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Isobella Bridges, discovered and fell in love with The Yellow Cottage as a child, and many years later returned, discovered it was for sale and bought it. She purchased the cottage from an old lady, but this was no ordinary old lady, and she left her cat, but this was no ordinary cat. But this isn't the only gift the old lady left. A telephone call from Ella's brother inviting her up to London for Sunday lunch, sets in motion a series of events that puts Ella's life, and those of the people closest to her in danger.
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‘What was the dark and sinister secret hidden behind the doors of Harcourt House and how can we really know, after all these years, exactly what went on in there? What has been the lasting effect on the man who now calls himself Bastian Crow?’ We all have secrets… things from the past that shape our lives and make us who we are. Successful author, Bastian Crow has a secret: something dark and disturbing. It is a secret someone wants him to keep hidden. They have killed three times to ensure it’s secrecy… and Bastian Crow is next.
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Stopping to catch his breath Jim Bent, ex met cop turned private eye, reflected on his two ex wives and the remains of a bullet still lodged in his back from a failed bank robbery he had attended. The building itself resembled something out of the eighteenth century and had the smell of books about it. The building had no lift so he had to endure the prospect of climbing the old staircase on a daily basis. Each step he took echoed around the old building,and Jimwondere if he had done the right thing by having a cheap office on the top floor. The thought of a desk job in the met had made Jim decide of another occupation but he never realised how much he had taken on. Embarking on such a career was something Jim had debated for a long time,and the connections he had gained as a cop may or may not help, but he was not prepared for his fist case which included murder!
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Faith and corruption, two words that maybe mean nothing to the average person. But faith is perhaps a word that conjures up thoughts of a great many religions around the world. Faith becomes more evident when a murder is committed in of all places a Mosque in the heart of London. A murder that requires the help of our intrepid ex cop Jim Bent. Jim’s knowledge and expertise of the underworld is something the Met are able to call upon as they have a murder in the Mosque and the death of a leading publisher found suffocated in a hotel bedroom. Jeremy Kettle director of Kettle publishing if found with a pillow over his head and his wife Polly becomes prime suspect.
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The estate bequeathed to the right honourable Vincent Crutchley and his younger brother James was set in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire. A modest twenty two roomed mansion left to the two young men by their father in his will.This also included the stables and a thriving solicitors practice in the city of London in which Vincent was to take control whilst his brother took charge of the stables and the many thoroughbreds that were groomed within Crutchley estate.Vincent became a prominent politician and he was to be the one that became a target for blackmail.Blackmail that was to require the assistance of Jim Bent as Vincent became a playboy who lavished gifts to his many women friends whilst James concentrated on his newest arrival of Arab stallions.  
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One year on from his encounter with murder and our intrepid ex cop was finding life a little dull following unfaithful husbands and wives but it did pay the bills. Little did Jim know that revenge was on the horizon. Revenge from a women no less from Jean Shildon as she stood in the dock awaiting her sentence.Screaming out in the courtroom that she would get revenge one day.
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The Beginning of the end.
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Secrets Broken  
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