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  • Lying Dead

    By Aline Templeton
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    Aline Templeton
    The third book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series.'Underscores Templeton's challenge to Ian Rankin in Scottish thriller writing.' Peterborough Evening News'Not for Templeton gruesome bodies strewn across the landscape left and right, here the emphasis is on character, motive and situation, building into an impressive whole. I'm sure it won't be long before I have to write "the best-selling Aline Templeton". This is seriously good crime writing.' Sue Baker, 'Personal Choice', Publishing NewsOn a beautiful, eerily quiet May morning in a remote corner of Scotland, a girl is found brutally bludgeoned to death, the silence of the scene broken only by the ringing of her mobile telephone. DI Marjory Fleming thrives on the adrenalin and tension that come with heading a major crime investigation, but with the discovery of not one, but two murdered corpses on her patch, she's about to feel the pressure like never before . . . The community of Drumbreck - a tranquil weekend playground for rich Glaswegians - is small and close-knit. But the veneer of contented prosperity conceals nasty secrets and daily betrayals. DI Fleming must watch her own back as she searches for a link between the two crimes. Uncovering layer upon layer of intrigue and deceit, Fleming is about to learn that while the dead can't tell lies, the living most certainly can . . .
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    The Lydian Baker

    By David Wishart
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    David Wishart
    In voluntary exile in Athens, Marcus Corvinus receives a letter from his antiquarian stepfather Priscus, who has learned that the 4¬? ft solid gold statue of a female baker, one of a large number of valuable gifts to the Delphic Oracle by the 6th century BC King Croesus of Lydia, has reappeared and is being offered for sale in Athens on the black market. Corvinus agrees to be his agent and to try and buy it. But, as a result, he finds himself caught up in the world of organised crime, as well as in a deadly struggle of interests with other, less scrupulous, collectors.
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    Lucrezia

    By Denise Robins
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    Denise Robins
    The wickedest woman who ever loved.Sensual... corrupt... that was the court of Renaissance Italy. And that, too, was Lucrezia Borgia - a woman of infinite guile and indiscriminate passion, whose affairs led her from page boy to prince... and to a reputation called shocking even in a land not easily shocked.Yet no matter how often she strayed, Lucrezia remained faithful - in her special fashion - to the one man she had sworn would be hers. A gripping historical romance from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1953, and available now for the first time in eBook.
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    Lucky Johnny

    By Johnny Sherwood
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    Johnny Sherwood
    In 1938 Johnny Sherwood was a young professional footballer on the brink of an England career, touring the world with the all-star British team the Islington Corinthians. By 1942 he was a soldier surrendering to the Japanese at the siege of Singapore. Taken prisoner he was sent to a POW camp deep in the heart of the Thai jungle, where he was starved, beaten, and forced to build the notorious 'railway of death' on the River Kwai. Johnny kept his and his men's spirits up with tales of his footballing past, even organising matches until he and the other prisoners became too weak to play. One day, he even encountered a brutal Japanese guard, and was shocked to recognise him as a Japanese footballer Johnny had played against. Many years after Johnny's death, his grandson Michael discovered an old manuscript hidden in the attic of his mother's house. It was Johnny's own account of his wartime experiences - the story too horrific to reveal in full to his loved ones. In the tradition of bestselling memoirs like The Railway Man, Lucky Johnny is an inspirational tale of survival against the odds.
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    Lucky Girl

    By Fiona Gibson
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    Fiona Gibson
    A captivating feel-good story about family ties, and the wonderful things that can happen when you allow new people, and unexpected events, to change your life.Lucky Girl is an uplifting story about a 30 year old woman whose life is changed for the better when two little girls move in next door. Having had a troubled childhood herself, (losing her mum at a very young age, being neglected by her father) Stella has closeted herself away as an adult. But her two young neighbours, with their curious questions and constant visiting, force her to look back on her childhood, discover some home truths and make her realise that she must look forward and live life to the full.
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    Lucky Ghost

    By Matthew Blakstad
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    Matthew Blakstad
    The extraordinary new novel from the incredible author of SOCKPUPPET. Perfect for fans of BLACK MIRROR.Early one morning, blogger Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard.He smiles.They've both just earned Emoticoin, in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoin is changing the face of the economy - but someone or something is controlling it for their own, dangerous ends.As Alex picks apart the tangled threads that hold the virtual game together she finds herself on the run from very real enemies. It seems only one person has the answers she seeks. Someone who hides behind the name 'Lucky Ghost'.But Lucky Ghost will only talk to a young hacker called Thimblerig - the online troll who's been harassing Alex for months.Will Lucky Ghost lead Alex and Thimblerig to the answers they seek - or to their deaths? LUCKY GHOST is part of the Martingale cycle, a series of interconnected novels exploring the life of computing pioneer and political radical Elyse Martingale - and her strange afterlife in the 21st century.
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    Luckpenny Land

    By Freda Lightfoot
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    Freda Lightfoot
    Life is hard for Meg Turner. She lives on a lonely farm in the bleak but beautiful mountains of the Lake District with a bully of a father and a brother who resents her. They want to keep her stuck at home, but Meg knows there's more to life than the kitchen sink and she's determined to find it.Meg wants to be a sheep farmer - unusual for a woman - and life in this man's world proves tougher at times than she expected. For love and comfort, she turns to her best friend, Kath, and to Lanky Lawson, who's more of a father figure to her than her own will ever be.But it's Lanky Lawson's son, Jack, with his dark good looks she loves and hopes to marry one day. But loyalties are threatened as World War II approaches, and Meg gradually realises that the only thing she can really count on is her passion for the haunting land she loves so much . . .
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    LT's Theory of Pets

    By Stephen King, Stephen King
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    Stephen King
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    Stephen King
    L.T. has a theory about pets, particularly his Siamese cat. It had been their cat not just his cat, but that was until he came home one day to find a note on the fridge from his wife saying she had left him. From this simple beginning, Stephen King spins a tale as compelling as anything he's written, and on this audio he reveals himself as as a gifted live performer as well. Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London, LT's Theory of Pets is unique: a story not available in book form being read to an audience who will never forget the night they sat enthralled by the world's master storyteller.(p) 1998 Hodder & Stoughton
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    A Loyal Spy

    By Simon Conway
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    Simon Conway
    WINNER OF THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD 2010 FOR BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR! The last time Jonah saw Nor ed-Din, he was lying face down in a pool of black water in the Khyber Pass. For many years, Jonah had been under the impression that he'd killed him there. How far can loyalty be stretched before it reaches a limit? Millions of lives depend on the answer, as a twisting road of betrayal and revenge leads from the mountains of Afghanistan to the heart of London ...and a ticking bomb.
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    Low Town: The Straight Razor Cure

    By Daniel Polansky
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    Daniel Polansky
    Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found. Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You'd struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his. But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley. And then another. With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he's the only man with a hope of finding the killer. If the killer doesn't find him first.
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    Low Pressure

    By Sandra Brown
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    Sandra Brown
    Number One New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with another suspenseful thrillerBellamy Lyston Price was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene as well as her memory of one vital fact that still eludes her . . . Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a novel based on Susan's murder. It's her first book, and it's an instant sensation. But because the novel is based on the most traumatic event of her life, she's published it under a pseudonym to protect herself and her family. But when a sleazy reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on a real crime, Bellamy's identity -- and dark family secrets -- are exposed. Suddenly, she finds herself embroiled in a personal conflict and at the mercy of her sister's killer, who for almost two decades has gotten away with murder . . . and will stop at nothing to keep it that way. Praise for Sandra Brown 'Suspense that has teeth' Stephen King 'Lust, jealousy, and murder suffuse Brown's crisp thriller' Publishers Weekly 'An edge-of-the-seat thriller that's full of twists . . . Top stuff!' Star
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    Loving God Up Close

    By Calvin Miller
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    Calvin Miller
    Bestselling CBA author and well-respected seminarian Calvin Miller explores the purpose of the Holy Spirit in our personal lives. Who is the Holy Spirit? How do Christians track his comings and goings? And how can they realize his presence in their lives? In LOVING GOD UP CLOSE, Calvin Miller reminds believers of the power of the Holy Spirit and explores the six symbols of his presence: the cleansing wind; the purging fire; the dove (the descending presence); the gift of communication; the refreshing wine; and the counselor. While many have experienced one or more of the defining presences, many also disagree as to their authenticity. Now, in this insightful book, Miller seeks to relieve some of the mystery surrounding the Holy Spirit and encourages readers to simply make use of his loving guidance.
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    Loving Against the Odds

    By Rob Parsons
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    Rob Parsons
    Here is a book for all couples - those with strong marriages who want to protect their relationship, those going through difficult times, and those considering marriage. With humour and honesty it deals with issues that are relevant to every marriage, including; communicating more effectively, over coming financial pressure, why interest in sex sometimes dies, the affair, and dealing with conflict.
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    Loving & Giving

    By Denise Robins
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    Denise Robins
    Friday's child is loving and giving. Juliet had devoted her life to the care of crippled and deprived children. But when she left London to work in the South of France, the phrase was to take on a deeper meaning. For Julia's new life was to bring her too much love, and too much pain, when she fellin love with a man who belonged to someone else.Juliet had always thought of love as a sacred bond and of marriage as an oath she would never break -- and she promised herself she would never love a married man. That was until she met Lucien de Maureville -- a gentle husband betrayed by a faithless wife and a lonely, tormented man caught between Juliet's budding love and a promise she hoped never to break.
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  • The Lovers

    By John Connolly
    Authors:
    John Connolly
    A chilling thriller featuring Detective Charlie Parker from bestselling author John Connolly. Not to be missed for fans of Stephen King and Michael Connelly.When Charlie Parker was still a boy, his father, a NYPD cop, killed a young couple, a boy and a girl barely older than his son, then took his own life. There was no explanation for his actions.Stripped of his private investigator's license, and watched by the police, Parker is working in a Portland bar, holding down a job and staying out of trouble. But in the background, he is working on his most personal case yet, an investigation into his own origins and the circumstances surrounding the death of his father, Will.It is an investigation that will reveal a life haunted by lies, by his mother's loss and his father's betrayal, by secrets kept and loyalties compromised.And by two figures in the shadows, a man and a woman, with only one purpose: to bring an end to Charlie Parker's existence . . .
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    The Lovers

    By Rod Nordland
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    Rod Nordland
    A riveting, real-life equivalent of The Kite Runner-an astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women's rights in the Muslim world."She is his Juliet and he is her Romeo, and her family has threatened to kill them both..."This is the heartrending account of Zakia and Mohammad Ali, a couple from opposing Islamic sects, who defying their society's norms have left behind everything they know and are quite literally risking their lives for their love.She is a Sunni, he is a Shia, but as friends from childhood Zakia and Mohammad Ali could never have predicted that their love would anger their families so much that they would be forced to leave their homes finding refuge in the harsh terrain of the Afghani mountains. Without money or passports they rely on the kindness of strangers to house them for a couple of days at a time as they remain on the run, never deterred.New York Times journalist, Rod Nordland, has chronicled the plight of the young lovers telling their extraordinary story of courage, perseverance and love in one of the world's most troubled countries. This moving love story is told against the bigger backdrop of the horrific but widespread practices that women are subjected to in Afghanistan.
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    Lovers of Janine

    By Denise Robins
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    Denise Robins
    Janine is a professional dancer - admired, adored, envied. And life inMonte Carlo should have been glamorous and exciting. But thoughoutwardly radiant, Janine is desperately unhappy. She suspects herlover, the fascinating Nikko, of infidelities with the rich societywomen. And her infatuation makes her an easy pawn in his ambitious andselfish game.A game which involves deceit, blackmail and murder. And which drivesJanine into two marriages and almost destroys her relationship with thepassionate and devoted Peter Willington.A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1931, and available now for the first time in eBook.
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    Lovers Meeting

    By Irene Carr
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    Irene Carr
    Josie has survived poverty and disgrace - but how will she cope when she returns home to a new job and some old secrets?
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    The Lover of the Grave

    By Andrew Taylor
    Authors:
    Andrew Taylor
    'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily Telegraph From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court, this is the third instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth seriesAfter the coldest night of the year, they find the man's body. He is dangling from the Hanging Tree on the outskirts of a village near Lydmouth, with his trousers round his ankles. Is it suicide, murder, or accidental death resulting from some bizarre sexual practice?Journalist Jill Francis and Detective Inspector Thornhill become involved in the case in separate ways. Jill is also drawn unwillingly into the affairs of the small public school where the dead man taught. Meanwhile a Peeping Tom is preying upon Lydmouth; Jill has just moved into her own house and is afraid she is being watched. And there are more distractions, on a personal level, for policeman and reporter . . .'An excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chilling' The Times'The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today' Val McDermid 'There is no denying Taylor's talent, his prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries' Time Out
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  • Love: All That Matters

    By Mark Vernon
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    Mark Vernon
    Love: All That Matters argues that the modern view on love has been distorted by a fixation on romantic love that has depleted our resources for living through the darker sides of love, whereas in fact there are several ways in which humans give and experience love over the course of their lives and it is best to have access to them all.Vernon draws on science, psychology, philosophy and literature, to examine eight different kinds of love, each associated with a phase of human development. From infant narcissism and the emergence of eros, through puberty and the rush of romantic love, to the end of life and the love of God, this is a beguiling tour of the most mysterious force of all.This accessible and readable book will appeal to both students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to the psychology and philosophy of love - and what matters most about it.
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