The Mistletoe Mystery opens with the revelation that Euphemia is writing for her daughter! It's Christmas tide and Euphemia is again working for Bertram at his ill-fated estate in the Fens, White Orchards. Bertram's sudden desire for a big Christmas house party creates a huge task for Euphemia and one in which her normally excellent staff are reluctant to take part. As she struggles with her responsibilities Euphemia learns that White Orchards is built on the site of Hadwell House, a manor that suffered a terrible fate one Christmas Eve. As Christmas draws closer, people start behaving strangely, Euphemia is having nightmares and there is a palpable sense in the air that something is very wrong. Forming an unlikely alliance with Bertram's step-sister Richenda, Euphemia tries to prevent disaster befalling the entire household and faces her most terrifying mystery as she sets herself against seeming supernatural forces.
When Euphemia Martins accompanies her employer Richenda Muller to London, she envisages a pleasant few days spent taking tea and visiting the shops. Her hopes are dashed when Richenda gets her involved in a suffragettes' march which soon turns nasty. Euphemia finds herself getting quite physical in the defence of her fellow marchers when the police turn on them, and she is imprisoned for her pains. Euphemia soon realises this is no ordinary imprisonment when her old acquaintance Fitzroy enrols her in the latest of his schemes for King and Country. An important civil servant has been murdered, and Fitzroy believes one of the women imprisoned with Euphemia knows the reason why. Euphemia must work out who it is... a task made more complicated when one of her fellow prisoners is also murdered. It's up to Euphemia, with help from Richenda and Richenda's brother Bertram, to trap the guilty party - and fast!
"A sparkling and witty crime debut with a female protagonist to challenge Miss Marple." Lin Anderson, Award winning Scottish crime author A Death in the Highlands - Books Two of the Euphemia Martin Mysteries After dodging criminal charges, Richard returns as head of the household at Stapleford Hall. Changing fortunes find Euphemia temporarily promoted to housekeeper for the first trip to the family's new hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, where she is meets Rory Macleod, the new butler. Taking on her new role, she encounters angry locals with a grudge against the Staplefords and thwarts what she believes to be an attempt on Bertram Stapleford's life. A strange group of house guests arrive for the Glorious Twelfth, but with disastrous consequences. Euphemia finds herself caught in the midst of bitter rivalries, and evidence pointing to several murder suspects. Will she unravel the mystery?
Accompanying her employer, the new married Richenda Stapleford and her husband Hans Muller, on what is supposed to be a luxurious tour of the United States and Europe, Euphemia is returning from a visit to New York on April 12th on the RMS Carpathia, when an emergency signal sends the ship rushing to the aid of the sinking RMS Titanic. By the time the Carpathia arrives the Titanic has sink beneath the waves. Euphemia and Richenda give up their cabins and do what they can to aid the survivors who are pulled from the few lifeboats. Not long after their arrival a personal wire is sent to Euphemia from a government department asking her to confirm whether or not the enigmatic spy Fitzroy is among the survivors. He is not. Deeply troubled by what they have seen both women ask Hans to curtail the tour until a later date and return to the Mullers' home. Euphemia, still haunted by dreams of the grief stricken survivors, believes that her links with the Fitzroy's secretive department are now cut. Then a letter arrives from the man himself headed In the Event of My Death. It sends Euphemia off on a whirlwind of adventures and reveals secrets about Fitzroy that she could never have imagined.
The ninth in the Euphemia Martins series of historical murder mysteries by Caroline Dunford. Following her escapades in the women's suffrage movement, Euphemia is glad to leave London - but before long she finds herself mixed up in another nefarious situation when a body is found burned to death on a country estate... It's up to Euphemia and her friends and employers the Staplefords to get to the bottom of things.
Book Five of the Euphemia Martin Mysteries Euphemia Martins, the estranged granddaughter of an Earl, entered service incognito with the Stapleford family to save her family from destitution and from that moment on she acquired the bothersome reputation of finding dead bodies. Now promoted to the role of paid companion to the deplorable Richenda Stapleford she is staying at the country estate of Hans Muller upon whom Richenda has matrimonial designs. Mere weeks after their arrival Richenda's twin brother, Richard, dispatches a servant bearing news of shocking accusations concerning Muller. Euphemia finds herself unravelling an old murder with Richenda as her unlikely ally but delving into the past sets off a dangerous series of events in the present and it's not long before Richenda, her step-brother Bertram and Euphemia find themselves in dire peril (again!). Could it be that Hans Muller is not the charming man he appears but capable of the most terrible crimes? As usual it is up to Euphemia to solve the mystery using her quick wits and her unswerving sense of justice.
"A sparkling and witty crime debut with a female protagonist to challenge Miss Marple." Lin Anderson, Award winning Scottish crime author A Death in the Asylum - Book Three of the Euphemia Martin Mysteries Euphemia's working unhappily as a housekeeper for Bertram Stapleford at his ill advised new property, when the dramatic collapse of the kitchen floor sends her back to where it all began, Stapleford House. A visiting mystic disrupts the Staplefords unleasing old family rumours. Euphemia finds herself playing second fiddle to Bertram's new love, Beatrice Wilton, as she launches a project to investigate the new aslyums. It is not long before Euphemia realizes that not only does Beatrice have her unscrupulous sights set on Bertram, but that her enterprises may be about to put them all in very great danger.
"A sparkling and witty crime debut with a female protagonist to challenge Miss Marple." Lin Anderson, Award winning Scottish crime author A Death in the Family - Book One of the Euphemia Martin Mysteries In December 1909 the Very Rev Joshia Martins expires in a dish of mutton and onions leaving his family on the brink of destitution. Abandoned by her noble grandfather, Joshia's daughter, the eighteen year old Euphemia, takes it on herself to provide for her mother and little brother by entering service. She's young, fit, intelligent, a little naive and assumes the life of a maid won't be too demanding. However, on her first day at the unhappy home of Lord Stapleford she discovers a dead body. Euphemia's innate sense of justice has her prying where no servant should look and uncovering some Stapleford secrets...
1911. Love is in the air. Despite an unfortunate resemblance to her horse, Lady Richenda Stapleford has accepted an offer of marriage. Unbeknownst to those above stairs, Euphemia Martins too has accepted one of her swains. But the course of true love does not run true for upstairs or downstairs… Euphemia, the estranged granddaughter of an Earl who launched her career as a maid in the household of the corrupt MP Lord Stapleford, has now risen to the rank of housekeeper. She is still hoping to find proof of Stapleford's misdeeds so that justice can overtake him. But when a senior member of the wedding party is murdered, it falls to Euphemia to solve that crime instead. As usual, she only has her quick wits, her virtue, and her ever-ready scream to defend herself in what is to become an increasingly diabolical situation…
During a Christmas party, Euphemia Martins - together with Bertram Stapleford and manservant Rory McLeod - is tasked by the slippery government agent Fitzroy with doing a little snooping at the Staplefords' Highland Lodge. When Euphemia discovers the purposes of the charade for which she has been demoted back to a maid, she is furious. There are plans afoot - plans which involve signing the Official Secrets Act ... Meanwhile, Rory still isn't speaking to her and Bertram is more interested in growing his awful new beard. The arrival at the Lodge of four mysterious 'Mr Smiths' - and some outrageous proposals for Scotland's future - raises tensions to boiling point, and that's not even mentioning the German spy lurking in the woods, or the accident with some hot soup ... But when the inevitable dead body turns up, they must all work together or find themselves jailed for murder.
Playing for Love is the warm-hearted new novel from acclaimed writer Caroline Dunford, set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The sudden success of Annie Greig's tenth book, coupled with the need for vital repairs to her beloved cottage, sees her enter the heady world of the Edinburgh International Festival as a fledgling playwright. But all Annie wants is to go home! Everyone she meets wants something from her, and for reclusive Annie, that's more than she can bear. Her heart is vulnerable, and for as long as she can remember she's has only ever truly loved one man...the only problem is that he exists purely in her imagination! As her world grows beyond her wildest dreams, will Annie find true love, or will everything she believes to be true turn out to be only an act?
Lucy McIntosh is a city girl through and through. She works in an advertising agency in Edinburgh with her boyfriend Jake, and her life is a whirl of deadlines, corporate parties, and coffee shops. Then Lucy learns that she is to inherit a hotel in the Highlands from her long-lost Uncle Calum. At first insistent that she will sell it to fund her and Jake's move to London, she arrives in her uncle's village to find The Mormaer Inn, a huge, tumbledown place perpetually on the brink of failure - and falls in love with it. Lucy is determined to restore the hotel to former glories. But her dream is blocked at every turn by obstacles. Rooms that need complete renovation, staff members who need personality transplants ... and Graham Sutherland. His family have been local landowners for generations, and he wants the Inn for himself. Graham wants to demolish the hotel to build a holiday park, and is so confident Lucy will sell to him that he has already applied for planning permission. He is furious to think that naïve newcomer Lucy might have her own plans for the hotel - and adamant he'll get what he wants ...