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!


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.


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?


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)

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)


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.


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.


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?


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.



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.



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.



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.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ― Dr. Seuss