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A case of identity

The story revolves around the case of Miss Mary Sutherland, a woman with a substantial income from the interest on a fund set up for her. She is engaged to a quiet Londoner who has recently disappeared. Sherlock Holmes’s detective powers are barely challenged as this turns out to be quite an elementary case for him, much as it puzzles Watson.
The fiancé, Mr. Hosmer Angel, is a peculiar character, rather quiet, and rather secretive about his life. Miss Sutherland only knows that he works in an office in Leadenhall Street, but nothing more specific than that. All his letters to her are typewritten, even the signature, and he insists that she write back to him through the local Post Office.
The climax of the sad liaison comes when Mr. Angel abandons Miss Sutherland at the altar on their wedding day.

(source: Bol.com)

Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

A *USA Today* Top 10 Best Book of Winter 2014
An *In Cold Blood* for our time, a chilling, compulsive story of a writer unwittingly caught in the wake of a grifter-turned-murderer.
In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn—then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage—set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a fifteen-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.
Kirn’s one-of-a-kind story of being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley takes us on a bizarre and haunting journey from the posh private clubrooms of Manhattan to the hard-boiled courtrooms and prisons of Los Angeles. As Kirn uncovers the truth about his friend, a psychopath masquerading as a gentleman, he also confronts hard truths about himself. Why, as a writer of fiction, was he susceptible to the deception of a sinister fantasist whose crimes, Kirn learns, were based on books and movies? What are the hidden psychological links between the artist and the con man? To answer these and other questions, Kirn attends his old friend’s murder trial and uses it as an occasion to reflect on both their tangled personal relationship and the surprising literary sources of Rockefeller’s evil. This investigation of the past climaxes in a tense jailhouse reunion with a man whom Kirn realizes he barely knew—a predatory, sophisticated genius whose life, in some respects, parallels his own and who may have intended to take another victim during his years as a fugitive from justice: Kirn himself.
Combining confessional memoir, true crime reporting, and cultural speculation, *Blood Will Out* is a Dreiser-esque tale of self-invention, upward mobility, and intellectual arrogance. It exposes the layers of longing and corruption, ambition and self-delusion beneath the Great American con.
### Review
“This stunning book dissects psychopathy, the perverse manners of the Internet generation, art, money, and the very nature of belief. At its core, it brilliantly portrays one man’s journey through fraudulence to a point of stern resolve. It’s tabloid tell-all journalism and Old Testament rebuke. It is of a piece with Roethke: it tells us that the abyss is just a step down the stair.” (James Ellroy)
“In *Blood Will Out* Walter Kirn brilliantly and with remarkable eloquence dissects one of the great impostors—and along the way delves into the fraudulence within that made him so susceptible to the other man’s lies. A gripping performance!” (Edmund White)
“Though *Blood Will Out* is written with Walter Kirn’s usual stylistic verve, insight, and imagination it is actually a disturbing account of a one-sided, naively misguided ‘friendship’ with a dangerous sociopath. Here is a memoir in the guise of a ‘true crime story’—a double portrait of writer and subject in which the subject is partially erased even as the writer evokes the considerable tools of his imagination to reconstruct him and his own motive in the bizarre relationship.” (Joyce Carol Oates)
“A Hitchcockian psychological thriller and one of the most honest and affecting memoirs I’ve read. It is superbly written, each sentence a wonder, each page deepening my appreciation of Kirn’s precise observation of human nature.” (Amy Tan)
“ *Blood Will Out* is a deep meditation on wealth and class and anybody’s self-destructive ability to get conned by a blackbelt liar. A must-read.” (Mary Karr)
“This scorching account of a friendship with a man who overturned the author’s faith in his own judgment owes its strength to the author’s deep understanding of ‘the fathomless human genius for credulity, wishful thinking, and self deception,’ starting with his own. Kirn parses the ways in which a highly intelligent writer got caught up with a character more compelling than any he could create, such that this book has the power and insight and raw energy of an instant classic.” (Amy Hempel)
“There is no finer guide to the American berserk than Walter Kirn.” (Gary Shteyngart)
“The parallels with Patricia Highsmith’s *The Talented Mr. Ripley* are not lost on Kirn, who spends as much time trying to understand how he and others fell under Gerhartstreiter’s spell as he does relating the primary tale of the criminal himself. Kirn’s candor, ear for dialogue, and crisp prose make for a masterful true crime narrative that is impossible to put down. The book deserves to become a classic.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
### About the Author
Walter Kirn is the author of Thumbsucker and Up in the Air, both made into major films. His work has appeared in GQ, New York, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine.

Blackberry Pie Murder

It’s been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it’s been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body—a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she?
Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother’s wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning? Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her cookie truck while driving down a winding country road in a raging thunderstorm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, and things get even worse when she’s arrested. . .for murder! But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn’t hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust—and get herself to the church on time. . .
**Indulge In Joanne Fluke’s Criminally Delicious Hannah Swensen Mysteries!**
**Red Velvet Cupcake Murder**
“Culinary Cozies Don’t Get Any Tastier Than This Winning series.” — *Library Journal*
“Loaded with mouthwatering recipes and clever plotting, the latest Hannah Swensen mystery delights.” — *RT Book Reviews*
“If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke.” — *The Charlotte Observer*
**Cinnamon Roll Murder**
“Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans.” — *Booklist*
**Devil’s Food Cake Murder**
“Fabulous.” — *Publishers Weekly*
**Apple Turnover Murder**
“The ever popular Fluke writes engaging cozies with one part great characters, one part gentle story, and three parts the best recipes in the genre.” — *Library Journal*
**Cream Puff Murder**
“Entertaining and sprinkled with tempting recipes. It’s a sweet treat of a novel.” — *The Star Tribune* (Minneapolis, MN)

Be Careful What You Wish For

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer’s *Be Careful What You Wish For* opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?
When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the *MV Buckingham*.
Back in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.
Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle’s first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
*Be Careful What You Wish For* showcases the master storyteller’s talent as never before – when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.

The Arrangement 14

Volume 13 in the New York Times Bestselling Arrangement Serials
Sean Ferro is a liar. Everything he’s ever told me melts away until only the truth remains and I don’t like what I see. Gabe tried to warn me, but I didn’t understand the depths of Sean’s corruption until he let them take me away. After everything we’ve been through, I’m crushed, but I refuse to accept this fate. Screw that, I’m not dying tonight.
Genre: New Adult Romance
This story unfolds over multiple volumes approx. 125 pages each.
~The Arrangement Vol 1-14 are on sale now.~


# 1 *New York Times* Bestselling Author
Sylvia Day
America’s premier author of provocative fiction delivers the dramatic finale to a series set within the inner circle of glamour, sex and privilege.
When it came to playing games, my lover, Jax, was a master strategist. He pulled strings behind the closed doors of D.C.’s most powerful political players and somehow still found time to nearly sideline my career. What he didn’t know was that when I didn’t like the rules, I threw them out and made my own. I wasn’t going to let Jax get away with it. I wasn’t going to let him get away at all.
I loved Jax enough that it was impossible to give up. Jax loved me enough that giving up was the only end he’d consider. He didn’t think I could swim with the sharks. It was entirely my pleasure to show him that I’d already dived in….

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sidney Paget
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 12 stories in the cycle collected as The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. It is chronologically the earliest case in Sherlock Holmes canon. This story is related mainly by Holmes rather than Watson, and is the first case to which Holmes applied his powers of deduction, having treated it as a mere hobby until this time.
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Conan Doyle was also a fervent advocate of justice and personally investigated two closed cases, which led to two men being exonerated of the crimes of which they were accused. The first case, in 1906, involved a shy half-British, half-Indian lawyer named George Edalji who had allegedly penned threatening letters and mutilated animals. Police were set on Edalji’s conviction, even though the mutilations continued after their suspect was jailed.
The second case, that of Oscar Slater, a German Jew and gambling-den operator convicted of bludgeoning an 82-year-old woman in Glasgow in 1908, excited Conan Doyle’s curiosity because of inconsistencies in the prosecution case and a general sense that Slater was not guilty. He ended up paying most of the costs for Slater’s successful appeal in 1928.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works – A True Story

10% HAPPIER is a spiritual book written for – and by – someone who would otherwise never read a spiritual book. It is both a deadly serious and seriously funny look at mindfulness and meditation as the next big public health revolution. Dan Harris always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. How else can you climb the ladder in an ultra-competitive field like TV news except through nonstop hand-wringing and hyper vigilance? For a while, his strategy worked. Harris anchored national broadcasts and he covered wars. Then he hit the brakes, and had a full-blown panic attack live on the air. What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through a bizarre series of events – involving a disgraced evangelical pastor, a mysterious self-help guru and a fateful gift from his wife – Harris stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: meditation. At first, he was deeply suspicious. He had long associated meditation with bearded swamis and unwashed hippies. But when confronted with mounting scientific evidence that just a few minutes a day can literally rewire the brain for focus, happiness, and reduced reactivity, Harris took a deep dive. He spent years mingling with scientists, executives and marines on the front lines of a quiet revolution that has the potential to reshape society. He became a daily meditator, and even found himself on a ten-day, silent meditation retreat, which was simultaneously the best and worst experience he’d ever had. Harris’s life was not transformed into a parade of rainbows and unicorns, but he did gain a passion for daily meditation. While the book itself is a narrative account of Dan’s conversion amid the harried and decidedly non-Zen world of the newsroom, it concludes with a section for the novice on how to get started.


Dylan is ervan overtuigd dat ze de wereld een betere plek kan maken, als ze er maar fel genoeg voor strijdt. Om welk goed doel het ook gaat, Dylan staat op de barricaden. Wanneer ze door de politie wordt weggestuurd bij een protest, weigert ze te vertrekken en wordt gearresteerd.
Silas Moore is goed in twee dingen: football en problemen veroorzaken. Na een vechtpartij belandt hij een nachtje in de cel en daar ontmoet hij wereldverbeteraar Dylan. Hij kent dat soort meisjes, denkt hij. Maar hij is helemaal niet gebroken. En hij heeft Dylan echt niet nodig. Of toch wel…?

Spelbreker is een boek die je in eerste instantie een daar-gaan-we-weer-gevoel geeft. Maar al snel ebt dit gevoel weg en maakt het plaats voor de drang om verder te lezen. Lees hier de hele recensie over Spelbreker.
(source: Bol.com)

Piep zei de muis

Helen Grace is de heldin van de populaire thrillerreeks van M.J. Arlidge. Ze is een geharde rechercheur die motor rijdt en zich het liefst alleen door het leven slaat, maar wordt achtervolgd door persoonlijke demonen die haar af en toe zelfs in een depressie dreigen te storten. Toch is zij onmisbaar in de strijd tegen psychopaten die Southampton blijven teisteren en onschuldige slachtoffers maken, op gruwelijke wijze…


Tweede deel uit een reeks rond inspecteur Helen Grace van M.J. Arlidge, de auteur die o.a. ook scripts voor de tv-serie ‘Silent witness’ schrijft. In een verlaten pand wordt het gruwelijk toegetakelde lijk van een man gevonden. Als het hart even later in een doos bij zijn vrouw en kinderen wordt afgeleverd, hoeft Helen Grace niet meer op zoek naar zijn identiteit. Hij is het eerste slachtoffer van een reeks mannen die als gemeenschappelijk kenmerk hebben dat ze gehuwd zijn en hun heil zoeken in de betaalde liefde. Helen moet haar werk doen terwijl ze last heeft van haar baas, haar verleden en zichzelf, maar gaat door omdat ze niet anders kan. Spannende en af en toe gruwelijke thriller die, ondanks de regelmatige verwijzingen naar het vorige deel, ‘Iene Miene Mutte’* toch goed als zelfstandig boek te lezen is. Deze pageturner leest als een script, het verhaal ontrolt zich voor de ogen van de lezer. Karakters van de hoofdpersonages zijn voldoende uitgewerkt en de bijzondere ontknoping maakt dat het boek meer is dan alleen spannend, het schrijnt en roept een onverwacht mededogen op. Voor de liefhebbers van de Millennium-serie.Carol Tummers
(source: Bol.com)

De Komst van de Schaduw v2

De legendarische burcht die de Steen van Tyr wordt genoemd is ingenomen door Rhand Altor. Dat levert tal van vragen op. Immers, volgens een oeroude profetie zou de Steen worden veroverd door de langverwachte redder van de wereld. Maar velen hebben zo hun twijfels over Rhand Altor en hij moet dagelijks vrezen voor zijn leven.
Gaandeweg, terwijl vriend en vijand intrigeren en samenzweren, bestudeert Rhand de oude geschriften en worstelt hij met zijn gaven. Maar vooral denkt hij na over zijn volgende zet, waarmee hij hoopt iedereen te slim af te zijn.

Iene Miene Mutte

Het meisje was amper nog in leven toen ze het bos uit kwam lopen. Het verhaal van haar ontvoering was donkerder dan de meest verschrikkelijke nachtmerrie. Maar alles wat ze zei was waar. Elk gruwelijk detail. Een aantal dagen later wordt een tweede in shock verkerend slachtoffer gevonden en ontstaat er een patroon. In tweetallen worden mensen ontvoerd, vastgehouden en uitgehongerd. Vervolgens krijgen ze een duivels dilemma voorgelegd: doden of gedood worden.
Inspecteur Helen Grace en haar team weten dat ze jacht maken op een ingenieuze psychopaat die zijn slachtoffers gebroken en vol schuldgevoel achterlaat. Niet alleen dienen ze als zijn visitekaartje, ze zijn ook de moordenaars. De slachtoffers lijken lukraak gekozen, de plaats van het misdrijf zorgvuldig uitgekiend. Iets moet alle slachtoffers met elkaar verbinden…

De Herrezen Draak

Eindelijk is hij gekomen: de Herrezen Draak – de lang voorspelde leider die de wereld zal redden en hem daarbij zal verwoesten, de redder die in zijn waanzin allen zal doden die hem na staan. Rhand Altor kan niet langer ontkennen wat hij is. Hij kan de Ene Kracht geleiden, maar weet die gave niet te beheersen. Rhand weet dat hij de Duistere moet weerstaan. Maar hoe? Egwene, Elayne en Nynaeve naderen Tar Valon, om de doodzieke Mart te laten Helen. Wat staat hun daar te wachten, nu ze weten dat er ook onder de Aes Sedai Duistervrienden zijn? Veel zal duidelijk worden in het Hart van de Steen, een knoop in het Patroon van de Eeuw, een test voor de Herrezen Draak…

Winston Churchill

‘ Nous sommes tous des vers ‘, avait modestement confié le jeune Winston à une amie, ‘ mais je crois que moi, je suis un ver luisant ! ‘. Le mot n’est pas trop fort : Alexandre Dumas aurait pu inventer un personnage de ce genre, mais dans le cas de Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, la stricte réalité dépasse de très loin la fiction. Jusqu’à 26 ans, les aventures du jeune officier et du reporter évoquent immanquablement celles de Tintin, mais ensuite, le personnage devient une synthèse de Clemenceau et de De Gaulle, l’humour et l’alcool en plus… ainsi qu’une imagination sans limites : ‘ Winston, disait le président Roosevelt, a cent idées par jour, dont quatre seulement sont bonnes… mais il ne sait jamais lesquelles ! ‘ C’est pourtant le général de Gaulle qui l’a le mieux jugé : ‘ Il fut le grand artiste d’une grande histoire. ‘ Cette vie a été un roman, elle est racontée comme tel, sans un mot de fiction. Se fondant sur des recherches dans les archives de huit pays, la consultation de quelque quatre cents ouvrages et l’interview de nombreux acteurs et témoins, ce récit épique montre comment un homme solitaire, longuement façonné par d’exceptionnels talents et de singulières faiblesses, a pu infléchir le cours de notre siècle, avec la complicité d’un destin qui s’est radicalement départi de son impartialité.

(source: Bol.com)

Wariwulf (2): Les Enfants De Börte Tchinö

Quatorze années se sont écoulées depuis que le premier des Râjâ, futur roi du monde, a vu le jour dans la glorieuse Byzance, mise à feu et à sang par l’armée de loups de la reine Électra. En compagnie de Sénosiris, conseiller de la reine à Veliko Tarnovo, le Râjâ, bercé depuis toujours par les contes merveilleux que son mentor a rapportés de sa chère Égypte, entreprend un périple vers le pays des légendes du roi Osiris. Au détour d’un violent orage, il sera recueilli par le pharaon Mérenptah, successeur hésitant du grand Ramsès II, qui verra en lui Osiris-Path, la puce d’Osiris, une créature envoyée par les forces divines pour guider l’Égypte hors de son tourment et apaiser son peuple. Mais l’impétuosité du jeune souverain le conduira à l’exil…


Wariwulf (1): Le Premier Des Râjâ

” La Bête ” est un jeune esclave doté d’une force surhumaine. Il est violent, mutique et se comporte comme un animal. Maltraité par son maître mésopotamien, il est bientôt enlevé par le chef d’une tribu nomade qui veut en faire le prochain champion des Olympiades. Récompensé pour ses prouesses physiques, il reçoit des pierres de lune qui lui révèlent son destin… La grande épopée du peuple des loups-garous peut commencer. Au coeur du pays des Thraces, des Byzantins et des Babyloniens, Börte Tchinö, la déesse des loups, attend depuis des siècles la naissance du premier représentant d’une race supérieure. Alliant l’intelligence de l’homme et la force animale, le Râjâ gouvernera le monde et établira un ordre nouveau… Le premier tome d’une saga époustouflante !