1939, Cambridge. The opening weeks of the Second World War, and the first blackout envelops the city. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke, a wounded hero of the Great War, takes his nightly dip in the cool waters of the Cam. But daylight reveals a corpse on the riverside, the body torn apart by some unspeakable force. Brooke investigates, and within hours there is another victim, slaughtered under cover of The Great Darkness. But what links these crimes of the night?
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THE COLDEST BLOOD
Whilst writing an article about hypothermia Philip Dryden gets drawn into the previous lives of two unfortunate people who have frozen to death.
When the coffin of murdered pub landlady Nora Tilden is exhumed, there's a grim discovery - the twisted corpse of a young black man, killed and dumped in the grave on the night Nora was buried 28 years earlier. DI Peter Shaw, DS George Valentine and their team are put on the case, but are baffled by this brutal murder.
September 1992, 15 year-old Norma Jean Judd disappears from her home never to be seen again. Exactly eighteen years later Norma Jean's twin, Bryan, is pulled from the searing heat of a hospital incinerator. Could his death somehow be linked to his sister's disappearance? For DI Shaw and DS Valentine, the case proves their most intriguing yet.
DEATH WORE WHITE
Harvey Ellis is found dead - viciously stabbed at the wheel of his truck which is stranded in a blizzard. For DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine it's only the start of an infuriating investigation. The crime scene is melting, the murderer has vanished, the witnesses are dropping like flies. And the body count is on the rise...
On a hot August day in 1994, young man is stabbed and left to bleed to death on an uninhabited island off the North Norfolk coast. The case is never solved. Twenty years later, Marianne Osbourne is found dead in her bed, a wartime cyanide pill lodged in her throat. Is there a link to the 1994 murder? DI Peter Shaw is in charge of the case.
THE FIRE BABY
Maggie Beck lies dying in the same hospital room where Laura Dryden lies locked in a coma. Laura hears Maggie's deathbed confession about the night a US plane crashed in the Fens, but how can Laura communicate this to her husband, journalist Philip Dryden.
THE FUNERAL OWL
The 'Funeral' Owl is supposedly an omen of death, so when there's a rare sighting, Philip Dryden, editor of the local newspaper, has a sense of foreboding. When Dryden is asked for help in solving a horrifying ten-year-old cold case, he uncovers a curious link between some seemingly unrelated cases: It would appear the sighting of the Funeral Owl is proving prophetic in more ways than one.
THE MOON TUNNEL
Philip Dryden is reporting on the discovery of the body of a WWII prisoner in a tunnel from a PoW camp in the fens, found in an archeological dig. Only when a recent murder is committed do the police also investigate the death in the tunnel.
Journalist Philip Dryden is shocked to be informed by police that his father has been killed in a car accident - as he always believed that he drowned during the fenland floods of 1977, 35 years before. At the same time, two unrelated cases are demanding Dryden's professional attention: As Dryden pieces the clues together, he realizes that the three cases may be related after all....
THE SKELETON MAN
Local reporter Philip Dryden is with the army, on practice manoeuvres at the abandoned hamlet of Jude’s Ferry, when a skeleton hanging from a noose is discovered in the cellar of an old pub. Two days later a terrified man is pulled from the river with no idea of who he is and only one name on his lips, “Jude’s Ferry”.