The Hunter and the Trapped

The Hunter and the Trapped

Josephine Bell

Mystery & Thrillers / Short Stories / History

College lecturer Simon Fawcett is seemingly witty, handsome, and irresistible to men and women alike; but underneath his charming and seductive demeanour is a cold and manipulative man with a terrible secret. When Simon begins pursuing student Penny Dane -- despite his ongoing, intense romance with a married woman -- he is caught in a love triangle that threatens to expose both his romantic misdeeds and his dark past. The trap is set; and the only way out leads towards blackmail . . . and murder.
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The House Above the River

The House Above the River

Josephine Bell

Mystery & Thrillers / Short Stories / History

Giles Armitage needed to get away from it all and a sailing holiday with friends was just the escape he needed. Everything was going well until they became stranded in thick fog. Luckily they were invited to stay at a small chateau nearby, until the weather cleared. But the atmosphere in the chateau was tense. Giles was brought face to face with the woman he once loved, and whom he was trying to forget--the hauntingly beautiful Miriam. Miriam's husband was clearly uneasy and she was terrified--convinced, as she confided in Giles, that someone was trying to kill her. Following a series of disturbing accidents, Giles began to think she could possibly be right.
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No Escape

No Escape

Josephine Bell

Mystery & Thrillers / Short Stories / History

A fiercely exciting story of cat-and-mouse tactics, played out against the drama of a suicide attempt by a beautiful girl. As far as the river police are concerned, the attempted suicide is a routine matter. Nothing too special, just a girl throwing herself off Hammersmith Bridge in a fit of desperate remorse. But when she is admitted to the West Kensington Hospital, she finds herself coming under the scrutiny of Tim Long, the surgical registrar. Out of kindness of heart, then out of grim necessity Tim and the rest of the hospital staff find themselves caught up in the pitiful life of a girl for whom there seems to be ultimately no escape except death.
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A Pigeon Among the Cats

A Pigeon Among the Cats

Josephine Bell

Mystery & Thrillers / Short Stories / History

Rose Lawler was a retired schoolmistress but, fortunately for her on at least two occasions, still in very good shape. The charter tour of Italy which was meant to be so easy and relaxing turned out quite otherwise. For the English party were being used as cover for Gwen Chilton, luckless tool of a criminal, and it was soon being shadowed by another character whose motives were dubious. Rose's wide sympathies and alertness brought her under suspicion of knowing too much.
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Bones in the Barrow

Bones in the Barrow

Josephine Bell

Mystery & Thrillers / Short Stories / History

Haltingly, a boy tolls his fearful story to Scotland Yard officials – how he alone had witnessed from the vantage point of his commuter train a scene of terror in a dingy room . . . a blood-chilling tableau framed in a lighted window, glimpsed for a moment between patches of fog, and then gone. Chief-Inspector Johnson listens tolerantly, yet official credence can hardly be given to such a tale. Terry Byrnes is an impressionable, imaginative lad. No crime of violence has been reported in the Battersea area, and if the boy has witnessed murder, where is the corpse? But if Scotland Yard is not worried, Janet Lapthorn is; and sometimes a fretful woman can be a powerful agent in the processes of justice. She has a number of questions which demand answers. Why have her letters to her close friend, Felicity Hilton, gone unanswered? Why has Felicity abandoned her husband, Alastair? Why has Alastair lied about his wife's whereabouts? To come straight...
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The Alien

The Alien

Josephine Bell

Mystery & Thrillers / Short Stories / History

In the depths of a winter snowstorm Colin Brentwood is up in the little town of Higlett on the Yorkshire coast, clearing up after his parents' recent deaths, when who should make his exhausted way to the house but his wife's former fiancé, Boris Sudenic. Twenty years ago, Boris was a young aide to the Polish military attaché in London and now, what? He had escaped, so he said, from the Russian trawler that had been galebound in the bay. Was he a spy? Colin himself is high up in the Foreign Office and his wife, Margaret, has allowed her memories to sap the foundations of her marriage. This is a spy story with a difference. Boris' arrival causes endless disturbance in the lives of everyone he comes in contact with: Colin, of course, and Margaret, their au pair Louise, Scziliekowicz and the Free Poles, John Carfax of M.I.5 and not least Sergei Voliniak and the ice-maiden Margrethe Olsen. But England is no longer the England he knew before, and Boris' cruel...
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