It’s summertime, and the Sanford 3rd Age Club are living it up in the seaside town of Filey. But the hot months don’t pass without problems for amateur sleuth, Joe Murray.
Was Nicola Leach’s death an accident or deliberate? Did Eddie Dobson fall into the sea or did he jump? What’s going on behind the innocent façade – and closed doors – of the Beachside Hotel? And who raided Joe’s room?
It’s August and Gibraltar Hall hosts reality TV show I-Spy with Brenda as one of the contestants. Her Sanford 3rd Age Club friends arrive to welcome her back after a week’s stay in the house.
Inside, feelings run strong between the Housies. Arguments become heated. Then one of them is found dead.
It's the end of October and the Sanford Third Age Club are on one of their outings with an overnight stay in the haunted Palmer Hotel.
As the witching hour approaches, things begin to happen. A valuable necklace goes missing and a guest is found dead.
A host of suspects. A range of motives. It's a complex and maddening puzzle for Joe and his chums in this, the third in the STAC Mysteries series.
Christmas and the Sanford Third Age Club are living it up at the Regency Hotel. But on a snowy Christmas morning, there’s murder afoot, and it’s up to Joe, Sheila and Brenda to find the killer.
For the Yorkshire sleuths, it’s a taxing mystery, marinated in a yuletide party atmosphere.
Happy New Year!
The bells ring out over the city of Lincoln, and at the Twin Spire Hotel, the Sanford 3rd Age Club celebrate with their customary enthusiasm. It’s the kind of party Joe enjoys; a Murder Mystery Weekend. A drama designed to tax his powers of observation and deduction.
Valentine’s Day approaches and a lonely Joe Murray has his eye on the newest member of the Sanford 3rd Age Club, Letty Hill. But when the Sanford Valentine strangler strikes for the fourth year in succession, Joe’s amorous inclinations are sidetracked.
And he doesn’t have far to look for the prime suspect...
It’s Somerset for the Sanford 3rd Age Club and, at a busy charity weekend in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, Joe, Sheila and Brenda are looking forward to a relaxing time.
But along with the chocolate for the Great Egg Hunt, someone has hidden a body, and even before the rain stops, the STAC are in the thick of it.
Til Death Us Do Part
It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend off, attending a wedding in the Lake District, but it soon becomes a nightmare for Joe Murray.
Questions, questions, questions.
And Joe is short of time to find the answers.
It’s MURDER amongst the white lace and bouquets.
A heart attack or not heart attack? No one is sure, but everyone agrees on one thing. Joe needs a relaxing break in the sun. Where better than Spain’s Costa del Sol?
And so to Apartmentos Ingles, where Joe, Sheila and Brenda meet the permanent residents of Little England. But all is far from content in this community of expats.
It’s MURDER in the Medditerranean.
It's Yuletide again and faced with a demanding writer, Joe, Sheila and Brenda must deliver tales of murder and mayhem.
Who slaughtered Santa? Who committed a felony on a ferry, topped a teller and killed a copper? Did Lee really go gunning for a gumshoe? In the background there is the Novel of the Year award and Joe is faced with finding another brutal killer.
They do like to be beside the seaside.
With The Lazy Luncheonette under threat of redevelopment, Joe, Sheila and Brenda take time off for the STAC Easter outing to Blackpool, fun capital of the North of England. But after a scrape with a drunken lorry driver on the motorway, Joe finds himself embroiled in a double murder at a parcel distribution depot where everything is done by the book.
It’s the height of summer, the days are long and hot and there’s not a cloud in the sky. But these are dark days for the relocated The Lazy Luncheonette.
And then along comes Sir Douglas Ballantyne, a billionaire threatened with murder, and he wants Joe to investigate.
Arriving at the Ballantyne residence, all is not happy families. Then the old man is attacked.
IT'S MURDER IN THE FAMILY
The show must go on.
Howling winds, driving rain, freezing temperatures. The New Year has come in with a nasty bite, but the Sanford 3rd Age Club brave the elements to visit Skegness for a performance of Hamlet. But when one of the cast is murdered on stage, it’s a call to action for Joe, Sheila and Brenda.
Shot or poisoned? Or was it related to a road accident in the past?
Who is lying?
A house fire on a sweltering summer morning comes as no surprise, but when a body is found in the ruins, the Sanford police soon have the prime suspect in their sights. An arrest is made, and Joe Murray is at his wits’ end.
How could all the evidence be wrong? There’s only one way. It was carefully constructed to point in the wrong direction.
The 14th STAC Mystery, and Joe's toughest case yet.