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Cherringham - Episode 13 - 15 A Cosy Crime Series Compilation von Costello, Matthew (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 11.04.2016
  • Verlag: Bastei Lübbe AG
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Cherringham - Episode 13 - 15

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 13 - 15: A LESSON IN MURDER When Jack and Sarah are called in to investigate mysterious pranks at Cherringham Girls School, it seems at first that it might be the work of a few mean pupils with a grudge. But things quickly turn serious when a popular teacher meets a sudden, violent death. THE SECRET OF COMBE CASTLE When the penniless FitzHenrys find themselves victims of a threatening campaign to oust them from their ancestral home, Jack and Sarah are called in to track down the culprit. Soon they discover that truth is often stranger than fiction, and in Combe Castle things do indeed go bump in the night... A FATAL FALL Dylan McCabe - a labourer on a rushed Cherringham building project - has been complaining about the site's lack of safety. When he's discovered dead after a fall, it seems that Dylan's own warnings were all too true. Jack and Sarah get involved, and suddenly what looks like an accident, becomes a case of cold-blooded murder. Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new mystery thriller released each month. Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly - but with a spot of tea - it's like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa. Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90's, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and - most recently - the successful crime fiction series Cherringham. Now into its second season of 12 novellas, Cherringham is popular around the world and has been adapted as a series of audiobooks in English and German.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Seitenzahl: 360
    Erscheinungsdatum: 11.04.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9783732521265
    Verlag: Bastei Lübbe AG
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Cherringham - Episode 13 - 15

1. Sink or Swim

Sophie White raced up the back stairs of Florence House, her footsteps on the worn stone echoing in the cold space as she climbed the three floors.

Damn, damn, double damn, I'm going to be late, she thought. Prep's never supposed to over-run on a Saturday, this is so unfair ...

At the top of the stairs she pulled open the heavy fire door that led to the Sixth Form dorms, ran past the crowded common room, and the kitchen where she glimpsed the usual weekend breakfast crowd.

Oh, cheese on toast, if only I could join in ...

But even if she had time, she wasn't sure she'd be welcome. Freya and her crowd would be in there.

And since the new term started they'd been blanking her.

She reached the end of the corridor, pushed hard on the door to her own room, and in one move flung her laptop bag onto her bed.

"Walk, don't run," came a voice from the other bed.

Sophie looked over: her roommate Hannah was lying back against the pillows watching something on her iPad, her hand hovering over the shared biscuit tin.

"Walking's for Year Sevens," said Sophie digging into her wardrobe, clothes flying. "Can I borrow your tracksuit? Mine's covered in mud."

"Gross," said Hannah with a shrug, munching on a biscuit.

Sophie didn't need a yes - after six years of school together it was unspoken.

What's yours is mine, mine yours. Live fast, die together. Friends till the end. No lies, no secrets.

Each time they moved up a year at Cherringham Hall School for Girls, she and Hannah had bound themselves tighter to each other with a new motto. And now they were in their last year, full-on Sixth Formers, just three terms to go before ...

Sophie stopped herself thinking about that. About leaving. It made a pit in her stomach. Way too scary.

"So what's the rush? Seeing someone?" said Hannah. "Secret admirer?"

"As if ..." said Sophie. "I'm running the Minnows club for Ms. Braithwaite."

"Tough," said Hannah. "Duty calls."

"Exactly."

"Hey - did you know you're late?"

"Very funny."

She grabbed her swimming costume, Hannah's tracksuit and a pair of trainers, then reached over, and pulled out a handful of biscuits from the tin.

"Seventy calories each," said Hannah.

"Doesn't count," said Sophie heading for the door. "It's breakfast."

"That make a difference?"

"Duh, yes. Latest research."

"Gotta love science."

Sophie raced out. "Laters ..." she said, over her shoulder.

"Still on for Oxford this afternoon?" she heard Hannah say, as she turned into the corridor.

"Can't wait!" she shouted back, then she was off heading for the stairs again.

She checked her watch. Three minutes - she might just make it.

Being late - for anything - was a cardinal sin at Cherringham Hall. Sophie knew the ethos back to front and upside down, it was drilled into all the girls from their first term:

'Cherringham girls will be bright, independent, free-thinking, creative, confident, resourceful, tolerant - and above all, reliable.'

And the teachers made it clear that while most of those qualities might take a while to develop, the bit about 'reliable' - being on time - was one that had to be acquired immediately .

She wheeled off the main school corridor and took a short cut through the Dining Hall.

As she slalomed past the formal tables, she glanced up at the portraits of Cherringham alumni on the walls - explorers, poets, politicians, novelists, Nobel-prize winning scientists, businesswomen, International sportswomen.

Sophie and Hannah used to joke that the reason they'd all succeeded was that they were never late .

And generally, now that she was a laid-back Sixth Former, Sophie wasn't that

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