Perhaps the question which is most frequently asked anent toy dogs is whether the keeping them as a pleasure and hobby can be combined with profit by means of breeding them and selling the puppies. To such a query it is very hard to give a definite reply, for this reason-whether or not toy dog breeding can be made profitable depends, firstly, on the character of the enterpriser, and, secondly, on that inscrutable factor-Fate.
As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that the toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store. The police are understandably skeptical of this tale but Richard's former schoolmate, Gervase Fen (Oxford professor and amateur detective), knows that truth is stranger than fiction (in fiction, at least). Soon the intrepid duo are careening around town in hot pursuit of clues but just when they think they understand what has happened, the disappearing-toyshop mystery takes a sharp turn…Erudite, eccentric and entirely delightful – Before Morse, Oxford's murders were solved by Gervase Fen, the most unpredictable detective in classic crime fiction.
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure "what" she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows.
When a set of dog tags, supposedly belonging to a seaman missing since the early 1950s, is washed up on a beach in modern day Co. Antrim, Jack Valentine 'deadbeat ex-spook' finds himself being pulled back toward his previous life once more. But what can the disturbance of an old North Sea arms dump, dating back to the end of the second World War, have to do with a botched US mission to Iraq in the early 1990s. And why are the faces Jack knows all too well suddenly appearing in the wintry landscape of Northern Ireland?
LUMPHY, STINGRAY, AND Plastic are back In this sequel to the hugely successful "Toys Go Out," the lovable trio finds that their little girl has left for winter vacation and taken a box of dominoes, a stegosaurus puzzle, and two Barbie dolls--but not them. Could she have forgotten them?
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