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Tessa Randolph is feeling defeated. On the outs with her boyfriend and suddenly without a job, she’s scrambling to pay the rent. She doesn’t exactly have the kind of life she wants.
Tessa needs a change.
And the ability to afford the wet food her cat Pepper thinks she deserves at every meal.
Against her better judgement but without a better offer, Tessa takes a job from one of the scariest of bosses—her mother, who has a deadly sharp tongue.
And just like that, she learns that the life insurance agency at the edge of Mist River isn’t what it seems to be. Plus, Cheryl Randolph isn’t simply the sharp-tongued, overly critical mom Tessa thought she was. She’s a grim reaper. One of many people tasked with escorting souls into the afterlife.
A costume. A date. And a gun shot that will change all their lives.
Halloween has come to Buckingham Downs, a picturesque coastal town in California. Valerie Masters, her Yorkie, Buttons, and her gang of friends are ready to throw on their costumes and party. And not only on Halloween, since the latest wedding Val is planning has a costume party reception. All sorts of creatures hit the dance floor: gangsters, vampires, a pumpkin and… a knight in shining armor?
It seems like the perfect wedding to Val, and everything is finally coming together. But it’s hard to tell who’s who when the masks go on, and this latest murder hits way to close to home. It looks like an accident. Everyone wants to think it’s an accident. But something tells Val that there is more to the situation than the easy explanation.
Faith and the gang are going on a once-in-a-lifetime safari trip to Kenya! It’s the kind of experience most people only get to dream about. Sadly, the adventure quickly turns into a nightmare when their driver is killed during a visit to an elephant orphanage.
Having learned to trust her instincts, Faith immediately begins to investigate the man’s death. But it’s clear that more than one member of her party has something to hide. And, if the killer is among them, asking questions may put Faith’s own life in jeopardy.
After all, being isolated out on the African plains with a killer on the loose could be a recipe for disaster…
Having a great idea isn’t enough to launch a multi-million-dollar business.
Let’s face it, investors don’t put money in ideas. They need concrete evidence that they’ll get a return on their investment, and a good business plan gives them such information.
Do you have a hard time figuring out how to get a business plan down on paper?
Are you tired and confused by all the business jargon, just wanting a straightforward how-to guide outlining exactly what you need to do?
Business plans are the heart and soul of a successful company – they give you focus and operational clarity that can kick major mistakes to the curb.
An art heist on Halloween goes wrong.
When thieves break into Marvelous Marley World Headquarters on All Hallows’ Eve, they steal Max Marley’s valuable animation cels and shoot a Gallery guard.
It’s the end of date night for Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler when they’re both summoned to the scene. Gunshots fired in the tunnels beneath Marvelous Marley World signal more trouble as trigger-happy thieves head for the theme park. With the Halloween Hullabaloo-Boo in full swing, the pressure’s on to catch the culprits before they can get away with their cache of stolen treats or unleash dirty tricks on unsuspecting park guests.
The Titanic Murders (Disaster) (paid link)
When a passenger is found dead inside a locked cabin aboard the opulent Titanic, it’s a crime worthy of “the Thinking Machine,” the popular fictional investigator who solves mysteries using formidable logic. So who better to crack this real-life case than author Jacques Futrelle, the man behind America’s favorite detective?
On board for a romantic getaway with his wife, Futrelle agrees to conduct a stealth inquiry. The list of suspects on the Titanic’s first-class deck is long and includes the brightest lights from high society, each with no shortage of dark secrets. As the mammoth ship speeds across the Atlantic toward its doom, Futrelle races to uncover which passenger has a secret worth killing for—before the murderer strikes again.
Silence (paid link)
Six years ago, private investigator Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do.
The Turners are merely hired to do a job, though, and prefer to remain anonymous. When they find that a middleman has let the true employer know their identities, finishing the job is no longer enough. Their fee just went up.
Full of masterful plotting and unnerving psychological insight, Silence is a mesmerizing thrill ride.
Death in the Stars: A Kate Shackleton Mystery (paid link)
Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party on the grounds of Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive.
During the eclipse, Selina’s friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can’t help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths -and whether there is a murderer in the company.
Enter the world of Pure Ones, a race of immortal, supernaturally powerful beings who protect humankind, where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful death within thirty days.
The Healer of the race, Rain, is the only exception to this rule. To harness and accumulate enough energy to heal severe wounds, especially as the war between her people and the vampire hordes accelerates, she must take a Consort once every ten years and draw strength from his blood and body. But as the war wears on, few Pure-males who are strong enough to serve as her Consort remain. Valerius, Protector of the race, is the strongest candidate.
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (paid link)
Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.
When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.
In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens.
Tragedy tears Gerald’s world apart and only his unwavering loyalty saves him. After serving as a soldier for years, a single act of self-sacrifice thrusts his future into the world of politics.
Cut off from all he knows, he becomes no more than a pawn to those in command. Banished with little more than the clothes on his back, he seeks a new purpose, for what is a warrior who has nothing left to fight for?
A fateful meeting with another lost soul unmasks a shocking secret, compelling him to take up the mantle of guardian. Bandits, the Black Hand, and even the king, he battles them all for the future of the realm.
If You Really Loved Me (paid link)
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