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FIRST CASE: Murder Alley (affiliate link)

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Author: Stelljes, Roger
Crime Thriller
A prestigious job at a top law firm, a beautiful home, and a gorgeous wife all made for an ideal life. But then life gets in the way and changes the course you have selected. For Mac McRyan, a family tragedy meant forgoing a lucrative legal career for one in the “family business” – the St. Paul Police Department. After four years as a cop, the ruggedly handsome Mac crosses the crime scene tape for the first time as a homicide detective. The back alley murder of a young trial lawyer from a high-profile law firm doesn’t add up. In an emotionally charged investigation full of unexpected twists and turns, Mac will need to follow a convoluted trail of evidence, secrets, and hidden agendas to help solve a murder mystery that is his 1st case.
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Author: Halliday, Gemma
Cozy Culinary Mystery

The Oak Valley Vineyard has been in Emmy Oak’s family for generations. So when the small Sonoma winery is suddenly in financial trouble and in danger of being gobbled up by the corporate giants, Emmy moves home to try to save her legacy with her modern culinary know-how. First step—she throws a party showcasing her latest vintage and signature tasty treats to a group of wine country’s most elite enthusiasts. Only when one of her VIP guests sips a glass of poisoned wine and dies in her cellar, Emmy’s name is on everyone’s lips for all the wrong reasons.

The victim was the young, boy-toy husband of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful female CEOs… and his playboy ways and suspicious spending habits have almost no one mourning his death. Enter Detective Christopher Grant, recent SFPD transplant, who is assigned to the case and immediately homes in on Oak Valley.

Bait (affiliate link)

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Author: Cross, Amy
British Horror Fiction

For many years, Doggett Farm has looked empty and abandoned from the outside. Everyone in the area knows, however, that one person still lives there…

Five years ago, Hannah Doggett’s father went on a rampage with a chainsaw. He killed Hannah’s mother and sister, and he would have killed Hannah too if she hadn’t managed to defend herself at the last moment. Now horribly scarred, Hannah Doggett is said to live a reclusive life on the farm, never venturing out and never meeting anyone.

Until today.

Lured onto the property by a chance to steal some scrap metal, three local men are about to discover the horrific truth about the farm. Convinced that Hannah’s watching their every move, they nevertheless dare one another to go closer and closer to the farmhouse itself, until a fateful accident leaves them trapped inside. That’s when they start hearing strange noises, and they soon discover that Hannah has kept a few reminders of her ordeal. But that’s not all, because Hannah – and Doggett Farm – would seem to be hiding an even more horrifying secret.

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Author: Lovett, London
Cozy Culinary Mystery

For amateur sleuth Scottie Ramone, the only thing better than a hot, fresh cinnamon roll is an intriguing new mystery to solve!

Scottie recently made some life-changing decisions. (One might even call them rash.) She’s turned her whole world upside down and desperately wants to set it upright. After wallowing for a good month in her grandmother’s cottage in Ripple Creek, the small mountain town where she spent most of her childhood, Scottie sets off, determined to leave the past behind and fulfill her dream of starting a bakery.

In the midst of planning her new business, Scottie learns how to tamp down feelings for her childhood crush, meets new, interesting friends and stumbles upon a murder. It’s not the first time Scottie’s found herself at a murder scene and, once again, she’s intrigued. Now, the question is—was this a case of mistaken identity or did the killer know exactly what they were doing?

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Author: Crear, K L
Women’s Humorous Fiction

Lottie Potts is happy enough – or so she thinks. Her life is slowly ticking away as she spends her days watching old films and daydreaming about another, better, version of herself.

But Lottie isn’t one for change. That is until a blonde bombshell blows into town and knocks her husband Daniel completely off his feet.

Lottie is forced to take a long hard look at herself. She is fat, in her forties and thoroughly fed up. Does she fight for her husband and the safe predictable life she knows? Or is revenge, like her favourite ice cream, a dish best served cold?

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Author: Press, BookSumo
Soup & Stew Cooking
Here is a Preview of the delicious Potato Soups you will learn:
Louisiana Style Crawfish Red Potato Soup
Potato Soup Infinite Loop
Kale and Potato Soup
Potato Soup Moroccan Style
Gourmet Potato Soup
Cream Cheese Hash Brown Potato Soup
A Purely Potato Soup
200 Calorie Potato Soup
Southwestern Potato Soup
Snowy Night Muenster Potato Soup
5-Ingredient Potato Soup
Yukon Au Gratin Potato Soup
Thailand Summer Sweet Potato Soup
A Vegan’s Potato Soup
Much, much more!
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Author: Caldwell, Christi
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Victorian Historical Romance

Alexandra Bradbury and Dallin McQuoid are neighbors who couldn’t be more different. She’s prim, mindful, and skittish of social improprieties. Dallin is slightly scandalous, boisterously charming, and unbothered by gossip. On an unexpected night of magic forged under the stars, they discover what they do have in common. Could theirs be a rare love match that might last forever?

But everything changes in a heartbeat: a death in the Bradbury family, financial ruin, and Alexandra’s betrothal to a wickedly wealthy marquess. Alexandra is expected to do what’s best for her family, regardless of her heart.

Until another crisis arises, and the dutiful daughter must embark on a journey with the waggish lord across the street to prevent a catastrophe for both of their families.

The Undertaker’s Assistant (affiliate link)

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Author: Skenandore, Amanda
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Post-Civil War Era Novel

“The dead can’t hurt you. Only the living can.” Effie Jones, a former slave who escaped to the Union side as a child, knows the truth of her words. Taken in by an army surgeon and his wife during the War, she learned to read and write, to tolerate the sight of blood and broken bodies—and to forget what is too painful to bear. Now a young freedwoman, she has returned south to New Orleans and earns her living as an embalmer, her steady hand and skillful incisions compensating for her white employer’s shortcomings.

Tall and serious, Effie keeps her distance from the other girls in her boarding house, holding tight to the satisfaction she finds in her work. But despite her reticence, two encounters—with a charismatic state legislator named Samson Greene, and a beautiful young Creole, Adeline—introduce her to new worlds of protests and activism, of soirees and social ambition. Effie decides to seek out the past she has blocked from her memory and try to trace her kin. As her hopes are tested by betrayal, and New Orleans grapples with violence and growing racial turmoil, Effie faces loss and heartache, but also a chance to finally find her place . . .

North of Nowhere (affiliate link)

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Author: Brennan, Allison
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After five years in hiding from their murderous father, the day Kristen and Ryan McIntyre have been dreading has arrived: Boyd McIntyre, head of a Los Angeles crime family, has at last tracked his kids to a small Montana town and is minutes away from kidnapping them. They barely escape in a small plane, but gunfire hits the fuel line. The pilot, a man who has been raising them as his own, manages to crash land in the middle of the Montana wilderness. The siblings hike deep into the woods, searching desperately for safety—unaware of the severity of the approaching storm.

Boyd’s sister Ruby left Los Angeles for the Army years ago, cutting off contact in order to help keep her niece and nephew safe and free from the horrors of the McIntyre clan. So when she gets an emergency call that the plane has gone down with the kids inside, she drops everything to try save them.

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Author: Confino, Sara Goodman
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Women’s Humorous Fiction

Lily Weiss is her mother’s worst nightmare: thirty-two and single—the horror! She’s also a talented writer but hides behind a boring job at a science foundation. To her friends, she’s reliable and selfless, which is how she winds up a bridesmaid in five weddings in six weeks. Anything for her three best friends and two (younger) siblings, right? Even if her own love life is…well, she’d rather not talk about it. To keep her sanity, Lily needs a safe place to vent.

And so her anonymous blog, Bridesmania, is born. The posts start pouring out of her: all the feels about mom-zillas, her vanishing bank balance, the wicked bridesmaids of the west, high-strung brides-to-be, body-shaming dress clerks, bachelorette parties, and Spanx for days, not to mention being deemed guardian of eighty-eight-year-old Granny (who enjoys morning mimosas in the nude) for her brother’s destination wedding.

So far the blog has stayed anonymous. But as everyone knows, few things online remain secret forever…

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