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Author: Bond, Martha
Historical Cozy Mystery

Murder mystery at the manor!

After months of travel, former maid, Lottie Sprigg, returns to Fortescue Manor in the rolling hills of Shropshire. Her arrival coincides with a celebratory dinner to mend a family feud. But the flow of champagne dwindles to a trickle when a body is found in the library…

Who committed the atrocity? Suspicion falls on several characters: some above stairs and some below. The local detective has his work cut out, and Lottie feels sure her sleuthing skills will help. With her trusty dog companion, Rosie, she embarks on the task.

But detective work can be dangerous. And when the killer strikes again, Lottie realises no corner of Fortescue Manor is safe.

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Author: St. James, Brooke
Clean & Wholesome Romance

Mac Klein had made a series of disciplined life choices. He was now thirty years old and a successful professional athlete. He lived in a beautiful mansion in Seattle with plenty of room to surround himself with family and friends. He devoted all his time and energy to his career, and he had no interest in starting a serious relationship with a woman.

He certainly would never think of looking up his childhood crush on social media so he could contact her in an effort to reconnect. Mac would never do that. He wasn’t even the social media type. His sister, Katie, was, but she wouldn’t do something as bold as reaching out to Morgan Lake on his behalf (and without his permission).

Or maybe she would. After all, sometimes a little family interference was necessary when love was on the line.

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Author: Deas, Jason
Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Birdsongs is a fast-paced mystery centered on former FBI agent, Benny James. Fired from the FBI for inadvertently sleeping with the perp in a murder case, he tries to disappear to a houseboat and retirement.

Not having what it takes to relax, Benny starts a service offering discreet investigations. That is until a body is found crucified near his marina. The local police department requests Benny’s help and he knows if he can catch the killer, redemption is his. The Chief gives Benny and the department ten days to solve the crimes before he promises to request the help of the FBI.

As the case grows, grabbing national attention, and the murders continue, the media soon fills the normally quiet town. Media goddess, Rachael Martin arrives and adds spice to an already flavorful mix.

A few newcomers straggle in as well. An ex-convict fresh out of prison from a thirty year murder rap slinks in unnoticed with revenge on his mind. Days later, a Greyhound bus delivers a strange young man raised by deaf-mute parents from deep within the Ozark Mountains. An old newspaper clipping and a dark secret pulls him to town.

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Author: Caves, Harriet
Historical Regency Romance

“Help me with my wish list and your secret will be safe, your grace.”

Upon her debut, a masked man kissed and ruined Emma. But after spending seven years in seclusion repenting for her sins, she is back in London with a new resolve. She is to take back the years she lost and enjoy life on her own terms.

As the second son, Asher enjoyed a life of pleasure and no responsibility. But when he had to step up as the Duke of Irondale despite his mother’s disdain, he made her a promise. He would ensure to keep his family’s reputation intact.

Until… Emma finds herself kissing the same rake all over again. And when she finally discovers who the man behind the mask is, she asks him to help her fulfill her wishes before adding one final thing at the bottom of her list:
Ruin the Duke of Irondale’s reputation.

undone (Burt Bigsley Book 1) (affiliate link)

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Author: Deas, Jason
Private Investigator Mysteries

Since Burt retired at fifty-two, he’s been bored. After a chance encounter with a mugger he decides he might just be meant to save the world one crime at a time. And voilà, Burt’s Private Investigations is born.

Before he knows it, he’s in deep and possibly over his head. He stumbles onto a dead body, which turns out to be the daughter of the town’s country club owner who has rumblings of mob ties in his past.

The clues lead him all over the North Georgia mountains, but the most intriguing ones lead to an end of the world compound and its charismatic leader.

Thrown into a bizarre new world, Burt uses his humor to charm potential suspects, his eccentric friends to aid in his discoveries, and his new zest for life to charge directly ahead into the unknown as he learns on the job how to catch a killer.

The Amish Wedding Match (affiliate link)

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Author: Schrock, Hannah
Amish Romance

Another broken courtship. A meddling mother. And a brush with death that changes everything.

Naomi Schrock is at a crossroads. After breaking off a brief courtship, her mother is eager to play matchmaker and find her daughter a suitable husband.

Handsome Amish farmer Leroy Smoker seems a perfect choice.

But when Naomi goes on a buggy ride with him, she doesn’t feel a magical spark. She thinks that there is an obvious barrier to their relationship.

When Naomi’s life is put in danger, she finds herself rescued by a most unlikely man. She knows she must choose between her mother’s ideas and her own heart.

When her best friend Elizabeth Weaver announces that she is marrying Elijah Hershberger in a matter of weeks, Naomi plots the perfect scheme to ensure she ends up with the right man for her.

However, Naomi is soon to find that the path to true love never runs smoothly.

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Author: Bombeck, Erma
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Parenting & Family Humor

As far as Erma can tell, her life is going well. Her children speak to her, her husband smiles at her, and she’s capable of looking in a mirror without screaming. But her friends know better. No matter how happy Erma thinks she is, she’s in need of help, and the only way to fulfillment is a ten-foot stack of self-improvement books. From Sensual Needlepoint to Fear of Buying, Erma will try them all. One book recommends bringing roleplay into the bedroom, so she dresses up in her son’s football pads. She tries to meditate but gets stuck in the lotus position. She spends more time in the kitchen but only succeeds in melting her son’s retainer. No matter how hard she tries to improve her family life, her schemes keep backfiring. As she soon learns, you may not always be able to fix what’s not broken—but with enough self-help books, you can break anything you want. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erma Bombeck including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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Author: Swift, Jessica
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Creativity Self-Help

Discover the healing power of making art—learn how you can process feelings of stress, change, uncertainty, grief, and fear as you create.

In Art for Self-Care, artist, designer, and online instructor Jessica Swift outlines a path to healing through artmaking for both artists and non-artists alike.

Going Inward offers guidance on how to get quiet, embrace the swirl of emotions and nonlinear thoughts without editing or judging, and identify and tune in to one’s authentic inner voice, along with prompts for expressing those messages.
Inside Out shares advice on mediums and techniques to try, finding inspiration, and incorporating personal symbols, and emphasizes the value of simply showing up, allowing for mistakes, and focusing on the process rather than on the finished piece.
Integrating and Honoring reveals how to accept healing and honor one’s truth and make a commitment to engage in an intuitive art practice.

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Author: Montefiore, Santa
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Women’s Domestic Life Fiction

England, 1932: Grace Hamblin is growing up on the beautiful estate of the Marquiss and Marchioness of Penselwood. The beekeeper’s daughter, she knows her place and her future—that is until her father dies and leaves her alone. Her childhood friend Freddie has recently become her lover, and she is thankful when they are able to marry and take over her father’s duties. But there is another man whom she just can’t shake from her thoughts…

Massachusetts, 1973: Grace’s daughter, Trixie Valentine, is in love with an unsuitable boy. Jasper Duncliffe is wild and romantic, and in a band that might be going somewhere. But when his brother dies and he is called home to England, Jasper promises to come back for Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him. Thinking Trixie is surely abandoned, Grace tries to reach out to her daughter, but Trixie brushes off her mother’s advice and comfort, sure Jasper’s love for her was real…

Both mother and daughter are searching for love and happiness, unaware of the secrets that bind them. To find what they most truly desire they must confront the secrets of the past, and unravel the lies told long ago.

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Author: Wyrick, Jason
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Mexican Cooking

The bestselling author of Vegan Tacos explores the magic of Mexico’s regional cooking—exotic flavors that you can enjoy without leaving your kitchen.

Jason’s delicious recipes capture the essence of the moles of Oaxaca, the Mayan legacy of the Yucatan, the smoky chile flavors of Zacatecas, the fruit-centric Southern regions, the Spanish influence of Veracruz, and the street food of Mexico City. Recipes include:
Oaxacan-Style Black Beans
Potato and Drunken Bean Gorditas
Chilled Avocado Soup
Tofu and Tortillas in Red Salsa
Creamy Green Enchiladas
Mushroom Crêpes in Poblano Chile Sauce
Flan with Apricot Preserves
Muddled Sage Margarita

A leading authority in vegan Mexican cooking, Jason shares the core concepts for making authentic Mexican cuisine and ties the recipes to their place in the story of Mexico. Readers will come away with a new understanding and admiration for the diversity and flavors of Mexico and be inspired to make delectable main dishes, soups, spreads, sandwiches, breads, desserts, snacks, and much more.

What We Become: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Pérez-Reverte, Arturo
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Historical Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

In 1928, aboard the Cap Polonio—a lavish transatlantic cruise ship bound for Buenos Aires—Max Costa locks eyes with Mecha Inzunza across the first-class ballroom. They are an unlikely match. He is a thief, sleek and refined, hired to dance with unaccompanied passengers. She is the elegant wife of an accomplished composer, accustomed only to luxury. But as they embrace in a fiery tango, a steamy and dangerous love affair ignites—following them from the ship’s gentle sways in the Atlantic night to the seedy decadence of Buenos Aires. Yet as quickly as their affair begins, the two lovers are torn apart.

In Nice, 1937, Max and Mecha’s lives intersect for a second time and they rekindle their dalliance with ease. But in the wake of a perilous mission gone awry, Mecha looks after her charming paramour until a deadly encounter with a Spanish spy forces Max to flee.

Decades later in Sorrento at the height of the Cold War, Max once again runs into trouble—and Mecha. Their attraction is undeniable but with KGB agents on Max’s trail, the small glimmer of hope is becoming increasingly dim.

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Author: Olsen, David, Bevilacqua, Michelle, Hayes, Justin Cord
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Vocabulary, Slang & Word Lists

Do you know what “quatrefoil” and “impolitic” mean? What about “halcyon” or “narcolepsy”?

This book is a handy, easy-to-read reference guide to the proper parlance for any situation. In this book you will find: Words You Absolutely Should Know (covert, exonerate, perimeter); Words You Should Know But Probably Don’t (dour, incendiary, scintilla); Words Most People Don’t Know (schlimazel, thaumaturgy, epergne); Words You Should Know to Sound Overeducated (ad infinitum, nugatory, garrulity); Words You Probably Shouldn’t Know (priapic, damnatory, labia majora); and more.

Whether writing an essay, studying for a test, or trying to impress friends, family, and fellow cocktail party guests with their prolixity, you will achieve magniloquence, ebullience, and flights of rhetorical brilliance.

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