Murder for Pleasure

Author: Howard Haycraft
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486829302
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"Genuinely fascinating reading." — The New York Times Book Review. An expert in detective fiction traces its development from the 1840s through the 1940s, charting the innovations of Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Conan Doyle as well as the modern influence of George Simenon, Josephine Tey, and others. Topics include a survey of the critical literature, a quiz, and a Who's Who in Detection. "Patently authoritative." — The New Yorker.

Killer Physique

Author: G. A. McKevett
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 0758276567
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid gets a taste of the high life when she attends a Hollywood premiere on the arm of husband Dirk Coulter. Savannah may be a newlywed, but even she gets weak in the knees when she meets celebrity athlete-turned-movie-star Jason Tyrone. So imagine how she feels when the star’s rock-hard body is found rock-hard dead… Some guys have everything. With his stunning looks and dazzling charm, Jason Tyrone is America’s favorite new action hero. Make that was. Once so spectacular in action, the blockbuster idol was found dead in his hotel room after his latest premiere. Despite his chiseled physique, Jason is never getting up again… Though the autopsy reveals Jason may have gotten his killer body through doping, no one wants to believe the beloved athlete is a fraud, least of all Savannah. Soon she’s deeply immersed in the dark world of body enhancing drugs, and wondering if the world-class gym where Jason worked out is really just a front for a lucrative drug ring. Was Jason’s death the price he paid for threatening to expose other celebrities caught in the clutch of keeping a flawless image? Or was everyone’s favorite hero a victim of his own desire to always be at the top of his game? No stranger to society’s obsession with image, Savannah is determined to get to the truth. And for the voluptuous investigator, this time it’s personal…. Praise For G.A. McKvett And The Savannah Reid Mysteries Buried In Buttercream “McKevett has brought an exciting twist to the seventeenth entry in the series…a satisfying mystery.” —Booklist “Entertaining…readers will relish the author’s trademark wit.” —Publishers Weekly “A wonderful edition to the series.” —Suspense Magazine A Decadent Way To Die “Superb.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Corpse Suzette “Savannah’s as feisty as ever.” —Kirkus Reviews Murder a la Mode “Added to a well-plotted mystery, the very funny depiction of a different side of reality television makes Murder á la Mode a delight.” —Mystery Scene Peaches And Screams “A luscious heroine, humor, and down-home characters.” —Library Journal

How To Watch Television

Author: Jason Mittell
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814763987
Format: PDF
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We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on television culture, writing about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a particular television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast and cable, providing a broad representation of the programs that are likely to be covered in a media studies course. While the book primarily focuses on American television, important programs with international origins and transnational circulation are also covered. Addressing television series from the medium’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of television, How to Watch Television is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds. Read: Introduction / Table of Contents / Sample Essays Online View: Clips from the Essays Visit the Facebook page.

Violet and the Pearl of the Orient

Author: Harriet Whitehorn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471118967
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making... When a new family move in next door, Violet is sure there's something strange about them. Then her eccentric, but lovely neighbour, Dee Dee Derota, has a precious jewel stolen. Could the new family be to blame? Violet is on the case to uncover the truth… With a beautiful hardback package complete with two colour illustrations throughout by emerging talent, Becka Moore, everyone is bound to fall in love with Violet and the colourful characters that make up her world. Perfect for fans of Dixie O'Day, Ottoline, Goth Girl and Darcy Burdock. Praise for the Violet series: 'Whitehorn's debut is pacey and imaginative and Becka Moor's illustrations a delight. Perfect for readers who liked the Ottoline books by Chris Riddell.' The Times 'Effortlessly gorgeous' Moontrug 'An adventure brimful of charm, told with brio and a good deal of panache…Young readers, particularly fans of Lauren Child, will be very taken with Violet and her world' Books for Keeps 'A great heroine, an intriguing mystery, and brilliant use of language… Hugely recommended' YAyeahyeah 'Sherlock better watch out, 'cos Violet's about!' Wondrous Reads

The Ambassador s Wife

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 9814361615
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Inspector Samuel Tay of Singapore CID-SIS has always been something of a reluctant policeman. When he thinks back, he can't even remember why he became a detective in the first place. Regardless, he is very good at what he does.

The Films of the Nineties

Author: William J. Palmer
Publisher: ILRI (aka ILCA and ILRAD)
ISBN: 9780230613447
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Through movies such as Forrest Gump and Titanic, The Films of the Nineties offers a reel-to-reel cultural analysis, chronicling the concept of "spin" as a major sociopolitical persuasion strategy.

Tramping on Life

Author: Harry Kemp
Publisher: Echo Library
ISBN: 9781406876024
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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature.

A Cajun Christmas Killing

Author: Ellen Byron
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 1683313062
Format: PDF
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Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects. The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer. The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.

The Apple Tart of Hope

Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Publisher: HOLIDAY HOUSE Incorporated
ISBN: 9780823437641
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Oscar Dunleavy, a teenager who used to make incredible apple tarts, has gone missing and everyone thinks he is dead, but Oscar's best friend Meg and his little brother Stevie, form a band as they try to figure out what happened to him.