The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age
Robert Rankin is one of the great British eccentrics, standing alongside Viv Stanshall, Spike Milligan and Neil Innes, amongst others. 'To call Rankin irreverent doesn't begin to describe just how very good he is at playing with the rules', says the MIRROR, while THE DAILY EXPRESS says: 'Everybody should read at least one Robert Rankin in their life' - and it's right. THE INDEPENDENT maintains: 'He is an author best read in large doses. His impressively individual style means that he becomes funnier the more you read him', THE OBSERVER admires ' the stark raving genius of Rankin . . . the plot comes together with alarming and deformed brilliance' and the MAIL ON SUNDAY claims 'Rankin does for England what Spike Milligan does for Ireland. There can be no higher praise'. MAXIM calls him 'Fiendishly clever and joyously funny . . . a brilliant imagination', and SFX think he's Oscar Wilde meets Kurt Vonnegut in the genetics lab of classic fantasy humour'. The newest opus from the Master of Far Fetched Fiction will enhance his reputation even further: it's time to stop Rankin being a hidden gem and make him the National Treasure his fans already believe him to be.
Working for Old World Wisconsin, Chloe Ellefson delights in losing herself in antiques and folk traditions—and forgetting her messy love life. Then the ethnic outdoor museum becomes a murder scene. Does the missing Eagle diamond, a legendary gemstone unearthed in 1876, have anything to do with it? Could Simon Sabatola, a rich AgriFutures executive who possibly drove his wife to suicide, be responsible? Chloe learns that some things never change in this compelling mystery of oldfashioned greed, Swiss green cheese, and a nearly extinct heirloom flower.
Matthew Scudder #06 - When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
From Publishers Weekly
The prolific, Edgar Awardwinning Block has written many mysteries, most in assorted series with colorful protagonists. Featured here is Matt Scudder in his follow-up appearance to Eight Million Ways to Die. Scudder is a former New York cop, now an unlicensed private detective who does favors for friends. Divorced from his wife, who lives with their sons on Long Island, Scudder rooms in a West Side hotel. His real home, however, is any one of three or four local bars, and his family are their owners, staff and habitues. In the summer of 1975, Matt is busy with assorted favors. Tommie Tillary, an investment salesman in flashy clothes, whose wife has been murdered in Bay Ridge, needs to be cleared of suspicion. The real booksas opposed to those shown to the IRSstolen from Skip Devoe's bar must be ransomed, and the masked gunmen who robbed the Morrisey brothers' after-hours place have to be identified. Drinking steadily all summer, Scudder accomplishes all of the above, his intuition, doggedness and respect for a higher law sputtering through the alcoholic haze. Block is an accomplished storyteller, and Matt Scudder is a fine example of hero as human being. Mystery Guild selection. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Ambitious and intense...A compelling and memorable novel." -- San Francisco Chronicle
EDITORIAL REVIEW: Everybody loves a winner, and the Rabbs are major league. Marty is the Red Sox star pitcher, Linda the loving wife. She loves everyone except the blackmailer out to wreck her life. Is Marty throwing fast balls or throwing games? It doesn't take long for Spenser to link Marty's performance with Linda's past...or to find himself trapped between a crazed racketeer and an enforcer toting an M-16. America's favorite pastime has suddenly become a very dangerous sport, and one wrong move means strike three, with Spenser out for good!
Een zonnige reeks is de Campingarts-roman zeker. Kleine en grote ongelukjes op en rond de camping Strand en Duin leiden tot vermakelijke toestanden, maar natuurlijk bloeit ook de romantiek tijdens vakanties als nooit tevoren op. Campingarts Monique heeft het er maar druk mee!
Manchmal ist es ein echtes Kreuz, in einer Familie zu leben, die jede Menge Geheimnisse hat. Der Überzeugung ist zumindest die 16jährige Gwendolyn. Bis sie sich eines Tages aus heiterem Himmel im London um die letzte Jahrhundertwende wiederfindet. Und ihr klar wird, dass ausgerechnet sie das allergrößte Geheimnis ihrer Familie ist. Was ihr dagegen nicht klar ist: Das man sich zwischen den Zeiten möglichst nicht verlieben sollte. Denn das macht die Sache erst recht kompliziert!
SUMMARY: Questor Thews is only a semi-competent wizard, but when High Lord Ben Holiday and his love Willow need use of his powers, he tries to comply. He tries, all right, but he doesn't have all that much faith in himself--not since he turned a terrier into an imp. Still, he'll do what he can....
If you like a mystery with intrigue, suspense, action and a bit of humor, then you will love "Harry Mann in the Tangled Web." Be sure and have your snacks nearby as this is a page-turner, and you won't want to stop until you reach the end--where you are in for a big surprise. Harry Mann and Doris Daily, his Gal Friday, won't be forgotten anytime soon; they are a matched pair. The setting itself--Texas--is a winner, and combined with a fresh new mystery, will appeal to many who like to read about the West in any genre. Appropriate for any age group, it has a cute love story on the side. There's plenty of action, and for those who like to figure out the end before they get there, well, they're going to have a mystery on their hands.
Framed for a crime he did not commit, Jack Morgan seeks refuge on a distant planet, accompanied by the virtual presence of his late Uncle Virge, a con man, until a battle forces Jack into a symbiotic relationship with the sole survivor, the dragon-like K'da, and the two must track down those responsible for Jack's frame-up and the threatened destruction of the K'da. Reprint.