When Anna Winger is called to use her handwriting expertise on a ransom note left at a murder scene, the crime gets under her skin. The local sheriff wants no part of Anna's brand of hocus pocus, but he'll do whatever it takes to bring his community and his office back under control.
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Ashland, Or.: Blackstone Publishing; New York, N.Y. : HarperAudio, 2017
The fake diamond in Dilys Holland's engagement ring implies that all is not well with her marriage. And Bea Abbot has already clashed with Dilys's husband, the bullying Benton, when she refuses to help him rescue his ailing company. But matters are about to turn a great deal worse when Dilys tries to commit suicide. Or does she?
Bea Abbot's plans are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of one of her clients, bearing a brown leather briefcase full of expensive jewellery. Magda Summerleys has been working as a housekeeper for wealthy art expert Lucas Rycroft who, she says, entrusted her with the briefcase for safekeeping - and who seems to have disappeared without trace. Drawn into the tangled affairs of the dysfunctional Rycrofts, Bea soon discovers that other members of the family are determined to get their hands on the jewels - by whatever means necessary. Also caught up in the chaos is her ex-husband Piers, who had been commissioned to paint Lucas Rycroft's portrait. Then a body is discovered at Lucas's home.
While Bea Abbot worries that she's lost control of her domestic agency, she's asked to find some domestic help for an eccentric musician falsely accused of murder. She doesn't realize how dangerous this might be until Jeremy--fleeing from attempts on his life--lands on her doorstep.
When the party wall dividing the gardens of Bea Abbot and her fiance Leon collapses, amongst the ensuing chaos a human skeleton is unearthed in Leon's garden. Having only just purchased the property, Leon and Bea set out to discover more about the house's previous owners. Before they can proceed in their investigation however, the pair fall victim to an elaborately-laid trap. With her home, livelihood and the agency under threat, Bea appears to be the subject of a meticulously-planned vendetta. But why? And why is Leon becoming strangely distant?
Set in 1936 against a backdrop of civil war in Spain and the privations of the Depression at home, Rough Justice follows the lives, loves and losses of the Flanagans, the Tanners and the Lovells. All three families live on the top floor of the crumbling Turnbury Buildings - a Spartan Victorian dwelling close to the docks in London's East End.
Sal Jenkins is always thrilled when her husband Harry returns from sea. As chief steward on the SS Amazonia , he provides well for his family and Sal enjoys the status that his position affords her. Their daughters do not share Sal's excitement - it is only a matter of time until their father's drinking and violence begins.
Paula Spencer has survived a hard life, beset by alcoholism and spousal abuse. From a child in a happy Irish family, she developed into an alluring teenager, a young wife and mother, and, after eighteen years, a widow. At thirty-nine, she is struggling to reclaim her life. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex.