Monday, April 30, 2018

Book Nook 4/30/18

My goodness! It's the last day of April! Tomorrow is the start of National Bike Month! I have some goodies planned to share for that. Stay tuned!
Enjoy!

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Cozy Mystery:

New Corpse in Town: Secret Seal Isle Mysteries, Book 1

FBI agent Cookie James is enjoying her extended leave from the agency on Secret Seal Isle, managing her quaint inn and flirting with the oh-so sexy-handyman, Dylan Creed…until her sixty-year-old mother goes skinny dipping and is almost drowned by a corpse.

A phone call to the sheriff should mean the end of Cookie’s involvement, but when it’s clear the sheriff has no interest in the investigation, Cookie calls in reinforcements…her ex-partner Hunter O’Neil. Suddenly it’s like old times while the pair questions the residents of Secret Seal Isle. Except it’s not. Now she has both Hunter and Dylan vying for her attention, a wayward hippy mother, and a potential killer on the loose. 

With her love life heating up, her mother lighting up, and all signs pointing to the most unlikely suspect, Cookie does the only thing she knows to do—focus on solving the case.

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Knife Skills (Trudi Wells Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)

Crime reporter Trudi Wells never wanted to be a food writer. 

Trudi never wanted to solve murder cases, either — but sometimes, you just don’t have much of a choice. After a stupid (but funny) editing mistake, Trudi is reassigned to her struggling newspaper’s food desk, forced to write feature stories about restaurants and recipes.

Smart-mouthed Trudi is definitely no foodie: she knows nothing about fine dining. But the murder of the most famous chef in town — killed with a cooking knife — presents an opportunity: if Trudi can prove her skills as a reporter, she can return to the news desk where she belongs.

In a tight-knit California foothill community of cooks, caterers and wine snobs, how can an impulsive girl like Trudi make her way through a completely unknown world of delicious food and drink? Somehow she’ll have to figure it out… because just when she starts to piece together the puzzle, the murderer sets his sights on Trudi. 

"Knife Skills" is the first mystery starring Trudi Wells. It is followed by "Murder and Pestle."

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It takes a person who is wide awake to make his dream come true.
~ Roger Babson


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Book Nook 4/29/18

Gypsy (my Cocker Spaniel) had a stressful walk this morning. There were other dogs in her path (being walked on leashes, too) and a fierce chocolate bully with teeth and a big mouth (a tiny Chihuahua that never stays in its own yard.) Gypsy can't hear and can barely see, but she sensed the problem ... so, on our return trip from the mailbox, she was rushing to get home and tripped/slid over one of the darn speedbumps (we live in a mobile home park and there are dozens of the darn things!) and hit her chin ... poor old girl. She did not enjoy today's walk ... :/ I'll have to find a good story to read to her tonight!

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Cozy Mystery:

Sunny Side Up (A Deadline Cozy Mystery Book 1)


With her bitter divorce behind her, Eve Lloyd wants to relax and think about her next step. Paying her aunt, Mira Lloyd, a.k.a. Elizabeth Lloyd, renowned historical romance author, a long overdue visit, she plans to spend a month on Rock-Maine Island lounging around and plotting the launch of her new life. Her ex-husband, however, has other ideas. As for her aunt… she’s gone missing. And now there’s a dead body to contend with and a murder weapon with her fingerprints on it.

A mantle of suspicion hangs over Eve and everyone she encounters has a reason to want her out of the way. Unwilling to leave matters in the hands of swoon worthy Detective Jack Bradford… only because it’s her civic duty to provide a new perspective, Eve Lloyd engages the assistance of her new friend and fellow suspect, Jill Saunders. They both stumble their way through a long list of possible motives and suspects in a race to find the killer before either one turns into the next victim.

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Tea Room Toxin: Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mystery 5 (Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mysteries)

In TEA ROOM TOXIN, the FIFTH series entry, Missy’s best friend Noreen realizes her dream of opening a tea room, only not with Missy (as Missy’d kind of hoped), but with her other friend, Tonya, with whom Missy has never…quite….clicked. And then someone slips a deadly toxin into the very cup of tea Missy herself handed Tonya. 

“Never quite clicked” is how Missy sees it, but the cops have other ideas—they think she had a perfect opportunity and at least two motives to murder Tonya--all except for Missy’s true love, Tyler, who knows she couldn’t be a murderer. He should—he investigated her once before (in Flea Market Fatal) and got his fingers burned. Although she’s sworn off sleuthing, there’s really no other way out, especially when she finds herself in handcuffs. So once again, Missy Demeanor, amateur detective, dons her deerstalker—and the game is on!

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Health:

Essential Oil for Beginners: The Ultimate Essential Oils Guide for Beginners

Essential Oil for Beginners is your ultimate one stop shop to diving in to the world of aromatherapy and essential oils. Olivia Banks takes you through the most important aspects of essential oils that all beginners need to know.

She discusses the history of essential oils, the benefits of essential oils, household uses of essential oils, safety tips for beginners, how to pick out your first set of essential oils, essential oils for energy, essential oils for anxiety, essential oils for sleep, essential oils for headaches, and so much more!

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Crafts:

Jewelry Making: Learn To Create Fabulous Wire and Beaded Jewelry Yourself

Book 1

Wire Jewelry for Beginners


Best Guide on Creating Extraordinary Jewelry With Your Own Hands


Dear Reader,
You’re about to discover tips for Creating Extraordinary Jewelry With Your Own Hands.
This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to become a truly inspiring jewelry artist. 

Book 2

Wire Jewelry Making:


Simple Jewelry Making for Beginners


This book tells about what beginners must learn before engaging in any jewelry wire activities. It also contains knowledge about wire jewelry making, tools, and other crucial matter that you must learn just before doing your craft. 

This user-friendly book takes the readers through the fundamentals of wire types, tools, findings, and a lot more. Then it is on to progressive, enjoyable to make projects designed to teach basic approaches and build confidence for every step of the way. We will learn on this book on a lot of stuffs such as creating wire spirals, wrapping, and coiling.

Those aspiring individuals will definitely learn, practice, and enhance their skills with a rewarding result that is the fun and joy brought by making your very own piece of wire jewelry.

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What we see depends mainly on what we look for. ~ John Lubbock

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Book Nook 4/28/18

I can't believe how quickly time is moving on, lately. It's taking far too long to get my house ready to sell, so I can move. I'm missing the childhoods of so many little people who I wanted to be a part of my life ... they'll all be adults before I get moved! But, there is still time for stories! Enjoy!

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Cozy Mystery:

Murder, Curlers, and Cream: A Valentine Beaumont Mystery (The Murder, Curlers Series Book 1)

Valentine Beaumont is a beautician with a problem. Not only has she got a meddling mother, a wacky staff, and a dying business, but now she’s got a dead client who was strangled while awaiting her facial.

With business the way it is, combing through this mystery may be the only way to save her salon. Until a second murder, an explosion, a kidnapping, death threats, and the hard-nosed Detective Romero complicate things. But Valentine will do anything to untangle the crime. That’s if she can keep her tools of the trade in her bag, keep herself alive, and avoid falling for the tough detective.

In the end, how hard can that be?

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Mystery:


The Mystery at Belle Magnolia (Madeline Donovan Mysteries Book 3)

Can a spirit from beyond be responsible for what is happening at Belle Magnolia?
As per an urgent request from an old friend, Madeline Donovan, her father, and Hugh Scott, find themselves at the auspicious mansion of Belle Magnolia, located in the heart of New Orleans.The atmosphere is enchanting, the city exciting, but the events taking place at Belle Magnolia are frightening enough to have sent most of the staff running from the residence.

Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess, long deceased, is apparently wielding power from the grave, causing it to be put under a curse. It is now up to Madeline, and her friends to find out, who or what, is responsible for the attacks, and the threats that have been directed toward the family. Their journey will begin in the French Quarter, where all manner of people roam the streets, and where no one sleeps. The undercurrent of the city brings voodoo, drugs, and crime flourishing amidst the beautiful area. Tragedy will strike soon after they arrive, and it will take everyone in the household to hold the family together.

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Quiet Road to Murder: A Promise McNeal Mystery (Promise McNeal Mysteries Book 4)

THE WEDDING VOWS DID SAY FOR BETTER OR WORSE, BUT...Somehow, amateur detective Promise McNeal didn't envision herself as a sheriff’s wife. Yet, here she is worrying about her new husband, sexy fiddler Daniel Allen, while Daniel’s out searching for a murderer. That’s usually Promise’s job!

Daniel’s temporarily stepped into the shoes of his murdered cousin, former Sheriff Mac Allen. Before it's over, of course, he's going to need her services—both investigative and psychic. He’s hell-bent to catch Mac’s murderer with the unwittingly amusing help of irascible Fletcher Enloe, one of the North Carolina characters that make this cozy series so enjoyable.

Author James ratchets up the supernatural factor when super-psychic MaMa Allen tells Promise a spirit haunting Fire Mountain is leaving the mountain to prowl among the living. Promise’s stepdaughter Susan, MaMa Allen warns, is in danger and it’s up to Promise to do something. But, as Promise sets a trap for the spirit, a frightening thunder snow moves across Perry County and the hunted becomes the hunter, exposing just how vulnerable Susan is, and how wicked a lost soul can be.

BRRRRR!

The FOURTH entry in this supernatural cozy series will raise goosebumps all around.


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Children:


A Child's Garden of Verses

Originally published in 1885, A Child's Garden of Verses has served as a wonderful introduction to poetry for each new generation. Stevenson's beloved poems celebrate childhood in all its complexity and joy, from the sunny pleasures of "At the Seaside," to the imaginative musings of "Foreign Lands" to the playful, ever-popular "My Shadow." Of the many available editions, Gyo Fujikawa's is one of the sweetest and most personal. Illustrated in 1957, it was her very first book-and she evokes a simpler, more innocent time that should profoundly appeal to today's audiences. It is a gift that every child will treasure.

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Lifestyle:

Full Time RV Living: How to Travel and Earn Money on the Road: (RV Guide, RV Camping)

In this incredible book you will learn some amazing tips on how to make money on the road. This book is really helpful in guiding you that how successfully you can use your skills and abilities to earn a living. If you are homeless as well as jobless then reading this book can prove very vital for you. As after reading this book you will be able to get the both things. Even if you don’t have so many degrees and certificates then still you can meet your daily expenses while going for debt free RV living. And this book will guide you in detail how it is possible. If you are tired of paying rents and bills for your home then its interval to move for debt free RV living. This book aims to provide you debt free living as well as a mobile job that is highly related to your skills. The main topics covered in this book are:


  • RV living

  • Tips on making money on the road

  • Build Recreational Vehicle Park campground in easy steps

  • And much more.

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Hobbies:



Strap on your overalls, work on your South American drawl and stick some straw between your teeth because you’re going farming. Agriculture or the interest in farming has become one of the most low-key sources of income for both small and large business owners. Why you ask? It’s because of how profitable farming is. With a straightforward investment and just enough sweat, it’2s more than considerably easy to turn just rearing animals and minding crops into your biggest job. In more than most cases, farming involves large amounts of capital which is basically the money you need to start a business but we’re dealing with chickens here and they really don’t take up that much space to be very honest. Rather than being given large amounts of land like other farm animals, chickens only need a coop for them to get comfortable and start bringing in the money. Other than this though, chickens are also one of the most usable animals in terms of how much they c an provide to the dinner table. Imagine how much you would save on feasts when all it takes is a trip to the back. So I’m going to tell you a little something. Now would you like to know how straightforward it is to have your own hatchery with a near endless amount of chickens running around waiting for your intentions to develop?

So find a patch of dirt and get comfortable as this book guides you through


  • Knowing how to raise and manage your chickens

  • Protecting your pea brained flock from predators, rain and theft with a chicken coop you’ll build with your own hands

  • Making some easy money at the farmer’s market with high quality produce from your flock

  • And much more!

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Natural body scrubs are the best for your skin as they do not have any chemicals and easy to make at home. Let's see what scrub can do to your skin:
  • It removes the dead skin layer from the surface and reveals the younger cells
  • Since it is made from natural products, it is safe to use regularly
  • Most scrubs have essentials oil added to them which moisturize the skin, keeping it soft and supple
  • Scrubs can be mixed with aromatherapy oils that make you feel relaxed, energized and youthful
  • Apart from that healthy glow, scrub maintains blood circulation. The scrub is always a massage on the skin in a circular motion which encourages blood circulation
  • Scrubs are known to rejuvenate skin, but additionally, they are also responsible for reducing cellulite and making skin healthier

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    If speaking is silver, then listening is gold. ~ Turkish Proverb

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    Book Nook 4/27/18

    There is a chill wind blowing today and the temps are down. A good day to snuggle up with a dog and a good book. Enjoy!

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    Cozy Mystery:



    Nothing much happens in Myrtle Grove, Oklahoma. So when prominent businessman Harry Kerr is discovered face down in his pool shortly after dawn, the breakfast crowd in Jesse Camden’s tearoom is buzzing. Recognizing the name, Jesse hurries to her friend Vivian Windsor, Myrtle Grove’s resident oil heiress. Vivian is the great-aunt to Bliss Kerr, widow of the deceased and soon-to-be prime suspect in his suspicious death.

    Clearing Bliss and finding the real murderer isn’t what Jesse means when she offers her assistance. And wrangling an eager band of helpers while chasing a tangle of leads across the countryside, tripping over deputies and evidence along the way, isn’t her first choice for her weekend. But here she is, and here she will be, hearing secrets no one should know, and discovering betrayals no one could live with, until Jesse finds her way through the maze of deceit to uncover the real killer.

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    Olympus Bewitched (Witches of CSI Paranormal Mysteries)

    In this witchy police proceduralrookie agent Blair Vavrin of the Circe Security Initiative (CSI) gets her first dose of supernatural danger when a storm of stray thunderbolts strikes down the magical town of Silver Mist. 

    As Mt. Olympus goes into lockdown and both humans and non-humans panic at the looming threat of a Category 4 Hurricane, Blair suddenly finds herself yanked out of Local Misdemeanors and tasked by her Horae boss to team up with mysterious handsome detective Paul Theodore.

    Their mission: find an antidote for Zeus’ murderous mood swings.
    Their first clue: a sprinkle of gold dust…that leads to one missing siren.
    Their probability of success: not terribly good.

    With the thunder god’s descent to madness growing deadlier by the minute, can Blair and Paul save the world before Zeus becomes mankind’s worst nightmare?

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    Murder in the South of France (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series Book 1)

    Maggie Newberry is an advertising copywriter who’s fast on her feet and a little stunned to realize that she’s over 30 and still hasn’t found true love. When her long missing sister ends up dead, Maggie flies to the south of France to find the little niece that no one in the family even knew existed. Along the way, she finds handsome, sexy Frenchman Laurent Dernier to help search for the girl. Meanwhile, her sister’s murderer sets his sights on the little girl—and Maggie.
    (Alors: Laurent’s classic boeuf en daube recipe at the end of the book!)

    This book is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex or strong language
    Genre: light culinary cozy mystery, women amateur sleuth, cozy animal (dog)

    MAGGIE NEWBERRY MYSTERIES
    Murder in the South of France (Book 1)
    Murder a la Carte (Book 2)
    Murder in Provence (Book 3)
    Murder in Paris (Book 4)
    Murder in Aix (Book 5)
    Murder in Nice (Book 6) 
    Murder in the Latin Quarter (Book 7) 
    Murder in the Abbey (Book 8) 
    Murder in the Bistro (Book 9) 
    Murder in Cannes (Book 10)
    Murder in Grenoble (Book 11)
    Murder in the Vineyard (Book 12)

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    The Book Crook: A Bugle Boy Crime Caper (Duane & Bugle Boy 4)

    Someone is selling Shaleville's library books on eBay! 
    Duane and Bugle Boy help Miss Mabel Marble track down the book crook!
    Another Cozy Crime bestseller from the pen of Deforest Day

    Duane Munch, a small-town cop (Number Two on a three-man force, and one is a woman) and his partner Bugle Boy are manning the town's Revenue Enhancement Location (a speed trap) when they are called to track a missing Alzheimer's patient. Good thing Duane's partner is a bloodhound.

    The Book Crook is a cozy mystery, and a satire of small town America filled with dog humor and human romance.

    When retired professor Miss Mabel Marble returned to Shaleville to care for her aged father she never thought she would embark on a new career as an amateur detective. 

    She had just spent twenty years teaching college students the literary works of women writers, from Louisa May Alcott and Jane Austen to Agatha Christie. She had written several articles for the Journal of Library Science on the famous writer's most famous character, Miss Jane Marple. Now she had to play the part. Short and stout, gray and opinionated, she was ready for the role.

    Miss Marge Defarge , the town's police radio dispatcher and resident busybody, has appointed herself Head Librarian at the old Earl M. Swarthout school library. When Miss Marble arrives in town after a forty-year absence, the two titans clash, and sparks fly. Feathers are ruffled, apple carts are upset, and fur flies as they battle to control the collection of tattered old books. Soon the rest of the town's eccentric characters are thrown into the fray, and it is left to Duane and his partner to solve the Mystery of the Missing Little Women.

    The mayor, Sonny Cloudy, retired from managing the Newark Sewer Authority, wields the gavel at the Town Council meetings, and futilely attempts to control the other members, including Pastor Alex Dumas, attorney Sherman Menhaden, and Miss Millicent Swarthout. The latter is the granddaughter of the town's founder, a coal baron, builder of The Mansion, and the Scene of the Crime. Did the Butler do it with the Candlestick in the Library? Or is it a false trail, designed to distract the amateur sleuths? Only Bugle Boy's educated nose knows in this entertaining book-filled mystery.

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    Dog Gone Lies (Pacheco & Chino Mysteries Book 1)

    Mysterious murder in New Mexico.  A missing woman's show dog is the first clue for retired Sheriff and his band of misfits to follow, next is a body.
    Sheriff Ray Pacheco returns from his introduction in The Bootlegger's Legacy to start a new chapter as a private investigator, along with his partners: Tyee Chino, often-drunk Apache fishing guide, and Big Jack, bait shop owner and philosopher.  Complicating matters is Ray's new developing romance with Sue, waitress at the Lone Post Cafe in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.  Finding romance was the last thing on the mind of the widowed, retired no-nonsense lawman.
    This rather odd investigative team are pulled into a mystery immediately when an abandoned show dog appears at Ray's remote cabin and the dog's owner is reported missing.  Ray and his team pursue leads that bring them into confrontations with the local sheriff, the mayor, and the FBI, while in the meantime two bodies are found--neither of which is the missing woman.
    Witty mystery with retired small town sheriff and a new team of misfits.  A fun read with lots of twists and turns.  Book 1 of Pacheco and Chino Mysteries.


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    Everyone's favorite mother and daughter catering and crime solving duo returns for another adventure.
    Mom's quest to win Best Milkshake in the Fletcher Canyon newspaper sparks a rivalry with the neighborhood diner. But when the judge dies after tasting Mom's milkshake, Mom and Christy's catering business flat lines.
    Mom's sure it was sabotage gone awry, but Christy thinks it was murder. Can she convince Mom to widen her list of suspects before their catering reputation is damaged for good?


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    Candlemaking witch Fiona Hart knows that Banshee Creek is the perfect place for her store. Unfortunately, handsome firefighter Gavin MacKay doesn't agree. When a visiting tourist dies using her Sorceress' Best candles, Fiona is on the hot seat. She must find the culprit before the dreaded Banshee Creek Fire & Rescue Department closes down her shop forever.

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    Children:





    Down in the garden beyond the apple trees,
    is a fading blue hive, full of busy bees...

    Join the bees down in the garden on a day of fun, danger and adventure in this beautifully illustrated picture book.

    With a whimsical story and crisp, original illustrations, this is a story your children will want to read again and again.

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    Western:




    The first great Western, a story of courage and adventure in Utah canyon country

    When Jane Withersteen’s father dies, he leaves her in sole possession of the family’s cattle ranch, situated on one of the most valuable pieces of land in Utah. The river that runs through the property gives Jane control of the local water supply—and the great power that comes with it. Coveting the property, a local Mormon leader named Tull tries to force Jane into a polygamous marriage—a fate that she resists. As Jane’s defiance grows stronger, so does the ire of the townsfolk, and the marriage seems all but inevitable until the infamous gunslinger Lassiter rides into town, bringing a quick trigger and frontier-hardened bravery that just may be Jane’s last great hope.

    Renowned for its rich depiction of the West, Riders of the Purple Sage is an unforgettable adventure story of love, honor, and courage, and perhaps the most popular Western of all time.


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    Health:





    This book, “DIY Aromatherapy: 40 Spring Essential Oil Blends for Diffuser”, is a great read for any person wishing to create the spirit of spring at any time of the year. The season of spring emerges to find people who have been hiding from winter’s biting cold, some already down with seasonal colds and others simply dull. It is, therefore, with joy that spring is embraced, with people happy to imbibe the scents the season brings with it – floral, woody and herbaceous. 

    Gladly, this book introduces to you recipes that you can use to create that aura of spring, the one that elicits hope and excitement being representative of promises of better things to come. In this book, you will find specific names of the major essential oils suitable for the spring oil blends, and better still, you will be able to see the therapeutic effects they have. 

    Another great thing about this book is that it has grouped together for you the essential oils that are compatible, thus giving you whole spring essential oil recipes. Often some people rely on trial and error methods, and while you are likely to finally find the correct match to make a good oil blend, the process can be wasteful and sometimes frustrating. That is why a guide such as this one is handy, because all you need to do is identify a recipe of your liking and proceed to prepare it. 

    Luckily, the book distinguishes for you the recipes with woodsy scents, those whose scents are herbaceous, the ones that are calming, and even those that are uplifting. Also, the recipes in the book make use of essential oils that are easy to find, and which are also reasonably priced. 

    On the overall, the book explains in simple terms:


    • Reasons people look forward to spring

    • Best way to diffuse your essential oil blends

    • Specific essential oils best for spring aromatherapy

    • Specific essential oil blends to uplift your mood

    • Specific essential oil blends to improve your breathing

    • Specific essential oil blends to bring calmness and enhance relaxation

    • Specific essential oils to bring floral goodness indoors

    • Specific essential oils to bring the woodsy and herbal scents indoors.
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    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ― Dr. Seuss 

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Book Nook 4/25/18

    Looks like another lovely day. I hope you yours' is bright, too! Enjoy!

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    Cozy Mystery:

    The Mystery of Ruby's Port (The Ruby Dove Mystery Series Book 2)

    A ship full of suspects awaits Ruby and Fina. Will they find the murderer before their own secrets are revealed?

    Spring in the Caribbean, 1935.

    Cruising to disaster, Ruby Dove and Fina Aubrey-Havelock face down a murderer who is slowly crossing names off the passenger list.

    As the SS Sanguine sets sail from the Bahamas, Ruby and Fina eagerly await the excitement promised once they dock in Trinidad. Ruby pays her way as an apprentice to a French designer and Fina tags along as a governess to a wealthy widow’s son. Ruby’s brother has also asked them to find a secret contact on board. Which passengers are genuinely eccentric and which are covering their true intentions? 

    Soon they have two mysteries on their hands…their contact and a killer.

    In a race against time, Ruby and Fina are thwarted by stormy seas, subversive stewards, sordid scandals, salacious seances, scary scorpions and suspicious swine. They know all too well how many lives hang in the balance should they fail both their missions.

    If you like cozy historical mysteries with a twist, then you’ll love Rose Donovan’s fashion-spy-amateur sleuth heroes, Ruby Dove and Fina Aubrey-Havelock.

    The Ruby Dove Mystery Series:
    The Mystery of Ruby’s Sugar (#1)
    The Mystery of Ruby’s Port (#2)

    Pour yourself a crisp beverage and escape into The Mystery of Ruby’s Port this evening.

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    Paper Phoenix: A Mystery of San Francisco in the '70s (A Classic Cozy--with Romance!)

    First comes divorce, then comes murder…


    …or at least sweet thoughts of murder. Maggie Longstreet has plenty of them after slimy, ambitious Richard trades her in for a more recent model. She’s so depressed she can barely get out of bed when Larry Hawkins, a seemingly not-at-all depressed acquaintance, commits suicide out of the blue. Suddenly Maggie goes on high alert, remembering something her evil ex said about Larry—something highly suspicious.

    And from there, it's just a short segué to a bracing new development:

    “When some women get divorced they go back to school, I thought. Some do volunteer work at the hospital, or join communes and learn to birth calves. Some have affairs with inappropriate men. My new interest is burglary. Maggie Longstreet, former wife and mother, past president of the Museum Guild, now starting a career as a second-story woman.”

    Fortunately, Maggie isn’t alone in her adventure—a very attractive, much younger man proves a lot more fun than Richard ever was. In fact, the real delight of this witty, sly mystery is seeing Maggie come alive again after a suffocating marriage. Set in the’70s, it has a bit of that Mad Men feel of women on the brink of something big. And completely unexpected

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    Sharpe Mind (Maycroft Mystery Series Book 3)

    WHO KNEW KNITTING COULD BE DEADLY!
    Former teacher turned reporter Deena Sharpe craves more adventure than covering dull city council meetings in the small town of Maycroft, Texas. But when she follows a hunch to investigate a story lead, she finds a dead woman strangled by a knitted scarf and becomes suspect number one. 

    To make matters worse, a new psychic in town has residents on edge. Strange happenings multiply as quickly as the list of murder suspects, and Deena finds herself with more adventure than she had bargained for. No pedicure is too painful and no dumpster is too deep as Deena seeks to unveil the killer before anyone else gets hurt.

    Sharpe Mind, Book 2 in the Maycroft Mystery series, offers readers a healthy dose of intrigue along with a generous sprinkle of humor. If you like a mystery with good, clean fun, cozy up to Sharpe Mind today!

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    Witch Way to Mintwood (Witch of Mintwood Book 1)

    House falling down? Check. Pet sitting job with annoying clients? Check. Ability to speak to ghosts, which has the unfortunate side effect of having to listen to what they say back? Double check! Hot high school crush still in town being all successful and stuff while you protest his building projects? All kinds of checks! Did anyone say Witch of Mintwood? Yup! Just add murder and this will be a week to remember!

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    In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door. ~ David Steindl-Rast