The last thing recently widowed Julia Probyn expects to find on the lush and charming island of Madeira is a clue to her husband's mysterious death, for Colonel Jamieson perished somewhere in the wilds of Central Asia while on a top-secret mission for British Intelligence. No sooner does Julia arrive at Madeira with her infant son and his devoted Nanny, however, than a series of strange, sinister, but apparently unconnected events begins thrusting itself upon her. Displaying her usual intuitive flair for deduction, Julia soon concludes that, for some reason, the Russians are experimenting with a powerful new chemical on Madeira's wild sheep. But why? And why was she told that her husband died "because he went out without wearing his respirator"? Ann Bridge (1889-1974), or Lady Mary Dolling (Sanders) O'Malley was born in Hertfordshire. Bridge's novels concern her experiences of the British Foreign Office community in Peking in China, where she lived for two years with her diplomat husband. Her novels combine courtship plots with vividly-realized settings and demure social satire. Bridge went on to write novels around a serious investigation of modern historical developments. In the 1970s Bridge began to write thrillers centered on a female amateur detective, Julia Probyn, as well writing travel books and family memoirs. Her books were praised for their faithful representation of foreign countries which was down to personal experience and thorough research. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009389/bk_adbl_009389_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must contend with two dangerous enemies in this latest complex mystery in the New York Times bestselling series London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death? What about his sister? Or the London office clerk? Is Matthew Traynor, French's cousin and partner who heads the Madeira office, somehow involved? The experienced Rutledge knows that suspicion and circumstantial evidence are not proof of guilt, and he's going to keep digging for answers. But that perseverance will pit him against his supervisor, the new acting chief superintendent. When Rutledge discovers a link to an incident in the French family's past, the superintendent dismisses it, claiming the information isn't vital. He's determined to place the blame on one of French's women despite Rutledge's objections. Alone in a no-man's-land rife with mystery and danger, Rutledge must tread very carefully, for someone has decided that he, too, must die so that cruel justice can take its course. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Prebble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003260/bk_harp_003260_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Portugal, a sunseekers' paradise. Whether you're looking for world-renowned beaches, serene hilltop villages, verdant islands, or captivating cities, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Portugal has to offer. Small but immensely varied, Portugal offers countless opportunities for adventure. From the soaring mountains and volcanic craters of the Azores to the subtropical paradise of Madeira, there is plenty of natural beauty to be discovered. Urban Portugal is equally as unmissable; cutting-edge galleries, cool hangouts, thumping nightlife, and a thriving food scene make Lisbon and Porto two of Europe's trendiest cities. Our annually updated guide brings Portugal to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed breakdowns of all the must-see sights, photographs on practically every page, and our trademark illustrations. You'll discover: -our pick of Portugal's must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems -the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay -detailed maps and walks which make navigating the city easy -easy-to-follow itineraries -expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe -colour-coded chapters to every part of Portugal, from Lisbon to Porto, the Algarve to the Azores -our new lightweight format, so you can take your guide with you wherever you go Planning a shorter break? Try our DK Eyewitness Lisbon or the pocket-friendly DK Eyewitness Top 10 series with guides to Lisbon, Porto, Algarve and Azores.
The last thing recently widowed Julia Probyn expects to find on the lush and charming island of Madeira is a clue to her husband's mysterious death, for Colonel Jamieson perished somewhere in the wilds of Central Asia while on a top-secret mission for British Intelli gence. No sooner does Julia arrive at Madeira with her infant son and his devoted Nanny, however, than a series of strange, sinister, but apparently un connected events begins thrusting itself upon her.
Join the fun and frolic with American heiress Penny Nichols and her English hero Jeremy Laidley, as the adventurous couple sets off for more elegant travel and delightful sleuthing together! Penny and Jeremy are just returning from their honeymoon, only to be greeted by eccentric friends of Prince Charles bearing a rather royal request: to rescue a historical village on the coast of Cornwall, England. A property developer is bulldozing his way across the countryside to build a monstrous new development, and he's heading straight for Grandmother Beryl's old homestead where the newlyweds first met long ago as kids. Can Penny and Jeremy solve an ancient puzzle in time to save Grandma's house-and the entire village-from total destruction? On the romantic rocky cliffs of Cornwall, amid Celtic lore and tales of Shakespeare, smugglers, and shipwrecks, Penny and Jeremy must contend with a rakish cast of local characters: a bird-watching earl, a famous TV chef, a vain actor, a New Age farmer, a pair of thuggish real-estate tycoons, a rebel rock-and-roller, and a band of determined 'eco-warriors.' Following a trail of cryptic clues, Penny and Jeremy's new caper takes them to the lush island of Madeira and the legendary castle of Tintagel, in a race against time to find the astonishing truth... before the wrecking ball strikes. With her trademark wit, wisdom, and verve, C.A. Belmond's newest novel in her beloved 'Rather' series provides a perfect armchair voyage of Europe's glamorous locales, with plenty of mystery, history, food, wine, love, and life's little pleasures.
Meet Cristiano Ronaldo, Ultimate Football Hero. 'As he walked up to take his spot-kick, Cristiano knew that Real would win the trophy if he scored. He had the chance to be the hero yet again.' Escaping the hot streets of Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo first proved himself as a wonder-kid at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, before becoming a legend for Real Madrid and Portugal. This is the story of how the gifted boy became a man, a team-player and a legend. Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of biographies telling the life-stories of the biggest and best footballers in the world and their incredible journeys from childhood fan to super-star professional player. Written in fast-paced, action-packed style these books are perfect for all the family to collect and share.
Amazonian soils are almost universally thought of as extremely forbidding. However, it is now clear that complex societies with large, sedentary populations were present for over a millennium before European contact. Associated with these are tracts of anomalously fertile, dark soils termed 'terra preta' or dark earths. These soils are presently an important agricultural resource within Amazonia and provide a model for developing long-term future sustainability of food production in tropical environments. The late Dutch soil scientist Wim Sombroek (1934-2003) was instrumental in bringing the significance of these soils to the attention of the world over four decades ago. Wim saw not only the possibilities of improving the lives of small holders throughout the world with simple carbon based soil technologies, but was an early proponent of the positive synergies also achieved in regards to carbon sequestration and global climatic change abatement. Wim's vision was to form a multidisciplinary group whose members maintained the ideal of open collaboration toward the attainment of shared goals. Always encouraged and often shaped by Wim, this free association of international scholars termed the 'Terra Preta Nova' Group came together in 2001 and has flourished. This effort has been defined by enormous productivity. Wim who is never far from any of our minds and hearts, would have loved to share the great experience of seeing the fruits of his vision as demonstrated in this volume. TOC:Dedication 1. Dr. Wim G. Sombroek. Dedication 2. Thanks. Wim. Foreword - A Few Words about Wim Sombroek. 1 Discovery and Study of Amazonian Dark Earths: The PreSombroek Period (1870-1959). 2 PreEuropean Continuity and Change in the Central Amazon. 3 Phytoliths and Terra Preta: The Hatahara Site Example. 4 Anthropogenic Dark Earths of the Central Amazon Region: Remarks on their Evolution and Polygenetic Composition. 5 Steps Towards an Ecology of Landscape: The Pedo-Stratigraphy of Anthropogenic Dark Earths. 6 An Assessment of the Cultural Practices Behind the Formation (Or Not) of Anthropogenic Dark Earth in Marajó Island Archaeological Sites. 7 Kayapo Savanna Management: Fire. Soils. and Forest Islands in a Threatened Biome. 8 AmerIndian Anthrosols: Amazonian Dark Earth Formation in the Upper Xingu. 9 Indigenous Knowledge about Terra Preta Formation. 10 Sweep and Char and the Creation of Amazonian Dark Earths in Homegardens. 11 Pedology. Fertility. and Biology of Central Amazonian Dark Earths. 12 Historical Ecology and Dark Earths in Whitewater and Blackwater Environments: Comparing the Middle Madeira and Lower Negro Rivers. 13 Amazonian Dark Earths in Africa? 14 The Microbial World of Terra Preta. 15 Microbial Response to Charcoal Amendments and Fertilization of a Highly Weathered Tropical Soil. 16 Effects of Charcoal as Slow Release Nutrient Carrier on N-P-K Dynamics and Soil Microbial Population: Pot Experiments with Ferralsol Substrate. 17 Microbial Population and Biodiversity in Amazonian Dark Earth Soils. 18 Spectroscopic Characterization of Humic Acids Isolated from Amazonian Dark Earth Soils (Terra Preta de Índio). 19 Soild-State 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Characterization of Humic Acids Extracted from Amazonian Dark Earths (Terra Preta de Índio). 20 Opening the Black Box: Deciphering Carbon and Nutrient Flows in Terra Preta. 21 Locating Ancient Anthropogenic Soils Under Amazonian Tropical Forests Using MODIS Time-Series Analysis. 22 Terra Preta Nova: The Dream of Wim Sombroek. 23 Charcoal Making in the Brazilian Amazon: Economic Aspects of Production and Carbon Conversion Efficiencies of Kilns. 24 The Effect of Charcoal in Banana (Musa sp.) Planting Holes: An On-Farm Study in Central Amazonia. Brazil. 25 Characterization of Char for Agricultural Use in the Soils of the Southeastern United States. 26 Black Carbon in Rice-Based Systems: Characteristics and Opportunities. 27 City to Soil: Returning Organics to Agriculture: A Circle of Sustainability. 28 Terra Preta Nova - Where to from Here?
A History of Madeira: With a Series of Twenty-Seven Coloured Engravings, Illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhab
Don't just celebrate - bake! With judges' recipes from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and bakers' recipes from the Class of 2015, this is a beautiful book for homebakers everywhere inspired to celebrate with their own signature bakes. From three-tiered cheesecakes to black forest gateau, vol au vents to crème brulee, ice cream roll to Spanish windtorte, this year's record-breaking series of Bake Off was a celebration of everything that's great about British Baking, and these easy to follow recipes will help you recreate that magic in your own kitchen. Discover new flavours and techniques with the helpful tips in the 'baker's guide', 'meet the bakers' with inspiring insights into what got them baking, and try cake, bread and dessert ideas from around the world. Celebrations includes recipes for every occasion, from family meals and home-cooked teas to the big dates like Christmas and Diwali, Halloween and birthdays, as well as technical challenges, showstoppers and signature bakes you will recognize from the show. Cake - Black Forest Gateau, coffee and walnut cake, madeira cake Biscuits - Box of Biscuits, ariettes, biscotti Bread - baguettes, quick bread Desserts - Three tiered cheesecakes, Spanish windtorte, crème brulee Alternative Ingredients - dairy-free ice cream roll, gluten-free pitta bread, sugar-free cake Pastry - vol au vents, flaounes, frangipane tart Victorian - charlotte Russe, raised game pie Patisserie - cream horns Whatever the occasion you're baking for, add a dash of GBBO!