Book List:60 titles
  • March, 1875. Although he has never had much time for George Custer, hero of the American Civil War and Commander of the 7th Cavalry, Matthew Grand feels duty bound to respond to a call for help from his West Point contemporary. Arriving at Fort Abrah...


  • September, 1592. “Kit, I know we have never been friends, but you are the only man in London to whom I can write. Someone is trying to kill me”. Christopher Marlowe had never liked Robert Greene when he was alive. But when the former Cambridge sc...


  • Many readers of the Lestrade books wonder what is fact and what is fiction – and the author is delighted that they can’t always tell! So, for all the readers out there who have ever asked that question, here is the World of Inspector Lestrade. In...


  • A grisly discovery fished out of the River Thames marks the start of an intriguing new case for private detectives Grand & Batchelor. September, 1873. Private enquiry agents Matthew Grand and James Batchelor have been hired by timber merchant Sel...


  • As advance guard for the Queen’s Progress, Christopher Marlowe tackles murder and intrigue within some of England’s grandest stately homes. May, 1591. When Queen Elizabeth decides to embark on a Royal Progress, visiting some of the grandest ho...


  • The wedding of Matthew Grand's sister is marred by cold-blooded murder in the intriguing new Grand & Batchelor Victorian mystery. March, 1873. Private investigators Matthew Grand and James Batchelor have arrived at Matthew's substantial family hom...


  • Christopher Marlowe must discover who murdered the queen’s spymaster in this absorbing historical mystery. April, 1590. The queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, is dead, leaving a dangerous power vacuum. His former right hand man, Nichol...


  • Nineteenth century private investigators American Matthew Grand and Englishman James Batchelor investigate the murder of Charles Dickens. June, 1870. The world-famous author Charles Dickens has been found dead in his summerhouse where he had been...


  • The Wigwam Murder - as the case against August Sangret came to be known - was one of the most brilliant pieces of detection and forensic science then on record. Drs Keith Simpson, Eric Gardner and Gerald Roche Lynch worked together to present a compr...






  • Intrepid 19th-century private investigators American Matthew Grand and Englishman James Batchelor return in their second mystery. July, 1868. On receiving a commission from Matthew’s cousin Luther to look into the suspicious death of Lafayette B...


  • ‘Tell me a story, Kit…’It’s All Hallows’ Eve and Kit Marlowe’s evening is disrupted by the call of an ethereal voice, requesting a tale for the haunted night. From the depths of his creative mind comes the tale of ghostly horrors and unea...


  • “What a great book… I highly recommend it.” Netgalley The end of civilization, as Peter Maxwell knows it, is just around the corner. It comes in the form of Fiona Braymarr, the new superhead of Leighford Academy. She is a new broom, sweeping a...


  • Christopher Marlowe tackles his most baffling case yet. June, 1589. Now a feted poet and playwright, Kit Marlowe is visiting his family in Canterbury. But it’s not the happy homecoming he had hoped for. A long-standing family friend has been fou...


  • Introducing 19th-century private investigators Matthew Grand and James Batchelor in the first of a brand-new historical mystery series. April, 1865. Having been an eye witness to the assassination of President Lincoln, Matthew Grand, a former cap...


  • Christopher Marlowe faces the might of the Spanish Armada in the sixth of this intriguing historical mystery series May, 1588. With Elizabeth I’s court rocked by stories of an imminent invasion and one of his key undercover agents missing, Sir F...


  • Everybody, they say, has a book in them. Retired Chief Inspector Walter Dew certainly did. And it took him back to the good old days, when coppers lived in station houses, that nice Mr Campbell-Bannerman was at Number Ten, and Britain had the biggest...


  • “I loved the book. Funny and a very relaxing read.” Archana Aggarwal - Educator MAXWELL’S BACK, AS MURDER COMES TO SLEEPY LEIGHFORD. Are the two things connected? Well, yes and no. Teenage girls are being picked up on the seafront and two of ...


  • March, 1587. Christopher Marlowe’s play Tamburlaine, with the incomparable Ned Alleyn in the title role, has opened at the Rose Theatre, and a new era on the London stage is born. Yet the play is almost shut down on its opening night. For a memb...


  • In September 1939, much military slang still dated to the trenches of 1914-18 - for instance words such as 'Berthas' (meaning big breasts), taken from the German Big Bertha gun . But World War II soon gave birth to a new wave of armed forces slang su...


  • Maxwell’s Millennium is not quite like other people’s – for a start, it is a year later. After much quibbling with the maths department, everyone calls it an honourable draw and he celebrates as only he can: with his cat, his model soldiers, an...


  • Unbelievable as it seems to all the Old Boys, Maxwell’s school is about to be turned into a conference centre – Halliards is to be no more. Some of his schoolfellows can’t let the moment pass and so they gather together, the Year of Mind Your O...


  • Christopher Marlowe investigates a school for exiled Catholic priests in the fourth of this intriguing historical mystery series. October, 1586. Sir Francis Walsingham has despatched Kit Marlowe to the English College in Rheims where he suspects the ...



  • Christopher Marlowe investigates a possible act of witchcraft in the third of this intriguing historical mystery series. July, 1585. Desperate to pursue his chosen career as a professional playwright, the young Christopher Marlowe abandons his C...


  • Cambridge, 1583. About to graduate from Corpus Christi, the young Christopher Marlowe spends his days studying and his nights carousing with old friends. But when one of them is discovered lying dead in his King's College room, mouth open in a silent...


  • At Leighford High, Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell is acting Head of History whilst Peter Moss partakes in an American exchange. His counterpart is Hector Gold, accompanied to Leighford by his eccentric family. In particular, Hector's father-in-law, Jeff O'M...


  • (A 132-page True Crime Short with 21 photographs) The mysteries surrounding Britain’s 7th earl of Lucan have endured for almost four decades. In 1974, after his carefully crafted plan to murder his wife went awry, he killed his nanny by mistake, an...


  • Second in the thrilling new Kit Marlowe historical mystery series - November, 1583. Desperate not to let the Netherlands fall into the hands of Catholic Spain, the Queen’s spymaster orders Cambridge scholar and novice spy Christopher Marlowe to go ...


  • Having had his retirement snatched from him by malfunctioning technology, Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell finds himself facing yet another new year at Leighford High School. After having her hopes of a dedicated house-husband dashed, his wife, Jacquie, is fu...






  • Leighford High’s Head of Sixth Form, Peter Maxwell, has a complete aversion to technology. Computers and mobile phones, texts and emails; these are not things that ‘dinosaur’ Mad Max wants to know about. However, it soon becomes of vital import...


  • With the beginning of a new school year under way, Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell prepares to get stuck into his routine. The immediate task in hand for senior staff members is the hiring of a new assistant head teacher, for which the school caterers have p...


  • Peter ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell is a very busy man; as Head of Sixth Form at Leighford High he does his best to resist Ofsted imperatives and mark GCSE coursework, whilst trying to cram as much History as possible into the reluctant heads of Nine Eff Gee...


  • With girlfriend DS Jacquie Carpenter back at work and little baby Nolan rapidly growing into a feisty toddler, Peter ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell, Head of Sixth Form at Leighford High, decides to hire an au pair. The exotic Juanita Reyes hails from the sun-...


  • When Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell took his kids from Leighford High on an archaeological dig, all should have been learning and fun. The professionals were very excited - was the grave they had found that of Alfred the Great? No, because the corpse was no...


  • There comes a time in every teacher’s life when he must face his Nemesis -- the four-yearly Ofsted Inspection. The immediate bête noire of Head of Sixth Form, Peter Maxwell, is the attractive and vivacious Sally Meninger. Out on the town one night...


  • On a two-week staff exchange, Peter ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell leaves behind his familiar local comprehensive school for the altogether more sophisticated charms of Grimonds, a private academy steeped in tradition and money. But something is amiss here - ...



  • It's a busman's holiday for Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell, saddled with two precocious nieces who insist he takes them to a theme park. While riding, white-knuckled, the Wild Water, a passenger is killed in the float ahead, and Maxwell and the girls become...


  • Peter Maxwell is delighted when an old college friend asks him to be the historical adviser on a film being made on the coast near Leighford. Dreams of becoming the next Spielberg soon founder when he discovers that the world of film is pretty much t...


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    It is 1891 and London is still reeling from the horror of the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders when Inspector Sholto Lestrade is sent to the Isle of Wight to investigate a strange corpse found walled up in Shanklin Cline. Lestrade whirls from ballroo...


  • Ask any teacher what they dread most and they will say, to a man – or woman: ‘school trips’. Unusually, Peter Maxwell is looking forward to this one, and with good reason – it is to his spiritual home, the Museum of the Moving Image. Sadly, t...



  • Peter Maxwell is on holiday when the dreadful thing happens - one of his Sixth Form, one of Maxwell's Own, is found dead in a derelict house in Leighford. The kids don't call him 'Mad Max' for nothing - he doesn't just get mad, he gets even, and he n...


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    'And death shall come on soft wings to him that touches the tomb of the Pharaoh.' The wings that retired Superintendent Lestrade comes on are those of a de Haviland Hercules. The archaeologist Howard Carter has made the discovery of the century in t...


  • Peter Maxwell may be a dinosaur to his colleagues and a crazy enigma to his students – although most of them think an enigma is one of those mad Australian hedgehogs that lay eggs. But even he was young once and he is thrilled and slightly disturbe...


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    Superintendent Lestrade and his team at the Yard are facing a series of murders, at first apparently unconnected. An ex-Merchant Navy man and his three nieces are killed when the harness of their trap breaks on a downhill gradient. An accident, surel...



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    The London Underground railway in 1895 is described as 'dark and deadly and halfway to Hell'. Only too true, for as the last train rattles into Liverpool Street, the one remaining passenger does not get off. How could she, when her eyes stare sightle...







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    Murder is afoot among the footmen of Britain's Royal Household: a servant girl, Amy Macpherson, has been brutally slaughtered. And so Sholto Lestrade of Scotland Yard is once again on the trail of mystery. The intrepid investigator contends with the ...


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    England in 1920 is a land fit for heroes. So why is one of those heroes found dead in a dingy London hotel? And why does his war record show that he has been missing, presumed killed in action, for three years?The deceased is none other than the fian...





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    Go back in time to 1888. London is horrified by a series of brutal killings. Dead prostitutes are turning up all over Whitechapel. But these aren't the only murders to perplex the brains of Scotland Yard. In Brighton, another body is discovered. It f...


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    Inspector Sholto Lestrade is on the trail of a politically motivated murderer responsible for the brutal slaying of a prominent member of Parliment, an investigation that is complicated by the kidnapping of Queen Victoria's heir on the eve of his cor...


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    Lestrade's detectives at Scotland Yard have promised him that 1910 is going to be a peaceful year. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out that way. His daughter, Emma, brings him news of a tragic boating accident and he is soon up to his neck in a series...




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    One of Leighford High School's 'characters', Deena Harrison had a habit of causing trouble. But when she returns to her school years later to help out in the drama department, the cast suddenly starts to drop dead. Are the seemingly tragic coincidenc...