It took me a while to get into The Babe Ruth Deception. The novel starts slowly, so at one point I put it down to read something else. I was glad, however, that I went back to Stewart's novel because once the action picked up it was riveting. Like Stewart's other novels, The Babe Ruth Deception is well researched and intricately plotted. The corruption of the time, as well as the era's fascination with Babe Ruth shines vividly through. Once again Dr Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook have to join forces. Speed Cook is employed by Babe Ruth to resolve a difficult situation. The Babe is in hock to some unsavory figures and the legitimacy of the Red Sox 1918 World Series win is in question. Meanwhile Speed's son Joshua has taken to the risky business of bootlegging and is seeing Dr Fraser's daughter.
In The Babe Ruth Deception, readers get a taste of life d...
THE MURDERER'S SON a gripping crime thriller full of twists
by JOY ELLIS
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 23 Sep 2016
Readers are guaranteed a terrific mystery when they pick up one of Joy Ellis's procedurals. The Murderer's Son is a stand alone novel, rather than part of the Nikki Galena series. Don't be discouraged- The Murderer's Son is a thrilling read that demonstrates Ellis's understanding of human psychology as well as her ability to craft a challenging mystery.
Twenty years ago, a farmer and his wife were brutally murdered in a remote part of the Fenlands. The crime scene was one of the most disturbing the investigators had seen. Now a woman has been found killed in a similar manner. Suspects are few until a young investigative journalist comes to confess. But things are not that simple. He doesn't know how or why he would have committed the crime, and there is no physical evidence linking him. Is Daniel Kinder a killer, or is he delusional? Despite pressur...
Fall is coming and Death by Pumpkin Spice is the perfect treat for a restful afternoon. Alex Erickson turns this delightful cozy series on its ear, providing readers with a classic manor house murder mystery starring all of their beloved characters. I was incredibly impressed.
Krissy Hancock is more at home running her bookstore cafe than rubbing shoulders with the elite of Pine Hills, particularly when costumes are involved. She doesn't know what to expect when her boyfriend Will invites her to Halloween at the Yarborough mansion. The house itself is designed to be a horror lovers delight filled with blood and gore of the theatrical variety. The last thing Krissy expects is to discover a very real, very dead body. As a storm makes outside approach impossible, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate. It doesn't help that the victim is one of three women dressed as Mari...
Like Joan Hess, Ellen Byron captures the essence of life in a rural town - its quirks, unique characters, and the impact of everyone knowing everything about your business. What I especially love about Ellen Byron is that she clearly "knows" Louisiana as only a native can. It makes her stories all the more plausible despite being off the wall.
Body on the Bayou once again places Maggie Crozat in hot water - and that is even before the body shows up. In a fit of goodwill, Maggie has taken the role of Maid of Honor for her demanding coworker Vanessa in hopes it will improve relations with the Durand family. What she didn't expect was an ever increasing deluge of requests, including the hosting of Vanessa's cousin Ginger and entourage at the Crozat Plantation B&B - for free. Vanessa's cousin has quite a reputation, so when she ends up being found dead there are plenty of...
The newest Lucy Stone mystery, British Manor Murder, is a treat for Anglophiles and cozy lover's alike. Once you get past Lucy's whining about the loss of her grandson's company, the book becomes quite enjoyable - the lighthearted fun mystery readers expect from Meier.
Lucy accompanies her friend Sue on her trip to England to see the Earl of Wickham's new hat exhibit. As lovers of British mysteries, Lucy and Sue have quite some expectations about what staying at an English Manor will be like. Needless to say things are not quite Downtown Abbey. Perry and his family live in the former servant's quarters while the house is open to the public. Rather than majestic corgis, they have a pair of untrained labs. Only their eccentric aunt Millicent and her lady's maid still believe in the old ways. What they expect least, however, is a pair of murders and a multitude of thefts. Of course nothing is...
Pushy, insecure and completely irresistible, Agatha Raisin returns in Pushing Up Daisies. Once more Aggie pursues romance and a killer. As you might guess, she is more successful finding the latter. As always, it is entertaining to accompany Agatha as she lies, bullies and annoys her way to discovering the truth (aided in her misadventures by her friends and colleagues).
If I had to pick one word to describe the series, I would choose - quirky. The residents of the Cotswolds, Agatha included are definitely eccentric. It is always fun to discover what everyone is up to and to see what new characters are introduced.
In Pushing Up Daisies, Agatha has her eye on a recently retired police detective named Gerald. The discovery of the body of odious Lord Bellington gives Agatha an opportunity. Surely if she find the killer he will notice her.
A Night Without Stars has everything a science fiction lover demands - a unique, exquisitely detailed universe complete with believable aliens and technologies, a thrilling fast-paced plot, characters who are understandable, even when their motives and actions come into conflict. As I have not read The Abyss Beyond Dreams, I was a bit daunted by the introduction. The first chapter quickly dispersed my fears and immersed me in the story. Peter F Hamilton made Bienvenido real to me. I sympathized with the Eliters marginalized because of their genome and despaired at Bienvenido’s totalitarian rule. Despite this, I could still empathize with Captain Chaing, as his goal was to protect humans, all humans from the Fallers. Peter F Hamilton does an excellent job making the Warrior Angel and Paula powerful and yet still vulnerable....
The Pick The Spade and The Crow, the debut novel of Rogers's National Crime Agency series, sets a high standard for subsequent installments. Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart has recently been seconded to the National Crime Agency's Behavioral Science Unit. Her first case is that of the newly discovered body of a Mason who disappeared 10 years previously. The more SIO Stuart digs, the more she believes a serial killer to be at work. But the lack of concrete evidence and the unwillingness of local investigators to consider their mispers as potential murder victims, hampers her investigation. Fortunately the BSU has ample resources including a skilled forensic psychologist and intelligence agent - resources which will help bring to light a long active killer.
Kate Shackleton is a rarity in rural post WWI England - a professional private detective. Independent, pragmatic, and highly perceptive, Kate is an excellent investigator, despite the limitations of the time on communication and travel. She is assisted by her colleague Sykes, a former policeman.
In Death of an Avid Reader, Kate is drawn into two possibly overlapping cases. First, Lady Coulton has asked Kate to find the daughter she gave up for adoption many years ago. Second, the discovery of a body in the basement of the library prompts Kate to investigate, as the police are all to ready to accuse a deathly ill man of his murder. As the man is clearly too sick to have committed the crime, Kate is eager to discover who is truly responsible.
Part of what makes this novel so enjoyable is the vast array of well defined charac...
Bakers' secrets for making amazing long-rise loaves at home
by Chris Young
Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 13 Sep 2016
Slow Dough: Real Bread is an excellent book for home bakers with some degree of experience. While novices may easily become overwhelmed, Slow Dough: Real Bread has a lot to offer bakers looking to expand their horizons. I liked the wide variety of bread recipes, as well as the assortment of recipes that use bread as an ingredient. Being from the New Orleans area, bread pudding is a perennial favorite, and Slow Dough has two great recipes -Kate De Syllas’s Savory Bread and Butter Pudding (which can easily be adapted with different meats and cheeses) and Chris Young’s Masala Chai Spiced Bread and Butter Pudding. I was also thrilled by the inclusion of Peter Cook’s Crumpet recipe, as good crumpets are rarely found in the US and they are a delectable treat.
I only had a few minor complaints. Fresh yeast is hard to find in t...