The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #01 - The Tale of Hill Top Farm
Promiss to be a series with legs-and tails. (_Publishers Weekly_) Endearing...resonates with charm...sleuth Beatrix positively shines. (_School Library Journal_)
The author of Peter Rabbit and other tales, Beatrix Potter is still, after a century, beloved by children and adults worldwide. In this first Cottage Tale, Albert introduces Beatrix, an animal lover and Good Samaritan with a knack for solving mysteries. With help from her entourage of talking animal friends, Beatrix sets out to win over the human hearts of Sawrey, where she's just bought an old farm--and plans to stay.
Miss Beatrix Potter finds the abandoned Baby Flora—and a scarab ring—on her doorstep. An investigation reveals that the ring was pawned and reclaimed by a resident of the vacant and supposedly haunted Hawthorn House. Now Beatrix and her animal friends are left pondering these utterly puzzling happenings.
Starred Review This whimsical, amiable, enchanting, gentle, and charming tale is the fifth (and best) in Sharon Wittig Albert’s series featuring Miss Beatrix Potter. It succeeds on many levels and for many audiences. Readers should not expect a traditional mystery as there is no murder; instead, there is a series of intrigues to be untangled by the tactful Miss Potter. The puzzles include the death of the antiquarian Hugh Wickstead (killed by a falling treetop), a fireball burning down a barn, the mysterious appearance of a long-lost sister of Mr. Wickstead, and a missing treasure. This is also a fantasy, with talking animals and dragons who seem to know more about the puzzles than any of the humans. In true old-fashioned style, the narrator is omniscient and regularly tells the reader information to which the book’s characters are not privy. This technique was used by Potter herself in her little tales and by Baum in the Oz books. There is also a real-life romance beginning to flourish between the two “real” characters, Beatrix Potter and her solicitor, Will Heelis. On yet another level, this is an engaging historical novel imparting much information about the life of Beatrix Potter in December 1909 in the village of Near Sawrey in the Lake District of England. Readers who begin with the open mind of a child will be well rewarded. --Judy Coon
The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #06 - The Tale of Applebeck Orchard
The latest delightful tale in Albert's Beatrix Potter series.
Out of spite for having his haystacks burnt, Mr. Harmsworth barricades a common path through his orchard-and Tabitha Twitchet and her Cat Council want answers. Reliable witnesses, including some Big Folk, say the arson was the handiwork of a lantern-wielding specter. The mournful ghost has a message-and Miss Potter, for one, hopes to figure it out.
Meanwhile in Sawrey, romance buds between the schoolmarm and a confirmed bachelor; Hyacinth Badger hopes to be the first female to earn the Badger Badge of Honor; and a rumor has Beatrix and the solicitor practically betrothed. But the matter of the barricade involves everyone-and Miss Potter and her friends might have to take matters into their own hands-and paws.
About the Author
Susan Wittig Albert grew up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at UC- Berkeley. A former English professor, university administrator and vice- president, she also writes the China Bayles mysteries. She and her husband co- author a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events or locales is entirely coincidental.
Terrified. Abused. Who do you trust when the world is against you?
Hope is in short supply for Kelsey Brand...Abandoned by her mother and placed in care, 14-year-old Kelsey - along with her younger sisters - is just another forgotten child of the state. Unable to cope with the care home's harsh regimes, Kelsey attempts to take her own life, leaving her horrifically scarred - and mute. Days later, the body of Kelsey's mother Grace - a known prostitute and heroin addict - is found butchered on a notorious Luton council estate. And Kelsey becomes a suspect...Enter Lilly Valentine. A tough-talking Yorkshire lawyer with a heart of gold and a will of iron, Lilly has forsaken a glittering career to move south and help vulnerable kids escape the system. Determined to prove Kelsey's innocence, Lilly ventures into the heart of a dark city with as many secrets as problems. Prostitution, paedophilia, drugs and blackmail: Lily must put her own life at risk to save a silent, terrified child and find the real killer...
Multilingual, anarchic spy Evan Tanner once again goes behind the Iron Curtain in this 1966 seriocomic tale. This time, he must break into a Prague prison to liberate a despicable Nazi who will lead Tanner to the documents exposing his network of hatred. As is typical in Block's Tanner yarns, the spy has unusual allies: a gang of Israeli terrorists and a beautiful Czech nymphomaniac. Then Tanner and his charge, Janos Kotacek, make a painstaking journey through Hungary and Yugoslavia and finally to Portugal. The means he devises to silence Kotacek's racist rants, sneak him into the West, and trick him into revealing his secrets are extremely clever. Nick Sullivan's skill with a wide range of accents and his irreverent tone make him the perfect reader for Tanner's Cold War adventures. Recommended for public libraries, though some listeners may have trouble with the sexism typical of the period. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The second book in the Evan Tanner series finds Tanner working as an agent--for a man and an agency so secret that both are nameless--and assigned to slip into Czechoslovakia to accomplish the most incredible kidnapping of the century.
Few mystery authors have a stable of protagonists as uniformly appealing as Lawrence Block's. Whether Block's taking the reader into PI Matthew Scudder's world of dimly lit bars and basement AA meetings, quirky burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr's used bookstore, or the international hot-spot hangouts of Evan Tanner, the spy who never sleeps, he always provides good company. John Keller, star of Block's 1998 story collection Hit Man, is a typical Block invention: an unassuming, get-the-job-done-and-move-on New York contract killer who collects stamps, does the morning crossword, eats Vietnamese takeout, and falls for the occasional woman.
When Keller gets off a plane in Louisville, ready to do the job he's been hired for, something about it feels wrong from the start. And when two people are killed in the motel room he's just vacated, he realizes he narrowly missed a setup, but can't figure out why. Then he goes to Boston to do another job, and afterwards dines in a coffee shop where another patron has the misfortune of leaving with Keller's raincoat:
The Globe didn't have it. But there it was in the Herald, a small story on a back page, a man found dead on Boston Common, shot twice in the head with a small-caliber weapon.
Keller could picture the poor bastard, lying face-down on the grass, the rain washing relentlessly down on him. He could picture the dead man's coat, too. The Herald didn't say anything about a coat, but that didn't matter. Keller could picture it all the same.
Keller's agent, Dot, puts the pieces--including the death of another contract killer she books occasionally--together and comes up with the seemingly crazy idea that a greedy hit man is knocking off the competition. In between other legit hits, romancing a commitment-shy artist, visiting an astrologer, and a long stint on jury duty, Keller slowly moves closer to the faceless nemesis he and Dot dub "Roger." But it's Dot, the woman of action, who figures out what to do about him. Though Hit List is too introspective to be a caper novel, and too funny to be noir, it's bound to find a rapt audience with fans of both subgenres. After two such engaging books, can Hit Parade be far behind? --Barrie Trinkle
From Publishers Weekly
John Keller, whom Block introduced in Hit Man, is a killer for hire, with a difference. He's thoughtful, even broody, tends to take a liking to some of the towns where he goes to do his work, dreams of perhaps settling down in one of them one day and collects stamps in his spare time, of which there's plenty. It's a novel idea, and it carried an excellent group of stories in the previous book. A whole novel about Keller, however, who after all walks a very delicate line between likability and horror, is more than he can readily bear, and, almost unknown in Block's work, there are longueurs here. The plot is wryly serviceableAa rival is attempting to corner the market by getting to some of Keller's intended victims first, and clearly has to be disposed ofAbut about halfway through a certain unease creeps in and won't let go. For all Block's usual great skill with goofy dialogue (here between Keller and Dot, the intermediary who takes the orders for his jobs), it's difficult to indefinitely enjoy jokes about the violent deaths of a number of people who, for all Dot and Keller know, are harmless, perhaps even good citizens, but whom someone is willing to pay to remove. Apparently mindful of this, Block keeps the killings mostly offstage, or with a minimum of graphic violence. But an affection for Keller is an acquired taste, and here it proves difficult to acquire. 9-city author tour. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
AT CARDS AND WITH WOMEN, BILL MAYNARD KNEW HOW TO CHEAT
On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action--but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill's latest mark. Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband. But in life as in poker, the other player sometimes has an ace up his sleeve...
Jerry Broadfield thinks he's a good cop. But he's been charged with extortion - and his former buddies in the NYPD would like to see him laid bare out on a morgue slab for squealing to a committee on police corruption. And when a dead hooker turns up in his apartment, he's saddled with a murder rap as well. Broadfield screams "frame-up" and nobody believes him - except ex-policeman-turned-p.i. Matthew Scudder. But finding a killer among the stoolie-cop's sleazebag connections is going to be as difficult as finding a cold beer in Hell - which is where Scudder is headed if he sticks his nose in too deep.
This is the third of Block's superb Matt Scudder series to appear (it was first issued by Dell in paperback back in 1977), and its return now in hardcover from Dark Harvest (which did the first, Sins of the Fathers , last year) is great news for admirers. The story is swift, complicated and elegant, and Kellerman gets it right when he says that the Scudder novels "are the best New York crime novels ever written." In this one Scudder, still in his drinking days, is paid by "Spinner" Jablon, a small-time hood, to hold an envelope for him, with instructions to open it only when he dies, and then do what's necessary. What's necessary turns out to be determining which of Jablon's three eminent blackmail victims did the little man in. One is a wealthy businessman who's been covering up for his teenage daughter, whose car killed a child; there's a society wife with a past in porn movies and prostitution; another is a candidate for governor with a taste for hurting small boys in sadistic sex. How Scudder finds out who had Jablon killed, and the sometimes tragic consequences of his investigation, provide the meat of this outstanding thriller, which moves effortlessly through sleazy bars, skyscraper suites and luxury hotels. The dialogue is, as always, dead on and rivetingly entertaining, and the atmosphere--Kellerman has it right again--is "wonderfully morose." Not to be missed. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Named after a line from Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock , this 1976 novel features Block's popular detective Matt Scudder. The plot finds Scudder investigating the death of a small-time hood who, knowing he was marked for death, paid Scudder in advance to solve his murder. All libraries where Block is popular will want to have this first hardcover edition, which also contains an introduction by fellow mystery writer Jonathan Kellerman. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city. A young prostitute named Kim knew it also—and she wanted out. Maybe Kim didn't deserve the life fate had dealt her. She surely didn't deserve her death. The alcoholic ex-cop turned p.i. was supposed to protect her, but someone slashed her to ribbons on a crumbling New York City waterfront pier. Now finding Kim's killer will be Scudder's penance. But there are lethal secrets hiding in the slain hooker's past that are far dirtier than her trade. And there are many ways of dying in this cruel and dangerous town—some quick and brutal ... and some agonizingly slow.
About the Author
Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.
Unlicensed PI Matthew Scudder returns after a three-year absence to investigate the murder of a wealthy couple savagely slain in their Manhattan townhouse. Matt's now 62, and his age shows in this relatively sedate outing. There's less violence than in many cases past, and the urban melancholy that pervaded his earlier tales has dissipated, replaced by a mature reckoning with the unending cycle of life and death. The mystery elements are strong. To the cops, the case is open-and-shut: the perps have been found dead, murder/suicide, in Brooklyn, with loot from the townhouse in their possession. Matt enters the scene when his assistant, TJ, introduces him to the cousin of the dead couple's daughter; the cousin suspects the daughter of having engineered the killings for the inheritance. At loose ends, Matt digs in, quickly rejecting the daughter as a suspect but uncovering evidence pointing to a mastermind behind the murders. Block sounds numerous obligatory notes from Scudder tales past the AA meetings, the tithing of Matt's income, cameo appearances by Matt's love interest, Elaine, and his friend, Irish mobster Mick Ballou and he adds texture with some familial drama involving Matt's sons and ex-wife. His prose is as smooth as aged whiskey, as always, and the story flows across its pages. It lacks the visceral edge and heightened emotion of many previous Scudders, however, and the ending seems patly aimed at a sequel. This is a solid mystery, a fine Block, but less than exceptional. (Nov.)Forecast: All Blocks sell and Scudder's return will do particularly well, especially with the attendant major ad/promo, including a 17-city author tour. Simultaneous Harper Audio and Harper large print edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This is the 15th Matthew Scudder novel in 25 years, and readers of Block's noir series know what to expect. It's all here: a perfect evocation of the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City; trips to AA meetings in church basements; Mick Ballou's bar; and the recurring characters such as Ballou, the streetwise TJ, and Elaine, the civilizing influence. In this latest outing, Matt and Elaine attend a "Mostly Mozart" benefit concert at Lincoln Center. At the same concert are a couple who are later murdered in their Upper West Side apartment. Then, the "murderers" are themselves killed in Brooklyn. Without anyone really asking him to, and for want of something better to do, Scudder starts to pick at this case until the whole story unravels before him to a startling conclusion. Every so often, the real murderer narrates a chapter, which adds a cat-and-mouse element. But those looking for fast action will not find it here the pace is leisurely, and characters and set pieces are almost as important as plot. Recommended, especially for public libraries, where readers will ask for it. - Fred Gervat, Concordia Coll. Lib., Bronxville, NY Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
England,1895: Die 16-jährige Gemma wird auf einem Internat für höhere Töchter, der ›Spence-Akademie‹, zur heiratsfähigen jungen Dame erzogen. Hier sollen ihr die Aufsässigkeit und sonstiges unziemliches Betragen ausgetrieben werden. Gemeinsam mit drei anderen Mädchen gründet Gemma, den strengen Regeln der Akademie zum Trotz, einen geheimen Zirkel. Das neu entstandene Kleeblatt Felicity, Pippa, Gemma und Ann trifft sich heimlich nachts, um dem Schulalltag zu entkommen, verbotenen Alkohol zu probieren und über Übersinnliches zu spekulieren. Dann entdeckt Gemma das Tagebuch eines Mädchens, das 20 Jahre zuvor auch Schülerin von Spence war. Die Lektüre elektrisiert sie: Die Verfasserin hatte Visionen von einem herrlichen Reich, das sie durch eine Art Portal betreten konnte. Hin- und hergerissen dazwischen, ihre Macht zu ergründen und sie zu verdrängen, weiht Gemma ihre Freundinnen ein. Die sind natürlich Feuer und Flamme. Bei einer »spiritistischen« Sitzung passiert es dann: Gemma sieht die Lichttür und tritt mit ihren Freundinnen in das fantastische Reich über. Überwältigt vom Gefühl der grenzenlosen Freiheit geben sich die Mädchen allerlei magischen Spielereien hin, denn dort lassen sich die kühnsten Träume realisieren. Doch bald schon erkennen sie, dass das magische Reich bedroht ist. Eine schreckliche Macht namens Circe will die Magie des Ortes für sich besitzen ...
Herrliche Weihnachtszeit! Gemma freut sich auf den Urlaub von der Spence-Akademie für junge Damen, freut sich auf die Zeit mit ihren Freundinnen Felicity und Ann, auf aufregende Bälle im noch aufregenderen London. Und tatsächlich scheint sich der attraktive, junge Lord Denby für sie zu interessieren. Doch trotz all der Ablenkungen der großen Stadt gerät Gemma immer wieder in den Strudel ihrer Visionen. Unheilvoller Visionen. Außerdem ist der mysteriöse Kartik wieder aufgetaucht - mit einer Warnung: Die Magie, die sie durch die Zerstörung der Runen freigesetzt hatte, wird nun zu einer Bedrohung für das Magische Reich. Gemma soll in die verzauberte Welt zurückkehren, um den geheimen Tempel zu finden und die Magie dort zu binden. Aber auch andere Kräfte sind an dem Magischen Reich interessiert ...
Een reeks moorden brengt het geheim van de Lijkwade van Turijn aan het licht
Los Angeles wordt opgeschrikt door een aantal bizarre moorden, die onmiskenbaar het werk zijn van een seriemoordenaar. Pas bij de moord op Tamara Jacobs, die het scenario heeft geschreven voor een film over de wereldberoemde Lijkwade van Turijn, vindt de politie een eerste concrete aanwijzing.
Tamara hield haar research voor de controversiële film angstvallig geheim. Niemand mocht weten hoe de film zou aflopen, niemand kende het hele script. En ze had uitstekende bronnen: tot diep in het Vaticaan. De inspecteurs Mitzi Fallon en Nic Karakandez zoeken in Tamara's filmscript naar motieven voor de moord. Ze ontdekken dat de laatste scènes óf nooit zijn geschreven óf spoorloos zijn verdwenen... (source: Bol.com)
Marc Dupeyrat ist Journalist bei einem Pariser Boulevardblatt. Schon immer übten Morde eine seltsame Faszination auf ihn aus. Sein neuester Fall ist die Geschichte des Serienmörders Jacques Reverdi, der in Südostasien mehrere junge Frauen umgebracht hat und nun in Malaysia auf sein Todesurteil wartet. Der ehemalige Weltmeister im "free-diving" verweigert jede Aussage - eine Herausforderung für den Sensationsreporter Dupeyrat. Mit einer Finte gelingt es ihm Kontakt aufzunehmen: Er bedient sich der Identität einer fiktiven, jungen Frau, die angeblich eine Magisterarbeit über die Psychogramme von Mördern schreibt. Reverdi fängt Feuer und lässt sich auf einen Briefkontakt ein. Er verliebt sich in "Elisabeth" und bittet um ein Foto. Ohne zu Zögern schickt Dupeyrat das Bild des Fotomodells Kadidscha, einer Bekannten. Als er genug Material für sein Buch zusammen hat, das in Frankreich ein Bestseller wird, bricht er den Kontakt zu Reverdi ab. Doch Reverdi gelingt unerwartet die Flucht aus dem Gefängnis: Er kommt nach Paris und sucht "Elisabeth"/Kadidscha, deren Gesicht überall in Paris auf Werbeplakaten zu sehen ist. Und für Dupeyrat und Kadidscha beginnt ein Albtraum ?
Angie Deacon always thought the gene that produced maternal instinct was missing from her DNA. Till she meets Kiana Smith: beautiful, personable, talented and...grieving, because her mentor, Gwen Forest, the drama teacher has been murdered.
The principal of Carlson South High School begs Angie to come supervise a production scheduled for that weekend. The play, written by Kiana and her friend Evan, is a fundraising effort to save the school's floundering drama program. Although her own community theater is in the midst of its next production, Angie agrees to help out.
The trouble is, the principal has told everyone she's there to work on the case, and Angie is quickly buried in secrets and problems thrown at her from every angle. Since she and Detective Colby Jarvis' near-death experience in a recent case, she's sworn to leave investigating to the professionals. Unfortunately she can't convince the kids or the principal to...
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.
From the author of the acclaimed thriller *Sweepers*, an explosive return to the world of the top secret intelligence operatives whose job it is to "kill the killers"-and this time it's personal.
Edwin Kreiss, a retired "sweeper" who spent years "retrieving" rogue operatives and making them disappear,finds himself back on the job-if unofficially-when his daughter vanishes in the woods of rural West Virginia. Using his old skills of tracking, hunting, high-tech and low-tech intelligence work, and whatever else he has in his bag of tricks, he mounts his own search and investigation. Suddenly thrown into conflict with people from his murky past, and with a female FBI agent determined to crack the case first, he becomes targeted for retrieval by one of his own kind-a sweeper named Misty-as he cuts a path through political scandal, personal revenge, and high-level corruption.
*Hunting Season* is P T. Deutermann in top form. It is a brilliantly plotted novel that moves from rolling hills to the marble corridors ofWashington, D.C., as it tracks the progress of a man on a mission-and the secret he alone knows.
**About the Author:** P. T. Deutermann is a retired Navy captain and has served in the joint Chiefs of Staff as an arms control specialist. He is the author of six previous novels, and lives in Georgia.
What does it take to make a law-abiding, outgoing, philanthropic woman murder her only son?
Sean's misdeeds began with the thefts of school kids' lunches and toys, and escalated to womanizing and blackmail. The town's reputation is in jeopardy. His mother puts up with it for twenty-seven years, four months and seventeen days—then she snaps.
Claire devises a plan to poison him.
Trouble is, she buys the plant, from which she derives the poison, in a good friends' shop. When Payton comes under suspicion for the murder, Claire descends into deep depression. She's committed one murder to protect her town, will she commit another to protect her friend?
Former Anchorage police detective Nik Kane spent seven years in prison after shooting a supposedly unarmed boy. He was exonerated when a witness recanted and said the boy had pointed a gun at Nik before the detective responded. Unable to rejoin the police department, Nik works for a security firm until he decides to go out on his own. His former boss offers him his first job: clear a native Alaskan state senator, Matthew Hope, of the charge of murdering another senator's legislative assistant. Hope proclaims his innocence but seems uninterested in defending himself, even though he was found standing over the body with the murder weapon in his hand. Kane quickly becomes immersed in Alaskan state politics, where corruption seems rife. It soon becomes clear that someone wants Kane off the case.This gritty, hard-boiled mystery, the second in a series, also finds Kane trying to reestablish a relationship with his son after his stint in prison. O'Brien, Sue
Versteckt in einer ägyptischen Höhle liegt der Schlüssel zu einem Geheimnis, das 2000 Jahre lang verloren war. Eine mysteriöse Sekte tut alles, um ihn in die Finger zu bekommen. In ihrem Visier ist die Historikerin Emily Wess. Denn nur sie vermag den Schlüssel zu finden. Als Emilys Neffe der Sekte zum Opfer fällt, schwört sie Rache. Was Emily jedoch nicht ahnt: Hinter dem starken Interesse an einem antiken Artefakt verbirgt sich eine sehr moderne Verschwörung, die nicht nur Emily, sondern ein ganzes Land bedroht.
Умберто Эко (род. в 1932) – один из крупнейших писателей современной Италии. Знаменитый ученый – медиевист, специалист по массовой культуре, профессор Эко известен российскому читателю прежде всего как автор романа «Имя розы» (1980).
«Маятник Фуко» -второй крупный роман писателя; изданный в 1988 году, он был переведен на многие языки и сразу же стал одним из центров притяжения мировой читательской аудитории. Блестящий пародийный анализ культурно-исторической сумятицы современного интеллигентного сознания, предупреждение об опасностях умственной неаккуратности, порождающей чудовищ, от которых лишь шаг к фашистскому «сперва – сознаю, а затем – и действую», делают книгу не только интеллектуально занимательной, но и, безусловно, актуальной. На русском языке в полном объеме «Маятник Фуко» издается впервые.