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Quinn Checks In (Liam Quinn Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Ex-con Liam Quinn is up against the ropes.
He walked away from a career as a fighter to become an artist, then crashed and burned with a forgery scheme. He has a chance to make amends after four years in prison.
But his new gig as a Philadelphia private eye is about to land him in deadly trouble. A shotgun art heist leads to murder, and soon Quinn’s on the run from mobsters and the police.
Amazon best-selling author Ian Loome brings us stories about a good man who has vowed to make up for his bad choices … even if it kills him.
Love at First Date: A Sweet Romance with Humor (Better Date than Never Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Dog sitting leads to love when Ellen signs up for doggie school after meeting Henry during an emergency trip to the vet.
Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.
When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind.
A Body On The Beach (The Rejoiner Book 1) (affiliate link)
These were supposed to be his golden years. But he’s much happier with something to do… like solve a murder.
Former Detective Sergeant Norman Norman’s retirement is boring him to tears. So when he’s asked to assist an upcoming female DI and mentor a new team of misfits in a sleepy Welsh coastal town, he jumps at the opportunity to lend his expertise. But the training has barely begun when a woman’s corpse washes up on the sand.
With no reports of missing persons, DS Norman is stumped… until the post-mortem reveals a shocking hint to the culprit being local.
The Secret to Everything: How to Live More and Suffer Less (affiliate link)
Self-help, with a twist
The Secret to Everything has been known to mystics and scholars for centuries and millennia, and, today, is increasingly being confirmed by both philosophy and science. Socrates certainly knew it, as did the Buddha, and more recently, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, and Emily Dickinson. It is a secret not because it is hidden as such, but because it is so difficult to see, running counter to so many of our most basic assumptions.
Each of the book’s ten chapters exposes a particular aspect and practical application of the secret, while also keeping it carefully under wraps. On the surface, the chapters may seem to have little in common, but they are all built around the same wisdom. Your challenge, as you read, is to find the common thread that runs through all the chapters. The secret is discussed at the end, but don’t peek or you’ll spoil the fun.
His hands are bound behind him, a crude butterfly drawn in blood on his bare back. He isn’t the first.
When a drug addict finds the body of a man in the basement of an abandoned warehouse in New York City, Detective Damien Drake is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim was a philanthropist, father, doting husband, and wealthy junior partner in one of the cities most respected law firms.
He seemed to have the perfect life.
Dear Enemy (affiliate link)
Vegetables on Fire: 50 Vegetable-Centered Meals from the Grill (affiliate link)
Antigonick (New Directions Paperbook) (affiliate link)
An illustrated new translation of Sophokles’ Antigone.
Anne Carson has published translations of the ancient Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is her seminal work. Sophokles’ luminous and disturbing tragedy is here given an entirely fresh language and presentation. This paperback edition includes a new preface by the author, “Dear Antigone.”
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom (affiliate link)
Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis—and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.
From author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone in the middle of figuring out how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.
Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris: Pioneer of Modern Golf (affiliate link)
Young Tom Morris, the son of the legendary pioneer of golf, Tom Morris, was golf’s first superstar.
Born at a pivotal moment in history, just as the new and inexpensive ‘gutty’ ball was making golf affordable and drawing thousands of new players to the game, his genius and his swashbuckling personality would set a game that had been frozen in amber for four centuries on the pathway to becoming worldwide spectator sport we know today.
Exhaustively researched and beautifully illustrated, Monarch of the Green is a stirring and evocative history of Tommy’s life (which also includes, for the first time, a compilation of his competitive record in stroke-play tournaments, singles matches, and foursomes) and demonstrates how, in one dazzling decade, this young superstar dominated the sport like few others have ever done.
Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay (affiliate link)
The sun is shining on the golden castle on Rainbow Bay – and change is in the air!
Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears. But it’s true!
She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home.
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