With this outstanding detective story, Agatha Christie celebrates her jubilee as a writer. For the fiftieth time she leaves us breathless with admiration for her incomparable adroitness and ingenuity. It is this fertile imagination which has won her unstinted and consistent praise throughout her career. Every Friday morning to practically every house in the village of Chipping Cleghorn a copy of the North Benham News and Chipping Cleghorn Gazette was delivered by Johnnie Butt from Mr. Totman, stationer, of the High Street. On Friday, October 29th, in the «Personal» column, among the Articles for Sale or Wanted and the frenzied appeals for domestic help, was the following singular announcement: A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m. Friends please accept this, the only intimation. A joke, of course; probably perpetrated by Miss Black-lock’s nephew Patrick; but nevertheless nothing would have deterred any one who had the slightest excuse from calling on the owner of Little Paddocks at the appointed time. One by one, shortly after six, they began to arrive — Colonel and Mrs. Easterbrook, Miss Hinchliffe and Miss Murgatroyd, Mrs. Swettenham and her son Edmund, Mrs. Harmon, the vicar’s wife. Conversation was general; the chrysanthemums were admired, the central heating commented on; the only subject that was not mentioned was the newspaper announcement. Then at 6.30 precisely the lights went out… In this latest crime story Miss Agatha Christie re-introduces Miss Marple, that benign old lady with a mind like a gimlet. Once more a murder is announced for the benefit and enjoyment of countless readers, and we on our part on this happy occasion sound a fanfare.
Octubre de 1874. Gabriel Camarasa acaba de regresar con su familia a Barcelona tras varios anos de exilio en Londres. Durante su primer dia en la Escuela de Arquitectura de la Lonja, conocera a un joven que esta ya en su segundo ano de estudios: Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi es un enigma para el joven Camarasa. Posee unos conocimientos de arquitectura muy superiores a los que cabria esperar en un estudiante de su edad, le interesan los temas esotericos, la botanica oculta y la fotografia, y mantiene ademas contactos en los bajos fondos de Barcelona, con los que lleva a cabo una lucrativa y misteriosa actividad. Gaudi es tambien, o cree serlo, una mente deductiva de primer orden. Y cuando la apacible vida de ambos estudiantes se vea alterada por un asesinato y una turbia conspiracion de consecuencias imprevisibles, todas las capacidades del joven Gaudi se pondran finalmente a prueba.
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a «Rat Tea,» she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston to promote better public health.But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat. And as she reviews the guest list for suspects, she soon finds herself drawn into in a dangerous game of cat and mouse…
Vish Puri is as fond of butter chicken as the next Punjabi. And when there’s plenty on offer at the Delhi Durbar hotel where he’s attending an India Premier League cricket match dinner, he’s the first to tuck in. Irfan Khan, father of Pakistani star cricketer Kamran Khan, can’t resist either. But the creamy dish proves his undoing. After a few mouthfuls, he collapses on the floor, dead. Clearly this isn’t a case of Delhi Belly. But who amongst the Bollywood stars, politicians, bureaucrats and industrialists poisoned Khan is a mystery. And with the capital’s police chief proving as incompetent as ever, it falls to Most Private Investigators to find out the truth. Puri is soon able to link Khan to a bald bookie called Full Moon and all the clues point to the involvement of a gambling syndicate that controls the illegal billion dollar betting industry. The answers seem to lie in Surat, the diamond cutting and polishing capital of the world (where Puri’s chief undercover operative Tubelight meets his match) and across the border in Pakistan, Puri’s nemesis, the one country where he has sworn never to set foot. Or do they? A certain determined, grey-haired lady with a unique insight into the murder believes that the portly detective is barking up ‘a wrong tree.’ Is Mummy-ji right?Is there more to the murder than meets the eye? And why, to make life even more complicated for Vish Puri, has someone tried to steal the longest moustache in the world — from right under the nose of its owner? Literally.
Le Chiffre is a businessman with expensive tastes, and SMERSH’s chief operative in France. But as his dissolute lifestyle threatens to ruin him, his only hope is to risk his paymasters’ money at the card table. James Bond, the finest gambler in the service, has a deadly new mission: to outplay Le Chiffre and shatter his Soviet cell. Amidst the opulence of Casino Royale, the two men face each other for a game with the highest stakes of all.
On a remote, dusty road forty miles outside of Austin, Texas, FBI agent Joe Grant and a confidential informant are killed in a deadly shootout. Left to pick up the pieces is Mary Grant, Joe’s young wife and mother of their two daughters. The official report places blame for the deaths on Joe’s shoulders…but the story just doesn’t add up and Mary has too many troubling questions that need answers. How did Joe’s final voice mail—containing a cryptic warning for Mary, recorded moments before the fatal shooting—disappear without a trace from her phone? Stonewalled by the FBI, Mary will be drawn into a deadly conspiracy that puts her in the crosshairs of the richest and most powerful men in America…and the newest and most terrifying surveillance system known to man. New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich is the master of crafting thrillers of the highest caliber, with nonstop action and nail-biting suspense. Invasion of Privacy is his richest, most relevant novel to date and will have readers hooked from the first page to the last. Your privacy is for sale.