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New Releases For The Week Of May 14th, 2017–Part 4

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Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 14th, 2017.  Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next four days.  Here is the final day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

32943903Historical seamstress Daria Dembrowski has her work cut out for her as she searches for a killer’s pattern . . .

Daria has come up with a brilliant new plan to expand her seamstress business beyond stitching wedding gowns—historical sewing. And with Civil War re-enactors setting up camp in her hometown of Laurel Springs, Pennsylvania, she has plenty of opportunities, including one client playing a Confederate colonel who’s a particular stickler for authenticity.

But soon the small-town peace starts coming apart at the seams as an antique doll is stolen from a…

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Promised to the Crown (Daughters of New France #1)

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Promised to the Crown (Daughters of New France #1)byAimie K. Runyan

Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Kensington
5 Stars

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Review of Hospitality and Homicide

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Hospitality And Homicide

A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #8

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars
30049472Synopsis:

A visit to the serene coastal town of South Cove, California, could make anybody feel refreshed and inspired. But as Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—discovers, some folks won’t live to tell about it . . .

Mystery author Nathan Pike checked into South Cove Bed & Breakfast to compose a compelling novel, not commit murder. But things get real when a rival B&B owner ends up exactly like the victim in his draft—undeniably dead. As Nathan prepares to complete his magnum opus behind bars, Jill’s the only one who can prove his innocence and deconstruct the plot of a twisted killer! (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I really enjoy spending time with Jill, Aunt Jackie, Greg, Toby and all of the other employees of Coffee, Books and…

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Inside the Author’s Studio with Sherry Harris

The Girl with Book Lungs

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  1. What is your favorite word?  Flummoxed – it’s fun to say and it explains so much in a simple word.
  2. What is your least favorite word?  Wakeup – no explanation required, right?
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?  Walks through the woods near my house or by any body of water.
  4. What turns you off?  Angry people
  5. What is your favorite curse word?  I’m not much for swearing and usually resort to saying sugar or fudge (unless I stub my toe, then it’s full on!).
  6. What sound or noise do you love?  Birds chattering as they settle down for the night.
  7. What sound or noise do you hate?  The timer on our oven.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  I’d love to conduct an orchestra.
  9. What profession would you not like to do?  Anything…

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Murder Go Round (Witch City Mystery #4)

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Murder Go Round (Witch City Mystery, #4)byCarol J. Perry

Paperback, 364 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
4.5 Stars

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Give MOM the gift of BOOKS!

Charlie Donlea, one of the most original new voices in suspense, returns with a haunting novel, laden with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls—one who returns, one who doesn’t—and the forensics expert searching for answers.

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole’s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue—that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for.

 

“Nancy Bush always delivers edge-of-your-seat suspense!” —Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

Some Couples

Just one look, and it’s clear they’re perfect together. It’s in the way they touch, talk, and kiss. They share the same interests. The same twisted passions. They do everything together. Even kill…

Are Too Good

Julia St. James Ford has washed up on a beach near her home in Seaside, Oregon, with no memory of how she got there or how her husband, Joe, died. The police rule the case an accident. But Joe’s brother, Sam—Jules’ rescuer and her first love—suspects otherwise. While Sam tries to piece the facts together, Jules fears someone is watching, determined to find out how much she knows.

To Be True

Behind closed doors, behind Jules’ neighbors’ smiles, are terrifying secrets. A string of sordid thrill kills…and one survivor who never should have got away. And as she and Sam close in on the events of one tragic night, and the truth comes flooding back, remembering a killer’s face may be the last thing Jules ever does…

Praise for Nancy Bush’s You Can’t Escape

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Review of A Reference To Murder

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A Reference To Murder

A Book Barn Mystery, Book #2

Kym Roberts

5 Stars

32800988Synopsis:

Charli Rae Warren is back home in Hazel Rock, Texas, spending her time reading, collecting, and selling books—at least, the ones that don’t get eaten first by her father’s pet armadillo. Running the family bookstore is a demanding job, but solving murders on the side can be flat out dangerous…

The Book Barn is more than just a shop, it’s a part of the community—and Charli is keeping busy with a fundraising auction and the big rodeo event that’s come to town. That includes dealing with the Texas-sized egos of some celebrity cowboys, including Dalton Hibbs, a blond, blue-eyed bull rider who gets overly rowdy one night with the local hairdresser . . . and soon afterward, disappears into thin air.

Dalton’s brother also vanished seven years ago—and Charli is thrown about whether Dalton is…

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Sweet & Sour Four-Bean Salad by Charlotte Hubbard

This is another one of my mom’s recipes, and I always looked forward to family gatherings when she served it. Amish cooks (and Mom and I) use a pint jar of home-canned green and wax beans for each can in the recipe. A great way to get your veggies—and it keeps several days in the fridge.

1/3 cup canola or salad oil
1 tsp. each salt and celery seed
Black pepper to taste
2/3 cup white vinegar
¾ cup sugar
1 onion, chopped
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
1 15-oz. can yellow wax beans
1 15-oz. can green beans
1 15-oz. can red kidney beans
1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans
1 15-oz. can whole kernel corn (optional)

In a large bowl, mix the oil, seasonings, vinegar and sugar. Add the onion and bell pepper. Drain the canned vegetables and stir into the dressing, coating well. Refrigerate, stirring after several hours. Best made the day ahead.

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Download the I, Eliza Hamilton Book Club Kit – by Susan Holloway Scott

A Letter from Susan Holloway Scott

Dear Friends,

Many thanks for your interest in my new historical novel, I, Eliza Hamilton.

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (1757-1854) was the wife of Alexander Hamilton (c1755-1804), a Revolutionary War hero, statesman, politician, and abolitionist, the first Secretary of the Treasury, a signer and promoter of the Constitution, the founder of the American financial system, and, perhaps most famously for posterity, the only Founding Father killed in a duel.

You might also have heard that he inspired a certain Broadway musical that carries his name.

Like so many women of the past, Eliza’s story has been overshadowed by her brilliant husband. She didn’t help her place in posterity by destroying (or asking her son to destroy) most of her own letters and virtually eliminating her voice. As a result, she’s too often been dismissed by historians, who variously describe her as shy and reclusive, a homebody, or a saint.

But the real Eliza’s still there: in the letters of others who knew her, in diaries, in portraits, in memoirs, and most of all, in the achingly beautiful love letters her husband wrote to her over the years of their courtship and marriage. She was a mother, daughter, sister, and wife. She was intelligent and resourceful and strong, a woman who lived in the thick of some of the most turbulent and exciting times in American history. Her marriage was filled with love and passion, regard and devotion, but also marred by public scandal and unimaginable tragedies that broke her heart, but not her spirit. I’m honored to tell her story. Continue reading “Download the I, Eliza Hamilton Book Club Kit – by Susan Holloway Scott”

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