Praise for Murder on a Midsummer Night... ´´As usual, Greenwood populates the novel with an assortment of offbeat characters...and Phryne has plenty of opportunities to unleash her acid tongue and apply her razor-sharp wit.´´ - Booklist The Hon. Phryne Fisher, languid and slightly bored at the start of 1929, has been engaged to find out if the antique-shop-owning son of a Pre-Raphaelite model has died by homicide or suicide. He had some strange friends-a Balkan adventuress, a dilettante with a penchant for antiquities, a Classics professor, a medium, and a mysterious supplier who arrives after dark on a motorbike. Simultaneously, she is asked to discover the fate of the lost illegitimate child of a rich old lady, to the evident dislike of the remaining relatives. With the help of her sister Beth, the cab drivers Bert and Cec, and even her two adoptive daughters, Phryne follows eerie leads that bring her face-to-face with the conquest of Jerusalem by General Allenby and the Australian Light Horse, kif smokers, spirit guides, pirate treasure maps, and ghosts. Kerry Greenwood won the Crime Writers´ Association of Australia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. She has written seventeen books in the Phryne Fisher series with no sign yet that Miss Fisher is hanging up her pearl-handled pistol.
Corey J. White´s space opera Voidwitch series continues: Mars Xi returns in Void Black Shadow, sequel to Killing Gravity. Mars Xi is a living weapon, a genetically manipulated psychic supersoldier with a body count in the thousands, and all she wanted was to be left alone. People who get involved with her get hurt, whether by MEPHISTO, by her psychic backlash, or by her acid tongue. It´s not smart to get involved with Mars, but that doesn´t stop some people from trying. The last time MEPHISTO came for Mars, they took one of her friends with them. That was a mistake. A force hasn´t been invented that can stop a voidwitch on a rampage, and Mars won´t rest until she´s settled her debts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/012635/bk_reco_012635_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They slowed as they reached the gate; two stone columns, each with its own crumbling angel perched on top. The angels held up a rusty, wrought-iron arch that read, in curling, serpentine letters: SHIVERTON HALL. Arthur Bannister has been unexpectedly accepted into Shiverton Hall, which, as it turns out, is an incredibly spooky school, full of surprises. And it is just as well that Shiverton Hall has made its offer, because Arthur had a horrible time at his previous school, and was desperate to leave. Timely indeed... but Arthur has no time to worry about the strange coincidence. He is too busy trying to make head or tail of Shiverton Hall, dogged as it is by tales of curses and bad fortune. At least there are a few friendly faces: George, who shows him around; also Penny and Jake. But not all the faces are friendly. There are the bullying Forge triplets for starters. And then there is the acid tongue of the headmistress, Professor Long-Pitt, who seems to go out of her way to make Arthur´s life a misery. Luckily Arthur has his new friends to cheer him up. Although there are some friends that you don´t want to have at all, as Arthur is soon to find out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021000/bk_adbl_021000_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Xan said I should go to the doctor so they could cut off my hand. I ignored him and placed the hit of acid on my tongue. I looked at my black and withered left hand as he warmed the heroin. Earth, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: There is only one way to move from any of these worlds to the next.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Ryskiewicz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006606/bk_acx0_006606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Times best-selling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting first tale of the Lock and Key trilogy about the origins of the rivalry between literature´s most famous enemies - Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty - told from the perspective of James´ observant little sister, Moria. Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Thrown into a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a most unlikely companion: a lanky British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes (´´Lock´´ to his friends). An heirloom Bible donated by the Moriarty family more than 100 years ago has gone missing, and it doesn´t take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal. The school is on lockdown until it´s found, strange clues keep finding their way to James, and a secret society lurks behind it all. It´s a brave new reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision. As Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says, ´´This tale will change the way you see Sherlock Holmes and leave you dying to know more´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicola Barber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005577/bk_harp_005577_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a frank, intelligent, and deeply moving debut memoir. With the precociousness expected of the only child of a doctor and a classical musician - from the time he could get his toddler tongue to pronounce deoxyribonucleic acid, or recite a French poem - Marco Roth was able to share his parents’ New York, a world centered around house concerts, a private library of literary classics, and dinner discussions of the latest advances in medicine. That world ended when his father started to suffer the worst effects of the AIDS virus that had infected him in the early 1980s. What this family could not talk about for years came to dominate the lives of its surviving members, often in unexpected ways. The Scientists is a story of how we first learn from our parents and how we then learn to see them as separate individuals; it’s a story of how growing up quickly can slow us down when it comes to knowing about our desires and other people’s. A memoir of parents and children in the tradition of Edmund Gosse, Henry Adams, and J. R. Ackerley, The Scientists grapples with a troubled intellectual and emotional inheritance in a style that is both elegiac and defiant. Marco Roth was raised amid the vanished liberal culture of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. After studying comparative literature at Columbia and Yale, he helped found the magazine n+1 in 2004. Recipient of the 2011 Shattuck Prize for literary criticism, he lives in Philadelphia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Goldstrom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005262/bk_blak_005262_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history.Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade. His older sister, Donna, introduces him to the charismatic Valentine, who places a tab of acid on 12-year-old Rush’s tongue, proclaiming: ´´This is sacrament. You are one of us now.” After an unceremonious ejection from an experimental art school, Rush heads to Tuscon to make a major drug purchase and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the West. His adolescence is spent looking for knowledge, for the divine, for home. Given what Rush confronts on his travels - from ordinary heartbreak to unimaginable violence - it is a miracle he is still alive. The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy’s story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. This is a riveting, heart-stopping journey of discovery and reconciliation, as Rush faces his lost childhood and, finally, himself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victor Lodato. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/004145/bk_aren_004145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.