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The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter

Title The Strangler Vine
Author M.J. Carter
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2015-03-31
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780698168732
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A FINALIST FOR THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2015 LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014 Set in the untamed wilds of nineteenth-century colonial India, a dazzling historical thriller introducing an unforgettable investigative pair. India, 1837: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair—trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society—becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression. There are shades of Heart of Darkness, sly references to Conan Doyle, that bring brilliantly to life the India of the 1830s with its urban squalor, glamorous princely courts and bazaars, and the ambiguous presence of the British overlords—the officers of the East India Company—who have their own predatory ambitions beyond London's oversight. From the Hardcover edition.

The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter

Title The Strangler Vine
Author M. J. Carter
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2014-01-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780241966563
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For lovers of Sherlock, Shardlake and Ripper Street. A gripping and pulse-racing mystery thriller with a great detective double act. 'Splendid, enthralling, an exotic mystery that captivated me.' Bernard Cornwell Calcutta 1837. Young officer William Avery is tasked by his employers-the East India Company-with tracking down disgraced poet and spy Xavier Mountstuart, lost in the jungles of central India. Accompanied by the dissolute and mysterious Jeremiah Blake, Avery is sure the mission is doomed. When their search leads them into Kali-worshipping Thug territory, the pair are soon fighting for their lives, but impelled to solve the horrifying mystery behind their mission. With death and danger on every side, is it too late for them to save themselves? Shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime novel of the year 2014, and the HWA Debut Crown for Best Historical Novel 2015, Longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and the Bailey's Woman's Prize for Fiction 2014

The Infidel Stain by M.J. Carter

Title The Infidel Stain
Author M.J. Carter
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2016-03-29
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780698168749
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Blake and Avery return in the stunning sequel to M. J. Carter’s lauded fiction debut, The Strangler Vine. London, 1841. Returned from their adventures in India, Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both had their difficulties adapting to life in Victorian England. Moreover, time and distance have weakened the close bond between them, forged in the jungles of India. Then a shocking series of murders in the world of London’s gutter press forces them back together. The police seem mysteriously unwilling to investigate, then connections emerge between the murdered men and the growing and unpredictable movement demanding the right to vote for all. In the back streets of Drury Lane, among criminals, whores, pornographers, and missionaries, Blake and Avery must race against time to find the culprit before he kills again. But what if the murderer is being protected by some of the highest powers in the land? From the Hardcover edition.

The Devil S Feast by M.J. Carter

Title The Devil s Feast
Author M.J. Carter
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2017-03-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780698168756
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Investigative team Blake and Avery find themselves entangled in a case involving political conflicts, personal vendettas, and England’s first celebrity chef. London, 1842. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London’s newest and grandest gentleman’s club—a death the club is desperate to hush up. What he soon discovers is a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club’s handsome façade. At the center is its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, “the Napoleon of food,” a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity. But Avery is distracted, for where is his mentor and partner in crime Jeremiah Blake? And what if this first death is only a dress rehearsal for something far more sinister? From the Hardcover edition.

Anthony Blunt by Miranda Carter

Title Anthony Blunt
Author Miranda Carter
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Release Date 2017-12-14
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781509893461
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Anthony Blunt died in 1983, he was a man about whom almost anything could be - and was - said. As Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures and Director of the Courtauld Institute, Blunt's position was assured until his exposure in 1979 left his reputation in tatters. Miranda Carter's brilliantly insightful biography gives us a vivid portrait of a human paradox. Blunt's totally discrete lives, with their permanent contradictions, serve to remind us that there is no one key to any human being's identity: we are all a series of conflicting selves.

The Strangler by William Landay

Title The Strangler
Author William Landay
Publisher Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Release Date 2012-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780345539465
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1963 Boston, with a killer known as the Boston Strangler stalking the city, the three Daley brothers--Joe, a cop; Michael, a prosecutor; and Ricky, a master thief--track down a criminal with ties to their family's own lethal secrets.

George Nicholas And Wilhelm by Miranda Carter

Title George Nicholas and Wilhelm
Author Miranda Carter
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2011
Category History
Total Pages 498
ISBN 9781400079124
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the years before World War I, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Tsar Nicholas II. Carter uses the cousins' correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell their tragicomic stories.

The Body On The Doorstep by AJ MacKenzie

Title The Body on the Doorstep
Author AJ MacKenzie
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2018-05-15
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781499861778
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Murder and smuggling, conspiracy and treason - Can Reverend Hardcastle catch a killer? For fans of Antonia Hodgson's, The Devil in the Marshalsea, and M.J. Carter's, The Strangler Vine, The Body on the Doorstep is the first Romney Marsh Mystery by A. J. MacKenzie Kent, 1796. Shocked to discover a dying man on his doorstep - and lucky to avoid a bullet himself - Reverend Hardcastle finds himself entrusted with the victim's cryptic last words. With smuggling rife on England's south-east coast, the obvious conclusion is that this was a falling out among thieves. But why is the leader of the local Customs service so reluctant to investigate? Ably assisted by the ingenious Mrs Chaytor, Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery for himself. But smugglers are not the only ones to lurk off the Kent coast, and the more he discovers, the more he realises he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

Title The Philosophical Strangler
Author Eric Flint
Publisher Baen Publishing Enterprises
Release Date 2001-05-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781618242860
Language English, Spanish, and French
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PHILOSOPHY: THE HANDS ON APPROACH Mighty Greyboar, the world's greatest professional strangler, is dissatisfied with his lot in life. The work is steady and the pay is good, but what, he wonders, is the point of it all But when he learns that there is a Supreme Philosophy of Life*, Greyboar the Strangler is Born Again! Still, just how can a professional man in good standing pay the bills with all this philosophical exploration getting in the way That's what his hard-headed agent and manager Ignace wants to know! And Ignace's skepticism turns quickly into outright horror when Greyboar's philosophical preoccupation leads to one disaster after another . . . simple choke jobs turn into ethical quandaries . . .a bizarre artist and a deadly arms-master turn up to complicate their life . . .as if their new girlfriends haven't complicated it enough! Before you know it, Greyboar the strangler and his disgruntled manager find themselves embroiled with an abbess at odds with her deity, heretics on the run, dwarves needing to be rescued, and then¾worst of all! Greyboar's long-estranged sister Gwendolyn, political activist and revolutionary, comes back to town asking Greyboar's help in an insane mission to the underworld. It's purely a noble cause, one which no self-respecting assassin would touch for a moment. But in the pursuit of Enlightenment, anything can happen. . . . *What You want the details Hint: Entropy. For more on the secret, buy this book! At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Title Dandelion Wine
Author Ray Bradbury
Publisher Spectra
Release Date 1976
Category Fiction
Total Pages 239
ISBN 9780553277531
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the unusual world of Green Town, Illinois, a twelve-year-old discovers the wonders of reality and the power of imagination during the summer of 1928

The Deceivers by John Masters

Title The Deceivers
Author John Masters
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1966
Category India
Total Pages 286
ISBN OCLC:16125746
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Title In Cold Blood
Author Truman Capote
Publisher Random House Digital, Inc.
Release Date 2013-02-19
Category True Crime
Total Pages 396
ISBN 9780812994384
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Powerful account of the brutal slaying of a Kansas family by two young ex-convicts.

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Title Gods Behaving Badly
Author Marie Phillips
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2009-02-24
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780307371270
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From Marie Phillips, hailed by the Guardian Unlimited website as a “hot author” destined to “break through” in 2007, comes a highly entertaining novel set in North London, where the Greek gods have been living in obscurity since the seventeenth century. Being immortal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Life’s hard for a Greek god in the twenty-first century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn’t respect you, and you’re stuck in a dilapidated hovel in North London with too many siblings and not enough hot water. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator) and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic) there’s no way out… until a meek cleaner and her would-be boyfriend come into their lives and turn the world upside down. Gods Behaving Badly is that rare thing, a charming, funny, utterly original novel that satisfies the head and the heart. From the Hardcover edition.

Joe Country by Mick Herron

Title Joe Country
Author Mick Herron
Publisher Soho Press
Release Date 2019-06-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 360
ISBN 9781641290562
Language English, Spanish, and French
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If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die. In Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced MI5 spies, memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him an outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. Meanwhile, in Regent’s Park, Diana Taverner’s tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she’s going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil . . . And with winter taking its grip, Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible for killing a slow horse breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.

The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman

Title The Dress Lodger
Author Sheri Holman
Publisher Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date 2010-04-09
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781555847661
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New York Times Notable Book from the author of A Stolen Tongue: A tale of crime and survival in nineteenth-century England “as unsettling as it is brilliant” (The Washington Post Book World). In Sunderland, England, a city quarantined by the cholera epidemic of 1831, a defiant, fifteen-year-old beauty in an elegant blue dress sells her body to feed her only love: a fragile baby boy. When the surgeon Henry Chiver offers Gustine a different kind of work, she hopes to finally change her terrible circumstances. But Chiver was recently implicated in the famous case of Burke and Hare, who murdered beggars and sold their corpses for medical research. And soon, Gustine’s own efforts to secure cadavers for Chiver’s anatomy school will threaten the very things she’s working so hard to protect . . . “Reminiscent of Wuthering Heights . . . or the novels of Dickens . . . An even better book than Holman’s first, with prose that’s more limber and vivid—and with, appropriately, even more heart.” —The New York Times Book Review “As unsettling as it is brilliant. Holman attempts Herculean feats of plot and character, and the resulting novel is seamlessly crafted.” —The Washington Post Book World “Holman seduces you. Her prose, tart, racy and somber, will sing in your soul a long while.” —Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes “Holman’s style is risky and direct . . . with unflinching emotional precision. This dazzlingly researched epic is an uncommon read.” —Publisher Weekly, starred review

Season Of Darkness by Maureen Jennings

Title Season of Darkness
Author Maureen Jennings
Publisher McClelland & Stewart Limited
Release Date 2012
Category Fiction
Total Pages 407
ISBN 9780771043284
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As a German camp for interns moves into town and his children unravel during World War II, detective Tom Tyler reluctantly teams up with a German psychiatrist in order to investigate the murder of a Land Army member found shot along the road.

The Devil In The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

Title The Devil in the Marshalsea
Author Antonia Hodgson
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2014
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780544176676
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Set in the darkest debtor's prison in Georgian London, this gripping historical thriller follows Tom Hawkins as he, due to his penchant for wine, women and cards, ends up in Marshalsea where murder runs rampant and no one is as they seem. Original. 30,000 first printing.

The Quincunx by Charles Palliser

Title The Quincunx
Author Charles Palliser
Publisher Random House Digital, Inc.
Release Date 1991
Category Fiction
Total Pages 787
ISBN 9780345371133
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A meditation on the Victorian novel and a sprawling epic tale of a man's quest for his identity follows John Huffman as he journeys to the heart of the Quincunx to reveal his elusive past

The Rottweiler by Ruth Rendell

Title The Rottweiler
Author Ruth Rendell
Publisher Seal Books
Release Date 2010-04-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780385673174
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first victim was discovered with a bite on her neck. The police traced the DNA to the girl’s boyfriend, but the tabloids had already dubbed the murderer “The Rottweiler,” and the name stuck. The latest body was found near Inez Ferry’s shop in Marylebone. Someone spotted a figure fleeing into the shadows, but couldn’t say even if it was a man or woman. The only other clues are the murderer’s penchant for strangling his prey, and then removing a small token — a necklace, a lighter. To make ends meet, widowed Inez Ferry takes in tenants above her antique store. The unpredictable and obsessive acts of the serial murderer begin to disturb the lives of the heterogeneous little community of lodgers, especially when suspicion grows that one of them might be “The Rottweiler.” From the Paperback edition.

Title Raj Kapoor The One and Only Showman
Author Ritu Nanda
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2017-12-14
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 284
ISBN 9789352770410
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Raj Kapoor, the creator of some of Hindi cinema's most enduring classics, is one of the greatest film-makers India has ever produced. As producer, director, actor, editor, storyteller, he blazed a trail for subsequent generations of film-makers to follow and aspire to. He was also known to the world as an extraordinary and controversial showman, an entertainer par excellence, someone who created the template for Hindi cinema. Raj Kapoor: The One and Only Showman is a unique experiment, both an autobiography and a biography. While the autobiography uses his own words, culled from interviews, journals and anecdotes, to provide an intimate glimpse into the mind of a genius, the biography is an attempt to record for posterity the lesser-known facets of his magnificent personality through the recollections of his family, colleagues and friends. As revealing as it is engaging, this is a fascinating portrait of the man regarded as the last of the true movie moguls of Indian cinema.