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Almost an orphan, author of many books, long time Fleet Street (that's London) sub-editor, long time Army officer, noted gardener and very married with buckets of kids all over the world. As you see, a dull life !

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  The Last Princess by D F Skertchly   A Soldier's Life and Loves By D F Skertchly   Charlie Priest's Telegram By D F Skertchly   Baker and Son By D F Skertchly

Spies On The Loose

 

The Last Princess

 

A Soldier's Life & Loves

 

Charlie Priest's Telegram

 

Baker & Son


 

    A Soldier's Life and Loves By D F Skertchly   Major Beard’s mission was to extricate an aero-scientist from Poland ahead of the Russian avalanche … problem was the man would not leave his grandchildren behind, and there were the Carpathians to cross … there were gun battles en route, and there were further emergencies as they crossed a succession of countries … and then they were in Yugoslavia with its own mountains and dangers – and Tito’s Communist guerrillas as their hostile chaperones. The plan – the only plan, was to capture a mountain-top airfield and fly a Junkers 52 transporter across the Nazi-held country to safety. The problem arose when Beard turned to the elderly scientist and said, “Now, fly us home, professor.” But the horrified man explained he only designed planes: he had no idea how to fly them. Beard had never piloted a plane before, but his Communist allies were about to blow up the airfield, and so, deciding it could be no more difficult than driving a car, he gave it a go … the heavy plane finally lurched into life, and took off against a background of explosions as the airfield was blown up, and hurtled into space … and dropped, and went on dropping. …    
   

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A Soldier's Life & Loves
By D F Skertchly

From The East End to Korea via D-Day.
Major Beard’s mission was to extricate an aero-scientist from Poland ahead of the Russian avalanche … problem was the man would not leave his grandchildren behind, and there were the Carpathians to cross … there were gun battles en route, and there were further emergencies as they crossed a succession of countries … and then they were in Yugoslavia with its own mountains and dangers – and Tito’s Communist guerrillas as their hostile chaperones.

The plan – the only plan, was to capture a mountain-top airfield and fly a Junkers 52 transporter across the Nazi-held country to safety. The problem arose when Beard turned to the elderly scientist and said, “Now, fly us home, professor.” But the horrified man explained he only designed planes: he had no idea how to fly them.

Beard had never piloted a plane before, but his Communist allies were about to blow up the airfield, and so, deciding it could be no more difficult than driving a car, he gave it a go … the heavy plane finally lurched into life, and took off against a background of explosions as the airfield was blown up, and hurtled into space … and dropped, and went on dropping. …

 

   
    The Last Princess by D F Skertchly   Twice war disrupted the life of Princess Marysa. In the first, her engagement ball in Vienna was cancelled: fiancé Rudolf dashed off to war, with her ring, and though they married, when peace came and the new Austria exiled them, they went in opposite directions; he with the deposed emperor, and she to England to have their baby. Circumstances involving death, imprisonment and other men, kept them apart for twenty years, and when the second war arrived, Marysa was living with a Jew in Belgium and involved with the underground.  She is arrested by the Gestapo and after months of brutal interrogation, she is sent in a packed cattle truck to Auschwitz. She survived that only to be sent to other camps, where she is tortured, and then takes part in a death march to Buchenwald where brutality and starvation are the order of the day.  As rescue is at hand, she collapses into a crowded mass grave. Meanwhile, Rudolf, still in love with Marysa, has been searching for her since before the war, resumes his hunt as Europe finds peace a precarious experience.  There are others, including the Americans who liberated her death camp, who are searching for either of them.  What are the chances of success?    
   

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The Last Princess
By D F Skertchly

Facing an uncertain future as the Nazis invade Belgium.
T
wice war disrupted the life of Princess Marysa. In the first, her engagement ball in Vienna was cancelled: fiancé Rudolf dashed off to war, with her ring, and though they married, when peace came and the new Austria exiled them, they went in opposite directions; he with the deposed emperor, and she to England to have their baby.

Circumstances involving death, imprisonment and other men, kept them apart for twenty years, and when the second war arrived, Marysa was living with a Jew in Belgium and involved with the underground. She is arrested by the Gestapo and after months of brutal interrogation, she is sent in a packed cattle truck to Auschwitz.

She survived that only to be sent to other camps, where she is tortured, and then takes part in a death march to Buchenwald where brutality and starvation are the order of the day. As rescue is at hand, she collapses into a crowded mass grave.

Meanwhile, Rudolf, still in love with Marysa, has been searching for her since before the war, resumes his hunt as Europe finds peace a precarious experience. There are others, including the Americans who liberated her death camp, who are searching for either of them. What are the chances of success?

 

   
    Charlie Priest's Telegram By D F Skertchly   The telegram was a surprise. In its few words, Charlie Priest's carefree life was turned upside down. It brought him a grandmother he didn't know, Amelia Priest who immediately set about shaking his world to pieces, but she had a dark secret. It was another telegram that introduced Rose Bramley with eyes like polished chestnuts, as his gardener. But her gorgeous eyes also hid a secret. Charlie fell in love with her, and she with him, yet, when he proposed, she rejected him though it was like stabbing her own heart. That dark secret of hers was stronger even than her love. The story involves the creation of a great garden as Charlie, an accountant, delves into a gigantic bank scam in France, where he makes a second home – in between chasing a serial killer and the missing millions … and finding time to pursue Rose. But, the key to the story is the secret the two women back home find too unbearable to share.    
   

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Charlie Priest's Telegram
By D F Skertchly

What was Her Secret Too Unbearable to Share?
The telegram was a surprise. In its few words, Charlie Priest's carefree life was turned upside down. It brought him a grandmother he didn't know, Amelia Priest who immediately set about shaking his world to pieces, but she had a dark secret.

It was another telegram that introduced Rose Bramley with eyes like polished chestnuts, as his gardener. But her gorgeous eyes also hid a secret.
Charlie fell in love with her, and she with him, yet, when he proposed, she rejected him though it was like stabbing her own heart. That dark secret of hers was stronger even than her love.
The story involves the creation of a great garden as Charlie, an accountant, delves into a gigantic bank scam in France, where he makes a second home – in between chasing a serial killer and the missing millions … and finding time to pursue Rose.

But, the key to the story is the secret the two women back home find too unbearable to share.

 

   
    Baker and Son By D F Skertchly Vinegar Lane – the London street in Bethnal Green where Jack Pudden, the baker's son, saw the murder on his doorstep, there followed a family funeral. Jack accepted both as the norm, but when his father announced he was getting married again, this he could not accept. Sarah moved in almost at once. Jack hated her on sight. But with six in the house, they had to get along. It was in the years of the Depression, death and disease crept hand in hand along the street. The bakery's trade was close to collapsing. Jobless marchers threatened their lives. But, in the misery of those times and personal shocks, Jack, who'd been apprenticed out, came through to take over the bakery, and fall in love. Suddenly the sun shone for him … and along came the war. While Jack was away being a soldier, family skeletons emerged and other shocks touching on him. When Jack came home, with a VC, all the startling secrets were revealed.    

 

 

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Baker & Son
By D F Skertchly

What awful secrets did his Aunt Dolly's precious portrait conceal?
Vinegar Lane – the London street in Bethnal Green where Jack Pudden, the baker's son, saw the murder on his doorstep, there followed a family funeral. Jack accepted both as the norm, but when his father announced he was getting married again, this he could not accept.

Sarah moved in almost at once. Jack hated her on sight. But with six in the house, they had to get along. It was in the years of the Depression, death and disease crept hand in hand along the street. The bakery's trade was close to collapsing. Jobless marchers threatened their lives.

But, in the misery of those times and personal shocks, Jack, who'd been apprenticed out, came through to take over the bakery, and fall in love. Suddenly the sun shone for him … and along came the war. While Jack was away being a soldier, family skeletons emerged and other shocks touching on him. When Jack came home, with a VC, all the startling secrets were revealed.

 

   
         
   

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Spies On The Loose
By D F Skertchly

Jason Tirrell is a man who has enjoyed many loves, but when he leaves the SIS and settles down in an idyllic rural life, his mind is more set on acquiring a wife to go with his new name than in dodging bullets, but finds himself at the heart of a series of murders at a nearby residential home.
A knock on his door introduces him to Thea Prewett, a detective sergeant with golden auburn hair and blue eyes, and it is a case of instant love, rather than helping with inquiries. The mounting toll impedes the affair, and as Jason rushes off to buy a ring, Thea heads for France following a clue.
In France, the trail goes back forty years to the war and exposes further murders and treason, and discloses that one of the victims in England is still revered as a modern-day Jeanne d’Arc who fought with the Maquisards in Provence and killed an English SOE traitor.
Thea pursues another traitor who leads the story back to England and a mystery concerning a Mount near Jason’s home which also appears to hold a secret connected to the residential home murders. A lot of deceit is uncovered in the course of further murders, explosions, car chases and a boat search on the Medway that ends in a shoot-out, and answers many puzzles.

   

 

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Spies On The Loose
By D F Skertchly

Jason Tirrell is a man who has enjoyed many loves, but when he leaves the SIS and settles down in an idyllic rural life, his mind is more set on acquiring a wife to go with his new name than in dodging bullets, but finds himself at the heart of a series of murders at a nearby residential home.
A knock on his door introduces him to Thea Prewett, a detective sergeant with golden auburn hair and blue eyes, and it is a case of instant love, rather than helping with inquiries. The mounting toll impedes the affair, and as Jason rushes off to buy a ring, Thea heads for France following a clue.
In France, the trail goes back forty years to the war and exposes further murders and treason, and discloses that one of the victims in England is still revered as a modern-day Jeanne d’Arc who fought with the Maquisards in Provence and killed an English SOE traitor.
Thea pursues another traitor who leads the story back to England and a mystery concerning a Mount near Jason’s home which also appears to hold a secret connected to the residential home murders. A lot of deceit is uncovered in the course of further murders, explosions, car chases and a boat search on the Medway that ends in a shoot-out, and answers many puzzles.


From The East End to Korea via D-Day
A Soldier's Life & Loves
By D F Skertchly

Major Beard’s mission was to extricate an aero-scientist from Poland ahead of the Russian avalanche … problem was the man would not leave his grandchildren behind, and there were the Carpathians to cross … there were gun battles en route, and there were further emergencies as they crossed a succession of countries … and then they were in Yugoslavia with its own mountains and dangers – and Tito’s Communist guerrillas as their hostile chaperones.

The plan – the only plan, was to capture a mountain-top airfield and fly a Junkers 52 transporter across the Nazi-held country to safety. The problem arose when Beard turned to the elderly scientist and said, “Now, fly us home, professor.” But the horrified man explained he only designed planes: he had no idea how to fly them.

Beard had never piloted a plane before, but his Communist allies were about to blow up the airfield, and so, deciding it could be no more difficult than driving a car, he gave it a go … the heavy plane finally lurched into life, and took off against a background of explosions as the airfield was blown up, and hurtled into space … and dropped, and went on dropping. …


Facing an uncertain future as the Nazis invade Belgium
The Last Princess
By D F Skertchly

Twice war disrupted the life of Princess Marysa. In the first, her engagement ball in Vienna was cancelled: fiancé Rudolf dashed off to war, with her ring, and though they married, when peace came and the new Austria exiled them, they went in opposite directions; he with the deposed emperor, and she to England to have their baby.

Circumstances involving death, imprisonment and other men, kept them apart for twenty years, and when the second war arrived, Marysa was living with a Jew in Belgium and involved with the underground. She is arrested by the Gestapo and after months of brutal interrogation, she is sent in a packed cattle truck to Auschwitz.

She survived that only to be sent to other camps, where she is tortured, and then takes part in a death march to Buchenwald where brutality and starvation are the order of the day. As rescue is at hand, she collapses into a crowded mass grave.

Meanwhile, Rudolf, still in love with Marysa, has been searching for her since before the war, resumes his hunt as Europe finds peace a precarious experience. There are others, including the Americans who liberated her death camp, who are searching for either of them. What are the chances of success?


What was Her Secret Too Unbearable to Share?
Charlie Priest's Telegram
By D F Skertchly

The telegram was a surprise. In its few words, Charlie Priest's carefree life was turned upside down. It brought him a grandmother he didn't know, Amelia Priest who immediately set about shaking his world to pieces, but she had a dark secret.

It was another telegram that introduced Rose Bramley with eyes like polished chestnuts, as his gardener. But her gorgeous eyes also hid a secret.
Charlie fell in love with her, and she with him, yet, when he proposed, she rejected him though it was like stabbing her own heart. That dark secret of hers was stronger even than her love.
The story involves the creation of a great garden as Charlie, an accountant, delves into a gigantic bank scam in France, where he makes a second home – in between chasing a serial killer and the missing millions … and finding time to pursue Rose.

But, the key to the story is the secret the two women back home find too unbearable to share.


What awful secrets did his Aunt Dolly's precious portrait conceal?
Baker & Son
By D F Skertchly

Vinegar Lane – the London street in Bethnal Green where Jack Pudden, the baker's son, saw the murder on his doorstep, there followed a family funeral. Jack accepted both as the norm, but when his father announced he was getting married again, this he could not accept.

Sarah moved in almost at once. Jack hated her on sight. But with six in the house, they had to get along. It was in the years of the Depression, death and disease crept hand in hand along the street. The bakery's trade was close to collapsing. Jobless marchers threatened their lives.

But, in the misery of those times and personal shocks, Jack, who'd been apprenticed out, came through to take over the bakery, and fall in love. Suddenly the sun shone for him … and along came the war. While Jack was away being a soldier, family skeletons emerged and other shocks touching on him. When Jack came home, with a VC, all the startling secrets were revealed.


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