Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer School

Summer will be here any second, and with it long languid days and relaxing vacation weeks. Summer is also the perfect time for a little mental relaxation and entertainment, which is why we've put together an engaging collection of activity books, hobby handbooks, puzzle treasuries, and brain-tickling books about tricky words, fascinating history, and intriguing science—our own (and considerably more fun) version of "summer school."

You can discover the surprising charms of coloring with our grown-up coloring books, take up a new hobby like painting or sketching with step-by-step instruction books, delve into devilish crosswords and IQ tests, sharpen up your vocabulary, travel back in time and around the world, or explore the universe from your beach chair.

You can view our entire list of summer school suggestions here. Also, be sure to visit our website ( all summer as we'll be featuring lots of cool books to add to your shelves.

Here are a few of our personal picks to kick off your summer school fun!

The Coloring Book of Mindfulness: 50 Quotes and Designs to Help You Focus, Slow Down, De-Stress

List Price: $14.95
Sale Price: $10.95

This lovely book includes line illustrations inspired by the natural world yet designed to be creatively colored in. Amid flowers and trees you'll find parrots and peacocks, dragonflies and dormice, presented in two-page spreads ... Read more about this beautiful coloring book for adults here.

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Brain Training Puzzles: Intermediate Book 2: Five-A-Day for Your Brain

List Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $2.98

Chess boards, color tiles, weights on balance beams, silhouettes to match, Sudoku and other number grids, battleships, and other challenging, often visually intensive puzzles are presented here for the practiced puzzle-solver. With colorful illustrations and graphics on every page, this fun little puzzle book is designed to sharpen your mind while also providing plenty of entertainment. Want to train your brain? Click here to purchase this great deal.

The Dictionary of Bullshit: A Shamelessly Opinionated Guide to All That is Absurd, Misleading and Insincere

List Price: $12.95
Sale Price: $3.98

In this hilarious, irreverent, and generally subversive compendium of what passes for discourse today, Nick Webb savages the blatant deceits, clich├ęs, jargon, and spin found in the realms of politics, self-help, marketing, the media, all things new age, statistics, science, and business. Find out more about this title now.

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The Calm Coloring Book

Only $5.98

A perfect size for a purse, backpack, or briefcase, this compact coloring book is nonetheless stuffed with a wide-ranging selection of 120 illustrations: birds, flowers, fantasy gardens, happy fish, stained glass windows, mandalas, and numerous beautiful abstract patterns and motifs. Something about these gentle images—printed on the front of the page only—makes them particularly enticing for coloring in, encouraging you to enter a calm, meditative state wherever you are. Pick up this coloring book while supplies last.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Crime Scene—Are You an Armchair Detective?

 Ready to Snoop?

We remain endlessly fascinated by criminal behavior. What makes a murderer? And how do we uncover one who is determined not to be caught? Here we have just a sampling from our broad range of true crime and crime fiction offerings: shocking murders and compelling cold cases, pioneering forensic investigations and sensational murder trials, great fictional detectives and their sometimes equally great adversaries. Come join us for the next several weeks as we explore the world of true and fictional crime.

What are some true crime movies, books and documentaries that had you riveted?

Match the crime to the celebrity. 
Can you guess the reason that each of these famous folks were arrested? Try our fun match game and see how you do. Click here to play.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Mystery Sale! Buy 4 Mysteries and Get Your 5th FREE!

Dying for a good mystery? Daedalus has got you covered! Purchase four mysteries from our special selection and get a 5th mystery for FREE! Don't miss out on this great offer. Visit our special page here and stock up for the summer!

Here are just a few of the titles available:

The Mysterium: A Hugh Corbett Medieval Mystery

This 17th mystery in P.C. Doherty's superbly detailed historical series—following The Waxman Murders and Nightshade—opens in February 1304. London is coming to terms with the fall from power of Walter Evesham, chief justice in the Court of the King's Bench, just as a series of brutal murders shocks the populace. Accused of bribery and corruption, Evesham has sought sanctuary to atone for his sins, but when he is discovered dead in his cell at the Abbey of Sion, it appears that the killer known as the Mysterium, once brought to justice by Evesham, may have returned. Sir Hugh Corbett is tasked with discovering whether this foe is indeed the Mysterium or an even more cunning imitator.

To Davy Jones Below: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

With the peal of wedding bells still ringing in their ears, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple and her new husband Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard embark on an ocean trip to America, in this ninth mystery in Carola Dunn's long-running cozy series (following Rattle His Bones). The honeymooning pair are joined by a coterie of fellow travelers, including American industrialist Caleb P. Arbuckle, his millionaire friend Jethro Gotobed, and his new wife Wanda, an ex-showgirl with huge ambitions. But soon the pleasant prospect of the voyage descends into an atmosphere rife with chaos, intrigue, and ugly rumors, followed by a series of suspicious accidents and a sudden death. And with harsh weather and rough seas brewing, it's up to Daisy and Alec to uncover the passengers' tangled
secrets and hidden agendas.

The Sound and the Furry: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

In this sixth installment of a sharp and witty mystery series that shows no signs of slowing down, canine narrator Chet and his human partner PI Bernie Little are handed a hard case in the Big Easy when they happen upon a prison work crew that includes Frenchie Boutette, an old criminal pal. It seems Frenchie's brother Ralph, the one white sheep in their Louisiana family, has gone missing. Chet and Bernie head down to New Orleans, and Chet discovers a world of sights, smells, and tastes that are like nothing he's ever encountered—and uncovers a world of trouble involving family feuds, stolen shrimp, Big Oil, and a legendary bayou gator named Iko.

What are some of your favorite mystery novels?  Please share in the comments.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Are You a Tudormaniac?

Hello! My name is Amy (aka Daedalus Amy) and I'll be posting on behalf of The Daily Glean.

For all you Tudor fans have we got something for you!

Is it the drama—the royal rivalries, the plots and battles, the boundless ambition—that makes us thrill to tales of Tudor England? Is it the players—kingly Henry VIII, ruthless Thomas Cromwell, doomed Anne Boleyn, triumphant Elizabeth? Or is it the history itself, vividly played out in the works of Shakespeare, and more recently in books from historical writers like Hilary Mantel, Antonia Fraser, and Philippa Gregory?

Whatever the reasons, we can't get enough of the Tudors—particularly the new BBC–PBS Masterpiece series Wolf Hall—and here we celebrate this magnificent era in gripping historical narratives and novelizations as well as gorgeously costumed performances on DVD. Visit our forum here.