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Author : Donna Andrews
Publisher : Minotaur Books
Release : 2020-10-20
Page : 304
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 1250760135
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New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written "firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books" (Toronto Globe and Mail). The 28th book and the seventh Christmas mystery in the Meg Langslow series, The Gift of the Magpie is yet another wonderfully merry and funny book from New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews. Meg’s running Caerphilly’s Helping Hands for the Holidays project, in which neighbors help each other with things they can’t do and can’t afford to have done. Her hopes for a relatively peaceful (if busy) Christmas vanish when someone murders Harvey the Hoarder, whose house the Helping Hands were decluttering. Was there any truth to the rumor that he had something valuable hidden beneath all his junk? Was one of his friends, neighbors, or relatives greedy enough to murder him for the rumored treasure? And what about the magpie that has been bringing her family bits of tinsel and costume jewelry—does the bird’s latest gift hold a clue to solving the crime? Full of intrigue, this Christmas mystery will take readers home to Caerphilly, where the suspense falls as thick as the snow.


Author : Sam Hundley
Publisher : Capstone Editions
Release : 2021-03
Page : 32
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN 13 : 1684462142
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A big-hearted bird, who loves to find things and loves to help, gets tripped up by homonyms and gets everything wrong! Will she ever get it right? Then the bird's friends take a second look at the goofed gifts and realize that, with a little creativity, the magpie gave them just what they needed. Scrap-illustrations provide a feast for the eyes, and silly word mix-ups tickle the funny bone, letting readers discover the delights of found objects and true friends.


Author : Janeen Mason
Publisher : Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.
Release : 2011-01-03
Page : 32
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN 13 : 9781589808614
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Max the magpie is smitten with Regina the crow. He tries everything to impress her. Young readers will delight in seeing how these two birds navigate the pitfalls of courtship in order to find their happy ending.


Author : John Marzluff
Tony Angell
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2013-02-05
Page : 320
Category : Nature
ISBN 13 : 1439198748
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A University of Washington professor of wildlife science taps the findings of his extraordinary research into crow intelligence to offer insight into their ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams.


Author : Sam McKechnie
Alexandrine Portelli
Publisher : Pavilion
Release : 2015-10-15
Page : 192
Category : Social Science
ISBN 13 : 1910904643
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The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells, is a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations. Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. The twelve chapters, representative of the seasons, present the celebrations, superstitions and folklore that shape our year. From cherished traditions like Valentine s Day to the lost excitement of May Day, The Magpie and the Wardrobe reveals a calendar bursting with history, imagination and curious facts. Take a closer look at your favourite homespun rituals and the magic we conjure every day; make a candle wish, mix a moon oil elixir, and hang your romantic hopes on the predictions of an apple peel. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this sumptuous volume will appeal to the creative and curious. Digital version available in an enhanced eBook format.


Author : Donna Andrews
Publisher : Minotaur Books
Release : 2006-02-07
Page : 336
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 9781429901277
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Three Weddings...And a Murder So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from the town's drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors. And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Southern hospitality is strained to the limit by an offensive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she's found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents--some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer--before the next catered event is her own funeral...


Author : Paul Weinfield
Publisher : Green Place Books
Release : 2018-10-02
Page : 224
Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN 13 : 9781732081512
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This is not a book on meditation or Buddhism, though it has certainly been influenced by both. It is a book of encouragements for all those who are interested in using the unit of a single day to develop good qualities in their minds and hearts. It is a book about teaching yourself "from the middle" -- the middle of frustration or joy or boredom or wherever else you find yourself. It is a book with a single thesis: that there is always something you can do, moment by moment, to rediscover the brightness of your own life.


Author : Tim Birkhead
Publisher : A&C Black
Release : 2010-10-30
Page : 272
Category : Nature
ISBN 13 : 1408137771
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Magpies are unmistakeable in their appearance, voice and extrovert, arrogant manner. While their persecution at the hands of gamekeepers over the last hundred years has made them wary and difficult to approach, a number of recent field studies, both in Europe and North America, have successfully revealed the intricacies of the magpie way of life. Two species of magpie feature in this book, the Black-billed Magpie, familiar to most Europeans, which occurs throughout much of the northern hemisphere, and the Yellow-billed Magpie, which is confined to California. Tim Birkhead has studied both species, and has produced a fascinating account of their ecology and behaviour. Many of the results from his ten-year study of magpies in northern England are published here for the first time. Particularly revealing however is his comparison of the two species and of their different races. Magpies occur in a wide range of habitats, including English farmland, the deserts of North America, the mountains of Saudi Arabia and the windswept plateaus of Tibet. As this book explains, magpies are able to exploit this diversity of habitats largely through their remarkably flexible social behaviour. The Magpies covers all aspects of their lives, including their marital relationships, food hoarding behaviour, longevity and survival, nesting behaviour, breeding success and their controversial relationship with man. The text is supported by numerous photographs, diagrams and tables, and superb illustrations by David Quinn. Illustrated by David Quinn


Author : Paul Dow Adams
Publisher :
Release : 2017
Page : 422
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 :
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A collection of short and very short stories dealing with a variety of subjects, especially the linguistic and psychological development of human culture, the impossibility of radical empathy, and the inevitable decline of the utopian into the dystopian and finally the apocalyptic. There are also some romances and epistolary stories. Some are funny.


Author : Benedict Patrick
Publisher : Benedict Patrick
Release : 2018-09-24
Page : 310
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 :
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If you value your life, stay out of the forest. As a captive of the Owl Queen’s Court, Nascha’s life has always been one knife’s edge away from disaster. But when she is threatened for nothing more than the colour of her hair, Nascha attempts the unthinkable: escape through the dreaded Magpie King’s forest. Hunted by sharp toothed and sharper witted foxfolk, and hated by all for being a witch, Nascha fears herself doomed until she joins forces with a mysterious young man. With him she finds a glimmer of hope, even as her own unpredictable powers flicker into existence. But hope is fleeting. The forces arrayed against her are insurmountable, and Nascha soon comes to realise that pursuit of her own freedom will come at a greater cost to the forest. As the darkness closes in around them, Nascha is forced to ask: At what price is she willing to purchase her life? How dearly is she willing to sell it? From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court is the fourth standalone book in Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld series, returning for the first time to the setting of the #1 bestseller They Mostly Come Out At Night. Grab your copy today, to discover new reasons to be afraid of the dark!


Author : Kate Blair
Publisher : DCB
Release : 2019-05-25
Page : 240
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN 13 : 1770865551
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Silva and her family visit her grandfather, only to find his health has taken a bad turn. As they struggle with this news, Silva seeks escape in books – at the local library. But she gets more than she bargained for when a magpie guides her to a secret, magical room containing books that she can not only read, but that she can live. Silva finds herself in the worlds of the characters … who all turn out to be real people. People she knows. There’s a catch, though: she soon discovers that the magpie has lured her to these books for selfish and dark reasons. Going back to the books could mean losing her soul …


Author : Claudia Fabrizek
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release : 2016-07-05
Page : 130
Category :
ISBN 13 : 9781534774216
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A new year starts at Piper Lane School. There are a new teacher and a new boy in Peter and Clara's class. Die Lehrerin ist eine etwas seltsame Person, die ihrer Katze Hausaufgaben gibt und zu Halloween 13 Kürbislaternen in ihrem Garten stehen hat. Der Junge ist ein übler Bursche, der ein schlechter Verlierer ist und Fahrräder stiehlt. In der Adventsgeschichte mit 24 Kapitelchen gehen Pter und Clara mit Pippa Carline auf die Suche nach ihrem verschwundenen Kater Grey, während Alec in blinder Wut einen großen Fehler begeht. In der Sommergeschichte gehen Peter, Clara, Pippa Carline und Alec auf Klassenfahrt ans Meer. Dort jagen sie Geister in Sandburgen und versuchen, dem Geheimnis des Bamburgh Beast auf die Spur zu kommen. Kater Grey und Alecs Hund Satchmo haben derweil ein eigenes Abenteuer mit einer Meeresbewohnerin zu bestehen. Vor allem aber wollen Peter und Clara wissen, ob Pippa Carline tatsächlich eine Hexe ist. Beide Geschichten sind durchgehend auf Englisch verfasst und entsprechen der Stufe A1 (Breakthrough Level) des Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmens. Die erste Geschichte kann vor den Weihnachtsferien gelesen werden, während die zweite sich als Abschluss des 1. Lernjahres eignet. Das Buch enthält außerdem Vokabelhilfen in den Fußnoten, sowie ein Englisch-Deutsches Wörterbuch im Anhang. Alecs und Caspians Geschichte setzt sich in Teil 2 "Seven for a Secret" fort. Teil 3 ist in Bearbeitung.


Author : Taffy Thomas
Becca Hall
Publisher : The History Press
Release : 2019-06-03
Page : 128
Category : Social Science
ISBN 13 : 0750991801
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From crowded train stations to quiet woods, and from city centers to our own back gardens, birds remind us that nature is everywhere. As children we are fascinated by these magical flying creatures that live among us, and as adults we have a fondness for our feathered friends. Numerous books about different habitats and markings exist to help us find and identify birds, but here one of Britain's finest storytellers has gathered together the best folk tales about birds. Suitable for all ages and charmingly illustrated, this is an essential collection of stories for all who love the natural world.


Author : LEONARD GREENBERG
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
Release : 2012-02-08
Page : 135
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN 13 : 1469159139
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“The Collected Works of Leonard Wannabe” tells of the professional trials and tribulations experienced by one of today’s most-talented, least-published author/songwriters, Leonard Greenberg. The first section, Remembrances of Encounters Past, recounts the author’s dealings with three icons of modern American culture: Isaac Asimov, Stephen Sondheim, and Beverly Sills. The second section, Short Stories, describes three episodes of a strictly fictional nature, each with a memorable, somewhat shocking ending. The third and last section, Poems and Songs, contains the lyrics to some forty of the over 200 musical compositions that Mr. Wannabe (oops, Greenberg) has produced in the past number of years.


Author : William Grant Stewart
Publisher :
Release : 1851
Page : 203
Category : Amusements
ISBN 13 :
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Author : Charlie Gilmour
Publisher : Scribner
Release : 2021-01-05
Page : 304
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 13 : 1501198505
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H is for Hawk meets The Duke of Deception in this wry, moving story of a young man who, as his estranged father is dying, saves a baby magpie only to find that caring for the mischievous bird has, in fact, saved him. One spring day, a baby magpie falls out of its nest and into Charlie Gilmour’s hands. Magpies, he soon discovers, are as clever and mischievous as monkeys. They are also notorious thieves, and this one quickly steals his heart. By the time the creature develops shiny black feathers that inspire the name Benzene, Charlie and the bird have forged an unbreakable bond. While caring for Benzene, Charlie comes across a poem written by his biological father, an eccentric British poet named Heathcote Williams who vanished when Charlie was six months old. As he grapples with Heathcote’s abandonment, Charlie is drawn to the poem, in which Heathcote describes how an impish young jackdaw—like magpies, also a member of the crow family—fell from its nest and captured his affection. Over time, Benzene helps Charlie unravel his fears about repeating the past—and embrace the role of father himself. A bird falls, a father dies, a child is born. Featherhood is the unforgettable story of a love affair between a man and a bird. It is also a beautiful and affecting memoir about childhood and parenthood, captivity and freedom, grief and love.


Author : Munya Andrews
Publisher : Spinifex Press
Release : 2004
Page : 368
Category : Science
ISBN 13 : 9781876756451
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The legends of the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades that poets, priests, prophets, shamans, storytellers, artists, singers, and historians have told throughout time are retold in this compilation of the stories that have found their inspiration in nine beautiful stars clustered together in the night sky. While particular attention in this cross-cultural study is paid to the influence of the Pleiades cluster on the living traditions of indigenous people in North America, Australia, Japan, and the Pacific, much ancient mythology passed down through written and visual sources from ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and South America is also explored. Appearances of the myths in the modern world are also mentioned, including American presidential elections, Halloween, Atlantis, the Titanic, and Subaru automobiles. Serious astronomical research complements the variety of mythological explanations for the stars' existence by providing the modern world's scientific understanding of them.


Author : Walter Gregor
Publisher :
Release : 1881
Page : 238
Category : Folklore
ISBN 13 :
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Author : Kj Charles
Publisher : Kjc Books
Release : 2017-08-04
Page :
Category :
ISBN 13 : 9781999784614
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A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell. Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That's definitely unusual. Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane's dangerous appeal isn't the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can't find a way through it-they're both going to die. Book 1 of the Charm of Magpies series.


Author : Lucy Atkins
Publisher : Quercus Publishing
Release : 2020-02-01
Page : 368
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 1784293849
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'The word-of-mouth success of lockdown . . . riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff' Guardian 'The page turner you've been looking for. Sly, witty and gripping . . . I devoured it' Naomi Alderman 'An utter joy . . . wonderfully skilled' Sarah Perry 'Tender, creepy and gripping' Sunday Times 'Spellbinding and spooky . . . a dazzling high wire act, superbly absorbing' Sunday Mirror When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers. As Dee looks back over her time in the Master's Lodging - an eerie and ancient house - a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother. But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why is Felicity silent? Roaming Oxford's secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family - and what it is to be denied one. 'Enthralling . . . creepy and compelling' The Times 'Deliciously dark' Alexandra Shulman 'A gorgeously satisfying triumph' Lucy Mangan 'A rare thing . . . simply stunning' Daily Express 'I was gripped . . . highly original' Alex Clark 'Creepy, suspenseful' Independent 'One of the most intriguing narrators since Notes on a Scandal' Sara Collins 'Grown-up and cleverly written . . . a dizzying sense of uncertainty' Literary Review 'Keeps you guessing . . . a real sense of menace' Good Housekeeping 'Immensely satisfying' Cara Hunter 'Clever and creepy' Erin Kelly 'Wholly beguiling' Mick Herron 'Highly recommended' Louise Candlish 'Highly intelligent' Sarah Vaughan 'Sublime' Jo Spain 'Simply brilliant!' JP Delaney 'Darkly atmospheric' Jane Fallon