By Leo Brett, Lionel Fanthorpe, Patricia Fanthorpe
The modern mind usually associates witchcraft with the middle ages. We think of witches as Shakespeare depicted them in Macbeth. We see them as secret, black and midnight hags, doing a deed without a name. We close our eyes and immediately the vision of a cauldron filled with foul ingredients appears before us; here are the fenny snake, adder's fork, wool of bat, scale of dragon and tooth of wolf.But this does not go far enough back. There was witchcraft in the world long before medieval times. The Witch of Endor who practiced her strange arts in the reign of King Saul is familiar to all students of the Old Testament. The writings of Homer abound with references to witchcraft and sorcery. The very earliest human societies had witch doctors, medicine men, shamans and priests of the black art.Perhaps so ancient and widespread a cult has some basis in fact. There are powers beyond science. Ancient occult laws will still hold good. It is not wise to cross the path of a being whose age is measured in centuries and whose dark powers can alter the stars in their courses.
New Hope for the Dead
By Charles Willeford
'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford' Elmore LeonardIn an expensive Miami neighbourhood, Sergeant Hoke Mosely, Homicide Division, is called to investigate the lethal overdose of a young junkie. But what seems like a routine OD gives Moseley cause to doubt - particularly when he meets the dead kid's stunning stepmother.And with his two teenage daughters dumped on him by his troublesome ex-wife, a new beat partner struggling with an unplanned pregnancy, and fifty cold cases to solve, it starts to feel like this little matter of a dead junkie and his beautiful stepmother might just be the answer to Hoke's prayers . . .
The Nameless Ones
By Dell Shannon
Someone in Glendale is murdering elderly housewives in their homes. The signs point to a serial killer but could the police be mistaken? In each case, the killer knew the victim's routine; but what possible connection can there be between victims at opposite ends of town and who could know just where all of them would be at a given time?Vic Varallo is tasked with the investigation to discover the link between the victims. However, he has more than just murder on his plate, with a new baby to contend with as well as a nasty flu epidemic sweeping through the department.'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald Tribune
By Dell Shannon
It was strictly a duty call and Pat Carroll wasn't looking forward to it one bit. But she was in Wales and her fiance's family lived nearby. He was dead now, killed in an accident, and Pat felt that since she was so close to his family's home she should pay her respects to the woman who would have been her mother-in-law. It would be a bore, but it was the least she could do. And, besides, it was only for a day or two. But the day or two dragged on and Pat found herself the helpless prisoner of a fanatic madwoman. Locked in a hideous room, she was trapped in an infinite eternity of a waking nightmare . . .'A great suspense shocker in the icy horror tradition of Psycho' Boston Herald
No Evil Angel
By Dell Shannon
'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneJewel, a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl, has disappeared from her home in a squalid suburb of Los Angeles. A popular young salesman, Steven Wray, is found slumped over the wheel of his car, dead from an overdose. A respectable old lady left her sister's some weeks ago, but to the alarm of her daughter has still not arrived home. A petrol station is held up and its unresisting attendant needlessly shot dead.This all leads us in the end to Steve Wray's very curious secret; to an atrocious discovery in a walled-up bathroom; and, at last, to Jewel herself . . .
No Deadly Drug
By John D. MacDonald
Indicted by the state of New Jersey for the murder of retired Colonel William Farber. Dr Carl Coppolino had been having an affair with Farber's wife, Marjorie.Did he kill Marjorie's husband and his own wife so he could marry Marjorie? If he did, he may have regretted it, for Marjorie Farber became the prosecution's star witness, claiming her former lover had hypnotized her into becoming an unwilling accomplice in the death of her husband.Famed attorney F. Lee Bailey led the defense and concluded that Marjorie Farber was a classic case of a woman scorned. But did the jury agree?
No Past Is Dead
By J. J. Connington
It was not altogether surprising that Ambrose Brenthurst was found brutally murdered outside Fountain Court the night he had presided over the diner meeting of the 'Hernshaw Thirteen Club'.Many were the potential murderers - some of them guests at the diner. But when a second murder takes place it precipitates a crisis in which investigator Sir Clinton Driffield must penetrate a maze of conflicting evidence to spot the murderer.
No Peace for the Wicked
By Elizabeth Ferrars
Antonia Winfield sensed someone was following her. She'd seen a man in a brown suit. He was even behind her in the travel agents where she'd booked her holiday abroad. But perhaps she'd just imagined things. This year she was going on a restful, comfortable trip to a lovely Greek island - but that's not the way things turned out. Mrs Winfield's niece was going on the trip with her, and the two ladies soon had a third companion: the man in the brown suit . . .
Not For All The Gold In Ireland
By John James
The hard years on the Amber Road had changed Photinus the Greek. He had won a fortune and lost an eye and married various wives and become a God. His cousin Philebus had played the game of the pea and the three cups; now, reluctantly, Photinus - Votan - set off to retrieve the Deed of Monopoly to all the Gold of Ireland.Sequel to the remarkable VOTAN, NOT FOR ALL THE GOLD IN IRELAND continues the adventures of John James' reluctant hero Photinus. One of the forgotten classics of fantasy, the duology is ripe for rediscovery. Fans include Neil Gaiman, who has provided a new introduction to the Fantasy Masterwork collection.
The New Complete Book of Bridge
By Albert Dormer, Ron Klinger
This book gives a full account of modern Acol and of the whole range of defensive and competitive bidding. It is suitable for players up to a high standard but will readily be understood by less experienced players as each topic starts with the fundamentals.The play of the cards is covered in all important aspects, with an emphasis on mental approach and on principles of wide application. Deals are presented in a way that allows the reader to develop his thoughts and arrive at solutions. There are many hints of practical value that will stay in the mind.
Nina St Tropez
By Nina Parker
Over 100 delicious recipes inspired by the old-world glamour and elegance of St Tropez.Bringing to life another side of St Tropez and the legendary Côte d'Azur, Nina shows us a place where cooking has brought people together for generations and creates recipes inspired by locals, places and stories from her childhood here. She explores the real St Tropez and the surrounding area through its secret, scenic walks, eccentric bric-a-brac markets, vineyards and bustling communities of artists and fishermen.Oozing with charm and filled with classic French recipes for gourmet breakfasts, picnics, lunchtime snacks and dinner parties to impress, NINA ST TROPEZ represents family cooking from across the south of France - with that added splash of St Tropez elegance and glamour that's intrigued people for decades.Nina Parker has a passion for food. After university, she joined the team at L'Anima, London as a commis chef and fell in love with their style of cooking that uses fresh Italian ingredients with a rustic touch. She has spent time in some fantastic kitchens: from The Dorchester for Alain Ducasse, Tom Aikens, The Ledbury, to the unrivalled Senequier Bakery in St Tropez. Whilst working as chef for Bocca di Lupo's Gelupo in Soho, they won TIME OUT's 'best gelateria'.In 2012 she launched her own catering company NINA, dedicated to bringing a taste of her childhood to the heart of London and beyond.
By Karl Edward Wagner
Where once the mighty Kane has passed, no one who lives forgets. Now, down the trail of past battles, Kane travels again. To the ruins of a devastated city peopled only with half-men and the waif they call their queen. To the half-burnt tavern where a woman Kane wronged long ago holds his child in keeping for the Devil. To the cave kingdom of the giants where glory and its aftermath await discovery. To the house of death itself where Kane retrieves a woman in love.The past, the future, the present - all these are one for Kane as he travels through the centuries.Contents:"Undertow""Two Suns Setting""The Dark Muse""Raven's Eyrie""Lynortis Reprise""Sing a Last Song of Valdese"
No Holiday for Crime
By Dell Shannon
'A Luis Mendoza story means superlative suspense' Los Angeles TimesThere's no holiday from crime at the Los Angeles Police Department, not even at Christmas. Among a string of bizarre cases, there's the very mysterious killing of Lila Askell, the young devout Mormon who was on her way home for Christmas but is found strangled and thrown out of a car.As the Christmas trees are being decorated and the presents wrapped, Lieutenant Luis Mendoza has one of his toughest cases on his hands...
By Anthony Gilbert
The shades of night were falling fast when Arthur Crook drove the old Superb over the Lakeland Fells and into the valley, to stop at a mysterious house where, though a light burned in an upper window, no one answered the bell. Here opens a double murder mystery in which Crook acts in the defence of a young prisoner on the run, whose guilt appears evident. 'The usual gusto, racy prose, good plotting and up-to-the-minute social observation' Sunday Times
The Nomad of Time
By Michael Moorcock
Captain Oswald Bastable, an Edwardian soldier, is catapulted into the far-flung future. 1973, to be precise - but a 1973 that is very different to the one we know. The First World War never happened, and the world seems to be at peace. It is a peace that the honorable Bastable cannot allow to continue. But can one man defeat an Empire - and what will be the consequences if he does?The time-travelling adventures of Bastable, an incarnation of the Eternal Champion, are widely considered to be among the first steampunk novels, and display Moorcock's remarkable ingenuity and skill at plotting to great effect.Contains THE WARLORD OF THE AIR, THE LAND LEVIATHAN and THE STEEL TSAR.
No Dust in the Attic
By Anthony Gilbert
'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday ExpressOn a fast train to London, Arthur Crook meets trouble with a capital T. During the journey one passenger disappears and is subsequently found dead beside the line. The killer has killed before and is preparing to kill again.Soon, a girl in desperate circumstances finds herself at the hands of a criminal organisation - will Crook now step in as her salvation in this life-and-death chase?
By Elizabeth Ferrars
When Caroline leaves hospital her sister Fenella insists that she must convalesce in her house in the West Country. But, in the event, Caroline's visit is far from restful.Fenella's husband is moody, excitable, reckless and inexplicably affluent, and soon the brooding atmosphere explodes into violence and murder . . .'Her great virtue, exceeding even her meatily logical plotting and gift of hitting often on really intriguing situations, is her portrayal of people' The Times
By R L Fanthorpe, Lionel Fanthorpe, Patricia Fanthorpe
The human personality had been defined by leading psychologists as the integrated and dynamic organisation of psychical, mental, moral and social qualities. A personality is the product of heredity and environment. Every experience records itself in the neurons of the brain producing an almost infinite number of possible combinations. Brains are as individual as fingerprints. In an infinite universe, however, there is a possibility that somewhere - separated by vast distances of Time and Space - two exactly similar brains exist. The strange telepathic bonds between identical twins could operate between identical minds. Melinda Tracey was a practical, intelligent, modern girl who didn't believe in dreams - even recurring dreams - but her odd sleep experiences of the ruined city, and the strangely suited figure who searched it, disturbed her considerably. What incredible psychological bond linked Melinda to the lonely stranger, probing the wreckage of an alien metropolis?
By R L Fanthorpe, Lionel Fanthorpe, Patricia Fanthorpe
A space liner is a brilliantly designed machine. It is not the kind of thing that disappears without good reason. The Q 97 bound for Alpha Centauri vanished with disquieting suddenness. Stelgen and his crew of expert investigators went in pursuit...and also vanished! On the other side of Infinity they found a nightmare galaxy where things of incalculable power plotted cosmic evil. Stelgen argued that somewhere, somehow, there had to be an answer to the apparent invincibility of these unbelievably deadly aliens. His problem was to find the answer and get it back to his own people. Trouble was, that someone from the Q 97 was working against him... When an answer finally presented itself it was so beautifully simple that it needed a genius to see it, and whatever his other qualities Stelgen was not a genius.
Nowhere to Go
By Donald MacKenzie
Paul Gregory, a Canadian confidence trickster operating in London, targets a wealthy Canadian woman in Britain to sell her collection of valuable coins. When she agrees to give him legal control over the sale, he completes the deal without her knowledge, stashes the proceeds in a safe deposit box, and then deliberately waits to be caught by the police. Gregory plans on getting a five-year sentence, with time off for good behaviour, and then collecting his loot when he is released.But when the judge hands Gregory a ten-year term, his only way out is escape...