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Frances Fyfield is a criminal lawyer, a trade she has used to huge success in many of her novels. She lives in London and in Deal, by the sea which is her passion. She has won several awards, including the Silver Dagger.
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A powerful and imaginative thriller, Fyfield builds the tension brilliantly to the final pages. When a tough, successful female barrister is found dead, apparently a suicide, the police make it an open and shut case but others are not convinced and soon it seems the barrister made have even left clues as to what exactly did hen to her. A great thriller and whodunit.
A well-paced and tense novel with intriguing characters. A friendship between two women, poles apart in personality, is the basis for the story and inevitably their differences lead to events taking a sinister turn.
Shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger.Although not a thriller in the conventional sense, this book is tense and incredibly evocative. The textures and smells are so vividly described you become concerned that the person next to you on the bus may be experiencing the same sensations as you are. The book's central theme is loneliness in its many forms but rather than coming away feeling depressed, you are inspired by the tenacity and underlying strength of the perfectly formed and engaging characters.
This gripping psychological maze is perfect for fans of Ruth Rendell and P. D. James.Pip Carlton is a devoted husband and a highly respected pharmacist, cherished by his loyal customers. When his wife dies in her sleep, with no apparent cause, he is distraught. Comforted by his caring assistant, Pip ignores the rumors about Margarets death, relieved that the police seem to have moved on.But prosecutor Helen West refuses to believe that Margaret simply slipped into her final slumber. As she probes deeper into the affairs of the neighborhood, she uncovers a vipers nest of twisted passion, jealous rage, and lethal addictions.Then a sudden act of violence erupts, shaking the community, and one lone man, armed with strange love potions, prepares to murder again
Fans of Laura Lippman and A. S. A. Harrison will love this haunting psychological thriller.For twenty years, Henry Evans has been haunted by the memory of Francesca, the one that got away. When he travels to England to reconnect with his long-lost love, what he finds is a horrific shock: Francesca has been imprisoned for murdering her five-year-old son.But Henry refuses to believe Francesca is guilty, even if she did confessin chilling detailto drowning her own child. In his search for the truth, Henry will find that the darkest of evils are hidden deep beneath the surface
What kind of life would drive you to fake your own death?Beautiful blonde Amy Petty is involved in a horrific train crash. The authorities assume she perished in the resulting fire, but there is no body. If she's not dead, why has she disappeared?Is it because of her husbandrich, charismatic, evil-tempered, and currently embroiled in a libel lawsuit? Or is she running from a past that she cannot escape?This gripping psychological thriller is perfect for readers who loved The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison.
Cunning and evil, poisoned by a lifetime of love withheld, Eileen Cartwright has an unrivaled passion for revenge. When the rich, middle-aged widow falls in love with her lawyer, she goes to fatal lengths to make him hers. Prosecutor Helen West is assigned to the case, but when Eileen's extraordinary evil reaches out even from behind prison bars, the investigation reaches a climax of frightening and frenzied violence.
A tense psychological thriller ideal for fans of Faye Kellerman and Louise Penny.Things are not going well for prestigious lawyer and professional mistress Sarah Fortune. Her life is a mess, but it would be so much simpler to try and fix somebody else's. So when she meets the vulnerable and troubled Jessica Hurley, Sarah feels she must save her.Jessica longs to return to the small village where she grew up, but she has burned all her bridges. Instead, Sarah travels to Jessica's cloistered hometown to repair the wreckage of her friend's pastand to solve the mystery of why she left in the first place.But when Sarah arrives, she finds that Jessica is even more unwelcome than she thought, and suddenly Jessica is missing, her number unavailable. Sarah's increasingly desperate search for her tortured friend takes her to places even colder than the grave.
The warmth of him, the glorious warmth, was fading by the minute. In a huge old school house by the sea, full of precious paintings, Thomas Porteous is dying. His much younger wife Di holds him and mourns. She knows that soon, despite her being his sole inheritor, Thomas's relatives will descend on the collection that was the passion of both of their lives. And descend they do. The two needy daughters, who were poisoned against their father by their defecting mother, are now poison themselves. With the help of an unlikely collection of loners and eccentrics, Di sets a trap to hoist the family members on their own greed. And on the night they are lured to the house, Di will be ready. Or will she?
A twisting tale of suspenseperfect for fans of Linda Fairstein.When the body of a successful criminal lawyer is found outside a chic London hotel, it looks like a suicide. For those who knew her, the woman's death is a shockMarianne Shearer was at the pinnacle of her career, wealthy and stylishbut for the police, the case is open-and-shut.There's something strange about the circumstances, though, something that prompts her colleague Peter Friel to dig deeper. Little by little, he discovers that things are not as they seem. In her final days, Marianne appears to have left a series of small, almost imperceptible cluesclues that point to a far more sinister truth.
A tense, twisting thriller perfect for fans of Linda Fairstein.Crown Prosecutor Helen West spends her days fighting for justice in domestic violence cases, so its no wonder she cant find the energy to clean her own apartment.Helen is thrilled to have found the lovely and sad-eyed Cath, whom she pays to clean for her. But when she notices bruises on Caths arm, Helen cant stop thinking about what the girl must go home to at night. And when Caths brother is brutally murdered, Helen is pulled down a dark and disturbing path where violence is the only guarantee.
A loner. A liar. A secret.Let the games begin.Accountant Rachel Doe leads a sheltered, beige-colored life Until she meets Ivy, who is everything Rachel isnt. Ivy is a wild child. She is charismatic and seductive, a charmer with tragedy in her past. The two women begin an intense and unexpected friendship.But, as the intimacy between them escalates, Rachel is drawn deeper into the darkness that surrounds Ivyand the secrets that hide there. In the bestselling tradition of Gone Girl and Reconstructing Amelia, this riveting psychological thriller.
The warmth of him, the glorious warmth, was fading by the minute. In a huge old school house by the sea, full of precious paintings, Thomas Porteous is dying. His much younger wife Di holds him and mourns. She knows that soon, despite her being his sole inheritor, Thomas's relatives will descend on the collection that was the passion of both of their lives. And descend they do. The two needy daughters, who were poisoned against their father by their defecting mother, are now poison themselves. The family regard Thomas's wealth as theirs by right, with the exception of young Patrick, who adored his grandfather and is torn between his parents and Di, the interloper. The family know Di's weaknesses, and she has to learn theirs. After all, she met Thomas when she came to his house to rob him. With the help of an unlikely collection of loners and eccentrics, she sets a trap to hoist the family members on their own greed. And on the night they are lured to the house, Di will be ready. Or will she?
Sarah Fortune is bored to death - but few know, and less would guess, how the beautiful and successful redheaded solicitor escapes the stultifying tedium of her career. Since the death of her unfaithful husband, Sarah has found a practical way of transforming the lives of lonely men that also suits her warm and defiant nature.Kind, witty and obese lawyer Malcolm Cook is the first to benefit from Sarah's generosity - he shrugs off years of weight and loneliness. But then she meets Charles Tysall, an important client of the firm, whose charisma and enormous wealth conceal an implacable will and a misogynist's mad obsession.
Beautiful, volatile Jessica has long since burned her boats in the village by the sea where she was born. She longs to return, but first she needs to secure the love of the powerful man who has spurned her obsessive adoration.Sarah Fortune, her older, cynical friend, is keen to distance herself from her usual haunts and welcomes the chance to leave London in the hope that she might she be able to effect a reconciliation between Jessica and her mother. Pennyvale both charms and distracts her with hints of scandal and buried secrets, but it soon begins to disquiet her as cracks of distrust and jealousy show in the polite facades. Sarah is excited when Jessica tells her she is coming home, but she never arrives. Sarah's instinctive knowledge of Jessica leads her back to the capital, fearful of what she will find. What she discovers reveals a truth more chilling than she could have imagined, but she has to return to Pennyvale to fully understand how Jessica was finally brought home, and why...
Isabel Burley returns to her childhood home to look after he mother, Serena, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. There she finds a bemused, angry, charming old woman, prey to the threats of failing memory, the inability to run her own home - and the local villains who are eyeing her isolated home. As the villains inexorably move in, Isabel finds herself struggling with another threat from within. She thinks she has gone home to do some good, but is she really looking for the love she lacked as a child? Alienated by her mother's growing eccentricity, the two women become locked in a relationship of love, hatred and simmering violence, with roots that go deep into the past.
Writer Frances Fyfield uses the manuscript of Dickens's last, unfinished, novel to work on the mystery of what happened to the book's eponymous hero Edwin Drood. First broadcast: BBC Radio 4, 19 January 2012.
Returning for a seventh season, crime writer Frances Fyfield once again explores the tales and tribulations revealed in the hand-written music manuscripts of some of the greatest works of classical music. In these four episodes, she looks at the scores for Mozart's 'Don Giovanni', Sir Hubert Parry's anthem 'I Was Glad', Handel's Firework Suite and Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique. Produced by Tom Alban.
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