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When Alice, a middle-aged mother and wife, sees a couple having sex in the park, she is embarrassed but walks on and thinks no more of it. Later, however, a policeman knocks on her door, asking her to make a statement about what she saw. The man from the couple is notorious for taking advantage of young girls, and the one from the park was only fifteen. Alice is the only witness. If she gives evidence in court, she might stop the man from hurting more vulnerable adolescents. But by putting herself on the stand, Alice risks exposing her own past ...
Simon Mills, a solicitor, isn't the kind of man to go to prison. His new wife Claire, an artist, isn't the kind of woman to have a husband 'Inside'. But one night, after offering to drive their dinner guests home, Simon is involved in an horrific crash down a narrow Devonshire lane and is sent to prison for two years. 'GUILTY' is written in two parts: the first deals with Simon's life in prison and the second, with his life once he's released. It is told in alternate viewpoints: Claire's and Simon's as well as the ghostly voice of Joanna, who died in the crash. This is a haunting modern-day story that could happen to you.
Alastair Black has revealed a secret to his wife in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage. A return to his childhood family home at Chathill Farm is his only respite, although he is far from welcomed back by brother George. Kate, recently widowed and increasingly put upon by her daughter, sister, and mother, feels her life is over at fifty - until she meets Alastair. He's everything she isn't, but he's a troubled soul with a dark past. When his famous mother leaves an unexpected inheritance, Kate is caught up in the unravelling of his life as Al comes to terms with who he really is.
In the sequel to Wild Water, Jack and Anna discover that history threatens to repeats itself. Anna's long-awaited success as an artist is poised to happen, but her joy, along with her relationship with Jack, is threatened by old scores. Simon Banks is depressed and unstable, but with a plan. He wants to wipe out his past by buying a brighter future, but Jack Redman stands in his way. Will Jack ever escape the legacy of deceit left by his ex-wife? Can Jack and Anna hold it all together, or will tragic repercussions from Jack's past blow them apart?
Penny Plain's odd jigsaw puzzle doesn't baffle only her. New journalist in town Leo Williams is strangely interested in it too. Like the jigsaw itself, there is more to Leo than meets the eye, but it takes a mystery at an Art Deco gallery to fit the pieces of his riddle together.
It is the run-up to Christmas, and Leo and Penny are investigating the mystery of a Christmas gift left in a 'safe place' as mentioned on the back of a WW2 wedding photo. Meanwhile, Leo's son Daniel has come to stay for the festive season, there have been a spate of petty thefts in Salthaven, snow is falling thickly, the vicar's wife is perilously close to giving birth and Terry Durham is trying to buy up the Salthaven Boating Society clubhouse land so he can build a tourist marina.
Today, Tarzan's universally popular appeal is as great as always. Scholars and fans are still intrigued with the problem of influence on ERB's imagination which created Tarzan. Research continues unabated and, in the opinion of Atamian, and with due respect, still misses the mark. The Origins of Tarzan solves the mystery of Tarzan's creation and reveals the major ideas which inspired Edgar Rice Burroughs to create one of the great hero archetypes of all times.
A dramatic bush plane crash in coastal Alaska leaves the pilot injured. The passengers, a team of Special Olympic Athletes, must fend for themselves to survive. An Alaska storm first threatens to overwhelm them during the night as they care for their unconscious pilot. Each must confront the challenges of survival in the wilderness, while transcending their limitations. Forced to overcome their habits of dependency and help each other, the group finds courage in the Olympic oath: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Margaret and Midnight: Run the Race, tells the story of a young girl growing up in Alaska with her new puppy, who instantly becomes her best friend, and their many adventures that follow. It is a story about love, devotion, hard work, family, and goals. All these make life worth living and make our futures bright and beautiful.
Sky Streak of Terror, a novel about heroism, love, and betrayal, when a young man from the small community of Spruce Hills, Alaska, has his peaceful farming life turned upside down, when he learns that he is responsible for freeing an immortal and murderous, extra-terrestrial prisoner from a fallen meteorite. The gifted young man with newly aquired enhanced abilities, is soon forced into action. He entered the conflict between the devastating alien shape-shifter and nearby military's doomed and decimated troops, in order to save mankind from imminent destruction, while also battling his personal feelings of guilt and demons of tragedy. Sky Streak of Terror is a sci-fi, alien superthriller, that will keep readers guessing with suspense through each and every page. The story is loaded with explosive action and powerful suspense and drama. And its romance, along with the many twist, turns, and unexpected plots, will leave the readers craving for a mini-series.
Tina and James Hansen are living every parent's worst nightmare--their daughter Hailey has vanished from their home. With the help of Sheriff Jamison and FBI agent, Annie Meyers, they uncover a string of disappearances leading back more than 50 years. The long battle of good and evil in Patterson is finally coming to an end; a battle fought not only by Hailey's desperate parents but by Hailey herself. A battle fought by the Sheriff fighting for the small town he loves and by the FBI agent uniquely qualified to see what goes on under the surface. A battle fought by the living and the spirit of one of the lost.
Why would a young high-middle class family trade the good life for a tiny one-room cabin in Alaska's wilderness? It began from a simple dream to go off and live a simpler and less complicated life. That dream set them on a course to Gold Dust Creek to become gold miners to the utter shock of family and friends. Had they gone mad? Where was the sanity in risking all for a dream that might never come true and going from Riches to Rags? Beginning from scratch, with no clue about gold mining, this courageous family ventured out, taking it a step at a time without ever knowing what to expect. There were many bumps in the road and obstacle in their path. Somehow it all worked out and reality became bigger than life and bigger even than they dared to dream. Within eleven years they made history in Alaska, developing the most advanced technology in the gold mining industry. This is the story of how they did it. Experience some of their harrowing moments with bears, armed intruders, and Mother Nature's fury, as well as hilarious encounters with nature's cute and clever critters in Alaska's awesome wilderness.
Author and historian Randy Zarnke has compiled a collection of irreplaceable stories of long-time Alaskans who have lived lives most of us can only dream of. Truly remarkable men, like Jim Rearden and Red Beeman, are the kinds of outdoorsmen who have given back more than they have ever taken, furthering the causes of conservation and fair chase hunting through exemplary lives. Rearden, a long-time member of the Alaska Board of Game and one of the founders of the wildlife management program at the University of Alaska, is the dean of Alaska outdoor writers and authors. His writings have always counseled the "wise use" of natural resources and he has never back down from slamming the spoilers who are motivated only for quick profit. Red Beeman is a master guide, schooled in the old traditions of fair chase hunting. Never one to blow his own horn, Beeman provided his hunters with first class excursions; his clients safe in knowing their trophies would be handled professionally, all the meat salvaged and cared for expertly, and no better fair chase hunt could be found in Alaska. These men, and others, in Randy's book are sadly fading from the scene and it is a joy to know that at least a little of their stories will be preserved for future generations to emulate and learn from."
Denny Caraway, Alaskan homesteader, returns to his Lanyard Creek cabin after many months living a meager, primitive life deep in the Alaskan wilderness, following his beloved wife's death, which had filled him with overwhelming pain and anger. It almost proves his end, until a loyal friend finds him and acts as a sign for Caraway to come home. Rejoining the small circle of people he had left behind, their love and support serve to renew Denny's outlook on life. But, the murder of a young friend is a harsh reminder that life is still the bearer of sadness as well as joy, and Caraway is compelled to seek revenge against an old nemesis. Following what he sees as his destiny, Denny Caraway gives up the idea of love and family to continue his life as a solitary man, living on his remote homestead.
Black Bear, a delightful tale for children, is the story of a little bear who misses out on dinner over and over again because he lets his friends talk him into eating dessert first-- blueberries! The blueberries are delicious, but they don't keep the bear's tummy full for very long, and by the time he has slept off dessert, the salmon are gone, and he is hungry long before it is dinnertime again. Black Bear, written by Marcela Hubbard and vividly illustrated by Ivonne Draper, is a story that will entrance the very young and charm the rest of us. Marthy W. Johnson, copy editor and writing instructor.
The third story in the Penny Plain mystery series by Jan Jones. Picturesque Salthaven is being targeted with graffiti - especially the Seagull Brewery, owned by the family of Penny Plain's son's girlfriend. Meanwhile Penny's close friend, investigative journalist Leo Williams, is on the hunt for a WWI soldier missing from the town's war memorial, and trying to fit his sleuthing in while having a rare holiday with his son. And just what is shady local businessman Terry Durham up to?
A pub with an odd menu, a missing 1950s test plane, the Salthaven WI Village Show, an unlikely development on the Enterprise Park, and Penny's eldest daughter behaving out of character. It can only be a Penny Plain Mystery ...
Five full length novels from best-selling Historical fiction authors in one boxset Another Small Kingdom - James Green America was the land of the free - but could it stay that way? James Green uses fictional characters to illuminate the real events that lead to the birth of the American Intelligence Services and culminated in the extraordinary Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the USA - at the cost of 3 cents an acre. Packed with action and fascinating historical detail, Another Small Kingdom will appeal both to those interested in the history of the USA and to aficionados of intelligent spy thrillers. Boston, 1802, Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man. When a newly arrived young lawyer is mad enough to insult him, the consequences spin out of control and Macleod is caught up in a web of danger and intrigue. With England at war with France, some powerful Americans feel that the USA's best chance of remaining independent is to throw in their lot with France- even if it means accepting a French king - for a while. To counter their plot, Macleod is sent toNew Orleans, where he meets Marie, wife of Etienne de Valois, aristocrat and fop, and through her learns a terrible secret. Together, unable to trust anyone, they race to uncover the traitors at the heart of the American Government. Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor "History is just one damned thing after another" - Arnold Toynbee A madcap new slant on history that seems to be everyone's cup of tea... Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document - to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered questions...and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And, as they soon discover - it's not just History they're fighting. Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake... Burke in the Land of Silver - Tom Williams The first instalment of Tom Williams' series His Majesty's Confidential Agent. A tale of spies and skulduggery in the Napoleonic Wars as Britain invades Argentina. James Burke joins the army determined to work his way up through the ranks and become a gentleman. He never set out to be a spy. But with Napoleon rampaging through Europe, the Duke of York needs agents and Burke is plucked from the infantry and sent on a mission to the Spanish colonial backwater of Argentina. His mission is to give the country's freedom fighters aid so that they may break free from Spanish rule at an opportune moment for Britain. Yet when Burke arrives, he finds himself falling in love, both with the Land of Silver, and Ana O'Gorman, lover of a rebel leader determined to bring about Burke's downfall... Crosscurrents - Jane Jackson Santo Innis is developing a revolutionary new engine to counter the lethal effects of high-pressure steam. His backer is Richard Vaughan, heir to Frederick Tregarron, owner of Gillyvean estate. Following the tragic deaths of his wife and baby son, Richard immersed himself in work. But his world is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival at Gillyvean of Melanie Tregarron, a talented artist and Frederick's illegitimate youngest daughter. Desperate to prove the viability of his invention, Santo persuades Richard to let him fit one at Gillyvean's brewhouse. But when Bronnen Jewell - worried about her mother's suffering at her father's hands - arrives to brew the harvest beer she's horrified, fearing loss of the i...
1850 and America is violently divided on the issue of slavery. When President Zachary Taylor dies, suddenly and under questionable circumstances, it is left to his Vice President, Millard Fillmore, a weaker man, to find ways to keep the North and the South apart. In New York, child of Irish immigrants, Matthew O'Hanlon is fired from his job as a newsman on the Herald but, surprisingly, finds work as Foreign Correspondent for the Associated Press in Panama City. There he is given accommodation with a Dr Couperin, his wife and beautiful daughter, Edith, but finds himself caught up with the secret agents protecting America's commercial interests during the struggle for control of Panama's trade routes and, as it crashes about him, realises that he has been living in a house of cards. Set against the Gold Rush and the opening up of California and the OregonTerritories, when the United States walked a narrow and dangerous line, The Eagle Turns charts the course of history as America's Secret Services struggle to bring prosperity amid the conflict.
Meet Jimmy Costello. Quiet, respectable, God-fearing family man? Or thuggish street-fighter with a past full of dark secrets? Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between ... After Jimmy's wife dies the conflict inside him is too much and the violent assault he commits on a gangster forces him to leave London and his job with the police and disappear for a while. Now he's back, on what you might call a divine mission ... and to settle a few old scores too. Through the eyes of his hard-boiled ex-cop, James Green takes us on a thrilling journey from 1960s Kilburn, through war-torn 1970s Africa to the modern streets of a London that seems to have cleaned up its act ... until you scratch the surface.
Boston, 1802, Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man. When a newly arrived young lawyer is mad enough to insult him, the consequences spin out of control and Macleod is caught up in a web of danger and intrigue. With England at war with France, some powerful Americans feel that theUSA's best chance of remaining independent is to throw in their lot withFrance- even if it means accepting a French king - for a while. To counter their plot, Macleod is sent toNew Orleans, where he meets Marie, wife of Etienne de Valois, aristocrat and fop, and through her learns a terrible secret. Together, unable to trust anyone, they race to uncover the traitors at the heart of the American Government. James Green uses fictional characters to illuminate the real events that lead to the birth of the American Intelligence Services and culminated in the extraordinary Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the USA - at the cost of 3 cents an acre. Packed with action and fascinating historical detail, Another Small Kingdom will appeal both to those interested in the history of the USA and to aficionados of intelligent spy thrillers
1805. Thomas Jefferson is about to begin a second term, but with a new Vice President. Aaron Burr, dropped from Jefferson 's ticket, is a bitter and resentful man bent on revenge. In Boston Jean Marie Macleod, a middle-aged lawyer, is a worried man. His young and beautiful wife, Marie, seems restless and dissatisfied. Macleod decides to seek advice from a friend in New York and, while there, meets an old acquaintance, Sebastian Francisco de Miranda, South American freedom fighter, Russian secret agent and adventurer. This chance meeting sweeps Macleod into a dark and dangerous world of espionage and violence. His young wife, Marie, sets out to discover what has happened to her husband, also falls in with old friends and is sucked into the terrifying vortex. A Union Not Blessed is a story of treason and betrayal by those who founded America and were appointed its guardians, the men who had become the enemy within.
The Death of Marco Styles is the first of the de Lacy Mysteries, featuring the sophisticated amateur sleuth using his formidable powers of deduction to beat the police at their own game... Marco Styles - rock star, raconteur, oldest swinger in town. Now married to the daughter of an old aristocratic family, he's settled down to a sedate life in a country mansion. At one of the Styles' famous dinner parties, Marco is the life and soul - right up until the men go off to drink their port. Marco takes a sip of the prized vintage, utters a few words ... and drops dead. Did a life of excess just catch up with him? Or was something more sinister at play? Charles de Lacy, son of an old friend of Marco's and a guest at the party, knows foul play when he sees it. But how to prove it? Especially when the chief detective hates you with a passion...
Amateur detective Charles de Lacy is drawn into a case of gangland intrigue when he agrees to meet his old sparring partner, DS Susan McIntyre. McIntyre reveals the recent deathbed confession of a prominent former criminal, an associate of notorious North London family the Whadcoats. It seems there is a body buried in a field just outside London - the victim of a gang execution in the 1970s - but on examination the story seems impossible. De Lacy investigates - with dramatic unforeseen results ...
False Nemesis is the third in the de Lacy Mysteries by J.J. Campbell, in which we see a rather different side of amateur sleuth Charles de Lacy. Following his run-in with London gangster Mark Whadcoat, de Lacy is left with a body on his hands. Things get even more complicated when some of his police contacts seek his help in order to claim a reward that the dead man's wife has offered for finding him. The only problem is that de Lacy was the last person to see him alive ... It will take all of the urbane investigator's charm and forensic skills to solve this conundrum.