Love Hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that's where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realising that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.Love Hurts. For me, Samantha Smith, Enquiry Agent, love arrived at the end of a fist. First, I had to contend with an alcoholic mother, who took her frustrations out on me throughout my childhood, then my husband, Dan, who regarded domestic violence as an integral part of marriage. But I survived. I obtained a divorce, kept my sense of humour and retained an air of optimism. I established my business and gained the respect of my peers. However, I was not prepared for Dan when he re-entered my life, or for the affection showered on me by Dr Alan Storey, a compassionate and rather handsome psychologist.Sam's Song. This is the story of a week that changed my life forever. Based on a true story and written by Hannah Howe, author of the Amazon #1 Sam Smith Mystery Series, Saving Grace, "the courtroom drama of the year."The Western Mail2 August 1876Sensation in the Charles Petrie Case!Readers may recall that a young banker, by name Mr Charles Petrie, with every opportunity of succeeding in his profession, and commanding a not illiberal income, returned home after riding his horse to dine with his wife, Grace, and her companion Mrs Quinn. During and after dinner he had nothing to excite him save the receipt of a letter which somewhat annoyed him, and that his wife consumed rather more wine than he considered to be good for her health. Immediately after retiring to his room he was seized with symptoms of irritant poisoning, and despite every effort made on his behalf, he succumbed to its effects. An inquest was held, which vexed the minds of the Coroner's jury to a degree without precedent in Coroners' Inquest Law, and an open verdict was returned. However, the matter will not rest there, for after questions in Parliament, a second inquest has been called under suspicion that Mr Charles Petrie was murdered.* * *Who poisoned Charles Petrie? Dr James Collymore, a man familiar with poisons, a man harbouring a dark secret that, if exposed, would ruin his career; Florrie, the maid who supplied Charles with his bedtime drink; Bert Kemp, a disgruntled groom, who used poisons in his work, who four months previously had predicted Charles' dying day; Mrs Jennet Quinn, a lady's companion with a deep knowledge of poisons, and a deep fear of dismissal; or Grace Petrie, Charles' wife of four months, a woman with a scandalous past, a woman shunned by polite society.With crowds flocking to the courtroom and the shadow of suspicion falling upon Grace in the shape of the hangman's noose, could dashing young advocate, Daniel Morgan, save her? About the SeriesThe Ann's War Mystery Series is a series of five novellas set in 1944-5. Each story contains approximately 15,000 words and a complete mystery. The stories are: BETRAYAL, INVASION, BLACKMAIL, ESCAPE and VICTORY. Kindly note that each mystery is resolved within one story, and that Ann's story arc will be resolved over the five books.About BETRAYALWith her husband away on a top secret mission, Ann Morgan prepares for another secretarial day at Trevor Bowman's detective agency. However, this day will be unlike any other. Over twenty-four hours, Ann will find her life turned upside-down as she discovers a murder, meets a handsome widower, Detective Inspector Max Deveraux, and confronts the murderer in a tale of temptation and duplicity. "e;I love breaking the rules."e; - Cardiff Jack.Someone was murdering prostitutes, placing their bodies in the Bay and covering them with roses. To the media, he was 'Cardiff Jack', to the rest of us he was a man to avoid and fear. Meanwhile, I was searching for Faye Collister, a prostitute. Why was Faye, a beautiful woman from a privileged background, walking the streets? Why had she disappeared? And what was her connection to Cardiff Jack? As questions tumbled into answers, I made a shocking discovery, a discovery that would resonate with me for the rest of my days. Ripper - the story of a week in my life that reshaped the past, disturbed the present and brought the promise of an uncertain future. Book Three in the Sam Smith Mystery Series."e;Emergency!"e; "e;Christ! Who shot her?"e; "e;Don't know."e; "e;What a mess."e;"e;Better call Dr Warburton."e; ***Bright lights. A sharp, antiseptic smell. Pain. Nausea. Feel so weak. The cat, who'll feed the cat? "e;Marlowe."e; "e;She's babbling."e; "e;She's lost a lot of blood."e; Blackness. "e;Have we lost her?"e; I don't want to die! ***A jumble of images, my mother, my father, but his face is so vague. "e;Daddy!"e; Nothing.***A man scowling, with a needle. "e;I'm going to put you to sleep. You won't feel a thing. Just count backwards from ten..."e; "e;Ten, nine, eight..."e; ***Nightmares, very vivid, all too real. So confused. So weak. ***Distant voices. Laughter. A nurse, smiling, reassuring. ***Alan, tears in his eyes. "e;Don't cry, Alan, don't cry..."e; ***Aching all over. Can't move my shoulder or arm. Very tired. More nightmares, too black to dwell on; make them go away... ***Sweating. Drowning. I catch my breath, like breathing for the first time. Eyes blink awake. Gasping. Try to rise, but head hurts too much. Fall back on to the pillow. I ache all over, but I'm alive! ***I was alive. But with a snowstorm gripping the city and with an unknown assassin closing in, I faced the most dangerous moment of my life and the very real prospect of feeling the big chill. Secrets and Lies - Suicide or Murder?Most of the people I encounter are hiding a secret and many of them are adept at telling lies. However, how do you learn the truth about someone who's no longer with us?Author, Barclay Quinton wrote Fabringjay, the story of a man leading a secret life during the Second World War, which was well received by the critics, but was ignored by readers, and Illicit Lust, a book he hated and wrote purely to satisfy his agent and publisher. Illicit Lust became a bestseller, a fact that annoyed Barclay. However, its success did open doors and he set about researching his next novel, the story of an ageing mobster. Barclay's research brought him into contact with many unsavoury types, including villains, shady private eyes and managers of strip clubs. The official report into Barclay's death stated that he committed suicide. However, a close friend insisted that Barclay was murdered and I was hired to investigate.Meanwhile, closer to home, I discovered a secret, and the truth, about my long-term partner. Was he the man of my dreams or was our relationship about to end?Secrets and Lies - a story of love, of deceit, of the many faces we all possess - the public face, the private face and the deeply personal. John Ball was a middle-aged businessman with problems, and those problems compelled him to run away from Nicola, his devoted wife of twenty years. The last thing John needed was to become embroiled in a murder inquiry, but with a gunman on the loose in the city parks, John's temporary home, the heat was on in more ways than one.John required a safe house, a place where he could cool his heels and wrestle with his personal demons. He also required a bodyguard. Fortunately, my friend Mac was available to supply the safe house and the hired muscle.Meanwhile, I went on the murderer's trail. Along the way, I encountered Cora Joseph, an ambitious detective sergeant with a point to prove. Together, we clashed with a parcel of rogues and unravelled a decades-old mystery.A Parcel of Rogues, a tale of arrogance on the one hand and humility on the other, a tale of men who would murder on the roll of a dice, a tale that placed me at a personal crossroads. Which road should I choose? The road labelled 'head' or the road labelled 'heart'? When faced with such labels, do we really have a choice? With her husband, Emrys, still missing in action, Ann Morgan receives a personal offer from debonair Detective Inspector Max Deveraux. Should she decline or accept his offer?Meanwhile, in her professional life, Ann is faced with a dilemma. After Trevoir Bowman's murder, should she take up the reins at his detective agency?While Ann ponders the personal and professional aspects of her life, a friend asks her to search for her missing daughter. Apparently, Adeline Hopkins, the daughter, endured a fractious relationship with her father. However, what about her ex-boyfriend and an American soldier, a GI she briefly walked out with?As the GIs prepare to leave and embark upon the second wave of D-Day landings, Ann needs answers, only to find herself faced with a further dilemma, the dilemma of how best to serve justice. Hired by multimillionaire Jeremy Loudon, my task was simple - find his missing briefcase. Loudon claimed that his briefcase held ten thousand pounds, his winnings from a poker game. However, as the trail unravelled and led to Europe my suspicions deepened. What was in Loudon's briefcase, beyond the money? Why was he being so evasive? Why did he insist on no police involvement?My search for the missing briefcase took me to pimps, pornographers, radical feminists, gun runners and the Red Light District of Amsterdam.Meanwhile, my investigation held a mirror to my own life. Loudon had everything - more money than he could spend, a successful business and a beautiful lover. My business was doing well and my marriage offered plenty of love and happiness. Yet, encounters with my Dutch colleagues raised the question - should I ask for more out of life?Stardust, the story of one woman's dream and my hopes for the future. The man in my office held a dark secret, a secret to kill for. That man was Tony Ryland, husband of local madam, Maria de Costa. Unfortunately for me, truth and justice, Tony Ryland was dead.What was Ryland doing in my office? Who had murdered him? What was the nature of his dark secret? The trail led to Ryland's wife, Maria de Costa, to her network of prostitutes and clients. Questions led to evasive answers, and more deaths.Someone was out to muddy the waters, to distort the truth, to bury the secret along with Tony Ryland. As I probed and prodded, I placed myself, family and friends in danger. Ultimately, Ryland's murder left me with a question: what is of greater value, love or the truth?Smoke and Mirrors, a tale of treachery, of duplicity and cover-ups, the story of a scandal that simmers within our society. Someone had posted a dead rat through Jana Jakubowska's letterbox, and scrawled obscene graffiti on her garden wall. Harmless pranks, or something more sinister? Her boyfriend, Tom Renwick, hired me to find out.During my investigation, I met Jana's charming four-year-old daughter, Krystyna, her estranged former lover, Matt Taylor, and a local hoodlum called Naz.As the case unfolded, the trail led to murder, and a situation that placed Krystyna in danger. The Rat Man had revealed his ruthless streak, but surely he wouldn't harm a child?Meanwhile, my friend and colleague, Faye Collister, was trying to reconcile her troubled past with her feelings for Blake the Bodyguard, a handsome hunk.Digging in the Dirt, a story of passionate love, and extreme hate. A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Sasha Pryce, a teenage chess prodigy, presented me with a problem. She wanted me to track down Steve Chapin, her coaching assistant. Steve had mysteriously disappeared, leaving no clue as to his whereabouts. However, Sasha insisted that I should follow her strict instructions - her father, eminent pharmacologist Professor Christian Pryce, must not learn of my investigation.Meanwhile, Professor Pryce had hired a handsome bodyguard, Blake, to protect Sasha. For what reason? She had no idea. And to complicate matters further, Blake decided to cast a lascivious eye over my romance-shy friend and assistant, Faye Collister.Mind Games, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, an exploration of the many aspects of love. When the biggest villain in the country makes you an offer you can't refuse, what should you do? In my case, I decided to accept that offer, made by Mr Vincent Vanzetti. Vanzetti hired me to find his missing daughter, Vittoria, while threatening reprisals should I fail in my task. While searching for Vittoria, I had to deal with the other members of the Vanzetti clan: Sherri, Vanzetti's second wife, at twenty-two the same age as Vittoria. Sherri was an 'actress', a porn star with ambitions to appear on Reality TV; Catrin, Vanzetti's granite-hard ex-wife, the power behind his criminal empire; and V.J. Parks, Vittoria's boyfriend, a boxer, a young man in his prime, in training for a shot at the world title.Meanwhile, closer to home, it was decision time for yours truly and my lover, Dr Alan Storey. Alan was keen on marriage while I was still coming to terms with my past and years of physical abuse. Could I find the courage to finally lay the ghosts of my past and pledge my future to Alan?Family Honour, the story of a villain and his family, the story of a moral dilemma. Should I kill in the name of justice, or should I allow a villain to walk free? In answering that question I discovered a lot about myself and the person I longed to be. It had been a week since the incident at the abandoned quarry, a week since I'd shot and killed someone, a week since my ex-husband had been murdered. It had been an emotional week. But life goes on. I'd been hired to discover who was sending death threats to Dr Ruth Carey, a controversial psychiatrist. The trail led to two high-powered villains and soon the death threats were aimed at me, threats that increased following two murders.Meanwhile, after years of domestic violence, I was trying to make sense of my private life. Dr Alan Storey, a prominent psychologist, claimed that he loved me, and I was strongly attracted to him. But the years of domestic abuse had scarred me emotionally and I was reluctant to commit to a relationship.Love and Bullets is the story of a dramatic week in my life, a week of soul-searching, self-discovery and redemption. For the first thirty-three years of my life I had no knowledge of my father, no idea what he looked like, his name, whether he was dead or alive. Then fate brought us together. Then, a year later, he decided to hire me.Although we had talked for a year, my father was still Gawain Morgan to me, a stranger, not my dad. Would the task of locating Frankie Quinn bring us closer together, or drive us further apart?Frankie Quinn was a con-man, a life-long villain, a member of my father's old gang. That's right, my father was a villain too, with dodgy contacts, a shady past and sins he preferred to forget. The police wanted Frankie and, if arrested, he faced the prospect of spending his final years in prison. However, he had a trump card, evidence of my father's indiscretions. Frankie was looking to cut a deal with the police, my father was looking for Frankie. They knew that one of them would spend the winter of their days in prison; but who would it be?Meanwhile, the clock was ticking towards my wedding day. Would I enjoy the happiest day of my life, or be left crying into my champagne?Sins of the Father, ten days that defined my relationship with my dad. Some people will stop at nothing in their pursuit of wealth and power. Indeed, the greedy will often resort to murder."e;You've been through a stressful time recently, "e; my fiance, Dr Alan Storey said. "e;I'm off to Bulgaria to attend a psychology conference so why don't you accompany me and we'll throw in a holiday as well."e;Great idea, I thought. However, when I arrived in Bulgaria my inquisitive nature compelled me towards a mystery dating back to the Second World War. That mystery involved Emil Angelov, the Hermit of Hisarya. As I delved into the past I stirred up some ghosts, which led to murder and the prospect of spending the rest of my days in a Bulgarian gaol. The Hermit of Hisarya - a story of corruption, of murder, of a woman and her seventy-year-old dream, offering proof that the past, the present and the future are all intrinsically entwined. "Si te gustan las historias de detectives con un toque de humor y romance, te encantará Sam Smith."
Había pasado una semana desde el incidente en la cantera abandonada, desde que disparé y maté a alguien, desde que mi ex exposo fue asesinado. Fue una semana muy emotiva, pero la vida sigue. Fui contratada para descubrir quién estaba enviando amenazas de muerte a la doctora Ruth Carey, una polémica psiquiatra. El rastro la llevaba y de repente, las amenazas se dirigían a mí, amenazas que se incrementaron seguidas de dos asesinatos.
Mientras tanto, después de años de violencia doméstica, yo estaba intentando recomponer mi vida. El doctor Alan Storey, un prominente psicólogo, me aseguraba que me amaba, y yo me sentía atraída hacia él. Pero tantos años de abuso me habían afectado emocionalmente y me sentía reacia a comprometerme en una nueva relación.
El amor duele. Para Derwina de Caro, cantante, ícono femenino, sueño adolescente, el éxito traía consigo drogas, alcohol y un novio mujeriego. También traía dinero, fama y un acosador, o eso decía ella, y ahí es donde entré yo, para investigar la identidad de aquel acosador, sin pensar que el rastro me llevaría hasta un asesinato y un escándalo que podría permanecer en los periódicos por meses.
El amor duele, para mí, Samantha Smith, investigadora privada, el amor llegó al final de un puño. Primero, tuve que lidiar con una madre alcohólica, quien descargaba sus frustraciones en mí durante mi infancia. Luego, mi esposo, Dan, quien veía la violencia doméstica como una parte esencial de nuestro matrimonio. Pero sobreviví y obtuve el divorcio, mantuve mi sentido del humor y un aire de optimismo. Establecí mi negocio y me gané el respeto de mis compañeros de trabajo. Sin embargo, no estaba preparada para el reingreso de Dan a mi vida, ni para el afecto que me demostraba el doctor Alan Storey, un compasivo y apuesto psicólogo.
El canto de Sam. Esta es una historia de una semana que cambió mi vida para siempre.
Kärlek gör ont. För Derwena de Caro, sångerska, kvinnlig ikon och tonårsdröm, medförde framgången droger, alkohol och en otrogen pojkvän. Den medförde även rikedom, berömmelse och en stalkare (påstod hon i alla fall). Jag anlitades för att utreda stalkarens identitet, intet ont anande att spåret skulle leda till mord och en skandal som skulle skapa tidningsrubriker under många månader framåt.
Kärlek gör ont. För mig, Samantha Smith, privatdetektiv, kom kärlek i form av en knuten näve. Först fick jag kämpa mot en mor som var alkoholist och tog ut sina frustrationer på mig under hela min barndom, sedan mot min make, Dan, som såg hustrumisshandel som en naturlig del av äktenskapet. Men jag överlevde. Jag skilde mig, behöll mitt sinne för humor och en känsla av optimism. Jag grundade mitt företag och vann mina jämlikars respekt. Men jag var inte beredd på att Dan skulle komma in i mitt liv igen, eller för tillgivenheten som dr Alan Storey, en medkännande och ganska stilig psykolog, överöste mig med.
Sams sång. Det här är berättelsen om en vecka som förändrade mitt liv för alltid.