Fairies, Orion Plain and Simple
A practical guide on the fairy realm.Fairies abound in the realms of myth and folklore. They have enchanted humans for centuries but are these mischievous, ethereal creatures more than just myth? Ralph Harvey is one of England's foremost modern-day witches. In this accessible guide he intersperses his own intriguing fairy encounters (among them, a mysterious musical interlude in an Irish valley) with succinct yet interesting introductions to fairy lore.You will learn why roses have special meaning to fairies and why "elf bolts" are significant. Harvey shares a fascination exploration into how fairies influenced everyone from Henry III to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You will even learn the best ways to seek out fairies (hint: aligning your chakras will help) and how to express gratitude for fairy favours and magical guidance.
The Fairly Innocent Little Man
By Laurence Meynell
Major Weller plays bridge and plays it very well. He isn't a major, and his name isn't Weller, but Hooky Hefferman doesn't know this. In fact, so impressed is he with the self-possessed major that he is completely unaware of the crime being committed under his nose.The potential victim is Hooky's formidable aunt, the Hon. Mrs Page-Foley, but she doesn't seem to be the 'victim' type, and from most people's point of view, including Hooky's, she appears more than capable of looking after herself.But the crime goes wrong, and Hooky soon finds himself in the midst of an impending disaster. A disaster he must prevent if anyone - including his aunt and his latest love interest - is to take him seriously as a private detective again.
The Fallen Sparrow
By Dorothy B. Hughes
Who killed Louie Lepetino?Was it Barby, with her silvery sheen of hair, looking like a top model and acting like a woman madly in love?Or the beautiful Toni, who is hiding some strange secrets?Could it be Otto, a handsome refugee, nicknamed Blue Eyes and an object of attraction for Barby?Kit, a cop's son, has come back to New York to track down his best buddy's killer. It had to be murder: Louie wasn't the suicidal type. One person stands in the way of his revenge - The Wobblefoot, his unseen nemesis from two terrible years spent in captivity during the Spanish Civil War. He is watching. One false step will mean curtains for Kit. But Kit is willing to take any risk for a friend - even murder in cold blood.
By Michael Underwood
It is unfortunate that Jeremy Harper was the one to stumble upon the victim of an armed robbery. A young barrister, he is more used to holding court than being a witness. He also finds himself curiously linked to the man in the dock.It is a trial with deep undercurrents, and one that dramatically comes to a head when a strangled body is found in the town hall.Enter Detective-Superintendent Simon Manton of Scotland Yard, who will not rest until the final clue falls into place ...
By Dorothy Uhnak
Fat Ollie's Book
By Ed McBain
Another 87th precinct novel from 'the undisputed master - and there's nobody who does it better' DAILY MIRRORIrritating though he was, Lester Henderson had it all when he strode up to rehearse his keynote address in the darkness of a downtown theatre. Widely tipped to be the next mayor and possessing a nice line in catalogue-casual daywear, Henderson stood four-square facing his glorious future. But five shots later and his lifeblood was seeping away - gunned down by person or persons unknown from stage-right... At that point he became Ollie Weeks' problem. But this savage crime is suddenly overshadowed by a deed even more repugnant. Ollie's life's work is his novel. Honed by countless rejection letters, it is finally ready to be released to the general populace. But then the one and only manuscript disappears, leaving Ollie to head off in pursuit of the thief. A thief who is convinced that Ollie's work contains the secret location of a hoard of hidden diamonds...
By June Hampson
When a woman's life is on a knife-edge, it's kill or be killed...Daisy Lane is gradually coming to terms with her troubled past, while building a future for herself and her two sons. Roy Kemp, the notorious gangster and Daisy's former lover, is banged up in prison along with the Kray twins. Daisy wants to enjoy her new-found freedom, but must watch over Roy's criminal empire in his absence, all the while attempting to continue her illicit relationship with Vinnie Endersby - just about the only straight-dealing copper in Gosport. But it isn't long before another gangster decides to challenge Roy's dominance...While Roy counts his days to freedom, the criminal landscape is changing. Vice and extortion are being replaced by new pursuits - hard core pornography and drugs. Soon, the bodies of mutilated girls are found dumped around the outskirts of Gosport - the deadly product of a ruthless gang. Meanwhile, Daisy must make a difficult choice. The greater the threat to Roy's empire, the more involved Daisy becomes in his life. But Vinnie and Daisy have waited years to be together. Will this be their chance at last? Before Daisy can make any decisions, matters take a deadly turn - with Roy's business under threat, she is forced to confront his enemies, and by doing so, puts her life and that of her sons, in desperate peril...
The Fatal Trip
By Michael Underwood
Stephen Burley was standing trial for the theft of £20,000 in cash from his employers, Rickard's Motors. Detective Sergeant Nick Atwell, the investigating officer in charge of the enquiries, had become uneasy about the case. Burley had fainted in the dock when he was convicted, and Nick interpreted this as another sign of his innocence. Nick appeals to his young wife, Clare, for help, and on various pretences Clare embarks on some very tricky enquiries of her own ...
Fear Stalks the Village
By Ethel Lina White
In a lovely English village of flowers, Tudor cottages and cobbled streets, Joan Brook works as companion to Lady d'Arcy, living in at the huge mansion with its surrounding park. And the village is not too small for Joan to have found a man whom she can love.Suddenly the peaceful surface of life is shattered as a poisonous letter is received by the town's most saintly citizen. It is followed by others; no one is safe from the anonymous letter writer. With the letters comes death. In the anguished days that follow, Joan realises that she too is in danger. For to receive one of these letters could mean the end of her love ... and her life.
Fear the Light
By Elizabeth Ferrars
Alice Robertson was now too old and frail to cope with the stairs. But when Charles Robertson returned from an evening stroll he found something had made her tackle them once more - with tragic results. There were few people with a motive for the old lady's death. But then a rumour spread that in the house, forgotten for generations, were objects that had belonged to the first James Robertson. Someone had rediscovered them, recognised their value - and killed for them.
Fear the Darkness
By Becky Masterman
It's hard to recognize the devil when his hand is on your shoulder...Ex-FBI Agent Brigid Quinn thinks she has a second chance at life. After too many years spent in the company of evil, she's quit the Feds and is working out what normal is meant to feel like. She's swapped serial killers, stakeouts and interrogation for a husband, friends and free time. But when you've walked in darkness for so long, can you stand the light? When a local teenager dies in a tragic drowning accident, the community thinks Brigid might be able to help comfort the family. But when she does so, something doesn't add up. And it's no easier at home: after a bereavement in the family, Brigid has reluctantly taken in her niece to give her a break before she starts college. Brigid's ever-patient husband Carlo tells her they must go easy on Gemma-Kate, the grieving youngster. Which is fine, until she starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife.For Brigid, death still seems to be wherever she turns. But as she herself starts to feel unwell, it's her own mortality that is the most troubling. And as she tries to get to the bottom of a series of allegedly accidental deaths and increasingly gruesome occurrences at home, she slowly realises that maybe this time, she's let the darkness inside the only place she ever felt safe. Sometimes, death is closer than you think.
Feast Day of Fools
By James Lee Burke
A powerful and unforgettable thriller from 'one of the finest American writers' GUARDIANDanny Boy Lorca was used to having apocalyptic visions - the beatings he'd taken in jail and the booze he drank to forget them made sure of that. But what he saw and heard that night out in the desert was more terrifying than anything even his battered spirit could have conjured. A man tortured to death. Slowly and methodically and with inhuman cruelty.When Danny Boy tells his tale to Sheriff Hackberry Holland, Hack knows something evil has leaked over the border into his corner of South Texas. What he doesn't realize is that this brutal slaying is just the beginning of a twisted three-way manhunt that will pit a psychotic killer seeking release for the souls of his murdered children against a religious maniac in love with death, and a Russian gangster whose name is a byword for fear...Praise for one of the great American crime writers, James Lee Burke:'James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed.' Michael Connelly'A gorgeous prose stylist.' Stephen King'Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced.' Daily MailFans of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and Don Winslow will love James Lee Burke: Hackberry Holland Series1. Lay Down My Sword and Shield 2. Rain Gods 3. Feast Day of Fools 4. House of the Rising Sun Dave Robicheaux Series1. The Neon Rain 2. Heaven's Prisoners 3. Black Cherry Blues 4. A Morning for Flamingos 5. A Stained White Radiance 6. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead 7. Dixie City Jam 8. Burning Angel 9. Cadillac Jukebox 10. Sunset Limited 11. Purple Cane Road 12. Jolie Blon's Bounce 13. Last Car to Elysian Fields 14. Crusader's Cross 15. Pegasus Descending 16. The Tin Roof Blowdown 17. Swan Peak 18. The Glass Rainbow 19. Creole Belle 20. Light of the World 21. Robicheaux Billy Bob Holland Series1. Cimarron Rose 2. Heartwood 3. Bitterroot 4. In The Moon of Red Ponies * Each James Lee Burke novel can be read as a standalone or in series order *
Feng Shui, Orion Plain and Simple
By Sarah Bartlett
A practical guide to the art of feng shui.Filled with easy-to-use tips and techniques for improving the energy in your life, this book wll teach you to harmonize and lay out spaces in your home to enhance your personal energy, improve your overall wellbeing, and bring good fortune and balance into your life.Includes information on how to:Declutter to clear the energy in your homeUse the Chinese bagua (number square) to map out rooms to enhance energyEmploy the five elements to harmonize the energy of your homeUse feng shui for the exterior of your home and outside landscapingThis wonderful primer will be hailed by anyone interested in interior design, Chinese legend and lore, and the creation of healing and harmonious living spaces.
By Dan Kavanagh
There's suspicion, smuggling and shady goings-on galore in the second novel in Dan Kavanagh's darkly humorous series, featuring bisexual private detective Duffy.Everyone knows a bit of petty theft goes on in the freight business at Heathrow - it is fiddle city, after all. But things have gone beyond a joke for Roy Hendrick and he suspects someone who works for him is helping themselves to more than they should. That's when he sets Duffy on the case.A bisexual ex-policeman, Duffy runs a struggling security firm, has an obsessive attitude to cleanliness and can often be found propping up the bar at the Alligator. Duffy agrees to work for Hendrick and goes undercover to try and root out the culprit.But things aren't all they're cracked up to be. What's the story behind the imperious HR manager Mrs Boseley with her permanently frosty demeanour? And is Hendrick really as honest as he claims to be? Duffy's up to his neck in it.
By Ed McBain
Six victims. Same gun. No link. The final 87th Precinct novel from the master...It started with the blind violinist - shot twice through the head at point-blank range in the alley outside his dingy restaurant. But it's only when the omelette lady gets shot with the same gun in the same way twenty-four hours later that the 87th Precinct really starts to sit up and take notice.But Steve Carella and the boys at the Precinct always seem to be one step behind the killer, and are unable to prevent the death toll rising. The trouble is, while the gun is the same, none of the victims seem to be related in any way. And why is the killer heard to introduce himself as 'Chuck' before pumping two bullets into their bodies?FIDDLERS is a brilliantly twisting puzzle of a book where nothing is as it seems and the pace never lets up - Ed McBain at his very best.
The Field of Blood
By Denise Mina
Sticks and stones will break your bones...A powerfully gripping thriller from 'one of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years' Ian Rankin.In Glasgow, a child goes missing, taken from the front garden of his home - and the investigation leads the police to the doors of two young boys.Paddy Meehan has just started her new job working for a local newspaper, where she dreams of becoming an investigative journalist. She starts looking into the case of the missing child but, unlike everyone else, does not believe the boys acted on their own. Convinced there is more to it than this, she begins to ask some very awkward questions.But Paddy's investigation has repercussions she never anticipated. Shunned by those closest to her, she finds herself dangerously alone...
By Christopher Jamison, Christopher Jamison
Have you ever wondered why everybody these days seems so busy? In FINDING SANCTUARY, Father Christopher Jamison, the Abbot from BBC TV's THE MONASTERY and THE SILENCE, offers practical wisdom from the monastic tradition on how to build sanctuary into your life.No matter how hard you work, being too busy is not inevitable. Silence and contemplation are not just for monks and nuns, they are natural parts of life. Yet to keep hold of this truth in the rush of modern living you need the support of other people and sensible advice from wise guides. By learning to listen in new ways, people's lives can change and the abbot offers some monastic steps that help this transition to a more spiritual life.In the face of many easy assumptions about the irrelevance of religion today, Father Christopher makes religion accessible for those in search of life's meaning and offers a vision of the world's religions working together as a unique source of hope for the 21st century.Read by Christopher Jamison(p) 2006 Orion Publishing Group
By Christopher Jamison, Christopher Jamison
Why is 'being happy' such an imperative nowadays? What meaning do people give happiness?In this book Abbot Christopher turns to monastic wisdom to offer answers, and to explain that in essence, happiness is a gift, not an achievement, the fruit of giving and receiving blessings.Following the same accessible and engaging format of FINDING SANCTUARY, Abbot Christopher takes different aspects of happiness, examines them, tells us what monastic wisdom has to say about them, and offers us steps towards our own journey to finding happiness.Read by Christopher Jamison(p) 2008 Orion Publishing Group
By Anthony Gilbert
'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday ExpressOut walking in the snow with her young son, Mike, Sara Drew is the only witness to a particularly unpleasant car accident in which an elderly lady and her dog are killed. Nervous of going to the scene of the accident with a child, she reluctantly goes home. There she meets one of the drivers, and is appalled that he has no intention of reporting the incident. And he also threatens to hurt her son if she goes to the police. But when Mike is kidnapped she contacts Detective Arthur Crook, who takes over the case and counters the wiles of desperate criminals . . .
By Betty Rowlands
Melissa Craig is a successful crime novelist who has left London to pursue her career in the more relaxed atmosphere of the Cotswolds. It doesn't take her long to discover that fact and fiction are sometimes frighteningly similar, and the gentle country existence she planned for herself is, instead, providing grist for her creative mill. Finishing Touch finds Melissa becoming more involved with the local community, and teaching creative writing at the local Tech. But murder stalks the college art department, reminding both Melissa and Iris, her artist neighbour, of a bizarre event they had witnessed some time before. 'A gently old-fashioned whodunit, riddled with lurking anguish' The Times