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Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me
C.M. Rubin
0769632998
September 2005
Hardcover
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Full Dark House
Christopher Fowler
0553587145
May 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
It's no surprise to find plenty of gothic touches in British author Fowler's debut mystery, the first in a series, given the renown of his horror fiction (Rune, etc.). When 80-year-old police detective Arthur Bryant gets blown up in an explosion at the North London Peculiar Crimes Unit headquarters, his longtime partner, John May, investigates his death. After some long, lecturing dialogue and an early chapter told from the viewpoint of a character who turns out to be of no consequence, the author reaches the core of his story—a flashback to the duo's first case during the London Blitz. In late 1940, the Palace Theatre is staging a production of Orpheus in the Underworld when the body of a dancer is found, sans feet. From this point forward, the intrigues of the theater murders, which decimate the cast,...


Seventy-Seven Clocks
Christopher Fowler
0553587153
November 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in 1973, Fowler's bloody and compelling third mystery to feature eccentric London detectives Arthur Bryant and John May details how the pair first joined Scotland Yard's Peculiar Crimes Unit. The murders Bryant and May investigate more than fit the unit's mission to handle cases outside the norm—an elderly lawyer is found poisoned in a hotel lobby, apparently from a snake bite, while other victims are killed by toxic makeup and a starved tiger. The odd sleuthing couple find that these terrifying crimes are all connected with the strange Whitstable family, whose Victorian patriarch founded a bizarre group called the Alliance of Eternal Light. Fans of the previous books in the series, Full Dark House and The Water Room, will appreciate the portrait of a younger Bryant and May, but even they are likely to...


The Water Room
Christopher Fowler
0553587161
March 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Traditional mystery buffs with a taste for the offbeat will relish British author Fowler's wonderful second contemporary whodunit featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit and its elderly odd couple, Arthur Bryant and John May (after 2004's Full Dark House). A former colleague asks the eccentric Bryant, whose lack of polish coupled with a razor-sharp mind will remind many of Carter Dickson's Sir Henry Merrivale, to investigate his sister's death. Incredibly, the victim was found dead in her basement, apparently drowned, despite the absence of any moisture on her body or her surroundings. Bryant rapidly loops in his more down-to-earth partner, May, who has also been looking into a mystery with a personal connection—the unusual nocturnal ramblings of a disgraced academic who has begun probing...


Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me
C. M. Rubin
1577684125
August 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-A girl whose name is Eleanor is called everything from Punch to Elbow Macaroni by the various members of her family, and she imagines, in turn, elaborate scenarios of the different future roles she would play if she assumed each name and persona. Finally, the nicknaming hits an all-time low ("We'll call you E. It's just so wee"), and the heroine takes charge of the situation, announcing what she would like to be called. It's a welcome resolution that reflects assertiveness any child would admire. The everyday sort of dilemma is one that listeners with or without nicknames will appreciate, and there's enough fun and bounce to make up for the rather message-y emphasis on identity. The utilitarian cartoon-style illustrations are reminiscent of those in beginning-reader series, using...


The Water Room
Christopher Fowler
0553803891
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Traditional mystery buffs with a taste for the offbeat will relish British author Fowler's wonderful second contemporary whodunit featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit and its elderly odd couple, Arthur Bryant and John May (after 2004's Full Dark House). A former colleague asks the eccentric Bryant, whose lack of polish coupled with a razor-sharp mind will remind many of Carter Dickson's Sir Henry Merrivale, to investigate his sister's death. Incredibly, the victim was found dead in her basement, apparently drowned, despite the absence of any moisture on her body or her surroundings. Bryant rapidly loops in his more down-to-earth partner, May, who has also been looking into a mystery with a personal connection—the unusual nocturnal ramblings of a disgraced academic who has begun probing...


The Devil in Me, Vol. 1
Christopher Fowler
1852426861
February 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Although Fowler is best known as the author of Soho Black, the City Jitters collections and other exercises in urban horror, this new compilation shows the darkness of those works to be but one tone in his colorfully varied palette. To be sure, the book features solid chillers that rank with the best of his horror writing. "At Home in the Pubs of Old London" is a disarmingly oblique tale of psychopathology related as a nostalgic travelogue of London watering holes. "The Look" translates the outrageous demands of fashion modeling into a blend of physical horror and social satire. In most of the 12 selections, though, Fowler uses the wit and black comedy typical of his bleaker fiction to sculpt moods ranging from the subtle suspense of "Living Proof" to the giddy whimsy of "Something for Your Monkey," a delightful...


Full Dark House
Christopher Fowler
0553803875
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
It's no surprise to find plenty of gothic touches in British author Fowler's debut mystery, the first in a series, given the renown of his horror fiction (Rune, etc.). When 80-year-old police detective Arthur Bryant gets blown up in an explosion at the North London Peculiar Crimes Unit headquarters, his longtime partner, John May, investigates his death. After some long, lecturing dialogue and an early chapter told from the viewpoint of a character who turns out to be of no consequence, the author reaches the core of his story—a flashback to the duo's first case during the London Blitz. In late 1940, the Palace Theatre is staging a production of Orpheus in the Underworld when the body of a dancer is found, sans feet. From this point forward, the intrigues of the theater murders, which decimate the cast,...


Ten Second Staircase
Christopher Fowler
0553804499
June 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After the somewhat disappointing Seventy-seven Clocks (2005), British author Fowler smoothly blends humor, deduction and social commentary in his fourth oddball whodunit to pay homage to John Dickson Carr and other golden age masters of the impossible crime story. Besides matching a bizarre series of crimes with a logical and plausible fair-play solution, the novel features a high level of psychological complexity, especially in its detectives, the elderly eccentrics Arthur Bryant (who clearly channels Carr's brilliant curmudgeon, Sir Henry Merrivale) and John May. With the pair's beloved Peculiar Crimes Unit on the brink of extinction, Bryant and May must both resolve a cold case featuring the Leicester Square Vampire, whose victims included May's own daughter, and identify the Highwayman, who specializes in...


Personal Demons
Christopher Fowler
1852425970
November 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A damp, cold wind blows through these 17 resolutely British, chillingly cerebral horror stories. Fowler's (Roofworld, etc.) narrative locus?the moment when "logical events lurch into alarming disarray, and all the human mind can do is try to cope"?is unbloodied but psychologically addled. The Orwellian story "Wage $laves" (recent winner of the British Fantasy Award) confirms our fears about technology when a "smart building" designed for perfect efficiency drives its occupants mad, forcing them to resort to the most drastic measures to reestablish equilibrium. Londoners facing a new Ice Age in the literally chilling "Inner Fire" find, after 22 years without warmth, that "the milk of human kindness had been the first thing to freeze." Although the author touches on the supernatural in almost half of the stories,...


Breathe
Christopher Fowler
1903889677
November 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
An original and horrific slice of urban terror from one of the masters of the genre. All is not well at SymaxCorp. The work is piled high, people are toiling overnight to meet deadlines, and the supervisors are keeping their beady eyes on everyone. But staff are complaining of feeling sick, and the last health and safety officer disappeared one evening never to be seen again. It's down to new boy Ben, together with temp Miranda, kick-boxing Meera and overweight June to try and get to the bottom of the problem. As colleagues are progressively transformed into mindless, blood crazed zombies, Ben and his friends discover that there really is something in the air.

From the Author
Catching Your Breath A word of warning. If you're at all familiar with my writing, the following...


Neolithic of the Irish Sea: Materiality and Traditions of Practice (Cardiff Studies in Archaeology)
Vicki Cummings
1842171097
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This collection of 24 papers aims to reconsider the nature and significance of the Irish Sea as an area of cultural interaction during the Neolithic period. The traditional character of work across this region has emphasised the existence of prehistoric contact, with sea routes criss-crossing between Ireland, the Isle of Man, Anglesey and the British mainland. A parallel course of investigation, however, has demonstrated that the British and Irish Neolithics were in many ways different, with distinct indigenous patterns of activity and social practices. The recent emphasis on regional studies has further produced evidence for parallel yet different processes of cultural change taking place throughout the British Isles as a whole. This volume brings together some of these regional perspectives and compares them across...


Demonized
Christopher Fowler
1852428481
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
As our lives and deaths grow ever stranger, housewives, students and executives all find themselves in situations that become increasingly disturbing. Strange things don't only happen when you are asleep. Fowler's powerful narratives are subtly affecting and will make you think again about the way you look at the world around you.Christopher Fowler runs The Creative Partnership, a film promotion company in London. He is the author of 10 novels, as well as numerous screenplays and the collections of short stories Personal Demons and The Devil in Me.

About the Author
Christopher Fowler is the author of ten novels, as well as numerous screenplays and collections of short stories. In 1998 he won the BFS Best Short Story of the Year and three of his novels - Roofworld, Psychoville...

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