Compare Affordable Car Insurance Policies to Find Good Deals


(PRWEB) November 21, 2014

Onlineinsurancemarketplace.com has released a new blog post announcing that some insurance agencies may offer discounts for car insurance in November.

Clients who need vehicle coverage should stay online this month as some agencies may provide big discounts. Car insurance quotes can help clients keep an eye on the best policies available.

Affordable vehicle insurance is available even for high risk drivers. Offers may be temporary and in limited supply. Clients should make sure that they get the best plans as fast as possible.

In order to recognize a good policy, clients are advised to assess their need and to do some reading on auto insurance. Being informed always helps when buying vehicle coverage.

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Digital Agency StudioPMG Earns Four More Stevie Awards

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) November 18, 2014

Digital agency StudioPMG, an award-winning provider of digital marketing, mobile applications and marketing analytics solutions, announced that it has won four Stevie Awards in the Website and Apps categories at the American Business Awards (ABA) new product & tech awards ceremony in San Francisco.

The agency garnered silver awards for the DreamsTheEbook.com website, sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics, and the agencys own website, StudioPMG.com. Additionally, it received two bronze awards for a PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria) Patient Resources App and an ASH (American Society of Hematology) Convention App, both developed for Alexion.

The Stevie Awards were created in 2002 to honor and publically recognize the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. In that short time, the Stevie has become one of the world’s most coveted prizes. Stevie Award judges include many of the world’s most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business educators. Each of the awards programs harnesses the insights and talents of more than 200 judges every year and sponsors include many leading B2B marketers, publishers, and government institutions.

“We are truly honored to be recognized with four prestigious Stevie awards and are extremely proud, once again, of the first-rate work from our talented team,” said Joe McBride, Executive Vice President at StudioPMG.

Websites

DreamsTheEbook.com: An unbranded website highlighting disease state awareness for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The new site centers on spokesperson, Kristie Salerno-Kent, an entertainer with MS and allows visitors to hear samples of her music, view a motion graphic with photos of her and her family, and see when Kristie will be making public appearances. Site visitors who register can download a free book Kristie wrote to inspire people with MS to follow their dreams.

StudioPMG.com: An engaging, responsive website that merges bold creative with a clear message of the agencys specialized expertise and ability to develop unconventional and impactful award-winning solutions for its clients.

Mobile Applications

PNH Patient Resources App: A powerful tool providing access to valuable information about living with PNH. The mobile application connects individuals with a community of other PNH patients and their families living with this unpredictable and life-threatening disease.

ASH Convention App: A native mobile application built for both iPhone and Android devices that served as a guide for Alexion employees attending ASH. The app enabled users to view and select from a variety of features pertaining to the ASH Conference. Additionally, the intuitive and informative app provided a one-stop shop for Alexion employees to gain information on ASH programs, Alexion activities, staff listings, agendas and many other features.

About StudioPMG

http://www.StudioPMG.com Headquartered in the heart of Orange County CA, StudioPMG is a brand experience agency offering strategic digital marketing, software development, and creative services to clients in heavily regulated industries; including healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, automotive, and insurance and financial services. The digital agencys focus on bringing brands to life through innovative experiences, and its ability to engage audiences with uniquely crafted messaging, has earned the agency advertising industry recognition from The Clio Awards, The Webby Awards, The Stevies, The Telly Awards, and more. For over a decade, StudioPMG has leveraged its expertise in creative and strategy; mobile and web applications; paid, earned and owned media; experiential and live events; and analytics and integration to develop purposeful digital solutions that solidify the relationship between its clients brands and their intended audience.







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Kathy Elmores First Book Soul Mates is a Gripping and Potent Memoir Filled With a Plethora of Emotion and a Tone of Honesty that is Unforgettable


(PRWEB) November 13, 2014

Kathy Elmore, an inspired writer and Certified Chef, has completed her first book Soul Mates: a wonderfully crafted work that shares the turbulent times of a woman who carried the heaviest burden but was never crushed by it.

On what inspired her to write her first book, Elmore said, My deceased husband, and also, I had a dream one night. It was about myself watching this movie on the big screen called American Graffiti, and instead of the actual movie it was my life that was playing out before my eyes. I woke up that morning and started writing, sometimes up to 8 hours a day.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Kathy Elmores inspirational tale and a vivid window into the pain which the human soul can endure and triumph over.

Kathy Elmore, narrates the story of her childhood, her marriage to her soul mate, coping with the death of her husband and her illness of HIV, and getting through with her life as she tried to accept her gifts while discovering more of life. In this autobiography, Kathy shares her experiences with honesty. She opens up how she coped with all her lifes struggles. Despite the trauma and scars, she manifested strength and acceptance. Her painful past did not hinder her from living a normal life. Even when she was a victim of rape, she continued to live life and helped herself to stand up again. As a woman who was scarred too many times by life, she did not give up and she never will.

Soul Mates will inspire you to be a person of change. Read on and be empowered to be an instrument of adversity.

Readers who wish to experience this inspiring work can purchase Soul Mates at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

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Compare Affordable Auto Insurance Quotes Online to Find The Best Coverage Rates


(PRWEB) November 10, 2014

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USHEALTH Advisors Sets New Record for 5-Week Sales Pace


Grapevine, Texas (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

A new 5-week sales record for USHEALTH Advisors confirms the USHEALTH Group subsidiary is stronger than ever. USHEALTH Advisors set new records for Annualized Volume, average weekly number of selling Agents and total number of Writing Agents, making October the strongest month in company history.

USHEALTH Group President and CEO Troy McQuagge said, It is exciting that our company has been able to sustain such a high level of sales performance over an extended period of time. This level of consistent sales is a testament to the Agents and Sales Leaders who have chosen to make USHEALTH Advisors their professional home.

USHEALTH Advisors October 2014 sales pace is 34% higher than its previous 5 week best, establishing a new benchmark for sales excellence. A benchmark that Brian Clark, the companys Chief Marketing Officer sees as a predictor of future performance.

When you look at the whole picture, stated Mr. Clark; …you see USHEALTH Advisors continuing to gain strength and build momentum. 2015 looks to be shaping up as a spectacular year for us.”

Both Mr. McQuagge and Mr. Clark credit the USHA Field Force for setting the new sales pace at USHEALTH Advisors. The men and women of USHA have proven themselves ready to meet the challenges of an ever-changing marketplace, said Mr. McQuagge. I believe the newly established standards of excellence we see today, are only the beginning.

About USHealth Advisors, L.L.C.

USHEALTH Advisors is the wholly-owned national health insurance distribution arm of USHEALTH Group, Inc. The company sells individual health coverage and supplementary products underwritten by The Freedom Life Insurance Company of America and National Foundation Life Insurance Company, wholly-owned subsidiaries of USHEALTH Group, Inc. The company is focused on serving Americas self-employed, small business and individual insurance market through its captive Agent sales force.

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USHEALTH Group, Inc. is an insurance holding company based in Ft. Worth, Texas focused on providing innovative health coverage for self-employed individuals and small business owners. The goal of USHEALTH is to combine the talents of its employees and agents to market competitive and profitable insurance products, while providing superior customer service in every aspect of the companys operations.







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Those Who Love Night, by Wessel Ebersohn (originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 2/10/12)

 

Those Who Love Night

by Wessel Ebersohn

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Wessel Ebersohn has written four thrillers set in his native South Africa; The October Killings, the previous book in this series, introduced readers to Abigail Bukula and her friend and associate, Yudel Gordon. Like too many of her South African countrymen, Advocate Bukula of the Justice Department is no stranger to the shared memories of the harrowing and often deadly struggles to overthrow the apartheid regime. When she is told that a cousin she thought slain by death squads, along with the rest of a village some 20 years before, is alive, but in a corrupt Zimbabwean prison with six other political activists, she has no option but to travel to Zimbabwe with Yudel Gordon, a criminal psychologist, and his wife, Rosa, to try to free them.

Her inquiries thrust her into a dangerous realm dominated by Jonas Chunga, the director of Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organization and the nation’s real ruling authority. Abigail finds herself as irresistibly drawn to this powerful man as he is to her, but the deeper she delves into the mysteries of the incarcerated political prisoners, the more she realizes that only by getting to the heart of the village massacre can she free her cousin and his colleagues. How is Jonas Chunga connected to that massacre? How did her cousin survive it?

Those Who Love Night is a taut mystery that also gives readers an understanding of how the erosion of the systems and infrastructure the colonial governments left behind in Africa, flawed as they were, has led to horrors for some contemporary Africans. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: A riveting thriller set in Zimbabwe, exploring the wicked roots of the colonial past.

Minotaur, $24.99 hardcover, 9780312655969


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Breakdown, by Sara Paretsky [first appeared Jan. 20 2012]

Breakdown: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

by Sara Paretsky

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Breakdown marks 30 years of Sara Paretsky’s novels about private investigator V.I Warshawski in a way that more than lives up to the expectations of her many fans. All Warshawski was planning on was fulfilling a promise she made to find the missing members of a book club for tween girls run by her cousin Petra. The girls were acting out rituals from the book in a derelict cemetery on a rainy night to summon the undead: all still within the realm of Warshawski’s everyday routine. Then the discovery of a body near the scene of the ritual, with a length of rebar through its heart, brought this simple job into the realm of murder.

Paretsky, known for her support of liberal causes, delivers an incisive indictment of the vicious state of contemporary American politics inBreakdown, with a tightly plotted story that features a left-supporting, foreign-born, billionaire Holocaust survivor and a conservative pundit with a 24/7 televised bully pulpit from which to spew his twisted half-truths. (It’s no great mystery who Paretsky has in mind in either case.) Paretsky’s masterful treatment of immigrant issues, Chicago society, even teenage readers’ devotion to a certain vampire series propel Breakdown from a merely excellent detective mystery into the realm of social commentary. As Warshawski treads carefully through unforeseen plot twists, encountering a number of herrings (not all of them red), this enthralling page-turner is guaranteed to keep fans reading late into the night. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: V.I. Warshawski once again saves the day, exposing the ugly truths of Chicago society and U.S. politics.

Putnam, $26.95 hardcover, 9780399157837

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Forever Rumpole: Stories, by John Mortimer [first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 12/20/2011]

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Forever Rumpole: Stories

by John Mortimer

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Rumpole of the Bailey is one of the most beloved characters in British legal fiction. The Rumpole stories, however, cannot be classed among legal procedurals; that would imply some reference, however tenuous, to principles of jurisprudence, and Rumpole feels no compunction to burden himself or his clients with such. As Phyllida Trant, the recurring “Portia of [his] chambers,” remarks, Rumpole is not very good with law, and in fact is concerned only with securing a “not guilty” for his client in whatever ways possible–usually by outwitting the judge and convincing the jury through hyperbole, distraction and, failing all else, subterfuge.

Sir John Mortimer, who died early in 2009, was an author and barrister; he attained the highest rank of Queen’s Counsel or QC, an abbreviation which Rumpole invariably referred to as “Queer Customer,” revealing the attitude of both author and character towards the British legal institution of the 1970s and ’80s. Forever Rumpole assembles a collection of 15 stories–seven of them selected, some two decades ago, by Mortimer himself as his favorites. They are balanced by seven more recently written stories, along with a previously unpublished novel fragment Mortimer was writing at the time of his death, “Rumpole and the Brave New World.”

Reading the stories in Forever Rumpole is like a delightfully cozy visit with an old friend, one who knows his limits and is rather pleased with himself just as he is. All the familiar icons are present: Rumpole’s cigar-ash-covered waistcoat; his Wordsworth quotations; his oft-referenced Penge Bungalo Murder Case, which he, a junior barrister, won “alone and without a leader”; and, certainly, his ever-challenging relationship with his wife, Hilda, “She Who Must Be Obeyed.” This lovely collection deserves a space on the shelf of any fan of Horace Rumpole, the indefatigable defender of the Golden Thread that sustains British justice: the onus on the prosecution to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: Fourteen entertaining tales, the best of the beloved Rumpole, plus a previously unpublished novel fragment, will delight fans.

Viking, $30 hardcover, 9780670023066

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Egypt: The Book of Chaos, by Nick Drake [first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 12/13/11]

Egypt: The Book of Chaos

by Nick Drake

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Egypt has fallen on dark, frightening times. The pharaoh Ay is near death and Ankhsenamun, daughter of Nefertiti, has not provided him with an heir. Rottenness at all governmental levels, coupled with the threat of the ruthless and ambitious General Horemheb, and the growing turbulence among kingdoms to the East has prompted one poet to write, “Violence walks the ways,/ Evil runs rampant.”

Egypt: The Book of Chaos is the concluding novel of Nick Drake’s ancient Egyptian trilogy, after Nefertiti (shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime award) and Tutankhamun. Rahotep, Seeker of Mysteries, has fallen from his position of power in the Thebes Medjay (police), consigned by his viciously petty boss to only the most superficial aspects of investigations–including the appallingly cruel murder of five young low-level opium runners. Finding a papyrus scrap inscribed with a strange symbol in one victim’s mouth, Rahotep pockets this, sharing it only with his partner, Khety; Khety’s sadistic murder, some days later, propels Rahotep into a personal investigation of the crime.

Rahotep’s search for answers dives deep into the dark, gritty heart of a corrupt and dangerous society, as he accompanies his oldest friend Nakht, of the inner circle of royal advisers, on a political mission whose urgency is matched only by its secrecy. Ignoring repeated warnings to leave the murders alone, Rahotep continues his investigation as he journeys north along the opium supply route (which still exists today). Along the way, he faces kidnapping, torture, addiction and death–either from the sinister Obsidian, head of the new opium trade, from Egypt’s Hittite enemies, or from the hands of Horemheb himself. This tightly crafted, brooding plunge into the frightening fin de siècle of the XVIII dynasty will leave readers satisfied as well as regretful that The Book of Chaos is the last in Drake’s series. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: Rahotep, Seeker of Mysteries, guides us through the treacherous end days of Egypt’s XVIII dynasty.

Harper, $25.99 hardcover, 9780060765941

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Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson [appeared originally in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 11/11/11]

Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson

by Hunter S. Thompson; edited and with an intro. by Jann S. Wenner

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Hunter S. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone from 1970 until his last official “dispatch” shortly before his death in 2004. In those three and a half decades, he produced what Paul Scanlon, the magazine’s managing editor in the 1970s, estimates to be a total of almost half a million words, about 250,000 of which appear in this collection. From the 1972 presidential campaign (the original “Fear and Loathing”) and Watergate to Nixon’s funeral, along with whatever events struck his macabre, capricious, drug-fueled fancy, Thompson invented a new style of journalism by reporting the facts as filtered through a surreal, finely tuned sense of the Kafkaesque.

Those familiar with Thompson only by reputation may be surprised to learn how gaspingly, nonstop, laugh-out-loud funny he is. “Fear and Loathing in Elko,” to take one example, is a delirious freefall through the layers of Thompson’s explosive mix of fact and paranoia, allegedly recounting a road trip with Clarence Thomas involving guns, drugs, “The Judge” taking Thompson’s wallet and $20,000, a suicide, near-fatal escapes, Chinese sex dolls and spray cans of black paint applied to his “wanted” vehicle. Even a genteel luncheon with Bill Clinton on the 1992 campaign trail could inspire febrile headlines for Thompson’s canted imagination: “Clinton Injured in Wild Brawl with Dope Fiends: Candidate Denies Drunkenness, Cancels Bus Trip, Flees.”

Appealing to readers with an appreciation for the freakish, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone will also introduce Thompson to a new generation of readers who will discover they, too, are demented, die-hard fans. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: The deranged, grotesque, irrational world of Hunter S. Thompson, lurking just beneath the surface of consensus reality.

Simon & Schuster, $32.50 hardcover, 9781439165959

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War [first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 11/01/11]

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

by Tony Horwitz

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John Brown’s raid on the armory at Harper’s Ferry on October 17, 1859, is often cited as a catalyst for the Civil War that began two years later. Brown himself is usually portrayed as an abolitionist zealot who, alone among anti-slavery proponents, buttressed his rhetoric with lethal force. In Midnight Rising, Tony Horowitz (Confederates in the Attic) confirms these broad strokes of history’s brush while raising questions about the raid.

Brown’s commitment to abolition was absolute and longstanding; he masterminded many of the attacks on “Border Ruffians” who had massed in Kansas to sway the legislature to create the next slave state. Afterward, Brown kept in close contact with wealthy Northern abolitionists, raising money to buy arms and meticulously preparing for every contingency that might arise during the raid. In spite of this, it failed spectacularly. Why didn’t Brown detain the train running through Harper Valley that night, or use the knife-tipped spears he’d commissioned to arm newly freed slaves who would join him? Why did he delay the critical steps he’d planned and so lose all the advantages of surprise? Horowitz’s engaging analysis infuses John Brown with a surprising naïveté, perhaps even a confused loss of focus, that spurs a fall from master tactician to clumsy blunderer evocative of Greek tragedy.Midnight Rising adds an unexpected layer of complexity to this smoldering period in American history. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoa

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The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, by Richard Dawkins [first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 10/28/11)

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

by Richard Dawkins, illus. by Dave McKean

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With The Magic of Reality, Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene) has written a popular science text that straddles young adult and adult readerships. This delightful work introduces readers to some basic scientific questions–”What is a rainbow?” or “Why do we have night and day, winter and summer?”–but also tackles the cosmological issues of when and how everything began, as well as addressing specifically humanist issues: “What is a miracle?” and “Why do bad things happen?” Most chapters begin with a survey of traditional myths that attempted to answer these questions; in the chapter on earthquakes, for example, Dawson retells the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah; the Japanese tale of the great catfish Namazu, who carries the land upon his back and rattles the earth when he flips his tail; and the West African myth that has humankind living in the hair of a giant who occasionally sneezes. His voice in these passages might remind the reader of the gently wry, self-deprecating explanations in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or perhaps the quintessentially British modesty of Stephen Fry.

This thoroughly enjoyable book is enhanced by the dazzling illustrations of Dave McKean, who has worked with such authors as Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. As attractive and accessible as The Magic of Reality is, however, this work is not for every reader; those who disagree with humanist atheism are advised to stay away–for Dawkins, all religions with their deities are mere stories we tell ourselves. But for those who want a clear and enjoyable introduction to science, The Magic of Reality is a fine choice. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: A superstition-free excursion into all the science you forgot from school days past (or never knew).

Free Press, $29.99 hardcover, 9781439192818

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Tell Me Something About Buddhism, by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel [first published in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 10/25/11]

Tell Me Something About Buddhism

by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

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Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is an African-American artist, writer, Congolese drummer–and Soto Zen priest. Tell Me Something About Buddhismapproaches Zen from her own singular point of view, addressing the basics of Buddhism (suffering, the Four Noble Truths, meditation, karma, etc.), allowing the reader to see how Manuel lives her Zen and synthesizes it with other spiritual/cultural aspects of her background. Because she explains the deviations well, Manuel can be forgiven for seeming, at times, to reconstruct Buddhism to align with some of her more disparate life experiences. Buddha’s meditating under the Bodhi tree, after all, can be seen as a vision quest; he did have near-death experiences; and honoring the ancestors can have a place in Buddhist life.

Manuel touches on some important topics, such as the place of women in a historically patriarchal tradition, and provides a reading list for further exploration. However, it is Manuel’s hard-won internalization of Zen in her life that is most touching, and her emphasis on compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation as key to spiritual development can benefit adherents of any spiritual path. Seeing with the heart as a mirror of external life, free from preconceptions and prejudices, is another key concept of the Buddhist path. Manuel is very clear that she is still learning “how to express [herself] with love”; this one task alone can provide anyone with profound life lessons. This slender book is an excellent introduction to Buddhism. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: A Buddhist perspective on how approaching even life’s most mundane experiences with an open mind and heart can lead to a depth of spiritual growth.

Hampton Roads, $16.95 hardcover, 9781571746580

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Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir, by Jeri Westerton [first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, 10/25/11]

Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir

by Jeri Westerson

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Troubled Bones is the fourth offering in Jeri Westerson’s Medieval Noir series featuring degraded knight Crispin Guest. Years ago, Crispin was snared in a false treason plot contrived by his lord, the Duke of Lancaster, to out the religious heterodox; Crispin made the mistake of staying loyal to the Duke and was subsequently stripped of his title and holdings, forced to make his living as a Tracker, a finder of things and people. Joining him in this work is his adolescent apprentice, Jack Tucker, whom Crispin saved from Newgate Prison (back in The Demon’s Parchment).

A Pardoner, a Miller, a Prioress, a Summoner, a Manciple and a Wife of Bath make a pilgrimage to Canterbury: sound familiar? Westerson has taken Chaucer’s characters–and the poet himself, cast as an old friend of Crispin’s–and seamlessly woven her own mystery around them. The Prioress and Sir Philip Bonefey are feuding over 10 disputed acres, formerly Bonefey’s but recently ceded to the Prioress’s House by an ecclesiastical court headed by Archbishop Courtenay of Canterbury. There’s a murder, then a second, and soon readers are pulled into a tangle of heretical movements, court intrigue, crooked master stonemasons and the missing bones of the blessed martyr Thomas à Becket (if they’re really missing, that is). Aficionados of medieval murder mysteries will delight in Westerson’s accurate period details and an intriguing plot guaranteed to keep the reader guessing into the night. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: An intriguing mystery involving a disgraced knight, Chaucer, assorted pilgrims and missing bones. Unlock iPhone 3G . There should not be any obstacles to unlock iPhone 5 from the carriers. . viagra generic

Minotaur, $25.99 hardcover, 9780312621636

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Pirate King, by Laurie R. King [first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, Sept 23 2011]

Pirate King

by Laurie R. King

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Pirate King is Laurie R. King’s 13th entry in her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. The two are well-suited to each other, have been married three years. Mary has been inveigled, through a combination of Mycroft, Sherlock, and Lestrade, into investigating Fflytte Films as it gears up to filmThe Pirate King in Portugal. Allegations of financial fraud and drugs have pursued the company, and Mary is hired to replace their missing secretary, Lonnie Johns. The Pirate King is to be a film about the filming of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, or as Mr. Pessoa, the poet/translator hired in Portugal, remarks, “Pirates, both fantasy and authentic…. A picture with two layers of dream. A picture which is itself a dream? Artifice upon artifice….”

Once docked in Lisbon, locals are hired to portray pirates, notably La Rocha of the terrifying scar and his first mate, Samuel. Just as the film is to convey layers of stories, the plot of the novel Pirate King has more layers than a well-made strudel and is just as delectable. There’s even Rosie, the Marxist parrot, whose shrieked exhortations to the masses enlivens an already febrile situation.

Our narrator, Mary, has an ironic voice, and her wit is dry and penetrating (“however, knowing the House of Lords and its fondness for meddling in the lives of those who actually worked for a living…”); it is only the brilliance and bravery of her and her husband, Sherlock, that save the cast from a fate worse than, and also solve the mystery of why the subject of each Fflytte film is on conclusion replicated in reality. –Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, proprietress, Wyrdhoard Books, and blogger at Still Working for Books

Discover: Laurie R. King’s 13th entry in her delightful Russell/Holmes series, with pirates, damsels in distress, a Marxist parrot and heroic, adroit feats by Mary Russell.

Bantam, $25 hardcover, 9780553807981

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