Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin, Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishing cousin, Jessie. When he did, Roanna's desire became no more than the stuff of dreams -- until the night Jessie was found bludgeoned to death. After the shocking murder of his wife, Webb left for Arizona, abandoning the legacy that he had once believed was all he wanted. But then an all-grown-up Roanna walked into a dingy bar in Nogales to bring him home; the mischievous sprite he had known ten years earlier was no more. Gone, too, was her fire. In its place was ice that melted at his touch. Webb is drawn back to Davencourt, to Roanna, and to the killer that once destroyed his life and waits only for the chance to finish the job....
A missing child Nine-year-old Casey Collins is missing and time is running out. The chances of finding her alive get slimmer with each agonising hour. As hopes for her safe return fade, attention turns to Casey's mother, Trisha. Living in social housing, with five children by different fathers, it's not long before the desperate police and scandal-hungry press turn on her, questioning not just her lifestyle choices, but her innocence. Soon the previously tight-knit community on the run-down council estate in south London suspect little Casey's mother knows more about her daughter's disappearance than she is letting on. Only one woman can help Hard-nosed newspaper reporter, Angela Tate is the only person who believes Trisha Collins is incapable of harming Casey. But the ruthless hack has her own reasons for involving herself in the lives of Trisha's family. Always on the hunt for an exclusive, Tate promises front-page headlines and unlimited coverage of the case in return for information: she presses Trisha to give up a secret she's been keeping for over 30 years. An unsolved mystery Thirty-three years ago two little blonde girls disappeared from the same south London neighbourhood. One was discovered on waste ground by Angela Tate, who was led to her body by a 7-year-old Trisha, but the other girl was never found. Although a local youth was tried and convicted of the first murder, Tate was never convinced of his guilt and is determined to solve the mystery once and for all. Racing against time and opposed by the Metropolitan Police and a mysterious enemy, Angela Tate puts her own life on the line to uncover a truth more shocking than she could ever have imagined. Fans of The Loyal Servant will welcome the return of Angela Tate, but will this story be the last she ever investigates? The Third Estate is part page-turning suspense thriller, part gritty police procedural for fans of authors like Nicci French and Mark Billingham. A story of guilt, revenge and repentance, it is a murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
The second collection of stories from Yiyun Li, author of the Guardian First Book Award-winning A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants. The stories in this collection, like the stories in A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, are mostly set in China. The country portrayed here is the China of the 21st century, where economic development has led to new situations unknown to previous decades: residents in a shabby apartment building witnessing in awe the real estate boom; a local entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist sheltering women in trouble in her mansion; a group of retired women discovering fame late in their lives as private investigators specialising in extramarital affairs; a young woman setting up a blog to publicise the alleged affair of her father. Underneath the veneer of prosperity and opportunity, however, lie the struggles of characters trying to reorient themselves in the unfamiliar landscapes of modern China: a widower, reminiscing about his wife, confronts a young unmarried woman purchasing condoms in a pharmacy; a new wife makes a plea to have a baby with her husband who was to be executed only to discover that she has become an instant celebrity; a middle-aged couple in America, who, upon losing their only daughter, return to their hometown in China to hire a young woman as a surrogate mother. These characters' fates are affected as much by the historical moments in which they reside as by the choices they make. Yiyun Li's new collection of stories is a report from the front-line of a changing world, and confirms Li to be a writer not to be missed.
Fourth EstateJeffrey Archer Richard Armstrong narrowly escaped Hitler’s atrocities in Eastern Europe on his courage and his wits—skills that served him well in peacetime. Having turned a struggling Berlin newspaper into a success story seemingly overnight, Armstrong made a name for himself—and more than a few enemies along the way…Meanwhile, young Keith Townsend enters the international arena, armed with a world-class education and a sense of entitlement to match. Charged with growing his father’s newspaper business into a global media force, he and Armstrong are bound to become sworn rivals—until they arrive at the edge of collapse and will do whatever it takes to stay alive in the game…or die trying.
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A bold and brilliant debut from a darkly funny new voice. Oskar is a minimalist composer best known for his piece 'Variations on Tram Timetables'. He lives with his wife and two cats in an unnamed Eastern European city. But this book isn't really about Oskar. Oskar is in Los Angeles, having his marriage dismantled by lawyers. Meanwhile, he has entrusted an old friend to take care of his perfect, beautiful apartment. Despite Oskar leaving extensive notes on how to keep his flat in pristine condition, a tiny oversight initiates a chain of farcical, and even fatal, disasters. 'Care of Wooden Floors' is about loneliness, friendship and the quest for, and struggle against, perfection. And it is, a little, about how to take care of wooden floors.
In this continuation of the "Muse Series", Ruthie is eleven and must deal with losing Cam, the boy she always thought was her twin brother, after his father sues for custody. Soon afterwards, her guardian, Aunt Sarah, is given a gift which opens the door to lies and deceptions that put everyone in danger. This book is a novella, following in the style of classic V.C. Andrews novels which combine gothic horror with family saga, and continues where "In My Frozen Tears - Vol. 2" left off. Books by M.D. James: As the Snow Falls – Volume 1 (Book 1: Muse Series) As the Snow Falls – Volume 2 (Book 2: Muse Series) After the Tears Melt – Volume 1 (Book 3: Muse Series) After the Tears Melt – Volume 2 (Book 4: Muse Series) In My Frozen Dreams – Volume 1 (Book 5: Muse Series) In My Frozen Dreams – Volume 2 (Book 6: Muse Series) The Muse Saga (Complete Collection: Muse Series) Hunger: A Vampire Novella Ember (Forewedge Mountain Series) Kaelin (Forewedge Mountain Series) The Billionaire of Aspen Estates (Book 1: Concord Series) The Footman of Aspen Estates (Book 2: Concord Series) The Return to Aspen Estates (Book 3: Concord Series) The Aspen Estates (Complete Collection: Concord Series) The Gift (Book 1: Nelson Estate Series) The Academy (Book 2: Nelson Estates Series)
In this sequel to "The Gift" and continuation to the best-selling "Muse Series", Ruthie is harassed at school for the rumors surrounding her summer with the Smythes and her possible mental problems. When she decides to get a fresh start at The Academy, an all girls private school in Virginia, she realizes that she can't run away from her problems. Ruthie's first introduction to The Academy is through a cold and stern headmistress, who assigns her a room with a less than accommodating roommate. Even so far from home, Ruthie must still deal with lies, deceit and abuse. To find out more, you will have to read the book. This book is a novella of approximately 15,000 words. Books by M.D. James: As the Snow Falls – Volume 1 (Book 1: Muse Series) As the Snow Falls – Volume 2 (Book 2: Muse Series) After the Tears Melt – Volume 1 (Book 3: Muse Series) After the Tears Melt – Volume 2 (Book 4: Muse Series) In My Frozen Dreams – Volume 1 (Book 5: Muse Series) In My Frozen Dreams – Volume 2 (Book 6: Muse Series) The Muse Saga (Complete Collection: Muse Series) Hunger: A Vampire Novella Ember (Forewedge Mountain Series) Kaelin (Forewedge Mountain Series) The Billionaire of Aspen Estates (Book 1: Concord Series) The Footman of Aspen Estates (Book 2: Concord Series) The Return to Aspen Estates (Book 3: Concord Series) The Aspen Estates (Complete Collection: Concord Series) The Gift (Book 1: Nelson Estate Series) The Academy (Book 2: Nelson Estates Series) The Summer (Book 3: Nelson Estate Series)
It's the end of Ruthie's junior year at Avondale Academy, but she receives bad news that sends her home early. Over the summer she not only deals with both love and death and the consequences of both, but also with the downward spiral of her once twin-brother, Cam. This book is the sequel to "The Academy" and the third book in the Nelson Estates Series, a continuation of The Muse Series. It is a novella of approximately 16,000 words. Books by M.D. James: As the Snow Falls – Volume 1 (Book 1: Muse Series) As the Snow Falls – Volume 2 (Book 2: Muse Series) After the Tears Melt – Volume 1 (Book 3: Muse Series) After the Tears Melt – Volume 2 (Book 4: Muse Series) In My Frozen Dreams – Volume 1 (Book 5: Muse Series) In My Frozen Dreams – Volume 2 (Book 6: Muse Series) The Muse Saga (Complete Collection: Muse Series) Hunger: A Vampire Novella Ember (Forewedge Mountain Series) Kaelin (Forewedge Mountain Series) The Billionaire of Aspen Estates (Book 1: Concord Series) The Footman of Aspen Estates (Book 2: Concord Series) The Return to Aspen Estates (Book 3: Concord Series) The Aspen Estates (Complete Collection: Concord Series) The Gift (Book 1: Nelson Estate Series) The Academy (Book 2: Nelson Estates Series) The Summer (Book 3: Nelson Estates Series) The Nelson Estates Series (Box Set)
Winner Takes All?Workaholic event planner Imani Rayne needs to slow down or she'll surely burn out before she reaches thirty. Fulfilling her beloved grandmother's last wish could be the closure she needs. But purchasing a breathtaking lake-view estate in her Chicago hometown comes with one string attached. His name's Daman Barker, and he's bidding on the same property. Worse, Imani has to team up with Mr. Sexy And He Knows It to plan the gala of the year.When Daman goes after something he wants, he usually gets it. And his latest venture is no exception. Only, this time he has a partner. Vibrant and savvy, Imani is arousing desire Daman knows he should resist. But when a family revelation threatens all that he cherishes most, Daman will risk everything to turn a business merger into a passionate union between two loving hearts.
The mystery series that inspired the hit anime!Jimmy Kudo, the son of a world-renowned mystery writer, is a high school detective who has cracked the most baffling of cases. One day while on a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore, Jimmy observes a pair of men in black involved in some shady business. The men capture Jimmy and give him a poisonous substance to rub out their witness. But instead of killing him, it turns him into a little kid! Jimmy takes on the pseudonym Conan Edogawa and continues to solve all the difficult cases that come his way. All the while, he's looking for the men in black and the mysterious organization they're with in order to find a cure for his miniature malady.Arson, with Occasional MusicDetective Moore investigates a wealthy family whose members share a gift for music—and a habit of dying under mysterious circumstances. When a deadly fire sweeps through the estate, Conan suspects that the killer has struck again. With the help of a priceless violin, can he sound the note to solve the case? Meanwhile, Conan has finally found a clue to the whereabouts of the elusive Men in Black. But if he hits the wrong note, it’ll be time to play his requiem… Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen plus audiences.
To look at one was to see the other. For family, even the girls' own father, it was a constant guessing game. For strangers, the surprise was overwhelming. And for the twins Olivia and Victoria Henderson, two remarkable young women coming of age at the turn of the century, their bond was mysterious, marvelous, and often playful--a secret realm only they inhabited.Olivia and Victoria were the beloved daughters of a man who never fully recovered from his wife's death bearing them in 1893. Shy, serious Olivia, born eleven minutes before her sister, had taken over the role of mother in their lush New York estate, managing not only a household but her rebellious twin's flights of fancy. Free-spirited Victoria wanted to change the world. She embraced the women's suffrage movement and dreamed of sailing to war-torn Europe. Then, in the girls' twenty-first year, as the first world war escalated overseas, a fateful choice changed their lives forever.It began when Victoria's life was about to become a public scandal. It led to a painful decision, and brought handsome lawyer Charles Dawson into the Henderson's life and family. Hand-picked by the twins' father to save his daughter's reputation, Charles was still mourning his wife's death aboard the Titanic, struggling to raise his nine year-old son alone, determined never to lose his heart again. Charles wanted to believe that, for the sake of his son, he could make an unwanted marriage work. But in an act of deception that only Olivia and Victoria could manage, the twins took an irrevocable step, which changed both their lives forever; and took one of the twins to the battlefields of France, the other into a marriage she longed for but could not have.From Manhattan society to the trenches of war-ravaged France, Mirror Image moves elegantly and dramatically through a rich and troubled era. With startling insight, Danielle Steel explores women's choices: between home and adventure, between the love for family and the passion for a cause, between sacrifice and desire. But at the heart of Mirror Image is a fascinating, realistic portrait of identical twins, two vastly different sisters who lead their lives and follow their destinies against a vivid backdrop of a world at war.
This sequel to the highly acclaimed urban novel 'On the Block' resumes the saga of Jamal Anderson. After having sex with Chantal, one of the most beautiful and influential women in the mayor's administration, Jamal comes to the startling realization that he is in love with another woman named Tiara. From his humble beginnings as a hood kid, Jamal has struggled to reach the pinnacle of success and, by becoming the powerful boss of a crime syndicate, he has fulfilled every thug's fantasy, but it's not what he wants. Tiara is a gorgeous ex-prostitute and Jamal sees something in her that no other man sees, the chance for redemption, and atonement for the horrible things that he has done. With her by his side, he plans to leave behind the drugs, murder and mayhem of the city and to blaze a fresh new life together. The only problem, ghosts from the past are already chomping at their heels. A batch of cocaine that can be directly linked to Jamal has become contaminated with rat poison, and the drug-addicted son of a wealthy real estate magnate becomes one of its victims. Mobilized by the bereaved father’s demand for vengeance and justice, the city's entire political apparatus springs into action to find the people who are responsible. Two of the police department's most controversial and effective detectives, Santiago and Knight, are assigned to the case and are given a mandate to do whatever is necessary to prevent the looming fiasco. As solid leads rapidly began to develop, they are about to bring two suspects in for questioning, but both men are found murdered. In an effort to stop the investigation from leading back to them, the business partners whom Jamal are anonymously affiliated with have decided to eliminate anybody who can connect them to the investigation that is taking place. They have hired a team of expert assassins who are efficiently crossing off each name that is on their hit list. Unaware that adversity in the form of Santiago and Knight, and the squad of deadly mercenaries, are silently honing in on him from all sides, Jamal is confronted with another problem. Its high noon and a gunfight is about to take place on the streets of the city. His arch-enemy, a deranged thug named Osiris, has returned home from a stint in prison and their number one goal is to kill each other. The Fall of Jamal Anderson comes to a breathless and satisfying conclusion. The OTB series and other Beat Down Novels by John McGill can be found where ever books are sold.
National BestsellerThe story of an obsessive love affair between a woman and an apartment. The publication of her sexy, offbeat, riotous first novel, Going Down, won Jennifer Belle comparisons from everyone from Dorothy Parker and Lorrie Moore to J. D. Salinger and Liz Phair. In High Maintenance, Belle is back with another brilliantly twisted New York story that is as funny, sad, painful, ridiculous, wild, daring, and lovable as its predecessor. Set in the manic world of New York real estate, High Maintenance is the story of Liv Kellerman, a young woman who's just left her husband and, more important, their fabulous penthouse apartment with its Empire State Building view. On her own for the first time in her life, she relocates to a crumbling Greenwich Village hovel and contemplates her next move. Before long she finds her true calling: selling real estate. With her native eye for prime properties and an ability to lie with a straight face, Liv finds success and soon is swimming with the sharks-the hardcore, cutthroat brokers who'll do anything to close a deal. Along the way she picks up a maniacally ardent architect who likes to bite her, a few hilarious bosses, strange and exasperating clients, and a gun, and brings them with her on her search for the one thing she's really after: a home. Belle's gift for creating strange and winning characters and her acute observations of both the absurd and the poignant in everyday life are the hallmarks of her fiction. High Maintenance is generous and unsparing, tough and exciting and terrifically smart—a hot new property on the market.
In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.Bren's mission is to negotiate with Machigi-a young atevi lord who has never actually seen a human-and somehow persuade him to cease his hostile actions against the west. Is Bren a shrewd enough negotiator to stay alive, and not alienate Ilisidi or Tabini, while also representing the interests of their enemy?
When you purchase the Library Bound mystery you will receive FREE online eBook access! Carole Marsh Mystery Online eBooks are an easy, effective, and immediate way to read your favorite Carole Marsh Mystery on the go! Each web-hosted Online eBook is filled with the same exact pages as the book, plus additional features like pages that flip with a fun sound as you read, a full chapter directory, full-screen and thumbnail viewing capabilities, and more! Online eBooks allow readers to access their book anytime, from anywhere by using a computer, tablet, or other device with Internet access. They require NO additional access or hosting fees When you purchase a library bound Carole Marsh Mystery book, you get unlimited access to the Online eBook version for FREE. You don t need to download Online eBooks they are available to you online 24/7! Online eBooks are available exclusively from Gallopade, and are compatible with Macs, PC, iPad, and other devices with Internet access.Mimi reads an ad and thinks, Hmm, would this make a great vacation home for a mystery-book-writing grandmother and her family and friends. Papa says, ìLet s take a look.î Soon, Christina and Grant are whisked off aboard the Mystery Girl airplane with Mimi and Papa to Transylvania, Romania where they meet up with a strange real estate agent, tour the famous castle, meet some odd new kid friends, learn about vampires, and meet up with Count Dracula himself!îWhy don t you spend the weekend and see how you like the place?î the agent suggests. They do, and the mystery begins! Hey, is that tomato juice or what they re serving for breakfast? You ll Vant to Come Along on This Tooth-Tingling Adventure!This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, Built-In Book Club and activities. This book includes a map, inline glossary definitions, and lots more! This Carole Marsh Mystery also has an Accelerated Reader quiz, a Lexile Level, a Fountas & Pinnell guided reading level and a Developmental Reading Assessment. LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more! Places: Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania Bucharest, Romania Hungary Educational Items: History of Vlad Dracula History and facts on Bran Castle Teutonic Knights Renaissance and Gothic styles Explanation of different saloons Italian Baroque Period EntropyPeople: Bram Stoker, author of Dracula Queen Maria Nicoleta Volescu
Jackie Collins’ fierce and wildly beautiful heroine Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance—in a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clan—and, as always, Lucky comes out on top. Lucky runs a high profile casino and hotel complex, The Keys in Vegas. Lennie, her movie star husband, is still writing and directing successful independent movies, while Max, her stubborn and gorgeous teenage daughter is about to celebrate her 18th birthday, and her son, Bobby, owns a string of hot clubs. Lucky has everything. Family. Love. Life. And everything is exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take from her one way or the other. Born a Prince in the small but affluent Middle Eastern country of Akramshar, Armand comes to America with his American mother at an early age, and rises to become a real estate business titan. Armand regards women as nothing more than breeding mares or sexual playthings, so when his people inform him that the one property he covets more than anything, The Keys, is not for sale, he is shocked. That a mere woman would dare to turn down his offer to buy The Keys is unthinkable, and Armand vows to force Lucky’s hand whatever it takes. And so the battle for power begins . . . Meanwhile Bobby is dealing with shady Russian investors, while his girlfriend—smart and independent Denver Jones—is becoming a Deputy D.A. in the L.A. drug unit.And Max, Bobby’s seventeen year old sister, is busy embarking on a forbidden affair with a sexy young movie star. An affair they have to keep on the down-low lest Lucky finds out.The word is that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” and what happens in Goddess of Vengeance will blow your mind!
When Luba helps a frightened wren, it promises to grant all of her wishes. "I am content, I have no wish," Luba says-at first. Then Luba's parents convince her to ask for a bigger house. After that, they want an estate, and later, they ask for a palace. With the granting of each wish Luba hopes her parents will be satisfied, but instead they only want more. Where will it end? This Russian version of The Fisherman and His Wife masterfully illustrates the rewards of simplicity and the dangers of greed. "Polacco's freely brushed watercolors are bright with decorative borders, richly patterned clothing, and exotic onion domes." (Booklist)
Carlo Levi was a painter, writer, and antifascist Italian from a Jewish family, and his political activism forced him into exile for most of the Second World War. While in exile, he wrote Christ Stopped at Eboli, a memoir, and Fear of Freedom, a philosophical meditation on humanity's flight from moral and spiritual autonomy and our resulting loss of self and creativity. Brooding on what surely appeared to be the decline, if not the fall of Europe, Levi locates the human abdication of responsibility in organized religion and its ability to turn the sacred into the sacrificial. In doing so, he references the entire intellectual and cultural estate of Western civilization, from the Bible and Greek mythology to Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. This edition features newly published pieces of Levi's artwork and the first English translation of his essay "Fear of Painting," which was appended to a later publication of the work. It also includes an introduction that discusses Levi's life and enduring legacy. Written as war clouds were gathering over Europe, Fear of Freedom not only addresses a specific moment in history and a universal, timeless condition, but it is also a powerful indictment of our contemporary moral and political failures.
“Pelagia’s family likeness to Father Brown and Miss Marple is marked, and reading about her supplies a similarly decorous pleasure.”–The Literary ReviewIn a remote Russian province in the late nineteenth century, Bishop Mitrofanii must deal with a family crisis. After learning that one of his great aunt’s beloved and rare white bulldogs has been poisoned, the Orthodox bishop knows there is only one detective clever enough to investigate the murder: Sister Pelagia.The bespectacled, freckled Pelagia is lively, curious, extraordinarily clumsy, and persistent. At the estate in question, she finds a whole host of suspects, any one of whom might have benefited if the old lady (who changes her will at whim) had expired of grief at the pooch’s demise. There’s Pyotr, the matron’s grandson, a nihilist with a grudge who has fallen for the maid; Stepan, the penniless caretaker, who has sacrificed his youth to the care of the estate; Miss Wrigley, a mysterious Englishwoman who has recently been named sole heiress to the fortune; Poggio, an opportunistic and freeloading “artistic” photographer; and, most intriguingly, Naina, the old lady’s granddaughter, a girl so beautiful she could drive any man to do almost anything.As Pelagia bumbles and intuits her way to the heart of a mystery among people with faith only in greed and desire, she must bear in mind the words of Saint Paul: “Beware of dogs–and beware of evil-doers.”“Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have praised [Akunin’s] clever plots, vivid characters and wit.”–Baltimore Sun“Akunin’s wonderful novels are always intricately webbed and plotted.”–The Providence Journal