Ostland by David Thomas

Description: February 1941, wartime Berlin. Brilliant, idealistic young detective Georg Heuser joins the Murder Squad in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. A serial killer is slaughtering women on S-Bahn trains and leaving their battered bodies by the tracks. Heuser must confront evil eye-to-eye as he helps track down the murderer.

July 1959, peacetime West Germany: a pioneering young lawyer, Paula Siebert, is the sole woman in a federal unit investigating men who have committed crimes of unimaginable magnitude and horror. Their leader has just been arrested. His name is Georg Heuser. Siebert is sure of his guilt. But one question haunts her: how could a once decent man have become a sadistic monster?

The answer lies in the desolate wastes of the Russian Front, the vast landmass conquered by Hitler’s forces… the new empire the Nazis call Ostland.

Based on an extraordinary true story, Ostland is a gripping detective thriller, a harrowing account of the Holocaust and a thought-provoking examination of the capacity for sin that lurks in every human soul.

Opening: LUDWIGSBURG, WEST GERMANY: 23 JULY 1959: The police chief was naked when they came to arrest him.

A hip-flask is needed for this one.

English Fiction of the Victorian Period (Longman Literature in English Series) by Michael Wheeler

Description: Professor Wheeler’s widely-acclaimed survey of nineteenth century fiction covers both the major writers and their work and encompasses the genres and ‘minor’ fiction of the period. It provides the student with the best introduction and reference source to the period on the market. The second edition has been revised in the light of review comments and incorporates new material on lesser-known writers as well as a comprehensively updated bibliography.

Opening: PRE-VICTORIAN AND EARLY VICTORIAN FICTION: Fads and fashions: the sub-genres: Social and political historians of Britain, like historians of English literature, find the 1830s difficult to place. A decade of invention and reform, the 1830s mark the transition between the end of the Industrial Revolution and the beginning of the Victorian Age.

The full five stars because this does everything I wanted it to. Text book quality that will probably be referred to often.

The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

bookshelves: cover-love, published-2014, winter-20142015, under-500-ratings, medieval5c-16c, historical-fiction, plantagenet-1154-1485, paper-read

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Pat
Read from November 27, 2012 to May 23, 2015
Description:
Description: The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland, author of the hugely popular Company of Liars will thrill fans of CJ Sansom and Kate Mosse with its chilling recreation of the Peasants’ Revolt.

It offers an intelligent, beautifully researched glimpse of a more deadly, superstitious era…

‘A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists’ Daily Mail on The Falcons of Fire and Ice

The reign of Richard II is troubled, the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets. It’s a case of every man for himself, whatever his status or wealth. But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value, who can you trust?

The dour wool merchant?
His impulsive son?
The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes?
Or the raven-haired widow clutching her necklace of bloodstones?

And when people start dying unnatural deaths and the peasants decide it’s time to fight back, it’s all too easy to spy witchcraft at every turn.

Cast of Characters
Proem
Prologue
Story
Epilogue
Historical Notes
Timeline
Glossary

Opening: While I lived I was never one of those who could see ghosts. I thought those who claimed they did were even moon-touched or liars. But when you are dead, my darlings, you find yourself amazed at what you didn’t see when you were alive. I exist now in a strange half-light.

Richard II (6 January 1367 – February 1400), also known as Richard of Bordeaux, was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed on 30 September 1399.

Juicy beginning or what!?

5* Company of Liars
5* The Owl Killers
4* The Gallows Curse
3* The Falcons of Fire and Ice
CR The Vanishing Witch
WL The Raven’s Head

Hattip Pat: Plucked straight from the website – Latest Myth & Magic: Witch-napping: A witch who lived in Berkeley, Gloucestershire had a ‘familiar’ (a bid) in the form of a jackdaw who could read the future. One day the jackdaw warned her that she would shortly endure a great tragedy and would die soon after. When news came that her son and his family had all been killed, the witch became extremely alarmed and sent for her daughter who was a nun and her second son who was monk. She told them that while her soul could not be saved they must save her body.

After her death the witch’s body was to be sewn up in a stag’s hide and placed in a stone coffin bound with three iron chains and left in the church for three nights, while her children kept vigil. After that she considered that they might safely bury her body.

The first night demons entered the church and broke the first chain. The second night they shattered the second chain and on the third night the devil himself appeared in a great thunderstorm. He broke the last chain and dragged her from the coffin and led her to a black horse which had iron hooks protruding from it all over its hide. The devil impaled her on the hooks on the horse’s back and all three of them vanished. The screams of the witch could be heard for miles as they galloped away through the night.

I’ll Go to Bed at Noon by Gerard Woodward

Description: Colette Jones has had drink problems in the past, but now it seems as though her whole family is in danger of turning to alcohol. Her oldest son has thrown away a promising musical career for a job behind the counter in a builders’ merchants, and his drinking sprees with his brother-in-law Bill, a pseudo-Marxist supermarket butcher who seems to see alcohol as central to the proletarian revolution, have started to land him in trouble with the police. Meanwhile Colette’s recently widowered older brother is following an equally self-destructive path, having knocked back an entire cellar of homemade wine, he’s now on the gin, a bottle a day and counting. Who will be next? Her youngest son had decided to run away to sea, but when her own husband hits the bottle Colette realises she has to act. As the pressure builds on Colette to cope with these damaged people, her own weaknesses begin to emerge, and become crucial to the outcome of all their lives.

To the memory of my brother
Francis Woodward

Opening: Janus didn’t usually leave his letters from Bill lying around, but this one had been left on the kitchen table, out od its envelope, half-unfolded, beside the glass cider tankard that held a posy of wilting daffodils, in a way that suggested, to Colette at least, that she was being invited, along with anyone else in the house, to read it.

This package was a joy to open. Hand written address (how rare is that nowadays), paddy envelope as usual but inside the book was lovingly wrapped in clear plastic.

Been so long since I read the first one in The Jones trilogy that I wonder if I will remember all the nuances. Only one way to find out and that is to dive right in…

Fun to be reading this whilst we wait for the results to start rolling in from today’s UK election. From page 31:

‘Now there was a minority Labour Government. Mr Wilson had won the election in February with fewer votes than Heath. There was likely to be another election in October.’

Page 120: Relentless alcoholism and feckless procrastination leaves me wondering whether to continue or wall-bang it!

AT THE END – glad to have made it through, some of the writing was blindingly good yet the subject matter was just so depressing and I much preferred the quirkiness of the first book. Chances of me getting around to #3 are pi% (3.14%)

4* August
3* I’ll Go To Bed At Noon

The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen

bookshelves: spring-2015, play-dramatisation, norway, radio-3, published-1888, under-1000-ratings, fantasy, fradio, seven-seas

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Casnewydd Hydra
Read on May 23, 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nkx97

BBC Description: A translation of Ibsen’s sensuous and erotic play The Lady From The Sea adapted by Frank McGuinness and starring Lia Williams and Hugh Bonneville.

Needing financial security, Ellida Wangel has settled for a life as second wife to a dull, provincial doctor and is stepmother to his two resentful daughters. However, she is still spiritually possessed by the mysterious Stranger, a former sailor-lover, and she is left with a desperate yearning for the sea; the promise and ecstasy of the unknown. When this figure, a blatant representation of unrepressed sexuality, returns to claim her, it forces a crisis in her sterile marriage. This startling arrival stirs her desires and lures her back to the water’s edge where she must confront both the past and a desire for the freedom that could destroy her.

McGuinness poses the question is it better to suffocate on dry land or drown in the freedom of the sea? The radio is an ideal medium to explore this notion with a soundscape that depicts in the mind the vast ocean beyond that is waiting to spirit Ellida away. The surprising ending leaves the listener with a warm sense of hope and well-being.

There I was with my first aid kit, forensic chalk stick, blood spatter chart and both stretcher and ambulance on standby, yet it wasn’t needed. What’s going on? Did Ibsen go soft on us?

‘She looked like something that might have occured to Ibsen in one of his less frivolous moments.’
‘Summer Lightening’ – P G Wodehouse

Ellida Wangel Lia Williams
Stranger Hugh Bonneville

Mermaids in Drøbak, Norway

GR Description: The Lady from the Sea was written in Munich in 1888. The earliest extant draft is dated June 5th 1888, but as usual Ibsen had been thinking about the subject for some time. A number of elements derive from his stay in Molde in the summer of 1885. It is assumed that Ibsen not only used Molde as his model for the little “town by a fjord in the northern part of Norway” where the action takes place; he was also said to have heard two legends there that made an impression on him, and which he used in the play.

3* A Doll’s House
4* Hedda Gabler
3* The Wild Duck
4* Peer Gynt
3* The Master Builder
2* Brand
4* John Gabriel Borkman
3* The Vikings of Helgeland
3* The Lady from the Sea

War God by Graham Hancock

Description: A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out…

Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico…

This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong.

This is a war of gods and men. Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortes. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting.

Caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war are Tozi, Pepillo and the beautiful sex slave Malinal whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him.

Opening: Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), Thursday 18 February 1519: Moctezuma loved eminences, for to stand on any high place was to be reminded that he was the greatest and most magnificent of men, wielding the power of life and death over all he surveyed. Yet of the countless high places in his kingdom, none offered him a deeper and more abiding sense of ownership, or clearer evidence of his own importance, than the summit platform of the colossal pyramid on which he now perched, soaring three hundred feet above his glorious capital city Tenochtitlan, which in turn stood on an island in the midst of a vast lake at the centre of an immense valley surrounded by lofty, snow-capped mountains.

As expected, the beginning is a veritable gorefest of human sacrifice – those Aztecs weren’t big on heart, unless you’re talking about ripping it out of a live body! The book is a top to toe bloody adventure, which is in keeping with the subject, yet I am sure that the reader doesn’t have to be shown so many gore scenes, we get the picture Mr. Hancock, truly we do.

The different storylines are very exciting in their own right, especially when Cortes does a moonlight flit in one chapter, whilst the three are at the top of the pyramid in the next. Phewie!

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LATER: as the adventure proceeds there is increased switching between all the perspectives, a mere couple of paragraphs to a storyline then…

switch
switch
switch

For me, this heightened the excitement, yet I can see that others will get fed up, RIGHT HERE, with this approach because honestly, there is a huge cast of two dimensional characters in what can only be called teams, each with their own agenda.

If you fancy a blood soaked story ending in a battle between three gods then I can recommend this

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BEST LINES:

‘You know nothing, Ahuizotl!Memories of Jon Snow – P.206

‘Moctezuma felt it coming now, felt death all over him like a swarm of bees’Memories of Eddie Izzard – P.208

Diego Velasquez de Cuellar

FROM WIKI: Noting the weakness of the natives, Velázquez authorized the importation of black slaves in 1513. He authorized various expeditions to explore lands further west, including the 1517 Francisco Hernández de Córdoba expedition to Yucatán (see: Spanish Conquest of Yucatán), and Juan de Grijalva’s 1518 expedition. He was made the 1st Adelantado of Cuba with jurisdiction over the former Governorship of the Indies. He initially backed Hernán Cortés’s famous expedition to Mexico but pulled back his support before the expedition was scheduled to launch and then that was the end. Cortés disobeyed Velázquez’s orders to disband his expeditionary force and left for Mexico anyway.

Huitzilopochtli

Quetzalcoatl

By the way, does anyone else remember Atari’s Montezuma’s Revenge? This book reminds me of that game.

If you would prefer a non-fiction then I heartily recommend this. It is just as crammed with gore, natch!

3* Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization
4* The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant
TR Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind
4* The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind
3* Heaven’s Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization
1* Entangled
CR War God
4* Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith

Fewer Things by Adam Marek

bookshelves: radio-4x, spring-2015, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, published-2011

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from May 16 to 22, 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03y0qx0

Description: A selection of stories from Adam Marek’s dark, often quirky collections read by Carl Prekopp..

Adam Marek is the award-winning writer of two short story collections – Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in many magazines, including Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, and in many anthologies including Lemistry and Biopunk and The Best British Short Stories 2011.

1/5: FEWER THINGS: A father and son save some chicks from choking. But who will save the boy?

2/5: THE 40-LITRE MONKEY: A simple pet shop purchase leads to a strange encounter with a shop owner committed to growing super-sized animals.

3/5: REMEMBER THE BRIDE WHO GOT STUNG?: A father resorts to drastic measures on a family picnic

4/5: THE THORN: Removing a thorn from Wellie Page’s toe turns out strangely for Wellie.

5/5: DEAD FISH: A boy steals a fish from the marketplace, prompting a chase. But can he be caught?

Dark, unsettling fayre this, and Marek is a man you definitely need to sample. Look out you short story writers, you have serious opposition here. The website

A Shrosphire Lad by Alfred Edward Housman

bookshelves: published-1896, public-domain, poetry, victorian, e-book, gutenberg-project, spring-2015, tbr-busting-2015

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Anna Matsuyama
Read from January 31, 2014 to May 22, 2015

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/5720/5…

Picked this up today because I am grieving Endeavour Morse who used to quote from this collection often through the course of his career.

Sixty-three tiny poems urging us to sieze the day, not let life just run out without giving all.

IV:           REVEILLE

          Wake: the silver dusk returning
           Up the beach of darkness brims,
          And the ship of sunrise burning
           Strands upon the eastern rims.

          Wake: the vaulted shadow shatters,
           Trampled to the floor it spanned,
          And the tent of night in tatters
           Straws the sky-pavilioned land.

          Up, lad, up, 'tis late for lying:
           Hear the drums of morning play;
          Hark, the empty highways crying
           "Who'll beyond the hills away?"

          Towns and countries woo together,
           Forelands beacon, belfries call;
          Never lad that trod on leather
           Lived to feast his heart with all.

          Up, lad: thews that lie and cumber
           Sunlit pallets never thrive;
          Morns abed and daylight slumber
           Were not meant for man alive.

          Clay lies still, but blood's a rover;
           Breath's a ware that will not keep
          Up, lad: when the journey's over
           There'll be time enough to sleep.

So unlike Houseman’s Young Lads, at least Morse made it past his early twenties before he laid down to sleep the sleep.

The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse, #13) by Colin Dexter

Read by………………. Terrence Hardiman
Runtime………. 10 hours 54 mins

Description: The first Inspector Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, appeared a quarter-century ago. This finale to a grand series presents a moving elegy to one of mystery fiction’s most celebrated and popular characters. The murder of nurse Yvonne Harrington two years earlier remains unsolved, but the Oxford police receive an anonymous tip that prompts them to revive their investigation. Morse’s superior, Chief Superintendent Strange, wants him to take over the case, but Morse is stubbornly and curiously reluctant to do so. Morse’s faithful dogsbody, the long-suffering Sergeant Lewis, is left wondering whether Morse himself is some how connected to the crime, since the inspector had encountered the murder victim during a stay in the hospital. It falls to Lewis to do most of the delving, with Morse prompting him along the way. The case seems impenetrable until the murder of burglar Harry Repp – though what could be the connection to the original murder? Lewis continues to probe while Morse remains his oracular self.

It is with the certain sadness that I reach the end of this entertaining series. *sniff* This is the one with the red running shoes, S&M sex, clarinets, birds, deafness and false teeth.

demirep (C18 from demi + rep(putation)): (rare) a woman of bad repute, esp. a prostitute

concatenation: Concatenation (from Latin concatenare, to link together) is taking two or more separately located things and placing them side-by-side next to each other so that they can now be treated as one thing.

A corking finalé this, and I look back over Lewis’s career and how he has grown from green shoot, to worthy acolyte, and then confident sleuth in his own right, albeit exhibiting distinct Morse-ian traits.

In the interview below, it suggests we are supposed to know who Morse is based on and I admit to being in the dark on this bit of trivia. The series let-down was ‘The Jewel That was Ours’, and the highlights you can spot through those ratings.

What a chuckly face he has!

Colin Dexter walks into the lobby of the Salisbury rooms in the Carlton Hyatt Hotel on Cadogan square; he is elegant and diffident, a genuine old school gentleman. We are here for a press screening of the latest Morse offering, “Death Is Now My Neighbour”. But Mr Dexter won’t be staying for the screening, he’s shooting off to Wales to address a meeting of diabetics. As a diabetic himself it is something he tries to do as often as he can. He mingles with friends and colleagues outside the screening, and when I approach he is amiable but would obviously rather just keep on chatting. He takes his leave, promising he will speak to them soon, and we disappear into a reception room and sit down on one of its sofa’s. Mr Dexter insists on sitting on the left, because, as he explains, he is quite deaf and that side is best for his hearing. The feeling remains that he has been parted him from his friends, but he is too much of a gentleman and professional to dwell on this. Mr Dexter insists that he can only talk for a few minutes because he has to catch a train, so we dive straight into the questions.

** It is well known where the character of Morse is drawn from, but what about the character of Lewis? **

Well, nowhere in particular. When I first wrote him he was the same age as me, but we’ve conveniently forgotten that now because T.V has made him so much younger. Lewis is an amalgamation of people, but certainly in the first book I thought he was a grandfather. But having forgotten what I wrote in the first book it doesn’t really bother me.

** Do you think that your writing has changed as a consequence of being represented on television? **

Well not with Morse at all, I think he’s as miserable and mean-spirited and mean-pocketed as ever he was, isn’t he? He’s a bit melancholy and sad and pessimistic about the universe and I think that John does him very well. But certainly from the Lewis point of view it makes it difficult sometimes yes. But I solve the problem easily by ignoring it. Instead of putting “The burly, middle-aged grandfather walked into the room”, I put “Lewis walked into the room”. No problem then.

** You’ve been quoted as saying that not buying a round is a worse crime than adultery. Is there a worse crime than not buying a round? **

There’s not much is there? I don’t know if you ever go to a pub, and somebody hangs back, and just when all the glasses are going he gets up, or she gets up, and says “I’m awfully sorry but I’ve got to go”. And I feel really that these people are disastrous in a social sense. At least there’s something to be said for adultery, but there’s nothing at all to be said for just being so miserably mean-pocketed that you never buy a round, and Morse is like that. Poor old Lewis is on half the salary and has to buy nine tenths of the beer.

** Do you have a favourite beer? **

I like any beer. I’m not really a fan of any particular beers or pubs. What I am a fan of is the landlord, if the landlord can keep the beer well he’s a friend of mine. But so many landlords haven’t got a clue, they don’t know anything about storage or temperatures. So if I find a good pub with a good landlord then that’s my favourite.

** In the past you’ve talked about Morse’s pessimism and you’ve said that you share some of that pessimism. **

I’m profoundly pessimistic about the future of the human race. It’s not just a question of Adolf Hitler or Saddam Hussein, wherever you look there’s immense cruelty and signs of man’s inhumanity to man. We learn more about it than we used to. I do feel more and more pessimistic about the ability of the human race to survive with itself

** Is that in an environmental or military sense? **

Environmental, certainly. But military above all I think. We are lacking any compassionate interest in our fellow human beings, you see it all the time and you see more of it now. I don’t give us much chance; two or three decades.

** You have been quoted as saying that in your view there are three main accolades for a crime writer: to be mentioned in Private Eye; to be awarded a dagger by the Crime Writers Association; and to be included in the summer selection that the Royal Family takes to Balmoral every year. Now, you’ve achieved all of those, but which gave you the most satisfaction? **

I’ve won a diamond dagger from the Crime Writer’s Association. I think that because it’s not given for an individual book, it’s given for services to crime fiction. I won that last year and only twelve people have won it.

** In the early series of Morse, Anthony Minghella was a writer and Danny Boyle was a writer and director. Did you work with them much? **

Yes, I worked with them a lot. Anthony did the first one we ever did, The Dead Of Jericho, and that was excellent. I got to know him quite well, and we did try to get him to do one or two of the later screen plays , but he was engaged in rather more important things. I do have contact with the directors but above all I have contact with the screenplay. Usually I go through these with the producer rather than the director, and very often with the actual screenwriter.

** Is there any significance to Morse’s car registration -248 RPA? **

No, I don’t think there is. We tried to get a

Lancia but instead we got this clapped out pre-electrics non-M.O.T. Jaguar.

** You don’t like it? **

Yes, but it’s a bugger to drive according to everybody who drives it.

** You’re quoted as saying that once you start to write, ideas happen in an almost physical way. Can you elaborate on that? **

Well I think that you’ve got to be prepared to write a load of nonsense to start with and then you can tart it up. The business of getting going, getting started, is enormously important , and this can be physical. Solvitur Ambulando as the Romans used to say, which means the solution comes through walking.

** Morse’s lustfulness and alcohol dependency have been watered down for television. Does that worry you? Does it make him a different character? **

No, I think that T.V. and radio and novels are totally different mediums. When you’ve got an hour and 5 minutes to squash 360 pages, things have got to go; literary clues have got to go, an awful lot of thinking has got to go. You can’t think on the T.V. and you can’t drink that much on the T.V. Morse is not giving up booze, it’s the only thing that he’s not giving up.

** You say that you began writing Morse on a wet family holiday in Wales in 1972. And, from what I can make out, it was, initially at least, a product of boredom. Is that accurate? **

My children used to ask why I didn’t take them to places where the sun was always shining like everybody else’s father did. Everybody gets fed up with children on holiday, especially when it’s raining. Anyway, there where two detective stories there and I read them and thought that they were pretty ordinary, and I thought that I could do just as well. I didn’t write very much when I started, I think I only wrote two paragraphs or one page at the outside. But that was the time I thought I’d try to write.

With that, Colin Dexter takes his leave. He shakes hands and says that he is awfully sorry but he has forgotten my name. Then he walks slowly to the door, upbraiding himself like the gentleman he is, saying that he really will try and remember it next time.

Colin Dexter says he currently has no plans to write a new Morse book, but pre-production is already underway for next year’s Morse film based on an earlier novel ‘The Wench is Dead’. © Carlton Television MCMXCV11.(1997)

4* Last Bus to Woodstock (Inspector Morse, #1)
3* Last Seen Wearing (Inspector Morse, #2)
3* The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse, #3)
3* Service of All the Dead (Inspector Morse, #4)
3* The Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse, #5)
4* The Riddle of the Third Mile (Inspector Morse, #6)
3* The Secret of Annexe 3 (Inspector Morse #7)
3* The Wench Is Dead (Inspector Morse, #8)
3* The Jewel That Was Ours (Inspector Morse, #9)
3* The Way Through The Woods (Inspector Morse, #10)
4* The Daughters of Cain (Inspector Morse, #11)
3* Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse, #12)
5* The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse, #13)
3* Morse’s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

A Small Town Murder by Scott Cherry

bookshelves: radio-4, published-2014, play-dramatisation, spring-2015

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from May 16 to 22, 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05v7tby

Description: Jackie Hartwell is tasked to break the news to Connie Hudson – a Birmingham based singing star from the 1960’s – that her troubled daughter Abi has been found murdered.

1/5 Hartwell is tasked with giving some bad news

2/5 Jackie interviews mother and sister

3/5 Jackie tries to shed some light

4/5 One of the investigating officers comes under suspicion

5/5 Jackie confronts the murderer.

Jackie Hartwell Meera Syal
Peter Matthew Marsh
Connie Susan Brown
Laura Jasmine Hyde
Tracey Kellie Shirley
Bill Kinning Michael Higgs
Steve Scott Cherry