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  • Death of a Recluse Riley Rochester Investigates Book 6

    Death of a Recluse: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 6

    When fabulously wealthy young recluse Sir Theodore Allen is found dead from cyanide poisoning, Lord Riley Rochester hopes to discover the identity of his killer quickly. Riley is preoccupied by his wife’s imminent confinement and has decisions to make about his career.

    But Sir Theo’s circumstances are far from straightforward. He had invited his estranged family to visit, and his murder took place on their first night beneath his roof. Greed and resentment seem the obvious motives, as Sir Theo was about to astound them all with the announcement of his engagement to Miss Cassandra Bradshaw, dashing his rapacious relatives’ hopes of inheriting.

    Riley’s cells are overflowing with suspects—all of whom seem to have something to hide, especially Sir Theo’s long-standing servant and friend Matthew Trent. As Riley and his dependable sergeant, Jack Salter, delve deeper they become convinced that the murder has something to do with the death of Sir Theo’s parents twenty years previously in a house fire. Had Sir Theo discovered who was responsible for that unhappy event, and had he called his relatives together to reveal his findings?

    When Theo’s father’s long-standing secretary is killed the day after Theo, Riley must pit his wits against a wily and desperate individual who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks and hang on to his liberty. Can Riley keep his mind on the case and catch him before he strikes again…

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  • Death of an Artist Riley Rochester Investigates Book 5

    Death of an Artist: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 5

    Inspector Riley Rochester returns from his honeymoon to find that all is far from well as Scotland Yard. His immediate superior, Chief Inspector Danforth, is making life almost impossible for Riley’s team, Sergeant Jack Salter in particular.

    Riley and Salter are thrown into another case – the murder of Melanie Mottram, a governess and aspiring artist. The detectives discover that far from being an innocent victim, Miss Mottram was a calculating and manipulative young woman, not above using her natural attractions to get ahead.
    The leading suspect, one of the young woman’s art tutors, turns out to be Jack Salter’s nephew. Danforth seizes the opportunity, calling for the immediate arrest of the artist and the end of Salter’s involvement in the case. With Jack’s family loyalties threatening to destroy his career as well as Riley’s, the stakes have never been higher. With a long list of suspects, all of whom seem desperate to cast the blame elsewhere, what chance does Riley have of discovering the truth…

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  • Death of a Scoundrel Riley Rochester Investigates Book 4

    Death of a Scoundrel: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 4

    Roderick Woodrow is a ladies’ man. In the upper echelons of Victorian society he is much sought after as a “spare man” for events, parties, soirees and receptions. He is suave, sophisticated, charming and devilishly handsome – until he’s found bludgeoned and strangled to death one morning in his tastefully decorated rooms.

    To Inspector Riley Rochester, he represents an occasional acquaintance from his own class. Sergeant Jack Salter looks upon him as an idle womaniser with few morals and even fewer
    scruples. It doesn’t take long for Riley and Salter to discover the depths Rod Woodrow has plumbed to finance his lavish lifestyle. While the female half of society weeps at his demise, it seems that almost every man in London had a reason to want Rod dead. Jealousy, reputation, money, blackmail, double standards, hypocrisy and ruthless ambition are involved in a case that forces Riley to make a stark choice between duty and family loyalties.

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  • Death of a Prosecutor Riley Rochester Investigates Book 3

    Death of a Prosecutor: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 3

    Inspector Riley Rochester’s latest case strikes close to home. When his friend, notable barrister Sir Robert Glover, is stabbed to death outside his chambers, there are far too many suspects. Sir Robert’s family, those he worked with, shadowy figures from his past and every resentful criminal he ever prosecuted. What’s worse, the case is inextricably linked with a Scotland Yard colleague’s rather slipshod investigation, and Riley must be diplomatic in his dealings with his superiors and fellow officers if he’s to get to the truth.

    Riley and his sergeant, Jack Salter, take to the task with their customary professionalism – although Riley’s judgement is clouded by nervous anticipation of Amelia Cosgrove’s response to his proposal of marriage and by the sudden decline in his nephew’s health. Knowing that if his nephew dies Riley will become his brother’s heir, he must come to terms with the fact that he will one day be the Marquess of Chichester whilst simultaneously trying to solve the hardest case of his career to date…

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  • Death of a Courtesan Riley Rochester Investigates Book 2

    Death of a Courtesan: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 2

    London 1870 Detective Inspector Rochester—Lord Riley Rochester—of Scotland Yard’s Detective Department and his sergeant, Jack Salter, are called to a high-end brothel to investigate the murder of one of its inhabitants. Her throat has been cut from ear to ear after the customers had left for the night and the doors had been locked, and no one admits to hearing a thing.

    As Riley and Jack delve into the beautiful young victim’s background and the reasons for her fall into prostitution, an increasing number of suspects with compelling reasons for wanting her dead emerge. Riley is astounded to discover that his nemesis, Chief Inspector Danforth, is one of the brothel’s regular visitors. He was there on the night of the murder, spent an hour alone with the victim and must be viewed as a suspect. Riley could be forgiven for revelling in Danforth’s downfall after all the insults he has suffered at the chief inspector’s hands, but his concern is for the reputation of the Detective Department as a whole and so he does all he can to shield Danforth from public derision.

    Unsurprised by the depths of depravity some men willingly sink to in order to find gratification, Riley is unprepared for the damage that could be done to the reputation of his own family if he doesn’t get to the truth. But at what cost to his personal ambitions…

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  • Death of a Debutante Riley Rochester Investigates Book 1

    Death of a Debutante: Riley Rochester Investigates Book 1

    In 1870s London, Scotland Yard’s famous Detective Department is still in its infancy. Surrounded on all sides by critics and detractors, it has yet to earn its reputation. Lord Riley Rochester, younger son of a marquess, works as one of its first detective inspectors—but his uniformed colleagues view him with suspicion and his immediate superior resents all he stands for. With his career choice frowned upon by his own social class, Riley has his work cut out proving himself. Attacked on all sides, Riley’s only respite comes in the form of attractive widow, Amelia Cosgrove, and his effervescent niece, Sophia.

    When a debutante is murdered in the home of Lord Ashton, a man who considers his position and reputation as a fragile framework for his ambitions, Riley’s vengeful superior hands him the investigation, hoping to see him fail. As Riley and his sergeant, Jack Salter, delve into the circumstances surrounding Emily Ferguson’s death, it quickly becomes apparent that his own class expect him to exonerate its members from all blame. But the murder was committed at a society event, and Riley’s conscience won’t allow him to ignore the evidence that points to one of the guests—or hosts—being the killer.

    With Salter proving himself increasingly indispensable and Amelia unofficially helping with some of the more sensitive issues, Riley quickly discovers that the case is anything but straightforward. Everyone appears to have something to hide and no one seems to be telling him the whole truth. Fending off a mother determined to see Riley married and abandoning his career, and with Sophia clamouring for his attention, Riley is run ragged. Tempers fray as a heatwave holds London in its sweltering grasp and when a second death occurs, Riley fears he may be incapable of preventing a terrible miscarriage of justice.

    As the tension escalates, Riley comes under increasing pressure to solve both murders. Will he and Jack manage to uncover the true identity of the killer without endangering those whom Riley holds most dear…

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  • Loyal to the Duke Ducal Encounters Series 4 Vol 5

    Loyal to the Duke: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 5

    When Noah Coleridge accepts the position of lord lieutenant, a figure of authority responsible for law and order in Basingstoke and beyond, he is unprepared for the level of unrest that exists in the region. Unsure whom to trust, he turns to Zachary Sheridan, the Duke of Winchester, for advice.

    Zach is celebrating the birth of his fifth child and looking forward to spending time with his extended family over the Easter period. Aware of the rumblings of discontent in Basingstoke that could easily spill over into Winchester, he helps Noah to negotiate the tangle of dissatisfaction left behind by the disgraced Lord Basingstoke.

    Farrah Leighton, a friend of Lady Katrina Sheridan, is invited to spend Easter at Winchester Park. Still smarting after being jilted by the man she’d intended to marry, she has little time for affairs of the heart and no interest in matrimony. She admires the suave and sophisticated Noah Coleridge but will never trust any gentleman’s assurances ever again.

    When Farrah’s former intended appears unexpectedly in Winchester, Farrah is dragged into Noah’s problems, with devastating consequences. Noah, torn between duty and his growing interest in Farrah, finds himself the victim of a cruel deception. Caught up in a deadly trap, he must find a way to escape if he is to have any chance of saving Farrah from a forced abduction and restore order to the district…

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  • Beyond the Duke’s Domain: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 4

    Within the safe environment of the Duke of Winchester’s opulent estate, Ariana is finally reunited with her brother Raphael, a situation that Amos, the duke’s brother, worked relentlessly to bring about.

    Ariana and Raph barely have time to become reacquainted before learning that the man responsible for forcibly bringing Ariana and her sister to England is still plying his trade. Amos and Raph agree that he must be stopped, but without exposing Ariana to danger.

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  • On the Duke's Authority Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 3

    On the Duke’s Authority: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 3

    Zac, the Duke of Winchester, and his brothers rescue Lady Leona Marlowe from the unwelcome attentions of the man pursuing her and take her to the safety of Winchester Park. Frankie, Zac’s duchess, knew Leona years previously but the young girl she recalls is now an attractive widow being persecuted by her late-husband’s relations.

    Doran Conroy accepts Lord Vincent’s invitation to visit Winchester in the hope of interesting Zac in his Irish timber trade. A trade that is being hampered by a legal battle over boundaries. When Doran encounters Leona, already installed at the Park, and discovers that she is the owner of the disputed right of way, his suspicions rage full-scale warfare with his instinctive attraction towards the beguiling widow. Stranded at the Park in the grips of a bitter winter, Doran can’t decide if Leona is ambitiously vindictive or herself a victim of fraud.

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  • Masquerading with the Duke Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 2

    Masquerading with the Duke: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 2

    Summer 1826

    Tired of having his loyalties constantly questioned as a consequence of his father’s nefarious activities during the war with Napoleon, Jared Braden resigns from the diplomatic service and returns to England during one of the longest heatwaves in living memory. He purchases a rundown estate close to the home of Redrow, the cunning individual he suspects of being the real traitor working against British interests.

    Martina Sanchez-Gomez, one of two Spanish refugees rescued from an uncertain future by Lord Amos Sheridan, leaves her position in the Redrow household without explanation. She joins her sister at Winchester Park, the opulent home of Zachary Sheridan, the Duke of Winchester, where she is thrown together with Jared in a most unexpected manner. Martina feels an immediate connection to the duke’s handsome new neighbour. When she discovers that they both have reasons to dislike Redrow, Martina explains to Jared why she left the man’s employ.

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  • As the Duke's Agent: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 1

    As the Duke’s Agent: Ducal Encounters Series 4 Book 1

    Still bearing the scars of a brutal yet mercifully short marriage, Laura Hedley, left independently wealthy, accepts an invitation from her friend Frankie, the Duchess of Winchester, to stay at Winchester Park while she considers settling in the district. But trouble follows close on her heels in the form of her disgruntled stepson who thinks that Laura has stolen his rightful inheritance.

    Lord Simeon Pallister is convinced that his brother Albert’s murder was arranged by the adulterous wife whom Albert was threatening to divorce. Simeon seeks the duke’s help to track down the perpetrators. Lord Amos, the duke’s brother, sees an opportunity to exorcise his personal demons by helping Simeon to find justice, unaware that it will involve taking partial responsibility for Laura’s problems too.

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  • Protecting the Duke's Interests Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 6

    Protecting the Duke’s Interests: Ducal Encounters Series 3 Book 6

    With her brother away on his wedding journey, Ruby Bancroft comes to stay at Winchester Park as a guest of the duke and duchess, where sparks fly as she renews her friendship with Harry Darwin.

    Meanwhile there are forces at work against the duke, seeking to right perceived wrongs. An
    unscrupulous person looks to exploit Ruby in her brother’s absence with a plot that will bankrupt Harry and destroy the duke’s reputation forever. He sets about entangling her and Harry in a web of intrigue involving gambling dens and orphaned girls smuggled into Winchester from various
    European countries for disreputable purposes. But the mysterious figure who controls matters
    reckon without the ingenuity of two of his captives. Will those captives be able to escape a fate
    worse than death, and will the timely reappearance of a beloved family member be enough to save
    the day…

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