Playfair Cricket Annual 2012
By Ian Marshall
The 65th edition of the PLAYFAIR CRICKET ANNUAL reviews England's two triumphant 2011 home Test series against Sri Lanka and India, as well as their autumn/winter matches against India and Pakistan. The book is packed with all the essential information required to follow events on the cricket field, with unrivalled up-to-the-minute statistical detail on all first-class players registered in the UK at the time of press. There are fixture lists for the coming season, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties. It also features highlights of the 2011 summer and previews the 2012 tourists the West Indies and South Africa, plus full Test match, first-class and limited-overs international records.
A Plague of Secrets (Dismas Hardy series, book 13)
By John Lescroart
A drug-based multiple-murder investigation has some shocking revelations in the page-turning thirteenth thriller in the Dismas Hardy series. A Plague of Secrets by the critically acclaimed John Lescroart is perfect for fans of J.J. Miller and Michael Connelly.'The best of the best: the best yet in today's best legal thriller series' - Lee ChildWhen Dylan Vogler, the manager of the Bay Beans West coffee shop, is murdered, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business? As another of Maya's acquaintances is murdered, and as the names of the celebrity, political, and even law-enforcement customers come to light, tabloid-fuelled controversy takes the investigation into the realms of conspiracy and cover-up. Prosecutors close in on Maya, who has a deep secret of her own - a secret she needs to protect at all costs during her very public trial, where not only her future but the entire political landscape of San Francisco hangs in the balance, hostage to an explosive secret that Dismas Hardy is privilege-bound to protect.What readers are saying about A Plague of Secrets:'A brilliant case, brilliantly written, brilliant courtroom scenes, brilliant characterisation [...] brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!''The drama that unfolds kept my heart pounding, right until the shocking climax of the story''The dialogue was clever, at times funny, and always true to its character. A Plague of Secrets is truly a page turner that is enjoyable from beginning to end'
The Plague Lord
By Paul Doherty
A legendary explorer. A series of shocking murders. A secret society.Paul Doherty writes a dramatic historical novel about Marco Polo's life in 13th century China in The Plague Lord. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and C.J. Sansom. 'An enthralling historical detective novel which immerses the reader in an unknown and distant society far removed from medieval western civilisation, and brings to life some of the period's greatest characters. The mysterious East has never seemed either so deadly or so alien' - Brentwood Gazette Thirteenth-century China. In the streets of Cambaluc, seat of the great Mongol Lord, Kublai Khan, sinister events are unfolding. Members of the Guild of Pourers, the city cleaners, are being picked off one by one in a series of gut-wrenching murders. What is the link between these deaths and the reappearance of the Water Lily sect, a secret society dedicated to service of the Plague Lord, Wen Yi Kwei? With rumours of demonic forces at work, Kublai Khan summons his trusted advisor and friend, the Venetian Marco Polo, to discover the truth. But will he be able to stem the tide of evil before it's too late? And will the Water Lily sect succeed in unleashing the full fury of Wen Yi Kwei, the great baron of Hell...?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'I picked it up and couldn't put it down''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books''Five stars'
A Place of Safety
By Caroline Graham
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesDiscover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions.A Place of Safety by prize-winning writer Caroline Graham is the sixth Midsomer Murders novel starring much-loved Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. Featuring an exclusive foreword by John Nettles, ITV's DCI Tom Barnaby. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Ann Granger and James Runcie's The Grantchester Mysteries.Everyone deserves a second chance - or at least that's what ex-vicar Lionel Lawrence believes when he decides to open up the old rectory to a stream of young offenders. Lionel only wants to help these poor souls, but his good deed quickly spirals into a deadly mix of blackmail and murder. Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby is sure he knows who is behind the disappearance of Lionel's latest young charge. Will this elusive suspect prove to be the incarnation of evil itself?Praise for Caroline Graham's novels: 'Everyone gets what they deserve in this high-class mystery' Sunday Telegraph'Her books are not just great whodunits but great novels in their own right' Julie Burchill'Enlivened by a very sardonic wit and turn of phrase, the narrative drive never falters' Birmingham Post'Guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end' Woman'From the moment the book opens it is gripping and horribly real because Ms Graham draws her characters so well, sets her scenes so perfectly' Woman's Own'An exemplary crime novel' Literary Review
Pick Me Up
By Zoe Rice
When Izzy Duncan meets two gorgeous guys in one week through her job at a glitzy uptown gallery, she has no hesitation which one to choose. Charming, well-mannered art dealer Avery wins over the scruffy, moody artist Grady any time. But then she discovers that Avery seems to have more than a few dark secrets - secrets that only Grady knows the answers to...
By David Gibbins
1334 BC: Akhenaten the Sun-Pharoah rules supreme in Egypt. The young Tutahkhamun is groomed to be his successor. But then Akhenaten disappears and his legacy is seemingly swallowed up by the sands that lie under modern Cairo and the great pyramids of Giza ...AD 1885: A half-crazed man appears claiming to know of a vast lost labyrinth beneath modern Cairo, of canals and palaces and tombs. His story won't be believed for almost thirty years, with the discovery of Tutahkhamun's tomb in 1924. Present-day: Jack Howard and his team are excavating one of the most amazing underwater sites they have ever encountered. They hear the story of the crazed engineer. What follows is a rollercoaster ride of adventure and action, as they dive into the Nile into a world three thousand years back in history, inhabited by a people who have sworn to guard the greatest secret of all time...
By Dean Koontz
For the survivors, what hope is left? Dean Koontz's Phantoms is a story of disaster and suspense that strikes deep fear throughout its journey to the chilling truth. Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Richard Laymon.'Gruesome and unrelenting' - Stephen KingYesterday Snowfield, California, was a charming little town basking in the golden afternoon sun. Today it is a place of nightmare.An ancient, awesome force has spirited away almost the entire population of the town and left the bodies of those remaining bizarrely disfigured. What hope can there be for the few still left alive...? What readers are saying about Phantoms: 'This is one of the best horror stories I have ever read''A totally immersive story that will draw you in right from the start''As thrilling as it is truly terrifying it kept me enthralled from start to finish'
Petrified (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 6)
By Barbara Nadel
Summer in Istanbul is hot. The kind of heat that can drive even the sanest people a little crazy...An elderly woman is found dead in a flat with the perfectly preserved body of a young man. In an ancient part of the Jewish quarter, two children are missing. Their father, an artist whose genius borders on insanity, only seems more driven in his work. And a raid on a Russian gangster yields nothing except the dead body of a girl he claims is his daughter. Could the connection to all cases lie in a macabre forgotten art? But Inspector Cetin Ikmen's worries aren't just work-related. His protégé, Suleyman, is going dangerously off the rails, threatening to compromise not just himself but months of painstaking investigation. Ikmen faces a complex case which threatens to rock the very fabric of Turkish society.
The Pet Psychic
By Joanne Hull
Joanne Hull always knew there was something that made her different from other children. Whilst other girls her age were playing with dolls, Joanne was busy collecting any stray animal that came her way, until her parent's backyard resembled a zoo. As she grew older she realised that she was developing incredible powers that allowed her to psychically connect with, and talk to, animals. For the last ten years Joanne has used the animal spirit world to help owners across the country understand troubled pets, find missing ones and, most amazingly, contact those we've lost to the other side. Joanne has given hundreds of spine-chillingly accurate readings - and for the first time she shares the sometimes heart-warming, sometimes heart-breaking, but always extraordinary stories that have formed her life as The Pet Psychic.
The Persona Protocol
By Andy McDermott
The standalone thriller from bestselling author, Andy McDermott. For fans of Tom Clancy and Matthew Reilly.Adam Gray is the ultimate spy.As the lead agent of the US government's top-secret Persona project, he is its most valuable weapon in the War on Terror. Experimental technology enables him to take on the personality - and memories - of anyone; be it a Russian arms dealer, a high-stakes gambler or a nuclear scientist. Whatever secrets they know, he knows.But the most dangerous secrets of all... are his own.When Adam hunts a terrorist plotting to murder millions, he begins to realise that, although he can delve into the minds of others, his own memories are a mystery. Hidden in his past is the key to a deadly conspiracy - and its masterminds will stop at nothing to conceal their crimes...
The Perfect Husband (FBI Profiler 1)
By Lisa Gardner
THE PERFECT HUSBAND, the first book in the FBI Profiler series from The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner. What would you do if the man you loved wanted to kill you? If you love Karin Slaughter, you'll love Lisa Gardner.When Tess Beckett married Jim, a well-respected and decorated cop, she thought all her dreams had come true. But within two years the vows she made were shattered as her husband was charged with murdering ten women. With Jim behind bars, Tess feels certain that she can move on with her life. Until she learns that Jim has escaped from prison. As a frantic and rigorous manhunt gets underway in four states, Tess knows that it's only a matter of time until her perfect husband tracks her down for the revenge he is sure to demand. And when he finds her, she must be ready. Because this time she's determined that their separation will be 'till death do us part'.
A Perfect Stranger
By Victor Pemberton
War changes everything and everyone, but can love survive? Victor Pemberton writes an evocative saga in A Perfect Stranger, a story that explores the difficult decisions facing women in wartime London. Perfect for fans of Pam Evans and Sheila Newberry. 'Perfect holiday reading for nostalgia fans' - East Anglian Daily Times For young couples like Ruth Madiewsky and Tom Phillips, the advent of the Second World War changes everything. So, when Tom proposes to Ruth during seven days leave, despite being only twenty, Ruth says yes. After all, who knows if they'll ever see each other again? But, after Tom goes back to the front, Ruth doesn't hear from him again. Is he missing, presumed dead? Or, even worse, has he just forgotten about her? Ruth is forced to get on with her life and finds herself enjoying attention from another. It is this temptation which threatens to alter Ruth's life forever, and, when, the war is finally over, she will find the battle for her own personal freedom and safety has just begun... What readers are saying about A Perfect Stranger: 'Really enjoyed this story, a bit different [and] really true to life''Well written, takes you back in time [and] good characters''Five stars'
A Perfect Christmas
By Lynda Page
Some bonds can never be broken... A Perfect Christmas is a heart-warming family saga from much-loved author Lynda Page, perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Sheila Newberry.Glyn Trainer has lost everything - his wife, his child and his livelihood - but a chance encounter with a kindred spirit gives him hope that he can reclaim what is rightfully his. Caitlin Bridges is a young woman looking for love. She has never understood why her parents hate her so much but when she discovers that her life is connected to Glyn's in an unexpected way, nothing can prepare her for the shocking revelations that follow.What readers are saying about A Perfect Christmas:'First book I've read by Lynda Page. I must say it was a lovely one which warmed my heart. True Christmas book which made me feel happy inside. I looked forward to bedtime just so I could get back to it''Fantastic read! I have always enjoyed a Lynda Page book and this one didn't fail to entertain. Great story line and brilliant characters''A super cosy read, my first of Lynda Page and certainly won't be my last, had me diverted from the beginning to the end''Absolutely brilliant. I love Lynda's style of writing and her books never fail to disappoint!'
By Marisa Heath
An edgy, glitzy, addictive romance - be careful what you wish for... Young, naïve and stunning, Katrina is trying to make it as a model in Paris, sharing a tiny, run-down dorm and only just scraping a living. She's about to cut her loses and head back to London when she's spotted one night and asked out by THE ultimate movie heart-throb, actor Dominic Cayley. She knows not to get too excited though - his girlfriends never last longer than a few dates. But when he keeps turning up on her doorstep, whisking her off for super-glam party weekends in Monaco, showering her in expensive jewels and designer clothes, she's more than happy to be swept off her feet...
By Adam Hamdy, Luke Thompson
Pendulum: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!You wake. Confused. Disorientated.A noose is round your neck. You are bound, standing on a chair.All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope.You are about to die.John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable. Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction. The momentum is in his favour for now. But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum...You have one chance. Run.Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration and complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration so that listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.(P)2016 Headline Publishing Group Limited and (P)2018 Booktrack Holding Ltd (background soundtrack only)
Penance of the Damned (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 27)
By Peter Tremayne
Sister Fidelma returns in the twenty-seventh 7th-century Irish mystery by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of THE DEVIL'S SEAL and THE SECOND DEATH. If you love Ellis Peters you will be gripped by this novel.PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'Rich helpings of evil and tension with lively and varied characters' Historical Novels Review, 'The detail of the books is fascinating, giving us a vivid picture of everyday life at this time' Irish Examiner Ireland, AD 671. King Colgú of Cashel is shocked to learn that his loyal Chief Bishop and advisor has been murdered in the old enemy fortress of the Uí Fidgente. When word reaches Cashel that the culprit will be executed under new law, a larger conflict threatens.Dispatched to investigate, Sister Fidelma and her companion Eadulf discover that the man facing punishment is Gormán - commander of the King's bodyguard. But Fidelma cannot believe Gormán would carry out such an act - and yet he was found locked in a chamber with the body, weapon in hand. The evidence is stacked against him.If they are to save Gormán and keep the peace between the kingdoms, Fidelma and Eadulf must find the true culprit. As the threat of war looms, the date of execution draws ever closer . . . What readers are saying about PENANCE OF THE DAMNED:'Within this marvellous mystery, all the characters come vividly to life. Story-telling is of top-notch quality, because the author keeps you spellbound right until the end''Exciting plot, great characters and a fascinating insight into the sophistication and wisdom of the law and society of ancient Ireland''A must-read for anyone looking for a good mystery'
By Lynda Page
A family feud threatens to destroy the happiness of a young woman's family forever. Peggie is a thrilling saga from Lynda Page that follows a young woman as she struggles to protect the family she loves, and fulfil her father's dream. Perfect for fans of Daisy Styles and Nadine Dorries. An unexpected windfall gives Peggie Cartwright the lucky break she deserves. At last she can save her family from financial ruin. Ever since Cyrus Crabbe stole her father Septimus's brake and claimed it as his own vehicle, Sep has dreamed of the day he would run a bus service for the villagers of Leicester to put the Crabbes out of business once and for all. It now looks like that day is in sight. But Cyrus Crabbe is a dangerous man, determined to stop the Cartwrights from succeeding. A wicked remark from his acid tongue forces Septimus to abandon his beloved brood, and as Sep's absence stretches from weeks to months, Peggie watches her mother sink into a deep decline. Peggie's brothers and sisters are used to heartache but when Billy is beaten black and blue and Cyrus's son Reginald turns his attentions to young Letty, it seems that none of the family is to be spared... Peggie knows it's up to her to keep the business afloat and spirits raised. For no matter what obstacles are thrown her way she is determined to fulfil her father's dream.What readers are saying about Peggie:'A lovely story, I loved all the characters in it and thoroughly enjoyed reading it''This story holds you to the end... I recommend this book and I could hardly put it down''Smashing - five stars'
By Robin Chase
Renting your spare room via AirbnbSelling jewellery you've made on Etsy Learning a new language on DuoLingo Sending a message with WhatsAppFinding a date on TinderThese activities are all made possible by the new collaborative economy, and they are all examples of Peers Inc companies.A revolution has been happening in business. People are coming together with corporations to redefine how businesses work, transforming capitalism along the way. New web-enabled platforms (the Inc) are making it possible for peers to realise the potential of their excess capacity (their spare room, smartphones, experiences, free time or networks) to create exciting new ways to work and succeed.In this path-breaking book Robin Chase, co-founder of Zipcar, shows how Peers Inc companies are unlocking the power of the collaborative economy. And further she demonstrates how this revolution is extending beyond business, changing government and legacy companies and its potential to help solve large scale social problems - from disappearing jobs to climate change.
By Harry Bowling
Now that the war is over, life can go back to normal. But things can never be the same again... Harry Bowling writes a moving saga in Pedlar's Row - a tale of two sisters, and their differing experiences of living in 1940's London. Perfect for fans of Cathy Sharp and Annie Murray. It's 1946 and the close-knit community of Pedlar's Row in Bermondsey is full of curiosity about the new family, the Priors, moving into number three. Laura Prior is enjoying the excitement of her new home - not least because of her growing attraction to docker Billy Cassidy.But her sister, Lucy, is finding life harder: rationing, a shortage of homes, a husband who is emotionally scarred from his internment in a POW camp and her guilt about a wartime affair, make it difficult to settle into married life. What readers are saying about Pedlar's Row: 'Perfect''Five stars'
The Peacock's Cry (Hugh Corbett Novella)
By Paul Doherty
With Ranulf's life at stake, can Sir Hugh hope to save him?An exclusive digital novella featuring Sir Hugh Corbett, the medieval sleuth of acclaimed historian Paul Doherty's most popular series. Includes an exclusive extract from the eighteenth Corbett novel Dark Serpent. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and Ellis PetersIt is 1311 and England seethes with unrest. Sir Hugh Corbett, former keeper of the Secret Seal, has been absent from royal service for over six years. Content to live a life more relaxed with his wife and children in the country Corbett has enjoyed his time away from the machinations of court and the secrets men will kill to keep. But a visit from his new King, Edward II, brings about change. His former protégé, Ranulf Atte-Newgate, now Senior Clerk in the Chancery, has been implicated in the death of a young novice, and Edward has made it clear that Corbett must resume his post and solve the case if Ranulf is not to hang for the murder...Corbett knows that resuming his post will bring him to the fore of Edward's political machinations but with Ranulf's life at stake, does Corbett have any choice but to accept the Seal once more?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Doherty manages to build in plot twists and misdirection and the whole thing moves at a tremendous pace to the final conclusion''A magical author''Master storytelling from one of the best authors'