adventure, set against the constant dangers of medieval England. It is a story of civil war and border raids, scheming aristorcrats and brawling villagers, daring escapes across the moors and thundering descents down steep cliffs to the ocean. Its vivid details give the reader a fascinating and realistic view of life in a medieval castle and village. And the love story in it is an unusual one, since Julitta won't let Adam get closer than the length of her stiletto. Long out of print though highly acclaimed, Red Adam's Lady is a true classic of historical fiction along the lines of Anya Seton's Katherine and Sharon Kay Penman's Here Be Dragons.

The Red Hand of Fury: A Pre-World War One Historical Mystery
The Red Hand of Fury
A Pre-World War One Historical Mystery
Hardcover      ISBN: 0727887858
A series of bizarre suicides leads Detective Inspector Silas Quinn to revisit his own troubled past ...

June, 1914. A young man is mauled to death by a polar bear at London Zoo. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from a notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths - and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, DI Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims' possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process?
The Red Moth
The Red Moth
Paperback      ISBN: 0571278485
The 4th book in the Inspector Pekkala series As Hitler's forces smash into Soviet territory, annihilating the Red Army divisions in its path, a lone German scout plane is forced down. Contained within the briefcase of its passenger is the seemingly inconsequential painting of a hyalophoria cecropia, otherwise known as a red moth.

Military Intelligence dismisses the picture as insignificant, but in the state of emergency Stalin suspects a German plot. He summons his old adversary, Inspector Pekkala - the elusive Finn who was once Tsar Nicholas II's personal detective - to discover the real significance of this strange wartime cargo.

As the storm gathers around them, Pekkala, together with his assistant from the shadowy Bureau of Special Operations, soon find themselves on the path of the most formidable art thieves in history. Those real target is a secret and prized possession of the Romanovs, once considered to be the eighth wonder of the world.

But as the Soviet Union crumbles in the face of the advancing cataclysm, and the chaos of war is everywhere, Pekkala realizes that to protect the Tsar's treasure he must break through enemy lines. His desperate mission is to outfox the German invaders, or face the wrath of Stalin himself.
Red or Dead
Red or Dead
Hardcover      ISBN: 1612193684
A New York Times Editors' Choice

" T]he stuff of great literature." --The New York Times - "Red or Dead is a winner." --The Washington Post

The place where the swinging sixties started - Liverpool, England, birthplace of the Beatles - wasn't so swinging. Amid industrial blight and a bad economy, the port town's shipping industry was going bust and there was widespread unemployment, with no assistance from a government tightening its belt. Even the Beatles moved to London.

Into these hard times walked Bill Shankly, a former Scottish coal miner who took over the city's perpetually last-place soccer team. He had a straightforward work ethic and a favorite song - a silly pop song done by a local band, "You'll Never Walk Alone." Soon he would have entire stadiums singing along, tens of thousands of people all dressed in the team color red . . . as Liverpool began to win . . .

And soon, too, there was something else those thousands of people would chant as one: Shank-lee, Shank-lee . . .

In Red or Dead, the acclaimed writer David Peace tells the stirring story of the real-life working-class hero who lifted the spirits of an entire city in turbulent times. But Red or Dead is more than a fictional biography of a real man, and more than a thrilling novel about sports. It is an epic novel that transcends those categories, until there's nothing left to call it but - as many of the world's leading newspapers already have - a masterpiece.

Red or Dead
Red or Dead
Paperback      ISBN: 1612194389
A New York Times Editors' Choice

" T]he stuff of great literature." --The New York Times - "Red or Dead is a winner." --The Washington Post

The place where the swinging sixties started - Liverpool, England, birthplace of the Beatles - wasn't so swinging. Amid industrial blight and a bad economy, the port town's shipping industry was going bust and there was widespread unemployment, with no assistance from a government tightening its belt. Even the Beatles moved to London.

Into these hard times walked Bill Shankly, a former Scottish coal miner who took over the city's perpetually last-place soccer team. He had a straightforward work ethic and a favorite song - a silly pop song done by a local band, "You'll Never Walk Alone." Soon he would have entire stadiums singing along, tens of thousands of people all dressed in the team color red . . . as Liverpool began to win . . .

And soon, too, there was something else those thousands of people would chant as one: Shank-lee, Shank-lee . . .

In Red or Dead, the acclaimed writer David Peace tells the stirring story of the real-life working-class hero who lifted the spirits of an entire city in turbulent times. But Red or Dead is more than a fictional biography of a real man, and more than a thrilling novel about sports. It is an epic novel that transcends those categories, until there's nothing left to call it but - as many of the world's leading newspapers already have - a masterpiece.