The story recounts the lives of three generations of remarkable Chinese women. Their journey takes them from the poverty of village life in mainland China to prosperous 1930s Hong Kong and then to the UK. Tse's grandmother worked as an amah after the murder of her father; Lily opened a restaurant in Manchester - and lost it to gambling and the Triads.
Constable Nick continues to deal with the diverse incidents that arise in Aidensfield. There's the family who are locked out of their home; and the burglar who leaves notes saying he could have stolen everything. Claude Jeremiah Greengrass reports the theft of two tons of door knockers, and the family of a drowned man refuses to bury him.
Kay Scarpetta moves to South Carolina to offer crime scene investigation and autopsies to communities lacking access to these services. A woman is murdered in her beach home, the body of an abused boy is found in a marsh and a teen tennis star is found nude and mutilated. Scarpetta has dealt with brutal crimes before but never a string this baffling or terrifying.
Waiting for her glamorous life as a photographer to begin and struggling to make ends meet, Kristin Burns works full-time as the nanny for the fabulously wealthy Turnbull family. When her photographs are considered by an elite art gallery and the man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps Kristin ignores all signs of the catastrophe that is brewing.
Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, a literary journalist recounts how attitudes, parenting, and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries' education results.
A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, DC has the whole East Coast on edge. As victims are made into gruesome spectacles, inducing a media hysteria, it becomes clear to Alex Cross that the man he's after is seeking fame. The killer has the whole city on a string, and he'll stop at nothing to become the most terrifying star that the nation's capital has ever seen.
A lady with a passion for music and the maestro she challenges in pursuit of a worthy cause find themselves battling villains both past and present as they fight to secure life's greatest rewards -- love, marriage, and family.
Detective Alex Cross is thwarted at every turn while he attempts to investigate the abduction of the president's son and daughter and also discovers a deadly contagion released in the capital's water supply that foreshadows a larger, more devastating attack.
Hetty Heinrich is keen to play her part in the Thousand Year Reich. But she never imagines that all she believes will come into conflict when she encounters Walter, who stirs dangerous feelings in her.
Wizard detective Harry Dresden is in a tough spot--he's dead. Murdered by an unknown assassin, Harry is no less determined to help his imperiled friends. The problem is he must do it without any assistance from magic. And complicating matters further, several dark spirits are roaming Chicago, looking for revenge against their powerless adversary.
Saint Ambrose Prep is a place where the wealthy send their children for the best possible education, with teachers and administrators from the Ivy League and graduates who become future lawyers, politicians, filmmakers, and CEOs. Traditionally a boys-only school, Saint Ambrose has just enrolled one hundred and forty female students for the first time. While most of the kids on the campus have all the privilege in the world, some are struggling, wounded by their parents' bitter divorces, dealing with insecurity and loneliness. In such a heightened environment, even the smallest spark can become a raging fire. One day after the school's annual Halloween event, a student lies in the hospital, her system poisoned by dangerous levels of alcohol. Everyone in this sheltered community -- parents, teachers, students, police, and the media -- are left trying to figure out what actually happened. Only the handful of students who were there when she was attacked truly know the answers and they have vowed to keep one another's secrets. As details from the evening emerge, powerful families are forced to hire attorneys and less powerful families watch helplessly. Parents' marriages are jeopardized, and students' futures are impacted. No one at Saint Ambrose can escape the fallout of a life-altering event.
To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose; it is summer in Scotland Street (as it always is) and for the habitu's of Edinburgh's favourite street some extraordinary adventures lie in waiting. For the impossibly vain Bruce Anderson -- he of the clove-scented hair gel -- it may finally be time to settle down, and surely it can only be a question of picking the lucky winner from the hordes of his admirers. The Duke of Johannesburg is keen to take his flight of fancy, a microlite seaplane, from the drawing board to the skies. Big Lou is delighted to discover that her young foster son has a surprising gift for dance but she is faced with big decisions to make on his and her futures. And with Irene now away to pursue her research in Aberdeen, her husband, Stuart, and infinitely long-suffering son, Bertie, are free to play. Stuart rekindles an old friendship over peppermint tea whilst Bertie and his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson get more they bargained for from their trip to the circus. And that s just the start ...Take a few minutes to relax with a cup of tea of your favourite tea and savour the affairs of the world in microcosm, teeming with life's loves and challenges. Little dramas writ large by the master chronicler of modern life and manners.
Eileen Jackson was happy to set aside her own dreams to raise a family with her husband, Paul. Together they built an ordinary life in a Connecticut town, the perfect place for their kids to grow up. But when Eileen discovers that Paul's late nights in the city are hiding an affair with a younger woman, she begins to question all those years of sacrifice and compromise. On the brink of forty and wondering what she's going to do with the rest of her life, is it too late for her to start over? Ultimately, Eileen decides to chase her own dreams. She's off to Paris to attend Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. What awaits is an adventure that reinvents her life and redefines her. At every age, there are challenges to be met and new worlds to discover.