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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
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
Secret Garden Festival By Mike Scantlebury
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Everybody in Salford is talking about the Secret Garden Festival: it's affecting everything. Melia, preoccupied with the job her Deputy Director is setting her up with next - protecting Prince... More > William at the Olympic Games - has little time to think about flowers and painting, singing and dancing, she has her little cousin to save. Liv, newly enrolled at Salford University, is making enemies faster than a regicide, but for no apparent reason! What reason could anyone have to dislike the beautiful, persuasive young beauty? Is it what her studies and reasearch are uncovering? Is that the problem? Melia needs to know. It's a race against time - save Liv before her father dies, and before the Garden Festival comes to an explosive climax.< Less
Off The Rails By Mike Scantlebury
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Mickey finds himself at the centre of an unexpected and unwelcome investigation. Manchester's foremost entrepreneur is under threat. The future of the city's bid for the Olympic Games is in doubt.... More > Who is behind the supposed 'accidents'? Who doesn't want England to win? Who doesn't want the city to drag itself out of the Industrial Revolution and move on? And, most important, can Mickey help, or is he merely part of the problem?< Less
The Kidnapped Bride By Mickey Scantlebury
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Young Marlie is about to be married. But, getting ready in the exclusive hotel her fiancee has hired for the day, she is horrified to see him assaulted and taken away by thugs. What is happening? Why... More > have they picked on him? Calling her family and relatives to help, she seeks him out and confronts the kidnappers, desperate to finish the day as she intended - married.< Less
A Limp Piccolo By Mike Scantlebury
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Manchester, England, home of the Industrial Revolution and centre of the 19th century, struggling to make it into the 20th century. City leaders concoct a plan to bid for the Olympic Games. It's a... More > last throw of the dice.< Less