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Scene of the Crime

James Twining: Are Art Thieves Playing Tricks on Me?

Interview with Adam Hart-Davis

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Women in the Biggles Stories

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The Boob - Biggles' Friend Algernon Lacey

Captain W E Johns

Biggles in The Turkey short story

Focus on Dorchester Publishing

Fighting Fantasy from Wizard

Elizabeth Chayne's Reading Room


Stories and Serials


Phyllis Owen: A Soft White Cloud Chapter Four

No More Training - Short Story by Steven Beeho

Paul Norman: Daylights

Paul Norman: Heraklion ~ Outcast

Star Wars: Dark Emperor

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JACK KIBBLE-WHITE & STEVE WILLIAMS: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CLASSIC SATURDAY NIGHT TELLY (Allison & Busby HB) Reminisce about the shows you loved with this hilarious guide to the nation's best-loved telly programmes. Saturday night is the happiest night of the week. Most of us have fond memories of sitting on the floor in front of the telly with our family crowding out the sofa behind us. Dad is making half-hearted derisory remarks at the presenter on the screen, and brothers and sisters are becoming excited at the prospect of a famous person getting gunged. Meanwhile, Mum's just enjoying some honest-to-goodness, clean entertainment. As for you, there's no school tomorrow, you're allowed to stay up late, and a whole feast of treats is about to unfold on the box -what could be better?In this witty and nostalgic romp through the highlights and lowlights of Saturday night telly, Jack Kibble-White and Steve Williams remind us of the great, the iconic, the hilarious and the just plain embarrassing moments that have made Saturday night television so entertaining. With a foreword from Jeremy Beadle and a comprehensive list of classic comedy, drama, entertainment, game shows and people shows, this is a must-read for true TV buffs and the perfect gift for nostalgia fans. An A-Z of all the Saturday night telly programmes you've forgotten, or tried to forget, over the years. Funnily enough, reading through this, it seems that the oldest programme, Dixon of Dock Green, had the biggest number of episodes, followed by programmes like Morecambe and Wise. They've not really found anything comparable to these two shows to put up on a Saturday night, though Strictly Come Dancing did sort of come close in recent months. This is invaluable to anyone who watches television on a regular basis and finds themselves moaning about having nothing to watch at the weekend. Some of the programmes were truly awful, whilst others were truly fantastic. Great fun.

JOYCE HOLMS: MISSING LINK (Allison and Busby PB) Always in search of a good story, Fizz Fitzgerald finds it hard to hide her impatience when elderly Mrs Sullivan is shown into her office. Genteel and motherly, Mrs Sullivan can only spell one thing: boredom. Fizz is more than shocked, therefore, when Mrs Sullivan asks Fizz to help prove her guilty of murder...Could this story be too good to be true?Fizz is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and ropes in long-suffering partner-in-crime Tam Buchanan. However, Buchanan, ever the gentleman, is reluctant to accept an old lady's money on a case that can only prove to be a waste of time. But is it? This new case for dynamic detective duo Fizz and Buchanan is as puzzling as ever. For starters, why is Mrs Sullivan so keen to be accused of murder? Secondly, who exactly was Amanda Montrose, the murder victim: Lady of the Manor; beneficent Scottish gentlewoman; or, in Mrs Sullivan's own words, a 'scruffy little slut'? With at least three people claiming to be Amanda's killer, it seems there is a lot more to the Montrose murder than first meets the eye.

DERYN LAKE: DEATH AND THE CORNISH FIDDLER (Allison & Busby PB) Peace of mind is beginning to return to the recently widowed Apothecary John Rawlings, but it is short lived when a child disappears at the Hellstone Country Dance. On the trail of the missing girl, it seems that John's footsteps are dogged by a mysterious blind musician. Matters take a decidedly darker turn when a courtesan meets an untimely end and practitioners of the occult are unearthed on his travels. The discovery that his own daughter is in deadly peril leads John to a dramatic finale...

ALANNA KNIGHT: DESTROYING ANGEL (Allison & Busby HB) The autumn of 1897 began well, but within days Rose McQuinn lost two precious things - her fiance, Jack Macmerry, and her elusive dog, Thane. Her stubborn refusal to give up her job as Lady Detective cost her the man whose love she had taken for granted. A police sergeant couldn't be expected to have a female sleuth for a wife, and so he found comfort in the arms of a more accommodating woman. And now it seems that Thane's real owners have been found. But when Rose tries to return the hound to the Staines family she is called upon to discover the identity of a blackmailer and thief. The family's tragic past colours Rose's search for the truth and plunges her into ever more dangerous waters. Just who can she trust in this isolated haven, and what type of life will she be returning to when she finally leaves?

STUART PAWSON: GRIEF ENCOUNTERS (Allison & Busby HB) Magdalena is a woman from DI Charlie Priest's past, who comes very much to the forefront of his present when her lifeless, broken and battered body is found. The one identifying feature is the tattoo on her buttock; Property of the Pope. But who is this Pope and did he want to make Magdalena his possession even in death? And what about the recent spate of incidents that have left several influential members of the community with tarnished reputations and, in one case, dead? Were they just heading for a fall, or is there a vendetta, a nasty game, afoot? Whatever is going on, Charlie is right in the middle of it as usual...

JUNE FRANCIS: WHEN THE CLOUDS GO ROLLING BY (Allison & Busby HB) When Clara O'Toole and her grandmother, Bernie, attend a meeting held by a medium, they hope to be able to get in touch with Clara's father, who was killed at the Front. Whilst they remain doubtful about the existence of a spirit world, the experience does inspire Bernie to trace her one surviving child - Gertie. Clara's search for her missing aunt brings her into contact with a whole new extended family. She is over the moon to find she has a cousin, but is she ready to be drawn into the tragedies and secrets of family's past?

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