The Cheapside Corpse
By Susanna Gregory
London in the spring of 1665 is a city full of fear. There is plague in the stews of St Giles, the Dutch fleet is preparing to invade, and a banking crisis threatens to leave Charles II's government with no means of paying for the nation's defence.Amid the tension, Thomas Chaloner is ordered to investigate the murder of Dick Wheler, one of the few goldsmith-bankers to have survived the losses that have driven others to bankruptcy - or worse. At the same time, a French spy staggers across the city, carrying the plague from one parish to another.Chaloner's foray into the world of the financiers who live in and around Cheapside quickly convinces him that they are just as great a threat as the Dutch, but their power and greed thwart him at every turn. Meanwhile, the plague continues to spread across the city, and the body count from the disease and from the fever of avarice starts to rise alarmingly . . .
By Denise Ryan
Life gets tough again for Shannon Flinder when her best friend is murdered, and she comes to believe that the police have arrested the wrong person. So who did kill Jenny Fong - and why? Things get worse when Shannon's bitter enemy Cindy Nightingale is put in charge of the murder inquiry. An escaped killer with a grudge causes chaos and manages to elude capture. His mission is to get the lawyer who helped send him to prison - how can Shannon protect herself when the police can't?But Shannon's more interested in solving her friend's murder - and, of course, in staying alive . . .