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Feckless, fun-­loving and totally uncontrollable ghosts, George and Marion Kerby and friends ? the tortuously crooked Colonel Scott and his companion, the disreputable Mrs. Hart ? return to bring chaos and merriment into the life of mild-­mannered, stuffy, and somewhat plump, Cosmo Topper. After a summer of life-­altering misadventures with his spirited friends, Cosmo has retreated to the French Riviera with his nagging wife, Mary, and cat, Scallops, when he finds himself alone in his bath scrubbing a foot that isn?­t his. ?­Listen,­" said the voice (of the foot) quite casually. "I'm perfectly willing to have you scrub my foot if you get any kick out of it?­ha! ha!?­but don't let it go any farther than that. I think that is fairly stated.­" Ghostly tricks and new adventures abound. Meet Topper?­s French maid, Felice, and the German model who provides great entertainment for Topper and ghosts alike as she disrobes alluringly on the beach. Accompany them to the race track where they, um, . . .

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Skin and Bones is the story of Mr.­Quintus Bland, the eminent photographer, whose efforts to perfect X-­ray film had, one evening, the unfortunate effect of leaving Mr. Bland in the position of an X-­ray film himself; in other words, him found himself no more than a skeleton.

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This gem of a book tells the tale of Mr. Lamb, an ordinary man who leads an ordinary life, until a chance encounter leads to him experiencing the world through the eyes of various animals. Thorne Smith again shows his mastery of the comic fantasy tale as Lamb lurches from one mishap to another, reeling from his wife's abandonment and the actions of his headstrong daughter and reveling in the new opportunities that his excursions into animal form provide. (From Amazon).

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Who hasn't waited for a ride in the pouring rain and wondered if there wasn't something more to life? This is exactly how we find poor Mr. Owen, hopeless and downtrodden, wet and miserable. Suddenly, he is swept in through a doorway to a place full of wild imaginations, where loneliness and unfulfilled dreams are a thing of the past. Along with Messrs. Larkin, Britt-­Britt and Dinner, the once completely ignored and abused Mr. Owen is pursued by women, has a constant supply of liquor, and hops from one off the wall adventure to another. He may lose his inhibitions, but he finds something he was in desperate need of, love. Miss Honor Knightly is everything he never knew existed and then some! This is a heartwarming tale of dreams coming true. (From Amazon).

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