Independent old man Walter Fletcher is found dead within two days of moving out of the home that he has lived in for forty years. His death is at first presumed to be accidental. Superintendent Lambert and Sergeant Hook find to their embarrassment that his granddaughter's suspicions of foul play are only too well founded.
Ex-rugby player and successful businessman, Jim O'Connor is shot dead, point blank range when he is hosting a family celebration. DCI Percy Peach returns from holiday to head up an investigation that has got nowhere. When Dominic O'Connor is also killed, within days of his brother, Brunton CID can only assume there must be some link between the two murders, so should they be looking closer to home for the culprit?
Gurney Close isn't the sort of place where anything untoward should happen. It's just a small, newly-built cul-de-sac with three nice houses and a bungalow overlooking the river Wye. The people who move in -- three married couples and a divorcee --don't expect much excitement beyond some neighbourhood friendliness. With this in mind, they organise a party to celebrate moving in. Everything goes well and a good time is had by all -- until one of them is found dead the next morning. Lambert and Hook are faced with a baffling crime. Their harmless, ordinary victim turns out to have a darker past than they could have suspected.
Superintendent John Lambert finds that a round of golf is the perfect diversion, especially when he’s beating his sergeant, Bert Hook. When Hook tops a ball horribly, he comes across something far more terrible lying in a ditch...
When the committee members of the Oldford Literary Festival all receive anonymous letters telling them to resign or die, it marks the start of an unusual case for Chief Superintendent Lambert and DS Hook.
Everyone is happy to see the decaying houses of the old cotton town demolished- until a decaying arm appears among the debris. It seems that the owner of the arm lived out the last months of her life as a squatter. Though DCI Peach discovers some of the victim's companions, he finds their memories are not easily stirred about things they would rather forget.
A successful British television producer who fancies himself as a Hollywood mogul, Sam Jackson makes enemies easily and delights in the fact. It is no great surprise that such a man should meet a violent death. Detective Chief Superintendent Lambert and Detective Sergeant Hook deduce that the person who killed him is almost certainly to be found among the company of actors who are shooting a series of detective mysteries in rural Herefordshire. But these are people who make a living by acting out other people's fictions - and the two detectives find interrogating them a difficult business. How can Lambert and Hook fight their way to the truth when faced with a cast of practised deceivers?
One night Richard Cullis, Director of Research and Development at the Gloucester Chemicals Company is kidnapped and warned to suspend all animal experiments in the laboratories. Weeks later a company golf tournament has a startling conclusion when Richard collapses. Chief Superintendent Lambert and Detective Sergeant Hook are called in to sift the truth from the lies.
The new Lambert and Hook mystery - Martin Beaumont is the uncompromising owner of a successful Gloucestershire vineyard. He has built the company steadily over the years, with a small but dedicated team by his side. However, he sees Abbey Vineyards as his company, to do with as he pleases, much to the chagrin of his senior staff members. So when he is found dead in his car, Chief Superintendent Lambert and DS Hook don't have to look very far to find people with strong motives for the murder . .
A shooting on an estate puts DCI Percy Peach on the trail of a brutal ganglord. Peach quickly sets out to find the connection between the gang leader and the injured man, but faces much bigger problems.
Adam Cassidy is one of Brunton's most famous residents. He plays the lead role in a successful TV detective show. It is now his time for a crack at Hollywood and he doesn't care who he has to betray in order to fulfil his dream. Meanwhile, DCI Percy Peach is in danger of being drawn into the local anti-terrorism initiative. What he needs is a high-profile murder case to sink his teeth into -- and he may be about to get what he wishes for . . .
Dennis Cooper is one of the few full-time resident National Trust curators in England and lives with his wife in the grounds of the spectacular Westbourne Gardens, which receives thousands of visitors each year. On the face of things, Dennis lives a perfect life and has a dream job, but this idyllic setting is riven with dark secrets, and it isn't long before foul play draws Lambert and Hook into this troubled Eden.
As the Masonic Lodge Ladies' Night comes to a close and the guests drift away, a man is found in the car park, garotted at his steering wheel. Murder is no laughing matter, of course, but why look a gift horse in the mouth? DI Percy Peach has always taken a special pleasure in taunting his superior, Superintendent Tucker, about the indiscretions of his fellow Masons - now he's been given a free hand to dig up any amount of dirt about the secret order. And, after all, wasn't the Superintendent there himself that night? Perhaps he should start thinking about getting his own alibi straight.
Successful but lonely Geoffrey Aspin takes the desperate step of advertising for female company, and meets divorcee Pamela Williams. But their happiness is shattered by a brutal murder. DCI Peach and his team are brought in, and the finger seems to point at the Aspin family. Suddenly both Geoffrey and his new love are suspects and without alibis . . .
Skeletons have a habit of revealing themselves eventually. When a human skeleton is discovered on the boundary of a 20-year-old property development, it seems there are a large number of people who may know the identity of the corpse and how it got there. But 20 years is a long time and those individuals were very different people back then. Skeletons are being revealed in all senses and there are many prominent local figures who are beginning to feel uncomfortable and afraid. It's up to Detective Chief Superintendent Lambert and Detective Sergeant Hook to dig around in the past and unearth the truth of how and why the body ended up buried in the ground all those years ago.
Cajoled into auditioning for a local play by the formidable Mrs Dalrymple, Bert Hook finds that amateur dramatics are not quite as he imagined. He meets a rather surprising cast of characters: moody Michael Carey, a talented actor with a big future ahead of him; shoplifter Becky Clegg, who claims she has put her disreputable past behind her and Jack Dawes with a history of violent crime. But there is a much bigger surprise in store for Hook. When the play's director is found with his throat slashed, Hook is responsible for uncovering the truth - and fast. Who is innocent, who is just playing a part and who is rotten to the core?
Tasmin Hayes makes the decision to kill her callous husband, a local businessman with a seedy side. The police are already investigating him when he is suddenly and violently murdered. Was he dispatched by the wife who had vowed to rid herself of him? Or one of the other suspects who emerge once Detective 'Percy' Peach and his team begin their investigation?