Sleeping with the Enemy – Coco Chanel Nazi Agent, by Hal Vaughan

Published by Random House

Coco Chanel, high priestess of couture, created the look of the chic modern woman: her simple and elegant designs freed women from their corsets and inspired them to crop their hair. By the 1920s, Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, and had amassed a personal fortune. But at the start of the Second World War, Chanel closed down her couture house and went to live quietly at the Ritz, moving to Switzerland after the war. For more than half a century, Chanel’s life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in rumour. Neither Chanel nor her biographers have told the full story, until now.

??In this explosive narrative Hal Vaughan pieces together Chanel’s hidden years, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of the Liberation. He uncovers the truth of Chanel’s anti-Semitism and long-whispered collaboration with Hitler’s officials. In particular, Chanel’s long relationship with ‘Spatz’, Baron von Dincklage, previously described as a tennis-playing playboy and German diplomat, and finally exposed here as a Nazi master spy and agent who ran an intelligence ring in the Mediterranean and reported directly to Joseph Goebbels.??Sleeping with the Enemy tells in detail how Chanel became a German intelligence operative, Abwehr agent F-7124; how she was enlisted in spy missions, and why she evaded arrest in France after the war. It reveals the role played by Winston Churchill in her escape from retribution; and how, after a nine-year exile in Switzerland with Dincklage, and despite French investigations into her espionage activities, Coco was able to return to Paris and triumphantly reinvent herself – and rebuild the House of Chanel.

??As Hal Vaughan shows, far from being a heroine of France, Chanel was in fact one of its most surprising traitors.

Lie Catcher, by Dr David Craig

Published by Big Sky Publishing

Everybody lies. Lying is part of our every-day lives and it’s not all bad. In some situations, little white lies can even be considered helpful. For example, when a partner asks, ‘Do these jeans make me look fat?’ But other lies are told with the intent to harm or deceive, and recognising these lies is a crucial skill we can all use.
Lie Catcher, is Dr David Craig’s easy-to-read guide that demonstrates through practical examples how to apply ‘lie detecting’ skills in your day-to-day life. From the simple skills of bargaining, making a purchase, or dealing with children through to the more serious business of negotiating a contract or identifying infidelity, he delivers simple but effective tips and techniques we can all use to see behind the facade and get to the truth.

Lie Catcher is the culmination of over twenty years of practical criminology and hundreds of hours of academic research. Dr David Craig has used these techniques extensively. He gained his doctorate in law by completing international research of undercover programs in the United States, Canada , the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Lie Catcher is an easy-to-read, light hearted and academically credentialed guide on how to detect lies. It promises to hold broad appeal as a practical and useful tool to support law enforcement, education, parents, relationships, workplace interviews and business activities.

The Silent Girl, by Tess Gerritsen

Published by Random House Australia

It’s gory. It’s gripping. It’s Gerritsen. The new heart-stopping Rizzoli & Isles bestseller.

When a severed hand, clutching a gun, is found in a Chinatown alley in downtown Boston, detective Jane Rizzoli climbs to the adjacent roof-top and finds the hand’s owner: a red-haired woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply the head is nearly severed. She is dressed all in black, and the only clues to her identity are a throwaway cell phone and a scrawled address of a long-shuttered restaurant.?? With its wary immigrant population, Chinatown is a closed neighbourhood of long-held secrets – and nowhere is this more obvious than when Jane meets Iris Fang. Strikingly beautiful, her long black hair streaked with grey, she is a renowned martial arts master. Yet, despite being skilled in swordplay, neither she nor her strangely aloof daughter, Willow, will admit any knowledge of the rooftop murder. And pathologist Dr Maura Isles has determined that the murder weapon was a sword crafted of ancient metal from China.

??It soon becomes clear that an ancient evil is stirring in Chinatown – an evil that has killed before, and will kill again – unless Jane and Iris can join forces, and defeat it.

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