Coffin, Scarcely Used

Author: Colin Watson

Category: Humor

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Deal starts: October 17, 2018

Deal ends: October 17, 2018

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In the respectable seaside town of Flaxborough, the equally respectable councillor Harold Carobleat is laid to rest. Cause of death: pneumonia. But he is scarcely cold in his coffin before Detective Inspector Purbright, affable and annoyingly polite, must turn out again to examine the death of Carobleat’s neighbour, Marcus Gwill, former prop. of the local rag, the Citizen. This time it looks like foul play, unless a surfeit of marshmallows had led the late and rather unlamented Mr Gwill to commit suicide by electrocution. (‘Power without responsibility’, murmurs Purbright.) How were the dead men connected, both to each other and to a small but select band of other town worthies? Purbright becomes intrigued by a stream of advertisements Gwill was putting in the Citizen, for some very oddly named antique items… Witty and a little wicked, Colin Watson’s tales offer a mordantly entertaining cast of characters and laugh-out-loud wordplay.What people are saying about the Flaxborough series:“Colin Watson wrote the best English detective stories ever. They work beautifully as whodunnits but it's really the world he creates and populates ... and the quality of the writing which makes these stories utterly superior.”“The Flaxborough Chronicles are satires on the underbelly of English provincial life, very well observed, very funny and witty, written with an apt turn of phrase ... A complete delight.” “If you have never read Colin Watson - start now. And savour the whole series.” “Light-hearted, well written, wickedly observed and very funny - the Flaxborough books are a joy. Highly recommended.” “How English can you get? Watson's wry humour, dotty characters, baddies who are never too bad, plots that make a sort of sense. Should I end up on a desert island Colin Watson's books are the ones I'd want with me.” “A classic of English fiction... Yes, it is a crime novel, but it is so much more. Wonderful use of language, wry yet sharp humour and a delight from beginning to end.” “Colin Watson threads some serious commentary and not a little sadness and tragedy within his usual excellent satire on small town morality and eccentricities.” “Re-reading it now, I am struck by just how many laugh-out-loud moments it contains. A beautifully written book.” “As always, hypocricy and skulduggery are rife, and the good do not necessarily emerge triumphant. Set aside plenty of time to read this book - you won't want to put it down once you've started it!” “Colin Watson writes in such an understated, humorous way that I follow Inspector Purbright's investigation with a smile on my face from start to finish.” “If you enjoy classic mysteries with no graphic violence and marvellously well drawn characters then give the Flaxborough series a try - you will not be disappointed.” Editorial reviews:“Watson has an unforgivably sharp eye for the ridiculous.” New York Times“Flaxborough is Colin Watson's quiet English town whose outward respectability masks a seething pottage of greed, crime and vice ... Mr Watson wields a delightfully witty pen dripped in acid.” Daily Telegraph“Arguably the best of comic crime writers, delicately treading the line between wit and farce ... Funny, stylish and good mysteries to boot.” Time Out “A great lark, full of preposterous situations and pokerfaced wit.” Cecil Day-Lewis“One of the best. As always with Watson, the writing is sharp and stylish and wickedly funny!” Literary Review"The rarest of comic crime writers, one with the gift of originality." Julian Symons “Flaxborough, that olde-worlde town with Dada trimmings.” Sunday Times

How to Succeed at Aging Without Really Dying

Author: Lyla Blake Ward

Category: Humor

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Deal starts: October 16, 2018

Deal ends: October 16, 2018

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Lyla Blake Ward’s How to Succeed at Aging Without Really Dying is a wry, witty, and wise collection of essays about living in a world of bubble packs you can’t open, electronics you can’t turn on, polls you’re not deemed worthy of taking, and expiration dates you can only hope don’t apply to you. Most of all, it’s about the difficulties of staying on the planet when it’s spinning out of control.While taking a humorous look at health, grandparenthood, computers, and social issues, How to Succeed… answers such pressing questions as: What brand of yogurt guarantees you will live to 110? Can older people really shop online, or is the "submit order" button visible only to users under 30? And how many pixels does it take to win your grandchild’s affection?As we get older, we can whine or complain about our losses--memory, muscles, and mobility--or we can roll with the paunches. This book rolls.

Na Akua

Author: Clayton Smith

Category: Humor

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Deal starts: October 15, 2018

Deal ends: October 15, 2018

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Maui was supposed to be a romantic trip for two; Armageddon was not in the plans.But when Grayson Park’s bride leaves him at the altar, a solo trip to paradise seems like just the thing to take him far from his troubles. Then he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Hi’iaka, and his troubles truly begin—because when she’s abducted by the sinister Kamapua’a, a savage god-creature bent on draining her life by the light of the full moon, she calls on Grayson to rescue her. And if he fails, the gods of Hawaii will drown the world in fire.With his loyal, new-found Hawaiian friend Polunu as his steadfast guide, Grayson sets out on an incredible adventure that pits him against the very gods of Hawaiian mythology and leads him to the heart of Pele’s volcano, into the ocean to find the mythical Hook of Maui, and through the strange and brutal upcountry fleeing from elder witches and the mo’o demons sent to destroy him. But there are only two nights left before the moon becomes full, and Grayson is running out of time to save Hi’iaka...and the world.What readers are saying:"...a magical and well-crafted story""...classic wit and charming characters. [Smith] is a master of drawing you into his fantastical worlds."Na Akua is Smith writing at the top of his game."

Wanderlost

Author: Simon Williams

Category: Humor

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Deal starts: October 12, 2018

Deal ends: October 14, 2018

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When in Rome do as the Romans do... nah, bugger that for a joke.From being trapped in a plane with broken landing gear high above the Grand Canyon, to facing arrest in Hong Kong for holding up traffic in a bathrobe, to being accosted by three aggressive locals entering a men's washroom in New Delhi Airport, what else can go wrong on a trip? These are one man's enthralling stories of wandering our planet that the Travel Channel doesn't want you to know. Simon explains exactly what not to do when you find yourself in a hairy situation.Nobody travels like this anymore. Maybe for good reason. Simon Williams doesn't go looking for trouble in life, but when he finds it he never keeps his sarcastic mouth shut.Travelling - it leaves you speechless then turns you into story tellers. Ibn Battuta

Dog Day Wedding

Author: Rich Amooi

Category: Humor

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Deal starts: October 13, 2018

Deal ends: October 13, 2018

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"Another fabulously entertaining romantic comedy!" -Arielle, Living Life With Joy."A fun, sweet, cute story with many laughing out loud moments." -The Bookaholic CatGiovanni Roma was jilted at the altar. Twice. Meeting Natalie is an enchanting distraction—too bad she’s engaged to another man. To top it off, Giovanni’s mother has a mouth with no filter and is obsessed with finding her son a suitable baby-maker.Natalie DeMarco is a good cop with one problem. Cold feet. Her fiancé is a decent man, but she’s starting to wonder if decent is good enough. Maybe the doubts could be blamed on Giovanni, that guitar-making Italian hunk next door.Giovanni knows he must do something, but things get out of hand when he learns he’s not the only one who objects to the wedding.Dog Day Wedding is a fast, fun romantic comedy that gives new meaning to the term, “Shotgun Wedding.”

Pianist in a Bordello

Author: Mike C. Erickson

Category: Humor

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Deal starts: October 12, 2018

Deal ends: October 26, 2018

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Pianist in a Bordello

What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth?
Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.
And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.
He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become.
Are voters really ready for the whole truth?
Are you?
Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.