Best Alan Hardy books

Vampire Hunt

Alan Hardy

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A VAMPIRE STORY LIKE NO OTHER…
It is 1914. Dr Joseph Aymon returns to his youthful haunts in Transylvania where he used to accompany the famous vampire-killer, Professor Van Helting, on his vampire hunts. In a world fast throwing off the superstitious clutches of medieval terrors and mythical monsters, Joseph is on a personal quest to prove the existence of vampires. The new sciences, with their cold exploration of the demons which lurk in the recesses of the mind, have mercilessly dismissed the old certainties of evil and purity which Joseph and his master still cling to. Joseph is eager to re-habilitate his and the Professor’s reputation. He can’t wait to come face-to-face with the Undead, and prove all his detractors wrong. It is also his aim to discover the whereabouts of Bella, his first and only love, who vanished years ago, in mysterious circumstances… His quest brings him into contact with a host of characters: the daunting, chilling figure of Count Drace; his voluptuous wife, the Countess; her thin-lipped, haughty and depraved niece, Grimelda; the enigmatic, beguiling figure of the Mother Superior of the local convent; Thomas, the man-servant harbouring a shocking secret... Will Joseph find what he’s looking for, and, if he does, will that discovery bring him release, justification, more derision, or plain, unadulterated horror? A vampire story like no other…

The Case Of The Tattooed Buttocks: An Inspector Cullot Mystery (Inspector Cullot Mystery Series Book 1)

Alan Hardy

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A DETECTIVE/MURDER MYSTERY LIKE NO OTHER…

Following the murder of a sexy, blonde bombshell (and, soon after, the bloody, gruesome, shocking murder of yet another sexy broad), ex-Inspector Cullot is called in to team up with his old side-kick, Detective Sergeant Watkins, to investigate the baffling crime. Together they set about solving the mysterious deaths at Bounderdales, the opulent mansion of the oil magnate, Henry Barble. A small group of the rich, decadent, sophisticated and ultra-sexy are staying at the mansion. What secrets are each of them harbouring? Who are the guilty parties? And what is the dark secret from his own past which causes Cullot’s frequent moments of dark despair? Why did he leave the Police Force? Did he jump, or was he pushed? Why does he now work in a department store, in Ladies Underwear? The police constable first on the scene of the initial murder, PC Blunt, is ready to record every detail of the case, and assist his colleagues in their work. But what is his own past..? Is he as half-witted as he seems? What about gorgeous, sexy blonde bombshells, Stephanie and Gloria? And louche, limp-wristed Anthony Newhome? And Barble’s son, Oswald? And Barble’s demure, bespectacled secretary, Abigail? And ex-movie star, Janice Butler? Are they all who they say they are, or are some of them involved in a deadly game of murder and revenge? How are these murders linked to the unsolved Night-Club Hostess Murders which took place two years earlier? And, most puzzling of all, what is the meaning of the tattoos on the gorgeous buttocks of the assembled ladies? Thrill to the suspense, the heart-ache, the twists and turns, the laugh-a-minute of this hilarious, baffling mystery. Get ready to follow the roller-coaster plot, with one surprise after surprise, and scintillating word-play and sparkling dialogue between the marvellous host of characters. Will you be able to work out who did it? A detective/murder mystery like no other…

Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

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Poets like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions.

In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over a hundred poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail. Speaking with candor about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larkin, all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice.

Anybody writing poetry in the thirties had somehow to come to terms with Auden. Auden, you see, had got a head start on the other poets. He'd got into the thirties first, like someone taking over the digs.

The Case Of The Disappearing Corpses: Inspector Cullot Mystery Series Book 3

Alan Hardy

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Another puzzling, fiendishly complicated mystery for Inspector Cullot and his world-famous Team to solve… Can the Inspector, together with Sergeant Watkins and Cullot’s gorgeous daughter Stephanie, solve the mystery of the corpse that disappeared? Such a mind-boggling mystery is soon followed by a whole series of disappearing corpses being reported all over London… And, worst of all, is the fourth member of Scotland Yard’s top-notch Team, namely the bumbling, bemused PC Blunt, the actual murderer? Is the love of Cullot’s life, the still stunningly attractive ex-movie star Joan Butler, somehow involved? And what’s the role, if any, of Lord Fotheringay, Stephanie’s latest lover, in the whole affair? Cullot and his elite Murder Squad embark on one of the most baffling cases they have ever met in their pursuit of a horde of suspects, clues and disappearing corpses across London, leading them into direct confrontation with one of the most ruthless gangs the world has ever known, as well as a collection of the sexiest and most jaw-droppingly appealing women imaginable, and the swankiest, most fashionable habitations in the land…until a bloody and violent finale in a luxury country house… Oh, and of course…as always, the chase is accompanied by the wit and sparkling repartee the world’s greatest detective and subordinates bring to all their cases. And what about Sergeant Watkins’s red-hot love for Stephanie, Cullot’s beautiful and outrageously provocative daughter? Will there be a successful conclusion to his tormented passion? Read on, if you can take the thrills, the twists, the laughs and the inimitable panache of yet another case in the breath-taking annals of the world’s most famous detective.

Yuletide Tales: A Festive Collective (The Indie Collaboration Presents) (Volume 2)

The Indie Collaboration

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A diverse collection of stories showcasing some of the best indie authors on the market. Filled with heart-warming romance, mysterious humor, sinister, supernatural thrills and tearful sorrow, this anthology has something for everyone. So snuggle up with a warm glass of mulled wine and join us for the festivities, while we lift your spirit, tickle your fancy and rattle your bones.

The Case Of The Pinioned Bosoms: Inspector Cullot Mystery Series Book 2

Alan Hardy

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After staying in the Swiss Alps for barely two days, Inspector Cullot knows there are going to be two murders committed at his hotel. He also knows there is only one man who can prevent there being even more… That man is Inspector Cullot himself. So begins another Inspector Cullot Mystery… Cullot, together with his gorgeous, sexy daughter, Stephanie, his faithful side-kick, Detective Sergeant Watkins, and the bumbling, note-taking PC Blunt, put their holiday on hold and set off in pursuit of the killer, in one of the most baffling cases of Cullot’s illustrious career. Who are the two naked victims pinioned to their beds by knives thrust through their bosoms? Who’s the callous killer who’s carried out such hideous, gruesome murders? We meet an array of characters: the still stunningly attractive Madame Laporte (whose charms have an immediate effect upon Cullot himself); the suave, ripplingly-muscled Herr Randimann (whose charms Stephanie is currently sampling); the brazen little minx, Veronique, Madame Laporte’s daughter; the Italian ice-cream salesman, Signor Delitto, with a constantly twinkling eye for the ladies; the secretive Herr Geschlecht, and his sour-faced wife; and other characters, with their unexpected entrances and exits. Which one of them is hiding his (or her) real identity? Who harbors dark secrets from the past, and a burning, uncontrollable desire for revenge? What nefarious deeds have been taking place over recent years at this seemingly respectable hotel? What are the links between the victims and the guests which Cullot and his squad must unearth? Are there even unsavoury connections between the victims and members of Cullot’s team itself? Who is involved, and who isn’t? Will you be able to spot the killer? Amidst the sparkling repartee, non-stop thrills and series of startling revelations, will you be able to discard the red herrings and fasten on to the important clues? Will you be completely baffled, like the mentally-challenged PC Blunt, or exhibit the incisive skills and investigative acumen of Cullot himself, maybe the greatest detective the world has ever known? There’s only one way to find out…

The Return of the Native

Thomas Hardy

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From master of the Victorian novel, Thomas Hardy…

Eustacia Vye is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement, and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness.

This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love.

Blooms of Bressingham Garden Plants: Choosing the Best Hardy Plants for Your Garden

Alan Bloom

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Tells how to select and use perennials, grasses, ferns, alpines, conifers, heaths, heathers, and shrubs, and describes the care requirements of the most popular varieties

Beyond Skin

Ed Hardy

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Internationally renowned for breathing new life into tattooing, Ed Hardy has created a startling array of artwork "Beyond Skin" over the last four decades. Hardy's drawings, prints, paintings, and newest pieces in porcelain effortlessly cross boundaries. Intergrating the iconography of every thing and every place, from classic tattoo flash and Hollywood cartoons to the Old West, from Asia and Polynesia to Medieval Europe, Hardy achieves a weird beauty by mixing the grotesque, humorous, subtle, and flamboyant.

Tropical Garden Style with Hardy Plants

Alan Hemsley

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Assess your growing environment, choosing plants that thrive despite deep shade or baking sunshine, wet clay or sandy soil. Analyze the structure and aesthetics of this wonderfully overgrown setting, plus options for maintaining it year-round. A beautifully photographed plant guide presents all the varieties you could wish for: herbaceous, biennials, lilies, tender perennials and annuals, grasses, palms, gingers, bananas, succulents, water plants, and more.