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The Unseen Hand

Unseen Hand

The latest investigation for the Home Front Detective confronts Inspector Marmion with his most complex challenge yet. It is 1917 and the dead body of a complete stranger is found in a room at the Lotus, an exclusive hotel for ladies from the upper echelons of society.

The woman staying in the room has disappeared and there are fears for her safety. The hotel is rocked. Is the murder the work of a jealous rival or does it have a mysterious link with activities in France? There are lots of other possibilities and they send Marmion and Keedy off on a long and frustrating search.

They are not helped by pressure from their superiors, from the owner of the Lotus and from increasingly hostile newspapers. Tension mounts remorselessly.

Paperback, 23 January 2020

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Hardcover, 20 June 2019

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DOMESDAY SERIES

The first three volumes of the acclaimed series of Domesday Books.

The Wolves of Savernake

1086. Domesday Commissioners, Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret, arrive in Wiltshire to investigate fraud and theft of property, only to find that the man who sent for them has been brutally murdered. As they try to settle land disputes, collect taxes and negotiate a way through the tangled politics of Bedwyn, they have to hunt for a killer who spreads fear and terror.

Hardcover, May 2020

Paperback, October 2020

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The Ravens of Blackwater

Summoned to the Essex town of Maldon, the Domesday Commissioners find a den of intrigue with violence bubbling beneath the surface. When the mutilated body of the tyrannical Guy FitzCorbucion is discovered, the finger of suspicion points at one man. Believing him innocent, Ralph and Gervase have to save him from the vengeful FitzCorbucion family while searching for the real assassin.

Hardcover, May 2020

Paperback, October 2020

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The Dragons of Archenfield

When the Saxon thegn, Warnod, is burned alive in his house, a blood-red dragon is carved in the earth outside the building. Welsh neighbours are immediately blamed. Ralph and Gervase visit Hereford to deal with a land dispute and find that they are instead caught up in the search for Warnod's killers, embroiled in poisonous local politics and under threat from hidden dangers on all sides.

Hardcover, May 2020

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Three more titles in the Domesday Books series.

The Lions of the North

Under the cover of darkness, two men climb into a castle and get too close to the keep. One of them is torn to pieces by the lions who act as sentries. The other intruder escapes.

Domesday Commissioners Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret are attacked and robbed on their way to York by the notorious Olaf Evil-Child. As the roots of the land disputes between the outlaws and the local aristocracy are revealed, a shocking murder uncovers a web of intrigue that stretches far beyond York.

Ralph and Gervase realise that they have enemies all around them, not least at the castle where Ludovico, the Keeper of the Beasts, exercises a strange power over the lions.

Hardcover, November 2020

The Serpents of Harbledown

As soon as they arrive in Canterbury, the Commissioners learn of the death of a young girl, Bertha, with the mark of a snake bite on her neck. She used to help those at the leper colony on the hill outside the city. Ralph and Gervase discover that she was strangled before being bitten, and that the most dangerous snake exists in human form. When there is a second gruesome murder, the monks come under suspicion. Can one of them really be guilty of the appalling crimes?

Hardcover, November 2020

The Stallions of Woodstock

Three powerful Norman lords and a Saxon thegn watch their horses race against each other. They disappear among the trees. When they gallop out again, the leading horse no longer has a rider. The man is found in the copse with a knife in his back.

Ralph and Gervase are guests of the Sheriff of Oxford and arrive in time to see someone arrested for the murder. Believing him to be innocent, they go to great lengths to catch the real killer in order to save the suspect from execution. Their interference is deeply resented and they have to fight against many enemies.

Hardcover, November 2020

BOW STREET RIVALS

Rage of the Assassin

1817. This is fifth novel in the Bow Street Rivals series. Sir Roger Mellanby, the Radical Dandy, is a Member of Parliament who champions the cause of reform. When the politician is shot dead outside the stage door of a theatre, Paul Skillen has just arrived and witnesses the assassination. Even though he is warned by the Bow Street Runners not to investigate the murder, he feels duty bound to do so.

Peter Skillen, meanwhile, goes up to the dead man's constituency in Nottingham, to learn more about him and his family. The twin brothers meet with deceit and danger at every turn. Since a large amount of reward money is on offer, it attracts the attention of the master thief, Harry Scattergood and his involvement complicates matters even more.

While pursuing various lines of inquiry, Paul Skillen also has to protect his beloved Hannah Granville from the unwanted attentions of no less a person than the Prince Regent.

Hardcover, June 2020

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RAILWAY DETECTIVE SERIES

Fear on the Phantom Special

Fear on the Phantom Special

It is Hallowe'n. A hired train takes a group of friends to a place in the Lake District notorious for its record of supernatural incidents. Strong drink has been taken. There's a mood of excitement and fear. When one of the people disappears completely, panic quickly spreads.

Colbeck and Leeming are sent to Cumbria to join in the search for Alexander Piper who turns out to have been wild, headstrong and with a reputation for promiscuity. He is also the nephew of Lord Culverhouse, a local worthy engaged in a fierce land dispute. Could Piper's disappearance be connected with that or has he been killed by a vengeful husband? More than one person believes that what happened on the Phantom Special was a genuine supernatural event.

The railway detective has to be on top form to unravel the multiple strands of the case, and finds himself having to solve a murder from the past in order to explain one from the present.

Paperback, 18 June 2020

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Hardcover, October 2019

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Slaughter in the Sapperton Tunnel

A goods train speeds through the Sapperton Tunnel in Gloucestershire then smashes into a makeshift pen on the line, killing the sheep inside it. The train is then derailed, causing immense damage and putting the lives of driver and fireman in danger. A shepherd from a nearby estate is reported missing.

Colbeck and Leeming are dispatched to solve the crimes and they discover a bitter rivalry between railway and canal employees, a hidden family secret, a cricket-loving squire who refuses to have a railway station built on his land, a mysterious artist who haunts churches, the son of the missing shepherd who is bent on revenge and the suspicious Principal of the Royal Agricultural College.

It's a case that stretches the detectives to the absolute limit.

Hardcover, September 2020

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The novels

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The series:
Domesday
Nicholas Bracewell
Redmayne
Inspector Colbeck
Daniel Rawson
Home Front Detective
Dillman and Masefield
Writing as Conrad Allen
Alan Saxon
Writing as Keith Miles
Merlin Richards
Writing as Keith Miles
Miscellaneous publications

About the author

Edward Marston was born and brought up in Wales. He read Modern History at Oxford then lectured in the subject for three years before becoming a full-time freelance writer. His first historical mystery, The Queen's Head, was published in 1988, launching the Nicholas Bracewell series. Read on
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