Mrs Gentle has fooled everyone into thinking she is as sweet as she sounds - Gentle by name and gentle by nature. But local constable Hamish Macbeth isn´t fooled. He believes this little old lady is actually quite sly and vicious, but he´s in a minority of one. Or is he? When Mrs Gentle dies under unusual circumstances the villagers of Lochdubh are shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects that members of her family may be involved but Hamish thinks there´s much more to the story - and is willing to get rough to solve the riddle of Mrs Gentle´s mysterious demise. ´The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life´ Good Book Guide ´The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status´ Anne Robinson, The Times ´It´s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh´ The New York Times
A mysterious prisoner, long forgotten. Ancient blood ties of horrifying significance. A sly trap is sprung with terrifying consequences. Kara, heart bearer of Bastion , returns to Gaia to begin her mission. Aided by Chryso, her djinn Dragonmerger and a feisty dragon named Beryl, they fly into the core of the dangerous stronghold of the emperor. Her mission to bring down the barrier is overshadowed by her mother´s urgent plea to free a man imprisoned within the citadel´s stone walls. It does not take long before Kara is confronted by her brother Jasper, a wizard who has sworn allegiance to the Emperor. Convinced of his loyalty to their family, she places her life in his hands, enlisting his help to free the captive. Lines blur as loyalties are tested, for the emperor sees all. They are pawns in a larger scheme, orchestrated by Madrid. Their plans are doomed to fail. Yet hope remains, while hearts are pure, for there is one who has the power to defeat the emperor. Grab this next exciting installment in the Heart of the Citadel! Other books in this series: Heart of Destiny Heart of Tyr Heart of Shadra
´Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?´ remains the most curious and most enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Moving away from the narrower paths of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking, the celebrated essayist Jim Holt now enters this fascinating debate with his broad, lively and deeply informed narrative that traces all our efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. With sly humour and a highly original personal approach Holt takes on the role of cosmological detective. Suggesting that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God and the Big Bang, he tracks down, among others, an eccentric Oxford philosopher, a Nobel Laureate physicist, a French Buddhist monk, and John Updike just before he died, to pursue this cosmic puzzle from every angle. As he pieces together a solution - while offering useful insights into time, consciousness, and eternity - he sheds fascinating new light on the meaning of existence. A New York Times bestseller on first publication, this new paperback edition provides a much-needed new take on history´s greatest conundrum, in the vein of previous bestsellers like Michael Brooks´ 13 Things that Don´t Make Sense.
In Kiss Kiss you will find eleven devious, shocking stories from the master of the unpredictable, Roald Dahl. What could go wrong when a wife pawns the mink coat that her lover gave her as a parting gift? What happens when a priceless piece of furniture is the subject of a deceitful bargain? Can a wronged woman take revenge on her dead husband? In these dark, disturbing stories Roald Dahl explores the sinister side of human nature: the cunning, sly, selfish part of each of us that leads us into the territory of the unexpected and unsettling. Stylish, macabre and haunting, these tales will leave you with a delicious feeling of unease. ´Roald Dahl is one of the few writers I know whose work can accurately be described as addictive´ Irish Times Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl´s Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl´s stories continue to make readers shiver today.
Young, impoverished and ambitious, science student Mr. Lewisham is locked in a struggle to further himself through academic achievement. But when his former sweetheart, Ethel Henderson, re-enters his life his strictly regimented existence is thrown into chaos by the resurgence of old passion. Driven by overwhelming desire, he pursues Ethel passionately, only to find that while she returns his love she also hides a dark secret. For she is involved in a plot of trickery that goes against his firmest beliefs, working as an assistant to her stepfather — a cynical charlatan ‘mystic’ who earns his living by deluding the weak-willed with sly trickery.
Mannheim hält den Atem an. Eingefrorene Leichenteile tauchen an verschiedenen Stellen der Stadt auf. Doch von wem stammen der Fuß mit den drei Zehen und der Kopf? Was haben die Funde mit der polnischen Kleinstadt an der Ostsee, mit dem Göttinger Astrophysiker Harald von Sploen und der freundlichen ukrainischen Altenpflegerin zu tun? Bald schon steht fest: Die blutige Spur führt in eine Villa in der Mannheimer Oststadt. Wie schon bei Tod im Jungbusch ermittelt auch dieses Mal wieder Jennifer Trams mit ihrem Hund Sly und gerät schon bald in tödliche Gefahr. Ein erbarmungsloser Wettlauf mit der Zeit beginnt.
Knitting finally takes its rightful place on the spectrum of personal obsessions, alongside golfing, fishing, and gardening. The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in these 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the self-proclaimed yarn harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. As any knitter can attest to, this is an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment. To soothe the unraveled knitter´s soul, Pearl- McPhee has selected some of her favorite quotes to cast off from, and then, like the standup comic of the knitting world, she rants, raves, and reflects on common experiences that are sure to leave avid knitters in stitches. At Knit´s End captures the wicked b´´ and wickedly funny b´´ musings of someone who doesn´t really believe it´s possible to knit too much, and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and her sanity on a regular basis in order to keep doing it. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has seen it all b´´ from the deadly bsecond sock syndrome, b to a house so full of yarn she can´t find her washing machine, to desperate all-nighters spent feverishly finishing gifts. This hilarious collection of short, pithy readings offers plenty of reassurance for anyone who has ever wondered, bAm I alone in my mania?b
London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses to the hell of a debtors´ prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol´s rutheless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain´s beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet. Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon, Tom´s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder - or be the next to die. A twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.
A compendium of science fiction stories filled with “high diversion, amusement and amazement” from the legendary creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey ( Los Angeles Times ). In the White Hart Pub in London just north of Fleet Street, Harry Purvis holds court with his fellow writers of scientific yarns. A consummate storyteller, Harry is joined by the actual writers Samuel Youd, John Wyndham, and Clarke himself, all under pseudonyms, and all trying to outdo each other with their outlandish tales of science and invention. Inspired by the Jorkens collections by Lord Dunsany, this anthology combines elements of comedy and horror, with “sly wit and inviting prose style” and a distinctly English flavor ( AV Club ). Written by a “collossus of science fiction;” Tales from the White Hart is not just for fans of the genre, but for anyone who appreciates a good tall tale ( The New Yorker ). “One of the most astounding imaginations ever encountered in print.” — The New York Times
´´Li Kao may have a slight flaw in his character but the book has none. I recommend it unconditionally and I predict Barry Hughart has quite a future as a fantasy writer.´´-Anne McCaffrey When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox sought a wiseman to save them. He found master Li Kao, a scholar with a slight flaw in his character. Together they set out to find the Great Root of Power, the only possible cure. The quest led them to a host of truly memorable characters, multiple wonders, incredible adventures-and strange coincidences which were really not coincidences at all. And it involved them in an ancient crime that still perturbed the serenity of Heaven. Simply and charmingly told, this is a wry tale, a sly tale, and a story of wisdom delightfully askew. Once read, its marvels and beauty will not easily fade from the mind. The author claims that this is a novel of an ancient China that never was. But, oh . . . it should have been!