Baked Chicago’s Simply Decadent Brownies Cookbook

 Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Chocolate
Author: Harvey Morris, Pamela Smith
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Baked Chicago's Simply Decadent Brownies Cookbook

People love eating brownies. And you’re going to love making them with Baked Chicago’s Simply Decadent Brownies Cookbook as your guide. Author Harvey Morris shares tried and true – yet unusually decadent – brownie recipes that will turn on the taste buds of your family and friends. These recipes are easy to follow and simple to execute, with each recipe fitting on a single page and without creating a sink full of dirty pots and pans!

Your guests will literally squeal with delight when you serve them the Bacon & Salted Caramel Brownies or the Marshmallow Pretzel Crunch Brownies. Your family will beg you to make the Deconstructed S’Mores Brownies or Chipotle Chocolate Brownies for Sunday dinner. And when your significant other tastes the Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Liqueur Brownies, well let’s just say you’ll be calling the shots.

A Cup of Murder (A Roasted Love Cozy Mystery Book 1)

 Mystery > Cozy > Culinary
Author: Cam Larson
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A Cup of Murder (A Roasted Love Cozy Mystery Book 1)

It’s been a rough week for Laila Rook, the barista at Roasted Love, a community favorite indie coffeehouse that serves coffee in ceramic cups and features art from local artists on the walls.

A new upscale chain coffeehouse, Sunrise, opened across the street, and Laila’s customers are leaving. The owner of Sunrise, Michael Simms, wants to put Roasted Love out of business and enjoys letting them know with his rudeness and his mean Doberman.

Jacob Weaver, the owner of Roasted Love, won’t back down, and he’s not being too quiet about it, either.

The Luckiest Dog in the World

 Animal Care & Pets > Essays
Author: Susan Palmer
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The Luckiest Dog in the World

In a story told from his perspective, an orphaned pit bull puppy living on the streets of New Orleans seems destined to meet a grim end. Discriminated against because of his breed, he is greeted with cruelty from nearly every avenue. Though all he desires is a loving home, he finds himself in the clutches of abusive villains. Despite being broken by hunger and abuse, he takes a second chance at joining a family when a kind musician offers him a helping hand. In a struggle for acceptance, Lucky the pit bull is confronted with his greatest fear and is threatened with losing what he loves the most.

Will his heroic efforts secure him the life of simplicity and happiness he’s always wanted? Or will he be turned out of the house because of social bias? Discover what fate lies ahead of our canine narrator in this emotional story filled with struggles and triumphs.

Castigo Cay

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Matthew Bracken
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Castigo Cay
Dan Kilmer is a former Marine sniper in his early thirties. He returned home from military service in the Middle East and gave college a try, but his combat experiences prevented him from fitting into campus life. In a South Florida boatyard, his uncle was attempting to refurbish an old cargo schooner, and Dan left college to help him finish the flagging project. After two years of work but before the sixty-foot boat was relaunched, his uncle fell from a scaffold and died. While still in his twenties, Dan inherited the schooner Rebel Yell. Soon after, he left the United States to embark on a series of voyages, mostly in pursuit of beautiful women and good times. While he was away from America, new federal taxes were imposed on luxury property, including privately owned yachts.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Golden Deer Classics)

 Literature & Fiction > Classics
Author: Thomas Hardy
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Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Golden Deer Classics)

Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family’s fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d’Urbervilles. But Alec d’Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice.

Hardy’s indictment of society’s double standards, and his depiction of Tess as “a pure woman,” caused controversy in his day and has held the imagination of readers ever since. Hardy thought it his finest novel, and Tess the most deeply felt character he ever created.

Russian Roulette (Dev Haskell – Private Investigator, Book 1)

 Mystery > Private Investigators
Author: Mike Faricy
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Russian Roulette (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator, Book 1)

PI Dev Haskell wakes up one morning in dire need of an aspirin, a cup of coffee, and an hour in the sauna. It seems he’s just spent a wild night with his beautiful bombshell of a client, Kerri, and she’s left him a note. A smart and sly man who fancies himself just a little more savvy and debonair than reality confirms, Dev thinks he’s got it made. But he has absolutely no idea what he’s getting into when he agrees to track down Kerri’s sister Nikki. Turns out both women are involved in an elaborate human trafficking ring with Braco the Whacko, a notorious Russian mobster, at the helm.