• La dame en noir

    Susan Hill

    Angleterre, début du XXe siècle. Par un mois de novembre froid et brumeux, Arthur Kipps, jeune avoué londonien, est dépêché dans le nord du pays pour assister aux funérailles d'Alice Drablow, 87 ans, puis trier ses papiers en vue d'organiser sa succession.
    À Crythin Gifford, village où Kipps pose ses valises, les habitants lui battent froid dès qu'il prononce le nom de feue Mme Drablow, unique occupante du Manoir des Marais, demeure isolée, battue par les vents et située sur une presqu'île uniquement accessible à marée basse.
    Lors de l'inhumation, dans une église quasi déserte, Arthur remarque la présence, un peu en retrait, d'une femme tout de noir vêtue, le visage émacié, comme rongée par une terrible maladie. Il l'aperçoit ensuite dans le cimetière, mais elle s'éclipse avant qu'il ait le temps de lui parler...
    Cette femme en noir, Arthur la verra de nouveau aux abords du manoir, une fois qu'il s'y sera installé pour commencer son travail. Mais se produisent alors nombre de phénomènes mystérieux qui ébranleront le jeune homme et feront vaciller sa raison...
    Comme il l'apprendra peu à peu, une malédiction plane sur ces lieux...

  • La main de la nuit

    Susan Hill

    • Archipel
    • 1 Novembre 2014

    « C´est alors que je sentis une petite main se glisser dans ma main droite, comme si un enfant s´était matérialisé à côté de moi dans l´obscurité pour s´en saisir. Elle était fraîche et ses doigts se replièrent avec confiance dans ma paume. Nous restâmes ainsi pendant un moment, ma main d´homme serrant la toute petite main. Mais l´enfant était invisible... » Adam Snow, un libraire de livres anciens se perd dans la campagne anglaise et se retrouve dans le jardin d´une propriété qui semble abandonnée. Là, il ressent cette présence, menaçante...
    Roman fantastique, histoire de fantômes... Un conte dans la veine de La Dame en noir, un classique de la littérature anglaise.

  • L´inspecteur Simon Serrailler profite de vacances bien méritées à Taransay, petite île sauvage à l´ouest de l´Écosse, après une difficile opération pour le compte du BIVR (Brigade d´intervention volante rapide), quand il est rappelé en urgence à Lafferton par sa supérieure. Deux prostituées ont été retrouvées étranglées, et le temps qu´il revienne, une troisième est portée disparue. S´agit-il de l´oeuvre d´un pervers et de meurtres en série ? Est-on en présence d´un nouveau Jack l´Éventreur ou ces disparitions n´ont-elles rien à voir les unes avec les autres ? Quand, à leur tour, la femme du nouveau doyen de la cathédrale puis une jeune mère de famille qui se rendait à son travail en bicyclette manquent à l´appel, le mystère s´épaissit. Chaque piste mène à une impasse, la police piétine dans ses enquêtes et la population de Lafferton exprime une peur et un mécontentement, croissants, relayés, bien sûr, par les médias. Serrailler se retrouve propulsé au coeur même de l´enquête, lorsque Cate, sa propre soeur, devient la cible du meurtrier...
    Outre son génie pour susciter une atmosphère de suspense et tenir le lecteur en haleine, Susan Hill excelle également à créer des personnages et à nous faire partager leurs drames personnels quotidiens : le lecteur retrouve la famille de l´inspecteur - sa soeur, notamment qui se remet difficilement d´un deuil récent - et découvre de nombreux habitants de Lafferton qui vivent à l´ombre de sa cathédrale où se nouent d´autres intrigues, non moins captivantes.

  • Anglais The Small Hand

    Susan Hill

    Returning home late one summer's evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow takes a wrong turning and stumbles across the derelict old White House. Compelled by curiosity, he approaches the door, and, standing before the entrance feels the unmistakeable sensation of a small hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it'.

  • Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case.

    Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Half of Lafferton is afloat. A landslip on the Moor has closed the bypass and, as the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are exposed.

    It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of the missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, last seen carrying a tennis racket while waiting for a bus. But that was sixteen years ago. How long will it take to trawl through the old, stale evidence and assess it anew? The Lafferton force is struggling with staff shortages and economies, and Simon has to do a lot of the legwork on his own. Meanwhile, his sister, Dr Cat Deerbon, is fighting for extra funding for the hospice which is threatened with cuts and closures.

    All the Simon Serrailler novels offer more than merely a murder mystery, and The Betrayal of Trust is no exception: it takes a brave, truthful look at old age and the associated problems of terminal illness which, in the future, will bring our society to the brink of painful conflicts of conscience.

    Susan Hill's gifts are displayed here to dazzling effect: her empathy and understanding of the human heart, her brilliance when evoking character and her tremendous powers of exciting storytelling.

  • Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.

  • A little boy is kidnapped as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school. An ex-con finds it impossible to stay straight. A severely handicapped young woman dies in the night - has someone who loves her helped her out of this world? Once again, Susan Hill brilliantly creates a community, with detail so sharp and convincing that readers feel that these people are their neighbours. And that terror and evil are always in their midst ...

  • In the peaceful cathedral city of Lafferton, a gunman is terrorising young women. What - if anything - links the attacks? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun or do the police have two snipers on their hands?

    Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler is in charge of the case, but he is also struggling to deal with a tragedy at the heart of his own family. Two forthcoming events - a local fair and the high-profile cathedral wedding of the Lord Lieutenant's daughter - only add to the pressure...

  • Anglais The Beacon

    Susan Hill

    The farmhouse was called The Beacon and they had been born and reared there, May, Colin, Frank and Berenice, but only May had been left for the last twenty-seven years ... May had been the clever daughter and she had escaped the shelter of The Beacon, just once, to go to university. But in London she had been pursued by nameless terrors, the victim of fears and anxieties. Now she was the spinster daughter, the one who stayed, who nursed her father after his accident and looked after her mother in her old age. Frank was the one who got away. He married and moved on. But why does no one dare even to mention Frank's name?

    Few novelists are as clever at creating atmosphere as Susan Hill, and in The Beacon she evokes mystery, ambiguity and suspense in a story so brilliantly told, so deftly characterised and so economical with words that it continues to resonate long after the reader has closed the final pages.

  • A young school boy visiting his aunt's country house finds company and friendship with the gentle beekeeper and begins teaching the man to read, so that it seems nothing can ever intrude upon their closeness. A young country girl fights against becoming a downtrodden domestic skivvy like her dead mother, while another young girl reaches a delicate understanding with an elderly blind man as they walk along the beach together. On another beach a more sinister plot unfolds as a gang of boys plan the most wicked deed.

  • Anglais A Kind Man

    Susan Hill

    Tommy Carr was a kind man; Eve had been able to tell that after half an hour of knowing him. There had never been a day when he had not shown her some small kindness.

    The birth of a daughter, Jeannie Eliza, crowns the young couple's happiness -- just as her shockingly early death casts them low. But they do not need to talk about Jeannie because she remains with them, and their love does not change.

    In some ways it is no wonder that one of them falls ill, for grief takes its toll, and one Christmas even Eve's sister Miriam is remarking that Tommy looks unwell. But what happens next is entirely unexpected, not least for the kind man.

  • On a deserted beach battered by rain, a group of boys plot a wicked deed. 'We'll shoot the crucifix,' Deano declares, but it is Mick who will carry out the act of vengeance and bear the consequences, for it was Mick's brother Charlie who suffered a horrible accident , leading to his death, whilst in the care of the priests at their school.



    Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read.

  • Rima treasures the weekly routine she shares with her blind uncle; their walks along the beach, followed by cosy meals in a local cafe. Impressed by her uncle's intelligence and dedication to his work, most of all Rima is awed by his ability to hide his blindness from others, to live a normal life thanks to his strict routine. However, when her uncle confides in her a devastating change in his circumstances, Rima can only watch as his strictly-governed world crumbles, and a more vulnerable figure is revealed.



    Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read.

  • Celibate, irreproachable and distinguished, Thomas Cavendish is in his mid-fifties and the obvious man to become Master of his college. But, walking by the river, Thomas sees a young girl standing on the bridge. It is an apocalyptic vision, one that alters Thomas's life irrevocably and tragically, but with the beauty of joy of a love neaver previously imagined.

  • An inveterate traveller, Sir James Monmouth has spent most of his life abroad. He arrives in England on a dark and rainy night with the intention of discovering more, not only about himself but his obsession with Conrad Vane, an explorer. Warned against following his trail, Sir James experiences some extraordinary happenings - who is the mysterious, sad little boy, and the old woman behind the curtain? And why is it that only he hears the chilling scream and the desperate sobbbing?

  • Simon Serrailler is on sabbatical on a Scottish island, recovering from an exhausting murder investigation, when he is urgently summoned back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have been found strangled. By the time Serrailer has reached the town, another girl has vanished. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter? Then the wife of the new Dean at the Cathedral goes missing - has the killer widened their net or is there more than one murderer at large?

  • A woman vanishes in the fog up on 'the Hill', an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man and even a dog disappear no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated and needs to know - perhaps too much.
    She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unravelling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    From the passages revealing the killer's mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut and is the first in a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.

  • A young school boy visiting his aunt's country house finds company and friendship with the gentle beekeeper and begins teaching the man to read, so that it seems nothing can ever intrude upon their closeness. A young country girl fights against becoming a downtrodden domestic skivvy like her dead mother, while another young girl reaches a delicate understanding with an elderly blind man as they walk along the beach together. On another beach a more sinister plot unfolds as a gang of boys plan the most wicked deed.

  • Introducing Detective Simon Serrailler... in the first two cases in Susan Hill's gripping crime series In The Various Haunts of Men Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler and a new member of the station, Detective Sergeant Freya Graffham investigate the disappearance of a local woman from the peaceful cathedral town of Lafferton. As more people vanish, Simon and Freya are forced to embark on a complicated mission to unravel the mystery and enter the mind of a killer.



    In The Pure in Heart Simon Serrailler is nursing a broken heart while trying to deal with a new and worrying case: the kidnapping of a young boy on his way to school. As the family of the missing boy falls apart, and more children are taken, the station - and Simon - begin to lose hope...

  • After just a year of close, loving marriage, Ruth has been widowed. Her beloved husband, Ben, has been killed in a tragic accident and Ruth is left, suddenly and totally bereft.



    Unable to share her sorrow and grief with Ben's family, who are dealing with their pain in their own way, Ruth becomes increasingly isolated, burying herself in her cottage in the countryside as the seasons change around her. Only Ben's young brother Jo, is able to reach out beyond his own grief, to offer Ruth the compassion which might reclaim her from her own devastating unhappiness.



    The result is a moving, lyrical exploration of love and loss, of grief and mourning, from a masterful writer.

  • At the far end of the long white gallery is a painting of a woman, in pale flowing clothes and lying on a sofa beside an open window. The muslin curtains billow out towards her like clouds. There is a touch of brilliant red, the ribbon on her hat. The rest is white, cream, palest grey. It is a painting which leads Flora on, beckoning her away from her childhood, her complaining, clinging mother, pert younger sister, and the confines of a small community, to a proud and self-reliant future. But later, this image is to prove the catalyst for the most signicant event in her life. Isolation, separation, solitude, betrayal. The shocks of life. The consolations and the beauty of death. A few piercing moments of absolute joy and perfect understanding. THE SERVICE OF CLOUDS is about these things, and also about love, loyalty, friendship, growing up and growing old.

  • More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

  • Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again.



    A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill's eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years. Howard's End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of the nation's most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.

  • How do you catch a killer who doesn't seem to exist?



    One snowy night in the cathedral city of Lafferton, an old woman is dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex.



    DCS Simon Serrailler and his team search desperately for clues to her murderer. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.



    Then they track down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, no dental records. Nothing.



    Their killer does not exist.



    'As addictive as Rankin' Scotsman

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