MURDER AT ALDWYCH STATION
December 1940. With the Luftwaffe pounding the city nightly, Londoners seek refuge in underground stations. Aldwych station has been taken out of service to shelter the British Museum’s priceless Elgin marbles, along with countless civilians escaping the bombing. The body of a young man is discovered in the tunnel just outside the station. Wearing evening dress, but barefoot, he’s been poisoned. Other bodies appear, some shot, one battered to death, and Detective Chief Inspector Edgar Saxe-Coburg’s wife, Rosa, also becomes a target. Coburg and his sergeant, Ted Lampson, find themselves caught up in a world of underground jazz clubs, tunnels and looters as they search desperately for a ruthless murderer.
MURDER AT CLARIDGES
October 1940. The Blitz bombing raids continue mercilessly. The body of a kitchen porter from Claridges hotel is found outside the back door of the hotel. He had been strangled. Detective Chief Inspector Saxe-Coburg’s investigation is complicated by the fact that so many of the hotel’s residents are exiled European royalty. King George of Greece is registered as ‘Mr Brown’, and even the Duke of Windsor is resident, though without Wallis Simpson. Clandestine affairs, furtive goings on and conspiracies mean Coburg must tread very carefully indeed.
MURDER AT THE SAVOY
September 1940. The height of the Blitz. Refugees from the bombing in the East End of London invade the Savoy, desperate to find safety in its opulent air raid shelter. Next morning the dead body of one of the Savoy’s aristocratic guest is found, stabbed. DCI Coburg and Sergeant Lampson are called in, with the finger of suspicion pointing at the EastEnders; but not everything is as it seems.
MURDER AT THE RITZ
August 1940. On the streets of London people watch with growing concern as German bombers fill the sky. But inside the famous Ritz Hotel the cream of society continue to enjoy all the glamour and comfort that money can buy – until an anonymous man is found dead, his throat cut, in the suite of an exiled King. Detective Chief Inspector Edgar Saxe-Coburg and his loyal Sergeant, Ted Lampson are called in to investigate. But with mounting pressure from various intelligence agencies, rival political factions, and gang warfare brewing, Coburg and Lampson must untangle a web of lies and deceit if they are to solve the case, and survive.
To get in touch with Jim, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org