Lowcountry Book Club

Lowcountry Book Club
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Author: Susan M. Boyer
Pages: 268
ISBN: 1635110459
Release: 2016-07-05
Editor: Unknown

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR and AGATHA AWARD-WINNING SERIES "Boyer delivers a beach read filled with quirky, endearing characters and a masterfully layered mystery, all set in the lush lowcountry. Don't miss this one " - Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Lowcountry Wedding "Boyer writes with humor, grace, and Southern grit in this charmer of a Carolina tale." - Gretchen Archer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Double Knot "The authentically Southern Boyer writes with heart, insight, and a deep understanding of human nature." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award-Winning Author of What You See "Boyer deftly shapes characters with just enough idiosyncrasies without succumbing to cliches while infusing her lighthearted plot with an insightful look at families." - Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel Somebody pushed Shelby Poinsett out her second-floor library window and it wasn't her husband. At least that's what Charleston's most prestigious law firm wants Liz Talbot to prove. Liz must run the spectrum of Southern society, from the local homeless shelter where Shelby volunteered to the one-hundred-year-old book club where Charleston's genteel ladies are dying to join, to bring a killer to justice. Related subjects include: women sleuths, private investigator mystery series, cozy mysteries, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, Southern fiction, Southern humor, Southern living. Books in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series: LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (#1) LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL (#2) LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD (#3) LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO (#4) LOWCOUNTRY BOOK CLUB (#5) Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all... Author Bio: Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA Today bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations, including the Macavity. The third in the series, Lowcountry Boneyard, was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Okra Pick, a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist, and short-listed for the Pat Conroy Beach Music Mystery Prize. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You'll find all of the above in her novels. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants."

Lowcountry Boil

Lowcountry Boil
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Author: Susan M. Boyer
Pages: 316
ISBN: 1940976839
Release: 2014-07
Editor: Unknown

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"Private investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She's fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her."--Page 4 of cover.

The Book Club

The Book Club
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Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780778314790
Release: 2013-11-26
Editor: MIRA

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Linked by their monthly book club meetings, five women in suburban Chicago come to realize that they share more than just the books they read as they struggle with a number of life-changing issues and discover the true meaning of friendship.

Lowcountry Bookshop

Lowcountry Bookshop
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Author: Susan M. Boyer
Pages: 268
ISBN: 1635113792
Release: 2018-05-29
Editor: Liz Talbot Mystery

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Between an epic downpour and a King Tide, those historic streets are flooded--and dangerous. A late night tragic accident along the Lower Battery leads Liz Talbot straight to her next case. Who's the client? Well, now, therein lies the first puzzle. When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, Poppy Oliver claims she's only trying to help. But the dent on the front of her Subaru and the victim's injuries provoke a certain Charleston police detective's suspicious nature. A wealthy, anonymous benefactor hires Liz and her partner Nate Andrews to prove Poppy Oliver's innocence. What exactly was Poppy Oliver up to? Is she a random good Samaritan who happens upon the accident scene? Or perhaps this tragedy wasn't an accident. She just might be his abused wife's accomplice. Why does everyone involved in this case have a sudden burning urge for reading material, leading them to the same charming bookshop along the waterfront?

Lowcountry Bonfire

Lowcountry Bonfire
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Author: Susan M. Boyer
Pages: 262
ISBN: 1635112303
Release: 2017-06-27
Editor: Unknown

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Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews have worked their share of domesic cases. So when Tammy Sue Lyerly hires them to find out what her husband is hiding, they expect to find something looney but harmless. After all, this is the guy who claims to have been a DEA agent, a champion bull rider, and a NASCAR driver. But when he turns up dead the morning after Liz and Nate deliver incriminating photos, Tammy Sue becomes the prime suspect. Questioning the truth of Zeke Lyerly's tall-tales, Liza and Nate race to uncover small town scandals, long buried secrets, and the victim's tumultuous past to keep Tammy Sue out of jail and that case from going up in flames.

Low Country

Low Country
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Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
Pages: 542
ISBN: 0739400061
Release: 1998
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Caroline must pull herself out of her grief to save the wild lands of her inheritance from development.

Sullivan s Island

Sullivan s Island
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Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Pages: 464
ISBN: 0425193942
Release: 2004-01-01
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this debut novel set on the stormy, sultry coastal region of South Carolina, a woman with an unfaithful husband, resentful teenage daughter, and dark memories of the past embarks on a courageous search for the truth about her life. Reprint.

Lowcountry Bordello

Lowcountry Bordello
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Author: Susan M. Boyer
Pages: 244
ISBN: 1943390207
Release: 2015
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Charleston streets are dressed for the holidays in sophisticated Southern style: topiaries adorned with red ribbons, garland entwined with white lights, and poinsettias potted in gold planters. The high class bordello in a stately historic home is certainly no exception. When Private Investigator Liz Talbot's dear friend Olivia swears she saw a dead body in the parlor of this bordello, one Olivia accidentally co-owns, Liz promptly comes to her aid. With her wedding back home on Stella Maris less than a week away, Liz must juggle one elderly madam, two ex and future in-laws, three ghosts in the bordello, four giddy bridesmaids, five lovely courtesans, six suspicious patrons ... and a partridge in a pear tree as she tries to keep her bridesmaid out of jail and live to walk down the aisle.

Lowcountry Boondoggle

Lowcountry Boondoggle
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Author: Susan M. Boyer
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1635116074
Release: 2020-06-30
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews thought they'd put Darius Baker's troubles to rest-then his recently discovered son ropes him into a hemp farm investment with his college buddies. When a beloved Charleston professor-and potential investor-is murdered, Liz and Nate discover Darius keeps the PIs on speed dial. A shocking number of people had reasons to want the genteel, bowtie wearing, tea-drinking professor dead. Was it one of his many girlfriends or a disgruntled student? Or perhaps Murray was killed because his failure to invest meant the hemp farm trio's dreams were going up in smoke?Though Liz's long-dead best friend, Colleen, warns her the stakes are far higher than Liz imagines, she is hellbent on finding the no-good killer among the bevy of suspects. But will the price of justice be more than Liz can bear?Take a virtual vacation to Charleston in Susan M. Boyer's latest Southern charmer, Lowcountry Boondoggle. It's a trip you don't want to miss.- - - - - - - - - - - - -LOWCOUNTRY BOONDOGGLE by Susan M. Boyer | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.

Beyond the Bookclub

Beyond the Bookclub
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Author: Ruthie Landis
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1642373036
Release: 2018-10-08
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Buy this one book and you will have all you need to guide you through an affordable year's worth of meaningful and memorable Book Club Gatherings. Available in hardcover with full color imagery, or in paperback with black and white interior, this book will be valuable not only to book club participants, but to therapists, coaches, teachers, youth leaders, couples and families. Award winning workshop designer, facilitator, coach and somatic psychotherapist, Ruthie Landis writes in collaboration with Mind, Body, Heart, the Enneagram, Nature, Intuition and the Creative Force and has woven her co-creators' innate wisdom into twelve guided journeys. In this book you will find catalyzing chapters that facilitate connected, reflective, and growth driven experiences, while at the same time helping you develop a deeper, kinder relationship with yourself. There are accessible, thoughtfully written explorations around human conditions from topics such as decision-making, loneliness, self-forgiveness, self-esteem, giving and receiving, and finally reclaiming personal wholeness in a challenging and critical world. More than just a story and workbook and journaling opportunity, through shared reading and creative learning activities participants will experience each other and themselves in a safe, nonjudgmental space, with the author's expert guidance. Many people these days crave face-to-face contact when screen-to-screen is the norm. And it is hard to know how to make that happen. Friends form book clubs in an effort to achieve this, but many don't even have the time to read the book. With Beyond the Bookclub: We Are The Books We Must Read, you don't need to read a new book every month, merely move on to the next chapter and learn how to read yourself, the most important book of all. We live in a society that is divisive and often cruel, cold, and asleep. So this is a call to action. The Universe is begging, no screaming, for us to do our inner work and stop avoiding our shadows and our shame. In these times, we need to expotentially grow more people who are awake, intentional, and emotionally and spiritually healthy. With the help of this book's short powerful stories and illuminating, playful and experiential scripts, you can gather your tribe, grow yourself, and build communities that know and live from compassion, awareness, love, and grace.

The Cigar Factory

The Cigar Factory
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Author: Michele Moore
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781611175912
Release: 2016-02-09
Editor: Univ of South Carolina Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“The sun leaned for down bringing shade to the waterfront,” begins Michele Moore’s entrancing debut novel, harkening back to an era when the legendary fishermen of Charleston’s Mosquito Fleet rowed miles offshore for their daily catch. With evocative dialect and remarkable prose, The Cigar Factory tells the story of two entwined families, both devout Catholics—the white McGonegals and the African American Ravenels—in the storied port city of Charleston, South Carolina, during the World Wars. Moore’s novel follows the parallel lives of family matriarchs working on segregated floors of the massive Charleston cigar factory, where white and black workers remain divided and misinformed about the duties and treatment received by each other. Cassie McGonegal and herniece Brigid work upstairs in the factory rolling cigars by hand. Meliah Amey Ravenel works in the basement, where she stems the tobacco. While both white and black workers suffer in the harsh working conditions of the factory and both endure the sexual harassment of the foremen, segregation keeps them from recognizing their common plight until the Tobacco Workers Strike of 1945. Through the experience of a brutal picket line, the two women come to realize how much they stand to gain by joining forces, creating a powerful moment in labor history that gives rise to the Civil Rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome.” Moore’s extensive historical research included interviews with her own family members who worked at the cigar factory, adding a layer of nuance and authenticity to her empowering story of families and friendships forged through struggle, loss, and redemption. The Cigar Factory includes a foreword by New York Times best-selling author and Story River Books editor at large Pat Conroy.

A Lowcountry Christmas

A Lowcountry Christmas
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Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781501125539
Release: 2016-10-25
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it's the worst Christmas ever. His father's shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can't afford the dog he desperately wants. 'Your brother's return from war is our family's gift,' his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor's service dog arrives--a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor"

The Summer Girls

The Summer Girls
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Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781476758831
Release: 2014-05-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Summoned by their grandmother to a historic family home on Sullivan's Island, estranged sisters Carson, Eudora, and Harper share a summer of healing and forgiveness while exploring the tenacious complexities of sisterhood and friendship.

Queen Bee

Queen Bee
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Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780062861221
Release: 2019-05-28
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“If I could only read one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank." —Elin Hilderbrand, the New York Times bestselling author Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank’s Carolina Lowcountry in this evocative tale that returns at long last to her beloved Sullivans Island. Beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivans Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she’s a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she’s quite ill but that doesn’t stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly’s sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly’s escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie. Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what’s happening in their neighbor’s home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they’ll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will. Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale—warm, wise and hilarious, it roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart.

Lowcountry Boil

Lowcountry Boil
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Author: Carl T. Smith
Pages: 392
ISBN: 1579660436
Release: 2003
Editor: River City Pub

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Unjustly sent to prison by a corrupt and ambitious judge, Sam Larkin, a former Merchant Marine and Louisiana environmental officer, struggles to rebuild his life in Covington, South Carolina, only to stumble upon a dangerous conspiracy involving some of the town's most respected inhabitants, and joins forces with undercover federal agent Karen Chaney to reveal the truth.

Lowcountry Boomerang

Lowcountry Boomerang
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Author: Susan M. Boyer
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1635115434
Release: 2019-09-03
Editor: Liz Talbot Mystery

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews are all set to enjoy some quality time on the beach. That's until they get the news about Darius. Darius DeAndre Baker, star of the hit TV show, Main Street USA, has had enough of the Hollywood highlife. After ten years of visiting everyone else's hometown, he returns to his own--Stella Maris, South Carolina. But the moving trucks have barely unloaded when Trina Lynn Causby, Darius's high school girlfriend, turns up dead, and the entire town reels as Darius is arrested. Despite the mounting evidence against him, Liz and Nate believe Darius is innocent. They dig through a scandalously long list of suspects, including Darius's three ex-wives--who have all arrived in Stella Maris--and his love child with Trina Lynn. But Trina Lynn led a complicated life. She had at least one stalker and two suitors--one with a jealous wife who recently made a deliciously outrageous scene when Trina Lynn turned up at a charity ball. As the danger mounts, Liz and Nate race to find a killer and clear Darius's name--and keep him alive. - - - - - - - - - - - - - LOWCOUNTRY BOOMERANG by Susan M. Boyer - A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.

By Invitation Only

By Invitation Only
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Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780062390837
Release: 2018-05-15
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“If I could only read one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank.” --Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Identicals The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. While the mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, who dabbles in the world of public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary carrara marble pedestal, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons. Soon By Invitation Only zooms to Chicago, where the unraveling accelerates. Nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane is the antithesis of the bright lights and super-sophisticated guests attending her son Fred’s second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn’t be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias’ dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Frederick, aka Fred, they will not stand in her way—although Susan does hope her friends won’t think her daughter is marrying more than a few degrees beneath her socially. At the same time, Diane worries that her son will be lost to her forever. By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers. Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so? By Invitation Only is classic Dorothea Benton Frank—a mesmerizing Lowcountry Tale that roars with spirit, humor, and truth, and forces us to reconsider our notions of what it means to be a Have or a Have Not.

A Lowcountry Wedding

A Lowcountry Wedding
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Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781501125454
Release: 2017-04-18
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Wedding season has arrived in New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s fourth novel in the “distinct, complex, and endearing” (Charleston Magazine) Lowcountry Summer series, set against the romantic, charming Carolina lowcountry. Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in storied Sullivan’s Island. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a sand dune at sunset… it’s all picture perfect, and half-sisters Dora, Carson, and Harper, and their grandmother Marietta “Mamaw” Muir couldn’t be more excited. Wedding dresses are picked, venues booked, and delectable cakes tasted. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, the Muir clan is soon to find out, is everything. Carson loves Blake, but struggles with giving up her independence. Harper questions if a prenuptial agreement will help or hurt the future of her marriage, and a newly unfettered Dora is uncertain whether she really wants to walk down the aisle again. Just when it seems things couldn’t get more complicated for the Muir sisters, a stranger arrives bearing a long-held family secret that has the potential to upset even the most carefully laid-out wedding plans. With the weddings mere weeks away, the invitations sent out, and the family in tumult, Mamaw and her Summer Girls discover the enduring and powerful bonds of family, and realize that, no matter how different each bride might be, she can still have her perfect wedding.

Lowcountry Summer

Lowcountry Summer
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Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0061999490
Release: 2010-06-15
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“Frank…writes with genuine adoration for and authority on the South Carolina Lowcountry from which she sprang….[Her] stuff is never escapist fluff—it’s the real deal.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution Return to Tall Pines in the long-awaited sequel to Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved bestseller Plantation. Lowcountry Summer is the story of the changing anatomy of a family after the loss of its matriarch, sparkling with the inimitable Dot Frank’s warmth and humor. The much-beloved New York Times bestselling author follows the recent success of Return to Sullivans Island, Bulls Island, and Land of Mango Sunsets with a tale rich in atmosphere and unforgettable scenes of Southern life, once again placing her at the dais, alongside Anne Rivers Siddons, Sue Monk Kidd, Rebecca Wells, Pat Conroy, and other masters of contemporary Southern fiction.

Shem Creek

Shem Creek
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Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781101533239
Release: 2005-05-03
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“The strong pull of friendship, the leisurely pace of a tiny, waterfront Southern town, and the steady buildup of romance help buoy Frank’s well-drawn, memorable characters” (Publishers Weekly) in this New York Times bestseller. Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters—one of whom is headed off to college. Between that and the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet, and her ex-husband who married a beautiful, successful woman ten years younger than she is—let’s just say Linda has seen enough to fill a thousand pages. Now she’s bound for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the magical landscape of her ancestors. Welcomed by the help of her advice-dispensing sister and an intriguing ex–investment banker turned restaurant owner, Linda slowly begins to find her way and realize that she, too, is entitled to a second chance....