Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Nook 4/24/18

It's been a lovely day. I walked one of the dogs, then helped my cousin work on my deck. We're almost done with it! It will be such a relief to be finished with it. My mom and I will start painting tomorrow! I'll be happy to have some down-time from all the heavy lifting and have more time to sit on the new deck and read!


Cozy Mystery:

Cozy Leading Ladies

A yummy anthology containing FIVE top-rated cozy mysteries, each featuring smart and savvy ladies—who aren’t afraid to kick some butt. PLUS a romantic puzzler bonus, which isn’t at all what you might expect…
From murder at a conference in fashionable Provence to an underground feminist bordello in San Francisco (with a pit stop on the Gulf Cost where a killer’s on the loose while a hurricane closes in), Cozy Leading Ladies is sure to satisfy mystery readers who love their independent female sleuths. (Friendly piece of advice: it’s probably best to read the collection with a box of chocolates or your favorite brand of potato chips really nearby).
Vol. 1: DEATH TURNS A TRICK, the FIRST book in the Rebecca Schwartz mystery series by Edgar Award Winner Julie Smith
Rebecca Schwartz, nice Jewish lawyer with a few too many fantasies, is happily playing the piano in a whorehouse when she suddenly finds herself assigned to make sure a near-naked state senator escapes a police raid. That dirty job done, a lovely evening turns even more delightful when she’s picked up by the cops and spends the next two hours at the Hall of Justice. Could this day get any worse? Of course! Guess who arrives home to find a dead hooker on her living room floor?
Vol. 2: THE AURA, the FIRST Kate Benedict Paranormal Mystery by Carrie Bedford
Life spins out of control for London architect Kate Benedict when she sees a dancing aura above certain people’s heads that seems to signal death. Suddenly she’s psychic. But that can't be! Psychic’s not acceptable in her circle, where the supernatural is strictly for the superstitious. And yet…people are dying. People close to her. 
Vol. 3: THE 13th FELLOW, A Mystery In Provence by Tracy Whiting
American Professor Havilah Gaie has always seen herself as “an academic version of Pam Grier’s characters: smart, quick on their feet, loyal with a keen sense of purpose.” Now she’s got a chance to suit up for action because suddenly she’s a witness in a murder.
Vol. 4: HURRICANE SEASON: Florida Panhandle Mystery #1 by Michaela Thompson
“Miss Marple meets Eudora Welty (with a trace of Erskine Caldwell)” –Kirkus
The 1950s fairly leap off the page in this classic cozy mystery set in northern Florida in the Eisenhower era, complete with Johnny Ray on the jukebox and a Womanless Wedding—this one interrupted by an explosion at a moonshine still. Lily Trulock, owner of Trulock’s Grocery & Marine Supply, leads a pretty quiet life until a stranger comes to town. Before she can say, “down the hatch,” Lily’s at the center of a vicious murder and a no-holds-barred bootlegging war—and a nasty storm’s on the way
Vol. 5: PICK-UP LINE A New Orleans Love Story by Patty Friedmann
Cupid’s working overtime in the unlikely venue of N.O. Drugs, where plus-sized beauty Ciana Jambon works with dread-locked pharmacy student Lennon Israel, and she’s got the crush of the century. Unbeknownst to her, Lennon’s carrying his own torch, but family problems distract both of them until tragedy leaves Ciana reeling. Lennon wonders if there’s a murderer in her clan, and he’s pretty sure he’s the only one who can help.

BONUS! DIAMONDS IN THE SKY: A mysterious Southern Love Story by M.A. Harper

Sniffing Out Murder (Mina's Adventures Book 7)

One dog with two names, twice lost, yet always found. Two newly orphaned boys who love their dog and love each other so much they vow to stick together against all odds. Enter super sleuth Mina Calvi, the quasi-grown up Italian import who likes cats more than dogs. When she tries to locate the owners of a lost dog, Mina is drawn into tracking down a murderer in spite of her loneliness, absentee boyfriend, and the fact that even with an espresso machine worth more than a diamond ring, she still can’t manage to make a good cup of coffee.



Death at the Netherfield Park Ball (A Sherlock Holmes and Elizabeth Bennet Mystery Book 1)

Witness the beginning of a collaboration between two legendary literary characters!
Elizabeth Bennet first encounters Sherlock Holmes at a public ball, where both are intrigued by the other. Although she finds him to be abrasive and uncouth, she cannot help but admire his ability to discover secrets and scandals with nothing more than a glance.
At a private ball, an officer is mysteriously murdered, his killer leaving little evidence behind. Holmes and Bennet join forces to solve the case, and as they dive deeper into the murder victim’s sordid past, they discover truths about those closest to them that they may have preferred to have kept hidden.

The Holmes and Bennet Mysteries:
Book 1: Death at the Netherfield Park Ball
Book 2: The Mystery of the Indian Diadem
Book 3: The Peculiar Doctor Barnabus
Book 4: The Apparition at Rosing’s Park
Book 5: The Shadow of Moriarty
Book 6: The Adventure of the King's Portrait
Book 7: The Case of the Patriarch



Mini Farming: How to Create a Sustainable Organic Garden in Your Backyard You Can Be Proud Of

Do you want a successful garden or mini farm in your backyard?

Do you not know where to start to create a sustainable organic garden? 

Do you worry that your garden won’t be something to be proud of? 

A sustainable organic garden is within reach.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a successful garden or a successful mini farm because this book can help you either way. You can create a sustainable organic garden right in your backyard that you can be proud of with crops that are producing a high and healthy yield. From fruits to vegetables, you can have organic crops that rival anything that you can find at the organic aisle in the store. 

From making your own fertilizer and compost, to choosing livestock for manure, to maximizing your space and utilizing every inch of what you have, this book can help you along the way. Creating a sustainable organic garden in your backyard doesn’t have to be hard, and with the tips and tricks found in this book it’s even easier. 

Everything you need to get started is found in this book. From tips and tricks to a guide on the best soil and plants to actually plant, you’ll get suggestions on it all. Learn how to control pests, weeds, organically fertilize your plants, and get the most out of the plants you decide to plant. Learn how to create a sustainable and organic garden. 

You Will Learn Mini Farming Strategies

What Mini Farming Actually Is
Learning How to Maximize Your Space
A Little More About Containers & Maximizing Space
The Types of Plants that Work Best
A Little Bit about Soil Types
Controlling Weeds Organically & Preemptively
The Importance of Organic Pest Control
Livestock Options & How They Help with Plants
A Helpful Routine Means a Good Harvest


"When you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not
know, follow it to the point of knowing."
-- Grandmother of Charles Eastman, SANTEE SIOUX