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AMATEUR NIGHT, Beck, K. K.
181 Beck, K. K. AMATEUR NIGHT
Mysterious Press 1994 0446401455 / 9780446401456 Paperback Very Good 
Amateur detective Jane da Silva searches for a missing witness to the murd er of a pharmacist, a crime for which the wrong man may have been convicte d. 
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AUTUMN, Beddoe, Noel
182 Beddoe, Noel AUTUMN
Heinemann (William) Australi 1991 0855614110 / 9780855614119 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean trade paperback. 
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THE FIRE SACRIFICE, Bedi, Sushama
183 Bedi, Sushama THE FIRE SACRIFICE
Heinemann 1994 0435950878 / 9780435950873 Paperback As New 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. Susham Bedi lives and teaches in the USA, but continues to write in her mother-tongue, Hindi. Through a woman's eyes, this novel describes several years in the lives of Indian immigrants in the United States, charting the battle of traditional Hindu morals and values against modern American life. 
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MISTLERS EXIT, Begley, Louis
184 Begley, Louis MISTLERS EXIT
Ivy Books 1999 0804119155 / 9780804119153 Paperback Good 
Thomas Mistler has always thought himself "a happy man, as the world goes." A scion of old money, he made his own fortune in advertising and is now po ised to sell the company he founded for a fabulous price. But when a medica l examination reveals the presence in his liver of a fatal intruder, "prepo sterously, unmistakably, he begins to rejoice," with a feeling of having be en set free. But free from what? He will seek the answer surreptitiously, without revealing his illness to h is family, during a last reprieve, a moment of grace in "the one place on e arth where nothing irritates him." But amidst the surreal beauties of Venic e, he finds bitterness and chaos as he allows himself to drift for the firs t time. His halfhearted efforts to seize the day and its present pleasures- -first with a striving young photographer and later with a love of his yout h who never loved him--cannot compete with his need to commune with the liv ing and the dead that crowd his life: his father and uncle, pillars of the Establishment, sources of the "genetic puritanism" he has never tried to re sist; his son, Sam, whose love he has only barely salvaged; his wife, once perfectly "beautiful and suitable," now humiliated by him and half-scorned. And the one woman who embodies everything he might have wished for, a woma n he "never had and never lost." Deeply poignant yet mordantly funny, Mistler's Exit brilliantly discloses the pleasures and miseries of having it all. A masterly revelation of the complexities of the heart. 
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CITY OF LIGHT, Belfer, Lauren
185 Belfer, Lauren CITY OF LIGHT
Island Books 2000 0407101837 / 9780407101838 Paperback Very Good 
City of Light is quite simply electrifying. Not that there's anything simpl e about this rich novel, which is first and foremost an examination of illu sion, invisibility, and power--physical and personal. Set in the spring of 1901, as preparations for the Pan-American Exposition would seem to promise Buffalo, New York, a permanent place in the world, Lauren Belfer's book is narrated by the never-married headmistress of a fashionable girls' school. At 36, Louisa Barrett does her best to free her charges from their societa l shackles. "I'm rather ashamed of all the things I've been able to give my students through the subterfuge of training them to be better wives," she says proudly. What Louisa is most concerned about, however, is her 9-year-o ld goddaughter, Grace Sinclair, who has grown increasingly unstable since h er mother's sudden death. Meanwhile, Grace's father is heading up Buffalo's hydroelectric power plans with dangerous zeal--much to the chagrin of loca l conservationists who oppose any exploitation of Niagara Falls. Will Tom's intensity, which smacks of fanaticism, extend so far as murder? But this offers only the barest idea of Belfer's complex grid. In 500 fast pages, she creates a fascinating, disquieting world in which nothing is what it seems. As Louisa battles against her instinct for self-preservation, her past--particularly a vile encounter with the corpulent Grover Cleveland--threatens to undermine her carefully created persona and loose her greatest secret. Looking back on the events of 1901 from the safety (and disappointment) of 1909, Louisa is the most astringent and intriguing of narrators. To Lauren 
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THE BLOOD OF CAESAR: A SECOND CASE FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF PLINY THE YOUNGER, Bell, Albert A.Jr
186 Bell, Albert A.Jr THE BLOOD OF CAESAR: A SECOND CASE FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF PLINY THE YOUNGER
Ingalls Publishing Group 2008 1932158820 / 9781932158823 Paperback Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: Pliny the Younger and Tacitus have another mystery to solve - actually layers of mysteries. During dinner at the emperor Domitian's palace, a workman is discovered dead in the archives. Why is this humble man's death important to the ruler of Rome? Domitian assigns Pliny to uncover references to an unknown heir of Augustus Caesar in a memoir of Nero's mother. Why does Domitian suspect his own copy of the memoir is incomplete? And how does his suspicion relate to the niece of Pliny's old friend and mentor? Is Tacitus' father-in-law Agricola a villain or a potential victim? Like a sinister red line slashed through a carefully prepared manuscript, the legacy of the great Augustus marks the connections to slaves of Pliny's own household. Pliny and Tacitus must descend to the Stygian underworld of Nero's buried "golden house" to find answers. Will the answers save the peace of Rome, or mark its doom? 
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TEN INDIANS, Bell, Madison Smartt
187 Bell, Madison Smartt TEN INDIANS
Penguin Books 1997 0140268464 / 9780140268461 Paperback Very Good 
Bell, recently identified by Granta as one of the 20 best young American no velists, here shows why. Multiple narrators cast different shadows on the s tory of Mike Devlin, a white, middle-class psychologist whose life is in cr isis (whether he knows it or not), who sets up a Tae Kwan Do academy in a b lack, inner-city neighborhood (in crisis of its own) in Baltimore. The conc ept of "getting involved" applies in a metaphysical as well as practical se nse. "Boundary crossing" also takes on multiple meanings, especially as Mic helle, Devlin's teenage daughter, becomes increasingly interested in the ac ademy and the neighborhood. Deliberately understated, the book turns the ni ce trick of holding the reader despite the fact that the outcome is forecas t at the beginning. Readers introduced to Bell with the highly praised All Souls' Rising, a historical novel of Haitian independence, will find Ten In dians quite different. But the martial arts theme and inner-city setting ar e in fact much more typical of his oeuvre. 
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THE LODESTAR, Belle, Pamela
188 Belle, Pamela THE LODESTAR
St Martins Pr 1989 0312029454 / 9780312029456 Hardcover Good/Good 
Former Library Book: Set during the brief reign of Richard III, this impressively crafted historical novel deserves attention from readers not normally drawn to the genre. Belle ( Wintercombe ) is of the school that regards Richard, Duke of Gloucester, as a troubled monarch who did what he thought best for his country and bore no ill will toward his brother Edward's two sons and heirs. The disappearance of the princes is explained from this somewhat heretical point of view. Well-researched details bring life to the involving story, which focuses on Christie Heron, a young man who joins the Duke of Gloucester's household and is swept into the events of Richard's kingship. Issues of loyalty are played out against the rich backdrop of the Wars of the Roses as Christie fights several personal battles as well as those of his king. The long, complex narrative illuminates its historical setting so clearly and thoroughly that readers absorb the period effortlessly, along with a rousing good story based on a provocative interpretation of a controversial monarch's character and deeds. 
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TREASON'S GIFT, Belle, Pamela
189 Belle, Pamela TREASON'S GIFT
Pan Books 1993 0330331027 / 9780330331029 Paperback Good 
In the summer of 1686, Alex marries his cousin, Louise and they are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child. But their world is shattered wh en the baby is born prematurely, and in the aftermath of the ensuing traged y, grief and guilt affect their marriage. 
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SEIZE THE DAY, Bellow, Saul
190 Bellow, Saul SEIZE THE DAY
Penguin Books 2006 0141023406 / 9780141023403 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Tommy Wilhelm is a worried man. Once charming, he has failed to make it big as an actor in Hollywood, left his family and lost his job as a salesman. Now he lives in the Hotel Gloriana in New York City, while his successful father lectures him about changing his life. But Wilhelm clings to the hope that his luck is about to turn and has given his last $700 to the mysterious, philosophizing Dr Tamkin to invest. Is the smooth-talking Tamkin ripping Wilhelm off? Or does he offer him one last chance to make it out of this mess? 
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THE DEAN'S DECEMBER, Bellow, Saul
191 Bellow, Saul THE DEAN'S DECEMBER
Penguin Books Ltd 1982 0140062521 / 9780140062526 Paperback Good 

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RUMMIES, Benchley, Peter
192 Benchley, Peter RUMMIES
Fawcett 1990 0449219453 / 9780449219454 Paperback Very Good 
An alcoholic upper-middle-class WASP sent to a posh clinic to dry out witne sses the hypocritical behavior of the clinic's director. According to PW , Benchley's "plot may be muddled, but his writing is vigorous and observant . " Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. 
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193 Benedict, Elizabeth ALMOST
Houghton Mifflin 2001 0618143327 / 9780618143320 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-library or a book of the month club edition. Acid humor and piercing insight mark this novel about death, divorce, exes, lovers and surrogate children on and off a snooty East Coast island. In a kaleidoscopic display of shifting perceptions, Benedict (Slow Dancing) chronicles the simultaneously sardonic and self-lacerating attempt of struggling novelist and celeb-bio ghostwriter Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost-ex-husband Will, a former CIA agent. When the phone call comes, Sophy is in bed with her lover, British art dealer Daniel Jacobs, in her New York City apartment. Despite deepening affection between her and his four adopted Vietnamese children, Sophy and Daniel's couplehood is one of convenience. When Sophy returns to Swansea, the island off the coast of Massachusetts where she lived with Will, she must face the fallout of his death possibly by suicide, possibly her fault without Daniel. But she is hardly alone. Surrounded by friends (gay funnyman Henderson, ex-lover and celebrity defense lawyer Evan Lambert), possible enemies (her two adult ste-daughters and their mother) and a host of island acquaintances straight out of Town and Country, Sophy waits for the coroner's report to clear up the central mystery of Will's death. Meanwhile, several more mysteries develop: Who is Crystal Sparrow, and why did she leave a message on Will's answering machine just before he died? Where is Sophy's mutt, Henry? What terrible news did Evan and his wife 
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194 Benitez, Sandra BITTER GROUNDS
Sceptre 1998 0340695838 / 9780340695838 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: The story of three generations of women in El Salvador. Elena is the wife of a rich coffee plantation owner, Mercedes is her housemaid. Their lives and those of their daughters are traced through marriage, infidelity, murder and revenge, all intertwined with the turbulence of El Salvador's history. 
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THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN, Bennett, Alan
195 Bennett, Alan THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN
Random House 2001 0375503064 / 9780375503061 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean first edition (as stated)not an ex-lib, no markings throughou t: When life is pared down to the bare essentials, one can grow spirituallyAor shrink into one's basic instincts. Though profound statements as such are not to be found in British playwright Bennett's charmingly subversive and very amusing cautionary tale, his characters illustrate the principle in surprising ways. Mr. and Mrs. Ransome return to their London flat after a performance of Cos? fan tutte (Mozart's comic opera about changing identities) to find the place totally stripped. Even the casserole left warming in the oven is gone, along with the oven, all other appliances and every stitch of clothing. Mr. Ransome, a stodgy, misanthropic solicitor who is fussy about correct diction, is mainly concerned about the loss of his CD player and the earphones with which he has always insulated himself from his wife. Formerly cowed and repressed, Mrs. Ransome is surprised at her pleasure in replacing their lost possessions with a few inexpensive items. The burglary liberates her personality, allowing her to inch cautiously toward new interpersonal connectionsAfirst with an Asian grocer, then with the man who, the Ransomes eventually discover, has been living with their furniture and clothing in a storage facility, then with another man who holds the key to the bizarre thievery. Her social awakening occurs in counterpoint with her husband's more selfish gratifications, until a funny and fitting denouement permanently turns the tables between them. Bennett carries off his terse, surreal comedy with witty aplomb, adding to risibility with apt comments about 
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DEAD AS A SCONE, Benrey, Ron
196 Benrey, Ron DEAD AS A SCONE
Barbour Publishing, Incorpor 2004 159310197X / 9781593101978 Paperback Fine 
When Dame Elspeth falls over dead, presumably poisoned by a suspect creme b rulee, can two pretentious prima donnas work together to solve this classic ally English crime--or will they end up victims of a tainted high tea thems elves? 
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TROUBLE FOR LUCIA, Benson, E. F.
197 Benson, E. F. TROUBLE FOR LUCIA
Moyer Bell and its subsidiar 2001 1559212985 / 9781559212984 Paperback Very Good 
In Trouble for Lucia, Lucia learns to ride a bicycle, and we live through t he saga of Blue Birdie (Mrs. Wyse's dead budgerigar [parakeet] invoke in a seance).Lucia and Georgie renew their acquaintance with the operatic diva O lga Braceley and the composer Cortese, but nobody in Tilling believes her w hen she claims to have entertained a duchess overnight. Lucia becomes Mayor of Tilling and Miss Mapp is appointed her Mayoress. This is the sixth volu me in the Lucia Series. 
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MRS.AMES, BENSON, E.F.
198 BENSON, E.F. MRS.AMES
The Hogarth Press Ltd 1984 0701219033 / 9780701219031 Paperback Good 
A must read for any fan of Benson's hugely popular 'Mapp and Lucia' series. Here we find ourselves in the small village of Riseholme, where all the ri ch have to do is gossip and vie for the position of supreme hostess. This i s classic E. F. Benson dealing with the petty concerns of petty people, usi ng his natural wit and humour. This novel, originally published in 1912, is being republished here together with a new introductory biography of the a uthor. 
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HOME SAFE: A NOVEL, Berg, Elizabeth
199 Berg, Elizabeth HOME SAFE: A NOVEL
Ballantine Books 2009 0345487559 / 9780345487551 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. 
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200 Berg, Elizabeth SAY WHEN : A NOVEL
Atria 2003 0743411366 / 9780743411363 1st Edition Hardcover F/F 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Husbands frequently tune out their spouses, but Frank Griffin makes valiant attempts to ignore Ellen, his wife of 10 years, when she announces she has a lover and wants a divorce in this endearing, undemanding novel by Berg (True to Form, etc.). 
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