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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal (Ms. Marvel Series)
by G. Wilson

Language

English

Pages

120

Publication Date

October 28, 2014

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Collects Ms. Marvel (2014) #1-5, All-New Marvel Now! Point One (Ms. Marvel story).<br /><br />Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York!
QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #1: By the Book (QUANTUM MORTIS 1)
by , Steve Rzasa

Language

English

Pages

28

Publication Date

January 06, 2018

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Chief Warrant Officer Graven Tower is a ruggedly handsome military policeman who hates aliens. Fortunately, as a member of His Grace's Military Crimes Investigation Division - Xenocriminology and Alien Relations, he gets to arrest a lot of them. Sometimes he even gets to shoot them.<br /><br />But while he doesn't like aliens, Chief Tower does very much like Detector Derin Hildreth of the Trans Paradis Police Department, who is unmistakably human. So when Tower has the chance to investigate the mysterious murder of an alien on the streets of Trans Paradis with her, he's not about to miss the opportunity. Especially when their mutual investigation just might give him the excuse to shoot an alien or three.
CAMPION' LADY
by MARGERY ALLINGHAM

Language

English

Pages

7

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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This anthology contains my favorite Campion books so far (I have 5 still unread) possibly because they include Amanda Fitton who IMHO adds a great deal to these works.Mr Campion's Lady An Allingham Omnibus <br /><br />"synopsis" may belong to another<br /><br />1965's Mr Champion's Lady The Second Allingham Omnibus, sometimes referred to as Omnibus #2--each novel includes Amanda Fitton thus the title<br />--Preface with description of the development of Amanda Fitton as a love interest<br />--Campion #5=Sweet Danger (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) (Albert Campion) or Fear Sign or Kingdom of Death (1933)<br />--Campion #10=The Fashion in Shrouds: Albert Campion Mystery #10(1938)<br />--Campion #11 =Traitor's Purse: Albert Campion #11 or The Sabotage Murder Mystery (1941)<br />--Word in Season: Story for Christmas [a fine funny short story] :<br />p. 509: As has been known for centuries, all domestic animals have been granted the power of human speech during the hour before midnight on Christmas Eve. The reason why they so seldom avail themselves of this privilege is not quite so well understood.<br /><br />Additionally, each novel includes a short introductory paragraph and "Dramatis Personae" list--which are not included in the individually published novels.<br /><br />It's efficient to have several works in one volume though it isn't always cost-effective, depending on the prices involved. I suggest that a potential buyer peruse the reviews of the individual novels to assist in making a purchase decision. If you're not used to reading authors from the Golden Age of British Mysteries (e.g. Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, etc.), it might take you a bit of time to adjust to the cozier and more descriptive style than the more recent (and more violent) American mysteries--especially those that could be classified as Thrillers. However, you might like The Tiger in the Smoke: Albert Campion #14 and Tether's End: also titled, "Hide My Eyes" = Hide My Eyes which are, perhaps, more thriller than mystery. American authors with less description but of a more armchair or highly deductive (vs. lots of action) nature include Rex Stout, John Dickson Carr, and Ellery Queen. If, however, you can enjoy more literary mysteries, I'd strongly recommend Ngaio Marsh.
THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER: DETECTIVE & MYSTERY
by RAYMOND CHANDLER

Language

English

Pages

389

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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In The Simple Art of Murder, which was prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, noir master Raymond Chandler argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, and this collection, mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps, demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form. Included are the classic stories "Spanish Blood," Pearls Are a Nuisance," and "Guns at Cyrano's," among others.<br /><br />From Library Journal<br />Chandler is not only the best writer of hardboiled PI stories, he's one of the 20th century's top scribes, period. His full canon of novels and short stories is reprinted in trade paper featuring uniform covers in Black Lizard's signature style. A handsome set for a reasonable price. <br />Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.<br /><br />Review<br />"Raymond Chandler is a master." --The New York Times<br /><br />“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.” --The New Yorker<br /><br />“Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious.” --Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review<br /><br />“Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye.” --Los Angeles Times<br /><br />“Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist.” —The Boston Book Review<br /><br />“Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler’s prose. . . . He wrote like an angel.” --Literary Review<br /><br />“[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision.” --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books<br /><br />“Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.” —Ross Macdonald<br /><br />“Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude.” --Erle Stanley Gardner<br /><br />“Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.” --Paul Auster <br /><br />“[Chandler]’s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that’s like ours, but isn’t. ” --Carolyn See<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />From the Trade Paperback edition.<br /><br />From the Inside Flap<br />Prefaced by the famous "Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, in which he argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, this collection mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form.<br /><br />From the Back Cover<br />The Simple Art of Murder contains Raymond chandler's essay on the art detective stories and a collection of eight classic Chandler mysteries.<br /><br />About the Author<br />Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler’s detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler’s novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which
THE BREAKING POINT: mystery story
by MARY ROBERT RINEHART

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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Elizabeth Wheeler lives in a small town, sings in the church choir, and dreams of a man who will sweep her off her feet. Instead, she is thrust into a series of events beyond her control leading to passion, madness, betrayal, and ultimately, murder! Can she ever set thing right?<br />Author Biography: Mary Roberts Rinehart is a well-known mystery and romance writer. Her memorable tales often combine adventure, love, ingenuity, and humor in a style that is distinctly her own. She creates fast-paced, entertaining, and above all, surprising novels. Most of her fiction eventually erupts into the most startling plot twists imaginable. To this Mary adds a strong dose of realism in the depiction of modern life, with many different classes, corruption high and low, and a great diversity of characters. Mary's stories have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, and she is also a published playwright. The Essential Rinehart Collection brings together for the first time the best works of Mary Roberts Rinehart. This multi-volume series features her most interesting novels of mystery, romance, and adventure. American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie. Best remembered for her mystery books, The Circular Staircase (1908), The man in Lower Ten (1906) and her humorous books of the character Tish. She also created a costumed super-criminal called "the Bat", cited by Bob Kane as one of the inspirations for his "Batman." — Excerpted from Mary Roberts Rinehart on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pen names: Mary RinehartWe all have a breaking point, when things happen in our lives that we find hard to deal with. This book shows that it is how we respond that determines whether or not we recover from these times, learn from them , pass what we've learned on to others that makes our life meaningful<br />Was this review helpful to you?
THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE
by MARY ROBERT RINEHART

Language

English

Pages

242

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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Rachel Innes, a middle-aged spinster, has barely settled in at the country house she has rented for the summer when a series of bizarre and violent events threaten to perturb her normally unflappable nature. A strange figure appears briefly in the twilight outside a window. At night, a rattling, metallic sound reverberates through dark halls, and — most disconcerting of all — the body of a strange man is found lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of a circular staircase.<br />Before this spine-tingling tales ends, five connected deaths shatter the normally placid atmosphere of the vacation retreat. Rachel's devoted niece and nephew are among the prime suspects in one of the murders; stolen securities and a bank default threatens the young pair's financial security; and Aunt "Ray" ultimately fights for her life in an airless secret room.<br />Author of more than 60 chilling mysteries, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958) is credited with inventing the "Had-I-But-Known" school of detective fiction, which typically involved an attractive heroine caught up in a seemingly endless succession of dangerous predicaments. The Circular Staircase — originally published in 1908 — is considered the first of the genre. A clever blend of intrigue, villainy, and heart-pounding suspense, leavened with traces of wry humor, this immensely popular novel will delight today's crime fiction buffs as much as it galvanized readers almost 90 years ago.
FIFTY CANDLES
by EARL DERR BIGGERS

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English

Pages

81

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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This early work by Earl Derr Biggers was originally published in 1921 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. “Fifty Candles” is one of Biggers shorter stories, a murder mystery in San Francisco where the only clue is a birthday cake with 50 candles. Earl Derr Biggers was born on 26th August 1884 in Warren, Ohio, USA. Biggers received his further education at Harvard University, where he developed a reputation as a literary rebel, preferring the popular modern authors, such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis to the established figures of classical literature. While on holiday in Hawaii, Biggers heard tales of a real-life Chinese detective operating in Honolulu, named Chang Apana. This inspired him to create his most enduring legacy in the character of super-sleuth Charlie Chan. The first Chan story “The House Without a Key” (1925) was published as a serialised story in the Saturday Evening Post and then released as a novel in the same year. Biggers went on to write five more Chan novels and all were licensed for movie adaptations by Fox Films. These films were hugely popular with several different actors taking the lead role of Chan. Eventually; over 40 films were produced featuring the character. Biggers only saw the early on-screen successes of Charlie Chan due to his death at the age of only 48 from a heart attack in April 1933.Earl Biggers was a relatively successful writer in several media including comedic plays and newspaper columns. With some of that income he would travel across the United States and out to Hawaii. His fascination for the American Pacific would make him most famous for his creation the Chinese - Hawaiian police Detective Charlie Chan. In the 50 Candles we get to see Earl Biggers in an intermediate stage as he begins to experiment with the mystery novel before Charlie Chan but after his exposure to Hawaii.<br /><br />50 Candles is a brief novella not quite 150pages and therefore a briskly moving whodunit. The plot begins with the scene oddly applicable to 2013 America. A Hawaiian born American citizen is forced to defend his citizenship before a doubting American courtroom. Being that he is racially Chinese his documentation is doubted and he loses his court case. The scene dissolves and the story picks up 20 years later. The story is now narrated by young Winthrop - he does not appear to have a first name.<br /><br />Mr. Winthrop is a mining engineer hired by the elderly Mr. Drew to turn around a failing mine in China. The young man succeeds but is cheated by Mr. Drew. Despite the enmity between these two men young Winthrop finds himself at a 50th birthday party held in Mr. Drew's giant San Francisco home. Of course the main event at the party is the stabbing death of Mr. Drew. A thick tule fog shrouding San Francisco hides truths that will ultimately reveal the murderer.<br /><br />Given the brevity of the book is to Bigger's credit that he manages to include a romance and several red herrings. There are some contrivances the most obvious being the willingness of Winthrop to attend a party sponsored by his enemy - it is explained away by his romance with another of the Drew's employees. But it is also necessary to the plot for the impecunious Winthrop to share a stateroom from Hawaii to San Francisco with the very rich evil old man Drew and a third-party who will also become a suspect in the murder.<br /><br />Mostly this is a fairly typical whodunit except that Bigger is very capable in creating a mood and keeping the story moving forward. Winthrop is the narrator of our story, half of the romantic plot and a very likely suspect. He is not the man to solve the crime. In introducing us to the man who will solve the crime, Biggers treads very close to my one most sacred requirement for a mystery; to wit the solution cannot be drawn from information known only to the person who solves crime. I'm inclined to forgive Biggers for veering so close to this line because overall 50 Candles
50 CANDLES: MYSTERY
by EARL DERR BIGGERS

Language

English

Pages

81

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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This early work by Earl Derr Biggers was originally published in 1921 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. “Fifty Candles” is one of Biggers shorter stories, a murder mystery in San Francisco where the only clue is a birthday cake with 50 candles. Earl Derr Biggers was born on 26th August 1884 in Warren, Ohio, USA. Biggers received his further education at Harvard University, where he developed a reputation as a literary rebel, preferring the popular modern authors, such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis to the established figures of classical literature. While on holiday in Hawaii, Biggers heard tales of a real-life Chinese detective operating in Honolulu, named Chang Apana. This inspired him to create his most enduring legacy in the character of super-sleuth Charlie Chan. The first Chan story “The House Without a Key” (1925) was published as a serialised story in the Saturday Evening Post and then released as a novel in the same year. Biggers went on to write five more Chan novels and all were licensed for movie adaptations by Fox Films. These films were hugely popular with several different actors taking the lead role of Chan. Eventually; over 40 films were produced featuring the character. Biggers only saw the early on-screen successes of Charlie Chan due to his death at the age of only 48 from a heart attack in April 1933.If you're a fan of Biggers' early Charlie Chans, and especially his earlier works such as The Agony Column, then you'll probably enjoy Fifty Candles. Set mainly in San Francisco, it has that blend of romanticism and mystery which is very old-fashioned, giving it great romantic charm. Not for all tastes, but a great deal of fun if you can get into the older style of mystery writing. Fans of Biggers' Charlie Chan series will find much to love in this light mystery touched with romance. <br /><br />Just as in Biggers' first Charlie Chan mystery, "The House Without a Key," that romantic link between the Hawaii of a different era and the city of San Francisco is explored and holds the key to the mystery. Not lost either are the cultural and class differences brought about by those migrating from China through the romantic ports of Hawaii and on to San Francisco. <br /><br />Young Winthrop is smitten with Mary Wills and longs to marry her. His pursuit of her will lead him to a party in the home of a former employer. The shady dealings of the employer with Winthrop point to our hero as the killer when said employer is found murdered. When his attorney son arrives to help police sort out the mess, it is discovered that Mary Wills has been protecting her ardent admirer by removing from the scene the weapon which would implicate him. <br /><br />Young Winthrop's only thoughts, of course, are of surprise and joy that Mary would risk all to save him! Yes it's that kind of old-fashioned romantic charm that make this somewhat short book such a fun read. The solution will involve love once again, but not that of Winthrop and Mary Wills. <br /><br />Biggers always wrote his mysteries with a romantic eye, knowing that love was usually behind most men's actions. He had the ability to create an atmosphere of nostalgia for a Hawaii and a San Francisco already beginning to change even as he wrote during the 1920s and early 1930s. It is a fun walk through the fog-shrouded San Francisco of another time. While not his finest work, it gives a glimpse into what came later. A fine book for an evening or two under warm covers when you want to read a light mystery which has the glow of innocent romance.
Batman: Legacy  Vol. 2 (Detective Comics (1937-2011))
by , Doug Moench

Language

English

Pages

296

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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Now, for the first time ever, get the complete BATMAN: LEGACY, the sequel to the BATMAN: CONTAGION storyline, along with never-before-collected chapters that conclude the international thriller in BATMAN: LEGACY VOL. 2!<br /><br /> Ra’s al Ghul and Bane have formed an unholy alliance to wipe out 90 percent of the world’s population with an ancient plague. Now Batman and his allies—Nightwing, Robin, Huntress, Oracle and Catwoman—must travel the globe to stop al Ghul’s plan of releasing the deadly disease in key strategic locations. But will they find a cure before the Earth’s population succumbs to the Demon’s nefarious plans? Also, the rematch of the century takes place as Bruce Wayne faces down the man who broke the Bat…Bane!  <br /><br /> Collects BATMAN #534, BATMAN: BANE #1, BATMAN: BANE OF THE DEMON #1-4, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #54, CATWOMAN #36, DETECTIVE COMICS #701-702 and ROBIN #32-33.
V for Vendetta {New Edition}
by ALAN MOORE

Language

English

Pages

296

Publication Date

November 21, 2011

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A new edition of the graphic novel that inspired the hit movie!<br /><br />A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. <br /><br />In a world without political freedom or personal freedom, and precious little faith in anything, comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It's a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.

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