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Domesday

Domesday
Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret are commissioners, appointed by William the Conqueror, to look into the serious irregularities that come to light during the compilation of Domesday Book, the great survey of England. Delchard is a Norman soldier who fought at the Battle of Hastings, and who does not suffer fools gladly. Bret, a talented lawyer, comes from mixed Saxon and Breton parentage. They make a highly effective crime-fighting team in a violent and unstable period of history. Each of the books in the series takes them to a different English county. > Domesday

Dillman and Masefield

Dillman and Masefield
1907. On the maiden voyage of the Lusitania, George Porter Dillman, a suave American, is working as a private detective for Cunard. Among the first class passengers, he meets Genevieve Masefield, an attractive and intelligent young Englishwoman, who is sailing to America to begin a new life after a broken engagement to a member of the minor aristocracy. A baffling murder changes her travel plans. Unwittingly, she becomes Dillman's assistant and proves to be so competent that they decide to work together as a team in future. A former actor from a family that builds ocean-going yachts, Dillman is highly suited to detective work afloat and Genevieve's ability to blend in with the rich and famous in first class make her an invaluable partner. > Dillman and Masefield

Nicholas Bracewell

Nicholas Bracewell
Son of a Devon merchant, Nicholas Bracewell sailed with Drake on the circumnavigation of the globe, an experience that seasoned his outlook on life. He now works as book holder (or stage manager) for Westfield's Men, one of the leading theatre companies in Elizabethan London. The resourceful Bracewell has to save his beloved actors time and again as they are threatened by fierce rivals, assassins, fire, plague, Puritans, confidence tricksters, a grasping landlord and political interference. > Nicholas Bracewell

Alan Saxon

Alan Saxon
Alan Saxon is a professional golfer who is down on his luck. His wife has divorced him, his access to his teenage daughter is severely limited and he has financial problems. It all affects his performance as a golfer. Yet he soldiers on, living in a motor caravan called Carnoustie, warmed by the memory of his long-ago win in the Open Championship at the famous golf course of that name. The problem is that there is an enormous amount of money in the sport and that inevitably attracts villains. The easy-going Saxon has an unfortunate habit of getting between the villains and their villainy. What follows is certainly not in accordance with the rules of the game. > Alan Saxon

Christopher Redmayne

Christopher Redmayne
Christopher Redmayne, a man of cavalier instincts, is an aspiring young architect, who returns to London in 1666 to find the city destroyed by the Great Fire. Rebuilding starts in earnest. Thanks to his brother, Henry, a cheerful rake, Christopher secures a commission to design his first house. When murder intervenes, the architect forms an unlikely alliance with Jonathan Bale, a Puritan constable, who believes that London was reduced to ashes by its own inner corruption. Yet the pair prove to be highly successful in the investigation of crimes. > Christopher Redmayne

Inspector Robert Colbeck

Inspector Robert Colbeck
Robert Colbeck is an Inspector in the Detective Department of the Metropolitan Police, still very much in its infancy. A former barrister, Colbeck abandoned his career as a result of a personal tragedy and turned his attention to catching villains. A dandy in the prosaic world of law enforcement, he has an abrasive relationship with his boss, former soldier, Superintendent Tallis. Though he could never bring himself to like Colbeck, the Superintendent recognises his rare gifts as a detective and approves of his unflagging tenacity. All of Colbeck's cases are connected in some way with the railways, the defining phenomena of Victorian England. > Inspector Robert Colbeck

The novels

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The series:
Domesday
Nicholas Bracewell
Redmayne
Inspector Colbeck
Daniel Rawson
Home Front Detective
Dillman and Masefield
Writing as Conrad Allen
Alan Saxon
Writing as Keith Miles
Merlin Richards
Writing as Keith Miles
Publications 2014
Miscellaneous publications

About the author

Edward Marston was born and brought up in Wales. He read Modern History at Oxford then lectured in the subject for three years before becoming a full-time freelance writer. His first historical mystery, The Queen's Head, was published in 1988, launching the Nicholas Bracewell series. Read on
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