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Murder at the Dolphin Hotel: A gripping cozy historical mystery (A Miss Underhay Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
A room with a view… to murder.
June 1933. Kitty Underhay is a modern, independent woman from the top of her shingle bob to the tip of her t-strap heels. She prides herself on the reputation of her family’s ancient hotel on the blustery English coast. But then a body is found, rooms are ransacked and rumours begin to circulate that someone is on the hunt for a valuable stolen ruby – a ruby that Kitty’s mother may have possessed when she herself went missing during the Great War. Before she can do more than flick a duster, Kitty finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation.
When the local police inspector shows no signs of solving the shocking crimes plaguing the hotel, Kitty steps briskly into the breach. Together with ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, her new hotel security officer, she is determined to decipher this mystery and preserve not only the name of her hotel, but also the lives of her guests. Could there be a cold-blooded killer under her own roof? And what connects the missing jewel to the mystery from Kitty’s own past?
The Murder at Skellin Cottage (Jo Mason Book 1) (affiliate link)
Miles from the nearest town, nestled far out in the English countryside, Skellin Cottage is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Until, that is, the cottage’s latest tenant is found brutally murdered.
Several months later, with the police having failed to solve the case, the cottage’s owner Lord Chesleford decides to take matters into his own hands. He hires Jo Mason, a former police officer who now works as a private investigator, to take a fresh look and solve the case. But is anyone in the local community prepared for the awful truth to come out?
Jo soon discovers that the murdered woman lived a life of contradictions. Terrified of attention, she’d already begun to attract interest from several suitors. And she was hiding from her past, which Jo learns is filled with secrets. This was a woman who effectively lived two entirely separate lives, but which of those lives led to her murder? And who might be next?
The Black Star of Kingston (Tales of Old Natalia Book 1) (affiliate link)
displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival.
My place beside you
My blood for yours
Till the Green Ember rises
Or the end of the world.
Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.
Old wars haunt. New enemies threaten. An oath is born.
A hero rises.
Her Montana Hero (Montana Home Book 1) (affiliate link)
Fourteen years after her abrupt departure, Samara Davis is back in Marietta, Montana. Now a widow, all she wants is to give her anxious four-year old daughter, Jade, a happy, stable home. Unfortunately, the heritage house she purchased is nowhere near ready for occupancy. And the man responsible for the delay is none other than high-school golden boy and love of her life Logan Stafford, available, interested and just as swoon-worthy as ever.
But this single mother has one priority. She’s all Jade has, and she’ll do anything, make any sacrifice, for her child’s future. And getting distracted by a long-lost boyfriend is not on the agenda.
Logan Stafford never forgot the lonely girl from the wrong side of the tracks who broke his heart. Not only is she as irresistible as ever, but her delightfully odd little girl has him wrapped around her finger in no time. Believing they’ve been given a second chance, Logan’s determined to pull out all the stops on the house to prove to them both that he’s a guy they can count on.
Tempted by a Rake’s Smile (affiliate link)
Cassandra is the driving force behind her father’s gambling hall and there’s no way she is walking away from it. Much to her father’s dismay, she is not interested in marrying even though plenty of men have strived for her hand. Ambition may rule her life, but everything will change in a single day, when she meets the handsome, yet infamous, Gabriel. The rumours surrounding him may be too scandalous to handle, but the more times their paths cross, the more Cassandra knows she’s not going to be able to walk away from him so easily. Not with her heart intact, that is…
Gabriel has always had whatever he wanted; he gambled, drank and never faced any consequences. But his privileged life will change forever, when he takes things too far forcing his family to disown him for good. His only chance to rise above that disgrace comes when the owner of his favourite gambling hall dies and the place is up for sale. Gabriel wants to be in charge, but to get to the top, he has to distract an enticing rival. But as a man, it’s torment to be so very close to the beauty he’s not allowed to fall for… Can he handle the driven woman, when her kisses are the only thing he can think of?
Angel: Angel Demon Romance (My Five Kings Book 1) (affiliate link)
Running from an evil I don’t understand, the only men I can turn to are the Kings of Shadow and Light, but one of them hates me and two others want me dead…
When I’m taken prisoner to be thrust into a lifetime of prostitution, I learn I’m an angel.
Yet, I bear the markings on my back that reveal my wings have been removed.
When my only ally, a foul-mouthed sprite, insists my wings are intact, I realize the danger I’m facing.
I need protection.
And that protection can only come from five magically powerful men who were destined to protect the balance between shadow and light:
Dragan, a gargoyle and the King of Shadow;
Cambion, an elf and the King of Nature;
and Baron, a vampire and the King of Death.
At one time there were five, but Variant, the King of Light, and the fifth king, Theren, grew greedy and usurped control for themselves. They banished Cambion to the Fae Realm and Dragan to the Shadow Realm.
And they murdered Baron.
Now Variant and Theren are after me…
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (affiliate link)
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
Whether the yarn stash is muse, memento, creative companion, career guide, or lifeline in tough times, these deeply engaging stories take a surprising and fascinating look at why we collect, what we cherish, and how we let go.
Contributors include New York Times bestselling authors Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Debbie Stoller, Meg Swansen and Franklin Habit, Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner, Adrienne Martini, and a host of others.
Somebody’s Home (affiliate link)
Julie Jones has left her suffocating marriage. With her teenage daughter, Jess, she’s starting over. Their new house in Oceanside is the first step toward a new life. Even if it does come with the unexpected. The previous owners, a pastor and his wife, have left something—or rather someone—behind…
Tom Dean has a bitter hatred for the father who considers him a lost cause, and for the woman who’s moved into their family’s house. The only home he’s ever known. He’s never going to leave. She thinks he’ll be gone in three days, but Tom has the perfect plan.
For a newly single mother and her daughter, a fresh start is the beginning of a nightmare. Before the weekend is over, somebody is going to get exactly what they deserve.