New Release Books by Martin Davies

Martin Davies is the author of Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (2022), San Antonio 365 (2020), Mrs Hudson and the Blue Daisy Affair (2021), The Essential Social Worker (2021) and other 141 books.

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Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse

release date: Apr 26, 2022
Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse
When a traveler recently returned from the Far East enlists the assistance of her employer, master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, after nearly being killed under mysterious circumstances, housekeeper Mrs. Hudson and Flottie, a young orphan in her care, undertake their own investigation into the case, which may involve an exotic Sumatran curse.

San Antonio 365

release date: Jun 09, 2020
San Antonio 365
San Antonio 365: On This Day in History tells one story a day in the history of the Alamo City, from popular lore to lesser known events critical to understanding its people and culture. The result is a treasure trove of remarkable tales highlighting small ripples that created big waves in the region’s history. The stories in San Antonio 365 are fun and enlightening slices of history, but they also highlight our collective need to learn from the past. Internationally known as a center of business and tourism, San Antonio has also been the site of significant episodes in the fight for equal rights and justice, the importance of economic and cultural diversity, and the evolution of good government. Among the 365 stories are the anti-Communist riot at Municipal Auditorium led against Emma Tenayuca, the segregation of cinemas and swimming pools, and the 1955 integration of San Antonio schools. Charming anecdotes and quotes bring each story to life. For instance, did you know that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid cooled their heels on the streets of San Antonio a few miles from what would became Interstate 10—where the rock group R.E.M. filmed their iconic video “Everybody Hurts”? A lively essay introducing each month underscores the important ways that history is never just about the past. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” San Antonio 365 brings to life more than three hundred years of surprises, highlighting both historical moments that have been overlooked and those told again and again—and the compelling characters who shaped the city.

Mrs Hudson and the Blue Daisy Affair

release date: Nov 04, 2021
Mrs Hudson and the Blue Daisy Affair
A bloodstained room, a missing woman, a passionate affair gone wrong. September in London, and the city basks in a glorious Indian summer. Sherlock Holmes has more work than he can handle, and when the Home Office asks him to sniff out a plot by Russian assassins on radical politician George Dashing, Holmes and Watson find themselves distracted by more pressing cases. Meanwhile, there is scandal at the home of Dashing’s great political rival, Sir Henry Catanache. When Sir Henry’s housemaid goes missing, leaving only a pool of blood behind, his son is the prime suspect. Can Sherlock discover the truth? Or will the Catanache family be rescued by Laurence Martin, a detective newly arrived in London who is dazzling society with some remarkable triumphs? Martin proves a surprising and enigmatic figure, and Mrs Hudson and Flotsam, her intrepid helper, soon find themselves as intrigued by the detective as they are by the crime... A compelling cosy crime novel based in the legend of Sherlock Holmes, perfect for fans of M. R. C. Kasasian, Oscar de Muriel and Elly Griffiths.

The Essential Social Worker

release date: Dec 17, 2021
The Essential Social Worker
The third edition of The Essential Social Worker has been radically revised and updated and contains an entirely new chapter providing a clear outline of the historical and policy-related framework within which social work operates in areas of particular practice - child care, disability, mental health, old age and criminal justice. The Essential Social Worker defends the idea of a broadly based profession seeking to maintain disadvantaged people in the community. It bravely confronts the shallowness of many short-term fashions and argues that social work is a uniquely humane contributor to the achievement of welfare in the 1990s and beyond. A careful reading of The Essential Social Worker will ensure that the student gains an understanding of the role of social work in a complex urban society and develops an awareness of the debates which surround it. Social work is often subject to public criticism, but, as the author shows, it has continued to grow in scale and in influence throughout the 20th century and although its structure will continue to evolve, social work will remain essential in any society which regards itself as democratic and humane.

Meaning, Quantification, Necessity

release date: Oct 30, 2019
Meaning, Quantification, Necessity
Originally published in 1981. This is a book for the final year undergraduate or first year graduate who intends to proceed with serious research in philosophical logic. It will be welcomed by both lecturers and students for its careful consideration of main themes ranging from Gricean accounts of meaning to two dimensional modal logic. The first part of the book is concerned with the nature of the semantic theorist’s project, and particularly with the crucial concepts of meaning, truth, and semantic structure. The second and third parts deal with various constructions that are found in natural languages: names, quantifiers, definite descriptions, and modal operators. Throughout, while assuming some familiarity with philosophical logic and elementary formal logic, the text provides a clear exposition. It brings together related ideas, and in some places refines and improves upon existing accounts.

Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy

release date: Mar 12, 2020
Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy
Mrs Hudson must step into action once more. It's summer in London, and things are quiet. But while Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson chafe at their inactivity, a train carrying a vital secret is entering a tunnel in an obscure region of the Balkans – never to be seen again. The train is only the beginning. The missing message must be found and decoded, and a diplomat’s wife must be rescued from the clutches of a pernicious blackmailer. The nation is in danger, and if a diplomatic scandal of disastrous proportions is to be avoided, Sherlock Holmes’ brilliance may not be enough... Mrs Hudson and Flottie her assistant will once again turn detective. From the Richard & Judy-featured author of The Conjuror’s Bird, back by popular demand, the first new Holmes & Hudson novel for several years.

'Conceal, Create, Confuse'

release date: Jul 11, 2016
'Conceal, Create, Confuse'
This is the story of the British Army's endeavours during the Great War to deceive the enemy and trick him into weakening his defences and redeploying his reserves. In this year-by-year account, Martin Davies shows how Sir John French and Sir Douglas Haig actively encouraged their Army commanders to employ trickery so that all attacks should come as a 'complete surprise' to the enemy. The methods of concealment of real military artefacts and the creation of dummy ones were ingenious enough but the real art lay in the development of geographically dispersed deception plans which disguised the real time and place of attack and forced the enemy to defend areas threatened by fake operations. Some of these plans, such as disguising mules as tanks and creating dummy airfields bordered on the farcical but were often amazingly effective. The driving force behind the deception plans was GHQ and the Army commanders, further dispelling the myth of 'Lions led by Donkeys'. Evidence shows that the British Army employed deception to advantage in all their theatres of operation.

Nygh's Conflict of Laws in Australia

release date: Jan 01, 2019
Nygh's Conflict of Laws in Australia
Nygh¿s Conflict of Laws in Australia, 10th Edition is the leading text provides authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the three main areas of private international law: jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. The wide-ranging subject matter includes international commercial dealings and other civil obligations, administration of estates and succession, international child abduction, adoption, proof of foreign law, and the recognition of same-sex marriages. It covers the legislation and civil procedure rules of all Australian jurisdictions as well as important common law developments. The clear explanations of complex concepts make Nygh¿s Conflict of Laws in Australia ideal for both legal practitioners and students of conflict of laws or private international law. The tenth edition has been comprehensively revised and updated. It includes discussion and analysis of significant developments in the field, including: ¿ expanded discussion of the definition of marriage, following Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory (2013); ¿ the implications of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 (Cth) ¿ recent changes to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules regarding service outside of the jurisdiction, now reflected in the rules of many Australian jurisdictions; ¿ confirmation of principles on arbitration and jurisdiction agreements by Rinehart v Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd (2019); ¿ recent case developments in respect of foreign state immunity, including Firebird Global Master Fund II Ltd v Republic of Nauru (2015); ¿ the interaction between choice-of-law clauses and forum statutes, including treatment of the Australian Consumer Law in Valve Corporation v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (2017); and ¿ clarification of principles on foreign maritime liens in Ship Sam Hawk v Reiter Petroleum Inc (2016).

Aldus Manutius: Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice

release date: Nov 10, 2018
Aldus Manutius: Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

International Transactions in Goods

release date: Jun 18, 2014
International Transactions in Goods
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.

Study Skills for International Postgraduates

release date: Aug 25, 2011
Study Skills for International Postgraduates
Destined to become a life saver for international students everywhere, this book provides clear, comprehensive guidance for students embarking on postgraduate study at a western university. Helping to maximise your chances of academic success, topics include challenges such as critical thinking, research, writing and speaking skills.

Admiralty and Maritime Law

release date: Jun 01, 2006
Admiralty and Maritime Law
This is an abridged version of a casebook (previously published in two volumes) on admiralty and maritime law. Nine chapters cover: admiralty jurisdiction and procedure; federalism and admiralty jurisdiction; admiralty remedies; carriage of goods; charter parties; personal injury and death claims; collision and other accidents; maritime liens; and

The Conjurer's Bird

release date: Aug 22, 2006
The Conjurer's Bird
The Conjurer’s Bird is a beautiful story in the spirit of Possession that is as exciting as The Club Dumas, inspired by one of the great puzzles of natural history: that of the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta. Seen only once, in 1774, by Captain Cook’s second expedition to the South Seas, a single specimen was captured, preserved, and brought back to England. The bird was given to famed naturalist Joseph Banks, who displayed it proudly in his collection until its sudden, unexplained disappearance. Two hundred years later, naturalists continue to wonder if the world will ever get another glimpse of the elusive bird. Were it not for a colored drawing done by the ship’s artist, there would be nothing to say that the bird had ever existed. The Conjurer’s Bird is a gripping literary mystery and passionate love story that tackles the intrigue surrounding the celebrated Banks, his secret affair with an enigmatic woman known only as “Miss B,” and the legendary bird that becomes a touchstone for their love. Seamlessly spanning two time periods, The Conjurer’s Bird is at once the story of this romance and of a present-day conservationist named Fitz, who is drawn into a thrilling and near-impossible race to find the elusive bird’s only known remains. An Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club

Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament

release date: Oct 01, 2018
Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament
A thrilling cosy mystery for Mrs Hudson, Baker Street’s best-kept secret. A man is knocked down outside 221B Baker Street. His dying words speak of a man risen from the grave. A Viscount has gone missing and there are rumours of a dead man haunting the moors and a country hall beset by ghostly lights and spectres. Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper, the formidable Mrs Hudson, is faced with a mystery. Joined by her assistant Flotsam, they’re 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. Lives are on the line and 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 cosy crime novel that will transport readers to a world of foggy streets and snow-covered fells and Victorian London.

Jurisdiction and Forum Selection in International Maritime Law

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Jurisdiction and Forum Selection in International Maritime Law
Forum selection is typically the most crucial issue in a transnational case. Nowhere is this truer than in maritime law, where forum selection is the first and sometimes the only point of engagement in international maritime litigation. In this important collection of essays, ten outstanding maritime law scholars from eight countries analyze the complex theoretical and practical issues surrounding forum selection in maritime cases. Among the topics discussed are the following: injunctions; forum shopping for limitation of liability; forum non conveniens; effect of forum selection clauses; loss or damage to goods; the in personam link; and, recognition of foreign liens. The book stems from a symposium held at Tulane University in 2004 to honor the 70th birthday of Robert Force, the influential and respected scholar who founded the renowned Tulane Maritime Law Center. As befits such a festschrift, the book opens with a detailed analysis and overview of forum selection clauses, written by Professor Force and his Tulane colleague Martin Davies. This is followed by thought-provoking essays on comparative issues, procedural theory, competing jurisdictions, jurisdictional clauses, EC law, and other matters, and by insightful and knowledgeable reports on specific issues related to China and South Africa. At a moment in history when geopolitical trends and globalization of trade are rapidly growing and changing, maritime lawyers and the various agencies and commissions that sustain this vitally important branch of international legal practice will greatly appreciate this remarkable book.

Focus: Torts, 8th Edition

release date: Nov 29, 2017
Focus: Torts, 8th Edition
The eighth edition of Focus: Torts is designed to assist students to develop a greater understanding of torts by identifying and explaining key areas of study. Using a straightforward, structured approach and written in plain English, the authors help demystify even the most complex of legal concepts. The authors extensively cover both common law principles and Australian statutory regimes, providing a detailed account of similarities and differences across all Australian jurisdictions. The text has a particular emphasis on problem-solving, providing the reader with numerous opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and to practise answering legal problem questions. The new edition incorporates recent case law and legislative changes, and includes a large number of updated guided answers to problem questions. Important new cases explored in this new edition include: Allen v Chadwick (2015) Hunter & New England Local Health District v McKenna (2014) King v Philcox (2015) Marsh v Baxter (2015) Prince Alfred College Inc v ADC (2016) Robinson Helicopter Co Inc v McDermott (2016) Powney v Kerang & District Health (2014) T & X Co Pty Ltd v Chivas (2014) Waller v James (2015) Related Titles Howe, Walsh & Rooney, LexisNexis Study Guide: Torts, 3rd ed, 2016 Luntz, Hambly, Burns, Dietrich, Foster, Grant, Harder, Torts: Cases & Commentary, 8th ed, 2017 Paine, LexisNexis Questions and Answers: Torts, 4th ed, 2015Stickley, Australian Torts Law, 4th ed, 2017

The Million Pound Drop

release date: Sep 10, 2017
The Million Pound Drop
For Martin Davies, being a teenager in the 80s meant one thing; an obsession with popular music and synthesizers in particular. Career options in the West Midlands were limited: flirtations with juvenile crime and a pre-Kick Ass spell patrolling the streets of Moxley in a Ninja suit were followed by spells as a baker and a devil-may-care roofer. Then, the first fall: a death-defying 25ft plunge that ultimately leads to his creative reinvention as a student, musician and actor. A chance meeting will propel him headlong into the international offices of the most powerful music moguls in the world, managing a singer-songwriter of genius. How will these Black Country boys navigate the opportunities that come their way during the end days of the traditional music industry? This is the bitter-sweet story of a working class boy lifted by art, and daring to transcend his background by aiming for the stars.

Shipping Law

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Shipping Law
"Shipping Law Fourth Edition is the landmark work in its field and provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of maritime law from a uniquely Australian perspective. The Fourth Edition of this well-respected text on Australian maritime law captures the many developments that have occurred since the last edition published in 2004 and will include comparative reference to English and American law. Commonly-occurring maritime law issues such as ship financing, insurance and liability are dealt with in useful detail alongside more occasional matters concerning pollution from ships, shipwrecks and the salvage of vessels. ... Shipping Law Fourth Edition is an authoritative and invaluable resource for maritime law practitioners, maritime insurers and organisations involved in transporting goods by sea."--Back cover.

Havana Sleeping

release date: Mar 26, 2015
Havana Sleeping
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?

The Italian Schools Before 1400

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Italian Schools Before 1400
This edition of Martin Davies's work, revised by Dillian Gordon, incorporates the advances made in the study of Trecento painting, involving new attributions, the reconstruction of the original appearance of altarpieces, and information on patronage, original location and iconography. The catalogue also takes account of the results of technical investigation by the National Gallery's Scientific and Conservation Departments after the cleaning of some of the paintings.

The Year After

release date: Aug 18, 2011
The Year After
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?

Experience and Content

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Experience and Content
Attempts a 'continuum' account of experience and content taking account of a range of issues in the philosophy of science, ontology, epistemology and the philosophy of mind and perception.
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