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Nigel McCrery was educated at Trinity College Cambridge before being selected as part of the BBC graduate entry scheme. He joined BBC drama in 1992 and during his time there, created and wrote a number of prime time dramas including Born and Bred, Touching Evil, Back-up, Impact, Silent Witness and New Tricks. In addition to his television work Nigel has a long-standing interest in military history and has already written several books about the First World War. The most notable of these is All the King's Men, the true story of George V's own Sandringham Company which disappeared during the conflict. The book became a major BBC film starring David Jason and Maggie Smith and achieved the second biggest BBC drama audience of all time. Nigel has also written several Silent Witness novels and the Detective Mark Lapslie series. In 2013 he published Silent Witnesses: A History of Forensic Science with Random House Books.
In 1914, as today, professional footballers were heroes and role models. They were the sporting superstars of their time; symbols of youth, health and vigour. And naturally enough, when war broke out they felt it was their duty to join up. Between 1914 and 1918, 213 professional players fell in action. Some teams lost half their players, either killed or else so badly injured in mind and body that they were never to play again. The Final Season is the moving account of these young men who swapped the turf of the pitch and the cheers of the fans for the freezing mud of the battlefield and the scream of shell fire. It follows the players such as Patrick 'Handsome Jack' Crossnan (so-called by fans because he could pass anything but a mirror) and Walter Tull, Britain's second black professional player and first black commissioned officer, as they leave their clubs and towns, undergo training and then travel on to the bloody arenas of war: Mons, Gallipoli, the Somme, Paschendaele. Nigel McCrery paints these men in vivid detail. We will learn of their friendships, their loves, their sporting achievements, their wartime heroics. And we will learn when, and how, they made the ultimate sacrifice.
From the creator of BBC drama Silent Witness, comes the gripping sixth instalment in the acclaimed DCI Mark Lapslie series. When Isabel, a British university student, travels to a remote Spanish town it isn't only to enjoy the atmosphere. It's also to trace how and why her family name might have derived from the town, a quest her father, Sebastian made nine years ago, not long before his death in a car accident. But as Isabel, aided by local guide Mauricio, starts digging into her family's possible links with Alarcon, she's unprepared for the dark secrets uncovered; secrets that the current ruling nobility of Alarcon are keen to keep buried. Ten days into her stay in Alarcon, Isabel mysteriously disappears, presumed dead. Inspector Mark Lapslie and DC Emma Bradbury are sent out to investigate alongside the local Spanish police. A possible gangland link is suspected - Isabel's stepfather in Valencia is a retired British gangster and a mob-hitman from Malaga is identified in Alarcon at the time of Isabel's disappearance. But Mauricio, suspects the Mayor's son, Dario, is the real culprit - to uncover the truth, Lapslie and Bradbury must delve into the murky, chequered past of Isabel's gangland stepfather while also following in her footsteps through Alarcon's dark and tempestuous history.
Der vierte Fall fur Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie - Ein faszinierender, fesselnder und raffinierter Krimi von Nigel McCrery; ein Muss fur Fans von Simon Beckett, Peter James und Ruth Rendell. In einem Atombunker im britischen Essex wird die Leiche eines Obdachlosen gefunden. In der Nhe stehen zwlf kleine Holzsrge, neun davon sind geschlossen. In den drei offenen Srgen befindet sich jeweils eine handgearbeitete Puppe - gekleidet wie eine Braut, ein Offizier und ein Lehrer. In den geschlossenen Srgen befinden sich ebenfalls Puppen, von denen jede einzelne jedoch stark beschdigt wurde. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie ist sich zunchst unsicher, was er von dieser bizarren Szenerie halten soll. Doch dann wird eine Braut auf der Hochzeit erschossen, und ihr Blut findet sich pltzlich auf dem Kleid der Brautpuppe. Der Sargdeckel ist nun geschlossen. Um dem Mrder das Handwerk zu legen, muss Lapslie herausfinden, wer die neun vorherigen Opfer waren und - noch wichtiger - wer die verbleibenden zwei Opfer sein knnten. Lapslie wei nicht, dass es noch einen dreizehnten Sarg gibt: mit einer Puppe in Polizeiuniform ... "e;Ein so abstoender und gleichzeitig fesselnder Killer ist mir schon lange nicht mehr untergekommen."e; Los Angeles Times
After the terrible losses of The Great War, twenty years later the Second World War resulted in the death of some of the finest sporting icons. This book honours the ninety international rugby players who lost their lives. Fifteen were Scottish, fourteen English, eleven Welsh and eight Irish. Australia and New Zealand suffered with ten and two internationals killed respectively and France eight. Germany topped the list with nineteen. In the same way that the Authors best-selling Into Touch remembered the 130 Internationals lost in the First World War, Final Scrum gives an individual biography of each of the ninety with their international and club playing record as well as their backgrounds, details of their military careers and circumstances of their death. We learn where they are buried or commemorated together with at least one photograph of each player. Rugby enthusiasts will find this book a fascinating and moving record of the sacrifice of the finest young men of their generation who fought in the second worldwide conflict of the 20th Century.
The truth was buried along with their bodies . . . until now. FROM THE CREATOR OF BBC DRAMA SILENT WITNESS, COMES A GRIPPING AND SINISTER THRILLER THAT WILL HAVE YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT. During the murder investigation of a teenage boy, DCI Mark Lapslie's methods come under fire and, as a result, his prime suspect walks free. Meanwhile another body is discovered and Lapslie and his team quickly find themselves on the trail of a voracious serial killer. One year earlier, dedicated young journalist, Josie Dallyn stumbles over a chain of very similar cases. Whilst she is digging deeper and deeper into the truth behind the mysterious deaths, she is getting herself into more danger than she could have ever anticipated and her life is being threatened by some very dark forces. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons and MJ Arlidge. *********** SEE WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT NIGEL MCCRERY AND THE DCI MARK LAPSLIE SERIES: 'DCI Mark Lapslie is Nigel's finest creation . . . Immaculately constructed and beautifully observed' Daily Mail 'What a brilliant book. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book, an interesting start and an ending to end all endings' Amazon Reviewer 'Had me gripped from start to finish' Amazon Reviewer 'Not for the feint hearted' Amazon Reviewer 'There is no way I'd ever have guessed who the killer was' Amazon Reviewer 'Highly original . . . one of the best crime fiction books of the year' Amazon Reviewer 'Gripping' Daily Mirror 'Perfect holiday book for all crime lovers out there!' Amazon Reviewer 'One you won't want to put down. My first Nigel McCrery book, but won't be my last. Highly recommended, but not for the feint hearted' Amazon Reviewer 'First time reader of this author and this book was outstanding' Amazon Reviewer 'A wonderful story. Beautifully crafted' Amazon Reviewer 'One of the most memorable monsters in modern crime fiction' Daily Express
The outbreak of the Second World War came towards the closing stages of the 1939 cricket season. Hitler permitted us almost to complete an exceptionally interesting season, Sir Home Gordon, wrote in the Cricketer magazine, When shall we see the stumps pitched again? As the West Indies touring team cancelled their last five matches and sailed home before the U-boat threat developed, the treasures at Lord s, including the Ashes, were sent to a secret location for safe-keeping. The Marylebone Cricket Club cancelled its tour to India - England played under the MCC banner then. During the ensuing conflict twelve test cricketers (five English, two South Africans, one Australian and one New Zealander) perished together with 130 first class players. In this superbly researched sequel to Final Wicket, covering cricketing fatalities during The Great War, this book reveals each man s career details, including cricketing statistics, and the circumstances of death. There is also a brief history of the game during the War. Arguably the period between the two world wars was the golden age of cricket, and this book honours those who made it so only to die serving their countries in a different way.
During the First World War many sportsmen exchanged their sports field for the battlefield, switched their equipment for firearms. Here acclaimed author and screenwriter Nigel McCrery investigates over forty Oxbridge rowers all of whom put down their oars and gave their lives for their country. Complete with individual portraits, these brave men are remembered vividly in this poignant work and, together with a new memorial to be unveiled at the 2017 Boat Race, there is no more fitting tribute to these men who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In August 2016 the world will be spellbound by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as 10,500 athletes from 206 countries compete in 306 events. Tracing their origins back to the Greeks in 776 BC, the history of the Olympics is a glorious one but it has had its darker moments. During the First World War no fewer than 135 Olympians perished. Many had won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. They came not just from the UK, Germany, France, USA but from all over the globe. Wyndham Halswelle, killed in action on 31 March 1915, won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in both field and track events. The Frenchman Leon Flameng, the fastest cyclist ever, died on 2 January 1917, having won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the 1896 Olympics. The German Fritz Bartholomae, killed in action 12 September 1915, won a Bronze in the rowing eights during the 1912 Olympics. The list of these heroes goes on and on. Each Olympian, who made the supreme sacrifice, is honoured in this magnificent book by a summary of their life, sporting achievement and manner of their death.
A heart-stopping delve into the twisted mind of a serial killer from the creator of the hit BBC drama Silent Witness. Perfect for fans of M.J. Arlidge and Angela Marsons. Stretching along the shelf, standing upright, were twelve wooden coffins. Nine were closed, and three open . . . with little dolls standing inside them . . . It was supposed to be the most special day of her life - until the unthinkable happened. Leslie Petersen is shot dead on her wedding day. With the bride's killer vanished without a trace, the investigation into the murder grinds to a halt before it's even begun. But then, the decomposing body of an unidentified homeless man is found in an old Cold War bunker, and DCI Mark Lapslie makes a bizarre discovery. Hidden near the body is a shrine full of miniature wooden coffins. Each coffin contains a little doll, all dressed differently. One of the dolls is dressed as a bride - could this be a link to Leslie's murder? And if so, who do the other dolls represent? Can Lapslie and his team stop the countdown of the 'dying dolls' before it's too late? Discover the other books in the DCI Mark Lapslie series: Core of Evil, Tooth and Claw, Scream and Flesh and Blood.
'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' - Seventy-five years on the unforgettable words of Winston Churchill ring as powerfully as they did in August 1940 when the young men of the RAF stood as the last line of defence against Hitler's far more powerful Luftwaffe. This emotional yet factual book describes the three and a half months (10 July - 31 October 1940) battle day-by-day and covers the essential details of every one of the 540 young pilots who died in this critical campaign that saved Britain from invasion by the Nazis. Thanks to the authors painstaking research we are given a short biography of each pilots and learn of their actions and the manner of their deaths, their squadrons and planes. The result is a unique record and fitting memorial of the courage and sacrifice of this select band of heroes. The text is enhanced by photographs of the individuals themselves.
While cricket remains a national game today, at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, it was THE national game. Cricketers were the sporting icons of their age, as footballers are today. When the call to arms was made in 1914 and the years of war that followed, it was answered in droves by young men including Test and First Class cricketers. The machine guns and gas of the Western Front and other theatres did not discriminate and many hundreds of these star performers perished alongside their lesser known comrades. The author has researched the lives and deaths of over 200 top class cricketers who made the ultimate sacrifice. He includes not just British players but those from the Empire. The enormity of the horror and wholesale loss of life during The Great War is well demonstrated by these moving biographies.
A moving narrative history of the professional footballers who fought and died in World War I, with a foreword by Gary Lineker. In 1914, as today, successful footballers were heroes and role models. They were the sporting superstars of their time; symbols of youth, health and vigour. Naturally enough, when war broke out they felt it was their duty to join up and fight. Between 1914 and 1918, 213 professional players fell in action. Some teams lost half their players, either killed or else so badly injured in mind and body that they were never to play again. The Final Season is the powerfully moving account of these young men who swapped the turf of the pitch and the cheers of the fans for the freezing mud of the battlefield and the terrible scream of shell fire. It follows them as they leave their fans and families behind, undergo training and then travel on to the bloody arenas of war: Ypres, Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele. Nigel McCrery paints these men in vivid detail. From their achievements on the football pitch to their heroic conduct on the battlefield, we will learn of the selfless courage and determination they displayed in the face of adversity. For far too many, we will also learn when, and how, they made the ultimate sacrifice.
Der junge Carl Whittley muss zu Hause seinen schwerkranken Vater pflegen. Nicht gerade sein Traum vom Leben. Aber Carl sorgt fur genugend Abwechslung: Gerade hat er eine junge TV-Moderatorin umgebracht und als Nachstes schwebt ihm ein spektakularer Anschlag auf einen Zug vor. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie ist ebenfalls zwangsweise zu Hause, weil seine Synasthesie immer schlimmer wird und ihn fast arbeitsunfahig macht. Er kann sich denken, dass sein Chef ihn am liebsten los ware. Doch als der Superintendent ihm den mysteriosen Mord an der TV-Moderatorin zuschiebt, bei dem es keinerlei Spuren gibt, lauft Lapslie zu alter Form auf ... Begeisterte Leserstimmen:"e;Ein kurzweiliger Krimi mit einer abwechslungsreichen Mordserie"e;"e;Eine angenehm flssige Schreibweise, interessante Figuren und ein gut durchdachter Plot [...]"e;"e;...ein gut zu lesender und interessanter Kriminalroman..."e;
Die Rentnerin Daisy Wilson ist froh, dass ihre neue Freundin Violet sich so aufopfernd um sie kummert. Dankbar nimmt sie die Tasse Tee an, die Violet ihr hinstellt - woraufhin diese seelenruhig dabei zusieht, wie die alte Frau qualvoll an dem beigemischten Gift stirbt. Kurz darauf wird bei einem Verkehrsunfall zufllig die stark verweste Leiche einer alten Frau freigelegt. Sie kann als Violet Chambers identifiziert werden - und sie wurde vermutlich vergiftet. Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie steht vor einem Rtsel: Denn die alte Mrs. Chambers erfreut sich offenbar weiterhin lebhaft ihres Daseins, zahlt Steuern und schreibt ihren Nachbarn reizende Postkarten. Was geht hier vor?Begeisterte Leserstimmen:"e;Bissig, bsartig - very British!"e;"e;...schnrkellos und gradlinig, so mag ich's. Unbedingt lesen!"e;"e;Mich fesselte die Story sehr und ich konnte das Buch erst wieder weglegen als ich wusste wie es ausging."e;"e;Eine unbedingte Empfehlung fr alle Fans von Agatha Christi oder Patricia Highsmith."e;
Britische Detectives glaubt man aus vielen TV-Serien und Romanen zu kennen. Aber so einen wie DCI Mark Lapslie sicher nicht. Denn der Mann leidet an Synasthesie, d.h. grau "e;schmeckt"e; zum Beispiel bitter oder hohe Tone "e;riechen"e; faulig. Eigentlich macht ihn das fertig. Aber manchmal hilft es eben auch, einen vertrackten Fall zu losen. Wie diesen hier: Als der Polizei eine Datei mit 27 Schreien einer gepeinigten Frau zugespielt und kurz darauf eine Leiche mit 27 Schnitten aufgefunden wird, dammert dem Chief Inspector, dass der Tater vielleicht einen ganz ahnlichen Defekt aufweisen konnte wie er selbst.
A crime scene. A murder. A mystery. The most important person on the scene? The forensic scientist. And yet the intricate details of their work remains a mystery to most of us. Silent Witnesses looks at the history of forensic science over the last two centuries, during which time a combination of remarkable intuition, painstaking observation and leaps in scientific knowledge have developed this fascinating branch of detection. Throwing open the casebook, it introduces us to such luminaries as 'The Wizard of Berkeley' Edward Heinrich, who is credited with having solved over 2000 crimes, and Alphonse Bertillon, the French scientist whose guiding principle 'no two individuals share the same characteristics' became the core of identification. Along the way, it takes us to India and Australia, Columbia and China, Russia, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. And it proves that, in order to solve ever more complicated cases, science must always stay one step ahead of the killer.
Among the million plus British and Empire soldiers that fell in the slaughter of The Great War were an elite band of International Rugby players. Tragically, over 130 'caps' from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa - and France - lost their lives on land, in the air and at sea. Even their legendary strength, fitness and courage were not enough to spare and save them. The book will contain a brief history of International Rugby up to and including The First World War and there will be biographies of each player along with their individual and team photographs. Details of the manner of their death, their burial place and any memorials will also be included, alongside their international playing record. Nigel McCrery is best known for his crime writing but his previously published works reflect his interest in The Great War, notably All The King's Men, a best seller and successful film starring David Jason.
There have been many books written on the SAS, most telling of individual events in the Regiment's history. This book tells the full story, from formation in the sand dunes of Africa in World War II to present action in the Middle East. You'll get an inside look at modern selection and training and the combat engagements that have made the SAS one of the most feared and respected special forces units.