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Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow of the Rat (paid link)
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr Watson face one of their most challenging cases to date: stopping the Great Rat of Sumatra from spreading plague throughout Britain.
The investigation starts with a body found floating in the Thames, infected with the bubonic plague, a disease thought to have been eradicated in 1666.
How has the disease returned? Who is responsible? The investigation leads them to very unusual suspects, all while the government and wider public descend into chaos.
The seaside community of Tempest welcomes back one of its daughters as Fiona leaves city stress behind and moves into Mortimer House—the family Victorian she inherited.
A sensitive, Fiona loves animals and soon finds herself adopted by a rambunctious mini schnauzer, Lizzie Borden, and an adorable kitten, Henrietta. Together with some old friends, Fiona converts the aged mansion into a boarding house, but not all the guests who come to stay are alive.
How does a dead body find its way into a bedroom wall? And will Fiona find her Aunt Mable’s missing ferret, Sherlock Holmes? It’s only one read away.
Mystic Mayhem (Mystic Isle Mysteries Book 1) (paid link)
Just For Me (Cerasino Family Novellas Book 1) (paid link)
Coffee and a bookstore, every Friday. That’s the official start of my weekend escape with my guilty pleasure—a Nick Penn romance novel. And a sneaky peek at the sexy laptop guy who’s always typing away in the corner.
There’s something insanely attractive about a man who loves books. It’s also insanely easy to imagine he’s my fictional hero, and I’m the heroine in his arms. Because every story feels like it’s been written just for me.
Thirty-year-old Allie Treadwell is a singleton. She’s a foodie and a runner, a restaurant reviewer by day, and a Netflix aficionado by night. She lives to eat and eats to live.
But Allie’s latest review is plaguing her with guilt. How was she to know that the restaurant’s owner, her one-time high school nemesis, would be murdered the same day Allie’s salty review hit the newsstand?
Handsome detective Javier Portillo steps in to solve the case. The problem? He’s got it all wrong. Allie is convinced he’s put an innocent man away for the murder—her old friend, Miller.
“I see them…In you, I see them.”
Estranged from his family and locked in a demanding job which monopolizes all of his time, Head Chef, Mario Garcia, doesn’t exactly have holiday spirit. He spends all season creating magic for others, and for himself, he’s resigned to another lonely winter. There’s a reason he’s known as the Devil in Fairfield Resort’s high-end kitchen, and he has no plans to change that. What most people don’t realize, however, is that Chef Garcia has a soft spot for one man—a half-blind, Russian dishwasher who is the first person in years to make Mario feel.
Bronx Masquerade (paid link)
Spelled (The Storymakers Book 1) (paid link)
Somewhere over the rainbow, all spell is about to break loose in the first installment of this clever and hilarious YA fairy tale retelling trilogy, perfect for fans of Dorothy Must Die and Jen Calonita’s Fairy Tale Reform School series
Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.
Yeah, no thanks. Dorothea is completely princed out. Sure, being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.
Talk about unhappily ever after.
First in the medieval whodunnit series set in Bampton, Oxfordshire, during the plague years and featuring a newly qualified surgeon
Hugh of Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight, has been educated as a clerk, usually a prelude to taking holy orders. However, feeling no certain calling despite a lively faith, he turns to the profession of surgeon, training in Paris and then hanging out his sign in Oxford.
A local lord asks him to track the killer of a young woman whose bones have been found in the castle cesspit. She is identified as the impetuous missing daughter of a local blacksmith, and her young man, whom she had provoked very publicly, is in due course arrested and sentenced at the Oxford assizes.
A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first entry in a delicious crime set in rural South Africa—a flavorful blend of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency and Goldie Schulz series, full of humor, romance, and recipes and featuring a charming cast of characters.
Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning Auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook—and eat. She shares her culinary love as a recipe columnist for the local paper—until The Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart rather than ideas for lunch and dinner.
Sutton (paid link)
Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (P.S.) (paid link)
From Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most important African American writers of the twentieth century, comes her riveting autobiography—now available in a limited Olive Edition.
First published in 1942 at the height of her popularity, Dust Tracks on a Road is Zora Neale Hurston’s candid, funny, bold, and poignant autobiography—an imaginative and exuberant account of her childhood in the rural South and her rise to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance.
As compelling as her acclaimed fiction, Hurston’s very personal literary self-portrait offers a revealing, often audacious glimpse into the life—public and private—of an extraordinary artist, anthropologist, chronicler, and champion of the Black experience in America. Full of the wit and wisdom of a proud, spirited woman who started off low and climbed high, Dust Tracks on a Road is a rare treasure from one of literature’s most cherished voices.
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