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Temperówka kum z pojemnikiem fluorescencyjna 210K Fish - 2846487509

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Temperówka kum z pojemnikiem fluorescencyjna 210K Fish

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Born in Exile a Novel, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint) - 2849856115

61,94 zł

Born in Exile a Novel, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint) Forgotten Books

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Excerpt from Born in Exile a Novel, Vol. 3 The cuckoo clock in Mrs. Roots's kitchen had just struck three. A wind roared from the north-east, and light thickened beneath a sky which made threat of snow. Peak was in a mood to enjoy the crackling fire; he settled himself with a book in his easy-chair, and thought with pleasure of two hours' reading, before the appearance of the homely teapot. Christmas was just over - one cause of the feeling of relief and quietness which possessed him. No one had invited him for Christmas Eve or the day that followed, and he did not regret it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


Light - 2845361598

84,99 zł


Książki Obcojęzyczne>Angielskie>Children

A Graphic Novel That Follows A Pair Of Adventurers On An Epic Quest To Collect Five Magic Gems From Deep Inside The Earth And Bring Them To The Surface To Return Color To The World. On The Way They Carry Fire-lit Torches Through Secret Places, Swim In Cle


In Borrowed Light - 2849847314

64,95 zł

In Borrowed Light HARVILL SECKER

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Set in the magnificent by unpredictable wilds of Kenya, this is the final part of the }Langani Trilogy{, following the stories of 3 strong women and the history of the country they love. A major commercial novel, following the success of }Blood Sisters{ and }A Durable Fire{.


Did You Ever Have a Family - 2826964519

67,16 zł

Did You Ever Have a Family Jonathan Cape Ltd

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This book of dark secrets opens with a blaze. On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's world is destroyed when her entire family - her daughter, her daughter's fiance, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke - all die in a house fire, with June the only survivor. She drives away, stricken and alone, from her small Connecticut town to a beach on the Pacific Northwest, and in the turbulence of grief and gossip left in her wake we slowly make sense of the unimaginable. The novel is a gathering of voices, and each testimony has a new revelation about what led to the catastrophe - the wedding caterer who never got paid; the teenage pothead; the staff in the motel where June lives like a ghost; Luke's mother, the town's pariah - everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves caught in the undertow, as their secret histories finally come to light. Elegant and devastating, and one of the most accomplished first novels of the year, Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable story that reveals humanity at its worst and best, through loss and love, fracture and forgiveness. At the book's heart is the idea of family - the ones we are born with and the ones we create.


American post-apocalyptic novels (Book Guide) - 2826691559

109,46 zł

American post-apocalyptic novels (Book Guide) Books on Demand

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Source: Wikipedia. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 84. Chapters: The Wanderer, I Am Legend, Alas, Babylon, The Postman, The Stand, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Passage, Earth Abides, World War Z, The Hunger Games, Swan Song, Catching Fire, The Iron Dream, Dies the Fire, Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, The Road, Left Behind, Pebble in the Sky, Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb, Dead Heat, Lords of the Psychon, One Second After, The Last Ship, The Years of Rice and Salt, Emergence, The Dead and the Gone, Lucifer's Hammer, The Long Loud Silence, The Genocides, The Gate to Women's Country, Tribulation Force, A Meeting at Corvallis, Assassins, Resurrection Day, Soul Harvest, Apollyon, The Indwelling, The Diamond of Darkhold, Monster Island, Nicolae, The Remnant, Glorious Appearing, Armageddon, The People of Sparks, The Valley-Westside War, Arc Light, The Long Tomorrow, Desecration, Amnesia Moon, Engine Summer, Out of the Ashes, The Unincorporated Man, Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, The Moon Maid, Eternity Road, The Scarlet Plague, Signal to Noise, The Fifth Sacred Thing, In High Places, Monster Planet, Ship Breaker, The Star-Crowned Kings, The Last Centurion, Monster Nation, The Children's Hospital, The Aftermath, The Last Jihad, A Signal Shattered. Excerpt: The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It demonstrates the scenario in his earlier short story, Night Surf. The novel was originally published in 1978 and was later re-released in 1990 as The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition; King restored some text originally cut for brevity, added and revised sections, changed the setting of the story from 1980 (which in turn was changed to 1985 for the original paperback release in 1980) to 1990, and updated a few pop culture references accordingly. The Stand was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979, and was adapted into both a television miniseries for ABC and a graphic novel published by Marvel Comics. The book is dedicated to King's wife, Tabitha: "For my wife Tabitha: This dark chest of wonders." The novel is divided into three parts, or books. The first is titled "Captain Trips" and takes place over nineteen days, with the escape and spread of a human-made biological weapon, a superflu (influenza) virus known formally as "Project Blue" but most commonly as "Captain Trips" (among some other colloquialisms). While the base tries to shut down before any infected person can escape, a security malfunction allows a guard and his family to sneak out. Unfortunately, they are already infected, and release an epidemic, which quickly turns into a pandemic, that leads directly to the death of an estimated 99.4% of the world's human population. King outlines the total breakdown and destruction of society through widespread violence, the failure of martial law to contain the outbreak, and eventually the death of virtually the entire population. The human toll is also dealt with, as the few survivors must care for their families and friends, dealing with confusion and grief as their loved ones succumb to the flu. The expanded edition opens with a prologue titled "The Circle Opens" that offers greater detail into the circumstances surrounding the development of the vi


Vladimír Nabokov - Lolita - 2826625498

45,94 zł

Vladimír Nabokov - Lolita VIKING

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Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" is one of the best-known novels of the 20th century: the controversial story of Humbert Humbert who falls in love with twelve year old Lolita, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of my tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.' Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, frustrated college professor. In love with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Lolita, he'll do anything to possess her. Unable and unwilling to stop himself, he is prepared to commit any crime to get what he wants. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? "A masterpiece. One of the great works of art of our age". ("Independent"). "You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent". (Martin Amis, "Observer"). "Redeeming, splendid, headlong, endlessly comic and evocative". (John Updike). "Lolita is more the shocking because it is both intensely lyrical and wildly funny ...a Medusa's head with trick paper snakes". ("Time"). "His command of words, his joy in them, his comic and ecstatic use of them ...makes reading his work such an intense joy". ("Daily Telegraph"). "A great novel...It widens our own humanity". ("Guardian"). "There's no funnier monster in modern literature than poor, doomed Humbert Humbert. Going to hell in his company would always be worth the ride". ("Independent"). Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, before moving to Berlin in 1922. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian emigre writers. In 1940 he moved with his wife and son to America, where he worked as a lecturer and professor until he retired from teaching in 1959. Nabokov published his first novel in English, "The Real Life of Sebastian Knight", in 1941. His other books include "Ada"; "Laughter in the Dark"; "Despair"; "Pnin"; "Nabokov's Dozen"; "Invitation to a Beheading"; "Mary"; "Bend Sinister"; "Glory"; "Pale Fire"; "The Gift"; "The Luzhin Defense" and "Lolita", which brought him worldwide fame. In 1973 he was awarded the American National Medal for Literature. Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977.


"Adolf Hitler" THE EVIL - 2826661106

89,02 zł

"Adolf Hitler" THE EVIL Books on Demand

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Neubacher makes to a subject of discussion the "Evil" in the former Fuehrer of the German people and moreover gives answers to up to this day unanswered Questions:- What consequences on Hitler s life did the bite of the "Billy Goat of Leonding" into the genitals of the then nine year old "Adi" have?- What influence did Hitler s "Youth Years in Vienna" have on his personal development towards becoming Germany s Fuehrer , as mankind knows him today?- Where does Hitler s unfathomable hatred and unrestrained will of destruction of Jews and everyone who didn t follow his opinion come from?- Why, how and under which circumstances did his so dearly loved niece "Geli" Raubal die?Into the scene of action, the author skillfully integrates a highly intelligent species on a "far distant Earth", which is observing the entire events on the Earth of the Humans with greatest of interest, without however intervening directly and yet the millions of light years distant observers of the terrible happenings about Adolf Hitler show us- what they look like and- what feats they are capable of, resulting from their overwhelming technology.As a kind of gift they also solve the age-old secret of the origin of life on our earth and tell us people where we come from.Towards the end of the book, the author draws up a "scenario of terror": H. Neubacher shows, how the then Fuehrer of the Germans nearly had managed by a hair s breadth and without transition, in the year 1943 to provoke a 3rd World War from the 2nd World war and to cover the entire Earth with the fire of war.This novel was written in honour of a nearly unknown soldier of the 3rd Reich. The insignificant lance corporal Eugen Wasner in 1943 told his comrades on the Eastern Front the story of "The bite of the Billy Goat of Leonding". He, Wasner, was present at the juvenile foul deed, when his school friend "Adi" urinated into the animal s mouth.The Chancellor and Warlord Hitler terribly punished Wasner for his spreading of this story from childhood days. But the revenge of the abused animal kept catching up with the mighty Fuehrer , like a poetic justice, again and again during his entire life.A thrilling book ,which in the form of a novel, follows the historic events between 1919 and 1945 very vividly and informatively with a large number of new points of view and up to now unknown facts, endeavoring to help shed some light on the transfigured and mystical "picture of Hitler".


Prison films (Film Guide) - 2847572389

151,75 zł

Prison films (Film Guide) Books LLC, Reference Series

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Source: Wikipedia. Commentary (films not included). Pages: 154. Chapters: The Shawshank Redemption, Half Past Dead, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, The Big House, Midnight Express, Kiss of the Spider Woman, In the Name of the Father, Thunderbolt, Runaway Train, Two-Way Stretch, American History X, Cool Hand Luke, The Hurricane, A Clockwork Orange, Alien 3, Civil Brand, Chicago, The Last Castle, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, Out of Sight, The Longest Yard, A Prophet, The Green Mile, Gamer, Made in Britain, Naked Gun 33ż: The Final Insult, 3 Deewarein, Law Abiding Citizen, Blood In Blood Out, Stir Crazy, Hunger, Scum, American Me, Das Experiment, Life, No Escape, Undisputed III: Redemption, Lockdown, I Love You Phillip Morris, I Want to Live!, Escape from Alcatraz, The New Guy, Fortress, Carandiru, Chopper, Brute Force, Cell 211, The Criminal Code, Bangkok Hilton, The United States of Leland, Brokedown Palace, Undisputed II: Last Man Standing, Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight, Holes, Let's Go to Prison, Stoic, A Man Escaped, Stranger Inside, Bad Boys, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Experiment, Ernest Goes to Jail, Big Stan, Each Dawn I Die, Lock Up, Turn the Key Softly, Murder in the First, Papillon, Fortress 2: Re-Entry, Boys' Reformatory, Bronson, Jailbait, Death Warrant, Everynight ... Everynight, Moon 44, Troop 1500, The Hill, The Prisoner of Shark Island, Do Aankhen Barah Haath, Beyond Re-Animator, Riot in Cell Block 11, Chained Heat, Vendetta, Historical and Cultural Context of In the Name of the Father, Island of Fire, Brubaker, Ring of Death, Felon, Invisible Stripes, The Big Doll House, Out of Bounds, Mean Machine, Convicted, Hell's House, Two Thousand Women, Canon City, Porridge, Black Mama, White Mama, Prison Song, New Alcatraz, True Believer, Prison-A-Go-Go!, Slaughterhouse Rock, The Weak and the Wicked, Prison of Secrets, Breath, Les mains libres, Animal Factory, Destroyer, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Convicts 4, Ghosts... of the Civil Dead, Unchained, Weeds, My Six Convicts, The Trial of Joan of Arc, Dust Be My Destiny, In Hell, Captives, Marquis, The Second Hundred Years, Ergastolo, Prison on Fire, Buy & Cell, Mrs. Soffel, Half Past Dead 2, Wedlock, Short Eyes, Borstal Boy, Greenfingers, Maundy Thursday, The Hole, Lyftet, The Pursuit of Happiness, Frauengefängnis, Doing Time, Sadomania, Convict 13, Men of San Quentin, Ladies They Talk About, 20,000 Years in Sing Sing, Castle on the Hudson, Devil's Island, The Big Bird Cage, Manners of Dying, Lucky Break, Dirty Hands, Gideon's Trumpet, Prison Break, You Can't Beat the Law, 6,000 Enemies, Seven Keys, The Sun Sets at Dawn, Dog Pound, Love Child, Mutiny in the Big House, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, 13 Dead Men, Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite, Caged Fury, Last Light, Procesado 1040, Against the Wall, A Sense of Freedom, Prison Ball, The Concrete Jungle, The Brig, Outside These Walls, I Believe in You, Caged In Paradiso, King of the Damned, Deathrow Gameshow, Je li jasno, prijatelju?, Somebody has to Shoot the Picture. Excerpt: A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 darkly satirical science fiction film adaptation of Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel of the same name. The film, which was made in England, concerns Alex (Malcolm McDowell), a charismatic, psychopathic delinquent whose pleasures are classical music (especially Beethoven), rape, and so-called 'ultra-violence.' He leads a small gang of thugs (Pete, Georgie, and Dim), whom he calls his droogs...


Kniha Django - 2826862880

71,44 zł

Kniha Django Oxford University Press

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Django Reinhardt was arguably the greatest guitarist who ever lived, an important influence on Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, and many others. Yet there is no major biography of Reinhardt. Now, in Django, Michael Dregni offers a definitive portrait of this great guitarist. Handsome, charismatic, childlike, and unpredictable, Reinhardt was a character out of a picaresque novel. Born in a gypsy caravan at a crossroads in Belgium, he was almost killed in a freak fire that burned half of his body and left his left hand twisted into a claw. But with this maimed left hand flying over the frets and his right hand plucking at dizzying speed, Django became Europe's most famous jazz musician, commanding exorbitant fees--and spending the money as fast as he made it. Dregni not only chronicles this remarkably colorful life--including a fascinating account of gypsy culture--but he also sheds much light on Django's musicianship.He examines his long musical partnership with violinist Stephane Grappelli--the one suave and smooth, the other sharper and more dissonant--and he traces the evolution of their novel string jazz ensemble, Quintette du Hot Club de France. Indeed, the author spotlights Django's amazing musical diversity, describing his swing-styled Nouveau Quintette, his big band Django's Music, and his later bebop ensemble, as well as his many compositions, including symphonic pieces influenced by Ravel and Debussy and his unfinished organ mass inspired by Bach. And along the way, the author offers vivid snapshots of the jazz scene in Paris--colorful portraits of Josephine Baker, Bricktop, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and countless others--and of Django's vagabond wanderings around France, Europe, and the United States, where he toured with Duke Ellington. Capturing the extraordinary life and times of one of the great musicians of the twentieth century, Django is a must-read portrait of a true original.


Zones of Thought - 2826722171

98,05 zł

Zones of Thought GOLLANCZ

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The Hugo Award winning A FIRE UPON THE DEEP and its epic companion novel A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY, set in the same universe but 20,000 years earlier, were benchmarks for SF in the last decade of the 20th century. In FIRE 'Vinge presents a galaxy divided into Zones - regions where different physical constraints allow very different technological and mental possibilities. Earth remains in the "Slowness" zone, where nothing can travel faster than light and minds are fairly limited. The action of the book is in the "Beyond", where translight travel and other marvels exist, and humans are one of many intelligent species. One human colony has been experimenting to find a path to the "Transcend", where intelligence and power are so great as to seem godlike. Instead they release the Blight, an evil power, from a billion-year captivity.' Publisher's Weekly In DEEPNESS, 'the story has the same sense of epic vastness despite happening mostly in one isolated solar system. Here there's a world of intelligent spider creatures who traditionally hibernate through the "Deepest Darkness" of their strange variable sun's long "off" periods, when even the atmosphere freezes. Now, science offers them an alternative. Meanwhile, attracted by spider radio transmissions, two human starfleets come exploring--merchants hoping for customers and tyrants who want slaves. Their inevitable clash leaves both fleets crippled, with the power in the wrong hands, which leads to a long wait in space until the spiders develop exploitable technology. Over the years Vinge builds palpable tension through multiple storylines and characters.' Dave Langford


Pleasures of Autumn - 2826793274

13,31 zł

Pleasures of Autumn Penguin

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Let Evie Hunter, the bestselling Irish erotica author, light up your autumn fires with her latest sizzling novel, The Pleasures of Autumn. This is another of hot-hot-hot tale of romantic obsession and explosive sexual chemistry, a novel that fans of Sylvia Day, Kitty French and E.L. James will love and devour. When museum curator Sinead O'Sullivan is charged with stealing the Fire of Autumn, a dazzling ruby with a history of violence and treachery, bail is set at one million Swiss francs. Investigator Niall Moore is hired to stop her fleeing and to find the jewel. Their sexual chemistry is electric but logic says to ignore it. Desperate as she is to convince Niall of her innocence, Sinead cannot reveal everything she knows. And the feisty red-head's improbable tale tells him that she is not to be trusted. Yet it's impossible to ignore the carnal heat between them. Niall, an expert interrogator, uses every trick of the trade - and every weapon in his erotic armoury - to get at the truth. Sinead, a fast learner, counters his every move with one of her own. Thief and thief-taker fight for dominance and there can be only one winner. But what happens in their red-hot game of cat-and-mouse when criminals chasing the precious jewel come after Sinead ...and the stakes become deadly? In just a year Evie Hunter has shown that you can tell an addictive erotic story with a page-turning plot. The Pleasures of Autumn is the new must-have read all her fans have been waiting for. And if you're new to Evie, well you're in for a delcious treat...


Poughkeepsie - 2826810366

87,60 zł

Poughkeepsie Omnific Publishing

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He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him-just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he's homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day. Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She's the same as a million other girls-certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe. When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she's surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it's not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives. Blake's heart beats for Livia's, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right? In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.


Ruins of Modernity - 2826646827

146,68 zł


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Images of ruins may represent the raw realities created by bombs, natural disasters, or factory closings, but the way we see and understand ruins is not raw or unmediated. Rather, looking at ruins, writing about them, and representing them, are acts framed by a long tradition. This unique interdisciplinary collection traces discourses about and representations of ruins from a richly contextualized perspective. In their introduction, Julia Hell and Andreas Schonle discuss how European modernity emerged partly through a confrontation with the ruins of the pre-modern past. Several contributors discuss ideas about ruins developed by philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Georg Simmel, and Walter Benjamin. One of the other contributors examines how W. G. Sebald's novel "The Rings of Saturn" betrays the ruins erased or forgotten in the Hegelian philosophy of history. Another analyzes the repressed spectre of being bombed-out of existence that underpins post-Second World War modernist architecture, especially le Corbusier's plans for Paris. Still another compares the ways that formerly dominant white populations relate to urban-industrial ruins in Detroit and to colonial ruins in Namibia. Other topics addressed include atomic ruins at a Nevada test site, the connection between cinema and ruins, the various narratives that have accrued around the Inca ruin of Vilcashuaman, Tolstoy's response in "War and Peace" to the destruction of Moscow in the fire of 1812, the Nazis' obsession with imperial ruins, and the emergence in Mumbai of a new 'kinetic city' on what some might consider the ruins of a modernist city. By focusing on the concept of ruin, this collection sheds new light on modernity and its vast ramifications and complexities. Contributors include: Kerstin Barndt; Jon Beasley-Murray; Russell A. Berman; Jonathan Bolton; Svetlana Boym; Amir Eshel; Julia Hell; Daniel Herwitz; Andreas Huyssen; Rahul Mehrotra; Johannes von Moltke; Vladimir Paperny; Helen Petrovsky; Todd Presner; Helmut Puff; Alexander Regier; Eric Rentschler; Lucia Saks; Andreas Schonle; Tatiana Smoliarova; George Steinmetz; Jonathan Veitch; Gustavo Verdesio, and Anthony Vidler.


Short story collections by Agatha Christie - 2847579375

77,93 zł

Short story collections by Agatha Christie Books on Demand

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Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 49. Chapters: The Mysterious Mr. Quin, Partners in Crime, Parker Pyne Investigates, The Listerdale Mystery, The Hound of Death, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Star Over Bethlehem and other stories, The Regatta Mystery, Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories, Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, While the Light Lasts and Other Stories, Double Sin and Other Stories, Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories, The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories, The Golden Ball and Other Stories, The Harlequin Tea Set, Surprise! Surprise!. Excerpt: The Mysterious Mr. Quin is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Collins & Sons on April 14 1930 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $2.00. Each chapter or story involves a separate mystery that is solved through the interaction between the characters of the elderly Mr. Satterthwaite and the eponymous Mr. Quin who appears almost magically at the most opportune moments and disappears just as mysteriously. Mr. Satterthwaite is a small, observant man who is able to wrap up each mystery through the careful prodding and apposite questions of Mr. Quin. In Agatha Christie's Autobiography, she claims that Mr. Quin and the diminutive Mr. Satterthwaite became two of her favourite characters. The latter character reappeared in the 1935 novel Three Act Tragedy. Outside of this collection, Mr Quin appeared in two further short stories The Harlequin Tea Set and The Love Detectives which were both included in the 1992 UK collection Problem at Pollensa Bay. In the US, the former story appeared as the title story in the 1997 collection The Harlequin Tea Set and the latter in the earlier 1950 collection Three Blind Mice and Other Stories. It is New Year's Eve and a house party is taking place at a country house called Royston. Mr Satterthwaite is one of the guests. His hosts are Tom Evesham and his wife, Lady Laura. Among the other guests are Sir Richard Conway and Alex Portal and his Australian wife of two years, Eleanor. Mr Satterthwaite finds her intriguing on many counts, not least of which is the question as to why a blonde-haired woman would dye her hair dark when the usual convention is the reverse. The clocks strike midnight and as the older members of the guests gather their chairs round the fire, mention is made of Derek Capel, the previous owner of Royston, who committed suicide ten years previously seemingly


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