Reader's Digest Condensed Books The Edge / Alaska / Thornyhold Author:James A. Michener, Dick Francis, Mary Stewart THE EDGE by Dick Francis: — Nothing is as it seems on the Great Transcontinental Mystery Race Train. Yes, there are eleven champion Thoroughbreds on board traveling with their VIP owners to racetracks across Canada. But some of the other passengers on the luxury train are actually actors, staging a make-believe murder. And one pa... more »ssenger is a real murderer, with a grudge against the whole international racing establishment. Moving secretly among them all is undercover security agent Tor Kelsey. His mission: to thwart the killer's plans before disaster strikes.
ALASKA by James A. Michener:
No one makes history come alive quite like James Michener. In the latest masterwork, a dazzling blend of fact and imagination, he brings the reader face to face with the beautiful, vast, and challenging land called Alaska. And with the men and women across the ages who have dared to accept her challenge: Indians and Eskimos who arrived from Asia thousands of years ago. Russian fur traders, colonists, and priests in the 18th century. Yankee whalers, missionaries, and an uncontrollable stampede of sourdoughs chasing after gold in the 19th. And in our own century, salmon canners, bush pilots, teachers, oil riggers, amateur dogsled racers, and a host of others: the new American pioneers. A giant tapestry of a novel, chronicling the rugged heritage of our legendary forty-ninth state.
THORNYHOLD by Mary Stewart:
Gilly Ramsey is a lonely young woman with an uncertain future. Then, from her godmother, comes an unexpected legacy. It is Thornyhold, an old house set deep in an English wood. Gilly is enchanted by the house, by the resident cat, Hodge, and by a ten-year-old neighbor named William. But it is William's widower father, Christopher John, who quickens her heart. Soon after she moves in, however, questions arise about Thornyhold. How to explain the eerie chanting that pierces Gilly's sleep, the strange side effects of eating a delicious meat pie, the messages that begin to arrive from the dear, dead godmother? Does some of the witchcraft once practiced at Thornyhold linger there still? From Mary Stewart, the best-selling mistress of romantic suspense, a delightful 20th century love story set amid ancient traditions.« less