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Holiday Murder (Lucy Stone #25)

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Holiday Murderby Leslie Meier

Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Kensington
4 Stars

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Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets (Happy Hoofers Mystery #3)

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Cancans, Croissants, and Casketsby Mary McHugh

Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Kensington
3 Stars

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If the Haunting Fits, Wear It (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #5)

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If the Haunting Fits, Wear It (Haunted Vintage Mystery #5)by Rose Pressey

Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
3.5 Stars

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Red Velvet Whippersnapper Cookies by Joanne Fluke

DO NOT preheat your oven quite  yet— this cookie dough needs  to chill before baking.

1 box (approximately 18 ounces) red velvet cake mix, the kind that makes a 9-inch by 13-inch cake (I used Duncan  Hines)

1 large egg, beaten (just whip it up in a glass with  a fork)

2 cups of Original  Cool Whip, thawed (measure this—a  tub of Cool Whip  contains a little over 3 cups and that’s too much!)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup semi-sweet MINI chocolate chips

(I used Nestle)

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1⁄2  cup powdered (confectioners) sugar (you don’t have to sift it unless it’s got big lumps)

small jar of red maraschino cherries, cut in half vertically and without stems

Pour  HALF of the  dry cake mix into  a large bowl.

Use a smaller  bowl to mix the  two cups of Cool Whip with the beaten egg and  the vanilla extract. Stir gently with a rubber spatula  until  everything is combined.

Add the Cool Whip mixture to the cake mix in the  large  bowl. STIR VERY CAREFULLY with a wooden  spoon  or a rubber spatula.  Stir only until  everything  is combined.  You don’t want to stir all the air from the Cool Whip. Continue reading “Red Velvet Whippersnapper Cookies by Joanne Fluke”

The End or Is It?

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NEWSFLASH: CozyNookBks is the randomly selected winner of Linda Lovely’s book! Check your email – she’ll be contacting you. And congrats!

By Sherry where summer temperatures have returned even after Barb warned me if I put socks on last weekend it was the end of summer.

I see posts on Facebook all the time where an author happily announces that they just typed “The End” for their latest book. I have a confession. I’ve never typed it myself. I’ve obviously finished books, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to type those two little words.

Maybe I’m superstitious about it for some reason. I remember hearing author John Dufresne say at readings he won’t tell people what page he’s reading from because he might change the wording to make a sentence better as he goes along. And I always wonder when in the process other authors are typing…

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Cover Reveal! Mischance: Corsets And Carriages #1 by Carla Susan Smith

Part One of the Corsets and Carriages serial novels

“The Hall . . . the estate . . .”

“Will all have to be sold.”

After her fortune is squandered by her drunken gambler of a father, Catherine Davenport must accept the charity of a cousin she has never met. But the household of Phillip Davenport is anything but welcoming. Catherine barely survives a brutal attack that shatters her body and severs her memory. A harrowing rescue on the London docks takes her into the home of two brothers: Rian and Liam Connor.

“Trust him . . . he will not hurt you.”

Mystery and scandal surround Rian, recently returned from a plantation in the Americas. As Catherine struggles to reclaim her identity, she must fight her overwhelming desire for the man who saved her life. But Rian, she learns, has come home for a wedding, and Catherine fears her enigmatic rescuer is already spoken for. How can a woman with no memory, no family, no home, hope to win the heart of London’s most intriguing rogue?

National Reading Group Month

THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by Ellen Marie Wiseman been named a 2017 Great Group Reads selection by the Women’s National Book Association and the National Reading Group Month Committee!

 

 

From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets—beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s.

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn’t allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She’s never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it’s for Lilly’s own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time—and sold to the circus sideshow.

More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents’ estate and horse farm. For Julia, home was an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms, and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl. Continue reading “National Reading Group Month”

Review of The Persian Always Meow Twice and Purring Around The Christmas Tree

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The Persian Always Meows Twice

A Cat Groomer Mystery, Book #1

Eileen Watkins

5 Stars

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Cat lovers are thrilled to welcome an expert groomer to the picturesque town of Chadwick. But scratch below the surface, and unmasking a killer becomes a game of cat and mouse . . .

Professional cat grooming isn’t all fluff–when the fur starts flying, Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats, handles her feistiest four-legged clients with a caring touch and nerves of steel. While these qualities certainly help keep her business purring, they also come in handy when she makes a house call to her best client, millionaire George DeLeuw, and discovers his murdered body next to his newly orphaned Persian, Harpo.

To help the local police find the actual killer, Cassie begins her own investigation. But no one, from George’s housekeeper to his vindictive ex-wife, is giving up clues. Not until Cassie…

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MY NETGALLEY HAUL THIS WEEK!

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Okay, after last week, when I received TWELVE arcs from Netgalley, I tried to control myself this week.

Here is what I was approved for this week:

How about you? Were you approved for any books this week from Netgalley?

Have a great weekend and thank you for reading!!

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KK~another autumn~_Susan

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