Full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of the first five Falco novels by Lindsey Davis, starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco. The Silver Pigs: One fine day, AD 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, PI Falco wants to know why. Hoping for future favours from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself. Shadows in Bronze: Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgment, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. But this will be no holiday: they have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii. Venus in Copper: A small accounting error has left Marcus Didius Falco sharing a cell with a large rat. But the Roman Empire's most hard-done-by investigator is finally bailed out and promptly accepts a commission to help a family of freed slaves fend off a professional bribe.... The Iron Hand of Mars: Falco is dispatched to one of the most hostile parts of the empire to deliver a new standard, an iron hand, to one of the legions. Germania is cold, wet, dismal and full of dark forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians, but Falco has an even bigger problem to worry about: he has forgotten Helena Justina's birthday, and she is being pursued by the Emperor's son Titus Caesar. Poseidons Gold: Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's late brother, Festus. When Falco refuses to cough up the money, he and Censorinus end up fighting...and later, the centurion turns up dead. Under suspicion of murder, Falco must confront his past and uncover his brother's secrets before he can clear his name and solve the mystery. These funny and fast-moving adaptations are a treat for all Falco fans. Cast: Falco...Anton Lesser Helena...Fritha Goodey/Anna Madeley Petronius...Ben Crowe Ma...Frances Jeater Pa...Trevor Peacock Vespasian...Michael Tudor Barnes Titus...Jonathan Keeble Dramatised by Mary Cutler Directed by Peter Leslie Wild Audio updated as of February 2020.
©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd
Venus Thibodeaux had a reputation for being trouble. Some said she started at birth. When she finally left Sinful shortly after turning 18, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. When she blew back into town four years later, no one was happy about her return. She immediately launched into her same old scams, picking off Sinful residents with ease before disappearing again as quickly as shed appeared. Everyone assumed shed headed back to New Orleans. But when an accident at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Run uncovers her body, everyone Venus took for a ride becomes a suspect. The man at the top of that list sees the writing on the wall and hires Fortune to figure out who killed Venus, before he goes to prison for a murder he didnt commit. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie start poking around into Venus complicated life, hoping to find the killer. And to solve their first official case.
©2019 Jana DeLeon (P)2019 Audible, Inc.
Doctors, nurses, medics, and stretcher-bearers must venture wherever someone is injured and the cry for assistance goes up. Their job is to put themselves in the heart of danger to risk their own lives as they try to save the dying. War at its rawest is their domain, an ugly place of shattered bodies, severed limbs and death. They fulfil societys vital pledge to its warriors that they will not be abandoned on the battlefield. Yet, more often than not, what they do goes unnoticed except by those who survive because of their extraordinary courage and skill. This is the story of those brave men and women who go to war armed with bandages not bombs, and put saving life above taking life.
©2009 John Nichol and Tony Rennell (P)2010 Soundings
Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find. He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce... and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next - until one of Hill's students is murdered. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them.
©1997 Val McDermid (P)1998 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
Sayonara. The worlds largest liquid natural gas tanker. She represents a huge and risky investment for Heritage Mariner. The first vessel of this size to sail without a crew, she is programmed to dock automatically in Japan. Her cargo has the potential of 55 atom bombs, which will power the construction of the floating city of Kujukuri 35 miles west of Tokyo. But four days before docking, a group of pirates goes aboard, breaks into her secure areas, hacks her computers and takes control. Richard Mariner has 99 hours to assemble a team and retake Sayonara in an increasingly desperate, danger-filled race against time to save his ship, protect his company and safeguard one of the most densely populated areas on Earth.
©2014 Peter Tonkin (P)2015 Soundings
1325: England is a hotbed of paranoia under the reign of the increasingly unpredictable Edward II and his lover, Sir Hugh le Despenser. When the queens lady-in-waiting is slaughtered and a mans body, hideously mutilated, is discovered behind the throne, the king demands to be avenged. Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, an experienced investigator of murders, is appointed to track down the killer, aided by his friend, Simon Puttock. In an age of corruption, when the kings friends can use torture, blackmail and murder to promote their ends, a rural knight and bailiff must fight to stay alive.
©2007 Michael Jecks (P)2008 Soundings
Battle and burial are built into the history of Lansdown Hill, so it is no great shock when part of a skeleton is unearthed there. But Peter Diamond, Bath's Head of CID, can't ignore the fresh corpse found close to the folly known as Beckford's Tower. The hill becomes the setting for one of his most puzzling cases, involving golf, horseracing, Civil War re-enactment and the Cyrillic alphabet. Inevitably, Diamond butts heads with the group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss Georgina is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond by sending him to Bristol and handing the skeleton investigation to his deputy, Keith Halliwell. Fortunately, matters don't pan out as Georgina plans.
©2009 Peter Lovesey (P)2010 Soundings
Bailiff Simon Puttocs servant, Hugh, has been granted leave to look after his wife, Constance, and her son. But their happy time is to be short-lived, for a gang of men break into their home and attack Hughs family. When Simon and Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the Kings Peace, arrive on the scene the cottage is burnt to the ground, the bodies from within already buried. It seems that Hugh must have perished in a dreadful accident - but appearances can be deceptive. When Simon and Baldwin begin investigating, it becomes clear that evil lurks in this land, and the pain and bloodshed are far from over....
©2005 Michael Jecks (P)2006 Soundings
It is mid-winter, 1943. Britain is gripped by intense cold and in the darkest days of the war. There is no escape from the conflict - it has snaked into every part of everyone's lives.RAF officer Paget is heading home for Christmas on a train slowly dragging itself west, laden with the tanks and guns that will be taken across the Channel when the invasion begins. Sergeant Harris sits in a freezing hut on Salisbury Plain, wishing he can stop teaching green troops and see some real action. In the requisitioned Grange, Lieutenant Miller doesn't know how to celebrate Christmas so far away from his home in the United States; he wonders how the liberation plans afoot can ever succeed. Each one is heading inexorably towards the beaches of France, where the great battle will begin and every man's fate be decided.
©2004 Leslie Thomas (P)2009 Random House Audio
Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, takes a city break in Vienna, where his favourite film, The Third Man, was set, but everything goes wrong and his companion, Paloma, calls a halt to their relationship. Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing musician Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by methods closer to the spy world than the concert platform. The chance of joining a once-famous string quartet in a residency at Bath Spa University is too tempting for Mel to refuse. Then a body is found in the city canal, and the only clue to the dead woman's identity is the tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn't know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever. Three mysterious deaths need to be probed while his own personal life is in free fall.... Peter Lovesey has been hailed by the critics as "superlative", "a master of the genre", "never puts a foot wrong" and the Peter Diamond series as "one of the most enjoyable police series around". This new case for the much-loved detective will bring new praise and much satisfaction for his legions of fans.
©2013 Peter Lovesey (P)2013 Hachette Digital
1325: King Edward IIs reign seems cursed. Although he has rejected his wife, Queen Isabella, he still relies on her. Even now, she is in France to negotiate peace with her brother, King Charles IV of France - but he fears for the outcome. Meanwhile, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock return from France with an urgent instruction for the King. It is to be their last mission. But they soon find themselves at the centre of a deadly court intrigue involving the most powerful and ruthless men in the country - once again their livelihoods and lives are in mortal danger.
©2008 Michael Jecks (P)2008 Soundings
When the mutilated body of midwife and healer Agatha Kyteler is discovered in a hedge one frozen wintry morning, it seems at first that a lack of clues will render the crime impossible to solve. Then a frightened local youth inexplicably flees his village, and a hue and cry is raised in his wake.
Sir Baldwin Furnshill, once a Knight Templar, has doubts about the boy's guilt. He enlists his friend Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford Castle, in the hunt for a murderer. But what they seek lies somewhere on the darker side of Wefford, beneath layers of jealousy, suspicion, and hatred - and the buried truth could prove fatal to anyone who disturbs it.
©1995 Michael Jecks (P)2007 Soundings
Summer 2011. Richard Mariner and his daughter, Mary, are visiting the Maritime Museum at Chatham when they get caught up in a terrorist attack. Among the survivors is a man who turns out to be one of the terrorists, Sayed Mohammed. Subsequently, Richard becomes involved with fitting out a new prison ship moored in the Thames estuary. This is part of a new government initiative which will see the ship filled with the most dangerous Islamic extremists in the country one of whom is Sayed Mohammed. As the case against Mohammed progresses, Richard and Mary uncover a terrifying plot, and Richard realises he is the only man who can save the capital from certain destruction.
©2010 Peter Tonkin (P)2011 Soundings
1325: in the gilded cage that is the Palace of Westminster, Isabella, Queen of England, is troubled by court intrigue. Her jealous husband, Edward II, has removed all her privileges, her regal status and even her children. When Isabella is dispatched to France to negotiate peace with the French King, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill travels with her to ensure her safety. But it seems that no one can be trusted, not least the queens own retinue. Murder, betrayal, adultery and cold, calculating evil are just the beginning of Baldwins tempestuous journey into the dark hearts of powerful nations at war with each other.
©2007 Michael Jecks (P)2008 Soundings
Richard and Robin Mariner are aboard Tai Fun, preparing to join their friends at the opening ceremony of the luxury Volcano Roads hotel on the Indonesian island of Pulau Baya, when they spot two bodies floating in the still Java Sea. The victims are marine police, and while one of them is beyond help, the other is clinging to life. As they rush the dying woman to shore, it seems that the eyes of the entire world are on the island. But, even allowing for the mysterious patient, Richard and Robin soon discover that all is not as it should be. There are fortunes to be made on this rejuvenated island and everyone wants a slice of the action
©2009 Peter Tonkin (P)2010 Soundings
Exeter, 1323. A strange man is entering peoples houses at night, causing panic amongst householders. Although many had thought him harmless, now he seems to have committed murder. A man lies dead in his own home, slaughtered merely for trying to protect his children, and the folk of Exeter want this menace caught and hanged. Sir Baldwin de Furnshill suspects that the solution isnt that simple. As the country prepares for yet another civil war, two more people are found dead, and the city of Exeter shudders at the thought that there could be a killer out there, determined enough to strike again and again....
©2005 Michael Jecks (P)2006 Soundings
A nightmare discovery in the boot of a stolen BMW plunges car thief Danny Stapleton into the worst trouble of his life. What links his misfortune to the mysterious disappearance of an art teacher at a private school for girls in Chichester? Orders from above push Peter Diamond of Bath CID into investigating a police corruption case in the Chichester force, and he soon finds himself reluctantly dealing with spirited schoolgirls, eccentric artists and his formidable old colleague, Hen Mallin.
©2015 Peter Lovesey (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Forty years ago, Exeter's Cathedral Close was the scene of a vicious ambush. Afterwards, the bodies left lying in their blood bore witness to the conflicts tearing at the heart of the cathedral itself. Today, in 1323, murder is again polluting the Cathedral Close - but this killer is not so easily caught. The victim, Henry Potell, was feared and hated; he held secrets that some wished to keep hidden.... For Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the Kings Peace, and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, events become increasingly mysterious. What first appears to be a matter of lust or greed soon grows more troubling as Baldwin becomes aware of the ominous Chapel of Bones, built long ago in reparation for a terrible murder....
©2004 Michael Jecks (P)2006 Soundings
Late summer in the Siberian Sea. Richard Mariner stands in the main control centre of Ice Station Zemlya, Russias massive new floating nuclear facility. As enormous seagoing tugs fight to position the ungainly monster, Richard is all too aware of dangerous perhaps deadly undercurrents. The multinational team helping the Russians to set up Zemlya are riven with disagreement, and there has been a relentless series of apparent accidents. But soon the whole situation begins to rapidly disintegrate. As a huge ice storm whirls towards the platform and threatens to cast the station adrift in American waters, Richard comes to the devastating realisation that someone is hell-bent on bringing about a nuclear catastrophe
©2011 Peter Tonkin (P)2011 Soundings
Benin Light shines out through the darkness as Richard Mariner, marine adventurer, approaches on board the supertanker Prometheus V. The lighthouse is the marker for Granville Harbour, wild and inaccessible on the western coast of Africa. After an unfriendly exchange with the harbour master, Richard decides it is time to sort it out. His wife, Robin, organises one of the hotel's helicopters to pick him up, but when they are above the harbour bullets strike the side of the helicopter. The city is a place of poverty and corruption, but the couple are still shocked to see the Russian ex-militia man, Sergeant Voroshilov. And when armed guards arrive at the hotel to arrest Richard, trouble really begins...
©2008 Peter Tonkin (P)2009 Soundings
An incalculable fortune in conflict minerals lies on the bed of a lost lake in the middle of the African jungle, where an active volcano stands tall and deadly, having already destroyed the only civilisation nearby. The volcano serves as a border between two warring central African nations. And an uncontrolled, murderous guerrilla army claims the territory for its own, using a combination of modern terrorist techniques and timeless black magic to keep strangers out. Richard Mariner is leading a team into the savage heart of it all in a perilous mission, seeking the lake and the fortune it contains his only clues a half-forgotten legend and a mysterious black pearl that is so much more than it seems.
©2013 Peter Tonkin (P)2014 Soundings
London, 1944: an atmosphere of unease pervades the city as the invasion of Europe looms. Meanwhile, John Fairfax, an American paratrooper, and Robbie Cochran, a New Zealand pilot in the RAF, are swept along by the urgency of the times as they meet and fall in love with two rather unexpected girls. Across the Channel, Walter Raus, an officer in the Waffen SS, prepares for the coming storm while his wife Inge, a devoted nurse, faces death at every turn thanks to the relentless Allied bombing. Things may look uncertain now, but one thing is for sure: by the time D-Day comes, all three of these men's lives will be changed forever?
©2010 David Wiltshire (P)2010 Soundings
They had all joined taking three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience. For they were monks: warrior monks, dedicated to the protection of pilgrims in the Holy Land - until stories spread by an avaricious king who wanted their wealth for his own destroyed the order. There was one knight, however, who escaped the stake, vowing justice as he watched his innocent brothers die. Cold-blooded murder has transformed Simon Puttock's official obligation into something horrid, and he will need the able assistance of his friend, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, to draw a criminal out. A former Knight Templar, Sir Baldwin knows much of duty and servitude and of evil freely indulged in the name of godliness or greed. Now, justice must be served, even if their search exposes extortion, foul corruption, rule by fear, and killers willing, even eager, to shed more blood.
©1996 Michael Jecks (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.
The year is 1794. Free from jail, John Pearce is not free from the smugglers whose boat he stole. While lying low, Pearce soon has other pressing concerns on his mind. Granted a commission by William Pitt, John Pearce evades his pursuers by undertaking a dangerous mission in France. As rebellious ambition turns to bloody disaster, Pearce must try to re-join Admiral Howe. Also serving with Howe is Ralph Barclay - who has somehow contrived to yet again press Pearces friends Charlie and Rufus into his crew. The danger for the Pelicans is only just beginning, however, as Howes collision with the French fleet climaxes in one of the greatest battles of the Revolutionary War.
©2011 David Donachie (P)2012 Soundings
1326: Queen Isabella refuses to leave France and humiliates her husband, King Edward II, by flaunting her adulterous relationship with the arch-traitor Sir Roger Mortimer. The King is furious when he hears she has also betrothed their son to the daughter of the French Count of Hainault, and all England fears invasion. As news of an invasion fleet is received, the Kings knights, including Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, are commanded to London to protect the King and his realm. Meanwhile Bishop Stapledon, the Treasurer of England, is under threat - but from whom? He has made many enemies, and Baldwin and ex-bailiff Simon Puttock must do all they can to find the would-be assassin before its too late.
©2009 Michael Jecks (P)2010 Soundings
1324: a disastrous autumn looms large. As the leaves begin to fall there are those who wish to bring the kingdom down as well. In Dartmouth, a man is found lying dead in the road. Dismissing his death as a drunken accident, the locals turn their attentions to more worrying matters - piracy. Rumours abound that spies are being sent to the great traitor Roger Mortimer. If this is true, civil war in England is inevitable. The kingdoms most powerful and ruthless men demand that Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock uncover the truth, and quickly. Fail and they will be executed. Succeed and there will be others ready to silence them forever....
©2006 Michael Jecks (P)2007 Soundings
Roger Mortimer was once the kings most able commander, but now he is his most hated enemy. Escaping from the tower, Mortimer made his way to France and has hired an assassin to murder the king - but others have the same idea. As the body of a local craftsman and that of a kings messenger who was carrying a dangerous secret are found in the citys streets, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock, are asked by the bishop to find out who is responsible. But when murderers can use magic, no one is safe....
©2006 Michael Jecks (P)2007 Soundings
In the small hours of a Sunday morning in the city of Bath a policeman on beat duty is shot dead by an unseen gunman - the third killing of an officer in Somerset in a matter of weeks. The emergency services are summoned. Ambitious to arrest the Somerset Sniper, the duty inspector, Ken Lockton, seals the crime scene, which is confined by the river on one side and a massive retaining wall on the other. He discovers the murder weapon in a garden - and is himself attacked and left for dead. Enter Peter Diamond, Bath's burly CID chief. Middle-aged and not built for action, he pits himself and his team against the killer in a hunt that will test his physical powers to the limit....
©2012 Peter Lovesey (P)2013 Hachette Digital
When King Edward II is informed that his wife, Queen Isabella, has defied him and remained in France with their son, he flies into a rage. It is Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock who have broken the news to him and are now no longer in the kings favour. They return to their homes in Devon, but they find that outlaws hold sway in the land. Sir Robert, a knight from the Kings household, has turned outlaw from his castle near Crediton. When a pair of clerics are found murdered, Baldwin and Simon are asked to investigate. But then Simons own daughter is threatened by Sir Robert, and all hell is let loose....
©2009 Michael Jecks (P)2009 Soundings
On 3 May 1961, after a trial conducted largely in secret, a man named George Blake was sentenced to an unprecedented 42 years in jail. By his own confession he was a Soviet spy, but the reasons for such a severe punishment were never revealed. To the public, Blake was simply the greatest traitor of the Cold War. Yet his story touches not only the depths of treachery, but also the heights of heroism. Drawing on hitherto unpublished records from his trial, new revelations about his dramatic jailbreak from Wormwood Scrubs, and original interviews with former spies, friends and the man himself this audiobook sheds new light on this most complex of characters and presents a fascinating shadow history of the Cold War.
©2013 Roger Hermiston (P)2013 Soundings