Cato Hopkins is the youngest member of Mother Hopkins's 'family' - a group of skilled fraudsters and pickpockets. There's Addy, who can become a very convincing boy when she needs to; the beautiful Bella, who can charm any rich young man out of his fortune; Sam, an escaped slave and Cato himself, a young boy, who Mother Hopkins has taught everything she knows. But old age is slowing Mother Hopkins down, and she wants to carry out one last con, a con to outdo all the cons that have gone before. And so the gang set about bringing ruin upon Captain Walker, a proud and cruel slave captain, who deserves to be taught a lesson or two . . .
In the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series, Montalbano investigates the death of wealthy accountant Cosimo Barletta in a case involving a string of mistresses and family secrets. Inspector Montalbano enjoys simple pleasures: delicious food, walks along the water, the occasional smoke—yet these are just the backdrop to his duties as a detective. His latest case is the killing of the wealthy Cosimo Barletta. Thought to be a widower living out a quiet life by the sea, Cosimo’s sudden death, by gunshot to the neck, opens up his past to scrutiny. What Montalbano uncovers is Cosimo’s trove of salacious photographs, used to extort young women, and a history full of greed and corruption. Montalbano, though resolved to find the killer, muses on where justice lies—in his pursuit of a suspect or with one of Cosimo’s innumerable victims getting the revenge they deserved? “The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily.” —Donna Leon From the Trade Paperback edition.
A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY Rediscover Gladys Mitchell – one of the 'Big Three' female crime fiction writers alongside Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The tenants of Weston Pipers are horrified to discover that one among them, the reclusive Miss Minnie, has been elaborately and violently murdered, and that their young landlord, Chelion Piper, is the chief suspect. Piper is advised to write down his version of events for the noted criminologist and psychoanalyst Dame Beatrice Bradley, as her investigations uncover a junk shop with a secret room, a possible satanic cult and a veritable nest of vipers Opinionated, unconventional, unafraid... If you like Poirot and Miss Marple, you’ll love Mrs Bradley.
A STING SO DEADLY After weeks of casing a ranch for its prized remuda, a gang of horse thieves pillage everything—leaving the owner’s wife dead. Before the distraught man can drown himself in booze, Harry Pendergast of the Denver Detective Agency offers him a chance for vengeance. Because this time, the victim is Brad Storm…aka the Sidewinder. It seems that Brad’s ranch isn’t the only one that’s been brutally hit. There’s a huge reward to track down the powerful thieves. But the hunt won’t be easy, taking the Sidewinder into dangerous territories and bloody battles. So when a showdown in Wild Horse Valley becomes imminent, Brad hatches a plan—one he hopes will have the villains recoiling in fear before the Sidewinder strikes back.
In OSCAR WILDE AND THE NEST OF VIPERS, the fourth in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar to investigate a scandalous crime at the very heart of Victorian high society. 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith The story opens in the spring of 1890 at a glamorous reception hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Albemarle. All London's haut monde is there, including the Prince of Wales, who counts the Albemarles as close friends. Although it is the first time Oscar and Bertie have met, Oscar seems far more interested in Rex LaSalle, a young actor, who disarmingly claims to be a vampire. However, what begins as a diverting evening ends in tragedy. As the guests are leaving, the Duchess is found murdered, two tiny puncture marks in her throat. No one has entered the house; no one has left. Desperate to avoid another scandal, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar to investigate the crime. What he discovers threatens to destroy the very heart of the Royal Family.
McCarthyism and Higher Education in the Mundel Affair, 1951-52
Author: Charles Howard McCormick
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
This book chronicles Luella Raab Mundel's unsuccessful attempt to regain her job and restore her reputation after she was labeled a security risk and fired from Fairmont State College during the McCarthy-era Red Scare of the 1950s.
A string of unexplained gruesome deaths brings fear and uncertainty to the streets of Ruritania's capital. And it could not have happened at a worse time. The planned visit by the Vice Chancellor of Jermania, to commence peace talks, is thrown into jeopardy. Will all the preparation for the negotiations come to nothing? Will the brutal war between the two nations escalate once again? Meanwhile, the spate of thefts from wealthy homes continues. Who is responsible? And how can they be stopped? And who is the mysterious figure who continually gains illegal access to the city apothecary? With many conflicting and intertwining agendas, this proud and noble city faces the very real danger of becoming a nest of vipers.