Snarky, delicious fun! The Camilla Randall mysteries are a laugh-out-loud mashup of romantic comedy, crime fiction, and satire.
Perennially down-and-out socialite Camilla Randall is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but she always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way. Usually with more than a little help from her gay best friend, Plantagenet Smith.
This prequel to the Camilla mysteries romps through the glitzy 1980s, when 19-year-old Camilla loses everything: her fortune, her gay best friend, and eventually her freedom.
When she's falsely accused of a TV star's murder, she discovers she's made of sterner stuff than anyone imagined--herself included.
In typical Anne R. Allen fashion, the plot twists and turns from one hilarious misadventure to another, leading to a finish sure to catch the reader by surprise.
"…while laugh-out-loud funny, it carries a message about how we view ourselves and how others' views of us may conflict, yet make us grow."
"An engaging Hollywood caper set during the 1980's pits a fashionable New York debutante against a hard-nosed reporter who's had a bad day. I don't even know what to classify this book as -- thriller, romance, comedy, drama, whodunit, who's going to do it -- it has everything!”
"Fans of Marian Keyes will love Camilla!"
Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life."In rural Kansas, I asked our motel desk clerk for the name of the best restaurant in the area. After mulling it over, he answered: 'I'd have to say the Texaco, 'cuz the Shell don't have no microwave.'"Throughout his career, Bill Geist's most popular stories have been about slightly odd but loveable individuals. Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land is Way Off the Road, a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist's segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Written in the deadpan style that has endeared him to millions, Geist shares tales of eccentric individuals, such as the ninety-three-year-old pilot-paperboy who delivers to his far-flung subscribers by plane; the Arizona mailman who delivers mail via horseback down the walls of the Grand Canyon; the Muleshoe, Texas, anchorwoman who delivers the news from her bedroom (occasionally wearing her bathrobe); and the struggling Colorado entrepreneur who finds success employing a sewer vacuum to rid Western ranchers of problematic prairie dogs. Geist also takes us to events such as the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (celebrating an inspiring bird that survived decapitation, hired an agent, and went on the road for eighteen months) and Sundown Days in Hanlontown, Iowa, where the town marks the one day a year when the sun sets directly between the railroad tracks.Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical, and anything but boring.
Buried Alive (1908) is a witty satire by Arnold Bennett about a shy painter. Excerpt from the book: "The peculiar angle of the earth's axis to the plane of the ecliptic—that angle which is chiefly responsible for our geography and therefore for our history—had caused the phenomenon known in London as summer. The whizzing globe happened to have turned its most civilized face away from the sun, thus producing night in Selwood Terrace, South Kensington. No. 91 was one of about ten thousand similar houses between South Kensington Station and North End Road. With its grimy stucco front, its cellar kitchen, its hundred stairs and steps, its perfect inconvenience, and its conscience heavy with the doing to death of sundry general servants, it uplifted tin chimney-cowls to heaven and gloomily awaited the day of judgment for London houses, sublimely ignoring the axial and orbital velocities of the earth. You felt that No. 91 was unhappy."
‘Eating Peaches is a joy to read – warm, wise and deliciously funny! All in all a real peach. If you're looking for the perfect summer read, look no further.’
This is another funny, heartwarming, romantic rollercoaster from well-loved Irish romance writer Tara Heavey.
Some people dream of rural life in a pretty little cottage. Not Elena. At 29, she’s a high-flying city lawyer with glossy blonde hair, a wardrobe full of power suits and a top-of-the-range sports car.
And now her silver fox of a boss is promising he’ll give her the promotion of her dreams. But there’s a catch. First, she has to set up a new office for him in his sleepy home town of Ballyknock, hours from the nearest decent double espresso.
Elena is horrified at first, but it’s not all bad. For a start, she gets a break from Paul, her germophobic, obsessively tidy boyfriend. And much to her surprise, she discovers Ballyknock is beautiful, and the villagers are warm and welcoming. Better still, the local publican has seven fine sons, including gorgeous Jack and flirtatious Matt.
As she gets to grips with life in a cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere, Elena starts to wonder what her heart really needs. The more time she spends in Ballyknock, the more it seems that true love might wait where she least expects it.
A delightfully absurd blend of crime, comedy, and social commentary: “A wild novel of black humor . . . Wonderful” (The New York Times). Meet Gascoyne, a man who spends whole weeks in his car, eating, sleeping, and conducting his business via mobile phone. Gascoyne has found a new preoccupation―hunting down the killer of his business associate (last seen slithering away from the crime scene in a tree-sloth costume), and finding out how the southern California megalopolis has suddenly, despite all his power and prestige, slipped out of his grasp. “A mix of Sam Spade played by Inspector Clouseau plus Howard Hughes played by Dr. Strangelove—or all of them played by Bill Murray. In 1966 Gascoyne does what everybody does now: spends most of his time in his car talking on the phone . . . Our least-known great comic novel, a novel as prophetic as it is hilarious.” —The Austin Chronicle
In one volume, three edgy novels set in Vancouver: “If you like your crime hard and fast, Kalteis is for you.” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto). This collection features three of Dietrich Kalteis’s action-packed and darkly humorous crime novels, all set in the Canadian city of Vancouver: Ride the Lightning, Triggerfish, and The Deadbeat Club. Ride the Lightning: Dope dealer Miro seizes an opportunity to settle a score with a bounty hunter while working a major drug deal. What follows is a ride through Vancouver’s underbelly with a cast of characters whose ambition exceeds their criminal acumen. Triggerfish: In this “high-octane tale [that] will suit hardcore crime fans,” Rene Beckman, a dishonored ex-cop, has only two things on his mind: his new boat, the Triggerfish, and his hot date, an environmentalist named Vicki (Publishers Weekly). When the two unknowingly dock the boat in the same secluded cove as a Mexican cartel’s submarine, the date ends with a bang. The Deadbeat Club: In this “fast-paced thrill ride,” Grey Stevens has taken over the family business from his late uncle, and now he grows the best pot in Whistler (Publishers Weekly). Everybody wants to get their hands on it, including the two rival gangs coming to town. When Grey rescues a girl from a beating at the hands of one of the gang members, he finds himself in the middle of a turf war and a new relationship at the same time. “Kalteis will be deservedly compared to Elmore Leonard, but he is an original voice.” —John McFetridge, author of the Toronto Series
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