Jim Eldridge’s “Murder Mystery” novels are also available as audio books, ideal for great listening at home or in the car. Additionally, the BBC have recently released his classic 1970s radio comedy series PARSLEY SIDINGS (starring Arthur Lowe) as CD and download, and the same for his award-winning long-running Radio 4 drama-comedy series KING STREET JUNIOR.
All are available through Audible Audiobooks (at Amazon.co.uk and audible.co.uk)
MURDER AT THE MANCHESTER MUSEUM
A young woman is found murdered in the Manchester Museum, but no-one seems to know who she is. Then the body of a second dead woman, brutally killed and disfigured, is discovered at the Museum. Daniel Wilson and Abigail Fenton believe that the reason for these crimes may lie in Manchester’s murderous past, but getting to the truth becomes dangerous for both of them.
MURDER AT THE FITZWILLIAM
1894. After rising to prominence investigating the case of Jack the Ripper alongside Inspector Abberline, Daniel Wilson has retired from the police force and now works as a private enquiry agent. Having built a reputation for intelligence and integrity, Wilson is asked to investigate a mysterious murder at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. A dead body has been discovered in a previously empty sarcophagus in the museum’s Egyptian rooms. Then other deaths occur, and there are suggestions of supernatural forces at work. Working with the Fitzwilliam’s curator and archaeologist, Abigail Fenton, Wilson has to solve the mystery and at the same time preserve the museum’s reputation. His problems are compounded by the reluctance of the local police force to work with him, and initially by the attitude of Abigail Fenton, an independent-minded woman with a First Class Degree in History from Girton College and a track record of archaeological digs in Egypt, who resents Wilson’s presence. Until she gets to know him. And even then the path to them having a relationship is rocky and unpredictable.
MURDER AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM
1894. A well-respected academic is found dead in a gentleman’s convenience cubicle at the British Museum, the stall locked from the inside. Professor Lance Pickering was due to give a talk promoting the museum’s new “Age of King Arthur” exhibition when he was stabbed repeatedly in the chest. Having forged a strong reputation working alongside the inimitable Inspector Abberline on the Jack the Ripper investigation when he was a Scotland Yard detective, private investigator Daniel Wilson is called in to solve the mystery of the locked cubic murder, and he brings his expertise and his partner, archaeologist Abigail Fenton with him. It isn’t long before the museum becomes the site of another violent death and Daniel and Abigail face mounting pressure to deliver results. With their enquiries compounded by persistent journalists, local vandals, and a fanatical society, the pair find they must race against time to salvage the reputation of the museum, and catch a murderer.
MURDER AT THE ASHMOLEAN
1895. A manager at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is found in his office with a bullet hole between his eyes, a pistol close by. The death has officially been ruled as suicide by the local police, but with an apparent lack of motive for such an act, the museum suspects foul play and has called in former Scotland Yard detective Daniel Wilson and his partner, archaeologist Abigail Fenton to investigate. Their enquiries are hindered from the start by a lane Special Branch agent, secretive and intimidating in his methods. With rumours of a political motive for the murder involving South Africa, along with artefacts missing from the museum, and suggestions of a lost play by Shakespeare at the centre of it all, Daniel and Abigail find themselves caught up in a tangled web of blackmail, jealousy, deceit and murder.
Jim’s classic radio sitcom from the early 1970s, set in a small rural railway station and starring Arthur Lowe, Kenneth Connor, Liz Fraser and Ian Lavender.
King Street Junior & King Street Junior Revisited.
What the critics say about “King Street”: “King Street Junior” is the Sistine chapel of scripted radio drama. (Chris Campling, The Times).
The best popular drama series on radio. (The Listener).
A radio classic. The comedy is bred deeper, good writing so well performed that it creates another world. (Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph).
King Street Junior was selected as one of the 75 Best BBC Radio Programmes of All Time in the celebration of 75 years of the BBC.