Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown is adjusting to life in Windermere, running her florist shop and trying to put her tragic past behind her. But just when Simmy thinks her life is quietly coming together at last, it begins to unravel at the seams. All thanks to the delivery of a bouquet of flowers with mysterious message attached.
Winter, 670 AD. King Colg has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. The gathering is interrupted by a religieux claiming that he has an important message for the King. Suddenly, the man, shouting "Remember Liamuin!" stabs King Colg. The assassin is slain but Colg is on the verge of death. Who is Liamuin? Colg's lawyer sister, Fidelma of Cashel, and her companion, Brother Eadulf are charged with solving the mystery.
AD 664. Sister Fidelma finds herself in the seaport of Genua, en route from Rome back to her native Cashel. Her old teacher, Brother Ruadan, lies dying in the abbey of Bobium. Fidelma is determined to see Brother Ruadan before he dies. But from the moment she enters the beautiful valley of the Trebbia, there is danger on every side.
When high-flying journalist Sheridan Gray loses her job, her boyfriend and her flat, she knows she must make a new start. But how will she adjust to local reporting? Meanwhile, home-loving Nina Fallon's life is shattered when the exploits of her actor husband become national news. When Sheridan moves into Nina's guesthouse, she realises Nina holds the key to a story that will make her name as a reporter again. But as she gets closer to the truth, Sheridan risks jeopardising her relationship with the man she has come to love. Is she better off going it alone?
Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife and a dutiful daughter-in-law. Although it's left her so exhausted that 'wine o'clock' comes a little earlier each afternoon. Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and has shied away from commitment over the years. Coco believes men complicate things, and she's got enough to contend with. Until a face from her past returns. Watching over them is grandmother Pearl, tucked away in her little house in Delaney Square. But something is keeping her awake at night. Was she right to do what she did all those years ago? And then there's Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who's battled demons of her own in the past and come out on top. Now Elsa faces one final fight but it will require more bravery than anything which has come before.
County Armagh, 1845. Married to the local blacksmith, young Sarah Hamilton spends her days looking after John and his apprentices at the forge, and her happiness is strengthened by the steady love of her husband and the beautiful green landscape of her home on Drumilly Hill. But when tragedy strikes, her life is changed forever. As the crops across Ireland begin to fail and the textile industry struggles to adapt to new methods, Sarah isn't the only one enduring hardships. Along with her friends and neighbours, Sarah lives through loss and disappointment, but ultimately discovers courage, love and the longevity of hope.
Thea Osborne and Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis are celebrating their anniversary in the quiet village of Temple Guiting when a pile of human bones is discovered at the base of an uprooted tree. Rumours abound and Thea and Phil discover that the village has more than its share of secrets, including a strong connection to the Knights Templar.
Ireland, AD 671. Sister Fidelma has a mission, and she is sworn by oath to reveal her purpose to no other. The secret investigation leads Fidelma and her companions to the Abbey of Finnbarr to question the abbot. But before they have a chance to speak to him, the abbot is found murdered - and the young girl suspected of the crime has fled the scene. Despite their protests, Fidelma's cohorts agree to accompany her in pursuit of the girl for answers. But as vicious rumours spread, accusing Fidelma's family of conspiring to assassinate the High King and abduct his wife, Sister Fidelma's life is placed in mortal danger.
To her younger sister, Tessa, Caroline O'Shaughnessy has everything - great looks, easy charm, and the distinctly desirable Damien Woods. But for Caroline, things don't feel quite so rosy. She'd dreamed about moving in with Damien, but not about having his child, just yet. And though he did the honourable thing when she told him she was pregnant, it obviously wasn't what he wanted either. And as both of them struggle to make the best of a bad job, neither are prepared for the impact a moment of drunken indiscretion will have not just on their lives but on Tessa's too...
Ireland AD 670. When an eminent scholar is found murdered in his cell in the abbey of Lios Mór, fear spreads among his brethren; his door was secured from the inside, with no other means of exit. How did the murderer escape? And what was the content of the manuscripts apparently stolen from the scholar's room?
1960. Clare Hamilton is returning home to Armagh to marry Andrew Hamilton, her childhood sweetheart. They plan to open Andrew's ancestral home, Drumsollen, as a guest house. Things start well, but when bookings decline, their business and plans are put in jeopardy. And with increasing political turmoil and religious tensions close to home they have to wonder if, despite everything, their future might lie elsewhere.
When Joel Jennison is found slaughtered in the same field where his brother's corpse had lain ten weeks previously, a whole community falls under suspicion. With no previous experience of detective work, Thea Osborne knows she shouldn't be getting involved but as she tries to get answers, she uncovers more tragedy and intrigue than she thought possible in a small village.
Thea and Drew have been married for a year and are settled in the village of Broad Campden, but Thea is chafing at the domestic routines she is expected to devote herself to, missing the novelty and adventure that house-sitting used to bring. When a routine burial exposes the secrets of the deceased, Drew finds himself caught in the middle of a family feud, in which he feels he is on the wrong side, and Thea's inquisitiveness and penchant for solving crimes draws her in too. With another crisis at Drew's other business leaving him with a profound dilemma and Thea struggling against the charismatic charms of a new man, can their marriage survive this latest Cotswold drama?
When a local Abbess who has stepped in as a mediator between two warring religious factions is murdered, Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf are called to investigate. Fidelma is compelled to resolve the mystery as she is sure there is something more sinister behind the murder than religious differences.
For the children of the Shine family, their parents have seen them through thick and thin, enjoying luxuries the parents never had growing up. Unfortunately, although the children have grown up, they have got a little too comfortable with the well-feathered nest: now it's time to learn a few home truths.
Following a string of disastrous house-sitting assignments, Thea Osborne is understandably apprehensive about her latest commission: a wintry month in an isolated farmhouse with only an assortment of animals for company. When she stumbles across a man lying dead in a snow-filled field, Thea is once again at the heart of a mystery…
Eileen Ross marries respectable Johnny Cleary who is devoted to Eileen and totally ignorant of her affair with another man. Her sister, Claire, is discovering romance with Michael O'Hara and is determined to have a proper wedding ceremony. A cruel revelation forces them into a Gretna Green marriage. Johnny steers the Ross family through a traumatic time until Eileen's long-hidden secret threatens to tear her marriage apart.
As undertaker Drew Slocombe drove to Greta Simmonds’ burial in Broad Campden, deep in the heart of the Cotswolds, thoughts of his troubles at home and at work played on his mind - the last thing he was worried about was becoming a murder suspect.
When Christmas day reunites the Madigan children under one roof in County Clare, Ireland, years after leaving their mother Rosaleen behind to follow their dreams, they each must confront the terrible weight of family ties and the journey that brought them home.
Thea Osborne's latest house-sitting assignment is a little different to the rest. Along with her spaniel, Hepzie, Thea finds herself in the village of Chedworth. She is tasked with creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, requested by her son, Richard Wilshire, after moving her into a care home. All goes to plan, until Thea and her fiance, Drew Slocombe, find Richard dead in a barn. Was Richard's death suicide? Or something more sinister? When the clues lead them in circles, Thea's relationship with Drew is put to the test. But there is a crime to solve, and neither of them is willing to give up just yet.