Poirot, Holmes... Maude the Sheep? In Leonie Swann's fantastic debut mystery, Three Bags Full, the death of a shepherd is of interest not only to the nosy townspeople of his small Irish village, but to his prize sheep. George's flock is dismayed at his death and take it upon themselves to solve his murder. Using the knowledge they've gained from the detective stories George had read them every night they hunt for clues and sniff out suspects. Was it bible-thumping Beth, always condemning George for his lack of religion? Or the evil smelling butcher, aptly named Ham? Or was it another more mysterious force at work? Swann takes the traditional whodunit and gives it a fun fleecy spin. With smart prose, and some very smart sheep, the author manages to not only satisfyingly solve the mystery of the dead shepherd but draw a convincing portrait of the countryside and the characters (two, and four legged) who inhabit it.
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ISBN: 9780767927055
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Published: Crown - June 3rd, 2008

The Holy Thief by William Ryan is a thrilling mystery that fully realizes the dark time of fear and distrust that was Moscow in 1936, the year before Stalin's infamous purges. Captain Alexi Korolev is a good cop in a crooked system. Setting out to solve the murder of a woman tortured to death in a church, Korolev encounters soviet characters both real, Isaac Babel lives in his building, and ingeniously imagined, the chilling NKVD officer Gregorin. With a satisfyingly complicated plot involving stolen icons, Americans, and the mob, The Holy Thief leaves the reader anxiously awaiting Captain Korolev's next case.
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$24.99
ISBN: 9780312586454
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 31st, 2010

The author of last year’s wonderful The Glamour of Grammar, Roy Peter Clark has done it again—he has written a helpful, humorous, essential companion for writers of every stripe.  Help! For Writers (Little, Brown, $22.99) shares the best features of Glamour, including a clear and funny style, priceless insider tips, and a complete lack of pedantry. Clark addresses the twenty-one most common problems for writers, such us getting started, assessing progress, and improving the work. The chapters are helpful as well as inspirational, especially the final section, “Keeping the Faith.”  Help! For Writers is the perfect companion for every scribbler, whether aspiring or established.

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ISBN: 9780316126700
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - January 1st, 2013

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