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Death in a Desert Land

As in the beloved Agatha Christie novels, a large cast of characters and many red herrings keep readers guessing. A strong sense of place and a thoughtful protagonist add interest. For readers of classic mysteries and, of course, Christie‚Äôs legions of fans.

A Different Kind of Evil

Fans of Agatha Christie may appreciate this fictional look at her life. However, with frequent mention of events from A Talent for Murder, newcomers might want to start these works in order. Those who prefer their mysteries with that certain English tone, or relish murder's cozier side, will appreciate this as well.

A Talent for Murder

Those who enjoy fiction and detective fiction (including Dame Agatha's own writings) will delight in this singular take on a strange event in Christie's life.

Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers

Libraries of all stripes should consider.

Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted

While Wilson takes readers inside the character of a gifted writer, the detailed accounts of Plath as a teenage socialite seem endless. Nonetheless, the biography succeeds in illuminating her exploits while making a significant contribution to Plath scholarship.

Shadow of the Titanic

The author makes good use of archival and published sources and his own recently conducted interviews. This is a captivating read that begins where most other Titanic books end. (Illustrations not seen.) [See Prepub Alert, 9/22/11.]

Contemporary Color in the Landscape

While the majority of examples in the book come from European gardens, American gardeners will still find plenty of inspiration. Landscape design professionals will probably glean more from Wilson's philosophical tone and rigorously methodical approach than will weekend gardeners, who may find a more practical guide such as P. Allen Smith's Colors for the Garden a better match. Nonetheless, this gorgeously illustrated guide offers a thorough introduction to the topic for both gardening pros and serious home gardeners.

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