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  • Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murdererby Wesley Stace

    Picador 2011; US$ 15.99

    One of The Wall Street Journal' s Best fiction books of 2011 England, 1923. A gentleman critic named Leslie Shepherd tells the macabre story of a gifted young composer, Charles Jessold. On the eve of his revolutionary new opera's premiere, Jessold murders his wife and her lover, and then commits suicide in a scenario that strangely echoes the plot... more...

  • Without Conscienceby David Stuart Davies

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 8.99

    An internationally recognized expert on Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle, David Stuart Davies is the editor of the crime fiction magazine Sherlock and the author of several books on Sherlock Holmes. He also edits the Crime Writers' Association's monthly Red Herrings magazine. Forests of the Night was his first Johnny Hawke novel. He lives in... more...

  • Born Under a Million Shadowsby Andrea Busfield

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 14.99

    1. Born Under a Million Shadows is narrated by Fawad, a young boy, rather than by an adult. What is the purpose in having the novel narrated from a child's point of view? Are events in the novel clarified or obstructed by the use of this perspective? Can you think of any examples? 2. How is the Taliban depicted in this novel? Did the novel change... more...

  • Half Lifeby Roopa Farooki

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 18.99

    Discussion Questions 1. Half Life opens with the line: "It's time to stop fighting, and go home." How do the varied types of conflict in the novel - emotional, psychological, political - affect the characters? In what way does the search for home affect them? 2. The novel is told from the perspective of three characters - Aruna, Jazz and... more...

  • The Escapeby Adam Thirlwell

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 22.99

    Haffner is charming, morally suspect, vain, obsessed by the libertine emperors. He is British and Jewish and a widower. But Haffner's attachments to his nation, his race, his marriage, have always been matters of conjecture. They have always been subjects of debate. There are many stories of Haffner--but this, the most secret, is the greatest of... more...

  • Trades of the Fleshby Faye L. Booth

    Tom Doherty Associates 2011; US$ 17.99

    A darkly erotic tale of prostitution, murder, and medical science in Victorian England Lydia Ketch is a young woman whose life some would call immoral and shameful. But with the death of her mother and the prospect of the obscene conditions of the workhouse looming before her, Lydia chooses to enter into the "trade" in order to shield herself (and,... more...

  • The Blighted Cliffsby Edwin Thomas

    Transworld 2011; US$ 11.18

    Not many men emerged from Trafalgar without an ounce of credit to their names, but courtesy of an over-fondness for rum and his habitual bad luck, Lieutenant Martin Jerrold managed it. In February 1806, he is given one final chance to redeem his reputation and dispatched to Dover. Things don't augur well when, walking off the effects of... more...

  • The Widow Gingerby Pip Granger

    Transworld 2011; US$ 9.58

    It is 1954, the year Roger Bannister won the four-minute mile. Rosie, and her beloved Auntie Maggie are opening up their café in Old Compton Street for Uncle Bert's breakfast special when the Widow Ginger comes to call. The Widow Ginger, an ex-GI with ice-cold blue eyes, is especially scary. He has unfinished business with Uncle Bert... more...

  • Not All Tarts Are Appleby Pip Granger

    Transworld 2011; US$ 11.18

    A rags-to-riches story with a delightfully original spin, Not All Tarts Are Apple is narrated by seven-year-old Rosie who grows up in a cafe in 1950s Soho, watched over by her eagle-eyed Auntie Maggie and Uncle Bert, and visited on occasions by her mother, the mysterious, and often drunk, Perfumed Lady. But it soon transpires that the Perfumed... more...

  • Counterfeit Madamby Pat Mcintosh

    Soho Press 2011; US$ 25.00

    Gil Cunningham had hoped that the first time he set foot in the brothel on the Drygate it would also be his last, but by the time all was settled he felt quite at home within its artfully painted chambers. The bawdy house, along with the neighboring property, is offered to Gil and his wife Alys by the forceful Dame Isabella. But matters are confused... more...