OTHER NOVELS... STAND-ALONE TALES
THE ENIGMA OF HESTON GRANGE
With the thunder and lightning outside increasing in ferocity,
Charles read and re-read the words. Like his name on the envelope,
the words of the message within had also been typed –
this communication contained no actual handwriting whatsoever.
At length, Charles allowed his hand to fall to his lap, the message still held between his fingers. Had there been anyone else present in the room, the words would now have been visible to all.
The message read: We know your secret.
What enigma is concealed within the darkened halls of Heston Grange?
And where, exactly, is it hidden? Find out in this sequel to Richard's first thrilling novel, 'The Cryptic Lines'.
THE CRYPTIC LINES
Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death.
Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines.
If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred's Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears...
THE BLACK TALISMAN
1673 - Deep in a deserted forest, a coven of witches is taken by surprise as they attempt to summon the Dark Lord, Anubin, from the spirit world.
1984 - At his Easter camp, a young boy has an amazing divine encounter. However, as the subsequent years pass, he and his girlfriend find themselves increasingly the subject of demonic visitations.
What is the connection between these seemingly isolated events, over 300 years apart?
As the angelic forces of Good and Evil clash, the disturbing nature of the mystery gradually emerges. Can the dark servants of Anubin be prevented from obtaining for him the power he so desperately seeks? – the power that comes from the black talisman.
THE VIRTUAL LIVES OF GODFREY PLUNKETT
To escape his monotonous life of humdrum tedium, Godfrey Plunkett frequently escapes into the world of his fertile imagination. There, away from all criticism and the disparaging looks from his fellow human beings, he can be free to live his dreams. He can be a hero, a celebrity, a movie star – anything he wants.
And, somehow, these inner thoughts help him to maintain his optimism that something fantastic is just around the corner, and is about to happen for him, for real - at any moment.
But, out there in the harsh, real world, will anything fulfilling or exciting ever happen for this poor, misunderstood individual? Or is he destined only to experience the excitement of life in the privacy of his own thoughts?
…and, more importantly, what happens when the boundary between his make-believe world and reality starts to blur..?
Come and find out. Come and experience The Virtual Lives of Godfrey Plunkett.
ORDER OF MERIT
In "Order of Merit" we encounter a famous classical guitarist who is loved by audiences all over the world, not only for his masterful technical skill and compelling, instinctive musicality, but also for his charismatic stage personality.
However, his consummate showmanship is all just a cover for his other, more sinister occupation - away from the concert platform he is also a professional hitman, cold, ruthless and efficient.
Cunning and calculating, his missions are always accomplished fully, expertly and without a hitch. But, when his next target turns out to be related to one of his best friends, things can only get ugly... "Order of Merit" - Who would've thought the music profession could be so deadly?
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