A Girl's Best Friend
By Jules Wake
Welcome to your new cottage in the country - complete with grumpy vet, village gossip and a very muddy dog . . . City girl Ella wants to take refuge in the country, lick her wounds and work out what she's going to do with the rest of her life. She certainly doesn't want to have a four-legged house guest or anything to do with village life. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of Wilsgrave have other ideas.Settling in to her godmother's house for a few months of R&R, Ella finds herself the reluctant babysitter of a badly behaved Labrador - and her plans of staying mainly indoors scuppered. But as she's forced into wellies and into the village's way of doing things, Ella meets people who make her think again about what she really wants out of life and love, starting with her new furry best friend . . .A gorgeously romantic tale set in an idyllic countryside village, from the author of ebook bestseller Covent Garden in the Snow. Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde.What everyone's saying about A Girl's Best Friend:'I loved this book! Thank you so much to Jules Wake for yet another brilliant story' NetGalley Reviewer'Enjoyable and charming, and perfect for anyone who needs a quick escape to the country' Amazon Reviewer'It seems Wake can write the perfect Summer, Christmas and now, Springtime books . . . light-hearted, warm and witty - it made me just want to stick my own wellies on, get outside for a walk and appreciate the outdoor life!' NetGalley Reviewer'Packed full of lovely characters, wagging tails, and self re-discovery' Amazon Reviewer'I was hooked from the first page and I loved it so much that I struggled to put it down! . . . Funny, heartwarming and lighthearted . . . a joy to read' NetGalley Reviewer 'I love getting lost in a Jules Wake book . . . A heart-warming tale of finding yourself, and falling in love with life again' Debbie Johnson, author of Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe
The Great British Bake Off: Get Baking for Friends and Family
THE BRAND-NEW OFFICIAL GBBO BOOK, FEATURING RECIPES FROM THE NEW CHANNEL 4 SERIESFeaturing more than 100 beautifully photographed sweet and savoury bakes, with recipes from Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and the series 8 and 9 bakers. From children's birthdays and charity bake sales to celebrating with a loved one or simply enjoying sweet treat over a cup of tea and a catch-up with a dear friend, Get Baking for Friends & Family is a celebration of all those shared moments: both in the joy of making and in the simple pleasure of indulging in something really delicious.The Great British Bake Off: Get Baking for Friends & Family will encourage and empower amateur bakers of all abilities to have a go at home, taking inspiration from The Great British Bake Off's most ambitious bakes but with simplified recipes and straightforward instructions that will enable even complete beginners to impress their nearest and dearest.Featuring...* Cakes, including: Sticky Toffee Apple Caramel Cake; Hot Chocolate Cake; Stem Ginger Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Salted Caramel; Watermelon Illusion Cake.* Biscuits, including: Wagon Wheels; Salted Caramel Millionaire's Shortbread; Coffee and Amaretto Kisses* Breads, including: Irish Quick Bread; Stuffed Smoked Paprika Loaf; Cinnamon Brioche Bread* Puds and Desserts, including: Banana Toffee Sponge; Chocolate Terrine with Pistachio Praline; Hungarian Apple Pie* Sweet Pastry and Patisserie, including: Prue's Mince Pies; Chocolate Palmiers; Cherry Frangipane Pies * Savoury Bakes, including: Savoury Veggie Samosa; Potato Crust Quiche; Courgette and Kale TartsAs well as helpful hints, tips and tricks, and easy step-by-step instructions throughout. ·
By Emma Fraser
Secrets will be uncovered . . .'I was absolutely gripped . . . the atmospheric setting of Greyfriars intertwined with the grim reality of the war camps of Singapore was inspirational.' Linda Finlay'A thought-provoking and atmospheric read.' Evie GraceAn epic, sweeping drama about a family with secrets and a house shrouded in mystery, Greyfriars House is perfect for fans of Rachel Hore, Kate Morton, Kate Riordan and Tracey Rees. On a remote Scottish island sits Greyfriars House1939Nine-year-old Olivia Friel is delighted to be spending the summer at Greyfriars House, a place where her parents, their family and friends are always happy. But this year there's an underlying tension that Olivia doesn't understand. Then one night she sees something she's not meant to, and accidentally lets slip a devastating betrayal. 1984Charlotte Friel gets a call from her ailing mother, asking something she's never asked before: for Charlotte to come home. There are things Olivia needs to tell her daughter before it's too late, secrets to be shared about forgotten relatives and a mysterious house.Left reeling by recent events, Charlotte is unsure what path to follow. But eventually her curiosity, and a desire to escape her own life, lead her to Greyfriars House. Will she find the answers she needs to make peace with the past?Praise for Emma Fraser:'A gripping tale . . . romance, adventure and an intriguing underlying mystery' - Lancaster Guardian 'A heartbreaking novel of love and loss' - Blackpool Gazette 'A powerful and at times gritty tale of love and loss . . . a great, insightful read' - Novelicious 'An epic tale of one woman's determination to follow her dreams' - People's Friend'First rate' - Lovereading'Engaging and enjoyable' - The Historical Novel Society
By Laura Elliot
'I was gripped from the first few pages and found myself hooked on a rollercoaster ride up to the last few pages ... I read it in pretty much one sitting, I just needed to know how the book was going to end' Donna's Book BlogIt begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child.On a warm summer's morning, thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing. A few days later, Constance's uncle, Karl Lawson, suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect. Six years later . . . Karl's life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda's world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother's worst nightmare. An utterly compelling psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Close to Home and Claire Douglas.Read what everyone is saying about Guilty:'Guilty was such a great book. It was filled with so many twists and turns...It was well written and definitely made you wanting more with every page turn.' Oh My Lit 'Guilty is one gripping psychological thriller with a well-constructed plot and realistic and believable characters...Incredibly thought-provoking, it'll make you question everything.' Novel Deelights 'A mesmerizing psychological thriller...and will leave you completely fulfilled with a flawless ending.Guilty is the first novel I have read by Laura Elliot and it will NOT be my last. I found Guilty to be impossible to put down, the characters are intoxicating, and the story compulsively addictive.' Books and Smiles'A great thriller that is full of suspense and tension.' Goodreads Reviewer 'This book is a raw, edge-of-the-seat page-turner. The story is told in four parts, all of which lead into each other beautifully.' Goodreads Reviewer'Dealing with passion, adultery, deception and tragedy, and how the past has a way of creeping up on you...a really intriguing page-turner with a surprising twist.' Evening Echo'Entertaining and highly thought-provoking.' Closer Magazine
By Lisa Scottoline, Nelson DeMille
In this short story from the International Thriller Writers' anthology MatchUp, bestselling authors Nelson DeMille and Lisa Scottoline-along with their popular series characters John Corey and Bennie Rosato-team up for the first time ever.When former NYPD homicide detective and Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey finds himself recuperating at a remote lakeside cabin, the last thing he expects is trouble. Then tough-as-nails lawyer Bennie Rosato comes running out of the woods with masked men on her trail. With no phone reception and unknown dangers lurking, can these two alpha personalities work together to survive the night?For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Match Up!
The Garden of Small Beginnings
By Abbi Waxman
'A feel-good, hate-to-put-it-down, kind of book!' ChickLit CentralLife is about to blossom for Lili . . . In the three years since her husband died in a car accident, Lili has just about managed to resume her day-to-day life as a single mother and successful illustrator. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work and watch TV like a pro. But there's still the small problem of the aching loss she feels inside.When she's commissioned to illustrate a series of horticultural books, and signs up to a weekly gardening class, finally her life starts to bloom again. The class provides Lili with a new network of unexpected friends - friends with their own heartaches and problems - and, maybe, another chance at love . . .'Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely' Katie Fforde_____Fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Wilde Like Me will fall in love with this gloriously funny and uplifting novel about friendship, love and grabbing life by the roots.'A cosy, life-affirming read' Cathy Hopkins'Witty, uplifting and unashamedly honest' Heidi Swain'Funny and uplifting' Good Housekeeping'Filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life' Bustle'Waxman's voice is witty, emotional and often profound' InStyle'A quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book' hellogiggles'Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful' Emily Giffin, author of First Comes Love
By Mark Greaney
Mark Greaney, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy's recent Jack Ryan novels, delivers another breakneck thriller following the world's deadliest assassin - the Gray Man.After five years on the run, 'The Gray Man' - Court Gentry - is back on the inside at the CIA. His first mission makes him wish he wasn't, when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese stay eyes-only on foreign agents - why are they on such high alert? Court's high-stakes hunt leads to an old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret unit responsible for testing China's security systems. But Fan was too good at his job . . .The first two teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared and the Chinese have decided to 'supervise' the next operation. What they don't know is that Gentry's mission is to find Fan first and get his intel to the US - and get out alive . . .
The Girl in the Ice
By Robert Bryndza
Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice . . . She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong... resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she's faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again? A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza today.Read what people are saying about The Girl in the Ice:'I freakin' LOVED it! . . . Once in a while a book stops you in your tracks . . . this is THAT book!' Crime Book Junkie'I loved, loved, loved this book and Erika Foster is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, tenacious, direct and passionate...I found the writing tight, evocative and enthralling. I CAN NOT wait for the next installment.' Angela Marsons'A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller!The ending, oh the ending! My mind is still blown! This book does not disappoint!' The Book Addicted Boy'Oh my gosh!...gripping, grimy, hardcore, thrilling...I was hooked!!!...I loved this book...You Have GOT To Read This!' A Page of Fictional Love'An intriguing web of lies, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Foster and am already looking forward to the next book.' Mel Sherratt'A compelling read - once you've started, it's hard to put down.' Rachel Abbott'Hands-down, one of the most exciting, dramatic, tense and compelling thrillers that I think I have ever read.' Bookaholic Confessions'Absolute perfection!...Boy are there some sharp turns! There were a few moments when I felt like I had it all figured out and I was so wrong! Fantastic book!...' The Eternal Optimist'The Girl In The Ice is a brilliantly clever crime thriller...Had me hurtling at full speed, until WHAM!!!! with an ending that just totally blew me away! An absolute must read for all you crime fanatics out there.' By The Letter Book Reviews'Engaging, thought provoking, full of suspense this is one murder mystery you won't want to miss.' Erisea Magazine'With a great plot that really digs into the depths of human nature and some fascinating characters that really were excessive shades of light and dark...The book keeps you guessing and on edge, you will think you have it ALL worked out, but the twisty reveal was very impressive, loved it.' Book Lover Cat Lady'I found myself racing through the chapters...it has plenty of twists and turns, with enough red herrings to keep the reader captivated to the very last page, it's addictive, compulsive and much more.' The Book Review Café
A Great Reckoning
By Louise Penny
Winner of the the Barry, Macavity, & Anthony Awards for Best Novel 2017Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Crime Novel 2016A Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller of 2016 finalistFormer Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed . . .Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, A Great Reckoning is the new spellbinding novel from number one bestseller, Louise Penny. Evocative and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
By Louise Jensen
The perfect daughter is dead. And a secret is eating her family alive...Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie's perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets...Callie's parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they're only telling her half the story. Where is Callie's sister Sophie? She's been 'abroad' since her sister's death but something about her absence doesn't add up. And when Jenna meets Callie's boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery. Jenna knows that Callie didn't die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life. A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.What everyone is saying about The Gift:'My God! It's a bloody corker! An exquisite writer... Louise has completely knocked it out of the park and brought us all another amazing thriller! MY FIRST EVER GOLD STAR AWARD.' Emma the Little Bookworm'Hells Bells! The Gift by Louise Jensen is an absolute cracker of a read it's tense, gripping and thrilling. I literally devoured this book in one sitting, I love it when you read a book and the opening chapter grabs you by the throat... Louise Jensen has written a belter of a book that will keep even the most hardened psychological thriller lover glued to their kindle/book.' The Book Review Cafe'Louise Jensen has this great gift of being able to drag you directly into the story and carry you along kicking and screaming! Drop everything and curl up in a comfy chair because as soon as you start this book you won't want to do anything else!' Angelnet Reviews'I absolutely ADORE Louise Jensen's writing... The Gift is full to the brim of twists and turns... superb!' Damp Pebbles'This book is a compulsive read - once you start it you'll find it incredibly hard to put down again until you've finished it... I love the way that nearly every chapter ends on a mini cliff-hanger - it kept me turning the pages late into the night and eventually I decided I simply couldn't go to bed until I knew the truth!' Rather Too Fond of Books'I could not put this book down. I neglected all the house work and put off cooking dinner until I was finished... I loved every page.' Renee Reads'My eyes were racing down the pages... had me guessing right up to the very end and I had tears in my eyes as I relived Charlie's last moments... exceptional... It's an addictive page-turner that begs time and again for just one more chapter until the whole book has been devoured and thoroughly enjoyed.' The Book Magnet'Wow! What an amazing debut novel! Full of intense twists! Fantastic book to start off summer reading! Highly recommend.' Loud and Proud Book Junkie 'I loved this book, it grabbed me right from the beginning...it got under my skin, I felt intimately close to Grace and was rooting for her all the way... compelling and scary and unputdownable.' Beady Jans Books'I genuinely struggled to put this book down... I can't recommend this book enough, it's made it to my favourites... I can't wait for more books to come from Louise Jensen... A well-deserved five stars from me.' Emporio Epidemic
By Louise Penny
The Number One New York Times bestseller'A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann CleevesOne cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent, Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.In the early days of the murder inquiry, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins, Gamache must face the consequences of his decisions, and his actions, from which there is no going back . . .Gripping, surprising and powerful, Glass Houses is the new ingenious and illuminating novel from number one bestseller, Louise Penny, which will leave you spellbound until the final page. 'Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Quebec police is one of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction'The Times
A Grave Concern
By Susanna Gregory
Identifying the murderer of the Chancellor of the University is not the only challenge facing physician Matthew Bartholomew. Many of his patients have been made worse by the ministrations of a 'surgeon' recently arrived from Nottingham, his sister is being rooked by the mason she has commissioned to build her husband's tomb, and his friend, Brother Michael, has been offered a Bishopric which will cause him to leave Cambridge.Brother Michael, keen to leave the University in good order, is determined that the new Chancellor will be a man of his choosing. The number of contenders putting themselves forward for election threatens to get out of control, then more deaths in mysterious circumstances make it appear that someone is taking extreme measures to manipulate the competition.With passions running high and a bold killer at large, both Bartholomew and Brother Michael fear the very future of the University is at stake.
By Liza Cody
An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubLiza Cody, author of the Anna Lee and Eva Wylie series, tells a take of modern policing. Bath no longer has a proper police station, so when there is a stabbing, disgruntled officers from the surrounding areas are sent in. Shareen Manasseh breaks away from her old-school Sergeant and goes sleuthing on her own, with the help of some locals.
The Good Mother
By Kim Lock
If Liane Moriarty had written Friend Request . . .'It's Jenna,' Ark says. 'She's - 'His voice tears off.'She's dead.'One ordinary afternoon, Fairlie Winter receives a devastating phone call - her best friend is dead.Jenna Rudolph was a devoted mother and wife and has left behind her young son, Henry, and her grief-stricken husband, Ark. The circumstances surrounding Jenna's death, while tragic, seem to be clear-cut yet Fairlie can't shake the feeling that Jenna was hiding something.And then Fairlie receives a letter. From Jenna. Posted before she died.The contents of that letter force Fairlie on a journey to discover the truth - a truth that she may not be ready for. Driven by her need for answers, she uncovers a horrifying past of two desperate mothers and the tragic choices they made for their children and she must ask herself, is there such a thing as loving your child too much?Heart-breaking, tense and dramatic, The Good Mother is about the price of motherhood and the unthinkable things we do in the name of love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, B A Paris and Friend Request.***Praise for Kim Lock:'Filled with twists and surprises - highly recommended' Closer'Kim Lock knows how to build tension.' Amazon reviewer'Goes straight in for the jugular' Evening Standard'I cannot wait for her next book.' Amazon reviewer 'Reminded me of The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty' The Book Bag'A thrilling exploration into family dynamics and the darkness of domestic violence.' Goodreads reviewer'Gripping and poignant' Kylie Ladd'Thrilling.' Woman's Day
Goop Clean Beauty
By The Editors of Goop
Finally, the ultimate guide to all things beauty from THE experts in clean living. Written by the editors of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle collective, goop, this must-have beauty bible will shed a definitive light on topics such as what to eat, the importance of sleep, the power of antioxidants, and the impact of exercise, while offering tactical advice for skin issues and acne, as well as clean makeup product suggestions. Readers will also find beauty tutorials from some of goop's expert makeup artists and hair stylists. GOOP CLEAN BEAUTY will feature delicious skin-boosting recipes and 100 gorgeous photographs of real women, and of course Gwyneth and other goop friends and family, all of whom will share their own secrets, routines, and beauty rituals.
By Jon Finch, Ben Merrington
The pioneers of British barbecue bring you the ultimate guide to the grill.'Everything you need for a BBQ blowout in your backyard'Evening StandardGrillstock know a thing or two about low 'n' slow barbecue. They have been pioneers of the American barbecue scene in the UK since 2010 with their original BBQ and music festival, Grillstock, which sees top pit-masters compete from the world over, and their chain of smokehouses bringing truly authentic BBQ to cities across the UK.Stacked with more than 100 recipes and revealing plenty of Grillstock secrets, Grillstock: The BBQ Book includes favourites from the Smokehouse menu, tips on mastering low 'n' slow style cooking, epic meaty feast ideas, and unique recipes from some of the world's best BBQ competition teams.With chapters focused on the core meats of any great BBQ meal (Pork, Beef, Chicken and Ribs), a guide to the art of smoking meat, plus further chapters on burgers, fixin's (sides), rubs 'n' sauces and finally 'slurps', the book provides all you need to create everything from smokin' dinners for two to the ultimate BBQ feast. Praise for Grillstock restaurants and events:'I'm still amusedly flabbergasted by my majorly American weekend of downhome flavour from back home (then) near my London home (now) feasting. Grillstock London was BBQ blast and a low and slow experience I look forward savouring again'Chris Osburn Huffington Post'Proper barbecue heaven' Daily Mail'One of the 8 Best Rib Joints in Britain'Esquire'You may as well accept that you will leave with sauce splattered down your shirt and chin'Mark Taylor Crumbs Magazine'Not strictly the UK's only serious competition BBQ meet but, in my own hopelessly biased opinion, the best, and, for fans of American low-and-slow meat cooking, about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. You could almost be in Kansas'Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits'Music festivals are good and all, but have you ever been listening to a band and thought, "wow...I wish I was eating a big pile of meat." That's where Grillstock comes in, a magical place where hotdog eating contests, the best in bbq food, craft beer and live music come together'Topman'The real spirit of barbecue'Macs BBQ
By Nelson DeMille
The upmarket and salubrious area of Long Island is the stamping ground for a dying breed of America's super-rich. It is also the residence of John Sutter, lawyer - very top-drawer, old money, right clubs - and his sensual wife, Susan. Their lives are about to be turned dramatically upside down by their new 'next-door' neighbour - a certain Mr Frank Bellarosa, top Mafia don and master manipulator. It is he who will impress upon them a rule much older than the archaic etiquette of the old-money set: a favour accepted is a favour owed.Twenty-five years after it was first published, Nelson DeMille's Gold Coast stands as a modern thriller classic, a stylish, compelling and provocative novel will grip readers from beginning to end.
By Rosina Harrison
You've read tales of lady's maids and cooks, housekeepers and nannies, but now it's time to hear from the other side of life as a servant. From the lamp boy to the butler, here are the fascinating storis from the men below stairs. This treasure-trove of memories, collected together by Rosina Harrison, bestselling author of The Lady's Maid, includes the night the ill-fated Edward VIII came to dinner; the time Charlie Chaplin scandalised the servants with his 'familiar' behaviour - and the occasion when a hot potato dropped down a lady's décolletage at a veryexclusive supper party . . .
Good and Valuable Consideration
By Lee Child, Joseph Finder
In this original short story from the New York Times bestselling thriller anthology Face Off, international bestsellers Lee Child and Joseph Finder - along with their popular series characters Jack Reacher and Nick Heller - team up for the first time ever. When Jack Reacher sits down to watch a baseball game at a Boston bar, he has no way of knowing what kind of trouble is about to walk in the door - and not just because he's a Yankees fan in a Red Sox town. In this action-packed short story, Reacher and a new acquaintance - Sox fan Nick Heller - find themselves drawn into a much less friendly rivalry when the guy sitting between them at the bar turns out to be a marked man... For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Face Off!
By R.L Stine, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
In this original short story from the New York Times bestselling thriller anthology Face Off, bestselling authors Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child team up with R.L. Stine for the first time ever, pitting enigmatic FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast against the most unusual villain he's ever faced - Stine's classic creation: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy. First introduced in R.L. Stine's 400 million-copy bestselling Goosebumps series, Slappy is a dummy carved from coffin wood who boasts enormous strength and a sarcastic, sadistic personality. In contrast, Agent Pendergast is an elegant, intelligent man who never lets himself be ruffled by the particulars of an investigation. Yet when these two meet for the first time - at Stony Mountain Sanatorium - Pendergast is quite clearly out of his element and nothing is as it seems... For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Face Off!