As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that the toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store. The police are understandably skeptical of this tale but Richard's former schoolmate, Gervase Fen (Oxford professor and amateur detective), knows that truth is stranger than fiction (in fiction, at least). Soon the intrepid duo are careening around town in hot pursuit of clues but just when they think they understand what has happened, the disappearing-toyshop mystery takes a sharp turn…Erudite, eccentric and entirely delightful – Before Morse, Oxford's murders were solved by Gervase Fen, the most unpredictable detective in classic crime fiction.
Bet I'm the last person you expected to get a card from. The island is hot and beautiful and brilliant, but you were 80% right about Davinia. No--90% right. She's totally self-centered and she's trying to force me to date this creep I'd sooner slit my wrists because I'm in love with someone else. He's gorgeous but he hates me. Aren't holidays supposed to be relaxing? Abby, I wish we hadn't fallen out. Maybe see you when I get back?
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Paper play is both creative and educational fun that children can't get enough of. In constructing easy to make shapes, children create a fascinating world, while developing dexterity and spatial imagination. In other words, the cut-outs presented within make Big Ideas for Little People the most engaging activity book you can introduce to your child. The animal and vehicle shapes found on these pages can be created by your child without any help from an adult...and no need for glue or scissors. The patterns, clear instructions and pre-made pop-out shapes make it easy for little hands to manipulate these fun shapes. The simple stories on each page are an added attraction and suggest how to make the paper models come alive! These three magnificent books are an occasion for children to create their own toys. With the first book, children will be encouraged to discover a farm: ripening fruit in the orchard, vegetables growing in the garden, mooing cows, bleating sheep, grunting pigs and cackling chickens. In second book, they will learn the secrets of wild animals through short descriptions placed amongst the illustrations. And finally, in the third book, motor vehicles and machines will be presented-cars, lorries, and heavy duty machines amongst others. Reading about farm animals, wild animals and vehicles will give parents a great opportunity to join children at play and spend some quality time with them.
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