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Kisses Sweeter Than Wine By Richard Hernaman Allen
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1977/8. Informed by an Italian diplomat that English Wine producers are using foreign grapes, Nick Storey investigates, but within weeks, one of the English Wine producer’s equipment is blown... More > up and his vines ploughed over. The possibility that this is retaliation for a refusal to cooperate with a local mafia in Calabria leads to information about imports through Avonmouth. When an examination of a similar type of import leads to the discovery of $1m in cash, it becomes apparent that the claim about English Wine is purely a pretext for something much bigger, which leads to Rosemary being abducted and a shootout with MOSSAD agents on Avonmouth dock in the middle of the night. “Kisses sweeter than wine” is the twelfth book in a series of detective stores set in HM Customs & Excise, by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
Bankers’ Draught By Richard Hernaman Allen
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When VAT is introduced in 1973, Nick Storey is worried about the potential for fraud – especially in the financial sector. After he gets a tip-off about fishy business in two VAT offices, an... More > undercover agent in one of them (City VAT Office) is murdered. Rosemary goes undercover in a merchant bank and identifies a corrupt VAT officer. But when Nick follows the man’s boss by accident, he discovers the frauds are to fund the Protestant side of the Northern Irish “Troubles”. After the boss is shot and the corrupt VAT officer vanishes, the trail to the leader of the fraud goes cold. But an unexpected opportunity arises to set a trap. Rosemary goes undercover in the City again and the leader is unmasked in the maze of back alleys in the City. This is the third novel set in HM Customs & Excise by Richard Hernaman Allen a former Commissioner of Customs & Excise.< Less
Murder at the Baltic Coast Hotel By Richard Hernaman Allen
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1995. Nick and Rosemary Storey, recently retired, visit Riga and Jurmala, at the invitation of a former Latvian customs officer they met in 1974. At the hotel, Nick trips and breaks his ankle.... More > Confined to a wheelchair, he indulges in people-watching, notably a fancy Russian wedding. But when the groom appears to have been murdered and the hotel want some independent witnesses to the investigation, Nick and Rosemary help with the enquiries which include several Russian “businessmen” and a secretive organisation called the Kalovit Group. Using observation, interviews and such clues as have been left, they struggle through indifference, lies and lack of evidence. Though the evidence overall points in several directions, a few true words give Rosemary the inspiration to solve the crime. “Murder in the Baltic Hotel” is the fifth book published in a series of detective stories, mostly set in Customs & Excise by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
Something In The Air By Richard Hernaman Allen
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Briefly seconded to a Purchase Tax office in London’s East End, Nick Storey comes across evidence of a criminal organisation which includes loan-sharking, extortionate insurance and huge rent... More > increases on properties previously owned by West Docklands Council, but offloaded to a dubious property company in suspicious circumstances. Believing the local police and press to be bought off, Rosemary and he track down the councillors involved in the shady deal. But when in the course of his “day job”, Nick meets a lawyer who is plainly acutely nervous at seeing him, he realises he has a way to get the key to what has been going on. However, having to meet a gangster in an East End park and Rosemary requiring a weapon to keep them safe suggests sorting things out becomes far from straightforward. “Something in the air” is the seventh book published in a series of detective stories set in Customs & Excise by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
A Well-Respected Man By Richard Hernaman Allen
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1966. Recently married, Nick and Rosemary Storey overhear two foreign exchange traders boasting that they can get secret information from Civil Servants about a possible devaluation of the Pound. A... More > squash club/wine bar in the City is supposedly where this information is passed on. But when the two men are found dead in the squash club, leaving a suicide note, Nick and Rosemary smell a rat, especially when it becomes clear that they entered the locked club and killed themselves without leaving any keys. Assuming that the deaths were linked to the men’s boasting, they pursue various leads without getting very far until a chance conversation allows them to arrange for several suspects to be kept under surveillance. But unmasking them still involves Nick in skating on some very thin ice. “A Well-Respected Man” is the latest in a series of books set mostly in Customs & Excise by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
The Magic Clarinet By Richard Hernaman Allen
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Shadowing an Excise officer in a tobacco factory, Nick Storey finds he is using incorrect procedures. When Nick carries out the right ones, he discovers that the company are importing large amounts... More > of tobacco illicitly. But the evidence goes missing and Nick starts to feel the hand of Freemasonry protecting the firm and encouraging him to let matters drop. However, some unofficial surveillance and Rosemary going undercover leads to where the smuggled tobacco is being concealed. Seizing it has tragic consequences for those Customs officers involved and it requires a desperate evening’s work to resolve the situation. “Magic Clarinet” is the fourteenth book in a series of detective stores set in HM Customs & Excise, by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
Through Fire: 2 Kardakan By Richard Hernaman Allen
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Having escaped from a Magd slave camp, Rakvir Stagarnik and his companions flee south to Kardakan, where they are taken up by the Governor of Bulgand, a wise man. Rakvir’s career advances in... More > the Kardakan army through his strategic ability and skirmishes with the Magd. His love for Arhilka is put to the test by the Governor’s daughter, Ruhqshana. Military success takes him to Arukand, capital of Kardakan were he must remain sure-footed amid the shifting sands of the venal and vindictive court of Saldjaran Jafzim. Various teachers expand his understanding of how he should lead his life But is he the hunter or the hunted? The second volume in the epic “Through Fire”, “Kardakan”, is set in a distant planet, not too dissimilar from our own. Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner of HM Customs & Excise, wrote “Through Fire” over a period of thirty years.< Less
Through Fire: 1 Karizhka By Richard Hernaman Allen
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Born the son of a fisherman in a small provincial port, Rakvir Stagarnik is given the chance to attend school. There he befriends the son of the local ruler, but, having fallen in love with the... More > ruler’s daughter, he is caught with her and has to flee to escape the ruler’s vengeance. With two friends, he heads across the mountains only to be captured by a raiding party of barbarians and taken into slavery. He is badly beaten and forced to haul trees up the hillside near a barbarian fortress. In cold hatred, he makes plans to kill the barbarians and escape to make his fortune in the south. The first volume in the epic “Through Fire”, Karizhka, is set in a distant planet, not too dissimilar from our own. Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner of HM Customs & Excise, wrote “Through Fire” over a period of thirty years.< Less
Out Of Sight 3: An Invisible Conspiracy By Richard Hernaman Allen
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Having disposed of the bodies of the would-be informant and his killers, Rakvir and Arhilka Stagarnik try to unsettle the still largely unknown conspirators. Learning that a force of Borvmen... More > soldiers are involved in some way, they discover their whereabouts and persuade them to depart. Shortness of time and the unhelpful intervention by a corrupt merchant mean that they have to force matters to a head. The conspirators are rounded up, but the astounding scale of the conspiracy and the treacherous nature of those involved are such that it needs to remain concealed. Not without risk to their lives, Rakvir and Arhilka ensure that suitable punishments are carried out and something is achieved to counterbalance the arrogant and wealthy of the city of Ralchis. “Out of Sight – 3 An invisible conspiracy” is the third of three volumes where Rakvir and Arhilka Stagarnik investigate murder and corruption in the City of Ralchis.< Less
Nothing Was Delivered By Richard Hernaman Allen
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1969. Nick Storey is unexpectedly seconded to freight controls at Heathrow Airport. As no-one gives him a straight explanation about why he was chosen, he tries to find out about the sudden sickness... More > of his predecessor. Assuming that something untoward had been going on, he tries to work out whether, and if so, how Customs staff could be helping criminals smuggle goods through the airport. His analysis leads to an abortive operation to trap those involved, but in doing so, he sets himself up as the gang’s next target. In order to catch them, he has to offer himself as their unwitting victim and hope that Rosemary can arrive in time to save him. “Nothing was delivered” is the sixth book published in a series of detective stories set in Customs & Excise by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less

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