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The Beautiful Mystery
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250031125
Pages: 390
Year: 2013-07-02
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When the choir director of a monastery in Quâebec is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sãuretâe du Quâebec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.
Le beau mystère
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Éditions Actes Sud
ISBN: 2330087640
Pages: 448
Year: 2017-09-06T00:00:00+02:00
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Caché au creux d’une forêt sauvage du Québec, le monastère Saint-Gilbert-entre-les-Loups n’admet aucun étranger. Vingt-quatre moines y vivent cloîtrés. Ils cultivent des légumes, élèvent des poules, fabriquent du chocolat et prient... Ironiquement, la communauté qui a fait voeu de silence est devenue mondialement célèbre pour ses chants grégoriens, dont l’effet est si puissant qu’on le nomme “le beau mystère”. L’harmonie est rompue par l’assassinat du chef de choeur et l’intrusion de l’inspecteur Gamache et de son adjoint Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Les enquêteurs cherchent l’accroc dans ces vies consacrées à l’amour de Dieu, mais cette retraite forcée les place aussi face à leurs propres failles. Pour trouver le coupable, Gamache devra d’abord contempler le divin, l’humain, et la distance qui les sépare.
I Am Your Judge
Author: Nele Neuhaus
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1466882875
Pages: 416
Year: 2016-01-12
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Police Detective Pia Kirchhoff is about to leave on her long-delayed honeymoon when she receives a phone call from police headquarters: An elderly woman has been shot and killed while walking her dog. Neither her grieving daughter nor any of her acquaintances have an explanation for the horrifying murder. Ingeborg Rohlehder was well-liked and a generous, loving woman. A short while later, another murder is committed and the modus operandi is eerily similar — a woman is executed by a precisely aimed bullet to the head that smashes through her kitchen window while she is baking cookies . . . and in both cases the same weapon fired the shot from a distance only a trained sniper could manage. Two more murders follow in short order. None of the victims had enemies and no one knows why they were singled out. As fear of the Taunus Sniper grows among the local residents, the pressure rises on Detective Kirchhoff. She and her partner, Oliver von Bodenstein, search feverishly for a suspect who appears to murder at will, but soon realize that “The Judge,” as the sniper calls himself, seems to have a mission—a mission that has not reached its conclusion yet. As the investigation progresses, the police officers uncover a human tragedy that will shake them to the core. I am Your Judge is tightly plotted, and delivers surprise twists at every turn with a story that is ripped from the headlines.
Lumen
Author: Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 1904738664
Pages: 288
Year: 2011
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In Nazi-occupied Poland, an American priest and a Germany army captain investigate the murder of a nun, who had the gift of prophecy.
Listen to the Moon
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250042046
Pages: 352
Year: 2015-10-27
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1915. A young British boy and his father take in a lost girl, who the villagers suspect may be German.
The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publisher: Babelcube Inc.
ISBN: 1507198604
Pages: 290
Year: 2017-11-18
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The Little Prince is a work in French language, the most famous by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Published in 1943 in New York simultaneously in English and French, it’s a poetic and philosophical tale in the guise of a children's story. It has simple and uncluttered language, because it is intended to be understood by children, and, in fact, for the narrator, it is the preferred vehicle of a symbolic conception of life. Each chapter talks about a meeting of the little prince who leaves him perplexed about the absurd behavior of grown-ups. Each of these meetings can be read as an allegory. The watercolor paintings are part of the text and participate in this purity of language: simplicity and deepness are the key qualities of the work. You can read an invitation from the author to find the child in yourself, because all grown-ups were first children (but few of them remember). The book is dedicated to Léon Werth, but when he was a little boy.
The Cruelest Month
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1429939818
Pages: 320
Year: 2008-03-04
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"Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book's title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache's personal and professional challenges---making this the series standout so far." --Sarah Weinman Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . . When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil---until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along? Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.
Don't Believe a Word
Author: Patricia MacDonald
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 1780107501
Pages: 240
Year: 2016-05-01
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“MacDonald has written another terrific novel of psychological suspense, marked by well-developed, sympathetic characters and excellent, tightly paced ¬plotting. Tami Hoag and Francine Mathews fans will devour” Library Journal Starred Review A daughter sets out to discover the truth about her mother’s death in this absorbing novel of psychological suspense. Eden Radley had a strained relationship with her mother ever since Tara deserted the family nine years before to run off with her much younger lover. But when she’s told that her mother has killed herself and her severely disabled young son, Eden’s half-brother, Eden is ridden with guilt. For her mother had tried to get in touch with her on the night she died, and Eden had ignored her text. Was Tara calling for help? Heading to Cleveland, Ohio, for the funeral, Eden discovers there was so much she didn’t know about her mother, nor about her enigmatic, troubled stepfather Flynn Darby. And the more she learns, the more convinced she becomes that Tara’s death was no suicide. Could Flynn really be guilty of murder ...?
The Brutal Telling
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 142995535X
Pages: 384
Year: 2009-09-22
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Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him? As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures— from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "WOE" woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061763403
Pages: 304
Year: 2009-03-17
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Voted by the British Crime Writers’ Association as the "Best Crime Novel of all Time" Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christie’s ten favorite novels, The Murder of Rojer Ackroyd. Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with an apparent drug overdose. However the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information, but before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death. Luckily one of Roger’s friends and the newest resident to retire to this normally quiet village takes over—none other than Monsieur Hercule Poirot.
A Trick of the Light
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1429972890
Pages: 352
Year: 2011-08-30
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A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011 A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011 "Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are too rich, her grasp of nuance and human psychology too firm...." --Booklist (starred review) "Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead." But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.
A Fatal Grace
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1429967242
Pages: 320
Year: 2007-05-15
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Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel! Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed? With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.
The ‘Delie'
Author: Maurice Sceve
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107639743
Pages: 522
Year: 2013-11-14
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Maurice Scève (c.1500-c.1564) was a French poet and a key French Renaissance literary figure. Originally published in 1966, this edition of Scève's 1544 poetic cycle Délie, objet de plus haulte vertu was prepared specifically for English-speaking students. The poems are presented in French, with an extensive introduction and detailed textual notes in English. Textual analysis focuses more on 'the mechanism of the individual poem, so that sources and contemporary habits of rhetoric are considered in the first place as elements of the poetic effect'. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in French poetry and Renaissance literature.
Sandrine's Case
Author: Thomas H. Cook
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802193528
Pages: 352
Year: 2013-08-06
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Thomas H. Cook offers one of his most compelling novels ever in Sandrine's Case, in which a college professor falls in love with his wife all over again...while on trial for her murder. Samuel Madison always wondered what Sandrine saw in him. He was a meek, stuffy doctorate student, and she a brilliant, beautiful, bohemian with limitless talents and imagination. On the surface their relationship and marriage semed perfectly tranquil: jobs at the same small, liberal arts college, a precocious young daughter, a home filled with art and literature, and trips to some of the world's most beautiful cities and towns. And then one night Sandrine is found dead in their bed and Samuel is accused of her murder. As the truth about their often tumultuous relationship comes to light, Samuel must face a town and media convinced of his guilt, a daughter whose faith in her father has been shaken to its core, and astonishing revelations about his wife that make him fall in love with her for a second time. A searing novel about love lost and rediscovered, from one of our greatest chroniclers of the human heart.
Les Miserables, Volume I
Author: Victor Hugo
Publisher:
ISBN: 0986400661
Pages: 594
Year: 2016-01-26
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Volume one of five The unabridged form of this story runs to over 1,900 pages in either French or English, necessitating multiple volumes of this bilingual edition, which is designed to assist those learning French. The original French text appears on the right-hand pages of the book, with the corresponding English translation on the left-hand pages. Other bilingual books available from Sleeping Cat Books: "The Picture of Dorian Gray Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe Fables of Jean de La Fontaine Candide Shakespeare's Sonnets New Fairy Tales for Small Children The Tales of Mother Goose The Count of Monte Cristo The Last of the Mohicans Madame Bovary"