The hedonistic lifestyle of university students can seem like an enviable one. But right now Danny Thorn — enrolled at Billings College Cambridge — can see little to be jealous of. Danny’s got woman troubles — his ex, Julie, won’t leave him alone and the beguiling Stella doesn’t seem to be interested in him. But as the term progresses, getting a date for the May Ball will be the least of his worries because dangerous and unpredictable currents are beginning to surface. A rapist, who’s been preying on female students for months, is still at large. The academics are locked in a battle over departmental closures. And a potentially deadly case of the green-eyed monster, jealousy, is about to rear its head.
As events start to take increasingly bizarre and shocking turns, Danny’s mother, Rosa, arrives in Cambridge. Here to film a TV series and see her son, instead she finds herself desperately trying to restore some sort of order. But she could never be prepared for just how terrifyingly out of control things are about to get...
The Waxman Murders
On an icy October morn, ‘the Waxman’, most feared of war cogs, is bound for Orwell. Its Master, Adam Blackstock, is taking ‘The Cloister Map’ —an ancient manuscript, alleged to chart the whereabouts of a legendary treasure — to be deciphered by his brother.
But ships flying the colours of the Hanseatic League overrun ‘The Waxman’ and Blackstock is slaughtered.
Three years later, Wilhelm Von Paulents, a representative of the Hanseatic League, arrives in Canterbury in possession of ‘The Cloister Map’. Sir Hugh Corbett is sent, by King Edward I, to negotiate for ownership of the chart. But less than twentyfour hours after their arrival, Von Paulents and his travelling companions have been barbarously assassinated.
But how could this have happened when their lodgings were under a city guard? Even more puzzling is the fact that ‘The Cloister Map’ has not been stolen. So why were the murders committed? Is this revenge for past deeds or the actions of a killer purely in love with death?
It falls to Corbett to investigate and as he, once again, enters the world of shadows.
Filming The Gods:
Religion and Indian Cinema
Filming The Gods examines the role and depiction of religion in Indian cinema. It shows that the relationship between the modern and the traditional in contemporary India is not exotic, but part of everyday life. Concentrating mainly on the Hindi cinema of Mumbai, Bollywood, it also discusses India’s other cinemas.