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  • Nicholas Rhea - the man who inspired Heartbeat
    more about Constable on Trial and all the Constable books What Constable Nick did next At the other end of Nick s career you can read about his adventures since he retired he has been helping the monks of Maddleskirk Abbey to create a small private police force of monk constables serving the Abbey and its adjoining college not so much Constable as monkstables Murder at Maddleskirk Abbey the first book in this new series showed the monkstables using their knowledge of the abbey its history practices and personnel to solve a case of murder with the help of some old friends And they were so successful in this that Nicholas Rhea has given them another case to untangle in his next book coming in April Confession at Maddleskirk Abbey When a woman confesses to Father Will one of the monk constables at Maddleskirk Abbey that she has committed murder he can do nothing but absolve her from her sin The Seal of Confession is absolute He cannot discuss her crime ask the identity of her victim or share the responsibility of this information with anyone His hands are tied When a body is found in the nearby woodland his moral dilemma grows Confession at Maddleskirk Abbey has now been released as an audiobook read by Gordon Griffin from the publisher Isis Soundings in a choice of formats or as an audio download from Amazon A Magna Large Print edition follows on 1st February 2016 Read more about Maddleskirk Abbey Digital Discoveries Endeavour Press the UK s leading independent digital publisher have been hunting for treasure on Nicholas Rhea s backlist and finding more and more gems to offer to readers First they have reissued two adventures of Detective Inspector Montague Pluke the CID s most superstitious police officer then they asked Detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton to help with their enquiries Both of these characters proved so popular that they have added additional titles to the list Whether you prefer the whimsical adventures of Montague Pluke and a taste of Yorkshire folklore on the side or the classic detective mysteries featuring Detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton told with Nicholas Rhea s trademark mixture of entertaining story telling and police procedure based on personal experience you no longer have to search for a highly collectable copy of that original hardback edition now thanks the Criminal Endeavours it s easy to download an eBook edition Read about all the Pemberton books and about all the Montague Pluke books Blessed Nicholas Postgate the Martyr of the Moors Since the earliest days of his writing career Nicholas Rhea has felt the desire to produce a book about Father Nicholas Postgate the charismatic priest of the North York Moors but has only recently been able to research his life not only from previous publications and records but also from visits to his native moorland along with some help from family and computer The result was a book rather different book to previous works by Nicholas Rhea

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  • Nicholas Rhea - the man behind the books
    he recorded recently with his namesake on Nick org uk The original recording was made for hospital radio but you can still listen to it online Spotlight on Nicholas Rhea Nicholas Rhea was born the son of an insurance agent and a teacher in 1936 in the North York Moors village of Glaisdale The oldest of three children he won a scholarship to Whitby Grammar School but left at 16 to become a police cadet In 1956 he joined the North Yorkshire force as a beat bobby in Whitby He also began to write seriously after years of casual interest having his first short story published in the Police Review Three years later he moved to the region s Police Headquarters at Northallerton before being posted to Oswaldkirk about 20 miles north of York as the village bobby in 1964 He then became an instructor at the police training school in 1967 the same year as his first novel Carnaby and the Hijackers was published He was promoted to sergeant in 1968 and inspector in 1976 when he was also appointed Press and Public Relations Officer He retired in 1982 after 30 years service to concentrate on his writing encouraged by an interest in his Constable books from Yorkshire Television Nicholas Rhea still writes full time He has four children and eight grandchildren and lives with his wife in a quiet North Yorkshire village Read another interview with Nicholas Rhea off this site A dream comes true for Nicholas Rhea The Crime Writers Association In the autumn of 2007 Peter Walker Nicholas Rhea was given The Crime Writers Association s John Creasey Award named after the CWA founder for services to the Association Read the full story here On line notebook Exclusive to this website Nicholas Rhea writing under his

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  • Heartbeat - the TV series
    beginning Without them there would have been no Heartbeat It is difficult for me sitting in my study at home to appreciate just how wide the appeal of Heartbeat has been Only this morning in my daily paper there is a letter from a viewer in Australia echoing his sadness at its demise And in the past couple of weeks I ve had more messages from Canada Australia Tasmania Belgium Finland Denmark and Norway not forgetting of course Scotland Wales Ireland and England Truly the programme had world wide appeal But all good things must come to an end Heartbeat has successfully concluded its long run of 18 years and it was inevitable that it must end at some point I thank everyone who was involved in its production and all who have supported the series some being keen viewers from Day 1 There will be many repeats of course and a DVD is now available and so for some time to come we can continue to indulge in its charm nostalgia wonderful characters and spectacular countryside Thank you to everyone from Nicholas Rhea Rhoda Walker Mrs Nicholas Rhea was present when the last episode was filmed and sent us this description As the partner of Nicholas Rhea I get invited to certain events and last Friday I went with him to a Heartbeat party in Leeds It was a glittering occasion held in the stunning Corn Exchange building with over 200 people Heartbeat actors scriptwriters lighting technicians make up girls in fact all the numerous people who have been involved in the making of Heartbeat for the past 17 years This event was billed as a Farewell Party and I thought it might be a sombre occasion but on the contrary everyone looked relaxed and happy in their party frocks and dinner jackets We were all there to celebrate Heartbeat say goodbye to friends and colleagues and talk about hopes for the future I m sure we ll soon be seeing many of the actors in new roles I chatted to Steven Blakely we are pictured together above who joined Heartbeat straight from drama school to play the loveable rookie constable Geoff Younger He said how much he d enjoyed working on the series and later this year expects to be touring Europe with a theatre group putting on Shakespeare plays Rupert Ward Lewis Don Wetherby is going back to London and William Simons Alf Ventress has already moved back there Some of the production staff are going to work on Emmerdale and others are taking time out for a while But everyone I spoke to said they were very sad to be leaving and would miss Aidensfield and the North Yorkshire moors We watched some nostalgic clips from the series and there were a few misty eyes when the scene came up where a bereft Nick Rowan stood in the moonlight at the door of the police house on the night Kate died sniff sniff Finally Keith Richardson

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  • Books by Nicholas Rhea
    additional titles to the list Whether you prefer the whimsical adventures of Montague Pluke and a taste of Yorkshire folklore on the side or the classic detective mysteries featuring Detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton told with Nicholas Rhea s trademark mixture of entertaining story telling and police procedure based on personal experience you no longer have to search for a highly collectable copy of that original hardback edition now thanks the Criminal Endeavours it s easy to download an eBook edition More about the Pemberton books or about the Montague Pluke mysteries Audible Confession Nicholas Rhea made good his promise to complete his much loved Constable series with the tale of Nick s retirement But Nick hasn t been taking it entirely easy he has been helping the monks of Maddleskirk Abbey to create a small private police force of monk constables serving the Abbey and its adjoining college not so much Constable as monkstables Murder at Maddleskirk Abbey the first book in this new series showed the monkstables using their knowledge of the abbey its history practices and personnel to solve a case of murder with the help of some old friends And they were so successful in this that Nicholas Rhea has given them another case to untangle in his latest book published in April 2015 Confession at Maddleskirk Abbey When a woman confesses to Father Will one of the monk constables at Maddleskirk Abbey that she has committed murder he can do nothing but absolve her from her sin The Seal of Confession is absolute He cannot discuss her crime ask the identity of her victim or share the responsibility of this information with anyone His hands are tied When a body is found in the nearby woodland his moral dilemma grows Now Confession at Maddleskirk Abbey is available as an audiobook read by Gordon Griffin from the publisher Isis Soundings in a choice of formats or as an audio download from Amazon Read more about the monk stables of Maddleskirk Abbey Nicholas Rhea talks about his books at the Robert Hale Book Blog Blessed Nicholas Postgate the Martyr of the Moors In another enthralling tale of religious life and death in Yorkshire Nicholas Rhea tells the story of his namesake Nicholas Postgate one of England s best loved martyrs whose lonely mission in the wilds of the North York Moors has captured the imagination of people of all faiths He lived in the seventeenth century at a time when being a Catholic priest carried a cruel death penalty and he earned the name The Good Samaritan of the Moors due to his generosity to all regardless of their status or religion Nicholas Rhea explains The desire to produce a book about this charismatic priest of the North York Moors has remained with me since the earliest days of my writing career In recent months I have made time to research his life not only from previous publications and records but also from visits to his native moorland

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  • Blessed Nicholas Postgate: Nicholas Rhea's researches
    only from previous publications and records but also from visits to his native moorland along with some help from family and computer Even since publishing his book about him Blessed Nicholas Postgate the Martyr of the Moors he continues to come across new information that he feels should be made known to a wider audience and has set up this new section of his website as a means to do this Nicholas Rhea emphasises that this is not an official website for the martyr and doesn t aim to be one What he is hoping is that whenever someone wants to research Nicholas Postgate they can begin with this website which will contain up to date material that has been well researched can be checked and may possibly lead to more discoveries about the martyr His researches into the birthplace of Blessed Nicholas Postgate now published in full on this site led him to a very personal discovery He explains At the Glaisdale side of the River Esk only about a quarter of a mile from and within sight of the location of the Postgate family home at Kirkdale Banks there stands Thorneywaite House with Thorneywaite Cottage That cottage was

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  • Yorkshire - Heartbeat Country
    this charismatic priest of the North York Moors a project he has nurtured since the earliest days of his writing career you can now follow Nicholas Rhea s research on Nicholas Postgate on its own section of this website In total contrast he also contributed a light hearted piece to a book published by Bettys of Harrogate which attempts to answer the question Who was Betty Nicholas Rhea explains Many of you may have visited Bettys and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon tea in one of the famous restaurants But have you ever asked yourself Who was Betty No one seems to know not even the family who own the business Frederick Belmont who founded Bettys in 1919 steadfastly refused to divulge her identity and so the mystery remains Jonathan Wild Group Chief Executive of Bettys has always been curious as to who Betty really was He also happens to be a keen conservationist and hit on a bright idea for bringing these two interests together He asked Yorkshire writers to suggest the identity of Betty with a view to publishing their theories in a book the profit to be donated to a special Yorkshire Rainforest Project Jonathan and his family have been instrumental in raising funds to replace thousands of trees which have been destroyed in the rainforests but still more effort is needed as acres of rainforest are being destroyed every day Several famous authors were approached including Joanne Harris Kay Mellor Barbara Taylor Bradford Jilly Cooper and others so I was extremely flattered and delighted to be invited to contribute my own theory You can read his solution in Who was Betty a whimsical collection of tall stories published by Bettys Taylors of Harrogate it costs 5 99 from all Bettys outlets or can be ordered at Bettys

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  • Nicholas Rhea website - Links to related sites
    Nicholas Rhea s books plus a large collection of crime and general fiction Yorkshire North York Moors National Park Discover this special place Ryedale Folk Museum Scene of Nicholas Rhea s researches into the story of Blessed Nicholas Postgate NYM Railway The steam railway featured in Heartbeat Freefoto Excellent photos of Goathland and the surrounding Heartbeat country Emmerdale website Another television series set in Yorkshire about which Nicholas Rhea has

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  • Nicholas Rhea's diary
    to tears It can be ordered from Waterstones Do quote ISBN 9780957217720 or if you prefer there is an earlier kindle edition which can be ordered from Amazon Posted by Peter N Walker 04 44 PM GMT Link Wednesday December 24 2014 With Christmas is almost upon us with all its well known traditions and celebrations but maybe not so familiar are the traditions and symbolism surrounding the New Year festivities The start of another year is associated with new beginnings accompanied by a high degree of hopefulness along with a desire for beneficial change This has long been the situation in different cultures and in different parts of our own country It may be of interest that New Year s Day has not always fallen on January 1st Until 1792 fairly recently by some standards New Year s Day fell on March 25 and was known as Lady Day its full title being The feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady the Blessed Virgin Mary It was the start of the new legal year and the time when landlords required payment from tenants and when new tenancies were agreed At New Year most of us nurse our own ambitions along the route of self fulfilment and happiness whilst senior citizens like Rhoda and I can recognize the future in our children and grandchildren and ours are fulfilling those hopes After taking up a 2 year tennis scholarship at Lafayette University in Louisiana our eldest grandchild Eleanor now 21 and daughter of Janet our eldest daughter is back in England studying Psychology at Newcastle University and playing tennis for the university her sister Anna 19 is also at Newcastle University studying Genetics and is a member of the University badminton team Their brother Angus won a tennis scholarship to Millfield School in Somerset at the age of 14 and now at 17 was recently ranked No 14 in the National Under 18 tennis players Their youngest sibling Isobel is proving a gifted athlete excelling in running In my youngest daughter Sarah s family our eldest grandson Oliver 18 is at Saxion University in Enschede in Holland doing a computer course with special emphasis on web design His two younger brothers are waiting in the wings whilst studying for their exams at secondary school with one showing a keen interest in the theatre Their mum Sarah is now working as a freelance editor and keeps me on track In fact she published Benedict s Brother under the banner of Coppice Publishing Her latest publication is Julie Wilson s 37 Legal Ways to slash thousands off your Inheritance Tax Bill available from Amazon Our middle daughter Patricia author of Benedict s Brother is still working on her film of the book but it is proving a very slow process she now lives in Christchurch Dorset where most of her professional contacts live or work And our son Andrew continues his calling as a Buddhist monk in his hilltop monastery at Harnham near

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