Blood on the Bones

Blood on the Bones

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Lapsed Catholic British Detective Joe Rafferty is dismayed that his latest murder investigation should centre around the local RC Convent, where a dead (male) body has been discovered in a shallow grave. The nuns' order is an enclosed, contemplative one, and access to their house and grounds, with its surrounding 8 foot high walls, far from simple. But Rafferty, unlike his Sergeant, Dafyd Llewellyn, who isn't prejudiced by a rigid Catholic schooling, finds it easy as sin to believe that this is an inside job and that the religious are as capable of murder as other frail mortals. As if to punish him for his blasphemy, the spiteful fates take the opportunity to add some mischief sure to cause Rafferty palpitations. Because amongst his list of 'holy' suspects is his Parish priest and personal bete-noire, Father Roberto Kelly. Turns out the determinedly soul-saving, uber-hypocritical, 'greatest sinner in the parish', is the nuns' confessor, As if all that's not enough for Detective Rafferty to cope with, he is also beset by personal problems of a blackmailing nature stemming from one of his previous investigations.. Rafferty has to dig deep into the past and the mores of an earlier generation to find the killer, and into his own recent past to identify his blackmailer. If only the latter didn't involve considering his sins, which was too akin to the Friday afternoons in the Confession Box of the youthful Rafferty for comfort. More info →
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Rafferty & Llewellyn Series Boxed Set Books 1-4

Rafferty & Llewellyn Series Boxed Set Books 1-4

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BOOKS 1-4 OF THE RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN SERIES The fun first four novels of my police procedurals. Dead Before Morning Down Among the Dead Men Death Line The Hanging Tree More info →
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Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding

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A most unlikely killer, is British Detective Joe Rafferty's immediate thought, when the slender and bloodied Felicity Raine stumbles into the police station and confesses to the murder of her husband. Rafferty thinks her even more unlikely a murderer when he meets her in-laws and catches them out in several deceits. There is something peculiar going on, he is convinced. Because although Felicity isn't down to receive any financial benefit from her husband's death, others in the Raine family are. Is one of them attempting to set Felicity up to take the murder rap? The case prompts Rafferty to more deeply investigate what lies beneath the surface -- not only in his current investigation, but in his tangled personal life, too. More info →
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Bad Blood

Bad Blood

A robbery gone wrong, Detective Joe Rafferty thought, when the latest murder victim, wealthy widow, Clara Mortimer was found battered to death in her home. Then Rafferty learned she wasn’t a widow at all – and her estranged husband was living in the same block under a false name. But that's not the only suspicious aspect of the case: Clara Mortimer's family add another complication, not eased either by their several deceptions or by the difficulties in Rafferty's personal life, which, as always, seems to be guided by a malign fate and take his eye off the investigatory ball. But could he help it if his automatic reaction when his live-in girlfriend Abra said she might be pregnant, wasn't exactly New Man? Their investigation brings Rafferty and Llewellyn face to face with just how down and dirty families can be... and not just the families of murder victims. More info →
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Dying For You

Dying For You

Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty manages to become chief suspect in his own double murder investigation. And all he’d been doing was looking for love… It had been his sergeant's wedding that had brought home to him that, far from still being the 'Jack the Lad' of old, he was not only lonely, but in danger of turning into a sad old git. So, with his fortieth birthday on the horizon, he decides it's time to take the initiative. To this end, he signs up with the Made in Heaven dating agency. Wary of his colleagues discovering his shameful secret, he persuades his more up-market cousin to let him borrow his identity. It's just unfortunate that the first two women with whom he strikes up a rapport should wind up murdered and with himself - or rather his alter ego - in the frame for the crimes. Put in charge of the double murder investigation, Rafferty foresees plenty of difficulties ahead. Not least how he is to conduct the case without the witnesses pointing the finger and saying: 'But that's HIM. That's Nigel Blythe. The MURDERER!' More info →
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Absolute Poison

Absolute Poison

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Superstitious British Detective Joseph Rafferty is having a bad week -- not an unusal occurrence -- and he can’t help feeling trouble comes in threes. Also niggling in his mind is the fact that Llewellyn, his posh sergeant, has brought a ‘bargain’ suit from Rafferty’s Ma. Sure to be stolen goods, the suit is bound to drop Rafferty in it when the holier-than-thou Llewellyn wears it on his wedding day -- with the loathed, sharp-eyed Superintendent Bradley amongst the guests.. Rafferty’s first premonition turns out to be accurate when a company manager is found dead at his desk. The tyrannical Barstaple had known full well that he was hated by most of the office. But did he really deserve to be poisoned? And so horribly. Rafferty's week goes from bad to worse and worse again. And when you take the ‘bargain’ suit into the equation and Superintendent Bradley's anticipated reaction to this stolen piece of shmutter, the week really has gone to Hell in a handcart. And taken Rafferty with it. But maybe even Hell will be the better destination compared to the possibilities the Superintendent is sure to have in mind. More info →
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The Hanging Tree

The Hanging Tree

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The original crossroads used to run by here,’ Dr Sam Dally told Rafferty. ‘Legend has it that this was the original Hanging Tree.’ When Inspector Rafferty first hears the report that a bound and hooded body has been seen hanging from a tree in Dedman Wood, he dismisses it as a schoolboy hoax. But his anxiety levels take a hike when the witness turns out to be a respectable local magistrate, who identifies the corpse as Maurice Smith, a man once accused of four child rapes. Thrown out on a legal technicality, Smith’s case had become a cause-célèbre which had generated much ill-feeling within the community. And now Smith seems to have disappeared… Then the body turns up again in the woods. Could there be a self-appointed executioner at work, meting out his own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree? More info →
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The Spanish Connection #17 Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery series

The Spanish Connection #17 Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery series

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A nine-months pregnant wife, a murder victim found down a trench in an archaeological dig minus his fingers, and very limited time, meant that Rafferty wasn’t a happy bunny. Superintendent Bradley, keen to net Charlie Carver, a Mr Big of Spain’s Costa del Crime, and the victim’s ex-employer, was putting the pressure on. And then Rafferty’s wife went into labour, and he had to rush back to England. But becoming a daddy pushed him to a belated answer to the murder mystery, and stopped someone else from becoming a victim, too. More info →
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