Newly bereaved of a beautiful young French wife, Alice, Adam accepts a post in the Scottish diplomatic service which he hopes will provide clues to mysteries he had discovered about his late wife. This takes into the murky water of right-wing French politics and a meeting with Marine Le Pen, and then with Alice's family, above all her identical twin Simone and her father who has been a supporter of National Front, now National Rally. Constantly confusing Simone with her sister he falls in love with her and they engage in exploration together in Marseille pursuing a woman who may have drawn Alice in Politics, but now believed to have been killed.
But Adam discovers a guilty secret and quickly has to escape from France and meets another French woman who helps him recover from the double trauma of death and betrayal.
Eleanor Jennings: The Supermodel Serial Killer?
Everyone has heard of Eleanor Jennings – the Supermodel accused of being a Serial Killer in the Old Bailey. This book tells her life story from her childhood when she may have committed her first murder, through her life working in a bank, before being spotted by the Irwin Harrison Agency. Everyone adores her and no one suspects anything until a journalist begins to ask questions. She travels across the world and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful of women.
Then she is made to into therapy and it is there that the therapist begins to suspect she is a psychopath, a killer wholly devoid of feeling.
The climax comes in the trial in court in which Eleanor triumphs against all the odds and walks free, the therapist knows that she will kill again, and that is quite likely to be her!
Emily and the Bishop
Alex Elliot, formerly a philosopher and then a young bishop leaves the Church saying he can no longer believe. He is persuaded to accompany a poet on her American tour, and there they fall in love. An unlikely escape from a terrible tragedy in Vancouver brings them home engaged. Oliver, the head of a major publishing house is engaged in smuggling priceless books out of Italy with the help of his niece Anne-Marie, and decides to abandon nefarious activities and move permanently to Italy to live with his beloved Alessandra. Meanwhile Anne-Marie is suspected by the police of assisting her uncle but agrees to help them solve a major art crime if they will conveniently forget all about this. Meanwhile at the wedding of Alex and Emily she meets Edgar, a civil servant from Edinburgh, but makes a total mess of the opportunity for them to get to know one another better. Can there be a third wedding or is she heading for prison where she might have to be "gay for the stay"?
Risen From The Dead
Charlotte might as well be dead. From her birth onwards everything has gone wrong and her life is hopeless: drugs and prostitution. But Paul, wanting to change sex is little better, nor Andrew who is cut-off from what he loves. Charlotte comes to Scotland and unearths dangerously unpleasant secrets. As Charlotte begins to come to life, she meets Zolko, who is the latest one to experience her capacity to bring others to life. When Ed is diagnosed with cancer, amazingly it is once again Charlotte who proves the life-giver, and against the odds she discovers something astonishing for herself and the man she loves.
A GP is freed from prison on appeal, having been set up by a violent criminal gang in Bristol. He, his partner and her two boys move to what they hope will be a quiet practice in the Dales. On their way they once again find themselves caught up with the gang's activities but are able inform the police in time. The gang seek revenge and only by the intervention of a female police officer is tragedy averted. Soon after, however, something terrible happens and the police officer moves to take up new work in Cumbria to be near the family. Two secrets are revealed: the first about love, and the second about the arrival of a woman called Olivia Doyle. And then one of the boys is abducted by someone working in league with the gang from Bristol and time is running out as they seek to find them.
Don't Call The Bleeders Sheep: Life in the Yorkshire Dales
A mother and daughter are intent on escaping from their unhappy lives and move to the Yorkshire Dales. One falls for a sheep farmer, the other for a vicar, though both men are also soldiers. Into their lives comes a teenage girl, Leanne, with a disturbed past but who reveals a love of farming. A shadow hangs over them all, however, in that the farmer's past as a member of Special Forces is in danger of catching up with him. Birth and death come together as they always do on a farm, but will he survive? Meanwhile, Leanne begins to discover the unexpected possibility of loving and being loved.
In the middle of a highly successful and much admired life, an encounter with a family member, turns Edwin's world upside down and plunges him, following a form of nervous breakdown, into an experience of depression, the like of which he has never even imagined possible. The story tells of his intensive psychotherapeutic work as together, he and his therapist try to unravel a knot which brings to the surface a story of unimaginable distress.
An Accidental Saviour
In the ongoing war between the Continuity IRA and the British government there is a great deal of attention on Nancy Carmichael, not living in London but once the executioner of the IRA in the 'troubles'. Word reaches her that someone she values is now to be a target and goes to Devon to warn him. CIRA send two agents, one a reluctant doctor who accidentally found himself in this position and a young woman who goes with a definite purpose to kill.
Outwardly David is a highly successful and highly thought of evangelical minister in a South London Baptist Church, until he witnesses a terrible chance occurrence which begins to bring out something quite different from within. His wife, Diane, has also reached a point of no return in terms of both her religion and sexuality. The world of certainties begins to fall apart, and David's future life becomes increasingly bound up with an Islamic woman. If he can survive the profound hostility he has engendered, this could be the way of life and love.
The Art of Dying – The Art of Loving
Adam receives the news that has only 3 months to live and sets about taking his leave of friends, including a close friend in Jerusalem with whom he worked as an archaeologist for many years. She decides to come to England to stay with him and care for him. Adam is able to do positive things in his final weeks for friends and for the people of Iraq whose way of life he shared for so many years. His friend from Jerusalem and he decide to marry to the amazement of his daughter in charge of television News at the BBC. He has a major medical check-up shortly after his wedding which produces unexpected results and the unexpected also follows..
Billy starts life unhappy and things get worse, until into his life comes light in the form of Anita. Then tragedy strikes, twice over, but Billy suddenly finds that in a will he has been left a company making curtains. Still trying to find meaning he meets a Polish woman serving tea in a college canteen and offers her a job. It soon becomes obvious that their relationship is not merely professional but considerably more. In coming together and starting what proves to be a large family of girls, Billy still encounters 'things that happen', mostly bad, but despite everything, Billy wins through to unexpected triumph.
The Culture Of Deceit: Who watches the watchers?
Alex is invited to do a major piece of work for the Parole Board in Banklyn High Security Prison but once there he is alerted to a serious matter related to the smuggling in of drugs. His informant is then murdered late one night in Hull and Alex begins to wonder what lies behind it. In this he is helped first by Peter, a young friend who in turns brings in his girl-friend Kelly, a technical wizard working for Customs and Excise who begins to unravel the mystery despite the almost total lack of interest shown by the police. Meanwhile Alex is involved with the application for Parole from a double child rapist and murderer and he visits the parents of the two girls. He opposes Parole but is amazed to discover it is granted by the Secretary of State. But this too is all a matter of deceit and what follows in the streets of Leeds is inevitable. For Alex it sometimes feels far too much to be dealing with, and his wife Emily, a well-known poet and her mother, are much more concerned with wanting to help him find meaning in life.
Pianissimo: Love, Betrayal, Silence
For any of us life can be going smoothly along and then a chance encounter can change everything, and sometimes for the worse. Two sisters, one a composer, and the other totally deaf but unbelievably beautiful find their lives changed in unexpected and far from pleasant ways as they experience betrayal. Also experiencing betrayal are MI5, and the presence of a splinter group of the IRA in London. Three things bring triumph: music, love and cups of tea, and as St Paul might have said if he'd come from the North of England: "The greatest of these is tea!"
The Waiting Room
Elise, a Canadian by birth but living in England, trains to be a rabbi. She finds herself then closely involved in a series of unusual deaths which lead her to understand why this should be. Visiting her dying aunt in Canada, she learns that as a baby she was baptised and confirmed as a Catholic! She visits the priest who had done this and there is brought face to face with what he calls his Waiting Room, where for hours each day he sits and waits in silence. But now with the arrival of Elise, that task can be handed over to her.
On return she abandons the rabbinate and goes to live as a solitary on the North York Moors and spends five years in her own waiting room. But a new death, similar to others she has known, marks the end of her solitary life, and on the following day meets Pieter, a Dutch vet, and once again for Elise, life changes wonderfully though she now knows things of which she cannot speak about meaning, purpose and the One that cannot be named.