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A. K. Benedict read English at Cambridge and 20th Century Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. Alexandra was the front-person of an underground indie band, has composed music for film and television and is currently writing a television detective series. Find out more at www.akbenedict.com.
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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. THE BEAUTY OF MURDER, the debut novel by Hastings-based performer Alexandra Benedict, was a memorable cross-time Oxford-set crime thriller with strong supernatural overtones and her follow-up contemporary thriller is equally evocative and colourful and confirms her voice as quite unique: florid, wide-screened, and masterful in the way she builds up wonderful, truly original characters and the most unsettling of protagonists. A once-blind researcher who despite a successful operation insists on still not seeing is the target of a sinister serial killer and troubled London cop Jonathan Dark, who has the power to see ghosts, is caught in the web of murder and intrigue that surrounds them like an evil fog. Add revengeful ghosts helping and hindering the living, loving evocations of London's river and dark side, conspiracies by the handful and characters quite unlike those encountered in your average modern British crime novel and you have a potent cocktail that will linger in your mind and nightmares for ages.
A time-travel serial killer tale set in Cambridge. Complex, fascinating and highly inventive, it is narrated by three very different voices one being the murdered which is shown in italics and written in a 17th century flowery style. The other two are a young philosophy lecturer so lots of pensive detail, and the female investigating police officer. It is a tad far-fetched but who cares for it is so thrilling and compulsive that you are swept along in wonder. Macabre, gruesome and chilling, it is highly recommended.
March 2013 Debut of the Month. A compelling, genre-bending crime debut packed full of atmospheric detail that brings a dark and macabre Cambridge to life. The author studied English at Cambridge, hence the pin-sharp detail, and the plot has you moving between the present day and the seventeenth century with an elusive, violent serial killer who seems to have all the time in the world. If you are looking for something a little different in the crime genre, look no further ... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Beauty of Murder a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'It kept me guessing and gasping when I turned the page and there was another twist'. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Four stories set in the Eleventh Doctor era narrated by Jacob Dudman, giving voice to the much-loved Eleventh Doctor as played on TV by Matt Smith. 1.The Calendar Man by AK Benedict. Answering a cry for help, the Doctor and Amy arrive on a misty colony world - but nobody thinks anything is wrong. Nobody, except for one young woman, hiding in shadows and scribbling in her notebook. Soon, Amy is on the trail of missing colonists, while the Doctor strides into the fog in search of a fairy-tale. But time is running out, and the Calendar Man is flicking through the pages of their lives. 2.The Top of the Tree by Simon Guerrier. On one of their annual jaunts, young Kazran Sardick and the Doctor find themselves in trouble when the TARDIS is tangled in the branches of a very strange, very large tree. They emerge into a habitat where myriad species fight for survival: an ecosystem of deadly flora and fauna, along with a tribe of primitive humans.This is a mystery which can only be solved by climbing. But what will they find at the top of the tree? 3. The Light Keepers by Roy Gill. Dorium Maldovar has a problem. The self-styled `Beacon People' are bad for business, and now they're in his shuttle park, digging for mysterious minerals. When the Doctor crashes into his life once again, Dorium enlists him to find out what these scavengers are really up to inside their lighthouse. But a lighthouse signals danger - and this beacon was placed to warn of something more ancient and powerful than anyone knows. Something that is returning. 4.False Coronets by Alice Cavender. On the trail of a temporal anomaly, the Doctor and Clara arrive in a London dungeon, where an unlikely prisoner awaits her execution. This is a 19th Century England where the King has been dethroned, and Republicans bearing false coronets hold sway. While the Doctor seeks out the source of alien interference in the timelines, Clara recruits some local help - and gets invited to a party.History has gone awry, and Jane Austen must help rewrite it. CAST: Jake Dudman (Narrator / The Doctor), Eleanor Crooks (Olivia), Danny Horn (Kazran Sardick), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Nathalie Buscombe (Jane Austen). Other parts played by Jacob Dudman. .
'This haunting supernatural thriller is full of hidden treasure that will delight you long after you've turned the last page' Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell but now that surgery has restored her sight, the world seems a scarier place and she doesn't want to see it. DCI Jonathan Dark also sees a different side to the city. He's in the shadows, haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of stalker, and he won't let it happen again. Now a killer has set his sights on Maria, and Jonathan must find a way to stop him. But when gathering evidence, you can't choose your source. Can you save the living by talking to the dead? 'AK Benedict is snapping at the heels of Ben Aaronovitch as one of the new stars of the sub-genre of crime with a supernatural twist' Sunday Express
Glauben Sie an Geister?Nein? Dann geht es Ihnen wie Detective Inspector Jonathan Dark, der in London einen Frauenmrder jagt. Gerade erst hat die blinde Maria bei einer ihrer "e;Schatzsuchen"e; im Schlamm der Themse einen menschlichen Finger gefunden, darauf ein gelber Diamantring und eine Botschaft in Braille-Schrift: "e;Willst du mich heiraten, Maria?"e;Wenn Jonathan Dark Maria retten will, muss er lernen, seiner Intuition zu vertrauen. Und den Seelen, die unsichtbar zwischen den Lebenden wandeln und ihre ganz eigenen Racheplne hegen. Eine unwiderstehliche Mischung aus Krimi, Grusel und Fantasy - fr alle, denen Ben Aaronovitch nicht unheimlich genug ist.
If you get out, you'd think you'd be one of the lucky ones. But you're not. The house infects you. There's an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They've heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you'll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming. Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There's a mystery there, and she's going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there's a presence in the house. One that wants her. Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost.
The hit BBC series is back! Big Finish bring immortal Time Agent Captain Jack Harkness and colleagues back to audio life for a fresh series of six new audio dramas...London, England, the 1890s. Queen Victoria, ruler of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, has arrived for her annual inspection of the Torchwood Institute. This year, everyone is quite determined, nothing will go wrong. Several minutes later a terrible creature is unleashed on the streets of London. No one knows where it comes from, what it is, or even why it's on Earth. It's ruthless, has no morals, and is quite unstoppable. Captain Jack Harkness is on the loose, and Queen Victoria is along for the ride of her life. The huge, and long-running public interest in new Torchwood adventures resulted in a server melt-down when its return on audio was announced by star John Barrowman on his Sunday night radio slot. John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen and Gareth David-Lloyd reprise the characters who starred in four years of hit Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, screened around the world.This is the first of six further releases in this range - this second series was greenlit even as the later releases of the popular series one were being recorded. Guest Louise Jameson is best known for playing the Fourth Doctor's companion Leela in Doctor Who. CAST: John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Rowena Cooper (Queen Victoria), with Youssef Kerkour, Louise Jameson and Aaron Neil.
Seit Stephen Killigan als Philosophiedozent in Cambridge angefangen hat, ist ihm kalt bis auf die Knochen. Sind es die 700jahrigen Steine der ehrwurdigen Universitat, die ihn frosteln lassen? Als er eines Abends auf die Leiche eines vermissten Madchens stot, versteht er plotzlich, warum. Doch der wahre Horror beginnt erst - denn die Tote ist kurz darauf spurlos verschwunden. Seine fieberhaften Nachforschungen fuhren Killigan in eine Welt von todlicher Schonheit - es ist die Welt des Killers, eines Wanderers zwischen den Zeiten, der ahnt, dass erstmals seit Jahrhunderten eine Herausforderung fur ihn naht.