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Fell Creatures By Barry Durham
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In a tarn in a country park in the heart of the Lancashire countryside floats the murdered body of a young man. His death creates plenty of problems for Detective Chief Inspector Alf Stone because,... More > according to the police pathologist, this is not the first time he has appeared on the autopsy slab. The investigation uncovers the age-old ‘were’ tradition of the county where witches were able to transform into hares to escape the law. Urged on by three ancient deities, young witch Mary Conway learns the art of the ‘were’ as part of a plan to bring to an end the resurgence of the illegal ‘sport’ of hare coursing once and for all. But her intervention uncovers a far more sinister threat: camped not far from the park are a group of renegade Romani led by a wolf-witch. They have been forced to flee from the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania and now plan to set up a colony on Wolf Fell in the hills above the village of Chipping.< Less
The Ill-starred Exile of John Smith By Barry Durham
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John Smith is what is known as a ‘placeholder name’, like the American term John Doe. It is the name bestowed on unidentified corpses, amnesiacs and hospital patients - which is why the... More > odd young man staked out to die in the remains of a 4,000-year-old Neolithic Circle on the edge of the Lancashire Fells ends up with it. However his violent allergic reaction to iron and steel causes problems for his rescuers and when he refuses to co-operate with the police, Detective Chief Inspector Stone washes his hands of him. So ‘John Smith’ simply disappears - literally. And that’s when strange things start to happen around the city of Preston.< Less
The Demdike Legacy By Barry Durham
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The murder of Jennifer Southern in her cottage on the outskirts of a Lancashire village re-ignites a legacy of witchcraft that was thought to have ended four hundred years ago when the Pendle Witches... More > were hanged at Lancaster Castle in 1612. But their descendants have lived on, following the old ways and keeping themselves to themselves until now it seems someone is determined to wipe them out. As the death toll rises, events finally force the police to work with the modern-day witches in a bid to hunt down the killer.< Less
Sweet Molly Alone By Barry Durham
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A succubus is stalking the streets of Preston. But she’s not just giving certain young men erotic dreams: she’s leeching the life out of them. With Detective Chief Inspector Alf Stone... More > still on paternity leave after the birth of his son, it’s down to DI Alexandra Johnson to investigate. But why are all the victims called Ryan? And how on earth do you bring an entity to justice? With the help of young witch Mary Conway, the newly formed ‘Unusual Investigations’ team of Ratcliffe and Kat, her new sergeant and a computer whizz of a PCSO, Johnson begins to unravel a web of intrigue that goes back fifteen years. Then Stone returns and starts digging into a cold case…< Less
Familiar Territory By Barry Durham
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Emma Craine, depressed after a miscarriage some months previously, is drawn to a charismatic fortune teller at a New Age Fair in Manchester. His counsel is reassuring and afterwards Emma curiously... More > finds her own psychic abilities beginning to emerge as her sexuality returns. Then she discovers she is the target of a terrifying stalker. The horrific death of a colleague leaves DI Alf Stone a little out of his depth until an unexpected visit from a paranormal researcher monk. He suggests that the ‘stalker’ could be the fortune teller’s demonic familiar who appears to have struck several times before. Stone and his new sergeant Alexandra Johnson are still sceptical however and set about dealing with the situation using normal police methods until forced to confront the truth. Emma meanwhile receives subtle help from the witches of Pendle who recognise her as one of their own, but even they have to call on the services of an enigmatic lone witch who has to delve deep into the past.< Less
Figaro The Cat Detective And The Great Cheese Robbery By Barry Durham
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On one of his nightly patrols Figaro The Cat Detective bumps into a strange black cat. It seems Meow 5 have sent a secret agent to the village because they have heard that robbers plan to raid the... More > local cheese factory and steal the bombs that are made there. Agent D (the strange black cat) asks Figaro for help and he, in turn, calls on the village cats and his best human friends in all the world. But how are they going to stop two very determined robbers? (Printed on top quality paper and Illustrated in full colour by the pupils of Lea Endowed CE Primary School, Preston)< Less
Figaro the Cat Detective and the Great Cheese Robbery By Barry Durham
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On one of his nightly patrols Figaro The Cat Detective bumps into a strange black cat. It seems Meow 5 have sent a secret agent to the village because they have heard that robbers plan to raid the... More > local cheese factory and steal the bombs that are made there. Agent D (the strange black cat) asks Figaro for help and he, in turn, calls on the village cats and his best human friends in all the world. But how are they going to stop two very determined robbers? (Illustrated by the pupils of Lea Endowed CE Primary School, Preston, UK)< Less
Figaro the Cat Detective and the Great Cheese Robbery By Barry Durham
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On one of his nightly patrols, Figaro The Cat Detective bumps into a strange black cat. It seems Meow 5 have sent a secret agent to the village because they have heard that robbers plan to raid the... More > local cheese factory and steal the bombs that are made there. Agent D (the strange black cat) asks Figaro for help and he, in turn, calls on the village cats and his best human friends in all the world.But how are they going to stop two very determined robbers? (Illustrated by the pupils of Lea Endowed CE Primary School, Preston.)< Less
Figaro the Cat Detective and the Great Reindeer Crisis By Barry Durham
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Father Christmas has a problem. One of his reindeer is injured and he has to make a forced landing on the village green. Can Figaro the Cat Detective, with the help of the village children, come up... More > with a solution to the crisis and save Christmas?< Less
Figaro the Cat Detective and the Great Reindeer Crisis By Barry Durham
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Father Christmas has a problem. One of his reindeer is injured and he has to make a forced landing on the village green. Can Figaro the Cat Detective, with the help of the village children, come up... More > with a solution to the crisis and save Christmas?< Less