When his girlfriend’s beautiful but erratic film-star mother, Chloe, calls to ask a favor, Dominic Felse fears the worst. But she makes the couple an offer they can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to India to escort Anjili Kumar, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Chloe’s costar, to stay with her father while her mother is filming in England.
But Dominic’s fears are not unfounded, and they soon discover that traveling with the spoiled, precocious Anjili is no vacation—and the task of delivering her back to her family will be less than easy. For behind the colorful, smiling mask of India that tourists see, there is another country—remote, mysterious, and often shatteringly brutal. . . .
Mourning Raga is the 9th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
World-famous opera singer Maggie Tressider wakes up in a hospital after an accident, haunted by the certainty that she has committed a murder. Her doctor suggests that, with the help of a psychiatrist, she may be able to lay the nameless specter to rest. But Maggie chooses a very different expert to help her unearth the secrets of her past.
Her commission launches private investigator Francis Killian on a hunt across Europe in search of a grave. But the trail also leads him to one Bunty Felse, a former colleague of Maggie’s, and the wife of Inspector Felse. The successful end of Killian’s search is only the beginning of a long pilgrimage—a journey that leads not only back into the past, but also to a remote corner of the Austrian Alps where death awaits.
The House of Green Turf is the 8th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When archaeologist Alan Morris disappears in Turkey, his great-niece, Charlotte, regrets never having gotten to know him better. In an attempt to better understand him, Charlotte begins reading the books he wrote. One of them leads her to visit the Roman site of Aurae Phiala on the Welsh border—the last place her great-uncle worked before leaving for Turkey. But when Charlotte arrives, she finds more than just a few old stones. . . .
First there is a charming young man, coincidentally staying at the same hotel, who is very insistent on being her guide. Then a troublesome schoolboy disappears and a corpse is found. Detective Chief Inspector George Felse is called in to solve a case with origins in ancient Rome.
City of Gold and Shadows is the 12th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A news photographer is found dead at the threshold of the church of Saint Eata, his hand extended to the door’s great cast-iron knocker. Surely it is not a coincidence when a second victim is discovered in eerily similar circumstances?
Legend holds that sinners who seize the knocker have their hands burned by the cold iron, but Gerry Bracewell didn’t die of burns, and neither did the second victim. Did they knock on death’s door, or is a more down-to-earth killer at large? Detective Chief Inspector George Felse watched the ceremony to rededicate the door, but little did he know that he would be called back to Mottisham to investigate murder. . . .
The Knocker on Death’s Door is the 10th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Theodosia Barber had been planning to spend her summer vacation in Europe in any case, so what could be simpler than persuading her travel companions to make a minor detour to the scene of the crime?
Bewitched by Theodosia’s beautiful brown eyes and blissfully unaware of her real motives, Dominic Felse cannot refuse her plea for a change of plan. And he’s certainly not prepared for their innocent touring holiday to become a murder investigation, with Theodosia in grave danger of becoming another unlikely victim. . . .
The Piper on the Mountain is the 5th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Annet Beck is hauntingly beautiful, which worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner . . . until the rainy Thursday in October when she disappears. Annet is last seen vanishing over the crest of the eerie Hallowmount, a hill said to be the abode of witches. Five days later, she mysteriously reappears, claiming that she was only gone for two hours.
Enchanted by her beauty, Annet’s parents’ lodger Tom Kenyon is determined to find the explanation for her disappearance: Could it be deceit, amnesia, or witchcraft? Tom’s amateur investigations lead to nowhere until Detective Inspector George Felse finds cause to connect those missing five days with his inquiry into a death.
Flight of a Witch is the 3rd book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Is a vulgarity ground for murder? Alfred Armiger had antagonized many with his greed and crass acquisitiveness. So when the ruthless beer baron is discovered dead, his head beaten in by a magnum of champagne, there is no shortage of suspects.
All of Comerford is shocked when Detective George Felse arrests Kitty Norris, the daughter of a rival beer baron, the last person to see Armiger alive, and the main beneficiary of his will. But Kitty, charming and popular, has an unexpected advocate in Felse’s young son, Dominic, who has fallen in love with her. Passionately convinced of Kitty’s innocence, Dominic sets out to find the true culprit, a hazardous undertaking that could cost him his life.
Death and the Joyful Woman is the 2nd book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
It is 1952, and the shadow of World War II still lies over the green fields of the small village of Comerford on the Welsh borders. When ex-prisoner of war Helmut Schauffler is murdered, local policeman Sergeant George Felse has his work cut out: Schauffler was Nazi to the core and the majority of the villagers had good reason to despise him.
Sergeant Felse’s fourteen-year-old son, Dominic—who found Schauffler’s body in a shallow brook—is fascinated by the case. Much to his father’s disapproval, he resolves to find the murderer—a decision that places his own life in great danger. . . .
Fallen Into the Pit is the 1st book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Singers and musicians are gathered for a weekend course in folk music at the impressive neo-Gothic country mansion Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have nonmusical scores to settle. When brilliantly talented Liri Palmer sings “Black, black, black is the colour of my true-love’s heart,” she clearly has a message for someone in the audience. And as passions run high, there is murder brewing at Follymead.
Among the music students are Dominic Felse and his girlfriend, Theodosia. When not one, but two, members of the group go missing from the hall, Dominic calls upon his father, Detective Inspector George Felse, to help him solve this most perplexing mystery.
Black Is the Colour of My True Love’s Heart is the 6th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
On the eve of her forty-first birthday, Bunty Felse is overcome with depression. The weather is dreary; her only child, Dominic, fails to call with birthday greetings; and her husband, George, arrives home only to announce that he has to leave for London immediately to attend to urgent police business. After almost twenty years as a detective’s wife, Bunty doesn’t protest or complain; she sends George off with a swiftly packed case.
To shake off her black mood, Bunty goes out for a solitary evening walk. She stops at the local pub for a drink and accepts a lift home from a sad young man whose troubles draw her out of her own and makes her feel compelled to help him. But as soon as the car door closes, the driver reveals a dark secret that could lead them both to early graves. Will she manage to escape the mysterious fugitive before it’s too late?
The Grass Widow’s Tale is the 7th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Verano de 1143. Dos ilustres visitantes llegan a la abadía de Shrewsbury. El poderoso prelado Gerberto aparece rodeado de gran pompa; el caballero Guillermo de Lythwood lo hace en un ataúd, escoltado por su servidor Elave. Su misión es conseguir que su señor sea enterrado en el recinto de la abadía pero, al parecer, la reputación de Guillermo estaba en entredicho por algunas opiniones heréticas.
Gerberto aprovecha la oportunidad para oponerse a la inhumación. Su negativa encuentra apoyo al descubrirse que Elave también ha expresado opiniones que se podrían considerar heterodoxas, debido al testimonio de Fortunata, una doncella enamorada de Elave.
Y, por si fuera poco, se produce un violento asesinato... Fray Cadfael se ve obligado, una vez más, a asumir el papel de detective y resolver el caso.
Fray Cadfael pide licencia a su abad, Radulfo, para asistir a la reunión, aunque no le mueve un interés político sino humano. Debe encontrar a Oliveros de Bretaña, un joven caballero que ha sido apresado por las tropas del rey y que ahora corre un peligro mortal... Y es que Oliveros es su hijo secreto, concebido cuando Cadfael no era más que un joven soldado.
En Coventry, para su decepción, no logra averiguar su paradero, pero sí hace un descubrimiento preocupante: no todo el mundo está a favor de la paz, existen poderosas fuerzas que se benefician del sufrimiento de muchos y un aura de violencia reprimida preside las reuniones. El instinto paternal y el sentido del deber como hombre de bien luchan en el alma de fray Cadfael, que deberá poner en tensión toda su energía, tenacidad e inteligencia para conseguir su doble propósito: servir a la causa de la paz y proteger el más profundo de sus afectos terrenales.
Siglo XII, Inglaterra. Fray Cadfael lleva una existencia sencilla como encargado del herbario de la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury. Sin embargo, su plácida rutina se ve truncada cuando el ambicioso prior Roberto decide hacerse con las reliquias de santa Winifreda. La experiencia mundana de fray Cadfael será la pieza clave para destapar un crimen terrible que parece irresoluble.
Sin embargo, los preparativos quedarán interrumpidos a raíz de un brutal asesinato. Con su singular perspicacia, fray Cadfael se enfrentará a un caso cuyo desenlace sorprenderá a los lectores... y al propio monje detective.
Tras la caída del castillo de Shrewsbury, fray Cadfael es llamado para dar cristiana sepultura a los noventa y cuatro soldados rebeldes ejecutados por orden del rey. Pero cuando hace el recuento encuentra un cadáver de más... que le pone sobre la pista de un asesino tan cruel como escurridizo.
Este nuevo caso enfrentará al monje detective a las pasiones más oscuras del alma humana, donde ningún crimen es tan cruel como el que se comete por amor desesperado.