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The Girls in the Water (Detectives King and Lane Book 1) (affiliate link)
When she woke, she found herself in darkness. She couldn’t move. She was going to die and she had no idea why…
Early one icy winter morning, Detective Alex King is called to a murder scene at a local park. The river is running high, and in the water lies the body of a woman, her wrists tied, and all her fingernails missing.
The victim, beautiful, young Lola Evans, had a troubled past, but Alex’s team can’t find a reason why anyone would want to kill her. The pressure to solve the case keeps mounting, but all their leads run dry.
Then, another body is found in the water.
A disturbing clue suggests how the girls are connected. But who would target such vulnerable girls, and does this mean another life is at risk? Just when Alex thinks she has cracked the case, she realises one of her own team is in terrible danger.
Alex is caught in a race against time to reach the next victim before it’s too late… and some of her team must face terrifying truths from their own lives if they’re to have a chance of catching the killer.
A Marriage of Anything But Convenience (The Billionaire Club Book 1) (affiliate link)
It was a simple marriage of convenience. Just two years. What could possibly go wrong?
Nara couldn’t believe it when her father came up with the crazy idea that she needed to marry Mr. Stuffy himself. Derek Marshall. Sure, he was stinkin’ gorgeous and made her insides quiver. But marry him? She was on her way to getting her dream job as a fashion designer. Well, on her way if you counted getting coffee for someone who had her dream job.
Derek has been in love with Nara all his life. But how can he possibly get her to see it? He’s not cool like the men Nara usually dates. He gets tongue-tied around her. But now they’re married and all he can think about is the clock ticking down until the divorce date.
Can he show her how much he really cares?
Gunning For Angels (The Fallen Angels Trilogy Book 1) (affiliate link)
5 Ingredient Cookbook: Quick and Easy Recipes (affiliate link)
Making homemade meals after a long strenuous day at work is something that can become overwhelming. Using fewer ingredients is the solution! It not only saves time, money, and energy but also make sure you are preparing wholesome meals for your loved ones with the use of the freshest and most flavorful ingredients available. When you choose the right ingredients, you will be surprised at how much you can eliminate from your grocery list. With this collection of five-ingredient meals, we have focused on just that; the bright, fresh flavors of healthy wholesome foods. Inside find:
•Useful tips for cooking with 5 ingredients including shopping for 5 ingredient meals, and kitchen time savers
•Succulent beef recipes like the Jalapeño Beef Pouches
•Mouth-watering chicken recipes like the Asian BBQ Chicken
•Easy pork dishes like the Overstuffed Pork Chops
•Delicious fish and seafood recipes like the Creamy Herb Shrimp Pasta
•Delectable vegetarian and side dish recipes like the Ancient Grain Stuffed Peppers
•Luscious 5 ingredient desserts like the Wildberry Mascarpone Sliders
•Weekend breakfast dishes like the Morning After Eggs in Purgatory
The Last Take (Hollywood Heartthrobs) (affiliate link)
A sunny PA, a grumpy director, and a film to save.
I finally have my foot in the door—Hollywood, here I come!
But there’s a problem: Adam Thorne. My grumpy director boss who speaks exclusively in sarcasm and thinks I’m an idiot. He said I was like one of those singing Christmas toys that never run out of battery.
But when the film goes off the rails, I have to win him over and convince him to stay. I’ve given up everything, including a career in medicine, to see my name in the rolling credits. But working with Adam is no easy task—and neither is ignoring how sexy he is.
No, Evie. Not the point.
Though I am starting to wonder if there’s more to him under his brooding, grouchy exterior…
People are idiots, especially people in LA.
My friends tell me I have ‘ranty old man energy’, but that’s just because I don’t suffer fools, and I have no time for phonies.
So when Evie Miller joins the film crew, I don’t know how to take her. She’s like a real-life Jessica Day; the human incarnation of cotton candy. Who wears bright yellow gumboots in LA? It literally never rains here.
But then there’s a location scout together, one too many tropical cocktails, and the last motel room in walking distance, and everything changes. Maybe people in LA are genuine after all…
Matchbox Memories (affiliate link)
A gentle mystery story laced with warm and insightful humour.
Ian Greefe has always had issues with his parents – the main one being that they aren’t. Settled for many years at the other end of the country, out of the blue he gets a call to arms; he has to care for his mother, who now has Alzheimer’s, while his father is in hospital.
Over the course of a week ‘back home’, secrets gradually come out that make him reassess his views on family life, and come to terms with his own shortcomings as a son and father.
A warm, bittersweet comedy drama full of though-provoking contradictions, here are just some of the quotes from independent reviewers:
So much more than just a comedy – a wonderful, intimate blend of emotions wound up in a slice of ‘real’ life, delivered with mastery.
Bittersweet is the perfect description of this. I loved the humour and poignancy. There were so many brilliant lines that I stopped picking them out and just read.
I loved it, the dialogue was very realistic, the characters were easy to picture.
This is definitely something I would select in a bookstore.
You’re great at really capturing a character with just a turn of phrase or one or two lines.
Cry Of The Kalahari (affiliate link)
In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working alongside animals that had never before been exposed to humans including lions, brown hyenas, jackals, and giraffes. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth. Travelers and animal lovers alike will be instantly captivated by their tale.
The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants (affiliate link)
Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night (affiliate link)
In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of glory. His destination was the uncharted end of the earth: the icy continent of Antarctica.
But de Gerlache’s plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry. After a series of costly setbacks, the commandant faced two bad options: turn back in defeat and spare his men the devastating Antarctic winter, or recklessly chase fame by sailing deeper into the freezing waters. De Gerlache sailed on, and soon the Belgica was stuck fast in the icy hold of the Bellingshausen Sea. When the sun set on the magnificent polar landscape one last time, the ship’s occupants were condemned to months of endless night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness and besieged by monotony, they descended into madness.
The Apollo Murders (affiliate link)
1973: a final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny spaceship, a quarter million miles from home. A quarter million miles from help.
NASA is about to launch Apollo 18. While the mission has been billed as a scientific one, flight controller Kazimieras “Kaz” Zemeckis knows there is a darker objective. Intelligence has discovered a secret Soviet space station spying on America, and Apollo 18 may be the only chance to stop it.
But even as Kaz races to keep the NASA crew one step ahead of their Russian rivals, a deadly accident reveals that not everyone involved is quite who they were thought to be. With political stakes stretched to the breaking point, the White House and the Kremlin can only watch as their astronauts collide on the lunar surface, far beyond the reach of law or rescue.
Full of the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists, and tension of The Hunt for Red October, The Apollo Murders is a high-stakes thriller unlike any other. Chris Hadfield captures the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of space, and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour as only someone who has experienced all of these things in real life can.
Flowers for Algernon (affiliate link)
Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.
As the treatment takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?
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