A member of the London Chess Club has dropped dead during a game, supposedly of a heart attack. An officer of the club believes he was murdered by his opponent's evil eye. Holmes finds that his death was not caused by an evil eye, but - was it or was it not poisoned jelly beans?
When the admiral of the Ottoman fleet defects to the Egyptians, Investigator Yashim attempts to uncover the man's motives. But Fevzi Pasha is no stranger to Yashim: it was Pasha, in fact, who taught the investigator his craft years ago. He is the only man whom Yashim has ever truly feared: ruthless, cruel, and unswervingly loyal to the sultan. What dark secret has led his former mentor to betray the Ottoman Empire?
"yes, you really do need counterespionage."
When the body of a Russian agent is found down a monastery well, Yashim knows exactly who to blame. Fevzi Ahmet Pasha, ruthless commander of the Ottoman fleet. Years ago, Fevzi Ahmet was his mentor. And now Yashim must confront the secret that Fevzi Pasha has been keeping all these years, a secret whose roots lie deep in the tortured atmosphere of the sultan's harem.
While 60-ish Emma Winberry and her friend, Gladys Foster, are enjoying a tour of southern Italy, they overhear a conversation by two members of the opera chorus. One of them shows his hatred of the famous tenor, Marcantonio Speranza. When Emma returns to her home in Brookfield, IL, she reads a notice in the newspaper reporting an accident to Speranza during a rehearsal. Another report of a near miss accident to Speranza convinces Emma that someone is attempting to harm the tenor.
In the past, teasing out the intricacies of how the human brain makes sense of visual input was close to impossible. It was not until recently that scientists could directly observe individual neurons at work. Now the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle is launching the Allen Brain Observatory to use this new technology to investigate cognition in an unusual manner: they make mice watch movies.
Professional psychic Abigail Cooper is about to discover that some cold cases are better off dead....
As the FBI's newest civilian profiler, Abby Cooper is using her powers of intuition to help solve a backlog of the bureau's cold cases. But when she's the only one who's convinced that several separate cold cases are related, she'll have to call on every intuitive bone in her body before she's the one put on ice.
"The best yet"
Listeners know that few authors are able to create an atmosphere of unease and terror as well as Oates, a fact confirmed by the four novellas presented here. All the novellas in this collection revolve around the theme of love gone wrong - horribly, shockingly wrong.
"Interesting stories, but morbidly fixated."