The Deadline Series Boxset: A Date to Die For / A Contest to Kill For
A Date to Die For
When investigative journalist, Alexi Ellis, falls victim to the Sunday Sentinel’s cutbacks, she and Cosmo, her anti-social feral cat, head for Lambourn. But this idyllic country paradise harbours secrets. A woman has gone missing under mysterious circumstances and Alexi still has a nose for a story.
So too does ex-Metropolitan Police detective turned private eye, Tyler Maddox. Driven out of the police by a vicious press campaign that accused him of racism, Ty hates all journalists on principle. But Natalie Parker had been using his sister’s online dating agency and Tyler needs to find her before his sister’s business gets dragged through the mire.
Reluctantly, Alexi, Tyler and Cosmo join forces. As they delve deeper into Natalie’s past, they are left with more questions than answers. Is Natalie still alive and, if so, what can have made her turn her back on her comfortable life and thriving business?
Someone doesn’t want Alexi and Tyler to find out and will do whatever it takes to ensure they remain in the dark…
A Contest to Kill For
How far would you go to win a reality TV show?
Investigative journalist, Alexi Ellis, moves from her high-powered job on a London Sunday paper to live in Lambourn—a sleepy village in the heart of British horseracing country. As an investor in her friends’ ailing boutique hotel she seizes on the chance to have a fly-on-the-wall televised cookery contest filmed there.
Disaster strikes when the sexy, provocative contestant, guaranteed to keep viewers’ temperatures at boiling point, is murdered on set; stabbed through a silicone implant with a chef’s knife. Everyone involved with the contest is suspect but the police home in on the hotel’s glamorous chef, Marcel Gasquet.
Tyler Maddox, ex-Metropolitan Police Detective turned private eye, is working on another case in the area. When he finds ties between his investigation and Alexi’s, he teams up for the second time with the attractive reporter, looking for answers. Delving deeper into the contestants’ backgrounds, they all have compelling reasons to want Juliette dead, but the police seem convinced Marcel is their man.
Can Alexi and Ty clear his name, save the show and secure the future of the hotel…
For any ladies out there who’ve ever agonised over their body shape – this one’s for you.
Maxine Small is invisible in a crowded room because no one can see through all the extraneous layers of fat to the sensitive girl lurking beneath. No one except local heartthrob Noah Fenwick. But he too lets her down when he ups and marries Maxine’s best friend—he pretty, skinny best friend whom he always pretended to hate.
Maxine runs away to university and doesn’t see Noah again for ten years. Slim now, she returns to her home town as a successful lawyer, hoping to lay the ghost that’s Noah to rest. With three children, Noah is trapped in a loveless marriage with no escape clause. Drawn toward him as strongly as ever, Maxine learns the true reasons behind his marriage to Cassie but, with the children being used as human bargaining tools, there’s nothing Noah and Maxine can do about their feelings, is there?
Jack Regent, ex-East End enforcer; Angela Shah and her fourteen-year-old twins, about whose father she is uncharacteristically reticent; Cardiologist Joe Porterhouse and his much younger wife Claire, about whose sexual deviances he knows absolutely nothing; Ed Brady who bullies his wife Stella and has plans to take over the club…this disparate mix of people are drawn together by their membership of the tennis section of the Porchfield Country Club on the Isle of Wight.
They get along together, after a fashion, until someone from Jack’s past pitches up amongst them with life-changing consequences.
Ashley believes her boss when he says his marriage is over. They enter into a steamy affair, and Ashley works her butt off preparing the company for amalgamation with a rival so that she and Matt can go public with their relationship. But Ashley's world falls apart when Matt's "estranged" wife appears at the office, heavily pregnant.
Ashley breaks off the affair, but Matt won't let up on her. He convinces her that he isn't the father of the baby but must stand by Eve until the amalgamation goes through because she owns a vital five percent of the company's shares.
Someone is trying to sabotage the amalgamation. Ashley delves deep, trying to find out who, and to rescue the man she loves from the brink of ruin, only to find that she's placed her own life on the line…
Suspecting that her husband Mark is having an affair with her best friend, Susie Alexander flees to Shalimar, the country cottage where she was raised by her grandparents. Far from the opportunity to lick her wounds in solitude, Suzie is befriended by an array of people living in the nearby animal sanctuary and accosted by a gross individual who seems to think she owns Shalimar and wants to buy it from her. Mark meanwhile is desperate to get Suzie to come home but how can a high-flying lawyer, working to an impossible schedule, find the time to convince his wife that he's not playing away?
As she approached the shack she saw a strange man sitting on her doorstep, reading a book like he had every right in the world to be there. She slowed her pace, her heart hammering in her ears, and did a quick mental revision of the rules. Which one had she infringed this time? Being incarcerated at Her Majesty’s pleasure does that to a person. Released from a three-year prison sentence for embezzling millions of pounds from her stockbroker employers, Lauren Miller is out for revenge on the man who inveigled her into a life of crime. Nate Black, American investigative journalist, is writing a book about women who commit crimes that are out of character. He tracks Lauren down but she refuses to talk to him.
Jeff Williams, the man who manipulated Lauren, urgently needs to know what happened to the money. It disappeared at the time of Lauren’s arrest and he’s convinced she must have it. When she doesn’t approach him, he sets a chain of events in motion that rapidly spirals out of his control.
Accused of murder, Lauren turns to Nate, desperate for his help. They set up a daring sting operation, designed to snare Williams with his own greed but are unprepared for the blistering passion that ignites between them as they see their plan through to a daring conclusion that almost costs Lauren her life.
When Lady Octavia Radleigh realizes that her ancestral home, Radleigh Manor, will have to to sold to cover her grandfather's crippling debts she'd gripped with an urgent desire to somehow save it. Jake Bentley, boy made good from the East End, has other ideas and vows to purchase Radleigh to prove to the world at large that he's made it. Octavia hatches a crazy scheme to turn Radleigh into an upmarket hotel aimed at the Americans. Now all she has to do is convince Jake to finance her scheme.
Sparks fly as opposites attract and forces beyond both their control seek to sabotage Octavia's efforts...
Unimpressed by the direction the police force was moving in, recently divorced and in his early forties, Charlie Hunter takes early retirement and sets out to live a quiet life restoring his trawler yacht. But his past won’t let him go and when Kara Webb, an attractive woman who was still a child when he last saw her, asks him to help locate her long lost sister, Charlie reluctantly agrees. Perhaps if he’d know it would pull him into the murky world of the Russian Mafia, sophisticated cyber crime, oh and world terrorism, putting his life in severe danger, he might have thought twice about it…
Charlie always doubted that Mike Kendall killed bookie Jeff Spelling. Persuaded by Mike’s daughter to reinvestigate, Charlie is drawn into the murky world of race fixing. When the solicitor acting for powerful gaming club magnet, Peter Garnet, is also murdered, Charlie is forced to confront dormant family issues when his estranged step-brother appeals to him for help.
His old nemesis, Inspector Gillian Slater, is out for Charlie’s blood. Charlie was one of the last people to see the solicitor alive so she’s convinced he knows more about the his death than he’s prepared to admit and is determined to pin the crime on him.
Charlie and Kara, suspecting a drug connection, are caught in a life and death situation, fighting against the odds to uncover the truth.
Risky Business by W. Soliman available 25th June from Carina Press and Amazon.com
Why kill the survivors of a sinking ship?
A speeding boat rams a life raft, leaving no survivors. A man embroiled in an investigation of potential suicide bombers disappears…
Retired inspector Charlie Hunter's belief that the two events are related leads him to accept a job working a charter between England and France. The only way to find out the truth is to be the man on the inside.
But Charlie's life is at risk on the rough Channel. All is not as it seems on the shifting seas, and some players are holding secrets that will change the game…and the sunken life raft is the key.
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