Jakob Grimshaw has eked out a precarious living as a Staffordshire moorland farmer by selling off some of his land to Gabriel Frankwell, a local businessman, who seized the opportunity to build a select development of nine houses, the Prospect Farm Estate. But having been sold a rural idyll, the residents of the estate quickly realise that they do not like Grimshaw's old farm building - surely such an eyesore will mean their properties will depreciate in value? And so the war begins . . . each inhabitant with his or her own reason for wanting Grimshaw to move away. What none of the residents realise is that the old farmer is neither simple nor honest. When Grimshaw's body is discovered at the foot of his boundary wall, his head crushed by one of the copestones, it is up to DI Joanna Piercy to unravel the events leading up to his death. But Joanna has worries of her own in her personal life and the last thing she needs on her desk is a gruesome murder investigation . . .
Grave Stones is the ninth instalment of Andrea Frazer?s Falconer Files, a detective series chock-full of picture-postcard villages, dastardly deeds, and a delightful slice of humour. The residents of Shepford St Bernard are to have a party in the church hall, in response to a request to boost congregation numbers???only their new vicar is a woman, and a young one to boot, which is not to everyone's liking?? The morning after the party, the extent of the brooding resentment felt in the small community is revealed when an elderly woman is found dead outside her house, the contents of her safe having disappeared along with her attacker. ?When Detective Inspector Harry Falconer, Detective Sergeant Carmichael, and Detective Constable Roberts arrive on the scene, they learn that the late Lettice Keighley-Armstrong?s safe had recently held a large quantity of very valuable pieces of jewellery?? As the investigation progresses, with efforts made to find out just who might have been tempted enough to commit such a crime, the violence escalates???making it urgent that the offender is quickly apprehended??
The author took great care to trace and transcribe the gravestone inscriptions included in this book. He recorded entire inscriptions, which typically included the individual's name and date of death but could also include such information as age, date of
Christ Church Philadelphia and its Burial Ground is the final resting place of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and five signers of the U.S. Constitution, the most famous burial being Benjamin Franklin. Also buried on church grounds are early American leaders, prominent lawyers, medical pioneers, and military heroes. In 1864, Church Warden Edward Clark compiled this book of all visible inscriptions in and around the church and at the 5th Street Burial Ground.
Revenge is a bloody business... Lassi Finn is a thoroughly modern Dublin girl, and the last thing she wants is to spend any time cleaning out her recently deceased Great-Aunt Roberta's cottage in the obscure village of Ballynagaul-or 'Ballynanowhere, ' as Lassi calls it. Her goal is to throw everything away, get some poor local sod to paint and fix the wiring (because the power is temperamental and the wall phone won't work), and then hire the local real estate agent to flip the cottage and add the proceeds to her cottage-in-Barbados fund. The only flaw in her plan is the wee little inconvenience of three mutilated bodies turning up on three consecutive days, all before her first cup of tea. The motives for the killings are a mystery, but their ferocity leaves no doubt as to the rage in the heart of the killer. Without even trying, and certainly unwillingly, Lassi finds herself not only in the middle of the investigation, but also with a big, blood-red target on her back. Somewhere between trying to fend off the advances of a pub keeper who has hit his sell-by date, dodging a creepy detective who seems to know far too much about her, and avoiding an annoyingly helpful neighbor, Lassi must catch a cold-hearted, cold-blooded killer and resist the growing attraction between herself and a handsome young priest with a secret that could destroy them all.