Winner of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Tiring of this device, the portly patriarch decides to weave a malicious twist into his well-worn plot. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement with the beautiful Violet... who was once suspected of murdering her husband.Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found dead and Detective Chief Inspector St. Just is brought in to investigate.
Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness
Mar 10, 2013 - Mar 13, 2013
The Cardinals of Scott County High School were beloved once--and with good reason. For years, they gave fans in Central Kentucky titles and national attention. But in 2009, with the economy sputtering, the community had begun to lose faith in its boys. O'Brien follows four of the team's top seniors and their coach as they struggle to redeem themselves in the face impossible odds. "A lyrical, fast-paced account of a season to treasure along with a team roster as touching as it is unforgettable." (Madeleine Blais)
Set in the untamed American West, a highly original and haunting debut novel about a makeshift family whose dramatic lives are shaped by violence, love, and an indelible connection to the land. "When you pick up The Orchardist, you will be lured at first by the lushness of the language. But soon enough the characters will take hold of you and you'll read on hungrily, as if under a spell. It's hard to believe that this is Amanda Coplin's first novel." (Wally Lamb)
MacInnes' 1941 classic spy thriller has been re-issued. Richard and Frances Myles are preparing for their annual European summer vacation in 1939 when they are visited at their Oxford college by old friend Peter Galt, who has a seemingly simple job for them. But in the heightened atmosphere of pre-war Europe, nobody is above suspicion, in fact the husband and wife are being carefully monitored by shadowy figures.
Toddlers love machines and things that go, and this book gives them everything they want, from a bucket truck to a tower crane to an airplane. "Combining the excitement of powerful machines in action with reminders of how they help humans, Low adds a surprising dimension to the familiar story of vehicles at work. Children mesmerized by the vrooming motion will be drawn by the unframed, double-page spreads and big flaps that open to show overviews and close-ups of trucks, trains, and boats." (Booklist)
Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family--until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?" The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious text, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades.
The book explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewelry in many civilizations throughout the world and across the millennia. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are examples of the range of the masterpieces described and illustrated with 400 superb photographs.Inspiring and beautiful!
"Spiral carries the reader on a fascinating ride through a world of bioweaponry, nanoscience, murder, and international intrigue. This gripping story, partially based on Unit 731, the biological warfare group of the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II, is one of the best debut thrillers I've read in a long time." (Douglas Preston)
Molly's grandfather wants her to move home. His ranch will be a good place for her sons to grow up. Then she learns from a stranger named Sam Dakota that her grandfather is ill. Molly packs up the kids and makes the long drive to Sweetgrass, Montana. Once she arrives, she immediately has questions about Sam Dakota. Just who is he?
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
Mar 4, 2013 - Mar 9, 2013
Internet star Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her comedic and pointed debut. Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.
Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives,
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man.
One stormy night, a lost and lonely owl walks into a farmyard looking for a place to sleep. After a restful night in the henhouse, Owl wakes to discover that the hens want him to leave. They're looking for a rooster, not an owl! How will Owl convince his new friends that he should stay? With action-packed illustrations, this hilarious picture book will be a story-time hit!
Abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma, Novalee Nation, 17 years old and seven months pregnant, soon discovers the treasures hiding in this small Southwest town. A group of disparate and deeply caring people, among them blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband, who hands out advice and photocopied books of the Bible ... Moses Whitecotton, the wise, soft-spoken, elderly black photographer eager to teach Novalee all he knows ... and Forney Hull, the eccentric town librarian who hides his secrets -- and his feelings -- behind his world of books, make her feel welcome.