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Old Knives Tale (A Minerva Biggs Mystery Book 2) (affiliate link)
When Minerva identifies a murder weapon as a priceless sixteenth-century artifact, she’s sure her eyes must be deceiving her. Even by Bryd Hollow standards, five hundred years seems like an absurd amount of time to hold a grudge.
The knife can’t possibly be real. Can it? Each bizarre secret she uncovers leaves Minerva more determined to get to the bottom of the blade’s origins. But the deeper she digs, the more she angers and alienates her new friends. And the police. And possibly a few unsavory criminals.
With nobody left on her side except her dog (and even he’s getting a little mad), Minerva will have to risk everything to reveal the truth and unmask a killer. Her almost perfect new life might just depend on it.
Twice The Trouble: A Roberts and Bradley Classic Crime Double Bill – Luck and Judgment and Rite To Silence (affiliate link)
Gail Everett must have justice from the corporation which destroyed her father’s life. No courtroom has ever found against them. But outside the courtroom there are many kinds of justice…
Gail hires private investigators Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley, handing them the secret file supplied by her father. As the PIs begin to unpick the mystery – some serious villains appear in their lives. This case will not be without risk or danger… And as a violent gangster closes in Eva and Dan discover just how deadly their mission has become…
Friends are divided. Young women are murdered on the streets. Private detectives Roberts and Bradley are snared in the dark heart of a thirty-year-old nightmare…
Tess’s Tale (The Chanel Series Book 3) (affiliate link)
It’s been twenty-five years since that hellish night. Twenty-five years of living in denial, and Tess still doesn’t want to think about it. But now her daughter, Chanel, is insisting that she spill the beans.
So Tess must cast her mind back to a life of passion and betrayal, to a time of violence and death, and she must face her past to tell us… what really happened to Lou the Brain.
The Flower Arraignment: A (The Garden Shop Book 1) (affiliate link)
A florist, a fire, and a socialite’s murder. . .
Emma Collins, the owner of the local flower shop, is a green thumb extraordinaire with a bit of a perfectionist quirk and an insatiable desire to solve mysteries. Once she sets her mind to something, she doesn’t stop until she figures it out.
When Emma reads about a seemingly innocent house fire in the local newspaper, she immediately suspects that there is more to the story. With the help of her best friend, she uncovers some clues and finds a body. Was the fire really an accident?
With the green light from the local sheriff’s office, she sets out on her own investigation. Turns out their quiet little town has more going on than she could have guessed. Can she and her best friend solve the murder before more bodies hit the ground?
Most people are hooked once they get a taste of Punjabi cooking, and you’ll be happy to be able to recreate the wonderful dishes using the helpful recipes in this book.
What may first surprise you about Punjabi food is the variety of dishes made. For meat lovers, there is Amritsari Machchi (fish with seasoned breading), Tandoori Chicken, Bhuna Gosht (spiced mutton) and Butter Chicken, among others.
Are you a vegetarian? There are many dishes you will enjoy, too like Dal Makhni (black lentil dal), Chole Bhature (chick pea curry and flatbread) and Sarson ka Saag (vegetarian greens & spices), and more. The lush fields of the Punjab region offer many ingredients to traditional dishes. The food of Punjabis is much like the people themselves – robust, rich and full of life. Tandoori food in its most authentic form comes from Punjab today.
A Nobody in a Somebody World: My Hollywood Life in Beverly Hills (affiliate link)
With wit, charm, and a healthy dose of self-deprecation, Lorraine takes us on a wild ride through her life as an anonymous observer in Hollywood’s glitzy, glamorous world.
From her disastrous experience in the film industry to when she was featured in the Ladies Home Journal magazine (and it didn’t go quite as planned), Lorraine has had her fair share of ups and downs. But her ability to find humor in even the darkest moments makes this book such a delight to read.
And, let’s not forget about that time she appeared on a #1 game show, and her reputation was left in shambles. But as Lorraine reminds us, truth is way funnier than fiction. And she certainly has no shortage of hilarious, sometimes bawdy, stories to tell.
So whether you’re a somebody or a nobody, “A Nobody in a Somebody World” is the perfect escape from the real world. Get ready to laugh, cringe, and maybe even shed a tear (but only from laughing too hard). Lorraine may be a nobody, but she’s a comedic genius in our eyes.
The Music of Love (The Academy of Love Book 1) (affiliate link)
Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard’s gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn’t anticipated is the life-altering impact that her mesmerizing new employer has on her.
Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjoyable these days, and he’ll be damned if he allows his albinism to keep him from everything he loves. Bringing a private music tutor into his home is disruptive, but it’s the only solution. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared him for the overwhelming attraction he feels toward his fiery new employee.
It’s not long before a shared passion for music develops into something infinitely deeper. But when ghosts from the past—along with some very dark secrets—emerge to threaten everything they’ve built, can Stacy and Portia continue to make beautiful music together? Or will their happily ever after end on a painful, discordant note?
Bomber Command (affiliate link)
This award-winning classic of WWII military history chronicles the Royal Air Force’s bombing campaign against Germany.
RAF Bomber Command’s air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany was one of the most epic campaigns of World War II. The struggle began meekly in 1939 with only a few aircraft—Whitleys, Hampdens, and Wellingtons—flying blindly through the night on their ill-conceived bombing runs. It ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes, equipped with the best of British wartime technology, blazing whole German cities in a single night.
In Bomber Command, originally published to critical acclaim in the UK, famed British military historian Sir Max Hastings offers a captivating analysis of the strategy and decision-making behind one of World War II’s most violent episodes. With firsthand descriptions of the experiences of aircrew from 1939 to 1945—based on one hundred interviews with veterans—and a harrowing narrative of the experiences of Germans on the ground during the September 1944 bombing of Darmstadt, Bomber Command is widely recognized as a classic account of one of the bloodiest campaigns in World War II history.
Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order (affiliate link)
When Bob Tarte and his wife Linda brought a rabbit into their rural Michigan home, they didn’t anticipate how it might upset their tranquil lives. But even after the bunny chewed through their electrical wiring, their household menagerie kept growing. Soon, Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, and spoon-feeding an assortment of furry and feathery residents. He unwittingly became a servant to a relentlessly demanding family. “They dumbfounded him, controlled and teased him, took their share of his flesh, [and] stole his heart” (Kirkus Reviews).
In this loving memoir of the joy and madness of living with animals, Bob offers “dead-on character portraits, [and] keeps readers laughing about unreliable pet store proprietors, a duck named Hector who doesn’t like water, an amorous dove named Howard, a foster-mother goose, patient veterinarians and increasingly bewildered friends” (Publishers Weekly).
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease (affiliate link)
Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between care partners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to:
· cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression
· help the patient talk about the illness
· face the issue of driving
· make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible
· adjust room design for the patient’s comfort
· deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression
First Things First (affiliate link)
Stephen R. Covey’s First Things First is the gold standard for time management books. His principle-centered approach for prioritizing gives you time management tips that enable you to make changes and sacrifices needed in order to obtain happiness and retain a feeling of security. First Things First: The Interactive Edition takes Dr. Covey’s philosophy and remasters the entire text to include easy-to-understand infographics, analysis, and more.
This time-saving version of First Things First is the efficient way to apply Dr. Covey’s tested and validated time management tips, while retaining his core message. This guide will help you:
• Get more done in less time
• Develop and retain rich relationships
• Attain inner peace
• Create balance in your life
• And, put first things first
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