Dry wit and charm aside, Detectives Bryant and May are part of a less than stellar, quirky London agency called the PCU - Peculiar Crimes Unit. When left to their own devices they have successfully solved a fair amount of crimes but now John May is working overtime because his long time partner, Arthur Bryant is slowly slipping into dementia. Even though Bryant has been told to stay home, he doggedly works on solving their newest case - a young woman who has chained to a post and left to drown in the Thames. Half the time Bryant is busy combing the streets of London looking for clues but the problem is that he is usually not aware of what century he is in and his mental time traveling is getting to be difficult to hide. His partner must try to keep Bryant hidden, upright and solve the murder. This is one of a series but you don't need to read the others to enjoy the high jinks of this modern day Sherlock and Dr. Watson combo.
David is a psychiatrist who is given Louise as his new secretary but his first day of work is not their first meeting and soon Louise is caught between her boss and his perfect wife. The perfect wife, Adele, has also met Louise and struck up a friendship. Louise thinks she is losing her son to her ex-wife and new family and is ripe for the taking. Things heat up quickly with this strange little threesome and they are soon immersed in problems, games, trust issues and questions of abuse.
But just who is the abuser and who is the abused. This book messes with your head and you enjoy it up to the very last page and ending you won't see coming. Warning - you may start to look twice at your boss and friends.
A young woman with a child enters into a dependent relationship with a man who tosses her out in the cold when he finds a wealthy woman to marry. When he then takes her back suddenly and is then arrested for his former fiance's murder, Sarah is convicted of being an accomplice in the murder.
Sent to Newgate prison awaiting her death, Sarah's only hope lies in convincing a young attorney that she is innocent and her sentence should be commuted or acquitted. Edward is caught between wanting to believe her story and being used as a political pawn. This historical mystery takes us into the very real world of women in England who did whatever it took to survive and the political and societal disadvantage they faced. You, like Edward, will have the challenge of finding Sarah innocent or guilty as charged.
A famous minimalist architect leases a home with a special set of conditions - a set of rules that must be followed to the letter. Many apply for the opportunity but only a couple meet all the requirements and not all are able to follow them for long. The last two tenants have been blond women who are damaged. Is this a coincidence or planned? Twisty, look over your shoulder and check the deadbolt twice thriller! The author enjoys playing with the reader as we try to figure out who is telling the whole truth. Can someone really give up everything and follow the rules to live an austere existence in this "smart" high tech tomb? Even the questionnaire will make you think.
This far fetched story is really a history lesson in disguise as Huck Finn roams around the Wild West in search of adventure and getting far away from the life he and Tom Sawyer had as kids. After Tom goes back to civilization leaving Huck lost and alone, Huck tries his hand at just about everything imaginable from bronco busting, cattle rustling to indian scouting. Through it all there is a sense of loneliness and fear of the future. He doesn't have a home and he doesn't have Tom or even Jim as his anchor. Huck's voice "can go to makin your head ache after reading fer too long a spell" but it brings to the story an air of truthfulness and is as seamless as if you were reading the next book in Mark Twain's delightful classic. We feel Huck's sense of boyish adventure and his lack of understanding of the violence and sadness around him. It is one of this country's most dangerous, violent and exciting times and you are there for it all.
This is a common story told in an uncommon way. We learn about the horrors of the Civil War through letters between family members both during and after the war. Placidia (Dia) Hockaday is the young bride who is left after two days of wedlock to run the rural farm and care for a toddler from her new husband's first marriage. It is here that she learns brief love, pain and endurance the two years her husband is fighting. There is no happy homecoming as he finds out that the child she bore out of wedlock and hid, has died. Dia is taken into custody and we then learn the truth through letters and her journal. Quietly engaging, this is a well researched look at the struggles of war.
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