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. 

 

 

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The Body in the Dales
ISBN 978-1503903111
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.

 

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The Quartet Murders

ISBN 978-1503903098

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

ISBN 978-1503904941

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

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The Royal Baths Murder

ISBN 978-1542015424

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.

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The Nidderdale Murders

ISBN 978-1542017435

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.

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