Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Historical Books

The River: A Christopher Radcliff Short Story

A FREE short story introducing readers to Elizabethan academic and intelligencer Dr Christopher Radcliff, hero of the historical thriller, The Incendium Plot . . .



Cambridge on the morning of a day in April, the year of Our Lord 1569.

And Christopher Radcliff, Doctor of Civil Laws at Pembroke Hall and recruiter of clever young men to the service of the Earl of Leicester, is amongst a crowd of excited townsfolk and university scholars gathered on a field to watch a game of foot ball. It is to be played between the apprentices of the town and pupils of the colleges and it is hoped it will reconcile differences between town and gown. Bets are placed, wagers made. On the field long-standing animosities surface and violence breaks out but not before the college team is victorious, thanks to the skill of a Pembroke Hall man, John Groom.

Later that day, Radcliff is summoned to the senior tutor's rooms. It transpires that John Groom has been locked up on a serious charge of assault - he'd nearly caused a cobbler's apprentice to drown. If found guilty, Groom would be expelled from college and face imprisonment. But Christopher smells a rat. He believes the charge to be the fabrication of someone with a serious grudge against the young man, and yet it does seem as if Groom is hiding something. Enlisting the help of his friend Edward Allingham and his wife Katherine, Dr Radcliff knows the truth lies somewhere within the infamous den that is Slegge's gaming house...

Death's Confessor: A Civil War Murder Mystery

A fast paced, gritty murder mystery through the wilds of territorial New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley with the feel of a Tony Hillerman novel and the complexity of a Ngaio Marsh mystery. Pueblos, Apache, former Mexican citizens and the US Army collide in a tale of greed and murder. A new civil war mystery series by best selling author Phillip and Jennifer Bryant.

Peter Thomas Smith's days on the post of Fort Craig, New Mexico territory, are spent fighting boredom, keeping cool, and giving the spiritual state of the 5th California Mounted Infantry volunteers a ready ear. As chaplain, he isn't asked to do much in the way of fighting Apaches and there have been no wounded in battle to tend to from fighting Confederates.

He is content to let this state of affairs continue, that is until the Piro scout, Tafoya, brings in a soldier half dead with no name, no unit, and no reason for being there. Like his preferred namesake before him, Thomas the doubter, there are too many questions to ignore.

Like historical murder mysteries? Find more civil war mysteries and historical fiction by searching Phillip Bryant or P.J. Bryant. If you like civil war fiction, be sure to hunt up The Shiloh Series by Phillip Bryant, a four novel set.

Mail Order Bride 4 Book Box Set: Sweet Clean Historical Western Mail Order Bride Mystery Romance

Critics describe these books as a very sweet invigorating set of books which are heart-warming, full of love, mystery, hope, and the true meaning of friendship.

Includes 4 series starter books (Faith Creek Brides #1, Sun River Brides #1, Silver River Brides #1, Ruby Springs Brides #1)

Morbus Dei: The Arrival: Novel (Morbus Dei (English) Book 1)

VOLUME 1 OF THE HIGHLY GRIPPING MORBUS DEI-TRILOGY

Getting caught in a snowstorm, deserter Johann List ends up in a secluded mountain village ridden by fear and superstition. Soon he realises that there is something wrong with this village, that it lies beneath a grim shadow - animals get killed, people disappear, hooded shapes lurk in the dark woods. When Johann falls in love with the daughter of a farmer, they decide to leave the village together. But even before they are able to elope, the situation escalates - a life and death struggle begins.

Authentically and vividly the author duo tells a story full of tragedy and emotion and allows you to travel back 300 years in time.

Morbus Dei: The Arrival - a brilliant combination of mystery thriller and historical novel.

***New translation: more than 300 reviews on Amazon.de (avg. 4.4) for the German edition!***

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THE MORBUS DEI-TRILOGY

Vol. 1: Morbus Dei: The Arrival

Vol. 2: Morbus Dei: Inferno

Vol. 3: Morbus Dei: The Sign of Aries

The Seasons of the EmmaLee: An Amazon Kindle #1 selection for Historical Fiction Mystery & Suspense. Two love affairs, decades apart. An idyllic summer resort town torn apart by betrayal and murder.

Michael Lindley's first novel, THE SEASONS OF THE EMMALEE, has twice reached #1 for Amazon Kindle Historical Fiction Mystery and Suspense.

It was the summer of 1941, in a small Northern Michigan resort town when Jonathan McKendry first saw the beautiful new summer resident, Emily Compton, on the deck of her father's magnificent yacht, the EmmaLee. He could never imagine the betrayal, death and heartbreak that were about to come into his life.

Jonathan is the son of a local boatyard owner. His small-town life seems in fine order with good friends, a local girl who loves him and bright hopes for the future. When he finds himself consumed with his infatuation for the Compton girl and he's accused of a brutal murder, his dreams and relationships will be shattered.

In a parallel story in present day, Sally Thomason is a descendant of the Compton family who first owned the great ship, EmmaLee. When a new owner returns with the boat decades later, Sally is caught up in the overwhelming emotions of a past family tragedy and her attraction to the boat's new owner, Alex Clark.

THE SEASONS OF THE EMMALEE plays out against a beautiful scenic backdrop and compelling historical context. It explores the deep and entangled emotions of class differences, family betrayal, unexpected love and shattered dreams. An ideal read for those who love historical fiction focused on love and relationships, mystery and suspense, and a staggering crime told in a family saga across multi-generations.

Praise for THE SEASONS OF THE EMMALEE

- "... a super summer read." Traverse Magazine

- "... our book of the month and top seller for the season" Debra Lambers, The Book Nook

- "... EMMALEE reads elegantly and is artfully crafted." Lisa Jensen, Editor, Michigan Blue Magazine

Amazon Five Star Reviews

- "...an absolute delight!"

- "...the perfect summer read!"

- "... beautifully written!"

Sapphic in the Shadows : Episode 1 - The First Case: A 1920's New York Mystery

As the new secretary to a private investigation firm, Ella Quick expects to spend her days making coffee and filing paperwork so it's a pleasant surprise when her boss, Josie Desroches, takes her on assignments that not only open her eyes to the world but also teach her a thing or two about herself.

A Sapphic Historical Mystery Series

Set in New York City in the Roaring Twenties during a period of social revolution for women everywhere, bringing about significant change from fashion to suffrage to sexual expression, Sapphic in the Shadows follows Ella's adventures as she and her feisty boss solve mysteries, get entangled with drugs, prostitutes and the mafia and encounter the biggest, most ingenious crime organization that the city has ever known.

Does it complicate things that Ella seems to be having romantic feelings for her boss? Certainly. Will it confuse matters further when Ella discovers her boss is a lesbian? A flirtatious and outlandish lesbian who regularly uses sex to get what she wants? Definitely.

Has Ella bit off more than she can chew by taking this job or would she have been better off staying at home, hoping to snag a rich husband?

Letters From The Attic: Step behind the scenes of the Jack Rogan Mysteries

What you always wanted to know ... Step behind the scenes of the Jack Rogan Mysteries and discover the intriguing world of an international historical thriller writer.

As a young boy, Gabriel Farago was given the key to his grandfather's attic. This magical place opened a world of literature, music and history to the inquisitive boy. Gabriel spent many hours in the attic listening to his grandfather's records, reading his books, and trying to unravel his cryptic journals which many years later inspired the writing of The Empress Holds The Key.

What goes on in the mind of a thriller writer? Where do authors draw their inspiration from? Becoming a writer doesn't happen in a vacuum. It is a journey in itself that provides the material for the stories, and the rich tapestry of characters and settings that bring those stories so vividly to life.

The Castro '76: An Israel Wren Mystery

San Francisco 1976: Harvey Milk leaves his friend Israel Wren to look after his apartment. On his first night, Israel is dismayed to discover a movie star in the lounge room nervously smoking cigarettes. The celebrity has just escaped the clutches of a serial killer. 'The Doodler' haunts gay bars and sketches his victims before seducing and then knifing them. He has already killed fourteen gay men this way. The police don't seem too interested in protecting the gay community, so Israel takes on the task of tracking down the killer who sketches his victims before he kills them.

A Hanging Job (Foxy's War Book 1)

Don't kill a copper cos it's a hanging job.

The tale is set in London on the eve of World War 2 at a time when hanging was the penalty for murder and the cut-throat razor, the weapon of choice for settling differences within the criminal fraternity.

It's 1939 and Hitler is about to invade Poland and kick off the Second World War, but Foxy has more important things on his mind. One the best in getaway drivers in the business, he'd got out of the business before Detective Inspector Hawker had managed to nab him, but having been pressured into taking part in a bungled bank robbery, he now finds himself at risk of a formal introduction to the hangman if caught. For Foxy comedy and tragedy have always gone hand in hand, and this day is no exception as he plays hide and seek with the forces of law and order in the streets of London and the leafy lanes of Hertfordshire, doggedly keeping one step ahead thanks to his driving skills.

Murder At Zero Hour

1916. From the safety of America, William Grant watches helplessly as World War One rages in Europe. Desperate for adventure, the young man travels to Britain to try and join the army. After a harrowing journey, Grant is accepted into a newly-formed infantry regiment. He is posted to the front lines of France, where he must learn to survive the horrors of war. A popular captain is brutally killed, and all the evidence points to murder. Who in the regiment did the deed? With the help of his comrades, Grant must survive the Battle of the Somme and the evil intentions of an unknown murderer, all while trying to earn the love of a beautiful aristocratic nurse.

The Last Post: a haunting novella (May Keaps Book 1)

It is April 1918. May Keaps is a twenty-year-old ambulance driver stationed at The Front. As if transporting hideously wounded soldiers, sleep deprivation and constant shell bombardment weren't enough, she becomes unwittingly entangled in the untimely death of a young captain, Tobias Fairfax.

Newly-arrived in Northern France he was found with a discharged pistol by his side; rumours on the battlefield were that it wasn't an accident and he had taken the coward's way out, committing suicide.

Whatever the explanation, Tobias left a dangerous legacy that puts May in the line of fire. But she is not the only one with a reason to want to uncover the truth. And in a world where life can be extinguished in the blink of an eye, May might regret her search for answers...

The Last Post is the haunting introduction to the May Keaps series.

The Last Post was previously published as Faith's RewardWhat readers are saying:"Keaps is an intriguing character. Feisty, but likeable. I'm looking forward to catching up with her again." Kerry Parsons - Chat About Books

"The writing style is great and I do love a drama set during the war period so this one is right up my street being a massive fan of historical fiction." Donna Maguire - Donnas Book Blog

"The Last Post can be read in a coffee break but the contents will stay in your heart a lot longer. Fabulous writing style and a recommended read." Alison Daughtrey - Drew - Ali - The Dragon Slayer

"This is a cracking way to get to know a little about the main character in a new series." Susan Hampson - Books From Dusk Till Dawn

"It's really hard to write a review about a story this short without giving anything away but suffice to say this packs quite the punch and really sets the tone for what promises to be a rather exciting new series." Eva Mercx - Novel Delights

"I can't wait to read more of May's adventures and I'm excited to follow her in future novels. This a great introduction and a tempting treat." Susan Corcoran - Booksaremycwtches

"The Last Post is a quick and captivating read that has left me looking forward to future books in the series." Sarah Hardy - By The letter Book Reviews

"I liked May and can see great potential for her in future books, including the upcoming Foul Trade." Nicola Smith - Short Book And Scribes

"The author has really managed to capture the feeling of war in the few short chapters, giving the reader a real sense of time and place." Jen Lucas - Jen Med's Book Reviews

"The Last Post is fast paced and filled with action. The writing is so vivid that I could picture the bombs dropping and the ground shaking." Christen Moore - Murder And Moore

The Engagement Party

It's 1925 and change is everywhere, even in rural Australia - but is Flora ready? Includes bonus material from Kimberley Freeman's captivating new Jazz age novel, Evergreen Falls. Flora Honeychurch-Black awakens on the day of her engagement party excited yet somehow unsettled. Throughout the day, despite the well-meaning attention of her friend Liberty and the distraction of the household's many preparations for the night's celebration, Flora's unease grows. Her much-loved, erratic brother Sam unwittingly adds to the tension, behaving oddly and drawing mirth from her suave fiance Tony and derision from some of his sophisticated coterie of friends. As the storm clouds gather outside and the engagement party begins, Flora realises that something is amiss. Where is Sam? What secret is he hiding? The answers may be more than Flora - and her new relationships and loyalties - can bear.

Author Biography

Kimberley Freeman was born in London and grew up in Brisbane. She is the author of Duet (2007), winner of the Ruby Award, Gold Dust (2008), Wildflower Hill (2010), Lighthouse Bay (2012), Ember Island (2013) and Evergreen Falls (2014). Her bestselling books have been translated into over twelve languages.

For more information visit facebook.com/KimberleyFreemanAuthor, read her blog on kimberleyfreeman.com or follow her on twitter.com/KimberleyTweets.

A New Journal (A Most Dangerous Woman Season 1 Episode 1)

This is the 1st episode in the first season of A Most Dangerous Woman, a 9-episode serial from Serial Box.

Marian's sister Laura has always seemed to know her better than Marian knows herself, so when she gives Marian a new journal and urges her to find her own joy in life, Marian doesn't intentionally ignore her advice. It's just that she's so comfortable, and she truly does love her sister's family. But when change walks into her life unexpectedly, she finds that she might just be ready to embrace it, after all.

In Brenda Clough's deliciously authentic sequel to Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White, Marian Halcolmbe finds and marries her true love, Theo Camlet. But when Theo's first wife, who everyone believed to be dead, reappears, Marian and her brother in law Walter must delve into the darkest and most dangerous corners of London to save Theo from accusations of bigamy and murder, as well as the hangman's noose.

On Hosting Your Regency-Era Christmas Party: A Companion to Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

This introduction to the Regency-era Christmas offers a few helpful tips for celebrating your holiday like Jane Austen!



The latest installment in Stephanie Barron's richly historical Jane Austen mystery series takes place over the twelve days of Christmas, a Regency-era tradition unlike the holiday we celebrate today. In the pages of this free companion guide to the novel, you'll find authentic ways to celebrate your own Georgian Christmas--from decorations to recipes to parlor games--for full immersion into the world of our heroine.

About Jane Austen and the Twelve Days of Christmas: On Christmas Eve of 1814, we find the Regency era's most beloved author on holiday at the Vyne, the gorgeous estate of the prominent Chute household, with family and friends. As they prepare for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, the guests are all in a celebratory mood--until one of the Yuletide revelers dies in a riding accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, can Jane discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?

The Good Knight (The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries)

The Good Knight Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales... The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride's brother tasks his two best detectives-Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard-with bringing the kill... Full description

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Maids of Misfortune It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt. Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Franc... Full description

Entanglement of Fate

Sheffield, England, 1912. When a mute criminal known as 'the Street Arab' is taken into custody, police call on court missionary, Robert Elliott, to try and unravel the enigma. With the help of Mary O' Driscoll, a sharply perceptive nurse, Elliott reveals the prisoner to be Walter Stanford, a man with a blemished past and who is about to change their lives forever. As Elliott tries to understand the significance of a mysterious note found in a locket on the cell floor, Mary becomes haunted by a series of lucid dreams about Walter's life and a dark harrowing crime. But why have they all been brought together? Is it simply fate? Or could it be strange intervention to bring closure to a chilling past? One thing is certain...the answers have consequences! What readers are saying... "I adored this book." "Dark and foreboding one minute, so genteel the next - absolutely brilliant!" "Some days I found it difficult to put down as I was so engrossed."

Behind Closed Doors

The population of London is horrified by the murder spree being conducted by Jack the Ripper. While Police Commissioner Charles Warren investigates the Ripper murders, another, less well publicized killer is at large. Tucked away on the inner pages of the daily press, a few articles tell of the strange murders taking place on board the carriages of the much-heralded London Metropolitan Railway. Each murder takes place the day after the Ripper killings, as the murderer appears to be taking advantage of the lack of police resources to tackle two major investigations simultaneously. Inspector Albert Norris is charged with bringing the railway killer to justice, but clues are few and the killer's motive unclear. He is forced to carry out his investigation 'quietly and without causing a public panic' as the authorities try to maintain confidence in the railway system's safety. The press is being told even less, and Norris can count on little help from above as he attempts to solve the inexplicable series of murders.

Fires of Alexandria

Chained in Time: The First Rutter Book: Volume 1

For three months in 1888, a serial killer stalked the streets of London's East End, slaughtering five prostitutes in a manner so grisly that the entire nation was gripped in a paroxysm of horror. The killer was not caught, so we will never know his true identity, although History has christened him with the most notorious of nicknames, coined by a journalist of the day: Jack the Ripper. Exactly one hundred years later, the same thing appears to be happening again and in the same places. The victims even have similar names. Marie Kelly, a young student, is haunted by horrifying dreams of Victorian London in which she is pursued through the gloomy, sooty alleyways of Whitechapel by a dark, shapeless shadow that seeks to destroy her utterly, as it did her near-namesake, Mary Jane Kelly, a century earlier. Marie experiences Mary's terror and despair as her own. As the body count rises, the truth emerges gradually. The two series of murders are linked fundamentally in a way far beyond the police's ability to prevent them. Even if they identify the modern killer, even if they kill him, there is no way that they can stop it. Only he can do that. Aware of the history, Marie even knows when he will strike. As the dreaded day approaches, her mind begins to fall apart under the pressure, just as her namesake's did. We witness the disintegration of both young women. She and the Ripper are 'Chained in Time'.

No Game for A Dame

Seductive Secrets: Secret Lives Series, Book I: Volume 1

COFFEE TIME ROMANCE & MORE CTRR Award- I positively enjoyed Seductive Secrets. Colleen Connally spins a tale that scoops up the reader and transports them into action, romance and intrigue. There is so much more that makes this story spectacular. It is filled with deception, treachery, romance, intense drama, and detailed characters that pull in the reader from the beginning until the end. The secondary players add great finesse to the storyline. I have to admit it was completely hard to put this book down. Ms. Connally creates an enthralling read that surrounds with anticipation that continues to build, leaving this reader spellbound. - Cherokee Previously published as Daughter of Deceit under Carrie James Haynes RISQUE REVIEWS -Top Choice Award- This story kept me on the edge of my seat as Alyce goes through the days trying to learn the truth. The suspense kept my heart racing as Alyce meets someone that knows something about her father. It turns out to be an attempt on her life. I literally held my breath until I knew she was alright. Later in the story, Haynes takes Alyce through a journey of sensual feelings for Lord Julian. Alyce discovers that she is falling in love. And through the description Haynes uses throughout her story, I experience the same feelings Alyce felt. Haynes was able to make me place myself in this story to feel as if all the action that took place happened to me. I especially like when I read a book and can feel that way. There is one scene toward the end of the book that made me not able to put the story down--when Alyce is led to old ruins at Colonel Tolworthy's estate by someone trying to cause her harm. I stayed up late reading the last section of the book because I simply could not quit reading until I knew the outcome. Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead... Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England's most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father's name. For years, she has been hidden away from all pr

Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest: The Azadi Series Book 1: Volume 1

Book I of The Azadi Series of historical fiction set during India's struggle for freedom-Azadi-from the British Raj. The Books weave a tale of international intrigue, conflict, and poignant love between interesting characters of that era. In 1965 an over 100-year-old sea chest, believed to be that of an American doctor, Margaret, is discovered in the storage room of a hospital in Delhi. Another American doctor, Sharif, who originally hails from Delhi and is on contract at the hospital, is entrusted with the task of locating the mysterious woman's relatives and returning her trunk. Sharif tracks down Margaret's descendants in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. Her diaries, and other artefacts-such as the Kingdom of Jhansi's crown-are found in the coffer. Margaret, born in New Jersey to a Scottish Presbyterian clerical family, achieves her heart's desire, in 1850, to become one of the first North American women doctors. She marries her Canadian cousin, Robert, and travels with him to serve in the Crimean war of 1854. In Crimea, they have to not only face hardships of battles, but also endure other conflicts. From events leading to and after the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade, Margaret meets a Russian officer, Count Nicholai. The surprise ending of Book I, leaves Margaret in a quandary, whether to seek vengeance or to continue on with her journey to India. In the end, she believes she has made the right decision

Every Able Body

It's 1943, and Mobile, Alabama, is a wartime boomtown filled with bedlam and intrigue. The Old South coastal city is under siege by thousands who have left the backwoods and overworked cotton fields to seek their fortune in the city's new Army air field and its bustling shipyards. Shantytowns and tent cities are erected to shelter those who aren't crammed into every available room and boarding house. Schools work in shifts but can't meet the demand; garbage and sewage problems trigger rumors of typhoid, and out on the streets, young women are disappearing. In the absence of success by the city's undermanned and overworked police force to get leads on a white slavery ring, the fate of the missing women depends on the efforts of three people with different motives: private investigator Frank Lundy, a football legend who's 4-F and sensitive about it; police reporter Valerie Gilbreath, a former debutante and Mardi Gras queen just beginning her newspaper career; and Alfred Page, an AWOL black soldier targeted for murder by manic swamp dweller, Claude Gagnon. Mobile's growing assortment of thieves, thugs, prostitutes and pimps are solid citizens compared to Gagnon (called "A genuinely creepy villain" by Publishers Weekly), who comes to town looking for Page and supports himself by doing dirty work for a white slavery ring operating out of a waterfront bar. One thing they all agree on is that Sally McGinn never should have gone down to the neon district on a school night.

Love Lies Bleeding

When a hiker near Ithaca stumbles across an old skeleton buried with a rusty buttonhook and a locket full of pictures, Senior Investigator Frank Conley of the New York State Police knows he's looking at a tough case. What he doesn't expect is having to solve his own aunt's murder. In 1916, when high-society debutante Libbie Morgan decided to balance her time between Ithaca's rich-but-dull golden boy and a heart-poundingly handsome farm boy, she unknowingly launched an ever-widening web of deception and jealousy. Frank must peel away layers of history as he deals with his own demons and races against time to find the answer before his mother goes to the grave never knowing the truth about her sister. With the help of the town historian and an attractive aspiring writer, can he piece together a seventy-year-old mystery and discover how love ended up bleeding in a shallow grave?

Mandarin Yellow

The Hunt

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hunt by Oscar de Muriel, a Christmas tale from the world of Frey and McGray, read by Andy Secombe.

Christmas, 1888. After a thoroughly trying time in Edinburgh, Inspector Ian Frey looks forward to a Christmas break at his family's country estate back in England. But the welcome respite of home cooking, hunting trips and brandy by the fire is ruined by the arrival of an unwelcome guest....

Features an exclusive extract from A Fever of the Blood - the brilliant new Case for Frey and McGray, which publishes in February 2016.

Belle of Charleston: Southern Legacy, Book 1

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon, here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country's most turbulent times.

Belle of Charleston, Book One

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been Antebellum Charleston for over 100 years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned - loyalty, honor, duty to one's country, God, and family. It was the tie that binds until their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman - Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomery cousins until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?