Dial P for Puri

The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

When a housemaid disappears and is believed to have been murdered Ajay Kasliwal, an attorney noted for his crusades against corrupt local authorities stands accused. After all he is known to have “dined out” where his marriage is concerned and after all the missing girl worked for him. Desperate he turns to the one man in India who can help, Vish Puri. Described as “portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi” and noted for winning the 1999 Super Sleuth Award from the World Federation of Detectives, Puri is happy to take the case. The truth can not stay buried for long if India’s Most Private Detective is on its trail.

Full Steam Ahead

Into the Storm by Anderson Taylor

All seems lost! Following the disastrous defeat the USS Walker, a antique “four-stacker” destroyer left over from World War I and pressed into service once again, seeks refuge in a squall hoping the confusion from the storm will hide it from the pursuing Japanese armada. It does, but in a way that seems impossible.

On the other side of the squall is a world, that is familiar and yet so strange. The ocean teems with voracious piranha-like fish and gigantic sea monsters, there are dinosaurs in what should be Bali, and instead of people the crew of the Walker encounters ships full of talking “monkey-cats”.

What is the strange new world? Where is this strange new world? Who are these strange creatures and why are they so frightened of something called the Grik?

Hush

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

“There are times when silence is the best way to yell at the top of your voice.”

O.A. Battista

Do you prefer one-on-one interactions as opposed to group activities? Dislike small talk? Prefer solitude? Express yourself better in writing? Does time spent out and about often leave you feeling drained even if you have enjoyed yourself? If you answered yes, you may be an introvert.

What does it mean to be an introvert? In a world that values bold and hearty talkers what does it mean to be someone who is mellow and soft-spoken. Do not worry for without introverts there would be no writers, philosophers, inventors, and artists. Even in a world that cannot seem to stop talking there is still extraordinary power in those who choose to say nothing at all.

Murder Most English

Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet

Why would someone want to kill Wanda Batton-Smythe? It’s true that she was bossy, brusque, and overbearing. It’s true that she ran the local Women’s institute like a dictator. It’s true that she bullied her way through life and made the lives of those who stood in her way a general misery. It’s true that very few people in the village of Nether Monkslip liked Wanda, but surely no one hated her enough to kill her.

It Keeps You Runnin’

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman

“I feel about exercise the same way that I feel about a few other things: that there is nothing wrong with it if it is done in private by consenting adults.” Anna Quindlen.

You’ve seen them all before the lone individual red-faced and sweat-stained panting along a trail in the park, the lone individual cocooned in scarves and Lycra ambling along in sub-zero temperatures, the toned and perky twenty-something merrily bopping along festooned with all the latest in running technology, the pack of runners barreling down the sidewalk like a wave. Why do they do it? Why brave punishing weather, difficult terrain, hostile wildlife, and the protests of your own body trying to convince you that you were simply not made to do this. If you’ve ever wondered, maybe cartoonist Matthew Inman can explain the terrible and wonderful reasons why.

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

The Golden Ocean by Patrick O’Brian

In 1740 Commodore George Anson of the Royal Navy sailed from England with a squadron of eight warships intent on disrupting the trade and capturing the holdings of the Spanish Empire in the Pacific Ocean. The squadron’s voyage took four years and of the eight ships that sailed from England only one returned. 188 men out of 1,854 survived to tell the tales of the dangers they’d face, the wonders they’d seen, and the marvelous treasures held by Spain in the Golden Ocean.

It’s All Connected

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Holistic adj.: emphasizing the organic or functional relation between parts and wholes.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

We solve the whole crime

We find the the whole person

What do a ghost, a computer programer, a college professor, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, a horse, and the murder of the head of a major British technology firm have in common? (No this is not some kind of a joke.) Nothing as far as anyone can tell, but somehow they are all connected together.