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Prohibition takes the battle, along with the party, to the streets. Jack McCloskey returned to Windsor, Ontario, from the Great War shell-shocked and battling inner demons. Channeling his energy into amateur fights, he’s noticed by a gangster sidelining as a boxing promoter. After a brief professional stint, Jack is invited to join the crew. It’s the early days of Prohibition along the Detroit River. Feeling trapped, Jack often tries to escape by throwing himself into relationships that are doomed from the start. Complicating matters further, a crime lord descends on the Border Cities, taking over all smuggling activity to finance his covert political agenda. In sharp contrast is the story of Vera Maude, a young librarian also yearning to escape, but to the cafes of Greenwich Village or the Left Bank. All she lacks is will. The climax occurs in a gripping battle at the crime lord’s house on Riverside Drive and its surprising aftermath the following morning.

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A literary mystery where the people and the settings in the exotic East are paramount. Two entwined mysteries unfold in two time periods in Singapore – one in the present and the other in the 1920s. Artist Maris Cousins has lived in Singapore for four years, but the sudden death of her mentor, gallery owner Peter Stone, causes her to stop painting and leave Singapore to reconnect with her family in Canada. There she becomes immersed in the fictional stories of love and betrayal from Singapore’s past – in first editions left to her by Stone – written by a famous early-20th-century author, E. Sutcliffe Moresby. Drawn back to Singapore and the gallery, she searches for answers to the mystery of three people – a writer, his young wife, and their baby – who seem to be linked to Stone. But along the way, Maris becomes caught up in circumstances involving smuggling and possibly murder.

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Thaddeus Lewis, an itinerant «saddlebag» preacher still mourns the mysterious death of his daughter Sarah as he rides to his new posting in Prince Edward County. When a girl in Demorestville dies in a similar way, he realizes that the circumstances point to murder. But in the turmoil following the 1837 Mackenzie Rebellion he can get no one to listen. Convinced there is a serial killer loose in Upper Canada, Lewis alone must track the culprit across a colony convulsed by dissension, invasion, and fear. His only clues are a Book of Proverbs and a small painted pin left witht he victims. And the list of suspects is growing …

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Действие рассказа происходит в начале века. Перед читателем проходит череда подозреваемых, многие из которых были врагами убитого. События в рассказе развиваются так, что одно преступление, как по цепочке, тянет за собой другое. Но нетерпеливого читателя в конце рассказа ждет необычная развязка. Главное действующее лицо рассказа – это талантливый и бесхитростный сыщик Патмосов Алексей Романович, который мастерски расследует невероятно запутанные дела. Прототипом этому персонажу, видимо, послужил светило петербургского сыска – знаменитый Путилин

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Can she save herself from a witch's fate? Martha is a feisty and articulate young woman, the daughter of a wheelwright, living in a Herefordshire village in Elizabethan England. With no mother Martha's life is spent running her father's meagre household and helping out at the local school whilst longing to escape the confines and small-mindedness of a community driven by religious bigotry and poverty. As she is able to read and is well-versed in herbal remedies she is suspected of being a witch. When a landslip occurs – opening up a huge chasm in the centre of the village – she is blamed for it and pursued remorselessly by the villagers. But can her own wits and the love of local stablehand Jacob save her from a witch's persecution and death… A brilliant and accomplished novel that perfectly captures the febrile atmosphere of Elizabethan village life in an age when suspicion and superstition were rife. Perfect for fans of Tracy Chevalier. Praise for The Wheelwright's Daughter: 'It's a gripping story and such accomplished writing. I really enjoyed every moment of working on it.' Yvonne Holland, editor of Philippa Gregory and Tracy Chevalier

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