Weddings are Murder

A Bee's Bakehouse Cozy Mystery
Author: Kathy Cranston
Publisher: Kathy Cranston
Category: Fiction
Page: 212
View: 7413

Rings… check Flowers… check Flaming wedding venue…check? Jessie Henderson has been run off her feet managing the café and looking after Springdale’s newest bridezilla. Yes, Aunt Bee has turned into a diva and she’s locked horns with several of her wedding suppliers in the weeks leading up to her wedding. Jessie doesn’t give it much thought: after all, who’s going to blame a bride for a little meltdown here and there? She's forced to change her attitude when the venue goes up in smoke just hours before the wedding. Could somebody have targeted her beloved aunt? Jessie knows one thing for sure: she needs to find whoever’s responsible before they strike again.

Cruises are Murder

A Bee's Bakehouse Cozy Mystery
Author: Kathy Cranston
Publisher: Kathy Cranston
Category: Fiction
Page: 146
View: 6107

Apple Seeds and Murderous Deeds

Author: Kathy Cranston
Publisher: Kathy Cranston
Category: Fiction
Page: 236
View: 5493

Full Irish Murder

Author: Kathy Cranston
Publisher: Kathy Cranston
Category: Fiction
Page: 326
View: 1093

Four Weddings and a Murder

Author: Kathy Cranston
Publisher: Kathy Cranston
Category: Fiction
Page: 175
View: 2586

What's the harm in letting your sister start a new business from your pub? Quite a lot, as Fiona McCabe finds out when she allows her sister to set up shop in the snug at McCabe's. Kate, as it turns out, needs money fast. She's set herself up as a wedding planner... and she intends to use the pub as a venue. And as if four weddings in a fortnight wasn't stressful enough, a very important member of one of the wedding parties soon turns up dead. Worse still, nobody sees anything remotely suspicious, even though the room is packed with guests and staff, including Fiona herself. Will Fiona get her sleuth cap on again this time, or is it time to hightail it back to the city away from her crazy family and her nemesis Sergeant Brennan?


A Christian Fantasy
Author: Rachel Starr Thomson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781927658468
Category: Fiction
Page: 316
View: 3759

In the fantasy world of Kepos Ge, a young woman flees her past by joining a frontier settlement on the edge of the wilderness. But she can't escape the threats abroad in this new world - or the wild things growing in her own heart. Page-turning Christian fantasy by acclaimed author Rachel Starr Thomson.

Beyond Convergence

World Without Order
Author: National Defense University (US)
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781975720421
Category: Computer networks
Page: 402
View: 9601

The world order built upon the Peace of Westphalia is faltering. State fragility or failure are endemic, with no fewer than one-third of the states in the United Nations earning a "high warning"-or worse-in the Fragile States Index, and an equal number suffering a decline in sustainability over the past decade.1 State weakness invites a range of illicit actors, including international terrorists, globally networked insurgents, and transnational criminal organizations (TCOs). The presence and operations of these entities keep states weak and incapable of effective governance, and limit the possibility of fruitful partnerships with the United States and its allies. Illicit organizations and their networks fuel corruption, eroding state legitimacy among the governed, and sowing doubt that the state is a genuine guardian of the public interest. These networks can penetrate the state, leading to state capture, and even criminal sovereignty.2 A growing number of weak and corrupt states is creating gaping holes in the global rule-based system of states that we depend on for our security and prosperity. Indeed, the chapters of this book suggest the emergence of a highly adaptive and parasitic alternative ecosystem, based on criminal commerce and extreme violence, with little regard for what we commonly conceive of as the public interest or the public good. The last 10 years have seen unprecedented growth in interactivity between and among a wide range of illicit networks, as well as the emergence of hybrid organizations that use methods characteristic of both terrorist and criminal groups. In a convergence of interests, terrorist organizations collaborate with cartels, and trafficking organizations collude with insurgents. International terrorist organizations, such as al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, engage energetically in transnational crime to raise funds for their operations. Prominent criminal organizations like Los Zetas in Mexico and D-Company in Pakistan have adopted the symbolic violence of terrorists-the propaganda of the deed-to secure their "turf." And networked insurgents, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), have adopted the techniques of both crime and terror.

Fifteen Minutes

A Novel
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 145168746X
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 708

Zack Dylan will do whatever it takes to achieve a successful singing career, but as his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise his beliefs, and just as he's on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

The Ripple Trilogy

Books 1-3 of the Ripple Series
Author: Cidney Swanson
Publisher: Williams Press
ISBN: 1939543088
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 924
View: 2567

The First Three Ripple Books Together! When Samantha Ruiz turns invisible in front of team mates while rafting, she knows something's wrong. Her knowledgeable friend Will says she's got a rare genetic disorder. Fearing a lifetime sentence as a lab-rat, Sam wants to keep her ability secret. But she also wants to know if there's a connection between dark Nazi experiments on others like her and her mother's death eight years earlier. At the same time that Sam is sleuthing, she's falling hard for Will. And soon, she'll have to choose between keeping her secrets hidden and keeping Will safe.

Crafting Presence

The American Essay and the Future of Writing Studies
Author: Nicole B. Wallack
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607325357
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 260
View: 5795

Essays are central to students’ and teachers’ development as thinkers in their fields. In Crafting Presence, Nicole B. Wallack develops an approach to teaching writing with the literary essay that holds promise for writing students, as well as for achieving a sense of common purpose currently lacking among professionals in composition, creative writing, and literature. Wallack analyzes examples drawn primarily from volumes of The Best American Essays to illuminate the most important quality of the essay as a literary form: the writer’s “presence.” She demonstrates how accounting for presence provides a flexible and rigorous heuristic for reading the contexts, formal elements, and purposes of essays. Such readings can help students learn writing principles, practices, and skills for crafting myriad presences rather than a single voice. Crafting Presence holds serious implications for writing pedagogy by providing new methods to help teachers and students become more insightful and confident readers and writers of essays. At a time when liberal arts education faces significant challenges, this important contribution to literary studies, composition, and creative writing shows how an essay-centered curriculum empowers students to show up in the world as public thinkers who must shape the “knowledge economy” of the twenty-first century.

Global Pirates

Fraud in the Offshore Insurance Industry
Author: Robert Tillman
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781555535056
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 174
View: 8379

In 1990, a congressional subcommittee warned of "financial knaves and buccaneers" in the insurance industry-unlicensed and largely unregulated companies that operate out of countries like Antigua and the Cayman Islands and sell hundreds of millions of dollars in worthless insurance policies to unsuspecting Americans every year. Increasingly, when a fire, car accident, or medical emergency strikes, policyholders suddenly find themselves victims of a global con game as phone calls are not returned and claim settlements fail to materialize, resulting in financial ruin if not physical harm. Robert Tillman portrays the often surreal world of the burgeoning offshore insurance industry; a world in which sophisticated white-collar criminals operate beyond the reach of government regulators to set up elaborately orchestrated scams that drain illegal profits out of the $3 trillion U.S. insurance market. He also describes how the new global economy allows these scam artists to take advantage of rapidly changing financial markets and the regulatory environments that surround them. Drawing on congressional hearings, court documents, published articles, and interviews with law enforcement officials, Tillman uses numerous case studies to illustrate degrees of insurance fraud: simply ignoring auto, medical liability, and worker compensation claims while citing NAFTA exemptions to local regulations; selling bogus policies to businesses in "redlined," low-income neighborhoods and to high-risk drivers abandoned by legitimate auto insurers; and falsifying multinational subsidiaries, assets, and even identities of company principals. He examines how "fantasy islands" are created, explores emerging connections between offshore entities and money laundering, drug cartels, and organized crime, and discusses how outlaw insurers evade prosecution by setting up complex financial networks that crisscross national boundaries. Tillman's timely analysis of this rapidly growing transnational criminal activity concludes with solid recommendations for steps that governments can take to protect their citizens from global insurance fraud.

Mistletoe Is Murder

A Christmas Cozy Mystery
Author: Kathy Cranston
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781541350267
Page: 260
View: 628

Two santas, one dead body and a whole caf� full of suspects... A festive party turns sour when one of the guests is found dead. All clues point to Springdale's butcher, Lottie Benson. She's known for her mercurial temper and she was seen arguing with the victim only the week before.But Lottie's friend Jessie doesn't believe a word of it. Lottie's all bark and no bite, and she's never been known to hold a grudge. It looks like somebody's setting Lottie up-but whoever it is, they're incredibly good at covering their tracks.Can Jessie and her friends find the real killer before Lottie is charged with murder... or worse, becomes a victim herself?

Cover of Snow

A Novel
Author: Jenny Milchman
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345534239
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
View: 7511

WINNER OF THE MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard. Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide. The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them. Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation—but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden. Praise for Cover of Snow “Well-defined characters take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the darkest night, with blinding twists and occasionally fatal turns. This is a richly woven story that not only looks at the devastating effects of suicide but also examines life in a small town and explores the complexity of marriage. Fans of Nancy Pickard, Margaret Maron, and C. J. Box will be delighted to find this new author.”—Booklist (starred review) “Milchman reveals an intimate knowledge of the psychology of grief, along with a painterly gift for converting frozen feelings into scenes of a forbidding winter landscape.”—The New York Times “Milchman makes [readers] feel the chill right down to their bones and casts a particularly effective mood in this stylish thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews “Milchman tackles small-town angst where evil can simmer under the surface with a breathless energy and a feel for realistic characters.”—The Seattle Times “The plot unfolds at an excellent clip . . . ultimately rushing headlong to a series of startling revelations.”—San Francisco Journal of Books “Milchman expertly conveys Nora’s grief in a way that will warm hearts even in the dead of a Wedeskyull winter.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) From the Hardcover edition.


Author: Spike Milligan
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241971373
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
View: 5091

Puckoon is Spike Milligan's classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was published in 1963. 'Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks' Daily Mail In 1924 the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon. Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches sundered from graveyards. And in the middle of it all is poor Dan Milligan, our feckless protagonist, who is taunted and manipulated by everyone (including the sadistic author) to try and make some sense of this mess . . . 'Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border' Observer 'Our first comic philosopher' Eddie Izzard Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

At Swim, Two Boys

A Novel
Author: Jamie O'Neill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743222946
Category: Fiction
Page: 572
View: 2038

In a story set against the backdrop of Dublin in 1915, two boys who meet at the local swimming hole plan to swim to an island in Dublin Bay the following Easter, but their plans coincide with the Easter uprising--a historic rebellion that changes their li

Bee's Bakehouse Cozy Mysteries Collection 1

Author: Kathy Cranston
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781540591838
Page: 486
View: 8728

After years of living in the city, Jessie Henderson wants a quiet life in small town Springdale. Little does she know that she's about to be thrust head first into a murder investigation-and that's just for starters! Baking is Murder: Jessie's just settling into life in idyllic Springdale when there's a murder on the outskirts of town. Jessie's new friend is the prime suspect. The cops think the case is cut-and-dry, but Jessie's gut tells her there's more going on than meets the eye. Knitting is Murder: A long-time Springdale resident is found murdered... and Jessie is the main suspect! Parties are Murder: Jessie discovers the shocking truth about a recent death in Springdale: somebody make it look accidental. But who? The list of possible suspects isn't exactly short...

The Cinema of Britain and Ireland

Author: Brian McFarlane
Publisher: Wallflower Press
ISBN: 9781904764380
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 285
View: 1594

A fresh, concise but wide-ranging introduction to and overview of British and Irish cinema, this volume contains 24 essays, each on a separate seminal film from the region. Films under discussion include 'Pink String and Sealing Wax', 'Room at the Top', 'The Italian Job', 'Orlando', and 'Sweet Sixteen'.

Our Sunshine

Author: Robert Drewe
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780143001560
Category: Australia
Page: 202
View: 2583

Movie-tie in reissue of a novel based on the life and legend of bushranger Ned Kelly, first published 1991. Is the basis of the film 'Ned Kelly' (2003), starring Heath Ledger and directed by Gregor Jordan. Drewe is an internationally acclaimed author whose prize-winning books include 'The Drowner', 'The Bay of Contented Men' and 'The Bodysurfers', the last of which has been adapted for television, radio, film and the stage.

Worlds Unseen

Author: Rachel Starr Thomson
Publisher: Rachel Starr Thomson
Page: N.A
View: 7889

The Council for Exploration Into Worlds Unseen believed there was more to reality than the Empire had taught them—but when they came a little too close to the truth, tragedy ended their work, leaving the terrifying and beautiful world behind their own still hidden. As he lays dying forty years later, one of the last Council members entrusts an ancient relic to an orphaned young woman named Maggie Sheffield: a scroll that will reveal the truth at last. Along with the Gypsy Nicolas Fisher, who hears things no one else can, Maggie sets out on a journey across the Seventh World to deliver the scroll to a group of rebels in the east. But the price of truth may be too high: for Maggie and Nicolas are tearing at the Veil between the seen and the unseen, between good and evil, between forgotten past and treacherous future. Monstrous forces are already on their trail. And when the Veil grows thin enough, it’s anyone’s guess what may come through. Worlds Unseen is the first book in The Seventh World Trilogy.

Irish Television Drama

A Society and Its Stories
Author: Helena Sheehan
Publisher: N.A
Category: Television broadcasting
Page: 470
View: 1752

"... explores Irish storytelling in the television era. It probes television drama in terms of its deep structures, in the context of the total flow of television, and of larger patterns of social experience. It analyses the evolution of Irish television drama within the framework of Irish social history since the inception of RTE."--Dust jacket.