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After moving his family from London, Chief Inspector Alan Banks is feeling all too at home in the picturesque market town of Eastvale. A crime wave seems to have followed him north. Teenage thugs are burglarizing the homes of elderly women, culminating in murder. And a Peeping Tom is on the loose, menacing the women of Eastvale.
 
To appease the outraged local feminists, the police bring in psychologist Jenny Fuller to help with the investigations. Banks immediately feels an attraction toward the brillant and beautiful woman, one that makes him question his fidelity. As the incidents escalate, Bank's family - and Jenny - are drawn into the web of violence. Now the inspector faces a decision he had hoped he'd never have to make...

 
Past Reason HatedPast Reason Hated
It looks and sounds like a traditional Christmas scene - a log fire, brightly decorated tree, classical music on the stereo. But appearances can be deceptive. Caroline Hartley, the beautiful young woman lying on the sofa, has been brutally murdered. For Chief Inspector Alan Banks, the former Londoner who is finally beginning to feel at home in Yorkshire, the case is new but the emotions it evokes - anger, outrage, a sense of loss - are familiar. For Detective Constable Susan Gay, newly promoted to detective, her first homicide will be one she'll never forget. As she probes into the life of Caroline Hartley, she also learns something about her own pride and weakness. Who was Caroline, and how did she come to be murdered on a snowy evening just three days before Christmas? Alan Banks and Susan Gay find a multitude of suspects as they begin to uncover the unusual and disturbing past of an intensely private woman for whom secrecy was a way of life. The manager of an elegant cafe, Caroline in her spare time performed with the Eastvale Amateur Dramatic Society. In her private life, she lived quietly and shared her home with her friend Veronica Shildon. Caroline had several visitors on the night she died. One of them killed her. A suspenseful and shocking tale of family secrets, hidden passions, and desperate violence.

In a Dry SeasonIn a Dry Season
The serenity found in the rustic Yorkshire countryside can be deceptive. For evil can strike in the most pastoral of surroundings, and go unpunished for years-even decades.Water is the essence of life. Yet during a dry season, when supply cannot meet demand, the precious commodity rapidly drains from a manmade resevoir to reveal a forgotten town that was sacrificed for the sake of water.A blistering summer has struck, and thirst has consumed the resources provided by the Thornfield Resevoir, unmasking the remains of Hobb's End, a small village at its bottom that ceased to exist in post World War II England. A curious child thinks of the resurfaced hamlet as a mystical playground, until he unearths a human skeleton. Modern forensics determine that the skeleton belongs to a young woman who appears to have been brutally murdered and hidden beneath the floor of a decrepit outbuilding in the 1940's. It falls to a grudge-wielding police superior to seclect a detective for the impossible task of putting a name to the unidentifiable remains from a place that no longer exists, and whose living former residents are scattered to the winds.Having challenged the system and his superiors once too often, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has been restricted to desk duty as punishment for insubordination, until an official telephone call lands him in the muck of the decades-old murder. Given the state of affairs, any sensible policeman would throw in the towel, but not Banks. Aided by Annie Cabbot, an intuitive Detective Sergeant, Banks challenges the odds by identifying the victim and proceeeds to uncover the past buried beneath a flood of time, indiscretions and denial.


 

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