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|Cambridge Red (published July 2012)
Romantic and humorous, with a chilling climax, this novel draws the reader into life in Cambridge, England. Edward Holroyd, a university academic, marries impetuously and brings his bride to the city. Anni's delight with her surroundings, and amusement at the academics she had imagined would be crusty and boring, slowly fades as she realises Edward is keeping a secret from her.
She makes a friend of his cousin, Maud, librarian at the Department of Environmental Sciences. Maud begins to pull back the veil on Edward's demons, but a burglary in the department and an unexpected deposit in the Library, interrupt her story.
The pace gathers momentum as tensions and emotions build. A murder is committed and Anni finds herself at the centre of events that lead up to a disturbing conclusion.
|Cambridge Red is available on Kindle UK & USA, and as a paperback on Amazon UK & USA.|
|Cambridge Green (published July 2015)
When DCI Anne Fountain phones newly appointed Detective Inspector Harry Meredith with news of a murder, he is surprised to learn that his first case will take him back to the Cambridge college he graduated from. A body has been found in the Fellow's Garden of St Benedict's College. Harry and his Detective Sergeant, Ellen Brookes, quickly realise that there is little appetite for helping them among some members of the college. The bursar, Mr Darnton, decrees that no one should speak to the police on college property. Happily for the investigation, Harry and Ellen are willing to run Mr Darnton's gauntlet.
They make a surprising discovery about the murdered man, who was a visiting scholar to the college, and this takes them out of Cambridge, into the Fens, where they uncover a disturbing crime which shocks them profoundly.
Despite being 'banned' from the college, Harry's investigation takes him there again and again, and he begins to rely on some of the staff to help him tease out the complicated route that led to Dr Chen's murder. Janis, in the Senior Tutor's Office, catches their interest early on; Patrick, the head gardener, whom Harry befriended when he was a student, is a steady source of information and good sense, with a little nonsense thrown in for good measure. The story is peppered with feisty and funny characters, who help and hinder the investigation. No one, however, can avert the tragic conclusion.
|Cambridge Green is available electronically on Kindle UK & USA).|
|Meet me in Hopatcong (published April 2017)
A difficult beginning to a holiday in New York turns into a romantic mystery adventure for a young Irish tourist. She witnesses a man jumping from the Ellis Island ferry just before it docks at Manhattan. Dazed and shocked, she picks up the coat he dropped on the deck of the boat and only becomes aware of it when she is sitting on the subway, halfway back to her hotel. In the pocket of the coat she finds a pencilled note which reads: "Meet me in Hopatcong. Wear Pink". Other items in the pockets hold possible clues to the man's identity and a mystery beyond the incident on the ferry.
After an unusual introduction, Neasa joins forces with the young man staying in the room next to hers. Alex is an English tourist. They decide to try and solve the mystery together and Neasa is delighted to find a companion to spend time with. Alex, however, is not what he seems. The FBI arrives on the scene and tensions soar. Agent James Fox pursues Neasa and Alex into New Jersey, and their adventure takes unexpected turns.
A chance meeting in New York leads to a gradual unfolding of the mystery and a very unexpected outcome.
|Meet me in Hopatcong is available on Kindle UK & USA, and as a paperback on Amazon UK & USA.|
|CATalogue (published August 2013)
All I've ever wanted to do is sleep, eat and have cuddles. Isn't that a reasonable ambition for a cat? But life has treated me cruelly. Why oh why did Angie marry Dick? He's horrible. I'm constantly on my guard. I know just what he'd like to do to me, but he can't, because Angie loves me and she stands up for me, and if only she was perfect, and he wasn't there, it would all be fine. But I have to tell you that she doesn't always feed me what I like to eat, or pay me the attention I need. Oh what is it with humans?
The only good things about Dick are his children. His daughter Celine just loves me, and if I had my way, I'd live with her, but she has a boyfriend and he's a stubborn wimp. He makes up all sorts of reasons why I can't go to live with them. It so annoys me. The world is the wrong way around for us cats. We should be in charge. If I ruled the world, I'd get rid of Dick, then I'd banish our neighbour, Ginger. That may sound like a cat's name, but Ginger is a man, another horrible man. So I'd banish him, then I'd put a spell on Angie so that she gave me just what I wanted to eat, and I'd make her open the bedroom door so that I could ramble in during the night and curl up on her bed. It would be just her and me. Like the good old days. Dick would be history.
In case you're interested, I've written a few stories about the way I live and the terrible things that keep happening to me. I've added bits about my pals. We're thinking of starting a campaign to change things. I'd like to get rid of Dick, Bumface wants recognition for the Carter kid, Scrotak would like a bit of continuity in his life, and as for The Babies ... actually The Babies are okay. You don't need to worry about them. It's the rest of us who need your sympathy.
|CATalogue is available on Kindle (UK & USA), and as a paperback (UK & USA).|
|The Pig Shed (published December 2013)
Breffni Everingham discovers the body of her Uncle Charles in a shed. He has been murdered. His unexpected death brings relationship difficulties within the family to a head. Simmering resentments explode, allowing shocking personal and family histories to seep out of the chaos.
At times dark and emotional, the novel is full of humour, and it paints a colourful picture of life in a small community, and the interactions of the people within it.
First to arrive on the scene following Breffni's discovery of the body is Garda Malone, a sarcastic bully who finds it impossible to behave either well or objectively. Hidden behind his harassment of the family is the memory of an unrequited love for Breffni's mother, awakened when he sees Breffni for the first time.
Relations and friends gather: Breffni's sister Corry and her brother Henry, who is one of the few calm members of the family; the Bish, Charles's brother and a retired bishop, arrives before Breffni and her sister Corry break the news to him and his anger is almost explosive; Breffni's sanctimonious Aunt Edith sides with him; Aloysius, Aunt Edith's adopted son plays a greater part as the story develops. Mikey Farraher, Charles's ancient neighbour is sure it was tinkers. Hadn't there been a spate of cow-stealing lately? Who else but a wicked, thieving robber could have done such a thing to his old friend? All are subjected to questioning by Garda Malone, whose inefficient investigation weaves in and out of the story, stirring up anger and strong passions as he conducts his enquiries. The story gathers momentum, weaving a path through a series of events which finally lead to the murderer.
|The Pig Shed is available electronically on Kindle (UK & USA)|