To Meredith Mitchell the Cotswolds seem like a haven of peace and tranquillity. But Chief Inspector Markby has a rather different view of his native area, as he witnesses the bulldozing of one of his favourite boyhood haunts to make way for yet another housing estate. And when a man's body is found buried in the foundations his outlook turns even grimmer. The dead man remains a mystery: the labourer who dug up his body has disappeared and the farmers whose lands about the burial site are little help. The time has come for someone with a different perspective to see what they can glean. And Meredith, blessed with an uncanny ability for ferreting out the truth, seems the obvious candidate.
BENEATH THESE STONES
After the murder of his second wife, Hugh Franklin is the chief suspect in the eyes of Superintendent Markby. He soon realises however that the truth is far more complex than he ever envisaged.
A BETTER QUALITY OF MURDER
London, 1867. A woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...
MIXING WITH MURDER
Lisa, a dancer, has done a bunk from Mickey Allerton's club. Fran Varady doesn't want to help Mickey as he searches for Lisa, but as he is holding her dog hostage she has no choice. Things get extremely complicated when Fran discover's a body.
A MORTAL CURIOSITY
Lizzie Martin has been sent from London to the New Forest to be a companion to Lucy Craven, a young woman whose baby has died. Events take on a sinister turn when a rat-catcher is found dead in the garden with Lucy beside him, covered in blood. Lizzie calls upon her friend Inspector Ben Ross from Scotland Yard to solve the horrific crime.
MUD, MUCK AND DEAD THINGS
When Lucas Burton turns up at a deserted farm in the middle of nowhere hoping to conduct a business deal, he stumbles across the body of a girl. That’s just the start of his bad luck; Penny Gower from the local stables has spotted his silver Mercedes leaving the scene of the crime.
A RARE INTEREST IN CORPSES
It is 1864 when Lizzie Martin takes up the post of companion to a wealthy widow who is also a slum landlord. Lizzie is intrigued to learn that her predecessor disappeared, supposedly having run off with an unknown man. But when the girl's body is found in the rubble of one of the recently demolished slums around the prestigious new railway station at St Pancras, Lizzie begins to wonder exactly what has been going on...
A RESTLESS EVIL
The discovery of human bones means a new lead for DS Markby in a case unsolved for twenty two years. Markby is also presented with another, up to date, murder. Is it possible that the two cases are connected and why would some village residents be happy to let secrets, old and new, stay hidden?
SAY IT WITH POISON
When Meredith Mitchell agreed to stay with her actress cousin Eve, in the Cotswold village of Westerfield, she hardly expected it to include murder, blackmail and unrequited love. Or to involve a certain Chief Inspector Markby, a middle aged divorcee. Meredith soon needs to steer a path between her duty to the police and loyalty to her cousin's family.
A SEASON FOR MURDER
When her new friend and neighbour, equestrienne Harriet Needham, is fatally thrown from her horse soon after Meredith Mitchell's return to her home in the Cotswolds, it looks like an accident. But some witnesses cry murder. If they're right, Meredith and Chief Inspector Alan Markby have a sneaking suspicion the obvious candidate for the murderer is, in fact, an obvious scapegoat...