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With her wedding day approaching, Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy doesn’t need the stress of a disciplinary hearing—or the disapproval of her soon-to-be in-laws. She’d welcome nearly any distraction from her complicated life. But she takes no joy in the grim realities of her current case.
On a snowy December morning, fourteen-year-old Kayleigh Harrison is found outside Patches nightclub in Leek. Nearly naked and half dead from the cold, she says she has been raped. As Joanna investigates, she uncovers Kayleigh’s history of unsubstantiated allegations against her stepfather. But there are possible links to a similar rape case six months previously. And when another underage girl disappears from the same nightclub, the disturbing pattern of a predator begins to emerge.
The boy’s body is scarred by cigarette burns, his hands tattooed and clothes scruffy – but he is wearing expensive Reebok trainers and on his left hand a monogrammed solid gold ring that belonged to the local MP, who has been dead for over a year…
Who is the young victim? And who is the mysterious old woman who watched his body burn?
‘Hauntingly atmospheric’ – Peter Lovesey
The second of Telos Publishing’s reissues of noted British crime author Priscilla Masters’.Joanna Piercy mystery series
Struggling to keep a tight focus on her work after a miscarriage and relationship breakdown, DI Joanna Piercy resorts to formulaic solutions to solve her cases: having seen the same situations time and again, she assumes all cases have a simple repetitive answer. So when Arthur Pennington enters her office in a state of confused distress and reports that his wife Beatrice is missing, Joanna does not reciprocate his concern. Convinced that his wife is merely involved in an extra-marital affair, Joanna is dismissive of Arthur’s concerns. Then Beatrice’s strangled body is discovered recklessly dumped on the Leek moorlands and she is forced to re-evaluate her stance. But perhaps Joanna wasn’t so far off the mark at all: it seems Beatrice suffered an unrequited love, which Joanna knows can be painful…but she never before believed it could be fatal.
A baffling and intriguing mystery, Wings over the Watcher takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the maze-like puzzle of the female psyche.
Dr Daniel Gregory, a GP in the small, picturesque market town of Eccleston, is becoming concerned by the frequency of visits by Vanda Struel and her two-year-old daughter Anna-Louise. At first he believed they were merely a symptom of a vulnerable young woman, over-protective of her child. But as the number of consultations escalates and the complaints become increasingly bizarre, Daniel worries that there could be something more sinister driving Vanda to the doctor’s surgery day after day…
Distressing developments lead to Daniel’s integrity being called into question, both professionally and as a man. His duty as a doctor collides with his conscience and the distinction between them becomes evermore blurred. His personal life is also far from straightforward; his wife is reluctant to allow him visiting rights to his daughter, a member of staff has a crush on him, and his overly possessive mother is on her way to sort out the mess…
With his professional reputation under threat – and even, ultimately, his life – Daniel quickly learns that nothing is as it seems: fine reputations can crumble; illness is not necessarily illness; love, not always love; and children, not necessarily innocent. But just how much is the terrible turn of events going to cost him?
‘Clear and well-crafted story-telling that pulled me in right from the start … I’m so glad that these books will get a wider audience.’ – Ann Cleeves
The third of Telos Publishing’s reissues of noted British crime author Priscilla Masters’ Joanna Piercy mystery series
Over the years, the residents of Shrewsbury have become used to the occasional flood – living close to the River Severn, it comes as no surprise. But the latest deluge stirs up more than just mud and silt, and the locals are horrified by what comes floating to the surface…
Coroner Martha Gunn is one of the first called to the scene when a body is found floating in a flooded cottage. Martha’s instinct tells her that this is a homicide – a hunch borne out by the post mortem. The victim is presumed to be the cottage’s tenant, James Humphreys, who recently went missing. However, when asked to identify the body, his wife Cressida is adamant that it is not her husband. Martha is left with many perplexing questions. Who, then, is the real victim? Why has he been murdered? And where has the real Mr Humphreys gone?
A tense and gripping mystery, River Deep is the first in a series featuring the coroner Martha Gunn.
All her life, she has been overlooked by difficult patients, disinterested colleagues and even her own family.
So when she discovers a way to commit the perfect crime, Jane seizes the opportunity and begins deliberating who of her many patients is most deserving of her murderous attention.
And when elderly James Walsh tries one to many times to proposition her, Jane seizes her chance.
Although Walsh’s mother seems unconvinced by Jane’s explanation of his death, no one else, least of all Jane’s fellow doctors, seems the least bit surprised.
As the days past, she can’t help thinking that she may indeed have escaped suspicion.
Driven by this knowledge and with a new-found taste for murder, she soon turns her mind to her next victim.
However, when a formal complaint is made against her by bad-tempered Clara Blatter, it seems that she may have picked the wrong woman.
Soon, Jane finds herself under investigation and when she carries out her second murder, the net begins to close in tighter.
When her normally unassuming boss starts to become suspicious, Jane resorts to drastic measures to avoid detection, as her perfect crime quickly turns into a nightmare that could cost her everything.
The Certificate is a heart racing medical thriller that will leave you begging for more.
Praise for Priscilla Masters
‘A natural story-teller' - Robert Foster, bestselling author of The Lunar Code
‘It is always a joy to discover a crime writer with a sure touch and the capacity to shock’ - Peter Lovesey
‘More than a match for Rendell and Christie’ - Hampstead and Highgate Express
Priscilla Masters lives in Shropshire with her husband, a GP in the Potteries. Night Visit was the first of her medical mystery novels, followed by A Fatal Cut and Coming Home. She is also the author of the Joanna Piercy police series.
Gina Marconi was a beautiful young barrister with everything to live for – a loving fiancé, a young son and a successful career. So why did she leave her home in the middle of the night and drive her car into a stone wall?
Soon afterwards, Patrick Elson, a clever twelve-year-old schoolboy, jumps off a bridge on to the A5. The victims are unrelated, but neither suicide makes sense. Could there be a connection? Then there’s a third unexplained death: DI Alex Randall’s wife, Erica. With Alex on gardening leave pending an investigation, Martha must search for answers to the questions raised by the suicides on her own. Not only that, she must confront the most difficult question of all: could Alex Randall be a murderer?
On a bright spring morning, John Hyde opens the gates to the grounds of Moreton Corbet Castle, a local medieval ruin, and discovers the body of a homeless man with his throat slashed.
Detective Inspector Alex Randall and his team soon face some disturbing questions: was this a random attack, or does someone have a vendetta against the homeless? For coroner Martha Gunn, establishing the man’s identity is essential, but there are no clues . . . Who is he? What was he doing in the grounds of a Shropshire beauty spot?
As the mystery deepens, the need for answers becomes increasingly important. Can Martha and Alex solve the puzzle?
A middle-aged woman walks into the emergency room of a British hospital, cradling a baby in a pink blanket. It’s far too late—the child has been dead for years.
The woman claims to have found the baby in her attic, but it’s not clear whether her rambling explanations are trustworthy—so it’s up to coroner Martha Gunn to determine the true story behind the tragedy and ensure that justice is done . . .
“Plot twists, procedural details concerning the work of both the police and the coroner, and the protagonists’ personal lives are interwoven throughout . . . compelling.” —Booklist
Dr Megan Banesto has returned to her childhood home in Llancloudy in the Welsh valleys. As the local GP, she feels she knows her patients well. So when the body of paranoid schizophrenic Bianca Rhys is dragged from a murky pool, Megan becomes suspicious. The official verdict is suicide but whey would someone afraid of water go near the pool?
Investigating officer PC Alun Williams happens to be Megan’s old flame and, rather than take the young GP seriously, he sees Megans’ interest in the case as simply a ruse to keep in contact with him. But as Megan discovers more about Bianca she becomes intrigued by the outlandish claims she used to make. What if Bianca was the only one who knew what was really going on in Llancloudy?