Former London journalist Elspeth Reeves is trying to carve a new life for herself in the sleepy Oxfordshire countryside, until she’s sent to cover the excavation of a notorious local witch’s grave. Three hundred years ago, her name mixed up with murder and black magic, Agnes Levett was hanged and then buried under an immense stone, to prevent her spirit from ever rising again. Elspeth investigates, but soon finds there is far more to the old tale than meets the eye, as the surrounding area is rocked by a series of mysterious and brutal murders, all of people somehow connected with the dig. She and her childhood friend DS Peter Shaw race to uncover the truth, but secrets lain buried for centuries are not easily discovered.
After losing her job and her partner in one fell swoop, journalist Elspeth Reeves is back in her mother's house in the sleepy village of Wilsby-under-Wychwood, wondering where it all went wrong. Then a body is found in the neighbouring Wychwoods: a woman ritually slaughtered, with cryptic symbols scattered around her corpse. Elspeth recognizes these from a local myth of the Carrion King, a Saxon magician who once held a malevolent court deep in the forest. As more murders follow, Elspeth joins her childhood friend DS Peter Shaw to investigate, and the two discover sinister village secrets harking back decades.
The making of one of the world's most magical gardens
Author: Karen Hall,Peter Cooper
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
The garden at Wychwood, at the foot of the Great Western Tiers in northern Tasmania, is one of the world's most magical places. Wychwood combines Scandinavian design sensibilities with temperate-climate country-garden charm. And to top it off, the idyllic Mole Creek, which is home to brown trout and a platypus, runs through the back of the property. Wychwood commemorates a garden over 22 years in the making, brought to life by a very special family who dreamt of the simple life in Tasmania. The book details the evolution of the garden from bare paddock to world-class attraction, with its iconic labyrinth, espaliered fruit trees, naturalistic planted beds and curved, clipped lawns. It gives the reader insight into the techniques and secrets that make the design of this garden so successful, offering inspiration and encouragement at every turn, and for every level of gardener. Peter Cooper's beautiful and haunting photography captures how the garden has transformed with the changing seasons and settled into its surroundings.
Der Klassiker unter den Seefahrerepen: Horatio Hornblowers achtes Abenteuer. In der sturmumtosten Ostsee muss der Kommodore Hornblower gleich an zwei Fronten kämpfen: Durch geschickte Diplomatie gelingt es ihm, den russischen Zaren davon zu überzeugen, an der Seite Englands gegen Frankreich in den Krieg zu ziehen. Als aber Riga von Napoleons Truppen belagert wird und es zur unerbittlichen Schlacht kommt, ist es für Hornblower alles andere als sicher, ob auf das Wort des Zaren Verlass ist. Der achte Band der berühmten Romanserie um Horatio Hornblower, einem Meilenstein der maritimen Literatur, ist ein großes Seeabenteuer und ein Lesevergnügen, das bereits Generationen von Lesern begeistert hat.
Move over Miss Marple and make way for 30-something Olivia Hazlehurst. When this recent widow hires the handsome and much younger Perry, a slightly, mentally handicapped handyman, the two have no idea murders are about to forever change their lives. After the death of husband Charles, all Olivia wants is to live in the quaint village of Slapton-Under-Wychwood. However, she doesn't count on there being "quaint" murders there. Neither does she realize the dark-haired, blue-eyed Perry will rekindle once-buried feelings. Martin Buxley, bell ringer, is found hanging in a church steeple. At first thought to be suicide, Olivia Hazlehurst discovers he had every reason to live. Then Maria Pillcot, owner of the village art gallery, is seen by Perry, Olivia's mentally handicapped handyman, at Martin's house. Why is she at a dead man's home? Olivia is intrigued and so becomes involved. She finds herself facing an odd assortment of suspects. The local vicar behaves oddly. He's "not his usual self," as the gossipy owner of the bakeshop, Martha Barker, declares, who is also a suspect. Moreover, there is Henrietta Farnsworth, the victim's girlfriend, David Pillcot and Norah Dixon, the other two bell ringers. All of these could be suspects, as well. However, "Hen" is soon crossed off the list when Olivia finds her strangled in her car. At the scene of Hen's murder, Olivia first meets the prickly detective, Phyllida Vincent. There are other complications as Olivia attempts to solve the murders. She is increasingly attracted to young Perry, despite her best efforts. She must deal with Phyllida Vincent, who seems to resent her. Perry falls under suspicion of murder. A mysterious painting disappears. Always there is the pressing need to find the murderer before the killer decides to find her. Dead Ringer, a cozy murder mystery set in a contemporary bucolic village in the Cotswold area of England.