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McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2

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Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

Pilot episode: The detective’s first adventure.

"For Unto Us": McLevy goes on the trail of an ingenious cat burglar.

"The Trophy Club": McLevy tries to solve the murder of a prostitute.

"The Second Shadow": The detective is distracted from his work by a woman.

"The Burning Question": An unsolved murder brings vigilantes onto the streets.

"A Good Walk Spoilt": A game of golf has desperate stakes.

"Wild Justice": A ghost from the past returns to haunt McLevy.

"The Wild Spark": A tobacco warehouse goes up in smoke.

"Stab in the Back": A hired killer roams Leith’s dark alleys.

Siobhán Redmond costars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these nine BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

Author: David Ashton
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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McLevy: The Collected Editions: Series 11 & 12

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Nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 detective series set in Victorian Edinburgh, starring Brian Cox as Inspector McLevy.

In this collection all eight episodes of series 11 and 12 are joined by 'Meet James McLevy', a remake of the original pilot episode. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, the fictional James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

Duration: 7 hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Author: David Ashton
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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McLevy, The Collected Editions: Series 5 & 6

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Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series.

Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

'To Keep Him Honest': with big bets on a champion boxing match, the local crooks keep McLevy busy.

'Picture of Innocence': a high court judge is dead, and suspicion falls on his wife.

'The Chosen One': the Princess of the Occult is a sell-out success, but McLevy thinks she's a fraud.

'The Reckoning': as Jean prepares for a wedding, death stalks McLevy.

'A Bolt from the Blue': a corpse is found floating in Leith docks.

'End of the Line': two ladies discover the body of a drunken Italian aristocrat at Waverley station.

'Jack O'Diamonds': Jean Brash plans revenge on a sadistic client, but he is not a man to cross lightly.

'Queen of Spades': Jean's battle with Caleb Grant has heartbreaking consequences.

Written by David Ashton, these atmospheric radio dramas costar Siobhan Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Limited

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David Ashton

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Exclusive interview with David Ashton, author of the Inspector McLevy series.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Audible Studios

Length: 16 mins
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Mistress of the Just Land

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The first book in a new series by the creator of Inspector McLevy. New Year's Day - and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh, an elegant female figure walks the cobblestones with a certain vengeful purpose. Jean Brash, the mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy). A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin, and she didn't haul herself off the streets, up through low, dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men, to let that come to pass. The search for the killers will take Jean back into her own dark past as she uncovers a web of political and sexual corruption in the high reaches of the Edinburgh establishment. A young boy's death long ago is demanding justice, but as the body count increases, she has little time before a certain Inspector James McLevy comes sniffing round like a wolf on the prowl. Jean may be on the side of natural justice, but is she on the side of the law? Or will the law bring her down?

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 John Murray Press

Author: David Ashton
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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McLevy: The Collected Editions: Series 7 & 8

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Eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 detective series set in Victorian Edinburgh, starring Brian Cox. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh, bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

'The Firebrand': a women's rights campaigner is kidnapped, and it's up to McLevy to investigate.

'Dead Reckoning': a strange case of grave robbing has McLevy puzzled.

'Prince of Darkness': one of Jean Brash's old lovers is back from the dead - and out for revenge.

'A Distant Death': McLevy's nightmares of death by drowning seem about to come true....

'The Blue Gown': with the help of Jean Brash, McLevy investigates the death of a seamstress.

'Flesh and Blood': a student is accused when a tavern brawl ends in murder.

'A Fine Deception': suspicion falls on a stage magician after a jewel robbery at Edinburgh Castle.

'The Last Illusion': McLevy must prove his theory that a celebrated conjurer is a thief.

Brian Cox stars as Inspector McLevy, with Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.

Duration: six hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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McLevy The Collected Editions: Series 3 & 4

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Brian Cox stars as the Victorian detective in a further nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series.

Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

'Behind the Curtain': A theatrical landlady receives a chilling death threat.'A Voice from the Grave': Summertime, and the heat is on as McLevy tracks a brutal killer.'The Dark Shadow': A jewel theft brings an infamous criminal within McLevy's grasp.'Servant of the Crown': The detective joins Her Majesty's protection squad to hunt an assassin.'A Piece of Cake': A top chef is the toast of the city - but burglary and murder are on the menu.'The Sea Change': There's something fishy about the Fair's star attraction, the lovely Little Mermaid.'Sins of the Fathers': A runaway bridegroom and a blackmailer spell double trouble for McLevy.'The Devil's Disguise': The devil comes a-calling for the detective on Halloween.'Christmas Special': McLevy stalks a supernatural thief who is haunting the streets of Edinburgh.

Written by David Ashton, these atmospheric radio dramas costar Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Author: David Ashton
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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Shadow of the Serpent

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London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. Edinburgh, 1880. Election fever grips the city. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the docks it's a struggle just to stay alive. When a prostitute is brutally murdered, disturbing memories from 30 years ago are stirred in Inspector McLevy, who is soon lured into a murky world of politics, perversion and deception - and the shadow of the serpent.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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Fall from Grace

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London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the second in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. A burglary and murder at the home of Sir Thomas Bouch, the enigmatic architect of the ill-fated Tay Bridge, sets Inspector James McLevy off on a train of brutal killings, lethal liaisons, and double suicide which leads to a violent encounter with an old enemy, Hercules Dunbar. Caught up in a terrifying storm as he tracks his foe to Dundee, McLevy watches the rail bridge collapse and plunge into the icy depths of the Tay. The aftermath brings the destruction of reputation and love as the inspector uncovers the secret passions which have led to murder.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
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A Trick of the Light

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London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the third in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. Halloween 1881, Edinburgh, and the dead are restless. In respectable Edinburgh society, beautiful young American spiritualist Sophia Adler is causing a furor with her dramatic séances. But the ghosts of the past seem hell-bent on retribution. Inspector James McLevy finds his investigations distracted by more earthly concerns when Muriel Grierson, an outwardly genteel widow, is robbed at home. Her knight in shining armour - one Arthur Conan Doyle, recently graduated from medical school - is keen to learn from such a master of detection as the renowned inspector, but McLevy is less sure that he requires a new acolyte. A vicious murder occurs with evidence of supernatural strength and violence. Treachery revenged from a battle long ago. All roads lead to Sophia Adler, and the inspector becomes involved with one of the most dangerous women he has ever encountered.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
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The Lost Daughter

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For fans of Elementary, Ripper Street and Sherlock Holmes - meet Jean Brash, a feisty, self-made woman turned sleuth in murky Victorian Edinburgh where crime and high society meet. After Mistress of the Just Land, the second adventure in David Ashton's Jean Brash series.... A theatre company arrives in Leith to perform King Lear. A robbery is planned, a gruesome murder committed, both of which set Inspector James McLevy on the prowl, and Jean's past returns in the shape of the avenging son of a man she has long ago been accused of poisoning. Even more lethally, her own lost family life resurrects in the present, as a wild young actress who trails violence and death behind her, involves Jean in a dangerous complex game that gnaws at the very root of her identity. All this grounded in Leith's gritty backdrop - the rich exotic world of the theatre meeting the harsh reality of the streets. Past, present and future - this unholy trinity collide to overwhelm the world of Jean Brash and involve her in a tale where the abandoned child inside her demands the right to grieve as well as feel some fractured, fleeting joy. By the end, a chapter of Jean's life may close and a new future might be signalled in other lands and other countries....

©2017 David Ashton (P)2017 John Murray Press

Author: David Ashton
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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The Scarlet Garter

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A thrilling short story featuring Inspector James McLevy and Jean Brash, available exclusively in audiobook.  London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.  'A scarlet garter', she remarked suddenly. 'Whit?' 'Always thought she was a cut above the rest. Aye, wore a scarlet garter.' 'No sign o' that with the corpse', he muttered, rising from the table. When the body of a young woman is discovered in an alleyway, Inspector James McLevy recognises the victim immediately: Peggy Ambrose, former employee at Edinburgh's best bawdy hoose, the Just Land. Peggy had left the Just Land under a cloud, accused of theft, but no one knows where she went next. Working with the inimitable Jean Brash, Inspector McLevy investigates the murder, from the drinking dens of Edinburgh to a mysterious and secret society.  You can enjoy more from the world of James McLevy with the Inspector McLevy Series and the Jean Brash Mysteries, narrated by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond.

©2020 David Ashton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 1 hr
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The Painted Lady

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A thrilling short story featuring Inspector James McLevy and Jean Brash, available exclusively in audio. London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Like a butterfly in a case - such specimens as festooned the walls in their caskets, splayed out in bright colours that belayed their expiry at the hands of his honour. Such a pretty death. Suspected of poisoning her husband, a prominent judge, Judith Pearson writes to Inspector James McLevy begging for his help.  With the evidence pointing overwhelmingly to the victim's wife and investigating Inspector Adam Dunsmore ready to make an arrest, McLevy is in a race against time to uncover the truth.  You can enjoy more from the world of James McLevy with the Inspector McLevy series and the Jean Brash Mysteries, narrated by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond.

©2020 David Ashton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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The Belly of the Beast

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A thrilling short story featuring Inspector James McLevy and Jean Brash, available exclusively in audiobook.  London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.  'There are many reasons for seeking out the belly of the beast', McLevy remarked to his constable. 'Goodness is not always amongst them.' When the body of Thomas Forsythe, tobacco merchant and lay preacher, is discovered near the waters of Leith, Inspector James McLevy is called to investigate.  As Christmas approaches, McLevy's investigations lead him to the dockside taverns of Edinburgh and deep into the belly of the beast himself.... You can enjoy more from the world of James McLevy with the Inspector McLevy Series and the Jean Brash Mysteries, narrated by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond.

©2020 David Ashton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible
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Nor Will He Sleep

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London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the fourth in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. It's 1887. The streets of Edinburgh seethe with anarchy as two gangs of students rival each other in wild exploits. After a pitched battle between them, an old woman is found savagely battered to death in Leith Harbour. Enter the Thieftaker - Inspector James McLevy. With Constable Mulholland at his side, he scours the low dives of the waterfront and then sees the tendrils of the case spread to more respectable nooks and crannies. When the inspector encounters Robert Louis Stevenson, author of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in the city to bury his deceased father, the two recognise each other as fellow travellers, observers of the dark side of human nature, and hopeless insomniacs. Glimpses of the murderer indicate a slender, androgynous figure with a silver cane, which is used to lethal effect. A dancing killer not unlike Mr Edward Hyde.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
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No Rest for the Wicked

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A thrilling short story featuring Inspector James McLevy and Jean Brash, available exclusively in audio. London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. No one moved. Joy froze on every face. The bulky man levered himself out of the cubicle and walked over to look down upon what was obviously a new-minted corpse. "No rest for the wicked, eh?" said Inspector James McLevy.  At the Old Ship in Edinburgh, New Year's Day celebrations are well underway. Nobody pays attention when Dutchman Isaac Caspar enters the tavern - until he collapses in the doorway, dead.  Newly arrived in Leith on the good ship St Elmo, Caspar is a stranger in town. A search of his cabin reveals a curious item: a picture of the famous Hartjammer pearl, stolen in Amsterdam some months before.  Is there a connection between the robbery and the murder? Inspector McLevy is determined to find out....  You can enjoy more from the world of James McLevy with the Inspector McLevy Series and the Jean Brash Mysteries, narrated by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond.

©2020 David Ashton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 1 hr
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Mystery at Shelly Rock

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A thrilling short story featuring Inspector James McLevy and Jean Brash, available exclusively in audiobook.  London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.  Shelly-coat, Shelly-coat! Gang awa' hame, I cry no' yer mercy, I fear no' yer name. Every child in Leith knows the legend of Shelly Rock, home to a gigantic fiend who stalks the North Sands at night and wreaks lethal havoc. When the body of Englishman Richard Sawyer is found in the early hours of Christmas Day under the shadow of Shelly Rock, locals are quick to blame the mysterious creature.    Was it a tragic accident? Or is there a sinister, supernatural reason for the lawyer's death? Inspector McLevy is determined to uncover the truth.  You can enjoy more from the world of James McLevy with the Inspector McLevy Series and the Jean Brash Mysteries, narrated by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond.

©2020 David Ashton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 1 hr
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End of the Line

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A thrilling short story featuring Inspector James McLevy and Jean Brash, available exclusively in audiobook.  London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.  End of the line, sir. Rouse yourself! A moment and then the entity slowly fell to land with a thud on the floor where it lay ominously still, the face staring up, eyes wide open and sightless. At Waverley Station late at night, the body of a man is discovered in the corner of a train compartment.  Inspector McLevy's investigations into the murder of the mysterious Count Borromeo lead him to the Just Land, the best bawdy-hoose in Edinburgh and the pride and joy of Jean Brash. You can enjoy more from the world of James McLevy with the Inspector McLevy series and the Jean Brash Mysteries, narrated by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond.

©2020 David Ashton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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A Fighting Chance

Summary

A thrilling short story set in Victorian Edinburgh, featuring Inspector James McLevy and Jean Brash. Available exclusively in audio.  London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.  Murder. The simpler it looks, the more suspicious I get. New Year celebrations are underway in Edinburgh and the Hogmanay crowd are baying for blood at an illegal boxing match at the Foul Anchor tavern.  When ruthless Moneylender Donny Lapsley is found murdered after the fight, suspicions immediately turn to Boxer Rab Donnachie, whose unconscious body is found next to the victim. But Inspector McLevy is not convinced.... Enjoy more from the world of James McLevy with the Inspector McLevy and the Jean Brash Mystery audiobooks, narrated by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond.

©2020 David Ashton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Ashton
Author: David Ashton
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible