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Poisoned in Provence (affiliate link)

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Author: Green, Cat
Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Does this French culinary competition conceal a stew of secrets and spells?

Lifestyle journalist Nina leaps into the aromatic embrace of Provence, serving as a judge for a prestigious culinary competition. Accompanying her is her fashionista French Bulldog, Jasper.

Amidst fields of lavender, she’s captivated by Jacques, a chef whose charm intoxicates like the finest French wine.

Their connection simmers instantly, but stirs the ashes of Nina’s past heartbreak, giving her pause. When the head judge succumbs to poison, police point the finger at the gorgeous French chef.

Nina’s world spins.

Driven by her affection for Jacques and belief in his innocence, Nina turns amateur sleuth, risking her coveted magazine career to clear his name.

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Author: Levin, Charles

In NOT SO GONE, Sam Sunborn is forced to come back from the Dead to save his son and protect his country from a sadistic terrorist.

Can the genius scientist, Frank Einstein, free Sam from the Cloud and bring him back so he can return to his wife Monica in the physical world?

With the help of Albert Einstein’s descendant and Homeland Security agents, Michelle Hadar and Rich Little, Sam goes head-to-head against a driven psychopath, known only as The Cub, In a race against time. They must save Sam’s son and thwart the Cub’s diabolical plan or risk endangering millions of innocent lives. Can Sam and his rag-tag team use wit and will alone to prevent a worldwide catastrophe?

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Author: Drake, Isla
Romantic Comedy

Rules for fake dating:

1. Keep things platonic
2. Tell no one
3. No fantasizing about your fake girlfriend

Lucas Wolfe has spent his life trying and failing to live up to his father’s impossible standards. When an opportunity arises to finally get out from under the old man’s thumb, Luke jumps at the chance to land the account of a lifetime. There’s just one problem. The potential client’s wife has taken a liking to Luke and won’t take no for an answer.

Solution: Invent a fake girlfriend. He just needs to find a woman who’ll pretend to be his girlfriend long enough to get the client to sign on the dotted line. He’s even found the perfect woman for the job in local coffee shop owner Piper Brooks.

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Author: Rice, Marianne
Small Town Forbidden Romance

After an altercation with a passenger gets posted on social media, pilot Graham Riley must attend anger management classes to get his wings back. Wanting to escape the media frenzy near his home base in Texas, he heads to his adopted parents’ place in Rocky Harbor, Maine.

Needing steadiness in her life and in a relationship, Maggie O’Fallon only dates men with normal 9-5 jobs. But when Graham walks into her office and flashes his charming steel-blue eyes at her, she’s at a loss for words. Torn between her ethics and the pull at her heart, she asks Graham to see a different therapist so they can explore the chemistry building up between them. He has everything she’s been looking for… except stability.

When a private investigator produces pictures of the two of them together and threatens to discredit not only Graham, but Maggie’s practice as well, he must decide if he’s going to fight, or take flight, as is his usual pattern.

Return To Milburn, Books 1-3 (affiliate link)

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Author: McGovern, Nancy
Culinary Cozy Mystery

We first met Nora Newberry as a determined & talented young baker with a nose for sniffing out murderers in Death At A Diner, the first book in her original series, “A Murder In Milburn”. Now, after a 25 year hiatus, she is back! And there’s a lot to catch up on! So much so that we just had to “Return To Milburn”!

Then her housekeeper is found dead, poisoned by berries…

To make things worse, the new sheriff seems determined to brush her death off and move on. But Nora knows this wasn’t an accident. And, if she wants to see the killer brought to justice, she also knows it’s time for her to spring into action.

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Author: Donovan, Tristan
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Food Science

This social, cultural, and culinary history charts soda’s remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquity. Off-the-wall and offbeat stories abound, including how quack medicine peddlers spawned some of the world’s biggest brands, how fizzy pop cashed in on Prohibition, how soda helped presidents reach the White House, and even how Pepsi influenced Apple’s marketing of the iPod. This history of carbonated drinks follows a seemingly simple everyday refreshment as it zinged and pinged over society’s taste buds and, in doing so, changed the world.

The story of soda is the story of the modern world, a tale of glamorous bubbles, sparkling dreams, big bucks, miracle cures, and spreading waistlines. Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World charts soda’s remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquitous presence in all our lives.

And All the Saints (affiliate link)

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Author: Walsh, Michael
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Crime Action & Adventure

His life of crime began at the age of ten, after he crossed the Atlantic with his family and landed in America. Starting as the leader of the most violent Irish street gang in Hell’s Kitchen, the young immigrant rose to prominence as the leading brewer and bootlegger in Prohibition-era New York. In due course, he also became Mae West’s lover; the founder and proprietor of the Cotton Club; the owner of five heavyweight champions; the man who gave his childhood friend George Raft his big break in Hollywood; and more.

This vivid historical novel, written in the form of a fictionalized memoir, uses Madden’s voice to trace his life from his boyhood in England to his early twentieth-century heyday and beyond.

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Author: Nataraj, Nirmala
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Take a tour of the universe with this breathtaking collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. Astonishing images of Earth from above, the phenomena of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space will captivate readers and photography lovers with an interest in science, astronomy, and the great beyond. Each extraordinary photograph from the legendary space agency is paired with explanatory text that contextualizes its place in the cosmic ballet of planets, stars, dust, and matter—from Earth’s limb to solar flares, the Jellyfish Nebula to Pandora’s Cluster. Featuring a preface by Bill Nye, this engaging ebook offers up-close views of our remarkable cosmos, and sparks wonder at the marvels of Earth and space.
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Author: Shoyer, Paula
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Kosher Cooking

Paula Shoyer offers a thoroughly modern approach to Jewish holiday baking that includes both contemporary and traditional recipes, including 45 that have been skillfully adapted for Passover. Even less-observant Jews will enjoy celebrating the holidays with these innovative and delectable desserts, including an exquisite Raspberry and Rose Macaron Cake—plus dozens of low-sugar, gluten-free, and nut-free treats to enjoy all year.

This comprehensive collection of delicious, fail-proof baked goods, both dairy and parve, revolutionizes holiday desserts for the High Holy Days, Shavuot, Purim, Sukkot, Chanukah, and Passover.

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Author: Jackson, Steve
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Violence in Society

A little before midnight on May 30, 1997, fourteen-year-old Brandy DuVall waited at a bus stop in the Denver area for a ride back to her grandparents’ home after spending the evening at a friend’s. She was wearing a bright-red Chicago Bulls jersey bearing the number of her favorite player, Michael Jordan.

It was the shirt that attracted the five young Bloods gang members in the car that circled the block and came back to where she stood. Why Brandy got in the car that night would remain an unanswered question. Was it voluntary? Was she abducted?

Whatever the answer, the consequence was an unimaginable nightmare of torture, rape, and murder at the hands of a vicious Denver street gang, particularly “Pancho,” a violent psychopath, and other members of the Deuce-Seven. The crime, the investigation, the betrayals and deals cut with the devil, and the subsequent court cases—including four murder trials and two death penalty hearings—tore apart families, and affected all who were caught up in the brutal crime and its aftermath.

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