As Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at Leeds University, David Fairer has spent most of his life researching and writing about the early eighteenth century and bringing it to life for students. He’s published books on the period and has lectured regularly in Europe, the Far East, and the USA.
December, 1860. An army of men is heading to the Swindon Locomotive Works for the morning shift from their nearby terraced houses built by the GWR. Frank Rodman should have been among them, but his new destination is the grave – or it will be, once his missing head is found.
Christmas is fast approaching, and the last thing Inspector Colbeck needs is a complex case, mired in contradictions. As he wrestles with one crime, he is alarmed to hear of another – the abduction of Superintendent Tallis. With Sergeant Leeming by his side, the Railway Detective finds himself in a hectic race to solve a brutal murder and save the superintendent’s life before it’s too late.
Amid a cast of royally quirky and entertaining characters, and as always in constant peril, Tam attempts to solve the dual mystery by outwitting the sinister forces that surround him and plot his death. Another spellbinding mystery from the pen of the highly acclaimed Alanna Knight.
This book seeks to question some of the structures, categories, and labels that have given the age its reassuring shape in literary history. In doing so Fairer offers a fresh and detailed look at a wide range of material.
When their list of suspects grows to include a member of the mysterious magic Collector's Club, they uncover a spy. But who is he working for? And what does his employer want?
As danger circles, secrets are revealed, and India struggles to keep her own secret hidden from Matt. But when her grandfather introduces her to a man who can change her life, India must decide if she wants her life to change at all.