Desmond Morris provides direct, concise answers to more than fifty questions that parents (and grandparents) have asked for years, such as:
-- Why Do Babies Cry When They Are Born?
-- How Well Can Babies Hear?
-- What Comforts a Baby?
-- Why Do Babues Burp?
-- How Soon Can Babies Walk?
-- Are Babies Intelligent?
-- How Important is the Mother to Her Baby?
-- How Do Babies Learn to Talk?
-- What Makes Babies So Appealing?
-- Why Do Some MothersmHave Twins?
FROM: Matthew Harding, CEO, Harding Hotels
REGARDING: Stephanie Rossi, My Personal Assistant
When Stephanie Rossi was promoted from our operations department to be my right-hand woman, I was skeptical at first. But her amazing efficiency and plainspoken Brooklyn smarts -- not to mention the gorgeous looks she keeps under wraps at work -- soon won me over.
After Stephanie's amazing performance -- both personal and professional -- during a hotel crisis, I grew more intrigued by her than ever. So intrigued that I'd love to attend her sister's wedding not as her boss, but as her date! Yet suddenly Stephanie wants to transfer out of my office... and straight out of my life? Well, maybe it's time for a little one-on-one assignment...
After the death of his beloved wife, the dashing Earl of Strickland has finally decided to seek out a new mother for his children. But he'll consider no giddy, novel-reading young girls with stars in their eyes.
Resigned to having lost his one true love, he is also resigned to a practical, dispassionate, respectable match with a mature woman.
That is, until a very unexpected - and very special - houseguest throws his careful plan awry.
Hannah Fairbanks would gladly leave the marrying - and remarrying - to her beautiful and refined older sister. Hannah herself would much prefer to tramp about the countryside, muddied hems and all, studying the ancient ruins and architecture that are her one and only true passion... or so she is convinced, until a fateful visit to an earl' estate - and an even more fateful kiss - throws everyone's plans awry.
My personal favorite in the trilogy. This is the second in the Concannon Sisters Trilogy.
When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors - and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window. But this year she's expecting an unusual guest - mystery writer Grayson Thane from America. A restless wanderer with a painful past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. But sometimes fate has a plan of its own. Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...
Jack and Jill were on thier way to wedded bliss. Then the groom's reaction to the bride's anouncement that she was in a family way threw the planed nuptials into turmoil. Jill's feet inside those lovely beaded slippers were turing awfully cold, and Jack was going to have to be pretty nimble to win his intended back in just seven short hours!
Raining Violets by Ruth Jean Dale:
The way Carrie Duncan saw it, she had two choices. She could either marry Hank brady as planned, or kill him. Unfortunately for him, cool logic prevailed, and she did neither. But now, four months later, thrown together with Carrie as attendants at Hank's sister's wedding, Hank was learning the hard way that forgiving and forgetting was not in his ex-fiancee's vocabulary!
She's the One! by Kate Hoffmann:
Chase Donnelly had absolutely no intention of heeding his grandmother's prediction about the woman he'd marry. Though it was pretty strange that he encountered Natalie Hillyard the very next day. She fit the description to a T... but she was engaged to someone else. That did it! For Chase, the challenge of conquest was always irresistible!
The accident that killed her father brought Elyssa Rawlins Cutler to a crossroads in her life. She took a fresh look at her fabulous corporate job in Oklahoma City and her on-and-off fiance who had the scruples of an alley cat.
...For A Man...
Returning home, Elyssa suspects her father may have met with foul play. For she has inherited something besides her grandmother's Cherokee features: a sixth sense that tells her when thigns are very right - or very wrong. And her father's protege, rugged ex-rodeo star Nathan Hunter, couldn't be more wrong. Or could he?
...And Nothing Was More Dangerous
Elyssa knows she shuldn't trust this seductive cowboy, yet she wants him with a desire that blinds her to reason. Now she is faced with a choice that could prove her most fatal mistake - or bring her a love beyond all earthly delights.
When dashing Lord Nathaniel Hawke rescued a girl from drowning the last thing he expected was for that same girl to turn up on board his ship -- disguised as a boy! Respected naval captain of the "Pallas", Nathaniel had to conceal her identity from his men.
For ship's boy George -- alias Miss Georgiana Raithwaite -- running away seemed her only escape from a cruel impending marriage. Never did she imagine that her disguise would see her scrubbing decks on the high seas... in *extremely* close proximity to Lord Nathaniel Hawke!
Forbidden desires taunted them on their stormy voyage to Gibraltar. But with reputations at stake thier secret must be kept, as exposure could ruin them both...
You say you've heard the story about Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Crachit? But you've never heard it told quite this way! Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater has taken Chrarles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol", and cleverly rewoven it into a murder mystery which takes more turns than old Scrooge's walking stick.
A newspaper report published in the Dec 25, 1832 edition of the London Herald tells the story:
"An elderly man was murdered last night in his home on Cheapside Row. The victim, identified as Ebenezer Scrooge, was found shortly after midnight. Police reports state that he had been strangled with a section of bell cord and a stake of holly driven through his heart. The suspect, apprhended as he was fleeing the scene, has been identified as Bob Crachit."
Did Bob Crachit actually murder Ebenezer Scrooge? That is the question that will be pondered by the jury assembled in Judge Francis Hawkin's courtroom. This case, which has attracted considerable attention due to the gruesome manner in which the murder was carried out, is the first murder trial covered by the budding newspaper reporter "Dickey-Boy." His full name is Charles Dickens.
Now that you've been introduced to the characters, sit back and listen to this variation on a Dickens theme which will have you guessing right up to the end who really murdered Ebenezer Scrooge.
Jim Qwilleran is not exactly overwhelmed by his new assignment for the Daily Fluxion. Interior design has never been one of his specialties and now he's supposed to turn out an entire magazine on the subject every week!
But the first issue of Gracious Abodes is barely off the presses when Qwilleran finds himself back in more familiar territory - the exclusive residence featured on the cover has been burglarized and the lady of the louse if found dead... Now Qwilleran and Koko - the brilliant Siamese - have their respective moustache and whiskers twitching, and when Koko starts pawing clues in the dictionary and sniffing designer furniture, Qwilleran finds himself doing a feature on a very clever murderer.
There's something rotten in the small town of Pickax -- at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. An accident has claimed the life of the local paper's eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder.
They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko's snooping into an unusual edition of Shakespeare may prove CATastrophic... because somewhere in Pickax a lady love not wisely but too well, a widow is scandalously merry, and a stranger has a lean and hungry look. The stage is set for Qwilleran, Koko and Yum Yum, and the second act of murder most meow...
Something is amiss at Maus Haus. Not just the mystery of an unsolved "suicide" which hangs over the old mansion, but something ominous in the present-day residence. When Qwilleran moves in to work on his new gastronomical assignment, strange things begin to happen.
First it's a scream in the night, then a vanishing houseboy. But when his old girl friend disappears, something has to be done. Qwilleran, Koko, and Yum Yum setout to solve the mystery -- and find a murderer!
When Mrs Cobb heard unearthly noises in the antique-filled farmhouse, she called Jim Qwilleran for help. But he was too late. It looked as if his kindly ex-housekeeper had been frightened to death -- but by whom? Or what?
Now Qwilleran's moved into the historic farmhouse with his two cat companions - and Koko the Siamese is spooked. Is it a figment of feline imagination - or the clue to a murder in Moose County? And does Qwilleran have a ghost of a chance of solving this haunting mystery?