It is 1539, and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing, sickly king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife. The dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves, who has her own reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, Anne senses a trap closing around her.
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Welcome to Prague. Once the capital of the Holy Roman Empire she now draws in over 4 million international visitors each year. So what makes the Czech Capital one of the World's top destinations? A UNESCO World Heritage Site with fantastic shopping and memorable nightlife, the city's history, culture and arts combine to create a memorable experience.
Three-year-old Hanna wakes up to find she has been abandoned. Her family is gone. The house is locked. She is trapped. Meanwhile, a teenage girl has been found murdered aboard the Cinderella, a cruise ship which sails between Sweden and Finland. Detective Chief Inspector Conny Sjoberg visits the girl's home to deliver the tragic news. But as he investigates, it becomes chillingly clear that the girl's younger sister will meet a similar fate - unless the police can crack the case and trap this elusive and vicious killer.
Ingrid Olsson returns home from a Stockholm hospital to discover a man in her kitchen. She's never seen the intruder before. But he's no threat - he's dead. Criminal Investigator Conny Sjoberg takes the call, abandoning his wife Asa and their five children for the night. His team identify the body as that of a middle-aged family man. But why was he there? And who bludgeoned him to death? Lacking suspect and motive, Sjoberg's team struggle until they link the case to another - apparently random - killing. And discover they face a serial killer on a terrible vendetta....
"Not my cup of tea"
When the children dug a hole in the gravel-pit, they were very surprised at what they found. "It" was a Psammead, a sand-fairy, thousands of years old. It was a strange little thing - fat and furry, and with eyes on long stalks. It was often very cross and unfriendly, but it could give wishes - one wish a day. "How wonderful!" the children said. But wishes are difficult things. They can get you into trouble. An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English.
It is the year 2522, and the planet Earth is dying. The Artificial Ozone Layer is only 300 years old, but it is breaking up fast. Now the sun is burning down on Earth with a white fire. There is no water. Without water, nothing can live. Trees die, plants die, animals die, people die. In a colony under the moon, people wait for news - news from home, news from the planet Earth.
Welcome to Amsterdam, one of the World's most popular cities. Her canals and liberal politics draw in over 4 million international visitors each year, but what makes her one of the World's top destinations? Socially diverse with an established coffee shop culture and internationally renowned Red Light District, her history, culture and arts create a memorable city experience.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Last Lullaby by Carin Gerhardsen, read by Candida Gubbins. Inspector Conny Sjöberg and his police colleagues are perplexed by the brutal killing of a family in their Stockholm apartment. With no clues, the murder inquiry starts with working out how it was possible for the mother, who worked as a cleaner, to afford a multimillion-dollar property.
They were identical in every way. Until the unthinkable tore them apart. Isolte and Viola are twins. Inseparable as children, they've grown into very different adults: Isolte, a successful features writer for a fashion magazine with a photographer boyfriend and a flat in London, and Viola, desperately unhappy and struggling with a lifelong eating disorder. What happened all those years ago to set the twins on such different paths to adulthood? As both women start to unravel the escalating tragedies of a half-remembered summer, terrifying secrets from the past come rushing back - and threaten to overwhelm their adult lives....
The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time. The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on - but when they leave her looking after Sophie's baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nest....
Richard Walton is in trouble again. He has lost his job, and he has borrowed money from his sister, Jennifer - again. And now he has disappeared. Jennifer is looking for him, and so are the police. They both have some questions that they want to ask him.How did he lose his job? Why did he fly to Frankfurt? Who gave his girlfriend those very expensive gold ear-rings? Only Richard can answer these questions. But nobody can find Richard.
Life just keeps getting more complicated for Annie Baker. Her sister Lizzie is pregnant and wants Annie to be her birth partner; her friend Leila's got a new man and is getting heavily into yoga; and Kate from the village has somehow ended up having an affair with her own ex-husband. Charlie, Annie's six-year-old, is now officially pagan, and desperate for his own pet pheasant. And then there's Uncle Monty to keep an eye on.
Growing up, Viola and Issy clung to each other in the wake of their mother's eccentricity, as she dragged them from a commune to a tiny Welsh village. They thought the three of them would be together forever. But an innocent mistake one summer set them on drastically different paths. Now in their twenties, Issy is trying to hold together a life as a magazine art director, while Viola is slowly destroying herself, consumed with guilt over the events they unknowingly set into motion as children.
Nominee: Glass Key Award for Nordic Crime Fiction 2013, Winner: Finnish Booksellers Laila Hirvisaari Grant 2012, Winner: Finnish Whodunnit Society Clue of the Year Award 2012,Winner: Kaarle Prize 2012, Nominee: Helsingin Sanomat Debut Prize 2012. Cold Blood. Cold Case. Cold Courage. The body of a young woman body is abandoned in a car boot in the middle of London as a warning to others. The police have no leads and no clues as to the identity of the victim.
It's been eight years since Gen Loxley lost her daughter, Beth: eight years of grief in which nothing's really moved forward, for all that her husband, Art, wills it to. Gen, once a writer of novels, has settled in to a life of half-hearted teaching, while Art makes his name and their fortune - and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it seems a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is unthinkable, unbearable - but still it goes on.
Tony Kytes is a favourite with the girls but he’s not terribly clever. If you meet an old girlfriend and she asks for a ride home in your wagon, do you say yes? And then if you meet the girl you are planning to marry, what do you do? Very soon, Tony is in a great muddle, and does not know how to escape from it. These stories are set in an English country village of the nineteenth century, but Hardy’s tales of mistakes and muddles and marriages belong in any place, at any time.
Welcome to Venice. Gently sinking into the surrounding lagoons, this once great naval power now draws in over three million international visitors each year. But what makes Venice one of the World's top destinations? A World Heritage Site where the only traffic is on water, the city's architecture, culture and arts combine to create a uniquely romantic experience.
Should you find yourself in need of a discreet investigation into any sort of mystery, crime or puzzling circumstances, think of Jesperson and Lane.... For several years Miss Lane was companion, amanuensis, collaborator and friend to the lady known to the Psychical Societs only as Miss X - until she discovered that Miss X was actually a fraud.
When Dirk Dilly of the Dragon Detective Agency is asked to follow a husband who is behaving suspiciously, he becomes involved in a mystery involving some very wicked Tree Dragons. Soon Holly is on hand to help Dirk and between them they find some solutions, not just the behaviour of the suspicious husband, but also to the problems that Holly has been having at school, where nothing is quite what it should be.