The Mary Westmacott Collection

The Mary Westmacott Collection

The first three of six psychological romance novels, love stories with a jagged edge, by the Queen of Crime, writing under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. It was her sharp observations of the ambitions that drive people, their relationships and the conflicts that erupt between them, that added life and sparkle to her ingenious detective novels. When she turned this understanding of human nature away from the crime genre, writing anonymously as Mary Westmacott to prove that her writing could sell on its merit rather than her fame alone, she created bittersweet novels, love stories with a jagged edge, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work. This omnibus gathers together the first three Mary Westmacott novels: Giant's Bread: When a gifted composer returns home after being reported killed in the war, he finds his wife has already remarried... Unfinished Portrait: A female novelist attempts suicide after a marriage break up... Absent in the Spring: A middle-aged woman tries to come to terms with her husband's love for another woman...

Queering Agatha Christie

Revisiting the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Queering Agatha Christie

This book is the first fully theorized queer reading of a Golden Age British crime writer. Agatha Christie was the most commercially successful novelist of the twentieth century, and her fiction remains popular. She created such memorable characters as Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple, and has become synonymous with a nostalgic, conservative tradition of crime fiction. J.C. Bernthal reads Christie through the lens of queer theory, uncovering a playful, alert, and subversive social commentary. After considering Christie’s emergence in a commercial market hostile to her sex, in Queering Agatha Christie Bernthal explores homophobic stereotypes, gender performativity, queer children, and masquerade in key texts published between 1920 and 1952. Christie engaged with debates around human identity in a unique historical period affected by two world wars. The final chapter considers twenty-first century Poirot and Marple adaptations, with visible LGBT characters, and poses the question: might the books be queerer?

Hercule Poirot

The Complete Short Stories

Hercule Poirot

At Last All The Poirot Short Stories In A Single Volume My Name Is Hercule Poirot And I Am Probably The Greatest Detective In The World. The Dapper, Moustache-Twirling Little Belgian With The Egg-Shaped Head, Curious Mannerisms And Inordinate Respect For His Own Little Grey Cells Has Solved Some Of The Most Puzzling Crimes Of The Century. Appearing In Agatha Christie S Very First Novel In 1920 And Her Very Last In 1975, Hercule Poirot Became The Most Celebrated Detective Since Sherlock Holmes, Appearing In 33 Novels, A Play, And These 51 Short Stories. Arranged In Their Original Publication Order, These Short Stories Provide A Feast For Hardened Agatha Christie Addicts As Well As Those Who Have Grown To Love The Detective Through His Many Film And Television Appearances.

Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies

First International Conference, EC-Web 2000 London, UK, September 4-6, 2000 Proceedings

Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies

This volume includes the papers accepted for the First International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies, which was held in Greenwich, UK, on September 4-6, 2000. The conference is the first of a series of planned conferences on these topics with the goal to bring together researchers from academia, practitioners and commercial developers from industry, and users to assess current methodologies and explore new ideas in e-commerce and web technology. The conference attracted 120 papers from all over the world and each paper was reviewed by at least three program committee members for its merit. The program committee finally selected 42 papers for presentation and inclusion in these conference proceedings. The conference program consisted of 14 technical sessions and two invited talks spread over three days. The regular sessions covered topics such as web application design, intellectual property rights, security and fairness, distributed organizations, web usage analysis, modelling of web applications, electronic commerce success factors, electronic markets, XML, web mining, electronic negotiation, integrity and performance, facilitating electronic commerce, and mobile electronic commerce. There were two invited addresses at the conference. The first was by Anthony Finkelstein, University College London, UK on "A Foolish Consistency: Technical Challenges in Consistency Management". This was a common address to the DEXA, the DaWaK and the EC-Web attendees. The second talk was by Paul Timmers, European Commission, Information Technologies Directorate on "The Role of Technology for the e-Economy".

The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe", declared the parson, "would be doing the world at large a service!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth, and one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later.

Poirot

The Complete Battles of Hastings

Poirot

A brand new Agatha Christie omnibus, featuring four of the eight novels in which Captain Arthur Hastings appears alongside the world-renowned detective, Hercule Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder on the Links, The Big Four and Peril at End House.

The Thirteen Problems

The Thirteen Problems

Miss Jane Marple is throwing a party, and the guests all have a story to tell--thirteen in all--each involving evil deeds and clever deduction. Reissue.

Cards on the Table

Cards on the Table

A flamboyant party host is murdered in full view of a roomful of bridge players... Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection. Indeed, what began as an absorbing evening of bridge was to turn into a more dangerous game altogether...