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A late spring in 1142 has the monks of Shrewsbury Abbey dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22. For three years, wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single white rose each year, in honor of her late husband. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent-and found murdered beside the hacked rosebush.Without a rose, the monks' rental contract becomes void, adding greatly to the widow's dowry. But before Brother Cadfael can ponder whether a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow's thorny bushes and root out a killer.
Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, an upland meadow. But here they face their most difficult challenges of all.A stirring epic of courage and survival against the odds, Watership Down has become a beloved classic for all ages. Both an exciting adventure story and an involving allegory about freedom, ethics, and human nature, it has delighted generations with its unique and charming world, winning many awards and being adapted to film, television, and theater.
Since the Gold Rush, California prospectors have siphoned off the waters of isolated Tufa Lake, exposing the fragile, otherworldly mineral formations of the lake basin. Now a local environmental group seeks to block the latest incursion by developers-a massive mining operation funded by TransPacific, a US-Hong Kong interest that seems to be behind a series of break-ins, disappearances, and shady land deals. Into this stark, lunar landscape treads San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone, searching for a local eccentric now missing after a suspicious land deal. When the bullet-ridden corpse of an investor surfaces in the lake's silvery waters, McCone finds herself on a twisted trail that leads to San Francisco and then back to where it all began-the eerie desert mesas where a murderer prepares to kill again.
When a former sixties radical is murdered during a string of random sniper attacks, the All Souls Legal Cooperative must settle his surprisingly large estate. Then private investigator Sharon McCone comes across a new will, made just days before he died, that disinherits his two children in favor of four unknown and unconnected parties. McCone sifts through Perry Hilderly's belongings but finds little to explain this puzzling change. That is, until she uncovers a .357 with the serial number burned off. As McCone tracks down the new beneficiaries she discovers that the shootings aren't so random after all and that the dead man isn't the only one with a lurid past. To link the heirs to the killings, she must follow a treacherous trail of evidence that travels from the Vietnam years to the present. But along the way the elusive sniper waits in a homicidal rage and takes aim-this time at All Souls and Sharon McCone.
The detective story was more or less invented by Edgar Allen Poe, but he more or less lost interest with the genre and moved on, with the next leading practitioner being Arthur Conan Doyle with his Sherlock Holmes tales. It was about thirty-three years before Agatha Christie entered the detective mystery field, and she wound up becoming one of the most well-known English authors of the twentieth century. Her success was so extraordinary she became the bestselling novelist of all time, with only the Bible and Shakespeare exceeding her sales. Her accomplishments often came in unusual fashion, as she would be walking down a street and a plot idea would come to her. All this had begun when she had a poem published in a local London newspaper when she was only four years old. Remarkable, yes, but the extremely early beginning led to her tremendous success. She finally created a play, The Mousetrap, that began in 1952 and had more than 27,000 performances before being finally halted in mid-March, 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. For now, let's listen to one of her creations for the infamous Belgian detective/investigator Hercule Poirot. You can rest assured we'll find out "e;whodunnit."e;
Rachel Innes, a middle-aged spinster, has barely settled in at the country house she has rented for the summer when a series of bizarre and violent events threaten to perturb her normally unflappable nature. A strange figure appears briefly in the twilight outside a window. At night, a rattling, metallic sound reverberates through dark halls, and-most disconcerting of all-the body of a strange man is found lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of a circular staircase.Before this spine-tingling tale ends, five connected deaths shatter the normally placid atmosphere of the vacation retreat. Rachel's devoted niece and nephew are among the prime suspects in one of the murders; stolen securities and a bank default threaten the young pair's financial security, and Aunt "e;Ray"e; ultimately fights for her life in an airless secret room.
The story you're about to hear took place primarily in what is Southern Utah and has been called the quintessential western, meaning simply it is a top-notch example of quality. It is composed of an extensive list of ingredients; adventure, action, violence, crisis, suspense, conflict, sentimentalism, and sex; they are all there. This classic of the western genre was the kind of story the public clamored for and author Zane Grey had great skill in supplying the desire. Not at the beginning however. One of his early efforts was rejected in 1909 and an editor told him, "e;I do not see anything in this to convince me you can write either narrative or fiction."e; That was shortsighted for the time being and just three years later, Grey produced this story. It was his all-time bestseller and led to his becoming a household name. By listening now you'll find out why.
In this Banjo By Ear lesson you will learn a banjo solo version of "e;The Star Spangled Banner"e; completely "e;by ear."e; The lesson starts with a full demonstration of the solo followed by a detailed "e;by ear"e; lesson of every note and phase.
"e;Redwing"e; is an old bluegrass standard and now you can learn to play it completely "e;by ear."e; The song is demonstrated and then taught in two- to four-measure sections without music or tab. At the end of the lesson you are given backing tracks with no banjo on them for you to practice and perform with.
When little Zanna's oldest brother died just before Christmas, she was left with the gift she had made for him-a picture that only he would have understood. Every Christmas, Zanna's gift is brought out and displayed as a way of including their lost brother in the celebration. This is the story of the life of that family, and of the many gifts they gave each other that could only be understood with love.
The daughter of a Chilean father and a Filipina mother, Cecilia Rodriguez Aragon grew up as a shy, timid child in a small midwestern town during the 1960s. Targeted by school bullies and dismissed by many of her teachers, she worried that people would find out the truth: that she was INTF. Incompetent. Nerd. Terrified. Failure. This feeling stayed with her well into her twenties when she was told that "e;girls can't do science"e; or "e;women just don't know how to handle machines."e;Yet in the span of just six years, Cecilia became the first Latina pilot to secure a place on the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team and earn the right to represent her country at the Olympics of aviation, the World Aerobatic Championships. How did she do it?Using mathematical techniques to overcome her fear, Cecilia performed at air shows in front of millions of people. She jumped out of airplanes and taught others how to fly. She learned how to fund-raise and earn money to compete at the world level. She worked as a test pilot and contributed to the design of experimental airplanes, crafting curves of metal and fabric that shaped air to lift inanimate objects high above the earth. And best of all, she surprised everyone by overcoming the prejudices people held about her because of her race and her gender.Flying Free is the story of how Cecilia Aragon broke free from expectations and rose above her own limits by combining her passion for flying with math and logic in unexpected ways. You don't have to be a math whiz or a science geek to learn from her story. You just have to want to soar.
"e;Please find me, Thomas! Please!"e; Two years ago, Dr. Gina Brady broke Thomas Prescott's heart, but now her panic-stricken satellite phone call starts it beating again with a fury. Thugs kidnapped the good doctor from the remote jungle village where she was working, and now the retired homicide detective's expert skills are desperately needed to save her. Led by a colorful, but perhaps untrustworthy local guide, Prescott journeys deep into the Bolivian Amazon, plunging into a world where the only thing more dangerous than the gun-toting drug traffickers and the ruthless tribesmen, is the jungle itself. When Gina's trail leads to a chance encounter with an archaeological expedition, the search for the missing doctor takes on even deadlier consequences. But Prescott will not relent in this punishing quest until, once again, he holds Gina in his arms.
In the third in the epic fantasy series, War of the Archons, the war of the gods continues to threaten all existence.As its neighbors muster for war, the city-state of Kantor clings desperately to neutrality. Suraan, the queen regent, is beset on all sides, her son Rahuul still too young to take the throne. As his elder sister and guardian, Adaali's only purpose is to protect Rahuul from would-be usurpers. But dark forces are at play from within and without, and she must seek help from the most unlikely of places-or be consumed by the war of the gods that threatens to destroy the very fabric of her world.
Have you ever read a suspense novel so good you had to stop and think to yourself, "e;How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?"e; For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to ask the most well-known authors in the field just these kinds of questions in interviews for the Huffington Post.Collected here are interviews with forty-seven accomplished authors, including Michael Connelly, Ken Follett, Meg Gardiner, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Don Winslow. These are their personal stories in their own words, much of the material never before published. How do these writers' life experiences color their art? Find out their thoughts, their inspirations, their candid opinions. Learn more about your favorite authors, how they work and who they truly are.
Determined to set the historical record straight, and clear her conscience, Temperance Flowerdew-the wife of Virginia's first two governors-puts quill to paper, recounting the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees, and the extraordinary sacrifice of her servant girl, Lily.When she steps aboard the Falcon in 1609, Temperance Flowerdew is not only setting sail from England to the distant shores of America, she's embarking upon a future of opportunity. She doesn't yet know how she will make her mark, but in this new place she can do or be whatever she wants.Willing as she is to brave this new world, Temperance is utterly ill-equipped to survive the wilderness; all she knows is how to live inside the pages of adventure and philosophy books. Loyally at her side, Lily helps Temperance weather pioneer life. A young woman running from lifelong accusations of witchcraft, Lily finds friendship with Temperance and an acceptance of her psychic gifts. Together, they forge paths within the community: Temperance attempts to advise the makeshift government, while Lily experiences the blossoming of first love.But as the harsh winter approaches, Lily intuitively senses a darkness creep over the colony and the veneer of civilized life threatens to fall away-negotiations with the Indians grow increasingly hostile and provisions become scarce. Lily struggles to keep food on the table by foraging in the woods and being resourceful. Famine could mean the end of days. It's up to Lily to save them both, but what sacrifice will be enough to survive?A transporting and evocative story, The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is a fiercely hopeful novel-a portrait of two intrepid women who choose to live out their dreams of a future more free than the past.
"e;And through these ages untold, the river did act as the lifeblood of all those things alongside it."e;Jonah Hargrove is celebrating his thirteenth birthday by avoiding his abusive father, when a girl named River stumbles into his yard, injured and alone. The teenager has stolen thousands of dollars' worth of meth from her murderous, drug-dealing boyfriend, but lost it somewhere in the Neches River bottoms during her escape. Jonah agrees to help her find and sell the drugs so she can flee East Texas.Chasing after them is John Curtis, a local drug kingpin and dog fighter, as well as River's boyfriend, the dangerous Dakota Cade.Each person is keeping secrets from the others-deadly secrets that will be exposed in violent fashion as all are forced to come to terms with their choices, their circumstances, and their own definition of God.With a colorful cast of supporting characters and unflinching violence juxtaposed against lyrical prose, River, Sing Out dives deep into the sinister world of the East Texas river bottoms, where oppressive poverty is pitted against the need to believe in something greater than the self.
Tim O'Connor is paid to be violent. He plays for the El Paso Storm in the West Texas Hockey League. People call him Oak. He's been an enforcer for longer than his hip or shoulder or back have been able to hold together. He is a broken machine of gristle and rage. And he has been away from home for too long.He's called back to Boston by his mother's death. There he confronts a life he failed to live, a daughter he doesn't know, and a body that is quickly breaking down. Still, he can't conceive of a future without hockey, even as he chews oxycodone and Adderall to numb his injuries and steady his brain. When a brutal encounter with the police places him in the path of Joan Linney, a haunted public defender, and Kip, a boy with a brave face, Oak and his chance companions roam cold streets from Castle Island to Quincy Point, struggling to believe in a different future.In spare, potent language, Jeff W. Bens builds a remarkable character from the skates up. The Mighty Oak is a visceral and emotional experience. The fact of Oak's physical existence is powerfully rendered, and the bone-deep transformation of his character is one you will not soon forget.
Lira and Reyker have lost everything. Including each other.Lira of Stone watched her home burn and her clan fall beneath the sword of the warlord known as the Dragon. She believes the man she loves, a warrior who defected from the Dragon's army, is dead. Alongside her exiled brother and his band of refugees, she will fight the forces that conquered her island. But the greatest danger may come from Lira herself-with the blood of banished gods running through her veins, she's become a weapon, and no one is safe from the power of her wrath.Reyker Lagorsson thought he was done being a Dragonman. That was before he saw Lira leap from a cliff and vanish into the sea. Determined to honor her memory by protecting her people, Reyker must feign loyalty to the warlord, undermine him at every turn, and seek alliances with renegade soldiers-without succumbing to the battle-madness that threatens to possess him once more.When the Fallen Ones offer Lira a chance to defeat the Dragon, her quest leads her to a place she never expected-Iseneld, the warlord's homeland. Her journey into the heart of the Frozen Sun will put her on a collision course with Reyker, costing both of them more than they ever imagined, and leaving her with a terrible choice: to save their countries, she must forsake everything she loves.
Everything has a price.In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin's triumph has come at a devastating cost-forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she's lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin ...Yet it soon becomes clear that the shadows plaguing her kingdom are just the beginning. Another realm coexists with the mortal world-the beautiful, nightmarish Immortal Realm ruled by the wicked God of Shadow, King Eoin. When their paths entwine, Asterin realizes that Eoin possesses exactly what-and who-she seeks most. And the fates of all those that she holds dear-Orion, her missing Guardian; Luna, the friend she could not save; Harry, the demon who saved them all; and Quinlan, her beloved broken prince-ultimately rest in the god's hands.But in a world of magic, not everyone is always as they seem. When shocking discoveries threaten everything and everyone that Asterin has sworn her life to protect, she won't be the only person forced to make a choice ... a choice that will change the mortal world forever.And maybe even destroy it.
A famous Russian ballerina lies dead in a downtown loft. No marks, no bruises. The suspects are many: spies, hit men, a gunrunner, and one of Hollywood's most powerful and mysterious film producers. Detective Sam Carver becomes entangled in a perilous reignited Cold War between Moscow and Washington. He chases leads from Europe to Africa.But Carver faces other demons, too. He is haunted by Dylan Cross, a killer who got away a year earlier. She knows his secrets, whispers to him in his dreams. His obsession with Dylan threatens his new case and his relationship with Lily Hernandez, a uniform cop who wants to work as his partner.Last Dance explores dangers within and without, and how we reconcile the damage, love, and things lost, in a Los Angeles that is as tempting and alluring as it is cruel and sinister.
Die falschlich inhaftierte Whistleblowerin Rachel Pierce nimmt lieber das Risiko eines Berufungsverfahrens in Kauf, als ihren vorbestimmten Platz als erste Interstellare Braut auf der Kolonie hinzunehmen. Sie ist dickkopfig und fest entschlossen, Gerechtigkeit -und ihre Freiheit-auf der Erde zu erlangen...aber ihre Gefahrten sind nicht bereit, ihr Leben oder ihre Zukunft auf ein System zu setzen, das sie fur primitiv und korrupt halten.Maxim von Prillon Prime hat zehn lange Jahre in den Hive-Kriegen gekampft. Gemeinsam mit seinem Sekundar Ryston wurde er gefangen und gefoltert, aber sie entkamen, nur um vom eigenen Volk zuruckgewiesen und zusammen mit den anderen "e;verseuchten"e; Cyborg-Kriegern zu einem Leben auf der Kolonie verdammt zu werden. Als Anfuhrer von Sektor 3 ist es Maxims Pflicht, seinen Kriegern ein Beispiel zu sein und eine Braut zu sich zu holen. Aber als diese den Transport verweigert, kann er nicht zulassen, dass ihre Zuruckweisung einen gesamten Planeten von kampferprobten, aber ernuchterten Kriegern demoralisiert. Maxim und Ryston transportieren sich zur Erde, wo sie beschlieen, dass sie ihnen gehort und ein Hochsicherheitsgefangnis sie nicht von ihr abhalten wird.Rachel auf die Kolonie zu bekommen, ist aber nur die erste Herausforderung, der sie sich stellen mussen. Ihre wunderschone Gefahrtin davon zu uberzeugen, sich nicht nur einem, sondern zwei dominanten Kriegern hinzugeben, ist eine weitere. Selbst, wenn sie ihre Liebe fur sich gewinnen konnen, lauert eine neue Gefahr in der Kolonie, und jemand, der Maxim nahe steht, wird ihr erstes Opfer. Maxim wird das zweite Opfer werden, wenn Rachels Liebe und ihre unaufhaltsame Suche nach der Wahrheit nicht stark genug ist, um ihn zu retten.
Kenric St. James is out for revenge. Over three hundred years ago, an ancient female vampire turned him against his will and killed the woman he loved. He's spent more than a century building an Enclave of warrior vampires who have sworn to defend humanity against his evil sire and her minions. But when Kenric finds a woman he finally burns to claim as his own again, Kenric knows loving her means giving his sire another target.Emily Ross just wanted a fresh start. She's a survivor, coming off the tail end of an abusive relationship, and craves time alone to learn who she is and to save the home that holds her heart. The last thing she needed was a controlling, alpha male calling all the shots.Meeting Kenric might just have changed her mind, though. He is wrong for her in all the right ways. But in order to keep her heart from breaking, he first has to keep the hordes of evil vamps from stealing her very breath.
Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places ...Charlie Ryan's cheating fiance left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She's hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she's inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs-and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn't need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma's ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can't he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots ... and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk ... one night will change everything.
Listen and relive the exciting tales from Highlights, now on audio! Learn why a family in Borneo shares their garden with a black spitting cobra and about an eleven-year-old schoolgirl who names our newly discovered ninth planet, along with other stories about world cultures and world history.Stories include: A Cobra in the Garden, A Danish Christmas Remembered, A Day to Remember Family, A Head-Balancing Act, A Light for Lena, A May Basket for Grandma, A Plate Full of Freedom, A Prehistoric Mystery, A Super-Secret Not-So-Secret Valentine Surprise, All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings' Day, An Alarm Clock That Crows!, and many more!
A decade ago, teacher Nathan Brookes saw four of his students walk up a hill and vanish. Only one returned, Olivia, starved, terrified, and with no memory of where she'd been. Questioned by the police but released for lack of evidence, Nathan spent the years trying to forget.When a body is found in the same ancient woodland where they disappeared, it is first believed to be one of the missing children but is soon identified as a Bronze Age warrior, nothing more than an archaeological curiosity. Yet Nathan starts to have horrific visions of the students, alive but trapped. Then Olivia reappears, desperate that the warrior's body be returned to the earth-for he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay.
The long-awaited and authoritative biography of Pope Benedict XVI, a giant of the Catholic ChurchBenedict XVI: A Life offers insight into the young life and rise through the Church's ranks of a man who would become a hero and a lightning rod for Catholics the world over. Based on countless hours of interviews in Rome with Benedict himself, this much-anticipated two-volume biography is the definitive record of the life of Joseph Ratzinger and the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.This first volume follows the early life of the future pope, from his days growing up in Germany and his conscription into the Hitler Youth during World War II to his career as an academic theologian and eventual Archbishop of Munich. The second volume, set to be published in 2021, will cover his move to Rome under Pope John Paul II, his ascension to the papacy, and his controversial retirement and news-making statements under his successor, Pope Francis I.This necessary companion to Benedict's own memoir, Last Testament, is the fullest account to date of the life of a radical Catholic leader who has continued to make news while cloistered in retirement in the Vatican gardens.
"e;Does my life really matter?"e;It's the question deep within the heart of every human being. Everyone has the desire to know that their life matters; that they can make an impact on the world around them. They want to know that when they are gone, their lives and work will have left the world a better place than it was before.Whether your influence and reach are worldwide or local (or anything in between), you were made to impact the people around you!In this book, Lasting Impact, Chris Widener makes the case that you were actually designed to make an impact. In fact, it is part of your destiny. You will learn not only the philosophy of impact, but the actions to take in order to ensure your life's work will extend for generations to come.
Riley Vasher hasn't spoken to her friend Piper Kingsley for years ... now she's making a documentary about her murder.Documentary filmmaker Riley Vasher has been living a low-key life on the island of Oahu with her long-time boyfriend Brody. This all changes when Brody overhears on his police scanner that popular TV weathergirl Piper Kingsley has been murdered.When Piper's boyfriend, Ethan Jakes, is arrested for the crime, a high-profile murder trial is sure to follow-and Riley and Brody sense their chance to make a name for themselves.Riley convinces Ethan she can help him if they make a documentary about the trial, and recommends the brilliant but eccentric defense lawyer Nicholas Church. But as the trial nears and Riley becomes personally involved in the case, the lines of truth soon begin to blur and she finds herself becoming part of the story.
It has been two years since Lady Marion Tunstall lost her husband at sea, two years of sorrow and grief. Only now has the young, comely widow finally reentered society. It is then, when she and her family attend the merriment of a country dance, that Lady Marion sees her dead husband, alive and well-and faints dead away.Lord Tristan Tunstall has no choice but to confess: he is alive, yes, but not a whole man who can be a husband and father. When he offers her a divorce, however, Marion stubbornly refuses. Now she has forced herself back into his life and into his home and (oh, God forgive his weakness) his bed. He cannot stop himself from wanting her, loving her. But can he live with the secret she is keeping from him?
An unforgettable tale of what we owe to those we love and those we have left behind.In 1927, as Natalia Faber travels from Berlin to Prague with her mother, their train is delayed in Saxon Switzerland. In the brief time the train is idle, Natalia learns the truth about her father and meets a remarkable woman named Dr. Magdalena Schaefferova, whose family will become a significant part of her future.Shaken by these events, Natalia arrives at a spa on the shore of Lake Heviz in Hungary. Here she meets the journalist and writer Miklos Count Andorjan. In time, they will marry, and Natalia will devote herself to life on a rural estate in Hungary.When war breaks out in Europe, Natalia loses contact with Miklos. She believes they are to meet in Prague, a city under Nazi occupation. She sets up shop as a fortune teller with a pack of Tarot cards. In this guise, she meets Magdalena Schaefferova's young daughter, Anna. Accused by the Nazis of spying, Natalia is sent to a concentration camp. In April 1945, Natalia and Anna are reunited, and with courage and determination, find the strength to begin again in a changed world.