In the elegant city of Bath the tills are ringing for Christmas and some wag is sticking red noses on the deer set in prominent places around the city. There’s a Dickensian quality to the misted alleys where people move like shadows whilst flexing their credit cards and cash. Honey has a lot of parties booked at the Green River Hotel. One of them is from a publishing house owned by a chap called Scrimshaw – who used to have a partner called Mallory. Shades of A Christmas Carol? Except murder happens. So the time of peace and goodwill doesn’t happen for Honey and her beau, Steve Doherty. There’s a murderer loose and might just be closer than she’d like.
It’s 1936. The old king has died. A new king takes the throne. Hunger marches are still happening. Like many people Jenny and her family are struggling. They live in a tenement in the centre of Bristol dating from the Middle Ages. Water is down flights of stairs from a pump in the backyard. Their rooms in the shared house are lit by gas. Is it too much to hope for better? Things begin to get better when Roy gets more work, but the world is on the brink of even greater upheaval. So too in Jenny’s life. Is it so wrong to yearn for a house with a garden – or indeed for a meaningful relationship? Things don’t change much – until they move to Coronation Close.
The Roman Baths in the city of Bath are reknowned the world over. The feel of the centuries hangs over you. Steam rises from its hot springs. It’s awesome, but even so you don’t expect murder. Honey deals with a cruel reviewer, a giant teddy bear and Superman – or someone who liked to think they were. Hilarious and, as always, slightly mad.
When a woman drowns in what should have been a rejuvenating mud bath, Honey is sent under cover to find out more. A cinch – but it isn’t. It’s torture. The food is best given to rabbits. Chocolate and cheese are not allowed. Can she possibly concentrate on solving this case, or will she end up eating the furniture?
Ten year old Magda Brodie’s world is torn apart when her mother dies in the workhouse two weeks before Christmas.
Her wastrel father arranges for her sisters to be sent to their grandparents in Ireland and for her younger brother to be adopted leaving Magda distraught with worry as her family are scattered far and wide.
Magda, as the eldest girl is sent to live with her Aunt Bridget who for whatever reason, holds a bitter resentment towards Magda.
But adversity makes Magda strong and determined. She dreams of happier times, to reunite her family and make her Christmas Wish come true.
Honey Driver has engaged a top notch interior designer to upgrade the reception area of The Green River Hotel. Unfortunately Philippe is found dead, choked by a Victorian lavatory flush handle.
A film crew has come to Bath. Yet another Jane Austen film is in the offing. Honey, friends and family trot along as extras, but there’s more drama off screen than on. Tempermental Martyna Manderley is not flavour of the month with anyone and when she’s found stabbed with a hat pin there’s a list of people who admit to not liking her. It doesn’t help when Honey picks up a bloodstained script and becomes number one suspect.
One sultry evening in Kowloon, Dr Rowena Rossiter and Sister Alice Huntley are off-duty and in search of fun – little knowing that their world is on the brink of collapse.
That night, Rowena will meet two men who will fight for her heart for the next four years. Connor O’Connor, the rebellious Irish soldier, who will woo and then lose her, and Kim Pheloung. Immensely rich and the most beautiful man Rowena has ever seen, he is also the most ruthless, with a sinister need to possess and control.
When the Japanese invasion leaves this previously strong and independent woman raped and broken, who will succeed in claiming Rowena’s body and soul? And will she ever learn to love the child born of that terrible Christmas Day?
India, 1940. When Nadine learns that the Indian woman she thought her nanny is, in fact, her mother, she rebels against her English father and he arranges for her to be wed to an Australian merchant many years older. She is whisked off to her new husband’s plantation in Malaya but as the Second World War rages throughout the East, Nadine is taken captive by the Japanese. She is held at a camp in Sumatra with other women and forced to entertain the soldiers and satisfy their desires. In the most unlikely circumstances, Nadine finds an ally and protector in a Japanese—American major caught up in the war. The two bond over their conflicted identities and gradually fall in love. But can Nadine survive long enough to find happiness?
A young girl’s loss will shape her future… and her dreams
When Catherine Rodriguez’s father marries and her mother commits suicide, she is sent to live with her aunt above the rich vineyards of the Douro valley in Portugal.
Years later, when Catherine’s ruthless father, Walter Shellard, reappears, he presumes she’s malleable. But Catherine has never forgotten her mother, and never forgiven him for marrying someone else. One day she will have her revenge…