Read the first six books in the Scott Drayco mystery series that Library Journal called “worth putting on your reading list." Finalists for the Shamus, Silver Falchion, Daphne, Library Journal Indie Best Mystery, and Foreword Book Reviews awards, with over 1,000 five-star reviews! The box set includes six complete novels in the engrossing mystery series featuring crime consultant Scott Drayco who readers describe as “not a stereotypical detective” and “an extremely complex character.” If you enjoy heart-tugging stories, twisty mysteries, and thrilling suspense, then you’ll love BV Lawson’s bestselling series. This digital box set includes: PLAYED TO DEATH: When a former client bequeaths crime consultant Scott Drayco a rundown Opera House in a Virginia seaside town - complete with a body inside - Drayco gets trapped in a tangled web of music, madness, and murder that reaches across the Atlantic into some of the darkest days of human history. REQUIEM FOR INNOCENCE: Crime consultant Scott Drayco is lured back to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to investigate an attack on a disabled girl and wades into a sea of lies, seduction, and secrets to keep the girl safe ... and stop a murderer from striking again. DIES IRAE: After a mysterious music code is left at a crime scene, Scott Drayco plays deadly games with a killer. But is it voodoo, vengeance, or pure villainy? ELEGY IN SCARLET: When crime consultant Scott Drayco’s long-AWOL mother returns and is charged with murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth even though everyone tells him to walk away. As he falls deeper into secrets, lies and cons, he begins to suspect the case may be all part of an elaborate scam ... where the only one being fooled is Drayco himself. THE SUICIDE SONATA: Can a piece of music be cursed? A song linked to suicides is found with a victim's body, but was it really suicide—or a cleverly disguised murder? After a series of puzzling incidents, and crime consultant Scott Drayco starts suffering from depression himself after playing the sonata, can he be sure of what's real or what's imagined? DEADLY DANCE: When detective Scott Drayco's ex-girlfriend begs him to prove her rich fiance is innocent of murder, he reluctantly takes on the case. But as Drayco encounters a mysterious commune, possible Russian traffickers, and false identities, he plunges deep into a cesspool where nothing is as it appears - and a deadly dance with the devil could be his undoing. What reviewers are saying: "Lawson's protagonist is greatly compelling." - Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize "Worth putting on your reading list." - The Library Journal "BV Lawson has created a memorable character in Drayco, a concert pianist turned FBI agent, turned crime consultant. He also has the fascinating condition of synesthesia, which not only adds a mysterious depth to his character it is integral to the plot." - Big Als Books & Pals
Vines & Vision: The Winemakers of Santa Barbara County is a first-of-its-kind exploration of the people, places, history, trends, and soul of Santa Barbara County wine country. Featuring nearly 1,000 photographs by renowned visual anthropologist Macduff Everton and about 100 chapters written by the region's leading food & wine journalist Matt Kettmann, Vines & Vision is a one-stop shop for learning about the past, present, and future of Santa Barbara wine culture.
Old bones land Peter up a creek without a paddle. Flood waters uncover bones buried for decades on Cincinnati’s Mill Creek, sparking a media sensation fueled by Detective Peter Dourson’s former fiancée. It’s a case he shouldn’t have, with media scrutiny he doesn’t want. And it’s the Dog Park Gang’s fault it landed in his lap. Starving artist Lia Anderson has her own problems. Her new puppy is on a mission to destroy everything she owns, and a ditsy new client is driving her crazy. Worse, Peter’s ex wants to rekindle their relationship. When the bones are tied to dark rumors from 1940, past becomes present. It will take Lia and the dog park gang to prevent history from repeating itself. (94,000 words)
Get ready to ace your AP Statistics Exam with this easy-to-follow, multi-platform study guide! Teacher-recommended and expert-reviewed The immensely popular test prep guide has been updated and revised with new material and is now accessible in print, online and mobile formats. 5 Steps to a 5: AP Statistics 2021 introduces an easy to follow, effective five-step study plan to help you build the skills, knowledge, and test-taking confidence you need to reach your full potential. The book includes hundreds of practice exercises with thorough answer explanations and sample responses. You’ll learn how to master the multiple-choice questions and achieve a higher score on this demanding exam. Because this guide is accessible in print and digital formats, you can study online, via your mobile device, straight from the book, or any combination of the three. This essential guide reflects the latest course syllabus and includes three full-length practice exams, plus proven strategies specific to each section of the test. 5 Steps to a 5: AP Statistics 2021 features: 3 Practice Exams (both in the book + online) Access to the entire Cross-Platform Prep Course in AP Statistics Comprehensive overview of the AP Statistics exam format Hundreds of exercises with thorough explanations Proven strategies specific to each section of the test Powerful analytics to assess your test readiness Flashcards, games, and more
Perfect for fans of The Train to Impossible Places and Nevermoor, this imaginative middle grade fantasy follows a young girl who uses a travel agency’s magical suitcases to travel to different worlds. When twelve-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from hers. All you have to do to visit them is just jump into the right suitcase. Then Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society and explore other worlds. But, unbeknownst to Flick, the world at the very center of it all, a city called Five Lights, is in danger. Buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realizes what’s happening she must race against time, travelling through unchartered worlds, seeking a way to fix Five Lights before it collapses into nothingness—and takes her world with it.
In the game of love, there’s always room for extra credit An enemies-to-lovers YA rom-com filled with perfect banter, nerdy drama, and heart-pounding romance—perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Emma Lord, and Sandhya Menon. Since high school began, Alison Sanger and Ethan Molloy have competed on almost everything. AP classes, the school paper, community service, it never ends. If Alison could avoid Ethan until graduation, she would. Except, naturally, for two over-achieving seniors with their sights on valedictorian and Harvard, they share all the same classes and extracurriculars. So when their school's principal assigns them the task of co-planning a previous class's ten-year reunion, with the promise of a recommendation for Harvard if they do, Ethan and Alison are willing to endure one more activity together if it means beating the other out of the lead. But with all this extra time spent in each other's company, their rivalry begins to feel closer to friendship. And as tension between them builds, Alison fights the growing realization that the only thing she wants more than winning . . . is Ethan
Teaching celebrity kids should be an awesome job, so why does it feel like a nightmare? Avalon took a solemn oath: starve to death before resorting to teaching. After all, she’s a witch and they have standards. But when faced with reality and a zero balance in her bank account due to her lack of conjuring skills, she takes advantage of her best friend’s Beverly Hills connections and lands a job at the Woodbridge Academy, teaching art to spoiled children of celebrities. Avalon discovers a world she's only read about at the checkout stand. Hollywood trophy wives, A-list actors, and even Mr. Sexist Man Alive three years running. The students prove not nearly as glamorous and almost impossible to teach as they sit texting their agents and using the art supplies to apply fake tattoos. Avalon can't use her powers, or else she'll turn her spoiled rotten students into toads. Already at her magical wits end, life only becomes more complicated when Mr. Sexiest Man Alive becomes her confidant, the Headmaster takes interest in her, and one of the students becomes obsessed with her. To top it off there's a severe threat to her coven from the dark elves. Can Avalon keep her witch sanity and her magic a secret, or will she blow everything and lose her job and be stripped of her witch powers? Find out in Celebrity Witch, book one of the Witching World of Avalon Series by author Karin De Havin. If you enjoy young adult paranormal romance stories that are filled with celerities, magic, and crazy adventures that keeps you turning the pages, then get your copy of Celebrity Witch today!
Communicating the excitement and importance of criminal justice research, this practical and comprehensive book shows students how to perform and understand statistical analyses, while helping them recognize the connection between statistical analyses used in everyday life and their importance to criminology and criminal justice. This updated Fifth Edition is packed with real-world case studies and contemporary examples utilizing the most current crime data and empirical research available. Each chapter presents a particular statistical method in the context of a substantive research story. A companion website for the book at edge.sagepub.com/bachmansccj5e includes resources for instructors and students.
Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn't easy. After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda's afraid that she'll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she's accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery. Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner's members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?
Rebirth of the English Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope, 1847–1870 enters deep into an era of comic history that has been entirely neglected. This buried cache of mid-Victorian graphic humor is marvelously rich in pictorial narratives of all kinds. Author David Kunzle calls this period a “rebirth” because of the preceding long hiatus in use of the new genre, since the Great Age of Caricature (c.1780–c.1820) when the comic strip was practiced as a sideline. Suddenly in 1847, a new, post-Töpffer comic strip sparks to life in Britain, mostly in periodicals, and especially in Punch, where all the best artists of the period participated, if only sporadically: Richard Doyle, John Tenniel, John Leech, Charles Keene, and George Du Maurier. Until now, this aspect of the extensive oeuvre of the well-known masters of the new journal cartoon in Punch has been almost completely ignored. Exceptionally, George Cruikshank revived just once in The Bottle, independently, the whole serious, contrasting Hogarthian picture story. Numerous comic strips and picture stories appeared in periodicals other than Punch by artists who were likewise largely ignored. Like the Punch luminaries, they adopt in semirealistic style sociopolitical subject matter easily accessible to their (lower-)middle-class readership. The topics covered in and out of Punch by these strips and graphic novels range from French enemies King Louis-Philippe and Emperor Napoleon III to farcical treatment of major historical events: the Bayeux tapestry (1848), the Great Exhibition of 1851, and the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Artists explore a great variety of social types, occupations, and situations such as the emigrant, the tourist, fox hunting and Indian big game hunting, dueling, the forlorn lover, the student, the artist, the toothache, the burglar, the paramilitary volunteer, Darwinian animal metamorphoses, and even nightmares. In Rebirth of the English Comic Strip, Kunzle analyzes these much-neglected works down to the precocious modernist and absurdist scribbles of Marie Duval, Europe’s first female professional cartoonist.
Thoroughly revised and updated, the fourth edition of Writing for Journalists focuses on the craft of journalistic writing, offering invaluable insight on how to hook readers and keep them to the end of your article. The book offers a systematic approach to news and feature writing that starts with the basics and builds to more complex and longer pieces. The authors give the reader the tools they need to deliver engaging and authoritative writing that works across print and digital. Drawing on professional insight from writers across the industry, the book guides readers through the essential elements needed to write powerful and effective news stories, from hard news pieces to features on business, science, travel and entertainment reviews. New to this edition are hands-on writing exercises accompanying each chapter to help reinforce key points; chapters on how to build a professional profile, pitch stories and get commissioned; and a section on online writing, SEO, analytics and writing for social media. This is an essential guide for all journalism students and early-career journalists. It also has much to offer established journalists looking to develop their writing and lead editorial teams.
Communication in agriculture by American Association of Agricultural College Editors
A magical coming-of-age tale in rural Zimbabwe Ah, you’ve arrived. Sit down, please, and make yourself comfortable. There may not be much dinner tonight – Father is still out of work; Mother can’t do anything with those stunted maize plants in the stony ground – but at least you are here, in Gushure Village, home to unsurpassed raconteurs and the Guramatunhu family, who know that telling stories staves off hunger. Surprise awaits at every turn: thoughts and conversations bloom into poems, political speeches and songs. You will find instructions for cooking a hare, for how to defend yourself when a dead snake is your enemy’s chosen weapon, how to speak in war tongues, how to compose a fist and aim it at a tree trunk, how to eliminate animal terrorism in a time of rabies, how to rehearse the body-viewing of a good-looking corpse, how to rock under flying okapis with The Double Shuffle, and how to practise your lovemaking technique on a woman drawn in the sand. At a time when cooked ants constitute a feast, the future nevertheless holds abundant prospects for the boy who devours words. But there is an unexpected fork in the road for this book louse, and plenty of wondrous twists and shocking turns. Hilarious, poetic and poignant, Robert Muponde’s vibrant coming-of-age story of Ronald Guramatunhu brings to life rural Zimbabwe from the Second Chimurenga to independence. There are malevolent mermaids, eccentric shamans, outrageous relatives, fearsome teachers, and men who transform into hippos in a tale that captures all the magic of childhood.