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Martin Davies - Author

About the Author

Martin Davies grew up in North West England. He has travelled widely, including in the Middle East and India, and his plan for THE CONJUROR'S BIRD was put together on a trekking holiday in Greenland. He lives in South West London and works for the BBC as a producer.

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Featured books by Martin Davies

Havana Sleeping

Havana Sleeping

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Havana in the 1850s is a city as dangerous as it is exotic. The murder of a humble night watchman at the British Consulate seems to worry neither the Consul nor the police. But one person cared for the old man. The enigmatic courtesan Leonarda will not rest until she understands the mystery of his death. In wintry England, George Backhouse is plucked from obscurity in the Foreign Office and given an unexpected promotion. His task: to travel to Cuba and take a stand against the illegal slave trade still flourishing there. But Havana is a tinderbox of intrigue. As the great powers of the region conspire against each other with increasing ruthlessness for control of the island, Backhouse comes to see that the most innocent of actions could spark a devastating war. To protect their interests, the powers-that-be in Whitehall are prepared to turn a blind eye to many things. Leonarda will not. But what of George Backhouse?

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Other books by Martin Davies

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2018

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Author: Martin Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2018

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Aldus Manutius Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

Author: Martin Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose

Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament

Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament

Author: Martin Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2015

A dark mystery for Sherlock Holmes... and of course Mrs Hudson!A man is accidentally knocked down outside 221B Baker Street by a carriage. His dying words are clear: he has seen a man rise from the grave.At the same time a visitor arrives with a mystery of unparalleled international importance. The Viscount Wrexham is missing, presumed dead, in strange circumstances.In the North, rumours stir of a dead man haunting the moors. Broomheath Hall is, apparently, beset by ghostly lights and spectres. What does it all mean? Can arcane knowledge bring people back from the dead? And what is the connection with the Cumberland town of Alston?The redoubtable Mrs Hudson - Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper and the Great Detective's best kept secret - and her assistant Flotsam are once again thrown into dark adventure full of gripping twists and murderous intrigue. Together with Holmes and Dr. Watson they must race against the forces of darkness to uncover the truth behind the mysterious document known as the Lazarus Testament.As mystery after mystery is slowly uncovered, everyone's future hangs in the balance. The puzzle must be solved. But not before a slice of Dundee cake...The third in the bestselling Sherlock Holmes & Mrs Hudson Mysteries, this is a dark but heart-warming story that will transport readers to a Victorian world of foggy streets, snow-covered fells and grand characters.Martin Davies grew up in north-west England. All his writing is done in cafes, on buses or on trains, and all his first drafts are written in longhand. He has travelled widely, including in the Middle East, India and Sicily. In addition to the Holmes & Hudson Mysteries, he is the author of four other novels, including The Conjurer's Bird, which sold over 150,000 copies and was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and Havana Sleeping, which was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA Historical Dagger award. He works as a consultant in the broadcasting industry.

Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose

Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose

Author: Martin Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2015

Sherlock Holmes and Mrs Hudson are faced with a new challenge...Dangerous magicians! Precious gems! Dastardly Plans! Sherlock Holmes is just the man...But what if Holmes isn't the only brains at Baker Street?As snow falls on Baker Street, the wintry city is abuzz with excitement: the Malabar Rose - a fabled and enormous ruby - has been sent as a gift to Queen Victoria by the Marharajah of Marjoudh. An extraordinary condition is attached: the gem must be displayed at London's sumptuous Blenheim Hotel. How can the safety of this priceless jewel be assured? The authorities wisely enlist the help of Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Dr Watson but fortunately for them, they are also on the receiving end of help from Holmes's redoubtable housekeeper Mrs Hudson and her able assistant, Flotsam the housemaid.The Malabar Rose isn't the only exotic attraction stirring up excitement in the city, however. World famous magician the Great Salmanazar will be amazing the lucky few who can secure tickets at a once-in-a-lifetime spectacular. Not only that, but the world's most beautiful woman - the glamorous, if rather risqu fire dancer Lola Del Fuego - will be joining him on the bill.With all this excitement and a peculiar disappearance in Ealing, Mrs Hudson and Flottie have their hands full this festive season. Their investigations take in snow-shrouded streets, a toyshop full of wonders, a tumultuous Covent Garden as the New Year rings in and even theatre dressing rooms in Stepney.This fresh twist on classic Victorian mystery will delight fans and new readers alike.Martin Davies grew up in north-west England. All his writing is done in cafes, on buses or on trains, and all his first drafts are written in longhand. He has travelled widely, including in the Middle East, India and Sicily. In addition to the Holmes & Hudson Mysteries, he is the author of four other novels, including The Conjurer's Bird, which sold over 150,000 copies and was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and Havana Sleeping, which was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA Historical Dagger award. He works as a consultant in the broadcasting industry.

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse

Author: Martin Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 13/07/2015

What if Baker Street's most gifted resident wasn't called Sherlock Holmes?An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, Holmes and Dr Watson. Yet the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam, will be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?From the coal fire at Baker Street to the smog of Whitechapel and the jungles of Sumatra, from snake bites in grand hotels to midnight carriage chases at the docks, it's time for Mrs Hudson to step out of the shadows. Playfully breaking with convention, Martin Davies brings a fresh twist to classic Victorian mystery. Martin Davies grew up in north-west England. All his writing is done in cafes, on buses or on trains, and all his first drafts are written in longhand. He has travelled widely, including in the Middle East, India and Sicily. In addition to the Holmes & Hudson Mysteries, he is the author of four other novels, including The Conjurer's Bird, which sold over 150,000 copies and was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and Havana Sleeping, which was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA Historical Dagger award. He works as a consultant in the broadcasting industry.

Havana Sleeping

Havana Sleeping

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Havana in the 1850s is a city as dangerous as it is exotic. The murder of a humble night watchman at the British Consulate seems to worry neither the Consul nor the police. But one person cared for the old man. The enigmatic courtesan Leonarda will not rest until she understands the mystery of his death. In wintry England, George Backhouse is plucked from obscurity in the Foreign Office and given an unexpected promotion. His task: to travel to Cuba and take a stand against the illegal slave trade still flourishing there. But Havana is a tinderbox of intrigue. As the great powers of the region conspire against each other with increasing ruthlessness for control of the island, Backhouse comes to see that the most innocent of actions could spark a devastating war. To protect their interests, the powers-that-be in Whitehall are prepared to turn a blind eye to many things. Leonarda will not. But what of George Backhouse?

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The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2015

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education provides a single compendium on the nature, function, and applications of critical thinking. This book brings together the work of top researchers on critical thinking worldwide, covering questions of definition, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, research, policy, and application.

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education

Author: Martin Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/03/2015

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education provides a single compendium on the nature, function, and applications of critical thinking. This book brings together the work of top researchers on critical thinking worldwide, covering questions of definition, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, research, policy, and application.

Havana Sleeping

Havana Sleeping

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Havana in the 1850s is a city as dangerous as it is exotic. The murder of a humble night watchman at the British Consulate seems to worry neither the Consul nor the police. But one person cared for the old man. The enigmatic courtesan Leonarda will not rest until she understands the mystery of his death. In wintry England, George Backhouse is plucked from obscurity in the Foreign Office and given an unexpected promotion. His task: to travel to Cuba and take a stand against the illegal slave trade still flourishing there. But Havana is a tinderbox of intrigue. As the great powers of the region conspire against each other with increasing ruthlessness for control of the island, Backhouse comes to see that the most innocent of actions could spark a devastating war. To protect their interests, the powers-that-be in Whitehall are prepared to turn a blind eye to many things. Leonarda will not. But what of George Backhouse?

International Transactions in Goods Global Sales in Comparative Context

International Transactions in Goods Global Sales in Comparative Context

Author: Martin Davies, David V. Snyder Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/06/2014

International Transactions in Goods: Global Sales in Comparative Context explains the complex transactional structures common in international sales, from both an international and a domestic legal perspective. In a straightforward, accessible style, this course book sets out typical business models and commercial practices, including sample legal and commercial documents, and outlining the laws that govern them. Closely attuned to practice, this course book covers transactions on a commercial scale and gives full treatment not only to legal topics, but also payment, security, carriage, and insurance, addressing both traditional topics such as letters of credit, bills of lading, and the Incoterms, as well as modern practices like electronic funds transfers, and waybills. Martin Davies and David V. Snyder emphasize the strategic questions that lawyers and businesses face when negotiating and documenting deals, and when litigating transactions that have gone awry. As many of the strategies revolve around choice of governing law, the book treats not only international law, particularly the UN Convention on the International Sales of Goods (CISG), but also exemplary domestic laws from both common law and civil law jurisdictions, including the US Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), English law, French law, and German law. This book is designed to be accessible to students and readers of all levels, whether from common law or civil law backgrounds, by providing basic explanations of fundamental theories and attitudes in international law, common law, civil law, and international business. The format includes the methods of different traditions, with extensive text familiar to civil law readers, case excerpts familiar to common law readers, and a large array of problems-based on real cases and transactions-to demonstrate the concepts and to practice and evaluate what has been learned. The book also tackles current ethical and moral issues in international transactions, particularly the relation of law and contracting to environmental protection, workers' rights, and similar matters.

The Blackwell Companion to Social Work

The Blackwell Companion to Social Work

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2013

Fully revised and restructured, this fresh edition offers students and trainee social workers an incisive and authoritative introduction to the subject. As well as entirely new sections on theory and practice, the expert contributions which have shaped the companion s leading reputation have been updated and now include innovative standalone essays on social work theory. * Comprehensively reworked new edition comprising six substantive sections covering essential topics for trainee social workers in effect, six books in one * Includes an extensive introduction and chapters by leading experts on the focus and purpose of social work * Provides a unified textbook for trainees and an invaluable professional reference volume * Features a wealth of new material on theory and practice alongside detailed expositions of the social and psychological framework, stages in the human life cycle, and the objectives and core components of social work * Each chapter lists five key points to remember, questions for discussion, and recommendations for further reading

The Year After

The Year After

Author: Martin Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

DECEMBER 1919. Tom Allen, uncomfortable in London after five years in uniform, receives an invitation to spend Christmas at Hannesford Court. It's almost as if nothing has changed. Cards in the library after dinner. The Boxing Day shoot. The New Year ball. Margot. But Tom hasn't forgotten the professor. A strange meeting in Germany has raised a question in his mind: in all his visits to Hannesford before the War, all those years observing the glittering life of its owners, how much did he ever really see?