Fiction

Death Goes on Skis

Author: Nancy Spain

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 337

'Her detective novels are hilarious - less about detecting than delighting, with absurd farce and a wonderful turn of phrase . . . Nancy Spain was bold, she was brave, she was funny, she was feisty. I owe her a great deal' Sandi Toksvig Miriam Birdseye is daring, brilliant - and a long way from The Ivy. Our dashing heroine, a famous revue artist, takes to the slopes with her coterie of admirers. Champagne flows and wherever Miriam goes she leaves a trail of gossip in her wake. Fellow ski-resort guests include the celebrated Russian ex-ballerina, Natasha Nevkorina, whose beauty is matched only by her languor, Natasha's burly husband, nightclub owner Johnny DuVivien, and the wealthy Flahertés, a family who have made their money importing scents: handsome playboy Barney, his wife Regan, their two obnoxious children and the governess, Rosalie. Unbeknownst to Regan, Barney's mistress, a film star, is also there with her husband. When secrets start to unravel, tensions rise, and soon amateur sleuths Miriam and Natasha have not one but two murders to solve. In the hands of Nancy Spain, for whom farce and humour are a lot more fun than a conventional detective novel, the result is a deliciously wild ride. 'An either intense or sombre approach to crime is to Miss Spain foreign: in her world an inspired craziness rules . . . Her wit, her zest, her outrageousness, and the colloquial stylishness of her writing are quite her own' Elizabeth Bowen
Detective and mystery stories

The Mystery Fancier

Author: William F. Deeck

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN:

Category: Detective and mystery stories

Page: 184

View: 147

A bibliography of various mystery novels published between November 1976 and Fall 1992.
Literary Collections

Mystery Women

Author: Colleen Barnett

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 626

View: 921

Edgar- and Agatha-nominated author Colleen Barnett here updates her essential reference for readers and writers of mystery, examining women who detect, women as sleuths, and the evolving roles of women in professions and in society.
Fiction

Cinderella Goes to the Morgue

Author: Nancy Spain

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 160

'Her detective novels are hilarious - less about detecting than delighting, with absurd farce and a wonderful turn of phrase . . . Nancy Spain was bold, she was brave, she was funny, she was feisty. I owe her a great deal' Sandi Toksvig When Prince Charming is murdered and the principal dancer hits the bottle, amateur sleuths Miriam Birdseye and Natasha Nevkorina come to the rescue. Sacrificing their Christmas plans for the sake of art and detecting, they join the pantomime. As ex-thespians, they know the show must go on - though the cast shrinks with each rehearsal. Can the indomitable detective duo discover the murderer before the final curtain falls? Fast paced and festive, this comic crime classic from Nancy Spain will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Literary Criticism

Murder in the Closet

Author: Curtis Evans

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 257

Before the 1969 Stonewall Riots, LGBTQ life was dominated by the negative image of “the closet”—the metaphorical space where that which was deemed “queer” was hidden from a hostile public view. Literary studies of queer themes and characters in crime fiction have tended to focus on the more positive and explicit representations since the riots, while pre–Stonewall works are thought to reference queer only negatively or obliquely. This collection of new essays questions that view with an investigation of queer aspects in crime fiction published over eight decades, from the corseted Victorian era to the unbuttoned 1960s.
Literary Criticism

Jolly Good Detecting

Author: Bruce Shaw

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

View: 440

"This book is an appreciation of selected authors who make extensive use of humor in English detective/crime fiction, ranging from mild wit to outright farce, burlesque, even slapstick. This is not intended as an exhaustive study but as an introduction into the best produced by a handful of very capable and enjoyable authors"--
Literary Criticism

The Mystery Fancier (Vol. 1 No. 6) November 1977

Author: Guy M. Townsend

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 64

View: 339

The Mystery Fancier, Volume 1 Number 6, November 1977, contains: "Raymond Chandler on Film: An Annotated Checklist, Part I," by Peter Pross, "The Degeneration of Donald Hamilton," by George Kelley, "The Mysterious John Dickson Carr," by Larry L. French, and "The Nero Wolfe Saga, Part IV," by Guy M. Townsend.
Biography & Autobiography

The Divine Miss Marble

Author: Robert Weintraub

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 446

“In Robert Weintraub’s exhaustive biography, The Divine Miss Marble, he transports the reader into Marble’s vibrant world. It’s a dreamy, indomitable life worth reading about as today’s tennis tries to return to form.”—The Washington Post “An intriguing book about a fascinating woman…highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review) “Delightful and engrossing, this is a must for tennis fans.”—Publishers Weekly The story of 1930s tennis icon Alice Marble, and her life of sports, celebrity, and incredible mystery. Who was Alice Marble? In her public life, she was the biggest tennis star of the pre-war era, a household name like Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. She was famous for overcoming serious illness to win the biggest tournaments, including Wimbledon. She was also a fashion designer and trendsetter, a contributor to a pioneering new comic called Wonder Woman—and friend to the biggest names in Hollywood and society, like Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies, and members of families named Bloomingdale, Loew, and du Pont. She helped integrate tennis with her support of Althea Gibson, and even coached two young women who became stars in their own right: Billie Jean King and Sally Ride. Yet her private life provoked constant speculation while she was alive, and her own memoirs added layers of legend upon stories. According to Alice, she married a man who was killed in the skies over Europe during World War II. But who was the man she loved, and had he even existed? She was widely known for her patriotism during World War II. Had she really nearly given her life for her country as a spy, shot during a wild car chase fleeing foreign espionage agents? In The Divine Miss Marble, bestselling author Robert Weintraub traveled the country to uncover her fascinating story. And the more he learned about her, the more her mysteries and contradictions deepened. Alice was a powerful woman who knew her worth, demanding equal pay to men decades earlier than other female athletes; yet she was held in sway by a domineering, highly successful coach with whom she had a volatile relationship. She was renowned for her California style, and had a brilliant mind and the guts to overcome a lifetime of physical trauma. For the first time here, we come closer than ever before to the truths of this unforgettable life, and somehow it’s a story even more extraordinary than everything we already know about the divine Alice Marble.
Art

Artists in Crime

Author: John Cooper

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 203

View: 234

"This beautiful book will prove irresistible to both serious collectors of detective fiction first editions as well as to lovers of the artwork of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. A nostalgic survey of the artwork of detective fiction dustwrappers, it features intriguing chapters such as 'Damsels in Distress', 'Murder on the Move' and 'Pastimes in Purgatory'." "Lavishly illustrated with a 12 page colour section and over 300 large black and white illustrations, this book provides a unique opportunity to see first edition dustwrappers rarely available to the public. The wrappers are fully described, dated with credit to the publisher and the artist, if known. A wide range of famous detective writers is represented along with their detectives. Included in this fascinating volume is a chapter devoted solely to the artists, a consideration of their styles, and references to further examples of their work."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Fiction

Poison for Teacher

Author: Nancy Spain

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 291

'Her detective novels are hilarious - less about detecting than delighting, with absurd farce and a wonderful turn of phrase . . . Nancy Spain was bold, she was brave, she was funny, she was feisty' SANDI TOKSVIG Miriam Birdseye, ex-revue star and now professional sleuth, is intrigued when the headmistress of Radcliff Hall arrives at her Baker Street detective agency. A series of bizarre stunts that at first seemed like pranks have taken a sinister turn, and since Mis Lipscoomb found her gym rope half sawn through, she's begun to fear not only for her school, but for her life. This is how Miriam and her friend, Russian ballerina Natasha Nevkorina, find themselves on board the train to a Sussex girls' school, in the unlikely guise of teachers. Before long the detective duo uncovers a blackmail plot, infidelity and a dizzying array of school schisms. And then a teacher is poisoned during the school play; can they discover the culprit before the body count rises? From the pen of Nancy Spain, for whom farce and humour are a lot more fun than a conventional detective novel, the result is a deliciously wild ride. 'An either intense or sombre approach to crime is to Miss Spain foreign: in her world an inspired craziness rules . . . Her wit, her zest, her outrageousness, and the colloquial stylishness of her writing are quite her own' Elizabeth Bowen
Humor

Grumpy Old Holidays

Author: Judith Holder

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Humor

Page: 208

View: 130

Welcome on board - holidays the Grumpy way! As every Grumpy Old Man and Woman knows, holidays are another way of keeping you all house-trained. They are civilised society's reminder to you that the tedium of everyday life is actually preferable to a fortnight spent in the company of nagging partners, other people's brats, bombastic in-laws; and - worse still - people who can't speak English. As soon as you check in at the airport you are marooned in a sea of screaming babies, dull-faced reps and bland airport food. Count yourself lucky if your optimistic expectation of a good holiday is even remotely fulfilled. Don't be fooled by the glamorous air-brushed photos of American models with tippexed teeth sitting by laguna pools, cocktail in hand. There may be beautiful sunsets by the beach in the brochure, but you'll inevitably find that a) you should have booked the neighbouring hotel (and if you're lucky she'll tell you so, 'ad nauseam') b) you picked the rainy/religious holiday/mosquito/plague infestation season - and wonder why it was so cheap and c) you'll have had too much sex or food by the third or fourth day and be bored of each other, but there's no-one else to talk to, apart from monosyllabic waiting staff and the ubiquitous Russians. A holiday is supposed to be a lovely break, isn't it? This book proves that it is the stay-at-homes who have all the fun.
Detective and mystery stories, American

The Subject is Murder

Author: Albert J. Menendez

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN:

Category: Detective and mystery stories, American

Page: 216

View: 958

Electronic books

Calgary Goes Skiing

Author: David Mittelstadt

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Electronic books

Page: 234

View: 860

Calgary Goes Skiing tells the story of the Calgary Ski Club. From its origins in 1920 with Scandinavian ski jumpers in Elbow Park to the family racing club of the 1960s to today's adult recreation club, it's all here. This is the colourful story of the city's ski pioneers who helped establish the sport in Calgary and Banff National Park.
Literary Criticism

Silk Stalkings

Author: Victoria Nichols

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 635

View: 374

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of series characters created by women authors in crime and mystery fiction from 1867 to 1997.

Weekly World News

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 44

View: 567

Rooted in the creative success of over 30 years of supermarket tabloid publishing, the Weekly World News has been the world's only reliable news source since 1979. The online hub www.weeklyworldnews.com is a leading entertainment news site.