Born in 1940 under the name Keith Miles, Edward Marston is a writer of mysteries and historical fiction. He has also written under the names Martin Inigo and Conrad Allen.
He was born and brought up in South Wales and worked as a scriptwriter on Crossroads and The Archers before turning to writing. His bestselling series include Domesday. Elizabethan Theatre and The Railway Detective.
It is Christmas, 1669, and the River Thames is frozen in the grip of the coldest winter for years. A traditional frost fair is held upon it and revellers from far and wide have come to enjoy the spectacle. Among those gathered are young architect Christopher Redmayne who, by chance, meets his good friend, Constable Jonathan Bale, attending with his family. Bale's sons skate around them but soon their competitive nature spells trouble on the ice, and although Christopher and Jonathan save the boy, they make a chilling discovery of a frozen corpse embedded in the ice. Bale vows to investigate but Christopher sees no reason to involve himself any further - until his own brother Henry is accused of the murder and thrown in jail. Now Henry faces execution if Christopher cannot prove his innocence. The architect must risk everything, both professionally and personally, to uncover the truth. Edward Marston's The Frost Fair is a fascinating book packed with suspense that perfectly brings the 17th century to life.
It is London, 1670. Commissioned to design and build a new house for Francis Polegate, a merchant, Christopher Redmayne is pleased when the project is completed without a hitch. To celebrate the success of the venture, Polegate throws a party and invites Christopher as the guest of honour. But the party comes to an abrupt end when one of the guests is murdered upon leaving the house...With blood staining the doorstep of his new creation, Christopher can't help but feel involved. With the help of his good friend, the Puritan constable Jonathan Bale, and his dissolute brother Henry, Christopher vows to find the killer and bring him to justice. With suspicions running high and the life of someone close to him in peril, this is one of Christopher's most difficult cases as he discovers that politics really can be deadly. The Parliament House is another addictive read from bestselling author Edward Marston.
Edward Marston's The Amorous Nightingale presents an intriguing mystery that surrounds the king's mistress. London 1667. Acclaimed beauty and singer Harriet Gow is the star performer at the famous Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, as well as the favourite mistress of King Charles II. After seeing her perform, Christopher Redmayne is likewise captivated so he is intrigued when the King urgently summons him - it seems Harriet has been kidnapped. Redmayne, with the help of his friend Jonathan Bale is engaged to resolve this delicate affair and they quickly begin delving into Harriet's background. The facade of elegance soon begins to crumble in the face of their investigations, and just as Redmayne and Bale start to question whether Harriet is really the victim or the guilty party, a brutal murder provides the answer...