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Space Team: The Holiday Special

Die Hard meets the Nativity – in space! A Space Team novella.Having successfully saved the galaxy on his very first day in space, Cal Carver and the crew of the Shatner drop by the North Star space station for Kroyshuk – an annual celebration of peace and goodwill – and some well-earned rest and relaxation.But the universe has other plans, and Cal soon finds himself playing guardian angel to a mysterious pregnant woman, whose unborn son is being hunted by a malevolent baby-eating king.With the king’s forces closing in, and the woman’s contractions coming at an increasingly alarming rate, it looks like Cal’s first Kroyshuk might just turn out to he his last.A short festive tale packed with space pirates, bounty hunters, Godzilla-lions and Dorothy out of the Golden Girls, Space Team: The Holiday Special provides the perfect entry point to the Space Team universe.“Call off the search – we’ve found the new Terry Pratchett!” – The Independent

Sharpe’s Skirmish

It is the summer of 1812 and Richard Sharpe, newly recovered from the wound he received in the fighting at Salamanca, is given an easy duty; to guard a Commissary Officer posted to an obscure Spanish fort where there are some captured French muskets to repair. But unknown to the British, the French are planning a lightning raid across the River Tormes, and they reckon the obscure Spanish fort, which guards an ancient bridge across the river, will be lightly guarded. Sharpe is in for a fight.

Russka

Panoramic, sweeping, monumental, haunting: a story of four families which spans the centuries of Russia from Edward Rutherford, the author of *Paris, London* and *New York*. In this vast and gorgeous tapestry of a novel, serf and master, Cossack and tsar, priest and Jew are brought together in a family saga which unrolls through centuries of history to reveal that most impenetrable and mysterious of lands – Russia. Through the life of a little town east of Moscow in the Russian heartland, Edward Rutherfurd creates a sweeping family saga from the baffling contradictions of Russia’s culture and her peoples – bleak yet exotic, brutal but romantic, land of ritual yet riddled with superstitious fears. From Russia’s dawn and the cruel Tatar invasions to Ivan the Terrible and the wild Cossacks, from Peter, Catherine and the days of War and Peace to the drama of the Revolution and the extraordinary events of today – here is Russia’s story in a spellbinding novel – history recreated with breathtaking detail and passion.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Hitchhiker’s Guide 2

The intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent continue in this second volume of the Trilogy of Five.”Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.” Washington Post Book World “What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’ sardonically silly eyes.” Detroit Free PressFollowing the smash-hit sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is the second part in Douglas Adams’ multi-media phenomenon and cult classic series.If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe?Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea.And did anyone actually make a reservation?

Oscar & Lucinda

The Booker Prize-winning novel–now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.
This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in  nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent–a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms–could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

A Man Could Stand Up

1. A Novel. The third in a series that includes Some Do Not… and No More Parades. Ford’s eccentric personality and varied output has been attributed to the obscurity of his achievements. The book begins: Slowly, amidst intolerable noises from, on the one hand the street and, on the other, from the large and voluminously echoing playground, the depths of the telephone began, for Valentine, to assume an aspect that, years ago it had used to have-of being a part of the supernatural paraphernalia of inscrutable Destiny.

The Five Orange Pips

A young Sussex gentleman named John Openshaw has a strange story: in 1869 his uncle Elias Openshaw had suddenly come back to England to settle on an estate at Horsham, West Sussex after living for years in the United States as a planter in Florida and serving as a Colonel in the Confederate Army. Not being married, Elias had allowed his nephew to stay at his estate. Strange incidents have occurred; one is that although John could go anywhere in the house he could never enter a locked room containing his uncle’s trunks. Another peculiarity was that in March 1883 a letter postmarked Pondicherry, in India, arrived for the Colonel inscribed only “K.K.K.” with five orange pips enclosed. More strange things happened: Papers from the locked room were burnt and a will was drawn up leaving the estate to John Openshaw. The Colonel’s behaviour became bizarre. He would either lock himself in his room and drink or he would go shouting forth in a drunken sally with a pistol in his hand. On 2 May 1883 he was found dead in a garden pool.

Fall Guy

Celebrated author Carol Lea Benjamin broke bold new ground in 1996 with her award-winning fiction debut, This Dog for Hire, elevating the canine mystery novel out of the lighthearted realm of cozy and into the grittier, more emotionally substantial arena of serious crime fiction. Now, in the seventh spectacular appearance of private investigator Rachel Alexander and her pit bull partner, Dashiell — a gripping and unforgettable tale of heroes, survivors, and those who fall between the cracks — a shocking death is scrupulously examined in the harsh glare of a violent past.
Rachel Alexander hardly knew the dead man, NYPD Detective Timothy O’Fallon, who had a fatal “accident” while cleaning his service revolver in his Greenwich Village apartment. As a member of Rachel’s 9/11 support group, O’Fallon had shared little, spoken rarely, and revealed nothing except a strong attachment to Rachel’s dog, Dash. Yet for some unknown reason, in his will he named Rachel as the executor of his estate.
Accepting the unexpected responsibility with her trademark dedication, Rachel undertakes the strange, unsettling task of getting the late detective’s affairs in order — and in the process begins to piece together the sad, disparate pieces of Timothy O’Fallon’s life. And with each new demon she exposes, Rachel comes to believe more and more that this fatality was no accident at all … or even, in some dark and disturbing way, the suicide that most of his colleagues suspect.
Hidden deep in the shadows of the O’Fallon family’s history is a bizarre, three-decades-old tragedy that left a legacy of violence, grief, and guilt — and uncovering it could put Rachel’s life at serious risk. But it may already be too late for her to turn away because a terrifying vengeance must be served … and more victims will surely fall before a harrowing day of reckoning ultimately arrives.

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

About the Author-Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer who is most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste.He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels.-Wikipedia

The Adventure of the Three Students

“The Adventure of the Three Students” is a detective short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle (1865-1930). First published in 1905, it tells one of the best-known and most intriguing adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
This edition also contains a choice of Conan Doyle’s best aphorisms and an essay on the invention of the Sherlock Holmes’ character written by Harold Emery Jones (1875-1909) in 1904. **
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“The Adventure of the Three Students” is a detective short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle (1865-1930). First published in 1905, it tells one of the best-known and most intriguing adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
This edition also contains a choice of Conan Doyle’s best aphorisms and an essay on the invention of the Sherlock Holmes’ character written by Harold Emery Jones (1875-1909) in 1904.

The Adventure of the Second Stain

The Adventure of The Second Stain is a Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Conan Doyle, best known for his novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. It is one of 13 stories in the cycle collected as The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle ranked “The Adventure of the Second Stain” eighth in a list of his twelve favorite Sherlock Holmes short stories.
Lord Bellinger, the Prime Minister, and Trelawney Hope, the Secretary for European Affairs, come to Sherlock Holmes about the matter of a document stolen from Hope’s dispatch box, which he kept at home in Whitehall Terrace when not at work. If divulged, this document could bring about very dire consequences for all of Europe, even war. They are loath to tell Holmes at first the exact nature of the document’s contents, but eventually they feel that they must tell him that it was a rather injudicious letter from a foreign potentate. It disappeared from the dispatch box one evening when Hope was out for four hours. No-one in the house knew about the document, not even the Secretary’s wife, with whom he will not discuss his work. None of the servants could have guessed what was in the box.

The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb

In his narration, Dr. Watson notes that this is one of only two cases which he personally brought to the attention of Sherlock Holmes. The story, set in 1889, mainly consists of a young London consultant hydraulic engineer, Mr. Victor Hatherley, recounting strange happenings of the night before, first to Dr. Watson, who dresses the stump where Mr. Hatherley’s thumb has been cut off, and then to Sherlock Holmes himself. Hatherley had been visited in his office by a man who identified himself as Colonel Lysander Stark. He offered Hatherley a commission at a country house, to examine a hydraulic press used, as Stark explains, to compress fuller’s earth into bricks. Stark warned Hatherley to keep the job confidential, offering him 50 guineas (£52 10s, an enormous sum at the time, worth over £4000 today). Hatherley felt compelled to take this work, despite his misgivings, as his business was newly established and he had very little work.

The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

A banker, Mr. Alexander Holder of Streatham, makes a loan of £50,000 to a socially prominent client, who leaves the Beryl Coronet — one of the most valuable public possessions in existence — as collateral. Holder feels that he must not leave this rare and precious piece of jewellery in his personal safe at the bank, and so he takes it home with him to lock it up there. He is awakened in the night by a noise, enters his dressing room, and is horrified to see his son Arthur with the coronet in his hands, apparently trying to bend it. Holder’s niece Mary comes at the sound of all the shouting and, seeing the damaged coronet, faints dead away. Three beryls are missing from it. In a panic, Mr. Holder travels to see Holmes, who agrees to take the case. The case against Arthur seems rather damning, yet Holmes is not convinced of his guilt. Why has Arthur clammed up? Why is he refusing to give a statement of any kind? How could Arthur have broken the coronet (even Holmes, who has exceptionally strong hands, can’t do it) and without making any noise? Could any other people in the household be involved, such as the servants, or Mary? Could some visitor, such as the maid’s wooden-legged boyfriend, or Arthur’s rakish friend Sir George Burnwell, have something to do with what happened to the coronet? The failure to resolve the case will result in Mr. Holder’s dishonour, and a national scandal.

Within Arm’s Reach

SUMMARY: Gracie McLaughlin is an advice columnist who finds it difficult to live by the advice she gives.Within Arm’s Reachfollows three generations of the McLaughlins, an Irish Catholic family who is jarred into crisis by Gracie’s unexpected pregnancy. This lyrical first novel is told through six different points of view: the unmarried Gracie, her sister Lila, their parents, their matriarchal grandmother, and a family outsider with a curious connection. As the McLaughlins respond to the profound change in Gracie’s life, their own memories and personal stories begin to emerge. Ann Napolitano creates a family quilt of sorts, each person’s life and actions closely woven throughout the fabric of the past, present, and future.Within Arm’s Reachis a rich and deeply satisfying narrative of guilt, love, betrayal, and the ultimate loyaltythat of blood.

The Winter Ghosts

A haunting ghost story from the French mountains.The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson’s case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie has spent much of the time since in a sanatorium.In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees – another region that has seen too much bloodshed over the years. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Shaken, he stumbles into the woods, emerging by a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful local woman, also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories of remembrance and loss. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries.By turns thrilling, poignant and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

Winter door

SUMMARY: In the midst of the worst winter on record, Rage is beset with worry. Her mother still hasn’t fully recovered from her car accident despite Rage’s successful quest for healing magic. Her stoic uncle seems to be having second thoughts about looking after her. The school bully, Logan, is increasingly malicious. And her only friend, Billy Thunder, is just a dog again. As if that weren’t enough, there’s something wild lurking in the woods around the farm. Do Rage’s dreams hint at a sinister threat to two worlds?From the Hardcover edition.