The Yorkshire Murder Mysteries
About the series: I have been intrigued by mysteries of all kinds since childhood. I remember watching old Sherlock Holmes films
with Basil Rathbone as the great detective and then devouring Conan Doyle's stories. Later I watched Francis Durbridge dramatisations
followed by Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Poirot.
I loved magic shows with David Nixon and Robert Harbin and pondered on how the illusions were done. They seemed
impossible but I yearned to know the answer! The BBC TV series Jonathan Creek, combined detective work with illusions in a
way I'd never seen before and then I discovered a sub genre of detective fiction which flourished between about 1930 - 1960. Writers such
as John Dickson Carr, Clayton Rawson, Ellery Queen and Edward Hoch competed with each other to write the best Locked Room Mysteries
or Impossible Crimes in which the circumstances of the crime are utterly perplexing.
I decided to incorporate this extra element of mystery into my crime stories: a how dunnit as well as a who dunnit. It makes the
construction of the plot that bit more challenging but hopefully more entertaining to read.
My other ambition has been to set my stories in the landscapes of Yorkshire, thereby highlighting the astonishingly varied beauty of
God's Own Country and to include the colourful history, dialect and eccentricity in which the county abounds.
The Body in the Dales
A body is discovered deep in a cave system beneath the Yorkshire Dales in strange circumstances.. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death is DCI Jim Oldroyd and his new DS from London Andy Carter. There seems to be no shortage of suspects in the Yorkshire Dales village of Burnthwaite but how did the body get to where it was discovered and how did it apparently disappear and reappear later? Solving the puzzle involves unusual historical research, a dramatic exploration of the caves and a hectic pursuit of the killers.
The Quartet Murders
When DCI Oldroyd witnesses the murder of a violin player at the Red Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, the killer appears to vanish from the building. Motives seem to surround possession of the priceless Stradivarius violin played by the victim. Oldroyd and DS Carter's investigations take them into the ruthless world of wealthy instrument collectors, but as they start to unravel the mystery, they discover connections with dark events in the past.
The Murder at Redmire Hall
DCI Oldroyd and DS Stephanie Johnson witness a famous locked room illusion at Redmire Hall in Yorkshire which goes horribly wrong. In this classic English stately home mystery who, amongst Lord Redmire's family and former friends and lovers, had the most to gain from his death? Oldroyd soon discovers that the problems of identifying the killers and solving the perplexing puzzle of the locked room are linked together
The Royal Baths Murder
A famous writer is found murdered at the Victorian spa baths in Harrogate. Damian Penrose has been strangled, but in a twist worthy of one of his novels, the murderer has vanished from the scene despite there being no apparent means of escape. DCI Oldroyd and his team discover that Penrose had many enemies and further murders indicate that they are on the trail of a clever and ruthless killer who must be brought to justice before truth becomes stranger than fiction.
The Nidderdale Murders
A retired judge is shot dead outside the Dog and Gun inn in the remote Yorkshire village of Niddersgill. There’s a witness who saw everything so the case should be open-and-shut for DCI Jim Oldroyd. But the murderer had no motive for wanting Sandy Fraser dead and he has disappeared. Fraser wasn’t without enemies, but none of them were at the scene of the murder. After a second attack, it’s clear that these killings are not random but what connects them?
Surrounded by the dramatic beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Oldroyd struggles to make sense of the puzzle before someone else is killed.