Meet Sam Applewhite, security consultant for DefCon4’s east coast office. She’s clever, inventive and adaptable. In her job she has to be.
Sam is facing an impossible mystery.
A client has gone missing and no one else seems to care.
Who would want to kill an old and lonely woman whose only sins are having a sharp tongue and a belief in ghosts? Could her death be linked to the new building project out on the dunes?
Can Sam find out the truth, even if it puts her friends’ and family’s lives at risk?
There’s something very wrong at the Otterside care home.
When Sam Applewhite tries to help a friend who’s lost a beloved pet she finds that it’s just the first in a series of seemingly unconnected deaths. Is it her imagination, or do all of them somehow point back to the same residential home for seniors?
Sam’s skills are in demand elsewhere however, as she must orchestrate a safety drill with animal actors, cook dinner on an abandoned oil rig and keep an eye on those vikings who are building a longship.
When the police don’t see the pattern, it’s all down to Sam, and the closer she gets to uncovering what’s going on at Otterside, the more danger she’s in.
The aristocracy abide by a different set of rules…
…or so it seems to Sam Applewhite when her job brings her to Candlebroke Hall, the stately home. The burglary definitely wasn’t what it appeared to be, and the subsequent accidents suggest that it’s a dangerous place to spend time.
Sam is caught up in events as she tries to protect the interests of young Hilde Odinson, part of the local viking family. The Odinsons insist on doing things their own way though, with scant regard for the law. In the meantime, Sam starts to understand that while many people would kill to live at Candlebroke Hall, maybe there are others who would kill to get away from it.
Desperate men take desperate actions.
When an armed robber targets a local bank, things quickly go wrong and hostages are taken. Retired magician Marvin Applewhite finds himself in the firing line and no magic tricks are going to get him out of this situation.
The police say they’ve got the matter under control but Marvin’s security consultant daughter, Sam, thinks there’s something strange going on. Why has a law-abiding man suddenly turned to crime? How can it be an armed robbery if the robber has left his gun at home?
As the hours tick by and the threat of violence escalates, Sam has to put the pieces together before it’s too late because, in this money heist, things just don’t add up…
Life is full of impossible questions.
How did Sam Applewhite end up living in a tiny caravan with her dad?
How does local company Synergenesis survive with no customers and a cast of clueless employees?
And why is everyone desperate to get their hands on a stuffed kangaroo toy called Joey Pockets?
In the height of summer, it’s not just holidaymakers who are drawn to the seaside town of Skegness. Desperate thieves and callous killers are searching for a hidden treasure and they don’t care who they hurt in their quest to claim it.
The most important question of all is, can Sam get to the bottom of this mystery before those closest to her are put in further danger?
With fox hunting banned, is hunting humans the next best countryside sport for the most wealthy and ruthless thrill-seekers?
Rumours of the ‘Wild Chase’ have circulated for years but Sam Applewhite refuses to believe them until she is invited to a party at the opulent estate of country gent (and alleged Russian oligarch) Elgin Jubilee.
It’s not her usual scene but Sam can’t resist a brightly coloured cocktail. Also, this party is her chance to come face to face with the man responsible for stealing her father’s fortune.
When Sam uncovers deadly secrets in Jubilee’s private hunting ground, she becomes one of the hunted.
Can she team up with failed entrepreneur Seb, unhinged method actress Kat and the roughest toughest members of the Odinson clan to turn the tables on the hunters and survive the day?