Arsenic with Austen Book
Score: 3.5
From 36 Ratings

Arsenic with Austen


  • Author : Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466872424

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Arsenic with Austen Excerpt :

When Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn't expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life. Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town's eccentric inhabitants--including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards--she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident. Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt's property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen's charming reprobates.

Arsenic with Austen Book
Score: 3.5
From 36 Ratings

Arsenic with Austen


  • Author : Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250065476

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Arsenic with Austen Excerpt :

"Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town's eccentric inhabitants--including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards--she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident"--

Bloodstains with Bronte Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Bloodstains with Bronte


  • Author : Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2017-12-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466872431

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Bloodstains with Bronte Excerpt :

Classic novels and crime solving intertwine in Katherine Bolger Hyde's charming series. Bloodstains with Bronte is the second in a series that will puzzle and please fans of mystery and masterpieces alike. Windy Corner is being remodeled into a writers' retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily's young single-mother housekeeper. It's a stormy autumn and Emily is reading Wuthering Heights. Roman, a dark and brooding type, reminds her of Heathcliff. At a Halloween murder mystery fundraiser at Windy Corner, someone is found stabbed to death. Windy Corner's very own detective, Luke, is reluctantly forced to investigate Katie. Luke digs into the background of the contractor, Jeremiah Edwards, and Emily, now reading Jane Eyre, realizes Jeremiah resembles St. John Rivers in his obsessive, tormented piety. Will Luke figure out who the murderer is before Katie ends up in jail or someone else is killed?

Death With Dostoevsky Book

Death With Dostoevsky


  • Author : Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • Publisher : Severn House Publishers Ltd
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448303380

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Death With Dostoevsky Excerpt :

An intelligent traditional mystery that stars an endearing woman of a certain age who draws on her knowledge of literature to solve crimes Library Journal on Arsenic with Austen Professor Emily Cavanaugh makes a horrific discovery while writing her book on Dostoevsky in the entertaining fourth Crime with the Classics cozy. Professor Emily Cavanaugh has left Windy Corner behind and is back at Reed College on her sabbatical, determined to finish writing her book on Dostoevsky. She is soon reunited with one of her promising students, Daniel Razumov, as well as familiar faces on the teaching staff – her friend, Marguerite Grenier, her half-brother, Oscar Lansing, the abrasive division chair, Richard McClintock, and the predatory Taylor Curzon. Known for her relentless pursuit of young male students, Taylor now has Daniel firmly in her sights. Emily knows Taylor must be stopped, but as she starts gathering evidence of Daniel's harassment, she has a disturbing flashback, and then makes a gruesome discovery . . . Can Emily catch a dangerous campus killer while also confronting events from her own past?

The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen


  • Author : Lindsay Ashford
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781402282133

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The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen Excerpt :

"Where would I begin to explain it all...?" Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen's hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane's close friend, has decided at last to tell her story-a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder... Perfect for fans of Death Comes to Pemberley, upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford's fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen's mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen's early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford's vivid novel delves deep into Austen's world and puts forth a shocking suggestion-was someone out to silence her?

The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen Book

The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen


  • Author : Lindsay Jayne Ashford
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Detective and mystery stories
  • Pages : 331
  • ISBN 10 : 1906784264

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The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen Excerpt :

The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen imagines the summer of 1805 and Jane's close friendship with Anne Sharp, governess to her brother Edward's children. As the bond between the two women deepens, Anne senses a dark undercurrent within the family, something that troubles Jane and threatens those she loves. Anne feels compelled to investigate - could her vivid imagination be leading her astray, or was someone out to silence Jane before her novels revealed a shocking family secret?

Cyanide with Christie Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Cyanide with Christie


  • Author : Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • Publisher : Severn House Publishers Ltd
  • Release Date : 2019-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448301782

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Cyanide with Christie Excerpt :

A game of charades ends in coldblooded murder in this entertaining cozy mystery, third in the Crime with the Classics series. Having finished transforming Windy Corner, the grand Victorian mansion she inherited from her great aunt, into a writers’ retreat, widowed literature professor Emily Cavanaugh is ready to receive her first set of guests. But her careful planning is thrown into disarray by the unexpected arrival of outrageous true-crime writer, Cruella Crime, whose unpardonably rude behaviour is causing great offence. As a ferocious ice storm rages outside, the guests entertain one another with a game of charades. But their revelries are brought to a sudden halt by the discovery of a body in one of the guest bedrooms. When it transpires the victim was poisoned, Emily decides to take a leaf out of the book of her favourite detective writer, Agatha Christie, and investigate. But as she pursues her enquiries, it becomes chillingly clear that she herself may have been the intended victim...

Jane Austen at Home Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Jane Austen at Home


  • Author : Lucy Worsley
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250131614

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Jane Austen at Home Excerpt :

"Jane Austen at Home offers a fascinating look at Jane Austen's world through the lens of the homes in which she lived and worked throughout her life. The result is a refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity."--Amanda Foreman, bestselling author of Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire Take a trip back to Jane Austen's world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses--both grand and small--of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a 'life without incident'. Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but--in the end--a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy. Illustrated with two sections of color plates, Lucy Worsley's Jane Austen at Home is a richly entertaining and illuminating new book about one of the world’s favorite novelists and one of the subjects she returned to over and over in her unforgettable novels: home.

Fatality with Forster Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Fatality with Forster


  • Author : Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • Publisher : Severn House Publishers Ltd
  • Release Date : 2021-06-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448305308

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Fatality with Forster Excerpt :

Emily Cavanaugh walks into a family drama that recalls Forster's classic work while honeymooning at an English country house in the gripping fifth Crime with the Classics cozy. Retired professor Emily Cavanaugh and her husband, Luke, are taking a much-needed break from Windy Corner and spending their honeymoon five thousand miles away as paying guests at Fizhugh Manor in Oxfordshire. Quaint nearby villages and the manor's impressive turrets and arches capture Emily's Anglophile heart, but when she meets its dashing young heir, James Fitzhugh and his American wife, Allison, James's cousin Penelope, his dithering uncle Roger and the manor's formidable dowager, Lady Margaret Fitzhugh, it's clear that class prejudice, resentment and secrets threaten to tear the family apart. Is there more to a fatal accident than meets the eye? Emily soon finds herself in the middle of a family drama redolent of Forster's classic novels, but can she pull off her own masterstroke to catch a killer?

Science Goes Viral Book

Science Goes Viral


  • Author : Dr. Joe Schwarcz
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773058092

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Science Goes Viral Excerpt :

Science has gone viral! In more ways than one. Bestselling popular science author Dr. Joe Schwarcz breaks down the science of essential oils, placenta creams, intermittent fasting, and of course the spread of COVID-19 misinformation in this new collection from the master of demarcating non-science from science Since we first heard rumblings about a novel type of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, terms like pandemic, spike protein, viral particles, variants, mRNA vaccines, antibodies, hydroxychloroquine, social distancing, immune response, convalescent plasma, aerosol transmission, and of course, face coverings, have entered our everyday vocabulary. The scientific literature has exploded with studies exploring every facet of COVID-19, but unfortunately the “viral” spread of misinformation about the pandemic has also reached epic proportions. Science Goes Viral provides a framework for coming to grips with the onslaught of COVID-19 information and misinformation in this ever-changing pandemic. Here, you’ll learn about the first antibodies ever identified, the connection between tonic water and coronavirus, and whether we can zap COVID with copper. And although our thoughts and daily activities have been hijacked by the pandemic, life does go on, as does the pursuit of science. Dr. Joe features his usual array of diverse topics, including biblical dyes, essential oils, Jean Harlow’s hair, Lincoln’s magician, and bioplastics along with assorted examples of quackery. Delving into the many fascinating facets of science can serve as a welcome distraction from the COVID curse. In fact, enchantment with science can also be contagious. Will you be infected?

The Inheritor s Powder  A Tale of Arsenic  Murder  and the New Forensic Science Book

The Inheritor s Powder A Tale of Arsenic Murder and the New Forensic Science


  • Author : Sandra Hempel
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2013-10-15
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393240467

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The Inheritor s Powder A Tale of Arsenic Murder and the New Forensic Science Excerpt :

“Fascinating . . . one of history’s most important poisons—and most important murders.”—Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook In the first half of the nineteenth century, an epidemic swept Europe: arsenic poisoning. Available at any corner shop for a few pence, arsenic was so frequently used by potential beneficiaries of wills that it was nicknamed “the inheritor’s powder.” But it was difficult to prove that a victim had been poisoned, let alone to identify the contaminated food or drink since arsenic was tasteless. Then came a riveting case. On the morning of Saturday, November 2, 1833, the Bodle household sat down to their morning breakfast. That evening, the local doctor John Butler received an urgent summons: the family and their servants had collapsed and were seriously ill. Three days later, after lingering in agony, wealthy George Bodle died in his bed at his farmhouse in Plumstead, leaving behind several heirs, including a son and grandson—both of whom were not on the best of terms with the family patriarch. The investigation, which gained international attention, brought together a colorful cast of characters: bickering relatives; a drunken, bumbling policeman; and James Marsh, an unknown but brilliant chemist who, assigned the Bodle case, attempted to create a test that could accurately pinpoint the presence of arsenic. In doing so, however, he would cause as many problems as he solved. Were innocent men and women now going to the gallows? And would George Bodle’s killer be found? Incisive and wryly entertaining, science writer Sandra Hempel brings to life a gripping story of domestic infighting, wayward police behavior, a slice of Victorian history, stories of poisonings, and an unforgettable foray into the origins of forensic science.

The Elements of Murder Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

The Elements of Murder


  • Author : John Emsley
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-07-13
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 433
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192806000

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The Elements of Murder Excerpt :

A fascinating account of the five most toxic elements describes the lethal chemical properties of arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium, as well as their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history, with profiles of such deadly poisoners as Mary Ann Cotton, Michael Swango, and Saddam Hussein and a look at modern-day environmental catastrophes.

What Killed Jane Austen  Book

What Killed Jane Austen


  • Author : George Biro
  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Release Date : 2011-10-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780752472065

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What Killed Jane Austen Excerpt :

Was Winston Churchill fit to rule? Why was Marie Antoinette's wedding night a let down? What really cost Napoleon his victory at Waterloo? What killed Jane Austen? The intriguing nature of Jane Austen's demise is just one of a series of sometimes famous and often bizarre stories featured in What Killed Jane Austen? Why did Mary Tudor have phantom pregnancies and a deep voice? What was the reaction to the mysterious 'Swine Flu' epidemic of 1976? Why was Elizabeth I so terrified of going to the dentist? These and other medical mysteries are all explained here, in this fascinating romp through the medical notes of history.

Geek Love Book
Score: 3
From 152 Ratings

Geek Love


  • Author : Katherine Dunn
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-05-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307794482

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Geek Love Excerpt :

National Book Award finalist Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset. As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.

Jane Austen  Early and Late Book

Jane Austen Early and Late


  • Author : Freya Johnston
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691229812

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Jane Austen Early and Late Excerpt :

A reexamination of Austen’s unpublished writings that uncovers their continuity with her celebrated novels—and that challenges distinctions between her “early” and “late” work Jane Austen’s six novels, published toward the end of her short life, represent a body of work that is as brilliant as it is compact. Her earlier writings have routinely been dismissed as mere juvenilia, or stepping stones to mature proficiency and greatness. Austen’s first biographer described them as “childish effusions.” Was he right to do so? Can the novels be definitively separated from the unpublished works? In Jane Austen, Early and Late, Freya Johnston argues that they cannot. Examining the three manuscript volumes in which Austen collected her earliest writings, Johnston finds that Austen’s regard and affection for them are revealed by her continuing to revisit and revise them throughout her adult life. The teenage works share the milieu and the humour of the novels, while revealing more clearly the sources and influences upon which Austen drew. Johnston upends the conventional narrative, according to which Austen discarded the satire and fantasy of her first writings in favour of the irony and realism of the novels. By demonstrating a stylistic and thematic continuity across the full range of Austen’s work, Johnston asks whether it makes sense to speak of an early and a late Austen at all. Jane Austen, Early and Late offers a new picture of the author in all her complexity and ambiguity, and shows us that it is not necessarily true that early work yields to later, better things.