Two pubs. Two murders. One chocolate-box village convinced of its own perfection - until now. Long Piddleton is an unlikely setting for a crime, and yet it´s the scene of two. With one dead body upended in a keg of beer at The Man with a Load of Mischief, and another swinging from the sign above the Jack and Hammer, tensions are high, and Scotland Yard´s Richard Jury is called in to calm the waters. On arrival, Jury finds himself confronted by a community spooked by the idea that the murderer could be amongst them. That is, apart from Melrose Plant - the eighth Earl of Caverness and a keen observer of human nature whose astute eye directs Jury´s investigation straight into the heart of the village, leaving the community questioning everything they ever thought they knew and trusted.
Jane Simkins is a typical, busy teenager entering Galesburg High School, home of the revered Silver Streaks. She´s nervous about classes, getting to school on time, finding her locker, being dragged into the bathroom for a one-way ticket to ´Swirlyville,´ and just fitting in. Presented in 161 weekly adventures over Jane´s high-school career, ´Streakin´ touches all the bases of growing past Freshman fears to that last walk across the stage at graduation. In between are loads of life and laughs: a mix of muddy soccer cleats and marching mellophones, hair-dye disasters and Homecoming dresses, the first mad morning dash in the Black Pearl, selecting the right college.... and boys. Ranging from the monumental to the mundane, the real-life stories will have young readers anticipating and older ones reminiscing their own teenage days.
Santa´s elf Twinkle ends up on the wrong side of the workshop after midnight and soon finds himself captive to eight hot and hung reindeer-shifters. No elf has ever survived their reindeer games, but Twinkle´s kink might just make him the perfect partner. It´s going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with loads of white-so much white it´s a veritable Christmas blizzard!
The Blackfeet were hunters, travelling from place to place on foot. They used implements of stone, wood, or bone, wore clothing made of skins, and lived in tents covered by hides. Dogs, their only tame animals, were used as beasts of burden to carry small packs and drag light loads. The stories here told come down to us from very ancient times. Grandfathers have told them to their grandchildren, and these again to their grandchildren, and so from mouth to mouth, through many generations, they have reached our time. Those who wish to know something about how the people lived who told these stories will find their described in the last chapter of this book. Contents: Two Fast Runners The Wolf Man Kut-o-yis¿, the Blood Boy The Dog and the Root Digger The Camp of the Ghosts The Buffalo Stone How the Thunder Pipe Came Cold Maker´s Medicine The All Comrades Societies The Bulls Society The Other Societies The First Medicine Lodge The Buffalo-painted Lodges Mika¿pi-red Old Man Red Robe´s Dream The Blackfeet Creation Old Man Stories The Wonderful Bird The Rabbits´ Medicine The Lost Elk Meat The Rolling Rock Bear and Bullberries The Theft From the Sun The Smart Woman Chief Bobcat and Birch Tree The Red-eyed Duck The Ancient Blackfeet
Aden Perri has problems. The last day of school his girlfriend calls it quits. His friends disappear, leaving him to spend the summer alone. His mother buys a dog. Aden hates dogs. The scar on his leg confirms it. And his new job titles are garbage collector and toilet scrubber. Aden is ready to barricade himself in his room, until school starts back up in the fall. His mother won´t allow it, and his father is ready to do some character building. They drag him out and drive him to Beaver Lake. His father loads him with a bucket and a mop and sends him off to clean campground toilets. The local campers just laugh at the poor garbage boy. All but one. One very strange, shirtless, barefoot boy who Aden will never understand. It´s not like Titus is going to give him a choice anyways.
Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil - an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London. But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate. Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River? Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch´s series has swiftly added Grant´s magical London to Rebus´ Edinburgh and Morse´s Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.
The first book in the Dragons of Terra series, Blood of an Exile features a life-changing mission for a death-defying adventurer . . . Welcome to Brian Naslund´s spectacular, action-packed fantasy debut. Sentenced to die. Impossible to kill. Bershad was supposed to die. When he was caught attempting to assassinate a fellow noble, he was given the harshest sentence: a command to slay dragons, so his death might serve the kingdom. Yet for some reason he never lost a fight and is now the most successful dragon-slayer in history. However, as a doomed man Bershad is still shunned by his peers and his countrymen. But that could all change. The king who sentenced Bershad has just given him a way out: kill a foreign monarch and walk free forever. His problem is that Bershad couldn´t care less about the fates of kingdoms - until the dragon-slayer discovers he could save an innocent child in the process. His mission might also save every creature in Terra. ´Dark and adventurous, brazenly cinematic . . . sure to win over dragon-loads of fantasy fans´ Sebastien de Castell ´Fans of Joe Abercrombie´s First Law or Michael Sullivan´s Riyria Revelations will love Brian Naslund´s debut´ Django Wexler
After Marine Drill Instructor/Naval Aviation Flight Cadet Battalion Commander Dave Ferman crashed, burned and nearly drowned in a Florida swamp, Dave was assigned to Naval Air Intelligence with Navy Squadron VAH-7 in May of 1955. A Top Secret operation disguised as an air-to-air refueling squadron, VAH-7 was actually a Navy atom bomber squadron deployed on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East at the point of the U.S. Navy spear during that extremely tense, explosive phase of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United Nations. One of only two VAH-7 Air Intelligence personnel on the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) aircraft carrier, Dave´s boss broke his leg while riding a motorcycle in Palma, on the isle of Majorca in October 1955, was careflight transported back to the United States and, amazingly, he was not replaced until the squadron returned to the United States in late December, 1955. However, the VAH-7 Air Intelligence functions on the USS Coral Sea continued uninterrupted. That´s when Dave´s life became far more complicated. The daily work load for VAH-7 Air Intelligence could be 16 or more hours during major operations, but somehow even shore leave became considerably more intense and threatening. In the Holy Lands, both Palestinians and Israeli´s shot at Dave in Jordanian East Jerusalem and in the Jordanian desert. FYI, the Israelis were the better shooters, but the Palestinian terrorists were far more troublesome. They had just killed 10 Israelis and were looking for more victims to murder. In an ancient, crowded slum crammed between west Istanbul, Turkey and the Golden Horn, two home boys tried to kill Dave and one of the bomber crewmen with an antique Mercedes limousine squeezed into a very narrow alley. The next day Dave bumped into a friend and classmate from Wichita, Kansas. Dave didn´t know that his friend was a CIA agent stationed in Istanbul until their high school class reunion 50 years later in August of 2001. In 1955, Squadron VAH-7 won the coveted Navy ´´E´´ for Excellence