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Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara knows that the beautiful surface of his adopted city, Florence, hides dark undercurrents. When called in to investigate a series of brutal and apparently random murders, his intuition is confirmed. Distrusted by his superiors and pilloried by the media, Ferrara finds time running out as the questions pile up. Is there a connection between the murders and the threatening letters he has received? Are his old enemies, the Calabrian Mafia, involved? And what part is played by a beautiful young woman facing a heart-rending decision, a priest troubled by a secret from his past, and an American journalist fascinated by the darker side of life? Ferrara confronts the murky underbelly of Florence in an investigation that will put not only his career but also his life on the line.Originally published in Italy as Scarabeo.
Terrifying, dark and bold, Sarah Dunant's breakthrough psychological thriller transcends genres and audiences; it crosses all boundaries, encroaching on the darker side of sex and fantasy, male and female. Elizabeth Skorvecky has just come out of a long-term relationship with her boyfriend. Alone in her Victorian house, her only companions are her cat, a trashy crime novel she's translating from Czech, and her music. As the summer ends and the days draw in, unsettling things begin to happen. First it's just a missing CD, then music playing in an empty kitchen at midnight, then a table laid for breakfast for two. Poltergeist? Insanity? When Elizabeth wakes at four in the morning to find a man sitting at the end of her bed, she knows, sickeningly , she's very sane - and being stalked. She also discovers that the means of surviving can be just as shocking as surrender.
Alix, arrogant, middle-aged and angry comes home to the derelict port of Liverpool as her mother lies dying. Irritably resigned to living alone for the rest of her life she suddenly finds herself erotically attracted to a stranger. Joseph is an American architect who has come to the city to build a hotel. Refusing to accept that his wife has left him or the trauma of a war he once fought in, the question is whether these survivors of the battles of the Seventies are meant for each other or not. And what happened to a factory in Dresden which long ago made the perfect face cream . . .'Perhaps her most accessible novel to date ... Grant's prose is blunt, honest, yet often beautiful and bitingly funny. Equally comfortable discussing concepts of justice and grooming routinme, the voices Grant creates are striking and authentic. Her characters are irascible, witty, fierce, and full of the contradictions and blind spots that make them wholly human. This is a compelling and satisfying novel' Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room
During World War Two the Special Operation Executive's French Section sent more than 400 agents into Occupied France -- at least 100 never returned and were reported 'Missing Believed Dead' after the war. Twelve of these were women who died in German concentration camps -- some were tortured, some were shot, and some died in the gas chambers. Vera Atkins had helped prepare these women for their missions, and when the war was over she went out to Germany to find out what happened to them and the other agents lost behind enemy lines. But while the woman who carried out this extraordinary mission appeared quintessentially English, she was nothing of the sort. Vera Atkins, who never married, covered her life in mystery so that even her closest family knew almost nothing of her past. In A LIFE IN SECRETS Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera's many veils and -- with unprecedented access to official and private papers, and the cooperation of Vera's relatives -- vividly reconstructed an extraordinary life.
When Olivia's mother dies, she leaves behind an apology Olivia could never have expected. Years ago, Maggie did everything in her power to end a love affair between the teenage Olivia and her stepbrother-to-be Richie. Now, over twenty years later, Olivia has a letter that contains his address - and her mother's blessing to seek him out. 'Follow your heart,' Maggie writes, 'and put right my mistake.' It sounds like nothing more than a dying woman's fantasy; certainly not an instruction for a grown woman with a husband she loves, two sons in their teens and an established life in the same London suburb she grew up in herself. This is where Olivia belongs, isn't it? But, tormented by the memories her mother's letter stirs, she makes the decision to travel to the small coastal town where Richie lives with his young daughter Wren. Rediscovering her first love and falling for him a second time, Olivia realises that this is the life she had always imagined for herself, the one she has wanted all along. But where does that put the family she has left behind?
There are many ways to die in the Sierra Madre, a notorious nine-hundred-mile mountain range in northern Mexico where AK-47s are fetish objects, the law is almost non-existent and power lies in the hands of brutal drug mafias. Thousands of tons of opium and marijuana are produced there every year. Richard Grant thought it would be a good idea to travel the length of the Sierra Madre and write a book about it. He was warned before he left that he would be killed. But driven by what he calls 'an unfortunate fascination' for this mysterious region, Grant sets off anyway. In a remarkable piece of investigative writing, he evokes a sinister, surreal landscape of lonely mesas, canyons sometimes deeper than the Grand Canyon, hostile villages and an outlaw culture where homicide is the most common cause of death and grandmothers sell cocaine. Finally his luck runs out and he finds himself fleeing for his life, pursued by men who would murder a stranger in their territory 'to please the trigger finger'.
An Amish Bed and Breakfast Mystery with Recipes - PennDutch Mysteries #4*Includes Recipes for "Magdalena Yoder's Wedding Feast, from Soup to Nuts"*"Bubbling over with mirth and mystery." -Dorothy Cannell"A delicious treat." -Carolyn G. HartMagdalena Yoder is (finally!) getting married, and nothing is going to spoil her wedding; not the man-of-her-dreams' loopy relatives, nor the twenty-year-old barrel of genuine Pennsylvania Dutch sauerkraut from her future father-in-law, which is not Mag's idea of a great wedding present. Especially when it contains a body!Of course, Magdalena recognizes the victim, who's as well-preserved as a gherkin: It's her fiancé's cousin Sarah, who's been missing for 20 years. Magdalena's inn is filled with the eccentric aunts and crazy uncles of the deceased...And Magdalena suspects one of them is the killer. Now she's in a pickle, blowing the lid off a mystery two decades old, and digging up a scandal that may shake her Amish hometown to the core and send her to a funeral--her own--instead of her wedding day!
An Amish Bed and Breakfast Mystery with Recipes - PennDutch Mysteries #"Bubbling over with mirth and mystery." -Dorothy Cannell"A delicious treat." -Carolyn G. HartTucked away in a picturesque corner of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Magdalena Yoder's PennDutch Inn is the perfect locale for a cooking contest. Unfortunately, as Magdalena discovers when a corpse is found in the barn, some food is, literally, to die for...The killer is old Matilda, a cow accused of fatally kicking the CEO of the gourmet food company sponsoring the contest. Melvin Stolzfus, the local police chief, known to be two eggs short of an omelet, calls it accidental death. But Magdalena knows that a killer cow is a lot of bull. And when new evidence pins suspicion on Freni, the inn's own cook--who hopes her bread pudding will win the grand prize--Magdalena starts sniffing about on her own. But she'd better watch her back. The real killer has decided to cook another goose. And Magdalena may just be the next course on a murderer's menu.
From the bestselling author of award-winning historical romance, Lois Greiman, a classic Scottish Highlander Romance"Lois Greiman creates the ideal atmosphere for her compelling tale, placing her strong characters in difficult situations and building a dramatic conflict that keeps us wondering just how their relationship will be resolved. Ms. Greiman's hallmark powerful storytelling makes her a must-read author." -Romantic TimesHighland Rogues #21535, ScotlandGilmour MacGowan can have any lass he desires...except for the headstrong and beautiful Isobel Frasier who wants nothing to do with the arrogant head of Clan MacGowan. But Gilmour is used to getting what he wants... and he wants Isobel!Fiercely independent--and a wee tad stubborn--Isobel must not marry if she's going to protect her own clan, especially if that rogue of rogues, Gilmour is the threat he appears to be (tempting though he is...!)Then unexpected danger rears its head, and, as Gilmour and Isobel journey through the Highlands together, they may find that loving your enemy is the most satisfying adventure of them all!
An Amish Bed and Breakfast Mystery with Recipes - PennDutch Mysteries #5"Bubbling over with mirth and mystery." -Dorothy Cannell"A delicious treat." -Carolyn G. HartEven though new husband, Aaron (Pooky Bear!), is away, Magdalena Yoder, proprietor of the prosperous Penn-Dutch Inn, is still in a honeymoon haze...until she's pulled in by Police Chief Stolzfus (her nemesis!) to help investigate the sad demise of an Asian tourist - run over by a horse and buggy!But things really start to sizzle when it's revealed that the victim was strangled first. And when a young Amish lad is shot, Magdalena must really use her noodle, lest she foul up her first officially deputized investigation. Added to that stress is shocking news from her Pooky Bear that shakes her world. But trust Magdalena to leap from wok to frying pan without a single scorch!
"A monumental work of twentieth century capitalism as it was jointly embraced by the Vatican and the United States and those caught up in it. Top-shelf CIA-Vatican intrigue." The Times // Some claim the Vatican Bank had to do with his murder. Others claim his threat to change doctrine that unfairly penalizes the lives of innocent people drove curial cardinals in the clandestine deed. Others claim the threat he was to the capitalistic tenets upon which the United States was founded rallied the CIA to action. Others whisper his sexual orientation led to his demise. 'The Vatican Murders' reveals how each of these played a role in the murder of the youngest pope to die in four hundred years. // When elected he was tabbed a liberal on a few bits which had reached outside Italy. Like the times he had been caught baptizing illegitimate children, to the times he had been caught officiating at funerals of the remarried, to the times he ordered hospitals to admit partners of homosexuals into ICUs, to the time he defended their right to parent children, to the times he defied the contraception ban, to the time he declared "God is the Father. More so, the Mother." // On March 13, 1978, fourteen men sat around a table in a village café in northern Italy. In casual clothes they went unnoticed though one was the Pope and another the Marxist leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. Included were Italian cardinals and statesmen who had been behind the rise of the Communist Party in Italy. The others were cardinals of impoverished parts of the world. Together they comprised the leadership of the Marxist movement in the western world. They left at 4 o'clock and Aldo Moro reserved the table "...for this time next year." // On March 13, 1979, cardinals Benelli and Felici decided not to travel to northern Italy that day. After all, all the others were dead. They--unaware of their impending doom--were, too, as good as dead........ True Life - True Crime.
From New York Times bestselling author of A Cat in the Stacks mystery series, a novel about murder, fiction and the deep, deep South...A Deep South Mystery (#3)For Andy Carpenter, graduate school is stressful enough without adding romantic complications to the mix. First, Andy has to contend with the presence of Rob Hayward, newly enrolled in the history PhD program. He thought Rob was out of his life for good, but now he has to confront his unresolved feelings and not let his work suffer.When Andy discovers the body of fellow graduate student Charlie Harper in the university library, his ex, Rob, looks like the chief suspect in the murder. And just what was the relationship between Rob and Charlie?Andy and his best friend, Maggie McLendon, agree that Rob isn't a murderer, and they decide the best way to exonerate him is to figure out who really killed Charlie. Who else might have had a motive for murder? When a second murder occurs, Andy, Maggie, and Rob must work quickly to find the killer before Rob ends up charged with two murders he didn't commit...or even worse, dead!"The earnest, wry Andy makes an appealing narrator." -Publishers Weekly"...a compelling mystery in the Carolyn Hart tradition." -Margaret Maron
From New York Times bestselling author of A Cat in the Stacks mystery series, a novel about murder, fiction and the deep, deep South...A Deep South Mystery (#2)Recently retired from teaching high school English, Ernestine Carpenter freely admits that she's more than a bit nosy. Ernie--(as she's called by her nearest and dearest) is also good at solving problems, and she's let it be known, amongst them, that she's willing to take on...interesting...jobs.Mary Tucker McElroy, well-known in Southern literary circles as a generous patron. Six months earlier, her literary group had gathered for the Christmas festivities at Idlewild, Miss McElroy's ancestral home in north central Mississippi, and one guest, writer Sukey Lytton, turned up dead in the pond one day, an apparent, but suspicious suicide. Miss McElroy is convinced that Sukey Lytton was murdered, and she wants Ernie to help her figure out the guilty party.But who can it be? Was it Lurleen Landry, best-selling author of Southern women's fiction? Did Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Russell Bertram kill her? Or was it his nasty, vindictive wife Alice? Maybe it was literary enfant terrible Brett Doran, who seems to have more than one secret to hide. Could Sukey Lytton's missing manuscript be the motive?When the killer strikes again, it's up to Ernie to save her friends and find the killer...or she may be next!"A haunting mystery steeped in the richness of Southern culture." -Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand and Henrie O mysteries"Fans of the traditional stately home murder case can rejoice the genre is alive and well!" -Publishers Weekly"The traditional mystery is not dead. Thanks to Dean James, it takes on new life in the New South, where (just like the Old South) ladies of a certain age are noticeably quirky, everyone is hiding a guilty secret, cooks know their way to your heart, and murderers are... almost... impossible to detect. James's Closer Than the Bones is a fine variation on a fine tradition, and enjoyable from start to finish."--Charlaine Harris
A History of British Serial Killing: The Shocking Account of Jack the Ripper, Harold Shipman and Beyondby David Wilson
In this fascinating and informative new book, Professor David Wilson tells the stories of Britain's serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case. David Wilson has worked as a Prison Governor and as a profiler, and has been described as the UK's leading expert on serial killers. His work has led him to meet several of the UK's deadliest killers, and build up fascinating insights into what makes a serial killer - and who they are most likely to target. A vivid narrative history and a timely call for prison and social reform, Professor Wilson's new book is a powerful and gripping investigation of Britain's serial murderers.
In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered. Scantily dressed, she is lying by the edge of the woods. The local police investigate the case - but after a week, they still haven't even identified her, let alone got to the bottom of how she died.Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence's elite Squadra Mobile, decides to step in. Because toxins were discovered in the girl's body, many assumed that she died of a self-inflicted drugs overdose. But Ferrara quickly realises that the truth is darker than that: he believes that the girl was murdered.And when he delves deeper, there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl's death is part of a sinister conspiracy - a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society...Originally published in Italian as La Loggia Degli Innocenti.
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The Origin of Species is the most famous book in science but its stature tends to obscure the genius of Charles Darwin's other works. The Beagle voyage, too, occupied only five of the fifty years of his career. He spent only five weeks on the Galapagos and on his return never left Britain again. Darwin wrote six million words, in nineteen books and innumerable letters, on topics as different as dogs, barnacles, insect-eating plants, orchids, earthworms, apes and human emotion. Together, they laid the foundations of modern biology.In this beautifully written, witty and illuminating book, Steve Jones explores the domestic Darwin, the sage of Kent, and brings his work up to date. Great Britain was Charles Darwin's other island, its countryside as much, or more, a place of discovery than had been the Galapagos. It traces the great naturalist's second journey across its modest landscape: a voyage not of the body but of the mind.
Ben Jacardi was the first of his family to make his life on the canals - as a bargeman and also as the builder of the narrowboat, Grey Lady. His mentor was Josiah Armstrong who had taken him in as an apprentice and who came to regard him as the son he'd wanted his own to be, but who flitted with all his savings. Ben's awkward courtship and early years of marriage to Faith eventually settles into a strong partnership, further enhanced with the birth of James. And it is James who discovers his father's true ancestry and learns how he has unwittingly followed the footprints of his forebears.
What happens when you are sharing a flat with Prince Edward and twenty pygmies? When an artificial-foot freedom fighter throws a British-made foot at the Chairman of the Communist Party of China and is then bundled off to a Mobile Prison made by the Ford Motor Company? Just what is Jonathan Aitken's Divas of Rock Show? Will Dong Xiao Ping make it to Tower Records to buy the latest Status Quo album? What of The Lady Di Chinese Restaurant in Walthamstow which specialises in radishes carved in the shape of British Prime Ministers? Will Andrew Lloyd Webber complete his new musical 'Dog Breeder'? Will Willie Whitelaw marry his parrot? Will our hero make that engagement at the Gonk factory in Leeds?As a stand-up comedian, Harry Hill is the equal of Eddie Izzard, Rich Hall and Frank Skinner. Performing bareback for the first time, the self-styled debonaire dachshund now makes his fiction debut.
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From New York Times bestselling author of A Cat in the Stacks mystery series, a novel about murder, family secrets and the deep, deep South...A Deep South Mystery (#1)Graduate student Maggie McLendon is at home in Houston, studying for exams, when a letter from her great aunt arrives, bearing bad news. Maggie's grandfather, Henry McLendon is seriously ill in Jackson, Mississippi. Maggie's never met her relations: her father, English professor Gerard McLendon, has been estranged from his family since Maggie was an infant; perhaps now there is one last chance for the McLendons to be reunited.The family welcomes Maggie and her father with open arms to Jackson, but almost immediately, a murderer strikes--and Gerard McLendon is the chief suspect. But when the killer strikes a second time, it looks like Maggie's father could be the next victim...Racing against time, Maggie delves deep into the mystery surrounding her grandmother's suspicious death 25 years ago and discovers long-held family secrets that could lead her straight to the killer. If only she can get there in time to save her father..."In Cruel as the Grave, Dean James brings to life a family burdened by dark secrets. Determined sleuth Maggie McLendon peels away layers of hidden sadness to find the truth of her heritage in a haunting mystery steeped in the richness of Southern culture." -Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand and Henrie O mysteries"Cruel as the Grave is an engaging, literate novel of family secrets and skullduggery. With a clever plot and appealing characterization, Mr. James has created the perfect English drawing room mystery set smack in the middle of steamy Mississippi. It is a witty and solid debut that will leave mystery readers clamoring for more." -Earlene Fowler, author of Seven Sisters"Cruel As The Grave exposes the underbelly of a Southern family, where secrets and skeletons lurk, cloaked in every imaginable guise. Well-written, deftly-plotted, and highly-recommended for fans of Faulkner and others who zeroed in on the dysfunctional social structure that, to this day, continues to be concealed by superficiality and faded magnolia blossoms." -Joan Hess, author of the Maggody and Clair Malloy mysteries
After Guy Debord's seminal Society of the Spectacle, this new compendium brings together eight other important situationist works. Ivan Chtcheglov opens proceedings via his Formulary for a New Urbanism (1953), with it's quasi-mythical demand that resonated down through generations: "The hacienda must be built", followed by two brief but illuminating pieces from Asger Jorn, who's sandpaper book cover later turned up under the same Factory Records roof as Manchesters' own Hacienda, on the Durrtti Column's "Return of the Durrutti Column" ( the title itself lifted from Andre Bertrand's détourned pro-situ comic strip). Debord's The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy-was an immediate, razor sharp response to the LA/Watts Riots of 1965, it's analysis of the relationship between the rioter and the meaningless, unaffordable commodities they loot or destroy resonating heavily today. Tunisian situationist Mustapha Khayati contributes Address to Revolutionaries of Algeria and of All Countries and the game changing "On the Poverty of Student Life", the match that arguably lit the fires of May 68'. Raoul Vaneigem's The Revolution of Everyday Life finishes things off in defiant fashion : ". You're f*%@g Around With Us? -- Not For Long!"
During the winter of 1944, American and German armies are locked in a desperate, bloody battle in the Hurtgen forest on the German-Belgium border. The forest, of no military significance, has become a point of pride to American commanders who stubbornly throw division after division into the costly campaign. A squad of American soldiers advances cautiously on a night patrol, hunting the enemy among the dense fir trees. They become victims of landmine explosion, and the squad leader is the lone survivor of the blast, his wounds rendering him unable to move or speak. A mysterious stranger emerges from the darkness and drags the wounded man to safety. The soldier is relieved to learn that his rescuer is an army medic, but with the coming of the new day, discovers that they are alone in an obscure rock quarry, home to a tombstone carver. Dead soldiers from the two armies are neatly arranged in stacks on the quarry floor. The soldier soon realizes that his rescuer has been severely traumatized by the carnage of war. The medic has witnessed bloodied and mangled soldiers, many of them close friends, suffer horribly. Eventually overcome with guilt as soldiers under his care continue to die, the medic is a broken man seeking escape through the morphine drugs he carries. The wounded soldier becomes caught up in the man's spiraling descent into insanity. The medic, yearning for the peaceful times he knew before the war, has deserted his unit and roams the forest at night, collecting the bodies of the dead. In his morphine-fueled madness, he is determined to bring back to life his good friend and mentor, Mr. Bamff, the kindly janitor from his high school days. Convinced that, with his friend's resurrection, the world would once again be the utopia it had been, the man is willing to do whatever it takes to make his Mr. Bamff.
Chasing money is all Chloe has ever known. Just when she thinks she's got it all, times get tight, and her body is put to work in the bedroom. Between sexin' married men for hire and searching for the man who would get her out the game; her life is shattered when her cousin Oshyn, pulls in a drug dealer with deep pockets. Oshyn knows her conniving cousin would do anything to walk in her shoes, so she flaunts glamorous gifts and icey diamonds, given to her by new love, Brooklyn Jones. Chloe gets senseless and resorts to desperate measures when she can't steal Brooklyn from Oshyn. When her wild sexual escapades don't work, she uses the ultimate betrayal as her weapon. But her plan is destroyed when a tragic moment happens that shocks everyone. Will Chloe look past her evil ways and change for the better, or will their fate be a replica of their dark family secret? There's a reason why their mothers are locked down and six feet under.
Imagine having your innocence stolen at an early age by someone you trust, or struggling financially before even knowing the meaning of the word "struggling". Ebony Canion has had her share of tumultuous events, yet even she was stunned when a speeding car hit her intentionally, dragging her through the streets with her body folded underneath the vehicle. In a coma for nearly two months, Ebony had no idea her tongue and face had to be sewn back on, or the list of thirty other life-threatening injuries she had sustained. Ebony didn't know she'd been "Left for Dead". In this horrifying first-hand account of a survivor, Ms. Canion delivers a riveting story about overcoming tragedy throughout her childhood, and developing the will to live after numerous attacks on her life. Her strength to learn to walk, talk, and eat again will leave you spellbound and inspired. Her scars tell a story that must be heard and will have you never wanting to complain again.