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Finding terrorists, reuniting soldiers with families, finding the lost kid down the street——you know, that sort of thing. Now, suddenly, Jessica's lost her powers. Not that she's complaining. Susan Calman is convicted. In Series 1, she examines the current hot political topic of equal marriage; looks at the issues surrounding the death penalty from the perspective gained whilst working on Death Row; considers how best to deal with depression; and evaluates what it means to be Scottish.

Seventeen year old Amish boy, Noah Kline, is struck by a car as he walks alongside a dark country road late one night in Painters Mill. Seriously injured, he lapses into a coma. Initially, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder believes it's a straightforward hit and run, a driver that panicked and fled.

This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand—new novella, Too Much Time, is included along with every Reacher short story that Child has written so far. Either someone is playing a sick joke or the wife he never stopped loving is still alive.

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Searching desperately for answers, Dr. David Beck heads straight toward a deadly secret. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has. When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she's in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband's best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She's barely spoken to him since. Running for her life in the wake of her mother's murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of——a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides.

Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can't focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie's boat.

Richard Sharpe faces the bloodiest battle of his career——for Toulouse, his last battle before he lays down his sword. But he is unaware of another battle looming——a consignment of Napolean's treasure is stolen and damning evidence against Sharpe is constructed. He must trace those responsible to take his revenge Lieutenant Sharpe and his team of riflemen find themselves cut off from the rest of the army and are surrounded by enemy troops. Help comes in the unlikely form of a Spanish cavalry officer who, unknown to Sharpe, plans to lead a suicidal assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela against overwhelming French numbers.

But his voyage is interrupted by the French warship, 'The Revenant', carrying a secret treaty. Unintentionally, Sharpe ends up in the middle of one of the most momentous naval battles of all time, Trafalgar, as the combined fleets of Spain and France face up against Nelson's English navy. The Battle of Waterloo commences and sidelined, it seems as if Sharpe must stand by and watch the grandest scale of military folly.


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But at the height of battle, as victory seems impossible, Sharpe seizes command and the battle becomes his most magnificent triumph. Sharpe is ordered to join the hunt for the renegade Englishman, a hunt which ends at the village of Assaye, where the British find themselves outnumbered and outgunned by the Mahratta horde, in a fight for their lives Sharpe's job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus.

Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus——a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra. But through the reckless incompetence of a naval commander, Sharpe finds himself abandoned in enemy territory. He has no choice but to trust his fortunes to an American privateer——a man who has no love for the British invaders. So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set and party. But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan.

Between a robbery and an encounter on a nudist beach, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next. The interrogation. Chalk and cheese coppers Max Matthews and Sean Armitage are from different generations and different worlds, but together they make a remarkable team. In this powerful, unconventional police procedural, we join the detective duo in the interview room, as they practise their unique style of interrogation in a bid to extract a confession. When two wealthy couples commit suicide one right after the other, he suspects it isn't suicide, but murder. He must find who was behind it, and how they did it.

Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed compassion, his father would brutally punish him. Sassy and Waldo are back! When Ms. Twohey announces that her class is going on a trip to the History Museum, Stewart is worried he's in for another long day of facts and learning.

But nothing can be boring when you have two dogs in a trench coat along with you. Just hope they don't get too close to those huge dinosaur bones. Domestic science. Featuring Matt Parker, Steve Mould and Helen Arney as Festival of the Spoken Nerd, these 8 episodes use stand—up, songs and experiments to investigate the world around us with a level of scientific accuracy not normally found in your average comedy series. It's a road trip. After months of searching, presuming she was dead, Keisha held a funeral, mourned, and gradually tried to get on with her life.

But that was before Keisha started to see her wife, again and again, in the background of news reports from all over America. At M's request, Bond begins his investigation with Sir Hugo Drax, the leading card shark at M's club, who is also the head of the Moonraker project. But once Bond delves deeper into the goings—on at the Moonraker base, he discovers that both the project and its leader are something other than they appear to be. She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn't take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he was the victim of a very violent killer.

But the trail has gone cold. Juniper French was born four months early, at twenty—three weeks gestation. She weighed one pound, four ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest you could see her flickering heart. Stockholm Criminal Investigator Conny S Joberg finds a mother and her two young children lying peacefully in bed, their throats coldly and efficiently cut and no signs of a struggle.

As Conny and his team get to work they draw a blank on both motive and suspect for these cruel, senseless murders. The only lead they have is a mysterious benefactor of the family who eludes their every search. Seeing all the gloomy, pale faces surrounding him, he feels satisfaction. After all he's successful, happily married, and the father of three children.

Unbeknown to him he is being watched by another passenger. In a short space of time, several bestial murders occur in central Stockholm. Criminal investigator Conny Sjoberg and the Hammarby police begin to suspect that there's a link. By the time it has lifted next morning a woman lies murdered in Green Park.

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Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer in Piccadilly. When old Monty Bickerstaffe finds a dead body in his drawing room it comes as a nasty surprise — the first of many. Monty lives alone in a crumbling Cotswold manor house and the last thing he wants is the police sniffing around his property. Not that he has anything to hide The identity of the corpse and how and why it was left in Monty's home remain a mystery. In the cold light of dawn, a dead body is found entombed in the smouldering remains of a burnt—out Cotswold manor.

Key House has stood empty for years, but its owner, Gervase Crown, is rumoured to have been seen in Weston St Ambrose prior to the blaze. Little is known about the elusive man. And some were never meant to die. Wendy is on a quest for vengeance after Hook kidnapped the lost boys and destroyed their school.

Stuck as a shadow, Peter's body is weakening because each time he dies and regenerates may be his last. Meanwhile, Wendy is running out of time to track down Hook, save the boys, and rescue Peter before he's lost as a shadow forever. But a surprising clue leads to the mysterious island where it all began. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet——sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. It is only be a matter of time before the U.

In the town of Hope River, midwife Patience Hester's husband, Daniel has vowed never to take up arms again; he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south—west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop. But Vianne is completely unprepared for what she finds there. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home——until she learns of her dad's failing health.

Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs their family's Irish pub——and who has borne the burden of his sisters' rift. Bombs have gradually destroyed the huts and temple. Recently, soldiers marched into town and burned all the rice seed. Now with nothing to eat, Dara and her family are walking to the border. They have heard of a refugee camp near Thailand, far away from danger. The camp is even better than Dara expected. She has all the food she wants and makes wonderful new friends.

Most of all, she finally feels safe. The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation. But wondrous things await in Kelsingra, a city built for dragons and their Elderling keepers. Alise, overwhelmed by the treasures she finds there, records her finds for posterity.

Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north from their brutal Blitzkrieg advance are three officers of the King's Guard — men who have been entrusted by the Norwegian King with a vitally important mission: to get leading scientist, Hening Sandvold, out of Oslo and away to the safety of the Allies. Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the south—east coast of England.

But all is not well in the camp. The mysterious death of two Polish refugees leads Tanner to believe there has been foul play. When he and his corporal, Stan Sykes, are nearly killed, Tanner finds his suspicions directed at an old comrade from his early days in the army. There is trouble for Jack Tanner. In addition to the arrival of a new subaltern who seems determined to make life difficult, Tanner has offended a powerful local Cretan who has sworn to kill him. Then suddenly the Germans invade and British fortunes take another dive for the worse.

Amidst the bitter fighting and subsequent evacuation of the island, Tanner finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of survival that will test his resolve more than ever before. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know. The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. New territory brings new troubles for the fierce cats of the warrior Clans, and former allies are acting strangely hostile.

As divisions between the Clans grow deeper, Firestar's daughters face troubling decisions. The choices they make now could affect ThunderClan for generations to come Before there is peace, blood will spill blood The Clans have finally arrived in their new home, and now they must struggle to establish territories, learn hidden dangers, and find a new place to communicate with StarClan. Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and as a book restorer devotes her days tending to broken, battered books. When she discovers a notebook carefully concealed in an old Bible, Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart—rending tale of wartime love But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.

Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people's mandate so her friend might escape——a choice with devastating consequences. I just took one tiny power nap in a very boring lesson and they totally over—reacted——banning me from appearing on the most awesome vlog in the universe! I tried everything I could to change their minds——even doing my homework! Then my best friend Maddy told me about a secret way to fool your parents into doing anything you want A world—weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name.

Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in , was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig The resulting car crash changes her life.

But in this event is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, wrenching her whole family apart. For the first time real, honest—to—goodness happiness is just within her reach.

Never one for the quiet life, she'd had a string of affairs with famous actors, making perfect fodder for the tabloids Then came a commission to write a tell—all memoir. When Amanda is found brutally murdered, the suspects are lining up — from jealous ex—flatmates to famous lovers to a corrupt agent. A van — garishly painted with a grinning clown's face on the side — is being driven erratically.

When the police pull over the driver to question him, they discover, inside the van, the body of a young woman. A murder suspect. A case done and dusted? But their suspect claims his victim is not his first, but his third. Months earlier, a bully cop pulled over and sexually harassed Jamar's sister, Charm.

The officer followed Charm over the course of the next couple of months, leading Jamar to videotape and take notes on the cop and his partner. Now, they have everything they need to destroy the dangerous ice clock. The power—hungry Grand Patek will stop at nothing to protect the clock, the source of his authority. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world.

Her meet—cute with her fianc? Worst of all, she's forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man. Together, they escaped the Tombs of Atuan and brought peace to the troubled archipelago of Earthsea. Years later, their paths have diverged.

On an otherwise normal morning, former Special Forces operative Sam Dryden is the target of an unsuccessful attempted abduction. Using his attacker's cellphone, he learns that another person, a woman named Danica Ellis, is also being targeted. Dryden arrives just in time to save Danica from the assault team sent after her.

Elisa is only 16 years old when she meets Duardo and she knows he's the love of her life from the moment they first dance the rumba together in downtown Havana. But Duardo is a rebel, determined to fight in Castro's army, and Elisa is forced to leave behind her homeland and rebuild her life in distant England. But how can she stop longing for the warmth of Havana, when the music of the rumba still calls to her? England, With clear explanations of some of the most complex scientific endeavors in history, Mahaffey's new book looks back at the atom's wild, secretive past and then toward its potentially bright future.

It's only her succession of lame duck boyfriends that ruin the picture. Oh, and the famous rock—star father she's never met. Then Ellie's perfect life is smashed to pieces when her secret is sold to the tabloids. Enter charming and handsome David Gold, her father's ruthless lawyer. Ellie doesn't trust him at all. Single—mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal.

After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard.

On February 24, , 29—year—old newlywed Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in the home she shared with her husband, John. The crime scene suggested a ferocious struggle, and police initially assumed it was a burglary gone awry. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren't exactly human, though they don't realise it. They aren't exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West into a hellhole known as Crow Town and, finally, into the vast, relentless plains of the Texas frontier. Clever, ruthless and very effective, it is no surprise that he is hired by British Intelligence. On deniable operations — one of the most dangerous lines of work.

Sarah Greenwood is beautiful, intelligent and cunning — and the only woman Stone has ever truly opened up to. But now he has been ordered to hunt her down. Hotly pursued through the American wilderness, Stone finds himself at the centre of a deadly game of cat and mouse. No longer the new guy, it's his chance to prove himself and take the lead. But the warzone has changed dramatically, and so have the rules. Working alongside the Afghan National Army, Liam and his new patrol face daily attacks from Taliban insurgents. But the real threat seems to be coming from within his unit.

It looks like there's a traitor in their midst. For that he is banished. But when the forces of the Chaos Wizardslaunch their invasion, it is to the young man that Recluce turns for its survival. One woman. Two dogs. Meet Molly—New York's most famous advice columnist, she considers herself an expert at relationships — as long as they're other people's. Still bruised from her last breakup, Molly is in no rush to find happily—ever—after.

The only love of her life is her dalmatian, Valentine. Meet Daniel, a cynical divorce lawyer, he's hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don't get involved, no one can get hurt. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he's seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries.

It seems like there's a deranged killer on the loose. Wishful romance. Goliath story with a side of sweet tea. Wishful, MS is Cam's hometown. He's not sure a city girl like Norah can understand the place well enough to help him save it from the corporate big—box store threatening to set up shop. She's determined, though. She's falling hard for the charms of town——and the man.

Three months after his sexy co—star issued a "cooling off period" to see if their on—stage chemistry is real, Myles knows his attraction hasn't fizzled at all. But just as he's ready to unleash his dating A—game, he gets hit with a financial bomb that will devastate his business. The only answer? Find a woman to marry to gain access to a family trust. Or at least not until Fran points out that Tiga Whicabim is actually an anagram of I am a big witch and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars — the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.

Everyone knows it has to be managed. You mess with it at your peril. You can let it move fast or slowly but what you mustn't do is allow it to stop. On the Discworld time management is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted like the underwater — how much time does a codfish need? And saying yes is a no—brainer — after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris Tracks 3—4 — Going Wrong: Besotted with his childhood sweetheart, Leonora, psychopathic Guy Curran will do anything to make her his.

Tracks 5 — 8 King Solomon's Carpet: London's Underground links a group of misfit housemates and is the catalyst for a devastating crime in this compelling tale, written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed! Tallulah's triumphant Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights the comedy musical was enough to secure her place at Dother Hall performing arts college for another term.

She can't wait to see her pals again, Charlie and the boys from Woolfe Academy and maybe even bad boy Cain. All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery——magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. A shaky upbringing has left Rosie Stevens craving safety and security. She thinks she knows exactly what she needs to make her life complete — the stable job and perfect house—sit she's just found in Magnolia Creek.

The only thing she wants now is for her long—term boyfriend, Adam, to leave his overseas job and come home for good. Headstrong and organised, Mia is a single mum who wants to fix the world — but the one thing she can't fix is her family. Responsible older brother Will has fled Primrose Bay, unable to forgive and forget after the ultimate betrayal. And Jasmine, no longer the wayward baby sister, is determined to prove to her brother and sister that she's just as capable as they are.

Bus and coach windows afford him a different perspective on the nation. He eschews the bright lights of the big cities, heading instead for smaller urban centres. His objective is to speak to Britons about how they view their cities and themselves in When the Germans march into Poland in , the Balickis' happy family life is shattered. With their parents taken away by Nazis, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are forced to fend for themselves in the dangerous, war—ravaged city of Warsaw.

When Edek is captured too, the girls are desperate. The police want her to give evidence against him: Abazi wants her dead. Only her lawyer, Keira Lynch, can keep that from happening. What they don't realise though is that Keira isn't your typical Glasgow lawyer. When she was eight years old she killed a man, and as they're about to find out, she's at her most dangerous when threatened. But she is in for a shock when, in time, she finds out what was really in his mind.

Dories, ho! In September , they experienced the trip of a lifetime with 14 friends and a crew of 10 while traveling in wooden dories through the canyon. Dories, Ho! Similar to their first travel memoir Dear Bob and Sue, this book is as much about their relationship as it is their fantastic trip. Matt and Karen's quirky writing style is both humorous and irreverent. But with a snowstorm brewing outside, it seems that things might not go quite to plan.

After the dramatic events of the holiday season, Ellie settles into her new life at Max's huge country mansion Braithwaite Manor, juggling work and family as best she can. When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe's unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high—risk venture to mine a near—earth asteroid——with the goal of kick—starting an entire off—world economy.

High table, lower orders. When prominent don and celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti dies after dining at High Table, his colleague Gilbert suspects foul play and invites his former student Simon Harrison, a disillusioned health and safety officer, to investigate. We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story.

In a quaint antiquarian bookshop in the Midlands of England, a woman is captivated by a rare gilt—edged devotional nestled within an exquisite and equally tempting box. Her desire to pilfer it overcomes her scruples, and her guilt and terror at doing something so audacious, so unlike her. With a simple sleight of hand, it's hers. But this irresistible book of hours isn't in her possession for long. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea—level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

Chilling, prophetic and hugely influential, The Time Machine sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year , AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty and contentment in the form of the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man. It explores a rich variety of themes such as sex, feminism, family life, education, and politics in English society from to the s, as they affect one large upper—class London family.

The principal theme of this ambitious book is time, threading together three generations of the Pargiter family. He passes the time drinking too much and buying cheap tools online, treating the delivered parcels as gifts from people who care about him. And then boxes begin to arrive in the mail: boxes that he didn't order, but ones that everyone around him seems to want desperately. A chance meeting with a fellow scientist, the charismatic geneticist Anthony Blake, reawakens her desire for love.

But as Sally finally lets down her guard, her teenage daughter Charlie begins to ask questions about her late father. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would—be—novelist Maurice Swift decides early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated author Erich Ackerman gives Maurice an opportunity. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell; whether or not he should is another matter. Once Maurice has made his name, he finds himself in need of a fresh idea. His enthusiasm ignites his brother, cousins and friends to do the same, but upsets his sister, Tilly.

After a tragic family incident, she is left to run the cattle station and take care of the older folk. For Dr Gideon Fell this is the only case that has ever really frightened him, and before he can solve it he must find answers to some seemingly impossible questions. What they find at the bottom of the East China Sea, however, is even worse than they imagined: a diabolical plan to upset the Pacific balance of power — and displace as many as a billion people. Determined to throw herself into village life, Tess starts a choir and gathers a team of volunteers to restore the walled garden at Ramblings, the local stately home.

Everything could be perfect, if she weren't sharing a cottage and a cat with prickly Noah But after Grace rescues Sophia following a run—in with her judgemental father, their friendship quickly blossoms. Fourteen years later, at the turn of the twentieth century, Sophia and Grace's childhood friendship is revived when they find themselves fighting a common cause: women's rights. He's always led a charmed life — until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild—strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins.

But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. Luckily her Aunt Eliza was there to take her in but times are still hard on Pit Lane and while Eliza does her best to make sure there is always food on the table, Victoria bears the stigma of her illegitimacy. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed between gangs.

Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She's 13 years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she's white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice. But he's facing his own turmoil, and it's becoming an obsession. But only the most dangerous are sent to Camp 21 — "black" prisoners — SS diehards who've sworn death before surrender. As one fanatic plots a mass breakout and glorious march on London, Max Hartmann dreams of the oath he pledged to the teenage bride he scarcely knows and the child he's never met.

When a man is fatally stabbed at the opera at La Fenice, and one of Nathan's business cards is found in his wallet, Nathan investigates — and is soon on the hunt for a lost opera by Monteverdi. The trail leads to ruthless criminals demanding high prices for the manuscript Three other bodyguards were also killed and now Bobby—Ray is on the run.

He has also been murdered. Mark is a City trader: sharp, young, ambitious. He is left to pick up the pieces at his brother's company in Scotland's "Silicon Glen". Struggling to keep the business in the black, and with corporate predators closing in, Mark must learn fast and trust no one. When a young university student is found battered to death and floating in the Leith, she is pushed to one side by her boss and only given grunt work.

Despite this, it is Sam who discovers that there has been a string of unsolved murders on the South Island, and that each has occurred while a travelling circus was in town — the same circus that is presently in Dunedin. Before Wallis dominated his life, he adored three other women: Rosemary Leveson Gower, the girl he wanted to marry; Freda Dudley Ward, the Prince's long—term mistress; and Thelma Furness, his twice—married American lover.

Each one of the three women in this book could have changed the course of history. Agatha Christie leaves England for Baghdad, where two years ago, explorer and writer Gertrude Bell died from a drugs overdose. The authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter now unearthed reveals she was afraid someone wanted to kill her. Bell writes that if she were to die, the best place to look for her murderer would be Ur, an archaeological site in Mesopotamia. Looking into Bell's death, Agatha discovers the mission is not without risk.


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    Potadio has a bad attitude, and he now controls the minds of the teachers and students. Cosmic Boy versus Mezmo Head! It's hard to be a normal kid in the Weird Zone! To help with his audition, Jeff plans to bring his favorite childhood toy: a Cosmic Boy Space Helmet. But the Weird Zone seems to have other plans. Zombie surf commandos from Mars! Life in Grover's Mill is never boring. When best friends Liz, Holly, and Jeff arrive at the local lake one morning, they know it is only a matter of time before something weird happens. And unfortunately, they're right.

    Attack of the alien mole invaders! Jeff Ryan and his friends want to play street hockey, but someone has stolen their puck. When the kids try to get it back, they discover the culprit is a giant mole from space. Devin and Frankie may be the best of friends, but they aren't the best of students.

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    When they're busted for not reading Dracula with the rest of the class, their English teacher sends them to the library to mend books as punishment. As the friends fight about who has to mend Dracula, the book flies out of their hands and lands between the library's broken security gates.

    Once again, best friends Devin and Frankie have neglected to do their English assignment. This week, the class is reading Treasure Island, and the two friends promise their teacher that they'll be ready to give their book reports the next day. Best friends Devin and Frankie really don't like school. To make matters worse, they realize they have an English test on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in seven minutes, and they haven't read the book. After hiding out to avoid the test, they accidentally drop a priceless Mark Twain autograph between the library's broken security gates.

    Beast from beneath the cafeteria! Everyone knows W. When piles of junk food start disappearing from the school's cellar, Liz Duffey and her friends brush it off as another unexplainable mystery of life in the Weird Zone - their nickname for the zany town of Grover's Mill. But when Noodle and Zeek come across their old nemesis, the evil Mr.

    Vazny, the boys are shocked to learn that he plans to resurrect the cavemen and make them destroy Mayville. Incredible shrinking kid! A blast of strange purple light zaps Sean Vickers while he is riding his bike in Grover's Mill. The Danger Guys are at it again! During a trip to the beach, best friends Noodle and Zeek try to relax and have a quiet, danger-free afternoon.

    But trouble follows these boys wherever they go. Before they know it, Noodle and Zeek find themselves stranded on a sinking boat in the middle of the ocean. To escape, the boys jump on a surfboard and ride a giant wave to a nearby island. It's Christmastime at Palmdale Middle School, and the sixth grade class has organized a holiday banquet for local families in need.

    Best friends Devin and Frankie are excited to eat, but they forgot to bring in food donations-and they didn't read A Christmas Carol for English class. What a Trip! There's only one problem: these "zapper" gates are have the magical power to transport people into books. The boys are excited to learn that they are going on a quest for the mysterious Golden Lizard with the Emersons, the famous husband-and-wife explorer team.

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    Danger guys. Best friends Noodle and Zeek are among the first in line when a new store, Danger Guy, opens in their local mall. It has all the survival gear the boys could dream of, and their excitement is lessened only when they notice two big, angry men yelling at the owner.

    Revenge of the Tiki Men! All Mike and his friends want to do is play a game of baseball on their first day of summer vacation. But when Liz gets up to bat, home plate begins to shake. Suddenly, five odd-looking men carrying long sticks appear in the middle of the field. She knows that in the Old Time, long before the Time of Ice, the Masters fought a war with Them, great chitinous beasts that stalked the world and rended and killed.

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    Real-life cowboy Andy Adams based the story on his firsthand experiences, publishing it in to refute popular but unrealistic tales, ultimately providing a great historical resource"-- Provided by publisher. It is home to the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven itself.

    The town's name is Wormwood, and it is due to appear on the 21st September , somewhere in the American Midwest. The last act of Vic's life was to try and save his children: fifteen-month-old Jack, and his beloved stepdaughter, Sarah. In the Martin Household, change is afoot. Tim is now engaged and preparing to move out, and there is also news of the revival of Rina's television career. But nothing stays peaceful for long. Old enemies have returned, the skeletal remains of a woman are found during excavations at the local airfield, and a man is murdered outside a local pub.

    Storm clouds are gathering, and Rina, Mac and their friends are about to be swept up into the maelstrom But now his past is catching up with him. There are new leads in the child-killer case, and Mac rejoins the hunt - only to become the hunted Now back at home, with his wife Naomi, he feels as though he has lost something of himself.

    He may be alive, but he is hollowed out and empty.

    Another man standing at the same crossroads is Gregory. Soldier, mercenary, hired killer, Gregory is contemplating retirement and struggling to find meaning in the idea. Ex-DI Alec Friedman, her honorary nephew, isn't so sure. Mollie has lived an eventful life, as the wife of a diplomat, and he knows she is still haunted by the horrors of more than one war. Rob Beresford was a schoolfriend of Patrick's; in their shock and grief, Patrick and his mates turn for help to Naomi. The dead man is identified as Adam Hensel: in his mid-forties, from the other side of town.

    There seems to have been no link between the two, and Rob was a model student, who had never been in trouble with the police. June, When three freshly-buried bodies are unearthed in the front yard of a rented cottage, DCI Henry Johnstone, a specialist murder detective from London, is summoned to investigate. Two of the victims are identified as Mary Fields, known to have worked as a prostitute, and her seven-year-old daughter Ruby. Like Mac and Rina, George thinks he is safe in the sleepy seaside town of Frantham, but then an old lady is murdered and peace, for all three, is proven to be an illusion.

    Underwater archaeologist Daniel Knox is searching for a sunken Chinese treasure ship when he hears of the disappearances and ventures to The Eden Reserve to investigate. Still with a vendetta to settle, Georgian gangster dynasty the Nergadzes send a hitman to hunt down Knox and avenge them. Evie Brooks had seen it on the TV, but suddenly finds herself leaving her home in Dublin and moving to Manhattan to her American uncle Scott, after the death of her mother. Never owned a pet more substantial than a goldfish, Evie is intrigued by Scott's NYC veterinary practice, and before long, Evie is working as an assistant in the clinic.

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    Jack Ruttle's brother Donal vanished into thin air a year ago. Thinking Sandy Shortt could well be the answer to his prayers, he embarks on a quest to find her. Older and happier! After retiring, Dag Sebastian Ahlander, former Swedish consul general in New York, learned the importance of relishing every age-despite setbacks and illnesses-in order to acquire wisdom and perspective and gain greater satisfaction for the years that remain. Drawing on his own experiences, Mr. In this essential catalog, beautiful photographs of the large-scale artworks provide an comprehensive look at this important project, while thought-provoking texts and archival vintage images proffer cultural and historical context"-- Provided by publisher.

    Some say she took off with the sect Arun was raised in before he ran away. This time it's a young girl, found dead in the river. Other than the destruction of some expensive orchids, no damage has been done and nothing seems to be missing. But Detectives Sloan and Crosby sense something sinister, and soon their suspicions are confirmed.

    But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina's body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry-"Nemetseva is dead! She reveals to Tancred that her very wealthy father has recently passed away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides one clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance. Willow enlists Tancred to steal these objects from her siblings and solve the puzzle. He is losing business to the new internet cafe down the road.

    A young English couple engaged to be married and confronting each others' weaknesses and idiosyncrasies for the first time. Does your checkbook quiver as you call a pro? Don't you wish you had some basic knowledge, skills and guts so you could Do-It-Yourself? Originally published in , it is a fictionalised account of Allingham's family heritage, which she insisted as the closest records of the facts. Dance of the Years centres on the birth and growth of James, the fictional representative of Margery's great-grandfather who was 'born in and left ten thousand pounds and the injunction that no gentleman ever works'.

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    A romance, spiked with feminism and deeply perceptive observations of married life, this book has been described as "the most perceptive portrait of an errant spouse since Madame Bovary" and finds one of New Zealand's favorite authors at her best. Understandably, Lord Burford had some misgivings about hosting another house party at Alderley, his beautiful country mansion. After all, the previous two could at best be described as disastrous. But with family members travelling down for a relative's funeral, the Earl really had no choice but to offer them accommodation.

    It didn't take long for things to start going wrong. The Earl of Burford can't believe his luck; the famous actor Rex Ransom wants to film his next feature at Alderley, the family's beautiful country estate. Somewhat less enthusiastic is the Countess, who suddenly finds herself hosting an impromptu house party for the incoming Hollywood crowd. It's almost too much for poor Merryweather, the family's imperturbable butler, to cope with.

    And that's before the murder in the dead of night People come to him with their problems - and he fixes them. However, when Camille Ager asks Patrick to find her sister, Angele Valette, star of the new movie The Black Pearl, Patrick's laidback lifestyle is dealt a terminal blow. After the initial excitement fades, it doesn't take long for the aroma of a freshly baked, warm-from-the-oven loaf to waft into our memory.

    At last, with Low Carb High Fat Bread, those following low-carb and gluten-free lifestyles can once again bite into delicious, crusty bread. This book is also the story of Dixter from to , a unique unbroken history of one English house and one English garden spanning a century. She's still dancing in stilettos, laughing too loud, and lovingly plotting new ways to drive her husband crazy.

    It's almost time for their most exciting adventure yet, and Lori can't wait for the next phase of their lives to begin--as parents. Especially when she's certain that Grayson is going to be the best father ever. It comes with a twist. Drue Campbell's life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn't seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother's funeral after a twenty-year absence.

    Worse, he's remarried to Drue's eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they're offering her a job. This quiz book will test even the most avid fan, with questions that span all eleven incarnations of the Doctor, his companions and enemies!. The scion of an elite family, Brunnerman joined the Gestapo in When King William dies, his teenage niece Victoria becomes queen.

    In spite of her youth and lack of experience, the eighteen-year-old surprises her detractors by taking the reins with poise and grace, vowing to always put the welfare of her realm first. The year is Catherine the Great has been in power for a decade. Since the assassination of her husband, Peter III, in a coup d'etat, she has been empress of all the Russias. She rules with enlightenment and grace, driven by ambition and her secret dream to free Russia's millions of serfs. Throughout his years of exile, he's kept a single photograph of a three-year-old girl.

    Now, he will set in motion a series of events that will reunite him with his long-lost daughter. After declaring himself Emperor of France following a sweeping victory in Europe, General Napoleon Bonaparte, the son of a poor Corsican lawyer, is ready for his next conquest.

    He has no doubt that he can defeat Austria, and is confident that Russia will soon follow. After all, he triumphed in revolution and recast an empire. On a lovely midsummer afternoon, Henry Tudor rides to Hever Castle. There, he feasts his eyes on Anne Boleyn, who caught his roving attention at court a few months earlier.

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    Anne is in no mood to receive her king. The Prussian-born daughter of a minor princeling, Augusta Fredericka dreams of being a queen. When, one snowy December night in , she's summoned to Russia to wed Grand Duke Peter Romanov, she believes all her fantasies are about to come true. But the heir to the Russian throne is not the man Augusta expects. Beautiful, headstrong Katharine Fraser has done the unthinkable: She has fallen in love with the eldest son of her father's longtime enemy. A nobleman with a notorious past, James Macdonald of Dundrenan is ready to sacrifice his home and heritage for the woman he loves.

    But fate has other plans.

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    The sickly Catholic fanatic Mary Tudor has reigned for six years when her half-sister Elizabeth ascends to the throne. After enduring years of exile following the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, the twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth inherits a realm divided by religious turmoil and financial collapse. Charles Macdonald has been given an ultimatum: To settle his gambling debts and avoid being sent to the Bastille, he must marry his cousin Anne de Bernard. Anne is beautiful, innocent, and the richest woman in France.

    There, she joined a notorious underground network and fell in love with Jean Dulac, its charismatic leader. Sometimes her mind seems to make things happen, things she can't control. She can set fire to things without a match, and when she's angry people can get hurt. Her friend Josh understands she's a bit weird, but its only on a dark and dangerous visit to the tunnels under the ruins of St Andrews' castle that he realises just how strange she really is.

    David is struggling to come to terms with his new stepmother, and Kate is being expected to take more responsibility for her younger brother. But time never stands still for long.