Lost River

This novel, written by Stephen Booth, was published HarperCollins in 2010.

A May Bank Holiday in the Peak District is ruined by the tragic drowning of an eight-year-old girl in picturesque Dovedale. For Detective Constable Ben Cooper, a helpless witness to the tragedy, the incident is not only traumatic, but leads him to become involved in the tangled lives of the Neilds, the dead girl’s family.

As he gets to know them, Cooper begins to suspect that one of them is harbouring a secret – a secret that the whole family might be willing to cover up.

Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry has a journey of her own to make – a journey back to her roots. As she finds herself drawn into an investigation of her own among the inner-city streets of Birmingham, Fry realises there is only one person she can rely on to provide the help she needs.

But that man is Ben Cooper, and he’s back in Derbyshire, where his suspicions are leading him towards a shocking discovery on the banks of another Peak District river.


The Lover of the Grave

This novel, written by Andrew Taylor, was published Hodder & Stoughton in 1997.

After the coldest night of the year, they find the man’s body. He is dangling from the Hanging Tree on the outskirts of a village near Lydmouth, with his trousers round his ankles. Is it suicide, murder, or accidental death resulting from some bizarre sexual practice?

Journalist Jill Francis and Detective Inspector Thornhill become involved in the case in separate ways. Jill is also drawn unwillingly into the affairs of the small public school where the dead man taught. Meanwhile a Peeping Tom is preying upon Lydmouth; Jill has just moved into her own house and is afraid she is being watched. And there are more distractions, on a personal level, for policeman and reporter . . .

Miss Marple: 4.50 From Paddington

The novel by Agatha Christie was dramatised by Michael Bakewell. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio in 1997.

It starred June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

When Elspeth McGillicuddy is the only witness to a brutal murder – for which not even a body is in evidence – it takes all of Miss Marple’s remarkable ingenuity to discover the key to a secret which lies buried within a decaying country house.

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Dalgliesh: Cover Her Face

The novel by P D James was dramatised by Neville Teller. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio in 1993.

It starred Robin Ellis as Adam Dalgliesh.

Called in to investigate a murder at an Elizabethan manor house, Dalgliesh soon discovers that there is no shortage of motives. As he investigates, the complex secrets and powerful passions of village and family life come into play.

Cover Her Face is available to purchase on CD.

Poirot: Taken at the Flood

The novel by Agatha Christie was dramatised by Michael Bakewell. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio in 2003.

It starred John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

Gordon Cloade is killed in a London air raid, and his vast fortune passes to his young wife Rosaleen. Five of his relatives are desperate to get their hands on Cloade’s money, and Rosaleen begins to fear for her life.

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Wimsey: Murder Must Advertise

The novel by Dorothy L Sayers was dramatised by Alistair Beaton. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio in 1979.

It starred Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey.

When a man falls to his death on the stairs of Pym’s Advertising Agency, no one seems very interested – until Lord Peter joins the firm incognito and starts asking questions

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Paul Temple: The Conrad Case

This serial, written by Francis Durbridge, was first broadcast by BBC Radio in 1959.

It stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve.

The story involves Dr Conrad’s daughter Betty, who has disappeared from her finishing school in Bavaria. Paul is invited by the police to go over there to help trace the missing girl. Initially, though, even he is baffled, since the only clue to the mystery is an unusual cocktail stick found in her bedroom. Can Paul work it out?

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It is also repeated regularly on BBC Radio 4 Extra.