Saddleworth Moor and Rose Sutton, the wife of a local farmer, is found with her throat ripped out. She was patrolling the moor, looking for an animal that she feared was preying on the sheep, but it seems that the creature has a taste for something new.
As the local press begins to bubble with stories of an ABC (Alien Big Cat), DI Jon Spicer isn’t convinced – is it possible that the killer is rather more human? But when panther hairs are identified as being on the first body, and the “beast” strikes again, this time closer to the city, is it possible the police are hunting a wild animal? Is it a human killer? Or is it a bit of both? It seems that the sins of the past are never truly forgotten or forgiven.
1962, Brighton. Colin Crampton, the crime reporter of the Brighton Evening Chronicle, is going through a slow patch, so he’s even willing to follow up a tip concerning the disappearance of the owner of the local crazy golf course. Well, it’s better than another story on the lewd goings-on under the pier…
He wasn’t expecting to find a story on Septimus Darke, the local crime-lord. He wasn’t expecting to find a story on corruption in local government. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to find a dead body. Now he faces a race against time to find a murder – and a front page story. He’s got a deadline to meet after all…
Something a little different for the blog today – an interview with an up and coming writer. Admittedly, that’s an up and coming writer with 22 books behind them, but Headline Murder is his first foray into crime fiction. It’s the first in the Crampton Of The Chronicle series of murder mysteries. My review of the book will be up tomorrow, which happens to be the publication date for the book as well – what a coincidence!
Anyway, on with the interview which, technically, Peter conducted with himself, not me. But if it proves popular, maybe I’ll start pestering some more of the authors out there. You know who you are! So, over to Peter.
Thirteen Torland Place, Eborby (a thinly disguised York) is a house with a dark history. In the nineteenth century Obediah Shrowton murdered five members of his family with an axe. Twelve years ago, two teenage girls disappeared in the wood behind the house. And now Death is stalking the house itself.
DI Joe Plantagenet is called in when some DNA trace evidence from the girls’ disappearance points towards the local Member of Parliament. But when one of the students who live in the house is discovered murdered, with her tongue cut out, it seems as if the past dangers are suddenly very real…
Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is “enjoying” a rare visit to the gym – and whilst in the sauna, realises with a shock that her fellow occupant, Jenny Lister, isn’t asleep, as she first assumed, but dead. Strangled.
As Vera and her team start their investigations, links start to form between Jenny’s death and a case that she was involved with some years previously. Jenny was a social worker and in one of the cases that she was indirectly responsible for, a young mother drowned her child in the bath.
Vera thrives when she has a case to investigate – work is the main part of her life – but might her enthusiasm for tracking down a murderer put someone else in danger?
First published September 1904 in The Strand magazine, The Adventure Of The Abbey Grange is the twelfth story in the third short story collection, The Return Of Sherlock Holmes.
First published 1893 in The Strand magazine, (The Adventure of) The Yellow Face is the third story in the second short story collection, The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes.