Meet Peggy Lee: botanist, detective’s widow, and owner of The Potting Shed, an urban gardener’s paradise in downtown Charlotte. Mild winters keep the store thriving all year round, but at least one person in the city has colder intentions. It’s another busy fall day for Peggy. First she gives a quick café lecture on African violets, then has a minor bike accident involving a good-looking Saturn driver…and finally reaches her shop only to find a dead man sprawled face down across one of her seasonal displays, apparently done to death with a garden shovel. He’s Mark Warner, one of the wealthiest men in town—and also one of the biggest philanderers. The police have a local homeless man pinned for the suspect, but Peggy has her doubts. Soon her efforts to exonerate him have her raking through the evidence and digging up secrets—and somebody’s not happy about it. And then there’s the enormous Great Dane who seems determined to adopt her—and Peggy doesn’t even like dogs. Good thing that Saturn driver is also a veterinarian… Gardening Tips Included!
Deadly poison...or exquisite cure? Noah fell from an eighth story balcony as a toddler, cracking open his skull and shattering his body. The accident would've killed a human, but even shifter blood can't heal some damage. After the pack recommended a mercy killing, Noah's family ran. But there's no outrunning the mating pact formed before Noah's birth. Wade, the new alpha, chooses an adult Noah to fulfill the pact. Wade believes the previous alpha was a fool to reject Noah as a weak and inferior wolf, but Noah's family was wrong to hide him and starve his wolf, too. Human doctors with human medicines are poison to shifter physiology. Now that Noah is fully grown, halting his shift to retain the pins, plates, and bars holding him together hurts rather than helps him, and for Wade, more than Noah's recovery is at stake. Noah's family sacrificed everything to keep him alive. Noah will do whatever it takes to save them-including mate with the alpha who is determined to correct past mistakes and defeat old prejudices contaminating the shifter community. Too bad some still believe Noah is the true poison...and should be culled from the pack for good. Content Warnings: Dubious consent, shifter knotting/tying, and Nerf gun assassination attempts. Ereaders (and you) may spontaneously combust--Don't say I didn't warn you.
What's an American heiress to do when a pair of britches, a plunge into a pond in the dead of winter and a broken betrothal force her to set sail across the ocean to an arranged marriage with a fortune-hunting Englishman? With her hopes and dreams sinking to the bottom of the sea like so much lost treasure, Emily Calvert falls into the pretty poison she finds in a little blue bottle. Can Nicholas Avery, a charming aristocrat with a faulty memory for names and a family in dire need of financial salvation, convince the wounded lady that the blessed oblivion she finds in his arms is sweeter than laudanum?
Riyako's dream of a happy marriage is shattered when her 'true love' cheats on her. Heartbroken, she finds herself seduced by the beautiful young Shougo, ending in a night of heated passion. However, what seemed like a spontaneous act turns out to be much more as Shougo and her ex-lover are somehow connected! In her confusion, Riyako can't help becoming more addicted to the seductive poison that knows just what buttons to push to convey innocence or evil (and sometimes, both), and a suspenseful and dangerous love affair ensues.
A Psychological History of the Modern Horror Film from the 1950s to the 21st Century
Author: Charles Derry
Category: Performing Arts
Greatly expanded and updated from the 1977 original, this new edition explores the evolution of the modern horror film, particularly as it reflects anxieties associated with the atomic bomb, the Cold War, 1960s violence, sexual liberation, the Reagan revolution, 9/11 and the Iraq War. It divides modern horror into three varieties (psychological, demonic and apocalyptic) and demonstrates how horror cinema represents the popular expression of everyday fears while revealing the forces that influence American ideological and political values. Directors given a close reading include Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Michael Haneke, Robert Aldrich, Mel Gibson and George A. Romero. Additional material discusses postmodern remakes, horror franchises and Asian millennial horror. This book also contains more than 950 frame grabs and a very extensive filmography.
To escape the hateful landscape of her hometown, Linda Wilson accepts a crew position on a yacht where she plans to finalize her merciless schemes of revenge against the town that blames her for someone else's prank gone wrong. But before she's able to do so, the yacht is overtaken by pirates and everyone is thrown onto a sinking boat except for Linda who is not known to be below deck. Scared and alone, she launches an assault against the evil marauders in hopes of saving her friends.
Although she had modeled and worked as an actress in a few rock and roll teen films, it was the role of Thalia Menninger, on TV's The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis, that introduced the public to Tuesday Weld. Pretty Poison is a fascinating account of a woman who has often been as exciting in her pe rsonal life as she has been on the screen. Photos.