A Tiding of Magpies

“Can I ask, did the inspector ever talk to you about the rare bird he spotted around that time, a kind of Magpie? ... “A group of Magpies is called a tiding,” said Gill, with the kind of authority that suggested she'd made a point of ...

A Tiding of Magpies

It is in the silent spaces between the facts that the truth often hides When his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened, Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune's long-buried secrets threaten to come to light. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Lindy, faces an unseen threat of her own, one which Jejeune may not be able to protect her from. Between fending off inquiries from the internal review and an open murder case to solve, more than ever Jejeune will have to rely on the help of the stalwart Sergeant Danny Maik. But Maik is learning things on his own that have caused him to question his DCI‘s actions, both past and present. In the current case, and in the former one, the facts seem clear enough. But often the most insidious lies hide behind the most honest-seeming truths.

Virginia

A tiding of magpies. I knew I'd heard the word “tiding” before, but I couldn't remember where, or what it meant. I looked it up as well and found out that “tiding” means information or news. Because people have always believed that ...

Virginia

Ivy is shocked when she finds out that her friend Virginia believes that she has been chosen to carry God's child and she tries to determine the basis for her friend's beliefs and what Virginia's older brother Paul is plotting.

The 7th Magpie

She caught sight of a group, no she remembered it was called a 'tidings' of magpies jostling through the air and she wondered if they had good tidings for her, so she automatically ran through the rhyme again.

The 7th Magpie

Fate & Fortune, the chance meeting, the untimely word; these things can make or break our world, that's what fascinates us or fills us with fear. Do we really guide our own lives or are we following a pre-determined pathway? Karen's life started with poor fortune; poverty, her single mum and abuse - Gran had thrown them out. Then confusion as her religious Gran tries to make amends but insists that Karen musn't use her 'visions'. When Gran takes her back to live with her, Karen turns her back on her promiscious teens and works hard to secure a first class degree, a career and a wealthy husband. Hard won fate seems to be smiling on her at last. Then her fortunes change and she is now single and frustrated with a stalled career; what is she to do now? A chance meeting in a small hotel and a one night stand leads to a pathway that changes her life and all that she could wish for falls into her lap. Was this always meant to be? As her life blossoms, Karen becomes aware that all of this has roots in the past and events that seemed inconsequential are now weaving a tapestry of well-being. Was she being guided to this all of her life? What chance took her to that fateful meeting?

Magpie s Children

As Karen turned back towards the pathway, she caught sight of a tidings of Magpies circling by the trees, young birds learning how to feast on the unfortunate. She remembered the time when, seven years ago she had counted a tidings at ...

Magpie s Children

The Ficle Hand of Fate; Dwelling on its mysteries can fill our hearts with fear. When it bestows blessings upon us in an unexpected manner. There is always the feeling that they can slip through our fingers. Fate has blessed Karen beyond her deepest dreams and she struggles to feel secure within her new found fortunes. Life direction is no longer forced upon her by the dictates of daily necessity and now she has to choose which of life’s pathways to follow for the sake of her unusually gifted children. Her well founded choices bring her twin children’s extra sensory gifts to ensure that those that seek to misuse them and inexorably lead her from her life of luxury into a web of intrigue and danger that threatens her and her precious twins. She is thrust into a state of affairs that forces her find new strengths and she draws upon the resilience moulded in her abusive and poverty stricken past. Karen discovers that her twins have inherited their gifts from her and alongside them, she cultivates their abilities so that they have the power to confront those who walk in the corridors of the higgest authority. What lies at the end of this pathway? Will Karen’s family and her fortunes survive?

Birder Murder Mysteries 6 Book Bundle

Read all six books in the acclaimed, award-winning Birder Murder Mystery series.

Birder Murder Mysteries 6 Book Bundle

Read all six books in the acclaimed, award-winning Birder Murder Mystery series. A Siege of Bitterns Domenic Jejeune is a reluctant police hero but an enthusiastic birdwatcher. After he's promoted to a post in the heart of Britain's birding country, his first case involves the murder of an environmentalist. Torn between loyalties to his job and his hobby, Jejeune faces mistrust from his colleagues and self-doubt as he works to solve the case. A Pitying of Doves When a senior attaché with the Mexican Consulate is found dead alongside the director of a local bird sanctuary, many details pique Inspector Jejeune’s interest, including a vacant field research position — a full-time job studying birds. Is this the escape from policing that he has been looking for? But first there’s a murder to solve. A Cast of Falcons A man falling to his death from a remote cliff sets off a high-stakes chase for Inspector Domenic Jejeune, who pursues a ruthless killer knowing any misstep could bring down wrath from above on Domenic, his family, and the entire police force. A Shimmer of Hummingbirds The desperate departure of his fugitive brother has left Chief Inspector Jejeune rattled, and those around him nursing lingering suspicions. When evidence surfaces that may prove his brother’s innocence, Jejeune decides to take a leave of absence to pursue it. But his replacement looks as if he may want the position to be more than temporary. A Tiding of Magpies Domenic Jejeune finds himself looking back into the case that made him a star. Under a punishing spotlight and with his girlfriend, Lindy, in grave danger, Jejeune must catch a murderer on the loose while keeping his career — and life — intact. A Dance of Cranes As Inspector Domenic Jejeune searches for his missing brother in Wood Buffalo National Park, back in Saltmarsh, his estranged girlfriend Lindy is kidnapped by a dangerous foe, and it falls to his colleague Sergeant Danny Maik to rescue her.

The Taxidermist s Daughter

Such a very watchful bird, the magpie, he carried on, fearless and manipulative. An excellent piece for a domestic setting, ... When there was a group of them, it was called a tiding. A tiding of magpies, wasn't that something?

The Taxidermist s Daughter

The enthralling new Sunday Times bestselling gothic novel from the author of THE WINTER GHOSTS, LABYRINTH and THE CITY OF LIES The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream . . . 1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead. As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years . . .

Tidings of Magpies

Tidings of Magpies


On the Trail in France

When daylight broke, I looked out the window again; in the nearby trees a European robin was chittering; a tiding of magpies was clattering. Although magpies are considered among the most intelligent animals ...

On the Trail in France

A French-speaking American discovers the soul of France on foot through an extensive network of long-distance walking trails crisscrossing the country.

The Central Line

'But I saw her with a tiding of magpies yesterday. Perhaps she's found herself a mate.' 'A tiding?' 'A better collective noun than a mischief, don't you think?' She grins, wrapping both her arms around his waist, her nose in the fuzzy ...

The Central Line

What if you've already crossed paths with the love of your life? Perfect for fans of One Day in December and Notting Hill, this is an unforgettable love story about sliding doors and chance encounters by the Richard & Judy Book Club bestselling author. __________________________________________ Cora and Jacob live in London's vast metropolis; he at one end of the Central Line, she at the other. Their paths have crossed a thousand times without them knowing. When a chance encounter on the underground brings them together, it seems they're destined to fall in love. But although they live in the same city, their worlds are miles apart. Jacob's life is uncluttered, while Cora's is full of complications. And as events begin to divide them, they start to wonder: Are they meant to be together, or were they never meant to meet? __________________________________________ What readers are saying about Saskia Sarginson's novels: 'With echoes of David Nicholls's One Day, this romance has just the right mix of heart-melting moments and heart-rending near misses' Good Housekeeping 'Intensely romantic' Sunday Mirror 'A wonderful, heart-tugging romance' Prima 'A raw, emotional book about love in all its guises' Sun 'Heartbreaking' Bella 'Have tissues to hand' Best

The Girl on the Train

A tiding of magpies. One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told. I've got a few of those. Scott is away, on a course somewhere in Sussex.

The Girl on the Train

THE RUNAWAY GLOBAL BESTSELLER ***Includes a preview of Paula's scorching new thriller, A Slow Fire Burning *** 'Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read.' SJ Watson, bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train...

After Lines

He's the author of A Tiding of Magpies (Kensington Gore Press) and his novel, Sick City Syndrome, will be published late 2016. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he's organised at the Bristol Festival of ...

After Lines


Black footed Country

This evening, as a tiding of magpies perch too loudly in the low pines, I reread the last pages from the history book of the correspondence between my mother and I, my fifth beer sweating onto my grandfather's oak table.

Black footed Country

Lindsay Wilson surprises the reader with haunting images that stick in your mind long after you put this book down. This is the poetic craft at its best. (This is an e-book addition in epub format.)

The Atomic Weight of Love

Tidings. of. Magpies. 1. Gregarious birds, magpies are intelligent, opportunistic, and bold. 2. The magpie is viewed by some cultures as an omen of bad news; other cultures consider the bird a messenger of good tidings.

The Atomic Weight of Love

SPECIAL PREVIEW! In the spirit of The Aviator’s Wife and Loving Frank, this resonant debut spans the years from World War II through the Vietnam War to tell the story of a woman whose scientific ambition is caught up in her relationships with two very different men. For Meridian Wallace--and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s--being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn’t expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he’s recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him. What began as an exciting intellectual partnership devolves into a “traditional” marriage. And while the life of a housewife quickly proves stifling, it’s not until years later, when Meridian meets a Vietnam veteran who opens her eyes to how the world is changing, that she realizes just how much she has given up. The repercussions of choosing a different path, though, may be too heavy a burden to bear. Elizabeth Church’s stirring debut novel about ambition, identity, and sacrifice will ring true to every woman who has had to make the impossible choice between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be. “Oh, what an incandescent debut! . . . Church follows one extraordinary woman who is brave enough to challenge the times, take defiant wing, and chart her own extraordinary flight path . . . I never wanted the story to end.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

The Serpent Sword

Like a magpie's harsh voice. The man in the doorway took a step into ... Nobody else heard him, but to Scand, the sound of his own voice echoed in his head like the cackle of a tiding of magpies. 21 “We will make our stand at the river ...

The Serpent Sword

AD 633. Beobrand is a young man with a shadowy past. As an outsider in the kingdom of Bernicia, he is compelled to join his brother, Octa, as a warrior in the household of King Edwin. He must learn to fight with sword and shield to defend the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria. In a period of great upheaval for Dark Age Britain, all he finds is death and war. Men and women strive to seize control of their destinies in a time of despair, and the land is rife with danger as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. Amongst the blood and the betrayals, Beobrand learns of his brother's near-certain murder. Inexperienced but ruthless, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight as a warrior with sword and shield. Driven by a desire for vengeance and a relentless pursuit of his enemies, he faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man who stands strong in the clamour and gore of the shieldwall. As he closes in on his kin's slayer, can Beobrand mete out the retribution he craves without sacrificing his honour... or even his soul?

The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset

Like a magpie's harsh voice. The man in the doorway took a step into ... Nobody else heard him, but to Scand, the sound of his own voice echoed in his head like the cackle of a tiding of magpies. 21 “We will make our stand at the river ...

The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset

'Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this' ANGUS DONALD, author of The Outlaw Chronicles. 'Matthew Harffy's tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb' HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY. 'Murder, betrayal and vengeance fuel tribal warfare and personal combat. Beobrand is the warrior to follow' DAVID GILMAN. AD 633. Warlords battle across Dark Age Britain to become the first king of the English. In a land rife with upheaval and danger, young Beobrand arrives in Northumbria in search of vengeance and to find his place in the world. First, he must learn to fight with sword and shield, to defend himself and the war-ravaged kingdoms that become his home. Relentless in pursuit of his enemies, Beobrand faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man, standing strong against his king's enemies in the clamour and gore of the shieldwall, and leading his men into the darkest of nights and the bloodiest of battles. But as adversaries old and new close in, can Beobrand save his kith and kin from the evil forces that surround them? And can he mete out the retribution he craves without sacrificing his honour... or even his soul? Collected in a single volume for the first time, the first three novels in the epic Bernicia Chronicles series, comprising: The Serpent Sword The Cross and the Curse Blood and Blade.

The Mammoth Book of Superstition

to realise it is only a magpie in a nearby tree. The collective noun for a group of magpies also reveals the way the bird is darkly viewed; a group of magpies is known as a 'tiding'. A lone magpie loitering in the vicinity of your home ...

The Mammoth Book of Superstition

Rather than providing a dictionary of superstitions, of which there are already numerous excellent, exhaustive and, in many cases, academic works which list superstitions from A to Z, Bainton gives us an entertaining flight over the terrain, landing from time to time in more thought-provoking areas. He offers an overview of humanity's often illogical and irrational persistence in seeking good luck and avoiding misfortune. While Steve Roud's two excellent books - The Penguin Dictionary of Superstitions and his Pocket Guide - and Philippa Waring's 1970 Dictionary concentrate on the British Isles, Bainton casts his net much wider. There are many origins which warrant the full back story, such as Friday the thirteenth and the Knights Templar, or the demonisation of the domestic cat resulting in 'cat holocausts' throughout Europe led by the Popes and the Inquisition. The whole is presented as a comprehensive, entertaining narrative flow, though it is, of course, a book that could be dipped into, and includes a thorough bibliography. Schoenberg, who developed the twelve-tone technique in music, was a notorious triskaidekaphobe. When the title of his opera Moses und Aaron resulted in a title with thirteen letters, he renamed it Moses und Aron. He believed he would die in his seventy-sixth year (7 + 6 = 13) and he was correct; he also died on Friday the thirteenth at thirteen minutes before midnight. As Sigmund Freud wrote, 'Superstition is in large part the expectation of trouble; and a person who has harboured frequent evil wishes against others, but has been brought up to be good and has therefore repressed such wishes into the unconscious, will be especially ready to expect punishment for his unconscious wickedness in the form of trouble threatening him from without.'

Life Cycle and Other New Poems 2006 2016

A tiding of magpies? What stopped your piped tidings? I dig a hole and lift You on my spade, drop you In the earth so you lie Side by side as you flew. I listen to birdsong Near the branch you sang on, But your clear piping, ...

Life Cycle and Other New Poems 2006   2016

Nicholas Hagger’s Collected Poems contained 30 volumes of his poems that reflect his quest for the One. Life Cycle and Other New Poems contains volumes 31-34 and presents the vision of unity to which his quest has led. ‘Life Cycle’ is a reflection on the path and pattern in our lives, and on twelve seven-year ages from infancy to advanced old age. 'In Harmony with the Universe' presents poems on the soul’s harmony and oneness with Nature. 'An Unsung Laureate' focuses on public events and the conflicts within Western society. 'Adventures in Paradise' recounts journeys to remote places that have echoes of Paradise, including the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica - and reflections on evolution and global warming. Hagger derives his inspiration from the 17th-century Metaphysical poets and seeks to unite the later Augustan and Romantic traditions. These poems reconcile the soul’s harmony with the universe and the conflicts in public life, and are within the poetic tradition of Wordsworth and Tennyson. They add significantly to Collected Poems, Classical Odes and Hagger’s two poetic epics, Overlord and Armageddon, also published by O-Books (the manuscripts and papers for which are held in the Albert Sloman Library at the University of Essex). They carry forward his Universalist approach to poetry which unveils an ordered universe behind the apparent chaos of world events.

Cthulhu Lives

A huge tiding of magpies is chattering out there, and has been for at least half an hour now. Princes Park seems to be home to hun- dreds of the birds, and it is not uncommon for them to flock together in the trees and chakker-chakker ...

Cthulhu Lives

"That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die." At the time of his death in 1937, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was virtually unknown. The power of his stories was too great to contain, however. As the decades slipped by, his dark visions laid down roots in the collective imagination of mankind, and they grew strong. Now Cthulhu is a name known to many and, deep under the seas, Lovecraft's greatest creation becomes restless... This volume brings together seventeen masterful tales of cosmic horror inspired by Lovecraft's work. In his fiction, humanity is a tiny, accidental drop of light and life in the endless darkness of an uncaring universe -– a darkness populated by vast, utterly alien horrors. Our continued survival relies upon our utter obscurity, something that every fresh scientific wonder threatens to shatter. The dazzling stories in Cthulhu Lives! show the disastrous folly of our arrogance. We think ourselves the first masters of Earth, and the greatest, and we are very badly mistaken on both counts. Inside these covers, you'll find a lovingly-curated collection of terrors and nightmares, of catastrophic encounters to wither the body and blight the soul. We humans are inquisitive beings, and there are far worse rewards for curiosity than mere death. The truth is indeed out there – and it hungers.

Santa Fe Secrets

Jeremy Aldana “A tiding of magpies: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.” Paula Hawkins “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

Santa Fe Secrets

A new millennium has begun and brought with it challenges, opportunities, excitement, and, in one deadly event, terror. The Warrior Spirit Investigations team and their extensive circle of family and friends have seen many startling changes in their personal and professional lives. Marriages and partnerships have endured, and broken, and blossomed on the new horizon. Besides the stunning events that christened the new century there are secrets surrounding the clan that will have lifelong impacts in unexpected ways. A hidden group of people have come together to play a deadly game whose rules accommodate a lack of conscience down to sheer evil. One by one they target innocent individuals; they have a pattern whose theme would on first glance seem innocent but is anything but. Guided by sociopathy they feed on fear and soon enough come to feed on one another. Their actions draw in Memphis, Sage, and their team and associates, and the fates of the evildoers and those who battle to uncover and punish them become deeply intertwined. What no one expected as the pursuit began and continued was that a deep, dark secret hidden forty years earlier would explode into everyone’s lives with shocking revelations that would redefine the sense of safety and family that had been the backbone of the clan’s lives for decades. A shocking secret that no one saw coming. A secret with devastating consequences.

The Best Horror of the Year

His first book—A Tiding of Magpies—was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Awards in 2017 for Best Collection. He is also the author of the novels Sick City Syndrome and Seven Deadly Swords. He has edited a number of anthologies, ...

The Best Horror of the Year

From Ellen Datlow (“the venerable queen of horror anthologies” (New York Times) comes a new entry in the series that has brought you stories from Stephen King and Neil Gaiman comes thrilling stories, the best horror stories available. For more than four decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the thirteenth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Stephen Graham Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Laird Barron, Mira Grant, and many others. With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.