Roger Butters

Books

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Murder In A Cathedral City

Murder In A Cathedral City

Early in the morning of the last day of 1842, in the middle of the small midland community of Churchfield, nominally a city because of its impressive cathedral, there is found the body of a murdered stranger, shotgun by his side, a finger clutched around the trigger in an attempt to suggest suicide. Nothing of the sort has occurred within living memory…..(MORE)


Murder And The Scottish Play

Murder And The Scottish Play

Agnes Bell, now back in her native Yorkshire, is employed at Miss Wilkinson’s Deer House School for Young Ladies at Thorsby, and surprised to receive from her impregnably respectable superior a request to take part in a local theatrical production, including a scene from Macbeth. At once excited and slightly unnerved by the prospect, Miss Bell makes the acquaintance of Mr Gervase Keene, the famous Shakespearean actor from London, who has kindly condescended to take part by way of a favour to his friend Mr Hatfield, chairman of the governors of Deer House…..(MORE)


Kidnap Of The King

Kidnap of The King

Meet Jim Danzig, enquiry agent of Castletown, a man deeply disillusioned with modern life and technology, and remarkably incompetent at handling the latter, for which he has to rely upon his young assistant, Judith Hare…..(MORE)


Murder For Murder

Murder For Murder

Another adventure for Jim Danzig, the Castletown enquiry agent wedded to old-fashioned methods and deeply suspicious of (and incompetent at handling) modern technology. He and his partner Judith Hare are called upon to investigate the death of 16-year-old Ryan Kelsall, former pupil at the local independent Grammar School, who met his death by a fall from the top of a deserted multi-storey car park. Suicide is the obvious explanation, and the police have written it off as such. However the method seems strange for someone terrified of heights. Two other people associated with the deceased also died recently in obscure circumstances. Is this a coincidence, or is there a more sinister explanation? ….(MORE)


The Suicidal Solicitor

The Suicidal Solicitor

Another case for chess-playing sleuth Jim Danzig, of Castletown, and his partner in both senses of the word, Judith Hare. Local solicitor, millionaire and social climber Stuart Brooksbank, faced with imminent disgrace and financial ruin, has committed suicide. Or has he? His widow and son seem convinced that his death was murder……(MORE)


The Trouble With Mercia

The Trouble With Mercia

A novel of a dystopian future, but with a difference. The year is 2278. After an unspecified disaster of worldwide proportions in the 21st century, humanity has had to rebuild civilization, aided by those records and artefacts surviving from before the cataclysm, and a standard of technology has been attained approximating to that of early Victorian times……(MORE)


Look About and Die


Look About and Die

The First Richard Karelius Adventure

Vienna, 1805. The British espionage organization is in disarray. As the invading Grand Army under the Emperor Napoleon marches into Austria, why have all agents ceased to report? The task of unravelling the truth is entrusted to Richard Karelius, a young Anglo-Prussian captain in the King’s German Legion……(MORE)


The Snows of Yesteryear


The Snows of Yesteryear

The Second Richard Karelius Adventure

Autumn, 1806. A year after the defeat of the Austrian and Russian armies at Austerlitz, it is now the Kingdom of Prussia which stands in the way of Napoleonic ambition. Meanwhile Richard Karelius, gentleman spy, is requested by the Prussian Queen to investigate the disappearance of a young officer on the eve of the war……(MORE)


All Wind and Pistol

All Wind and Pistol

Through the perilous world of early Renaissance espionage strides the intrepid figure of Ancient Pistol, secret agent. Massively confident, never at a loss for an insult or anachronistic quotation from the Bard, Shakespeare’s vainglorious soldier has been entrusted by John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, with a cloak-and-dagger mission of the utmost delicacy, involving the fate of the mightiest in the land……(MORE)


All Mouth and Codpiece

All Mouth and Codpiece

England, 1397. Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, is in a quandary. For a rumour have come to his ears that the Duke of Gloucester, whom in accordance with the King’s orders he arranged to be put to death in Calais Castle, is alive and well and stirring up trouble on the Continent. He therefore needs the assistance of a first-class secret agent to make unobtrusive enquiry and take appropriate action…….(MORE)

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