Most widely held works by Priscilla Masters
Slipknot by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 407 libraries worldwide
Callum Hughes has been labelled a killer and a psycho. He has been labelled by the press, by his classmates and most of all by the family of the boy he stabbed. Roger Gough has been labelled a victim. He is described by everyone that the police question as a sporty, funny and popular boy who was brutally murdered by Callum. At least, that's what his friends and family are saying. But things are rarely so black and white. The coroner, Martha Gunn, a widow who is also dealing with her son moving out of the family home to attend a football academy, understands the pain of loss and the importance of justice for the dead. When Callum is found dead in his cell just two days after his arrest, it is accepted that he simply could not cope with his new environment and killed himself. Was such a timid and intelligent boy really capable of motiveless murder? Indeed, was he really capable of taking his own life? Martha dares to dig a little bit deeper, unravelling a truth that is far more disturbing and distressing than anything the papers could have made up. She is determined to solve the mystery and reveal the truth behind the destroyed lives of two very different boys.
Endangering innocents by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 382 libraries worldwide
Something is amiss at a small primary school in the village of Horton. A local man, Joshua Baldwin, has been sitting in his car outside the school watching the children as they play.
A plea of insanity by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 381 libraries worldwide
On a late summer Monday, Doctor Claire Roget takes up her new post of clinical psychiatrist at Greatbach Secure Psychiatrist Unit in the Midlands city of Stoke on Trent. Six months ago, her predecessor Heidi Faro was brutally murdered in her office by one of the inmates, Stefan Giulio, who suffers from brain damage. As Claire is adjusting to her new job, she becomes increasingly suspicious that someone else might have been involved in the murder.
Night visit by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 370 libraries worldwide
The year does not begin well for Dr. Harriet Lamont, and by February, her marriage is over. Worried about the effect the split will have on her young daughter, Harriet finds herself becoming obsessed by the disappearance of six-year-old Melanie Carnforth over a decade before.
Disturbing ground by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Polish and held by 359 libraries worldwide
Dr. Banesto knows her patients. So when the body of a paranoid schizophrenic, is dragged from a murky pool she questions the accidental death verdict.
River deep by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 350 libraries worldwide
One of the most idyllic towns in England, Shrewsbury is usually a very placid place. But when the River Severn bursts its banks, nature can turn ugly. Coroner Martha Gunn is among the first to be called to the scene when a man's body is found in a small cottage fronting the river. Floating face-down in the rising water, it appears to have been raised from the cellar by the flood. In the dark fetid cottage, Martha's instincts tell her that this is a homicide--a hunch borne out by the post mortem. But there are many questions about the dead man's identity.
Embroidering shrouds by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 288 libraries worldwide
A spate of robberies targeting elderly women has shocked the normally sedate town of Leek. And now it appears that the robbers have moved on to murder. At the eerily named Spite Hall, the body of Nancy Lawrence has been found bludgeoned to death, lying over the tapestry she was in the process of embroidering. Why have the robbers killed this time? When Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy begins her investigation she is surprised to find that the victim's next door neighbor is Nancy's brother--and is even more shocked to discover that the pair have not spoken for years. With the aid of her colleagues, Joanna unravels a mystery--the tangled threads of which are rooted years in the past.
Frozen Charlotte : a Martha Gunn mystery by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 263 libraries worldwide
Wings over the watcher by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 247 libraries worldwide
In separate locations in Staffordshire, three separate tableaux are being played out. DI Joanna Piercy is writing to her lover to try and explain recent events; her sidekick Mike Korpanski is filing insurance forms after his wife has had a prang in the car; and an unknown person is penning love letters to a local doctor. It seems that no one could lead a more mundane life than Beatrice Pennington. Unexciting, mid-forties, married, a part-time librarian, grown-up kids--her life appears unremarkable. But then drama unfolds around her.
A fatal cut by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 246 libraries worldwide
Mystery fiction. Detective and mystery stories. Pathologist Karys Harper particularly dislikes examining murder victims. Unfortunately for her, in this particular case, that's exactly what she's doing. What puzzles her is the nature of the body's injuries. Although the man died from strangulation, there's a surgical incision in his groin, an incision that was made after he was dead, and then sewn up. As she investigates, Karys senses the killer's macabre delight in completing the task, and that the body was intended to be found and identified quickly. Still more chilling, amongst the deliberate clues left behind by the murderer is the possibility that this is merely the first victim.
And none shall sleep by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Polish and held by 243 libraries worldwide
DI Joanna Piercy endures the arrival of the Regional Crime Squade in her police station when a solicitor is butally--and professionally--murdered. Superintendend Karen Pugh believes the murder is the work of a contract killer, and the village of Leek is where she intends to trap him.
Scaring crows by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Polish and held by 207 libraries worldwide
Two bodies are discovered inside a farmhouse, those of Farmer Sommers and his son. Joanna tries to uncover the murderer's identity and search for the daughter who has mysteriously disappeared.
Catch the fallen sparrow by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy and her sergeant, Mike Korpanski, find themselves investigating the murder of a ten year old boy. His burning body has been found beneath the Winking Man, a desolate outcrop. The body is scarred by cigarette burns, his hands tattooed and his clothes scruffy, but he is wearing expensive Reebok trainers and a gold ring on his hand which belonged to the local MP who had been dead for over a year. Who is he? And who is the old woman who watched his body burn?
Grave stones by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 192 libraries worldwide
For recently engaged Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy, a murder is the last things she wants to deal with. Especially one with as dark a back story as that relating to calculating landowner and farmer Jakob Grimshaw; a man who managed to make enemies of all his neighbours and what little family he still had.
Winding up the serpent by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
7 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 191 libraries worldwide
Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy breaks into the house of missing nurse Marilyn Smith and finds Marilyn upstairs, spread-eagled across the bed. Provocatively dressed and elaborately made up, Marilyn is also very dead. Despite a lack of evidence at the post mortem, DI Piercy is convinced that Marilyn was murdered. A newcomer and a woman in the remote moorland town, Piercy must battle against several prejudices in her determination to find the killer - but could she be wrong? Is it possible that Marilyn Smith's death was not murder at all ...?
The watchful eye by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 185 libraries worldwide
Dr Daniel Gregory is a GP in a picturesque Mid-Staffordshire market town. Divorced and denied visiting rights to his seven-year-old daughter, he is lonely and vulnerable to the dysfunctional behaviour of some of the locals. Like Vanda Struel, a single parent who repeatedly brings her toddler into the surgery with a succession of increasingly bizarre complaints. Or Chelsea Emmanuel, a precocious teenager who makes advances to him only to plan pathological revenge when he refuses. Or the fatally-damaged town policeman, who suspects Daniel of harbouring an unhealthy attraction for his French wife... When an elderly woman patient is mistakenly given a terminal diagnosis, Vanda becomes pregnant with her second child and Daniel's own possessive mother arrives on the scene, things head inexorably towards the final breaking point.
Buried in clay by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 181 libraries worldwide
A wreath for my sister by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Polish and held by 171 libraries worldwide
Sharon Priest is on the moors in a flimsy red dress and spindly high heels. It is cold, very cold, as a snowstorm sweeps the moor - but Sharon does not feel the cold. Neither does Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy, for she is at the annual Legal Ball fending off Randall Pelham who wants her to find his missing daughter Deborah. It is not Deborah but Sharon who soon concentrates Joanna's mind. The thaw sets in, and Sharon's frozen body and its horrific injury reveal that Joanna has a murder on her hands - and not just one, either.
Scaring crows cassette pack by Priscilla Masters ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Mr. Bateman's garden by Priscilla Masters ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
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