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Not for the politically correct!
DCI Fenton must track down a serial killer and avert moral panic before The Queen is forced to utter the words ‘death penalty’ in her speech.
Three victims, all from minority groups, are found murdered in a London hotel, after attending an ‘embracing diversity’ conference. They are all employees of a training company who want to make the world a better place through whiteboards and jazz hands. Is there a serial killer on the loose? Or is the killer someone closer to home?
The murders receive widespread media attention, fuelled by a journalist who has a personal vendetta against Fenton and will do anything for fame. With a power crazed opposition leader and a government on the brink of collapse, the murders reignite the political debate on capital punishment. Just who are the Far Right Extremist Enigma, and why does a political leader want to murder a Reality TV star who can’t stop eating cake?
Love & Other Mushy Stuff: Would you take one for the team? (The Professional Players Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
When it comes to love, sassy psychotherapist Abby Queenan has a hard time accepting her own advice. Jilted at the alter by her childhood sweetheart, she prefers to invest in other people’s happy ever afters than strive for her own. When the radio station she works for announces a once in a lifetime competition, she begins to search for a famous, swoon-worthy male to feature on her show and up her ratings.
Irish rugby legend, Callum Connolly is the classic example of male perfection. He’s not looking for The One, merely The Next One. That is until his teammates bet he can’t keep the same woman long enough to attend his best friend’s wedding.
Abby and Callum strike an unlikely, but alluring deal.
Will Abby finally learn to take her own advice?
Or will Callum manage to nail his most elusive touchdown yet?
The Ebb (book 1): A Greek beach romance novel set on the island of Corfu Greece (The Lady of the Pier trilogy) (affiliate link)
Two girls, two different worlds, one mysterious connection and a love that won’t let go.
Sofia is a good girl, always following the rules of her over-protective family. But this is about to change…
Sofia Aspioti, a young student, arrives on the idyllic island of Corfu for her annual summer break. Because of her strict upbringing, Sofia is discontented with her life. Her parents expect her to be the model daughter, so she keeps her heart locked away, avoiding boys, to keep herself out of trouble.
When she falls in love with Danny, a charming British tourist, he shows her a fun side of life she becomes addicted to. Now, for the first time, Sofia dares to go against her family’s strict rules, and to follow her heart. Just as life becomes the sweetest it’s ever been, strange dreams about a woman dressed in black begin to haunt her…
Shade Cursed: A Druidverse Urban Fantasy Novel (The Shadow Changeling Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
When a shadow wizard with a dark past uncovers a supernatural conspiracy, he’ll stop at nothing to get revenge on the Fae who enslaved him!
I go by Crowley, no last name. The Fae took that from me when they tore me from my crib and turned me into a creature of blood and shadow.
My kidnappers raised me, taught me magic, and made me their Hound. For years I served them, venturing out from Underhill to do their bidding, stealing magical artifacts, hunting down their enemies, and spying on humankind.
But a cur can only be brought to heel for so long. I’ve broken my chains by betraying my adoptive mother, the powerful sorceress Fuamnach. Since then her assassins have been hunting me, and if I’m captured I’ll be taken back to Underhill to face a crueler fate than death.
So, I spend my days in my tower, conducting magical experiments to help me control the dark entity that Fuamnach grafted onto my soul. As for my nights, they’re spent capturing the deadliest of supernatural creatures. I must have ingredients for my research, after all.
Shelter by the Sea (Destination Paradise Book 1) (affiliate link)
He’s determined to leave his past behind. She’s committed to a new and better future. But a guarded heart and an inability to trust may be too much to overcome, even in paradise.
Cass Cutler’s life is full—of nothing. So when she gets the news that she’s inherited her father’s yacht, there’s no reason not to head to paradise for a new start on the picture perfect beaches and the crystal clear waters of Panama for a fresh start. Learning how to sail and operate a boat is just the challenge she needs.
When Archer Wolfe arrived in Panama he was looking for a change of scenery and maybe a bit of adventure, he was definitely not looking for a relationship. But a feisty little blond in a tight tank top fiercely determined to prove she can handle the big boat she somehow inherited, could change all of that. If only he can convince her to give in to their desire.
Playing With The Doctor Milestone Mischief #1 (affiliate link)
It’s nothing but a casual hookup. Temporary, with no strings attached. It’ll be over in a few weeks, and we’ll go our separate ways. What could go wrong?
Have you ever wished you could turn back time and do things differently? Like that one time you decided to use your ratty bra as a weapon and almost took out the eye of your dad’s hot doctor? Yeah? Me, too.
But my nylon ninja skills must’ve impressed him, because he kept coming around, heating my blood with those tight jeans and sexy smiles.
As hard as I tried, I couldn’t resist him. So I decided to make a deal. A few weeks of fun, then we’d go our separate ways.
My life was perfect—just the way I wanted it. Or at least it was until the day I met Jessa Maddox.
Beautiful and feisty, I couldn’t get her out of my head, and I kept making excuses just to be near her.
Bake Until Bubbly: The Ultimate Casserole Cookbook (affiliate link)
Over 200 variations on the ultimate comfort food—from breakfast to dessert, from around the country and the world!
We may fondly remember the classics like tuna noodle casserole, lasagna, or macaroni and cheese from childhood, but this collection of recipes reveals the incredible versatility—as well as the simplicity, ease, and satisfaction—of a well-baked casserole. With healthy options, sweet options, and even vegetarian options, it’s a treasury for any home cook.
“Bake until Bubbly . . . the name says it all. Visions of creamy, tender casseroles with crusty, crunchy tops immediately come to mind and Clifford Wright’s book delivers. You will find easy-to-make one-dish recipes like the rustic but elegant Veal Saltimbocca and Cassoulet and comfort food such as Blue Cheese Halibut Bake; Sausage, Red Bean, and Apple Casserole; Cranberry-Apple-Walnut Crisp; and Blackberry and Cream Cheese Crepes Casserole. I love the fact that you can find everything from breakfast casseroles to vegetarian options to desserts. The Potato, Bacon, and Gruyère Casserole is coming to my next potluck.” —Dede Wilson, contributing editor to Bon Appétit and public television host
In his first book since the bestselling Fermat’s Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy.
Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world’s most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it. It will also make you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.
Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women’s Quarters (affiliate link)
Classic Historical Fiction
Hyde: A Novel (affiliate link)
Victorian Edinburgh. Captain Edward Henry Hyde is chief detective for the City of Edinburgh Police; as such, he is responsible for investigating all murders and serious crimes in the city. Hyde is a striking but severe-looking man who provokes unease, and often fear, in those who encounter him. Nevertheless, Edward Hyde is truly a good man … though he wrestles fiercely with his own unique demons.
When Hyde finds himself at the scene of a heinous murder, with no idea of how he got there or the events leading up to the discovery, his alarm is triggered on two levels. First, the crime scene is brutal and involves the Threefold Death, an ancient Celtic rite of sacrifice entangled with dark Scottish spiritual mythology. Second, Hyde’s inability to remember any detail of his arrival at the crime scene makes him immediately fret about the secret he keeps from all but his physician: He suffers from a rare form of epilepsy that causes him to lose time—amnesiac absences where he cannot account for his actions—and nocturnal seizures that manifest themselves as vivid and lucid dreams.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel (affiliate link)
In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the most influential novelists in the world. He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The New York Times Book Review called him simply “a genius.” Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence to The Guardian’s claim that “each of his books seems entirely different from that which preceded it.” The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a stunning departure for this brilliant, restless, and wildly ambitious author, a giant leap forward by even his own high standards. A bold and epic novel of a rarely visited point in history, it is a work as exquisitely rendered as it is irresistibly readable.
The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the “high-walled, fan-shaped artificial island” that is the Japanese Empire’s single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay; the farthest outpost of the war-ravaged Dutch East Indies Company; and a de facto prison for the dozen foreigners permitted to live and work there. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, costly courtesans, earthquakes, and typhoons comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancée back in Holland.
Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze (affiliate link)
At its height, the Battle of Shanghai involved nearly a million Chinese and Japanese soldiers while sucking in three million civilians as unwilling spectators—and often victims. It turned what had been a Japanese imperialist adventure in China into a general war between the two oldest and proudest civilizations of the Far East. Ultimately, it led to Pearl Harbor and to seven decades of tumultuous history in Asia. The Battle of Shanghai was a pivotal event that helped define and shape the modern world.
In its sheer scale, the struggle for China’s largest city was a sinister forewarning of what was in store only a few years later in theaters around the world. It demonstrated how technology had given rise to new forms of warfare and had made old forms even more lethal. Amphibious landings, tank assaults, aerial dogfights, and—most important—urban combat all happened in Shanghai in 1937. It was a dress rehearsal for World War II—or, perhaps more correctly, it was the inaugural act in the war, the first major battle in the global conflict.
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