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Author: Heller, Jean
Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Deuce Mora’s one tough cookie–-a female sleuth with a conscience and an attitude–fiery, tough, athletic, a dirty fighter when she has to be. The scrappy lead columnist for the Chicago Journal normally writes about politics, and, rather than shying away from fights, she tends to pick them, but every once in a while, Deuce’s search for a good story brings her face to face with more trouble than she was really looking for. In award-winning (including two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist) journalist Jean Heller’s first action-packed mystery featuring the intrepid sleuth, Deuce learns in short order that if you mess with organized crime, you have to be tough—and you’d better be as much detective as reporter. The second volume finds Deuce on the wrong side of the NSA, the FBI and the CIA. At a minimum. Exhausted by these two white-knuckle investigations in one year, Deuce is content to focus on her column until she gains information that could help catch the relentless arsonist whose Burning Rage is consuming Chicago. Fans of hard-boiled female protagonists should hang onto their fedoras– this one’s an action-packed extravaganza!

Shakedowners (affiliate link)

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Author: Woolley, Justin
Humorous Science Fiction

To boldly go where no losers have gone before…

Some starship captains explore strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilisations. Some lead missions of discovery through wormholes to the other side of the galaxy. Then there’s Captain Iridius B. Franklin, someone who spent too long seeking out strange new bars and new alien cocktails.

After graduating bottom of his class at Space Command Academy Iridius Franklin hasn’t had the glamorous career he envisioned, instead he hauls cargo ships full of mining waste, alien land whale dung, and artificially intelligent toy dogs across the stars.

Iridius does have talent though – he is exceptionally good at breaking starships. So, when not hauling freight, he is captain of a shakedown crew, a skeleton crew used to test newly constructed ships for faults before the real crew takes over.

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Author: Dean, Mason
Haunted House Mystery
When Ken and Sally Richardson lost their only daughter to cancer, the glue that held their family together dissolved. Wrecked with grief, Ken and Sally are lost and desperate and on the cusp of bankruptcy from their late daughter’s medical bills. But when a mysterious letter arrives, informing the Richardson family they have won a mountain cabin in Montana’s luxurious Big Sky region, they’re skeptical of the letter’s legitimacy. When the prize turns out to be real, Ken and Sally arrive in Big Sky in hopes of saving themselves from financial ruin. It doesn’t take long for Ken and Sally to realize the cabin comes with strings attached, and as they follow the threads to the truth of why they were chosen, neither are sure if they’ll survive solving the mystery in Big Sky.
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Author: Lewis, Lizzie
Christian Fiction
When Daisy Evans, a.k.a. Amabelia (Bella) Flores gets the result of a DNA test she has taken in an attempt to discover her unknown father, things don’t work out well, and she risks losing her new florist business. Bella asks Janika Jones to investigate, and the result is something neither of them expected.
Janika is also investigating aliens who are apparently landing at night in the field behind Nigel Frampton’s house. Unsurprisingly, the police show no interest at all, so Nigel hires Janika to set up a surveillance camera. Janika has to hope no one finds out what she’s doing, or she will become a laughing stock. However, it turns out that the job is far from laughable, and there’s serious danger involved.
Piers Pillinger wants to make use of Janika’s photographic skills again, and assures her this is a perfectly straightforward job at his own home. Nothing can possibly go wrong ‒ and Janika believes him!
Toby Walton? Well….
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Author: Varma, Tanu
Indian Cooking

Cook Indian with Confidence aims to bring authentic Indian culinary experience to your kitchen. Easy-to-follow, well-tested Indian recipes with lots of tips and tricks to help you make soul-satisfying Indian dishes. All the vibrant and delectable dishes in this book are captured in gorgeous photos to motivate the foodie in you to try them yourself.

This Indian recipe-book contains a good mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with vegan and gluten free alternatives provided for majority of the recipes. If you are a beginner in Indian cooking or you have already tried your hands and want to dive deeper into it, there are plenty of options for you in this book.

Whether you want to choose one dish for a busy weekday or cook an elaborate meal for friends and family, this book has got you covered. It includes:
Indian Restaurant Favourites like Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, Paneer Butter Masala
Classic Home-Style Curries like Tadka Dal, Kadhi Pakora, Potato & Peas Curry
Popular Indian Snacks like Samosa, Onion Bhajiya, Tandoori Platter
Rice & Biryanis like Chicken and Veg Biryani, Chickpeas Pulao, Lamb Yakhni Pulao
Accompaniments like Mango Chutney, Cucumber Raita and Mango Lassi
Indian Desserts like Kesar-Pistachio Kulfi, Mango Cheesecake, Rasmalai Tres Leches Cake, Rose Falooda

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Author: Sands, Lynsay
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Scottish Historical Romance

A Buchanan brother finds a love to treasure in this scintillating historical romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…

After escaping from the English soldiers who attacked her home and imprisoned her in a dungeon, Lady Elysande de Valance is grateful for the rugged Scots who are escorting her to safety in the Highlands. Even with danger dogging their every step, she hadn’t expected to welcome the strong comforting embrace of their leader, Rory Buchanan. They say he’s a healer, but she finds the heat of his touch does so much more…

Let his brothers get married—Rory is too busy tending to the sick to be bothered with wooing a bride. But when he is tasked with accompanying a family friend’s “treasure” to the Highlands, he is surprised to learn the treasure is a beautiful woman on the run—and even more surprised to discover bruises hidden by her veil. Rory makes it his mission to tend to her injuries and protect her, but the thought of losing her makes him realize that perhaps it is his heart that is most in need of healing…

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Author: Burka, Jane B., Lenora M. Yuen
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Time Management in Business
A practical, tested program to overcome procrastination by achieving set goals, managing time, enlisting support, and handling stress.
A must have for anyone who puts things off until tomororw. Based on their workshops and counseling experience, psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen offer a probing, sensitive, and at times humorous look at a problem that affects everyone: students and scientists, secretaries and executives, homemakers and salespeople. Wise, effective, and easy-to-use, Procrastination identifies the reasons we put off tasks-fears of failure, success, control, separation, and attachment-and their roots in our childhood and adult experiences. Burka and Yuen even provide tips on living and working with the procrastinators you may know.
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Author: Durrell, Lawrence
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Classic British & Irish Fiction

One of the most celebrated English writers ever, Lawrence Durrell was a bestselling author whose vivid metafictions pushed the boundaries of modern literature. The cosmopolitan provocateur transcended borders, ideologies, and time in his work, and he’s at the height of his powers in the Avignon Quintet.

More formally daring than the Alexandria Quartet, these sweeping and stylish novels set before, during, and after World War II loosely center on the race to uncover a treasure buried by the Knights Templar. Each reveals a seemingly disparate piece of the puzzle. In Monsieur, it’s the bittersweet return to southern France by a British doctor; in Livia, it’s two sisters driven apart by the rise of Nazism in Europe. In Constance, a Freudian analyst struggles for clarity in a world on fire; in Sebastian, she reconnects with the charismatic cult leader she knew in the deserts of Egypt. And in Quinx, long-buried plots reemerge as the past and future are funneled into the present.

Flame Tree Road: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Patel, Shona
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Romance Literary Fiction

1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood—shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance—Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

Biren’s passionate spirit blossoms as wildly as the blazing flame trees of his homeland. With a law degree, he goes to work for the government to pioneer academic equality for girls. But in a place governed by age-old conventions, progress comes at a price, and soon Biren becomes a stranger among his own countrymen.

Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited. It is in her love that Biren finally finds his home, and in her heart that he finds the hope for a new world.

The Bottle of Tears (affiliate link)

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Author: Alexander, Nick
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Literary Fiction

They all lived through that terrible Christmas. The problem is, they remember it differently…

Sisters Penny and Victoria seem to have nothing in common—except perhaps envy. Penny seems blessed with a perfect work-life balance, though only she knows how underpaid and underappreciated she is, while Victoria appears to have everything she could wish for—along with a growing list of neuroses that keep her teetering on the brink of breakdown.

For years the sisters have been at odds for reasons they don’t quite understand. What they do know is that everything changed on Christmas Eve 1976, when a shocking chain of events fractured the family forever. But when a fresh tragedy strikes, it becomes clear that Victoria remembers a lot more about that horrific day than she’s letting on…

As secrets from their childhood are forced to the surface, the sisters must confront the shadows of the past together. Because, as they come to learn, as long as the truth remains bottled up, their relationships with each other, and to the past, can never heal.

The Final Hunt (affiliate link)

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Author: Cole, Audrey J.
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Psychological Thrillers

Alone in a hunting cabin, off-grid in an untamed wilderness. How does a marriage come to this?
After John disappeared while hunting—presumed dead from a bear attack—Cameron found the crime photos. His role in the recent Seattle serial murders was discovered. The media destroyed her reputation. She lost her dental practice, is on the brink of losing her home.

Everyone has a secret. But if her husband could hide the unimaginable from her, who’s to say he’s truly dead?

“What brings you so far from home?” the Alaska State Trooper had asked. The truth.

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