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Crooked House

Crooked House by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you’re invited to read…
CROOKED HOUSE
In a sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinley Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he’s certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one’s on the level…
Author Biography: Agatha Christie is the world’s best known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.
Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 80 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, *The Mousetrap*, is the longest-running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant little Belgian Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world-famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.
Agatha Christie also wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four non-fiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan.
Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Crocodile on the Sandbank

SUMMARY: Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father’s fortune, but she is also blessed with his strong will as well. Now she’s headed for Cairo, accompanied by a girl with a tarnished past, to indulge her passion for Egyptology. Little did she know that murder and a homicidal mummy lay in wait for her.

The Crimson Witch

A young man’s struggle with destiny and desire in a post nuclear world. Jake Turnet’s overdose of the drug PBT had opened the psychic doorway into a world where nuclear disaster had happened in a much earlier century – a world where sorcery had replaced science.

The Crimson Rooms

Evelyn is struggling to come to terms with the loss of her brother in the Great War, and to make her own way in the world – when a woman arrives with her brother’s illegitimate child… Living at home with her mother, aunt, and grandmother, Evelyn is still haunted by the death of her younger brother James in the First World War. She is also determined to make a career for herself as one of the first female lawyers. So when the doorbell rings late one night and a woman appears, claiming to have mothered James’s child, her world is turned upside down. Evelyn distrusts Meredith at first, but also finds that this new arrival challenges her work-obsessed lifestyle. So far her legal career has not set the world alight. But then two cases arise that make Evelyn realise perhaps she can make a difference. The first concerns a woman called Leah Marchant whose children have been taken away from her simply because she is poor. The second, Stephen Wheeler, has been charged with murdering his own wife. It is clear that Wheeler is innocent but he won’t talk. In the meantime, Meredith makes an earth-shattering accusation about James – and Evelyn falls in love with a man engaged to be married. With the Wheeler case coming to a head, and her heart in limbo, Evelyn takes matters into her own hands…
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One of those books so intensely alive in the past that it makes the world you actually live in feel flimsy and thin. McMahon combines a thriller writer’s grip, pace and punch with the true novelist’s depth and warmth of feeling. — Hilary Spurling * GUARDIAN *
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The Crimson Crown

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed – Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.
Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa *ana’*Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.
Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?
A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.
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The Crimson Cat

When Tomi Hadley and his brother, Ren, make fun of their Japanese-born mom’s annual Setsubun bean-throwing celebrations, she’s furious. She warns them that their ridicule of her folkloric beliefs could be deadly. As if to prove her words, shortly after leaving her house, the two men are almost killed in a car accident by a hit-and-run driver. Tomi’s whole world collapses. Worried about his brother, whose injuries are severe, Tomi struggles to put the pieces of his life back together. This is nearly impossible, however, since he loses his dream job due to his inability to work, and then there’s his mom’s insistence that oni, Japanese demons, caused the collision. But one day, when Tomi sees a man washing his car on the street, he realizes it’s the same vehicle that caused the accident—a classic red sports car called a Crimson Cat. And the driver, the surprisingly handsome attorney Dusty Grayson, seems to be a man of hidden depth and many, many secrets…
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Crimes, passions et talons aiguilles

Je vous le dis : tout n’est pas si parfait qu’on croit dans la haute société de San Francisco ! La preuve, ma sœur Leah, la perfection incarnée – mère au foyer accomplie, épouse de Bob Miller, un homme d’affaires incroyablement ennuyeux – découvre du jour au lendemain : 1) que Bob la trompe ; 2) que Bob gît, le crâne fracassé, sur la moquette blanche immaculée du salon conjugal ; 3) qu’elle est le suspect nº1 dans cette affaire ! C’est là que j’entre en scène. Moi, Sophie Katz, auteur de romans policiers, et détective amateur quand les circonstances l’exigent. Mais je vous avoue que l’enquête s’annonce difficile. Et cela ne tient qu’à un minuscule petit détail : ma sœur et moi on ne s’entend pas, mais alors pas du tout…

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Crime and Punishment

The poverty-stricken Raskolnikov, believing he is exempt from moral law, murders a man only to face the consequences not only from society but from his conscience, in this seminal story of justice, morality, and redemption from one of Russia’s greatest novelists.

Crime and Punishment

A thrilling study of guilt and power, the Penguin Classics edition of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s *Crime and Punishment *is translated with an introduction and notes by David McDuff.
Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Porfiry, a suspicious detective, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky’s dark masterpiece evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur and everyone’s faith in humanity is tested.
This vivid translation by David McDuff has been acclaimed as the most accessible version of Dostoyevsky’s great novel, rendering its dialogue with a unique force and naturalism. This edition also contains a new chronology of Dostoyevsky’s life and work.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow. From 1849-54 he lived in a convict prison, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His other works available in Penguin Classics include *The Brothers Karamazov*, *The Idiot* and *Demons*.
If you enjoyed *Crime and Punishment*, you might like Leo Tolstoy’s *Anna Karenina*, also available in Penguin Classics.
‘McDuff’s language is rich and alive’
*The New York Times Book Review*
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Crime

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«*Irvine Welsh è la cosa più bella che sia capitata alla nostra narrativa negli ultimi dieci anni.*»
**The Sunday Times**
«*C’è uno scrittore più distruttivo, nichilista, spietato e al contempo più innamorato della vita di Irvine Welsh? Difficile… quasi impossibile.*»
**Corriere della Sera**
«*Lo scrittore simbolo della narrativa inglese.*»
**La Repubblica**
Un poliziotto come Ray Lennox non è mai fuori servizio. Nemmeno quando è in vacanza a Miami e dovrebbe pensare solo a rilassarsi e a preparare il suo matrimonio con Trudi. Nonostante l’abbondante ricorso all’alcol e alla cocaina, Ray è molto diverso da Robbo, il «lercio» della polizia di Edimburgo e suo mentore di un tempo. Reduce da un raccapricciante caso di pedofilia e omicidio che ha sconvolto la Scozia, Lennox deve combattere con i suoi demoni più nascosti, ma nulla sembra andare per il verso giusto. In seguito a una discussione particolarmente accesa con Trudi, Lennox finisce in un bar malfamato e poi a un festino a base di coca. E qui non può fare a meno di mettere in salvo Tianna, una bambina dal passato travagliato e dal presente ancora più fosco. Sentendo di potersi fidare di lui, la madre della bambina gliela affida affinché la porti al sicuro, dall’altra parte della Florida. Il viaggio si rivela una durissima prova: per sconfiggere il dolore, quello reale, che risale con brutalità dalla sua coscienza, Lennox sa che deve attraversarlo, andare fino in fondo. Ricordo e allucinazione, incubo e realtà si rincorrono in cerca di una soluzione, di una speranza. Sotto la luce impietosa del sole della Florida, Welsh scandaglia le profondità più innominabili della crudeltà e del rimorso umano, con la sua penna sempre tagliente e anfetaminica.
«*Per lettori che hanno lo stomaco forte, ma il cuore tenero.*»
**The Telegraph**
«*Un talento prodigioso per il dialogo e una scrittura affilata come un diamante.*»
**Publishers Weekly**
«*Un’energia stupefacente, un’emozione viscerale, una scrittura che colpisce allo stomaco e al cuore.*»
**The Independent**

Crewel Lye

For use in schools and libraries only. Jordan had a talent for recovering from almost any injury if enough of his body could be assembled to grow together, but this time he was dead and his bones were scattered. Could he find enough of them to bring himself back to life?

The Creature Garden

The Creature Garden takes you on a step-by-step expedition through the natural world, teaching you how to draw and paint 50 animals in a whimsical folk-art style. Your guides on this journey are the husband-and-wife illustrator team Harry and Zanna Goldhawk, the founders of Papio Press, who will teach you how to make vibrant paintings of beasts-both real and imagined. Learn to create: MAMMALS, including big cats, wolves, sloths, and red pandas MARINE LIFE, including whales, sea dragons, narwhals, and giant Pacific octopi BIRDS, including peacocks, cranes, owls, and flamingos INSECTS, including butterflies, moths, bumblebees, and damselflies MYTHICAL CREATURES, including mermaids, unicorns, and dragons AND MORE! Each project takes you through every step of the artistic process, from creating an outline to adding a realistic animal pattern, along with suggestions for materials and helpful techniques. Full of lush warmth and fairy-tale wonder, The Creature Garden is a wonderful addition to the repertoire of both seasoned artists and novices alike.
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Creativity

Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author’s objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that knowledge can be used to enrich people’s lives. Drawing on 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders, poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the tortured genius is largely a myth. Most important, he clearly explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.”Accessible and enjoyable reading.” “–Washington Times” “Although the benefits of this study to scholars are obvious, this thought-provoking mixture of scholarly and colloquial will enlighten inquisitive general readers, too.” “–Library Journal (starred review)”

Creative Writing for Critical Thinking

Creative Writing for Critical Thinking: Creating a Discoursal Identity by Hélène Edberg
This book explores narrative imagination and emotion as resources for learning critical meta-reflection. The author examines the learning trajectories of several students as they engage in learning to think critically through a new approach to creative writing, and details how learning through writing is linked to new discoursal identities which are trialled in the writing process. In doing so, she analyses the processes of expansion and change that result from the negotiations involved in learning through writing. This volume offers a completely new approach to creative writing, including useful practical advice as well as a solid theoretical base. It is sure to appeal to students of creative writing and discourse analysis as well as applied linguistics and language as identity.

Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival

SUMMARY: A riveting and moving memoir, written in crisp Hemingwayesque prose and set amid the wild, uninhibited surf culture of Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented. Yet it was these exhilarating tests of skill that ultimately saved his life when the chartered Cessna carrying them to a ski championship ceremony crashed 8,000 feet up in the California mountains, leaving his father and the pilot dead. The devastated eleven-year-old Ollestad had to descend the treacherous, icy mountain alone. Crazy for the Storm is a powerful and unforgettable true story that illuminates the complicated bond between an extraordinary father and his extraordinary son.