It’s the height of summer, the days are long and hot and there’s not a cloud in the sky. But these are dark days for the relocated The Lazy Luncheonette.
And then along comes Sir Douglas Ballantyne, a billionaire threatened with murder, and he wants Joe to investigate.
Arriving at the Ballantyne residence, in the heart of Lancashire Witch country, Joe, Sheila and Brenda find that all is not happy families, but which of the sons, daughters and in-laws wants Sir Douglas dead?
When the old man is attacked and his life left hanging in the balance, Joe must tackle the closed ranks of the family in order to unmask a devilish and devious assailant.
IT’S MURDER IN THE FAMILY
“Kept me guessing” Maureen Vincent-Northam – editor.
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The show must go on
Howling winds, driving rain, freezing temperatures. The New Year has come in with a nasty bite, but the Sanford 3rd Age Club brave the elements to visit Skegness for a performance of Hamlet, starring the granddaughter of one of their own. But when one of the cast is murdered on stage, it’s a call to action for Joe, Sheila and Brenda.
Shot or poisoned? Was the killing linked to drugs? Or was it related to a road accident in the dim and distant past. Does it involve the very public antipathy between the victim and star of a nearby pantomime?
With suspects who are all actors, how are Joe, Sheila and Brenda supposed to know who is telling the truth and who is lying?
IT’S MURDER TREADING THE BOARDS
It’s Yuletide again and faced with a demanding writer, Joe, Sheila and Brenda must deliver tales of murder and mayhem.
Who slaughtered Santa? Who committed a felony on a ferry, topped a teller and killed a copper? Did Lee really go gunning for a gumshoe? In the background there is the Novel of the Year award and Joe is faced with finding another brutal killer.
It’s Christmas, but not everyone harbours peace and goodwill, and for the three sleuths, it means…
MURDER most festive.
A heart attack or not heart attack? No one is sure, but everyone agrees on one thing. Joe needs a relaxing break in the sun. Where better than Spain’s Costa del Sol?
And so to Apartmentos Ingles, where Joe, Sheila and Brenda meet the permanent residents of Little England. But all is far from content in this community of expats. Is Rita Shepperton really trying to blackmail Joe, or is she just tapping him for a hundred euros? Does Colonel Holgate really imagine the British Empire still exists, or is he putting on a class act? Is it Joe’s naturally suspicious nature, or do the residents of Little England all have something to hide?
When a body turns up in the pool, even the police believe it was natural causes, but when Joe digs into the secrets and lies of this small community, he becomes convinced that there was nothing natural about this death.
It’s MURDER in the Mediterranean.
They do like to be beside the seaside.
With The Lazy Luncheonette under threat of redevelopment, Joe, Sheila and Brenda take time off for the STAC Easter outing to Blackpool, fun capital of the North of England. But after a scrape with a drunken lorry driver on the motorway, Joe finds himself embroiled in a double murder at a parcel distribution depot where everything is done by the book.
Confronted with obstinate police officers, reluctant witnesses and a tangled puzzle of personality clashes, Joe is driven to distraction trying to pin down the killer. Hounded by a determined property tycoon and wooed by an amorous shop steward, Joe is sure of only one thing…
It’s MURDER at the mail order depot.
It’s Somerset for the Sanford 3rd Age Club and, at a busy charity weekend in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, Joe, Sheila and Brenda are looking forward to a relaxing time.
But along with the chocolate for the Great Egg Hunt, someone has hidden a body, and even before the rain stops, the STAC are in the thick of it. Threatened with violence as he tries to learn the identity of the bad-tempered redhead wandering round town, embroiled in blackmail and hidden personal histories, while the body count rises, Joe and his two companions struggle to make sense of what is going on around them.
With the Easter Bonnet Parade to come, it’s obvious these are no accidents.
They’re MURDER… amongst the chocolate eggs.
This Christmas Collection brings together three titles from the STAC 3rd Age Mystery novels for the first time. A Murder For Christmas is the fourth in the series, Murder at the Murder Mystery Weekend is the fifth, and Christmas Crackers is the tenth.
Til Death Us Do Part
It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend off, attending a wedding in the Lake District, but it soon becomes a nightmare for Joe Murray. Not only has he had to shut down the Lazy Luncheonette for the weekend, but it’s intolerably hot and Brenda is in a bad mood and won’t say why.
As if that’s not bad enough, the body of a photographer is found hanging by his own camera strap in a disused, derelict boathouse.
Who was Adam Pitman, what was his beef with bridesmaid Darlene? How well did the bride know him, what secret is the landlord of the Waterside Inn hiding?
Questions, questions, questions.
And Joe is short of time to find the answers.
It’s MURDER amongst the white lace and bouquets.
A house fire on a sweltering summer morning comes as no surprise, but when a body is found in the ruins, the Sanford police soon have the prime suspect in their sights. Evidence mounts, an arrest is made, and Joe Murray is at his wits’ end before helps comes from an unexpected quarter.
How could all the evidence be wrong? There’s only one way. It was carefully constructed to point in the wrong direction, and Joe and his partner in crime-detection must pull out all the stops to prove it.
The fourteenth Sanford 3rd Age Club Mystery, and it’s Joe’s toughest, most dangerous case yet.