Blue at the Mizzen ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to South Africa. The next novel, never completed, would have been the chronicle of that mission. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk at the time of his death are presented here.
On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. When it returned in October 1423, China was in chaos and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost was the knowledge that the Chinese had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan.
Menzies contends that a large Chinese fleet arrived in Tuscany in 1434 where they met with Pope Eugenius IV. A mass of information was given to the Pope concerning world maps, astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steel manufacture, civil engineering, military machines, surveying cartography, and genetics sparking the Renaissance.
In 18th century England, the murder of Sir Edward Crick sends a torrent of gossip breezing through Oxfordshire; although, aside from his sister, Lady Lydia Farrell, few mourn the young man. When her husband becomes the prime suspect in the murder, she enlists the help of Dr. Thomas Silkstone--an anatomist and pioneering forensic detective--to solve the murder and prove his innocence.
One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment. And yet, a concern for architecture is often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as a reminder of our full potential.
In Rome, a Caravaggio altar-piece disappears. In the vault of the Malevich Society in Paris, a treasured painting disappears. At the London National Gallery of Modern Art, the newest acquisition is stolen. Three apparently unrelated thefts have more in common than anyone imagines. An art investigator, a police inspector and a Scotland Yard inspector investigate.
Reggie and Nigel are close in age but worlds apart in personality. When Reggie leases an office on London’s Baker Street, he finds that the paperwork comes with a stipulation: he must receive and respond to letters sent to Sherlock Holmes, who once occupied the same address. Nigel becomes intrigued by one of the letters and suddenly disappears, leaving a dead body in his wake.
Cyril Fothingay-Phipps, known to his friends as Barmy, has made a poor decision. He has invested ten thousand dollars in a stage production that seems doomed from the start in order to be near the woman of his dreams -- Miss Dinty Moore. Will he find true love, or merely lose a fortune?
The North" is simultaneously a location, a direction, and a mystical concept. Although this concept has ancient roots in mythology, folklore, and fairy tales, it continues to resonate today within modern culture. McIntosh leads readers, chapter by chapter, through the magical and spiritual history of the North, as well as its modern manifestations, as documented through physical records, such as runestones and megaliths, but also through mythology and lore.
In these stories, a waiter divulges a shocking life of crime to his ex-wife; a woman repeats the story of her parents' unstable marriage; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping about the cuckolded man who tutors her, and a middle-aged accountant offers his reasons for ending a love affair. The author has an unflinching eye for the humanizing and dehumanizing aspects of life.
Enzo MacLeod has bet that he can crack seven cold murder cases. He has, in fact, solved the first two, but the third is far from his mind right now. He’s just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and he’s become the victim of someone who seems intent on destroying his life. Are his personal woes somehow connected to a brutal murder in Paris sixteen years ago?
After the execution of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI and the death of their son, the Dauphin, the Bourbon monarchy has at last been restored. But Police officer Vidocq, with his mastery of disguise and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld may be able to prove that the Dauphin lives, which could change the course of history.
When an airplane crashes into the sea, Daniel must decide to save himself or the woman he loves. After he escapes the plane an elusive figure guides him away from certain death. Back home in London, Daniel connects the figure with his great grandfather. As past and present collide, the fissures in his relationship with Nancy grow until he is given a chance to earn her forgiveness.
When top chef, Marc Fraysse, summoned the world's press to make a shattering announcement, rumors abounded that he was about to lose one of his three coveted Michelin stars. Instead, on arrival at his remote restaurant on a volcanic plateau in central France, they were greeted with the news that the troubled genius had been murdered, and the message he intended to deliver was never made.
A unique and astonishing biblical retelling of the story of Samson. The tale of a man who believes he is touched by the hand of God - then instructed by that God to slaughter his enemies. It is the story of Dalila, who figures at the centre of it all.
One of the world's fifty living autistic savants - individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats - is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story - and explain how his incredible mind works.
Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project. Barry Koehler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the scheme and informs famed Nazi hunter Yakov Liebermann, but before he can relay the evidence, Koehler is killed.
Hoping to recoup his losses after answering a misdirected letter to Sherlock Holmes, barrister Reggie Heath represents a limousine driver who has been accused of murdering two tourists, a case that is complicated by a letter from a descendant of Professor Moriarty.