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Rhea, Nicholas 1936-

Works: 200 works in 737 publications in 1 language and 14,499 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Domestic fiction  Drama  Television series  Television cop shows  Biography  Detective and mystery television programs  Television adaptations  Television programs 
Roles: Author, Actor
Classifications: PR6068.H4, 823.914
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Constable around the village by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he settles into the village life of Aidensfield, North Yorkshire, Police Constable Nick Rhea begins to understand the complexities of rural law enforcement, much of with proves to be very unofficial but highly effective. We hear of his dilemmas as he is torn between his desire to prove the crippled Sidney Chapman's dog innocent of sheep-worrying, and the need to do his duty. Farmer Lowe's sheepdog presents a different problem: the overworked old dog is pretending to be deaf and Rhea finds himself drawn into the crisis; without the dog, the cows cannot be milked. Local colors and characters abound. The mixed creeds of the community provide more headaches for Rhea: for example Jame Bathurst's funeral goes quite smoothly except that the village grave-digger does not want the death-bed convert buried in Catholic ground and has omitted to dig the grave. Rivalry abounds between Anglicans, Catholics and Methodists, and Rhea has his work cut out
Constable across the moors by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Police Constable Nicholas Rhea continues his enthralling account of rural bobbying on the North Yorkshire Moors and finds himself dealing with a host of intriguing characters who live and work on these spectacular heights. Among the hilarious anecdotes are the cases of witchcraft used by Katherine Hardwick to rid herself of a troublesome suitor and the insurance man who covers a dog against its persistent theft and unscrupulous love-making. Contrasting with the humour and joy of rustic life there is sadness and Nicholas Rhea tells the poignant tale of the man who came to bury his wife on her beloved moors. The book is packed with stories of a country flavour and it provides a colourful picture of police work in a large rural district. There is humour and pathos and above all a love of human beings and concern for their welfare"--Publisher's description
Constable over the Hill by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During his final days at Aidensfield, Nick has much to consider. There are duties to complete as he struggles to balance his family's needs against the demands of the police service. Nick is challenged to solve a centuries-old Aidensfield murder mystery but is also expected to trace a coal thief before he burns the evidence
Constable on the hill by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

15 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The village of Aidensfield in North Yorkshire saw its fair share of crimes and Nicholas Rhea, the local policeman, recalls many offences that he dealt with on first moving to this beat
Constable on view by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Constable Nick of Aidensfield continues to patrol his varied beat in the picturesque countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors, he recalls the wisdom of his former training sergeant. Constables should see and be seen - when wearing the uniform they are on view all the time and must act positively but with decorum
Death of a princess by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton investigates the death of a woman nick named The Princess, he finds himself asking the same question time and time again. Accident or murder? The last of the wealthy Milverdale family, The Princess has been found shot in the grounds of her estate. Was the bullet that killed her a stray from a local poacher's gun? Or did someone deliberately set out to shoot her dead? Pemberton soon begins to suspect murder as he uncovers unsavoury rumours which suggest there are many who would wish The Princess harm - and the dissolution of the Milverdale estate me
Constable by the sea by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a seasonal break from his usual village beat on the North Yorks Moors, young Police Constable Rhea finds himself involved with holiday-makers and their problems. As well as the normal seaside duties how does he cope with a man who has lost his false teeth in the sea and another who wants to give away thousands of pounds when drunk? Then there's the stray Labrador that thinks he's a police dog and accompanies police officers on night patrols, and the anxious fisherman who daren't tell his wife that he owns a racehorse. These and a galaxy of other delightful characters are encountered by our rural bobby as he goes about his business in this new environment. You'll chuckle with him as he pursues his hilarious work among the great British public
Constable beats the bounds by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Constable Nick leads the long-established procession of villagers around Aidensfield's ancient parish extremities, he realises his duty as a rural bobby comprises lots of boundaries over which he should not cross. Nonetheless he must occasionally ignore such restrictions and go beyond limitations to fulfill his role as village constable satisfactorily. Far beyond the call of duty are his efforts to get a bride to the church on time, the occasion he finds himself defending a youth charged with a public order offence and his interviews with a man who buries his wife in the garden
Constable on the prowl by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nicholas Rhea, the local policeman, settles into his country beat in Aidensfield, getting to know colleagues PC Alf Ventress and Sergeant Blaketon. He tells of many offences encountered during his work where the villains try to outwit the police and vice versa -- in incidents both minor and major
Constable along the trail by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coffins and graveyards are among the topics featured in this latest collection of constabulary tales from Heartbeat country. There's a puzzle for Constable Nick when hikers find an empty coffin and another head-scratching problem for Claude Jeremiah Greengrass when he's asked to tidy two local graveyards. A wealthy lady from overseas is heading for Aidensfield to seek the resting place of long-lost relatives. During his rustic duties, Constable Nick discovers the romantic legend of Witch Hill and learns that old-fashioned methods of dealing with wrongdoers prevail on the moors when he finds a village lock-up complete with occupant. There is concern when all thirty competitors on a motor rally get lost and bafflement when a box of chocolates, a raffle prize, is found to contain 100 pounds - but no one wants it. Constable Nick's constabulary duties must be done when a thief steals a murderer's driving licence, a miser fakes his own death and a lady identifies a detective as the man who stole her handbag. There is romance among the ruins too and a fleeing ghost to set pulses racing
Constable on the coast by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From time to time, Constable Nick must leave his blissful beat at Aidensfield to assist his hard-pressed colleagues in busier places. At the height of the holiday season, therefore, he finds himself on patrol in the popular Yorkshire seaside resort of Strensford where a host of new problems await." "There are crimes to solve and criminals to arrest, but there are lighter moments. Why, for example, would a lone woman stand on the cliffs and gaze out to sea for two hours every day of her life; why would a family of children ride donkeys at dawn - while facing backwards, and who owned a dinghy called Daphne which was marooned on the rocks and never claimed? A message in a bottle washed up on the beach suggests a girl is being held hostage, so Nick must urgently find where and why the bottle entered the sea, and then he finds himself helping a film crew shoot scenes in Strensford market place." "In another case a man claims to have witnessed a vicious attack which never took place, then Nick has to search for teenage runaways among the boarding houses of Strensford and manages to embarrass a middle-aged couple but his efforts among the lodgings lead to a clever thief. He finds a party of police officers trying to be anonymous whilst on holiday, helps a magician to entertain at a tea party and assists in launching the Strensford lifeboat on a life-saving expedition."--BOOK JACKET
Murder under the midnight sun by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When DS Mark Pemberton embarks on a cruise to the Arctic Circle he's very much off duty. He simply wants to experience the spectacle of the Midnight Sun and the splendour of the glaciers and fjords." "But then a man is found stabbed in a locked cabin and the captain turns to Pemberton - can he assist in investigating the death without alarming the other passengers ? It's a fraught situation; with the liner still at sea the killer must be on board and there is no way of knowing if he or she will strike again."--BOOK JACKET
Constable along the lane by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

6 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime comes to Aidensfield when haystacks are fired, and Arnold Merryweather's ancient bus helps catch a car thief. And when PC Rhea arrests not only a pig thief but also the expectant pig, the police station cleaner is not very pleased. But it's not all crime. A glider crashes into a romance in a thatched cottage and then Rhea is involved in a plot to force a Yorkshire miser to spend money
Constable in the country by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he awaits his anticipated promotion, Police Constable Rhea continues his work on the Yorkshire moorland beat of Aidensfield, reminiscing about his childhood in a similar idyllic village. His rural upbringing certainly helps him deal with the variety of incidents and people he encounters, such as a press photographer who gets lost whilst trying to locate a centenarian, a party of day-trippers who get imprisoned in a field, and a farmer whose vehicles smother the lanes with mud. Meanwhile Claude Jeremiah Greengrass splashes out on a colourful new car, only to have a pop group make an offer he can't resist. Claude's new lorry is then stolen, the Beast of Aidensfield terrifies villagers by lurking in the darkness, and Constable Nick encounters psychic cows, ghostly racehorses and clever sheepdogs. It's all in the line of duty for Constable Nick of Aidensfield
Constable through the meadow by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Rhea's beat is modernized, with the replacement of his police bike for a mini-van, Nick gets more than he bargained for as his work draws him into closer contact with villagers, in more ways than one! There are compromising positions aplenty in this next charming installment of Aidensfield life, as Nick finds himself lost in dense fog and runs across a couple of illicit lovers trapped in their car. He advises the village grocer about his very respectable lady shoplifter and discovers how Farmer Owens copes with his nagging wife. In this volume Rhea provides a charming portrayal of the village bobby and genuine North country folk
Murder at Maddleskirk Abbey by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Constable Nick of Aidensfield and Heartbeat fame's retirement, he helped create a small private police force of monk-constables serving Maddleskirk Abbey and its adjoining college. The body of an unknown man is discovered in a huge stone coffin in the crypt and Nick and DCS 'Nabber' Napier of the local constabulary welcome the assistance of the monk-constables. With help from retired Sgt Oscar Blaketon and ex-PC Alf Ventress, plus some input from Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, Nick's experience is put to the test as a killer stalks the hushed corridors of Maddleskirk Abbey
A full churchyard by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Inspector Montague Pluke, of CID, is England's most superstitious police officer. With crime at its lowest level for years, he decides to conduct a cold-case review. But there are no major unsolved crimes so, alerted by his wife, Millicent, to a large number of recent deaths - all attributed to natural causes - his expert knowledge of superstitions and folklore lead him to identify areas of suspicion sufficient to justify re-opening a case. Could an undetected mass-murderer be operating in Crickledale? His inquiries reveal that many of the deceased had been attended by Crickledale Voluntary Carers and he quickly produces a list of possible suspects. Indeed, the entire team of carers falls under suspicion - and Detective Inspector Pluke's wife, Millicent, is one of them
Constable along the river-bank by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most police officers contemplate promotion, and Constable Nick of Aidensfield is no exception. As he ponders leaving the village in a bid for higher rank, his wife begins her new job but she doesn't want to leave their happy moorland home. Despite Nick's personal dilemma, his rustic constabulary duties continue apace
Life assured by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Continuing the tale of a North Yorkshire insurance agent in the 1950s which began with 'Some Assured'. Following Matthew's motorcycle accident in which he broke his leg, he is unable to tour his widespread moorland agency, and so Evelyn, his wife, now completes the rounds on his behalf. Matthew, at home, is asked to edit Micklesfield's new village magazine as well as looking after some of his clients from home. Amongst his clients is a retired ballerina wanting to insure her legs, a farmer threatened with bankruptcy, a priest who wants Matthew to insure a holy relic, a man wanting to open a nudist colony in Micklesfield and another who wants Matthew to insure his ship. It's all in the daily round of Matthew's insurance visits
Some assured by Nicholas Rhea( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matthew Taylor exchanged his job as a butcher for a career as a local insurance agent, he never anticipated that on his first day he would deliver a stallion foal and kill seven pigs - all without selling a pennn'orth of insurance. But in the 1950's in rural Delverdale, deep in the North York Moors, this is all in a day's work and Matthew and his new family, wife Evelyn and baby Paul, are happy to rise to the challenge. A colourful cast of characters including a woman who sees spies everywhere and a tipsy crockery salesman who poses an insurance risk to all who encounter him combined with the task of persuading hard-headed Yorkshire folk to part with their money "for summat thoo can't see", ensure that Matthew has his work cut out for him
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