Lily Mason and Smooshie return in The Money Pit, a cute cozy mystery with just a touch of romance.
Lily has fallen in love with Moonrise, but living with Parker Knowles causes too much heartache. As a shifter, Lily is afraid to let herself start a relationship with Parker. So when the opportunity comes to purchase a fixer upper with plenty of land for running, Lily jumps at the chance. But trouble emerges when Smooshie’s help leads to the discovery of a mummified body in the wall. Things get worse when the man who sold the property to Lily is murdered - and the sheriff considers her a potential suspect. Rumors abound of a bank robber’s missing loot and a possible connection to Lily’s property. Meanwhile, a reunion has brought many of Parker’s former teammates to town, including a beautiful reporter who is showing far too much interest in Parker and the previous murder Lily solved....
The Food We Love from 100 of Our Best Chefs, Cooks, Bakers and Local Heroes
by William Sitwell (Editor)
Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 21 March 2017
The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is filled with complex and exotic dishes inspired by the variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and seafood available in the British Isles. While there are a number of simpler dishes including keftides (meatballs), beef ragu, and toad in the hole, far more common are dishes you would likely see in a Michelin starred restaurant. The list of contributors reads like a who’s who of the British culinary world.
I loved the pictures, but many of the recipes were out of my reach, partly because of difficulty obtaining certain ingredients but mainly because of the complexity. I did like the grilled banana bread and the butternut squash chia pudding. The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is lovely to look at, but I think that the majority of the included reci...
Mystery at Maplemead Castle (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 2)
by Kitty French
General Fiction (Adult) , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 17 Mar 2017
Mystery at Maplemead Castle isn't the easiest to review. The concept of a mismatched team of ghostbusters led by a petite sugar addict and her pug is a cute one. The story behind the ghosts of Maplemead Castle (a pair of trapeze artists, a ringmaster and a lion) is an interesting one. I found Melody’s stupendous ability to say exactly the wrong thing, as well as the interplay between her, her family, and her coworkers funny. I loved Lestat the pug, and found Artie’s attempts to romance Hell’s Bells cute and comic. The novel is far from perfect, but there are many funny moments.
The biggest problem is that the first third is one frenetic monologue on superheroes and sugar.(I was tempted to run away at this point.) The phrasing is awkward, and only begins to smooth out in the second half of the novel....
Maddie Day’s mysteries are as appealing and well composed as the tasty dishes Robbie Jordan serves at her restaurant, Pans and Pancakes. In When the Grits Hit the Fan, Robbie is faced with two intriguing mysteries. Little does she know they are connected.
Robbie thinks she has seen the last of murder, but when she discovers the body of a mysogynistic professor and the police target a good friend, she realizes she will have to investigate. Professor Charles Stilton was known for stirring up trouble, and he definitely had many enemies and few friends. Also, Robbie has discovered a number of odd items hidden in the walls of her building- items that someone doesn't want found.
Sleuthing comes as naturally to Robbie Jordan as cooking does. Robbie’s empathy and her practical, relaxed nature make it easy to convince people to confide in her. She is a very capable woman and easy to lik...
It’s 1952 and Mirabelle Bevan has made a career as a collection’s agent along with her best friend Vesta. It is a turbulent era, and although Britain is better than the US, life still isn’t easy for a person of color. When an 18 year old debutante disappears after visiting a jazz club, suspicion falls on one of Vesta’s cousins, a saxophone player. His color and his profession immediately make him guilty in the eyes of the police, and it doesn’t help that the witnesses are lying. Mirabelle starts looking into things when it becomes clear that Scotland Yard has no intention of looking further. As she digs into the smoky realm of underground jazz clubs, she discovers links to contacts she knew from the Secret Service. What was Rose Bellamy Gore and her cousin involved in? Why are the Secret Service involved? When Lindon Claremont dies in jail, Mirabelle knows that she must find the truth....
The Colin Pendragon and Ethan Pruitt mysteries will immediately remind you of another more famous pair. There are quite a few characteristics shared by Holmes and Pendragon. The biggest difference lies in Pendragon’s many societal connections and his ability to play the dandy with aplomb. Pruitt like Watson is always a few steps behind, but always quick to lend a hand. Even his formidable housekeeper can be compared to Holmes's Mrs Hudson. Pendragon even has his own masterful female antagonist.
The plot is where The Endicott Evil shines. It is a mystery worthy of Holmes himself. An elderly woman is dead. The Yard believes her death a suicide, but her sister believes she was murdered by her aide. Colin Pendragon agrees the death is not suicide, but doesn't immediately fix upon a culprit. The case is complicated by Eugenia’s reluctance to sp...
Siberia 56 by Christophe Bec
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 14 Mar 2017
If you are a fan of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien movies, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of Siberia 56. Siberia is an inhospitable world. Temperatures plummet to extremes far below zero. The atmosphere is breathable, but one breath at these temperatures will kill. If you manage to survive the cold, powerful and terrifying predators abound. The worst of which is the Morbius - huge, vicious and invisible. The entirety of the first mission to Siberia was wiped out by one.
It is now the 13th mission to Siberia, and 13 is not a lucky number. The shuttle bringing new personnel crashes 150 miles from base. The terrain is beautiful but treacherous and their likelihood of survival is minimal as they must travel on foot. Only of the crew survives, but the pulse pounding terror has only begun. Humans were not the first i...
Cut To The Bone does just what it claims - it grabs the reader and holds them fast, proving just how vulnerable they are. Alex Caan’s debut thriller/police procedural tackles a number of modern issues, particularly the dangers of living a life online, both physical and psychological. Social media has a profound impact, and online celebrities are on the rise, but are people who they portray themselves to be online.
Ruby Day is a hot commodity, a vlogger with over two million subscribers and numerous fans. When she goes missing, the case is fast-tracked to Kate Riley and her team. It is unusual for a missing person’s case to be escalated so quickly, but a video is soon put online of Ruby running through the woods and pleading for her life. Ruby’s life looks perfect on the surface. Only her current boyfriend, also a vlogger, has form and has demonstrated both a violent temper and a patholo...
Teach Yourself Treachery is an old school novel of romantic suspense. These were very common from the 40s through the 60s. Rachel Petersen and her grandmother both became widows at the same time. A few months later, a man shows up professing to be her husband, Erik Petersen. Although similar in build and appearance, he is definitely not her husband. He disappears not long after she discovers him rifling through her grandfather’s office. Stunned and confused, Rachel sets off to find the imposter and discover why he came and what he was looking for. Meanwhile he isn’t the only one looking for something her grandfather may have hidden.
I liked Teach Yourself Treachery. It was a nice escapist thriller with just a touch of danger and romance. The story doesn’t have a lot of depth, and the characters are a bit stereotypical, but that isn’t unexpected consi...