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The Secret Voices (A Cora Lael Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
When eight-year-old Hannah Perry goes missing in the small Suffolk village of St Just, the community is rocked. Heading up the investigation is Acting DS Rob Minshull, but he’s out of his depth in an investigation full of dead ends. As the kidnapper taunts the police with deliveries of Hannah’s belongings and cryptic notes, her life hangs perilously in danger.
Until Dr Cora Lael enters the picture. A psychologist with a unique ability, Cora’s rare gift allows her to sense emotions attached to discarded objects. When she is shown the first of Hannah’s belongings, she hears the child’s piercing scream.
With few leads on the case, could Cora prove Hannah’s only hope? And as time runs out, can they find Hannah before an unimaginable tragedy occurs…?
In this gripping tale of industrial espionage and murder, author Owen Parr takes you on a journey into the world of genetically modified crops, exposing a web of deceit and greed that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Did Myrna Tucker really commit suicide, or was there something more sinister at play? With NuvoSeed fearing that their intellectual property has been stolen and the company on the brink of a lucrative sale, could they be hiding the truth about Myrna’s death and the server breaches from the acquiring company?
Enter the dynamic duo of Mancuso and O’Brian Investigative Services. Led by former NYPD homicide detective Joey Mancuso and Father Dominic O’Brian, this team of experienced investigators will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. With the addition of Joey’s wife, Marcy Martinez, and the skilled computer researcher, Agnes Smith Persopoulus, they have the perfect combination of skills to tackle this complex case. But they’re not alone – they also have Jimmy Johnson, a brilliant computer hacker, and Lucy Roberts, Joey’s former partner and mentor at the NYPD, on their side.
The Dagger Before Me (The Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
In 1942, no one had heard of a female shamus – not even in New York City — until now. Meet Percy Cole, a newly inaugurated private investigator with a penchant for Marlene Dietrich suits, pistachio nuts, and men’s fedoras. Halloween finds her backstage, during the previews of the latest Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where there’s double, double, toil and trouble. When an actor falls from the overhead catwalk and breaks his neck, it’s only the latest in a series of catastrophes fueling the lore and superstition surrounding Macbeth and its supernatural power since the play’s creation in 1606. In desperation, the producer hires the lady dick to save the show from closing. Armed only with her noodle and a WWI German Mauser pistol, Percy is not sure which is worse, having someone try to kill her or being foisted into the role of Witch Number Two. Is the centuries-old curse coming true or is a killer out to strike terror into the cast and crew of the Scottish play? Percy intends to strike back before anyone else dies.
The Sapphire Astonishment (The Nick Firestone Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
The last time we encountered Nick Firestone (in The People’s Treasure and In the Shadow of Her Hem – Book 4 and 5 of The Jade Owl Legacy) he was a five year old scamp, precocious and filled with the spirit of adventure. Now he’s all grow’d up, as Simone DeFleurry would say, and itching for an occupation worthy of the scratch. It’s 2025 in San Francisco (post-earthquake of 2020) and things have changed for the adventurer as he wakes up to the sparkle of a rare relic – a Chinese hat-pin called The Sapphire Astonishment.
This first Nick Firestone mystery will take you on a wild ride through the city by the bay as young Firestone seeks the provenance of the curious hat-pin and its secrets. Many want this prize, including characters familiar to the readers of The Jade Owl Legacy series, but you won’t need that story to enjoy this one. So, slip into your eShirts and hold on to your gillifrickers for a ride down the hills of San Francisco into the world of the youngest China Hand. Your GlimmerGlasses will never feel the same.
Homemade Healthy Dog Food (affiliate link)
Are you tired of feeding your dog expensive, processed food that doesn’t meet their nutritional needs?
Do you want to provide your furry friend with healthy, homemade meals without spending too much time and money in the kitchen?
Look no further! This 2-in-1 guidebook & cookbook is the ultimate solution for dog lovers who want to ensure their pet is eating well.
Homemade dog food is a simple process that could be integrated with family cooking and not only does this book contain 100+ easy-to-follow and healthy recipes that your dog will love, but it is also a comprehensive guidebook that provide you a detailed info on feeding dogs of all ages and sizes.
Author Dorothy P. Mason shares her best tips to prepare healthy and delicious dog food and teaches you how to choose the right ingredients and avoid common mistakes.
Ebelskivers: Filled Pancakes and Other Mouthwatering Miniatures (affiliate link)
Originally from Denmark, ebelskivers (pronounced “able-skeevers”) are snacks or desserts traditionally served during holidays and at celebrations. Today, cooks offer these puffy, sphere-shaped pancakes with a wide range of sweet and savory toppings and fillings, varying them in countless creative ways. Making ebelskivers requires little more than ingredients you probably already have on hand—milk, eggs, flour—and a special seven-welled pan that forms the pancakes’ unique shape.
Everything you need to know about making these treats is here: from mixing the batter; to cooking and filling the pancakes; to tips for creating perfect ebelskivers every time. Filled with luscious photographs and more than forty tempting recipes—plus recipes for toppings, sauces, and glazes—this book will provide endless inspiration for any occasion. Served any time of day, these delicious recipes will change the way you look at pancakes forever!
How To Retire With Enough Money: And How to Know What Enough Is (affiliate link)
Here is a one-sitting read than can change the course of your retirement. Written by Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, a retirement and savings specialist, and a trustee to two retiree health-care trusts worth over $54 billion, How to Retire with Enough Money cuts through the confusion, misinformation, and bad policy-making that keeps us spending or saving poorly.
It begins with acknowledging what a person or household actually needs to have saved—the rule of thumb is eight to ten times your annual salary before retirement—and how much to expect from Social Security. And then it delivers the basic principles that will make the money grow, including a dozen good ideas to get current expenses under control. Why to get rid of those for-fee (or hidden-fee) financial planners who suck up valuable assets. Why it’s always better to pay off a loan or a mortgage.
Glamping with MaryJane: Glamour + Camping (affiliate link)
Glamping—unleashing your inner wild while wearing a pair of fishing-lure earrings—is for every woman (or man!) who ever had a get-away-from-it-all fantasy (with a few frilly embellishments thrown in). Learn about the never-fail campfire, cooking with cast iron, how to change a flat, and much, much more.
Like the infamous Calamity Jane, who said, “I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one,” MaryJane Butters coined the term glamping years ago when she founded her unusual Idaho canvas wall-tent bed & breakfast, which was featured in The New York Times Magazine and Travel & Leisure as “the place to be.” Legend status achieved, MaryJane lives in Moscow, Idaho, where she runs her many businesses, which include a successful organic farm, product lines, a bed & breakfast, and MaryJanesFarm magazine. This is her fourth book.
Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) (affiliate link)
Barnard’s Crossing, Massachusetts, is thriving. Every year, more young couples move to this cozy New England village to raise their families, and many of them join Rabbi David Small’s synagogue. But the town is jolted out of domestic tranquility when Ellsworth Jordon, the town selectman, is murdered. An outspoken anti-Semite, and one of the town’s richest and most powerful men, it seems like everyone had a reason to dislike Jordan. When he’s murdered, not even the rabbi is surprised.
Police suspicion falls on several upstanding members of the synagogue, so Rabbi Small endeavors to clear them the way only he can—with God at his back and the Talmud in hand. Surprises lurk at every turn as the rabbi narrows down the long list of suspects to find the killer.
Heart of Palm (affiliate link)
Once enlivened by the trade in Palm Sunday palms and moonshine, Utina, Florida, hasn’t seen economic growth in decades, and no family is more emblematic of the local reality than the Bravos. Deserted by the patriarch years ago, the Bravos are held together in equal measure by love, unspoken blame, and tenuously brokered truces.
The story opens on a sweltering July day, as Frank Bravo, dutiful middle son, is awakened by a distress call. Frank dreams of escaping to cool mountain rivers, but he’s only made it ten minutes from the family restaurant he manages every day and the decrepit, Spanish moss–draped house he was raised in, and where his strong-willed mother and spitfire sister—both towering redheads, equally matched in stubbornness—are fighting another battle royale. Little do any of them know that Utina is about to meet the tide of development that has already engulfed the rest of Northeast Florida. When opportunity knocks, tempers ignite, secrets are unearthed, and each of the Bravos is forced to confront the tragedies of their shared past.
I Can Cook Vegan (affiliate link)
Recipes that build your skills—from easy-peasy pasta to more challenging sautés and baked dishes—from the bestselling author of Veganomicon.
Isa Moskowitz learned to cook from cookbooks, recipe by recipe. And after a few decades of writing her own cookbooks, she knows what the people want: easy-to-follow instructions and accessible ingredients.
I Can Cook Vegan is for cooks of all stripes:
The Just-Born, Brand New Cook
The Tried-and-True Seasoned Cook Who Is Tofu-Curious
The Busy Weeknight Pantry Cook (this is everyone)
The Farmers’ Market Junkie Who Looks at All the Pretty Colors
The Reluctant Parent to the Vegan Child
For Anyone Doing Vegan for the Animals
For Anyone Doing Vegan for the Health
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