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Author: Brett, Simon
Murder Mystery

Meet Mrs Melita Pargeter, a vivacious widow whose mystery-solving talents come in handy when a murderer stalks a hotel for well-to-do retirees.

She checks into the Devereux Hotel on England’s sunny south coast. Where secrets hide behind every door and the sea-views are to die for . . .

Her arrival, in a fancy car and a flurry of silk, causes much excitement among the elderly residents.

By next morning, they have something new to talk about — the discovery of a crumpled body at the foot of the stairs.

The victim is old Mrs Selsby, timid occupant of the hotel’s most coveted sea-front room. Everyone says her death was a tragic accident, but Melita’s not so sure.

Wealthy Mrs S. just happens to have left her fortune to her fellow Devereux residents. And then there’s the matter of her jewellery. A priceless collection that seems to be disappearing piece by piece . . .

Melita may be pushing seventy, but she still has a trick or two left up her sleeve.

Operation: Secret Santa (affiliate link)

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Author: Duncan, MJ
LGBTQ+ Short Reads
When Holly Burke saw who she’d drawn for Secret Santa, she knew she had to do something to make it special.
It was Christmas, after all, and if anyone deserved some extra Christmas cheer, it was Mo Davy.
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Author: Monroe, Jennifer
Renaissance Historical Romance

A river divides their properties…bloodlines separate their hearts.

Anna Silverstone dreams of escaping her life of burlap dresses and calloused fingers-brought about by hard labor at a workhouse. Though her father is rumored to be an earl, her lineage has never been proven. With her brother wishing to sell her hand to any willing merchant, the prospect of love is beyond her reach. That is until fate intervenes and she meets Colin. Not only is he sinfully handsome, but he is also a duke, and she wants nothing more than to be with him.

If she can only prove her bloodline, they will have a chance to be together…

Colin, 9th Duke of Greystoke, heads England’s wealthiest and most powerful family-the Remingtons. With all life’s luxuries at his fingertips, Colin should want for nothing, but his heart yearns for the impossible – a woman who loves him for who he is, not what he owns.

When Miss Anna Silverstone crosses his path, Colin begins to wonder if she might be the woman he has dreamed of. Beautiful, bold, and unafraid to speak her mind, she sees him as a man, not a title…

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Author: Craig, Elizabeth Spann
Cozy Mystery

Bingo, bridge–and a dead body? Can an octogenarian sleuth and her senior sidekick solve the mystery before they’re pushing up daisies themselves?

No one in Bradley, North Carolina, is exactly crying into their sweet tea over the murder of Parke Stockard. Certainly not retired schoolteacher Myrtle Clover. Upon discovering the corpse, Myrtle is struck-not with grief, but a brilliant idea! Solving the crime would prove to everyone (especially her son Red, the police chief) that this eighty-something-year-old is not ready to be put out to pasture just yet.

The victim, a pretty but pushy town developer, had deep pockets and few friends. Myrtle can’t throw one of her gaudy garden gnomes without hitting a potential suspect. Even when another murder takes place, proud Myrtle forges on, armed only with a heavy cane, a venomous tongue, and a widower sidekick.

The Galway Homicides Books 1-3 (affiliate link)

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Author: Pearson, David
Irish Crime Fiction


A woman is found in a ditch, murdered. As the list of suspects grows, an Irish town’s dirty secrets are exposed. Detective Inspector Mick Hays and DS Maureen Lyons are called in to investigate. But getting the locals to even speak to the police will take some doing. Will they find the killer in their midst?


When a nurse finds an old man dead in his tumbledown cottage, the local police surmise he was the victim of a burglary gone wrong. However, having suffered a violent death and there being no apparent robbery, Irish detectives Hays and Lyons are not so sure. With no clear motive it will take all their wits and training to track down the killer.

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Author: Lane, Charlie
Renaissance Historical Romance

A redheaded bluestocking in desperate need of a wealthy husband.
A handsome duke looking for his perfect duchess.
And a dare that shows that opposites may not only attract but can be so much more.

Lady Tabitha Hampton has the memory of an elephant. Her sharp brain locks everything away tight as a trunk in an attic. But this talent fails to help the twenty-seven-year-old bluestocking attract the attention of a single wealthy suitor. And she needs one. With three sisters of marriageable age, a sickly father, and a series of bad investments that left them impoverished, Tabitha’s marriage could save or ruin her entire family.

Arthur, the Duke of Collingford needs a wife but not just any lady will do. Arthur’s future duchess must be perfect in every way—fair of face, impeccable manners, with enough social influence to impact his parliamentary projects. When he joins the whirl of the London season, the duke finds an insufferable, redheaded wallflower instead.

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Author: Pye, Michael
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Ancient Early Civilization History

A revelatory history of Antwerp—from its rise to a world city to its fall in the Spanish Fury—by the New York Times Notable author of The Edge of the World.

Before Amsterdam, there was a dazzling North Sea port at the hub of the known world: the city of Antwerp.

In the Age of Exploration, Antwerp was sensational like nineteenth-century Paris or twentieth-century New York. It was somewhere anything could happen or at least be believed: killer bankers, easy kisses, a market in secrets and every kind of heresy. For half the sixteenth century, it was the place for breaking rules—religious, sexual, intellectual.

And it was a place of change—a single man cornered all the money in the city and reinvented ideas of what money meant. Another gave the city a new shape purely out of his own ambition. Jews fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition needed Antwerp for their escape, thanks to the remarkable woman at the head of the grandest banking family in Europe.

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Author: Gray, Annie
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Media Tie-In Cooking

Recipes, notes, and photos from the show, “sumptuously presented in spectacular fashion even the blessed Lady Mary would approve of” (Chowhound).

Food historian and show consultant Annie Gray gives a rich and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set—a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development. With a foreword by executive producer and co-creator Gareth Neame, and featuring over one hundred stunning color photographs, The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook also includes a special section on hosting Downton-themed dinner parties and presents stills from the TV series and film.

Notes on the etiquette and customs of the times, quotes from the characters, and descriptions of the scenes in which the foods appear provide vivid context for the dishes. The recipes are grouped by occasion, which include breakfast; luncheons and suppers; afternoon tea and garden parties; picnics, shoots and race meets; festivities; upstairs dinner; downstairs dinner; downstairs supper and tea; and the still room.

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Author: Prowse, Amanda
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Psychological Fiction

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

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Author: Gerasimo, Pilar
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Motivational Self-Help

Want to be healthy in an unhealthy world? Get ready to start breaking some rules.
This convention-busting book explains how, equipping you with the counterintuitive skills you need to transform your body and your life for the better.

Here, award-winning health journalist Pilar Gerasimo points out that in an unhealthy society like ours, becoming and staying a healthy person requires choices, habits, and attitudes so unconventional, they amount to a form of positive social deviance.
After all, what kind of society makes being healthy so difficult that only a single-digit percentage of the population can pull it off? The answer: a sick society. And within a sick society–one where illness, anxiety, and depression are the prevailing norms –what does it mean to be one of the few people to beat those unhealthy odds? It means bucking a lot of your society’s norms and rejecting a lot of its conventional health prescriptions.
It also means acknowledging a disturbing truth: If you aren’t breaking the rules, you’re probably breaking yourself.
That’s the simple, provocative philosophy behind The Healthy Deviant, one seasoned health seeker’s quest to reframe healthy choices as a positive form of social rebellion.

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Author: Rumsey, Deborah J.
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Probability & Statistics

The fun and easy way to get down to business with statistics
Stymied by statistics? No fear? this friendly guide offers clear, practical explanations of statistical ideas, techniques, formulas, and calculations, with lots of examples that show you how these concepts apply to your everyday life.

Statistics For Dummies shows you how to interpret and critique graphs and charts, determine the odds with probability, guesstimate with confidence using confidence intervals, set up and carry out a hypothesis test, compute statistical formulas, and more.

Tracks to a typical first semester statistics course
Updated examples resonate with today’s students
Explanations mirror teaching methods and classroom protocol
Packed with practical advice and real-world problems, Statistics For Dummies gives you everything you need to analyze and interpret data for improved classroom or on-the-job performance.

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