An old seafaring stranger with a heavy, locked op chest turns up from nowhere seeking lodgings with Hugh Moneylaws and his mother in Berwick-upon-Tweed, a rural English town bordering Scotland. One night he sends Hugh, a young solicitor's clerk, to meet a man instead of him, as he is too ill, but when Hugh arrives at the destination, he finds a man murdered. Hugh's law firm gets involved to resolve the mystery.
Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863-1933) was an English author and journalist, one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the Golden Age. After his journalist career Fletcher first started writing poems, then historical fiction, and finally moved on to write detective mysteries.
In the second Warm Waters book, Zarya finds herself burdened by responsibility for the miraculous waters of Spaville. Doesn't everyone have the right to bathe in the fount of life?
A secret like the waters is hard to keep.
When JC, a disillusioned millionaire, trips and injures himself in front of her, Zarya takes him to her waters and shares their transformational powers with him.
Returning from America, Brooke inadvertently leaks the facts about the waters to aging film star, Paloma, who is always on the lookout for the latest therapy for her sagging body.
Paloma tells Jack, who is ruthlessly developing a new super spa, then, in the midst of death, the miracle of the waters is witnessed by an outsider.
Suddenly the whole world knows.
But the waters are particular and the mysterious Theriaca will have its revenge.
Like Warm Waters, the Treacle is an acute observation of modern life, full of insight, comedy, unforgettable characters and love.
"Enid Crofton sank farther back into her chintz-covered easy-chair. She was trembling all over, and her hands were shaking. She had not felt so frightened as she felt now, even during the terrible moments which had preceded her being put in the witness-box at the inquest held on her husband's body; and with a feeling of acute, unreasoning terror, she asked herself how she could cope with this new, dreadful situation."
Is the planet beginning to bite back?
Warm Waters is a quirky English novel that combines love, sex, humour and philosophy in a plot that rages against the destructive influences of our modern age.
Both Warm Waters and its sequel, Warm Waters - the Treacle, lead the reader with gentle humour towards a dystopian future.
Zarya Waterfall is at the end of her tether. Married to unsexy, bookish Geoffrey, stifled by small-town Spaville and numbed by her conventional friends, she has nowhere to go, no one to turn to. All this is changed when she visits a local hairdresser, AIRTIME, in whose cellars, she discovers, are long-forgotten medieval baths and whose owner, Eddie, turns out to be a man of unfathomable mystery and allure.
Something is happening in the cellars of AIRTIME. Something fired by the warm waters, which is bigger than her marriage, her friends, her town.
Something that stirs, love, sex and fertility, as old as time itself.
But the ancient waters of AIRTIME and the ...
Mrs. Otway is the widow living in an idyllic, rural town in southern England. She has raised her only daughter with the help of a German servant, Anna, who has been housekeeper, cook and nanny all in one. Anna is hard-working and loyal, but also has worries about providing for herself in case she loses her job. When WWI breaks out, the neighbors start looking suspiciously at the German staying in the household and Anna is torn between well-wishing for her adopted family and patriotic enthusiasm for the virtues of her native country.
Without Dogmaby Henryk Sienkiewicz(e-artnow) Price verified 5 hours ago
"Without Dogma" is a novel of manners by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Its narrative concentrates around the experiences of Leon P?oszowski, a man from a wealthy aristocratic family, who struggles to find the meaning of life in world without morality by trying to self-analyze his feelings towards the encountered women.
The Rise of the Russian Empire is a historical study on Russian history, written by Hector H. Munro. The Book covers the period from the 9th century and the dawn of Russian empire, to 17th century and the rise of the Romanov dynasty.
Molly Pearson is a young Biology teacher with two passions in her life: a strong commitment to protecting wildlife; and a desire to encourage the children in her classes to feel the same enthusiasm for Nature. In this book we find Molly Pearson, Robert Jeffrey's student teacher, rewilding the school's nature garden with the help of her Year 7 kids, against dramatic odds! Self-harming, arson, gang violence and teenage angst all seem to be teaming up as obstacles to block success from Molly and her class of 11 year-olds! When her class decide they would like to restore the school's neglected and vandalised nature corner her hopes are raised and challenged at the same time. The hurdles that she meets along the way will include bullied and bullying pupils, as well as the expected ones of finance and willing manpower.
But leaping those fences does not prepare the ambitious Molly for a dramatic fire and the confusion of a new passion in her life, in the form of Oliver Shrimpton. Will he ...
David Delahass has meticulously studied his ancestor's journals, handwritten on fragile papers of centuries past... he believes that they hold the answers to Jeremy's most guarded secrets... it was just a matter of finding them...
Family Shadows is the third book in The Delahass Legacy series, the continuing saga of one family's search for answers to questions rooted in events that took place generations ago.
Within the home that Jeremy Delahass built for his family and all those to come after him is a secret room few know of. Within it is housed what for centuries only the privileged have held in their hands. The generation of Delahass cousins who currently live at Nolbeloir House have come to realize that it also holds some of the answers to the secrets Jeremy Delahass left hidden for them to find.
And it is not the only room in Nolbeloir House to hold Jeremy's long hidden answers to the questions that have never before been asked.
David Delahass is searching for some of those ...
'Brilliant... rivetingly entertaining... a masterly Grimm's fairy tale for adults. There are enough twists and turns for a dozen ordinary novels.' - The Daily Telegraph
In the bitter spring of 1948, an Englishman walks across Soviet Germany, against a tide of refugees, searching for the woman he fell in love with before the war...
He will become a lord of the underworld in a country rising from the ashes, where confidence is fast becoming a national trick, and where no one is who they claim to be. For Richard Thurgo, a man eager to reinvent himself, it is heaven on earth. Richard is presumed to be dead and buried.
But to be exact, a pair of feet are dead and buried - they alone remained intact, beneath the wreckage of a crashed and burnt-out jeep. Richard is alive and ready to embrace a new identity.
Faking his own death, Richard adopts a new name and career on the Reeperbahn, Hamburg's busy red-light district. As Germany prospers in the fifties and sixties so does Richard, now ...
A DNA ancestry test and look to the past changes everything for college student Michael Malavolti. When he discovers the Malavoltis were once a wealthy noble family in medieval Italy, he becomes consumed with uncovering their history and sets his sights on a PhD in Renaissance studies. His dissertation involves a genetic component that traces his family's origins in the Republic of Siena. After his thesis research garners the attention of a top anthropological geneticist and professor in Rome, Michael is surprised but thrilled.
However, the night before Michael arrives in Rome to begin his project the geneticist has gone missing, his laboratory trashed, and mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphics in blood are left at the crime scene. For reasons unknown, Michael himself is soon embroiled in a life-or-death struggle with world elites to keep the origin of three major religions secret. His genetic research leads him on a dangerous trip through the history of Siena, the Vatican, Charlemagne, ...
A young newly wedded couple is on the final week of their honeymoon when they arrive in Paris during the Exhibition and every lodging house is at full capacity. At well past midnight they manage to secure separate rooms at an ancient home. Morning comes and the husband is nowhere to be found. Not only has he mysteriously disappeared but the owners deny all knowledge that he even exists, insisting that the bride arrived alone.
Hollywood Behind the Scenes
A novel set in the 1980s, completed in the 1990s but speaks volumes of where we are today. 'Reaching for the Gods' exposes Hollywood in a similar hard-hitting way that 'The Devil Wears Prada' exposes the fashion industry.
It is 1984, the year of the Los Angeles Olympics, and Merle LaBrune plans to remain young for however long it takes for her to ascend a pantheon of Hollywood idols and be worshipped as a goddess. However, she has the unerring feeling she is about to be dropped from the long-running soap opera in which she stars. Her life is further complicated by her live-in lover's decision to bring his daughter, Heidi, to come live with them. Heidi does her utmost to make Merle's life a living hell.
The story starts at the very beginning, so to speak, with a dream sequence of the archetypal Eve and ends with Merle's ambition of godhood almost realized: banged up in jail as she atones for the sins of mankind. But her delusions are finally shattered ...
... Trust him, the wind whispered...
Thea Cameron is used to cooking up a storm in her café Cinnamon but her husband's accidental death creates a storm she's not prepared for. Dealing with thugs, hidden money, jewels, and illegitimate daughters is the stuff of movies and doesn't happen to ordinary people. Right? She sure isn't amused about the cocky PI who thinks she needs his help. Trusting him? Not in a million years.
But widower Mark Cheltham isn't scared away by a stroppy cafè owner. As an ex-police officer he knows, Thea needs his help. As a man who is still in love with his late wife, he finds himself on a slippery slope. When bullets fly, the hunt for the truth turns dangerous... even nature throws the unlikely team a curveball and Mark has to make a difficult decision.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS SERIES is about Anna, A Tuscan Affair, Thea, A Case For Love, Claudia, Daring To Love, and Christine, Tides Of Love, as their settled lives suddenly spin out of control. Rather than ...
Rumors of diabolical doings send a priest to an isolated village high in the Alps. There he finds himself locked in a battle of the wills with a milkmaid accused of witchcraft. She will not be easy to burn: she thinks he is an idiot, and he isn't so sure she is a witch.They will both confront a terrible question: is what you believe less dangerous than how you believe it? Anna Ember is a powerful tale of tested faith and belief beyond belief. At the edge of the old world and the beginning of the new, nothing is what it seems. Nothing is what you believe it to be.
Erik Keller has dreamed of an excursion to the Great White North ever since he was a young outdoorsman. Just when those dreams are about to become a reality, tragedy strikes and he finds himself stranded in the Canadian Nahanni National Park Reserve. Can he survive hungry predators, the ever-changing weather and the mountainous terrain? Does he have what it takes to survive and reunite with his family? Will the determination and devotion of his wife save him, or will it be the tenacity and experience of a weary Canadian Search and Rescue Officer that gets Erik home. Ultimately, it comes down to man against nature.
The Awakeningby Edward C. Patterson(Dancaster Creative) Price verified 16 hours ago
When deep in the soul the true self stirs and arises to remove the mask; when nature overtakes art and courageously comes out of the night into the day; when the closet opens and fills the room with light -- then we have The Awakening. Capturing the heart-soaring moment when a person faces themselves and then the world -- a brave new world, which calls forth the best and heals the lies, is a momentous time. Like the first fireflies on a summer night, to share yourself with first one person; and then another, and then those closest and those furthest until the world knows -- a world fresh and new, yet dangerous, being aware that many would prefer you live the lie. But there is only one life per customer and only one awakening of the soul. If the lie persists, life withers on the vine.
The Awakening is one man touching a new world expressed in verse. It's the spirit bursting onto the scene with green ecstasy. Through the sights and sound outside the closet, this work seeks nothing more ...
The Odd Women is a Victorian novel which deals with themes such as the role of women in society, marriage, morals and the early feminist movement. There was the notion in Victorian England that there was an excess of one million women over men. This meant there were "odd" women left over at the end of the equation when the other men and women had paired off in marriage. A cross-section of women dealing with this problem are described in "The Odd Women" and it can be inferred that their lifestyles also set them apart as odd in the sense of strange.
He said his name was Esau. And if a name could portend a person's character, we should have known that he was trouble. My father believed he could be good. My father was wrong.
Jacob and Esau is a dark, futuristic, retelling of the Bible story in Genesis. Get lost in the mystery surrounding Jason Chastain and his family--a world of unimaginable wealth and privilege, where the lines of good and evil are often blurred and absolute power is the end game.
Please be advised: this book contains a sexually graphic scene.
Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record details the creation and use of apergy, a form of anti-gravitational energy, and details a flight to Mars in 1830. The planet is inhabited by diminutive beings; they are convinced that life does not exist elsewhere than on their world, and refuse to believe that the unnamed narrator is actually from Earth. (They think he is an unusually tall Martian from some remote place on their planet.)
And When the Arguing's Over... where will you be and what will you have achieved?
People argue on a daily basis, but conflicts aren't always what they initially appear to be. Sometimes a little perception is needed to read between the lines to discover the truth.
Six plays covering themes such as following the herd and selling out at work. The desire to be noticed, fiction versus non-fiction, fact versus memory and the comforting lies we tell each other and ourselves to make life a little easier. And hope - because without hope, even misguided hope, what would be the point in arguing?
"The other thing about lying is that the liar is banking on two things. They are hoping that the person being lied to is gullible enough to believe the lie - and the person doesn't always have to be that gullible - and they also know the person they are lying to well enough that they know the person won't push any further, because they know the person they are lying to wants to believe the lie." - The ...
The Woman Who Did is a tale about a young, self-assured middle-class woman who defies convention as a matter of principle and who is fully prepared to suffer the consequences of her actions. Herminia Barton, the Cambridge-educated daughter of a clergyman, frees herself from her parents' influence, moves to London and starts living alone. As she is not a woman of independent means, she starts working as a teacher. When she meets and falls in love with Alan Merrick, a lawyer, she suggests they live together without getting married. Reluctantly, he agrees, and the couple move to Italy. There, in Florence, Merrick dies of typhoid before their daughter Dolores is born. Legal technicalities and the fact that they were not married prevent Herminia from inheriting any of Merrick's money. Dreaming of being a role model for Dolores and her friends, Herminia returns to England and raises her daughter as a single mother.
Ernest is a struggling writer who can't find the words to write. His wife has given up on their marriage and he has given up on his life. He quits his job, sells his belongings, and heads to Key West to end his life. "If it was good enough for Hemingway," Ernest reasoned, "it will be good enough for me". He takes his typewriter and his gun with him. If the first doesn't work, he knows the second will. However, a chance encounter with a mysterious Cuban man and the attention of a beautiful local woman might save his life... or, as he fears, might push him over the edge. Join another life changing journey as the Roscoe Chronicles continues.