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Heartless Running By Mickey Scantlebury
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Ordered to protect the egregious Editor of the most sordid newspaper in England, Melia finds herself trapped in a car, fleeing bombers and sharp shooters, dodging round the country lanes and byeways,... More > with the Editor and a tantalisingly attractive hitchhiker. Can she do her job - without falling in love?< Less
The Bone Key Curse By Mike Scantlebury
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Mickey and the team are called in to another adventure, but this time it's weird. There's a ship that's been wrecked in the Bristol Channel, but it's two thousand years old and the jars it was... More > carrying hold secrets, vital secrets that could threaten the future of the Christian Church. Is that why people are willing to spy, shoot and kidnap in order to suppress the words that are listed in the containers? In a desperate race to decode the scrolls and save them from attackers, Mickey organises a pursuit around England, trying to stay one step ahead of the terrorists and two steps ahead of other interested parties - a selfish billionaire, an outraged Archbishop, one or two mad monks and the Heir to the English Crown. Who needs that sort of attention?< Less
MULTI-MEDIA By Mike Scantlebury
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It's a busy year. Mickey is called in to help an old friend, but he's hardly got started when he gets another commission. And another. What's going on? Is it all because the BBC has decided to move... More > its North of England headquarters to Salford Quays, and suddenly the whole world wants something from them? Mickey, confused, frustrated, has to struggle, as the months go by, to make sense of what is happening in his home city, how it is changing, and how it is being forced to change. Not everyone seems happy with the process, not even the BBC, whose members are slowly coming to terms with the fact that though the streets of Salford are outside the windows of their new, glossy buildings, they really have no idea what is happening down there and who these residents really are. Or what they're capable of.< Less
Lucky Ignatius By Mike Scantlebury
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It's only an old church, isn't it? Well, no, the Church of England has abandoned the old building and taken it out of commission. Even though it was designed by one of the foremost Victorian... More > architects, they'd be happy to see it rot, or, perhaps, turned into designer flats by a local property developer. Until that happens, it's a perfect Safe House, a bolt hole for the man Mickey has promised to protect - a man called Lucky. So 'lucky' that he's the target of three local gangs and numerous villains. How lucky is that?< Less
Heartless Doctor By Mickey Scantlebury
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Melia is in Manchester, doing what she does best - working undercover. In this, her latest case, she had been asked to investigate academics, medical people and professionals. Strange. They can't be... More > criminals, surely? Melia is shocked to find it's worse than she ever could have imagined. These people, she realises, are even worse.< Less
New, clear vision By Mike Scantlebury
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Who wants alternative power? Not the British government. They want to rebuild nuclear power stations. Some residents are out to stop them. Poor secret agent Mickey finds himself caught in the middle,... More > determined to try and catch whoever killed his colleague, and thinking little about politics. This time it's personal.< Less
Filling In By Mike Scantlebury
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People in Britain and America have fillings in their teeth, it's natural, surely? Well, no, the metal is mostly mercury, and that's a poison. If dentists put poison into people's mouths, that would... More > be damaging, right? Mickey wants to know, but isn't able to make head or tail of the competing arguments. Then people start getting kidnapped and it all gets personal. Mickey swings into action. After all, he's only doing his job.< Less
MERRIN By Mike Scantlebury
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It's the future, and the Third World War has come and gone. The lucky ones have escaped into space, making new lives amongst the planets and asteroids of our Solar System. The few people left on... More > Earth are living well, with enough food and power for all. They can do whatever they want; the only restriction is that there can only be one President. And, strangely, there's a murderous fight for that top job.< Less
The Beat of the Wolf's Dying Heart By Mike Scantlebury
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A short time in the future, but all has changed. The production of all goods has been automated, and most people live a dull and unproductive life, enlivened only by the need to avoid the wild and... More > dangerous animals stalking the city streets. So why have things suddenly got worse? The narrator moves stealthily amongst the disintegrating culture, looking for answers.< Less
Alien Incursions By Mike Scantlebury
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It's a hundred years in the future and everything has changed. The media companies of the whole Solar System are controlled by a handful of people. Peter Colwhon is a vid reporter. He is sent from... More > Mars base to the Asteroid Belt to interview the youngest and most objectionable of all the heirs to trading company fortunes. Peter finds chaos, rebellion and terror. Someone is organising the spacers in revolt against the Five Families. Soon, his own life is in danger. Can he survive the mission, escape with his life and still file his story?< Less