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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385343497
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Published: Bantam - January 19th, 2010


A real treat for mystery lovers; in 2010 Alan Bradley introduced one of the moste entertaining slueths! Flavia deLuce is a precocious eleven year old, working with the Town Constable and in her departed uncle's chemistry lab, Flavia solves local crimes with science and cunning. The Flavia novels take place in a picturesque English village during the 1950's. Do yourself a favor and experiencethe "Sweetness"!

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Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553593624
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Published: Bantam - October 16th, 2012

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It's the 1940s and Maggie Hope is a young college graduate working in British Intelligence. Maggie has earned a reputation for her superior code breaking skills and lands an assignment in Buckingham Palace posing as Math Tutor to young Princess Elizabeth (Lilibet) and her younger sister. British Intelligence has reason to believe there is danger inside the Palace that must be rooted out to protect the Royal Family. Maggie is in a perfect spot to apply all her top-notch skills, in this well researched mystery.

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Still Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312948559
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 1st, 2007


To all mystery lovers... This is the first in a series by the pretigious award winning Louise Penny. Her story keeps you guessing to the very end.

Do yourself a favor and escape the holiday madness to an easy chair by the fire with a cup of tea and this great "who-done-it." Get to know Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of invetigators as they are called to the hamlet of Three Pines near Montreal, investigating a very suspicious death.

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The Mists of Avalon: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345350497
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 12th, 1987


I could not think of a better November read than this version of the Arthurian Legend by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Ms. Bradley presents a spectacular tale told from the perspective of Morgaine (Arthur's sister) and Gwenyvere (Arthur's future queen). Follow Morgaine from childhood to Priestess on the Isle of Avalon. Find out why Ms. Bradley rocked the world in 1982 with her take on the legend of King Arthur.

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The Magician's Assistant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156006217
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Published: Harvest Books - September 17th, 2004


I was totally enchanted by this story: A woman becomes an assistant to her very talented and handsome Magician Husband who happens to be gay. The story is unusual but very poignant. After her husband dies, the main character finds out she has an estranged family which she knew nothing about. Ann Patchett has a tremendous gift for pulling you into a story and keeping you there. I highly recommend.

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Bel Canto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060838720
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005


This is a story of a political hostage situation, telling the tale from both the hostages and the hostage takers perspectives. Among the group of characters is a famous opera singer who is attending a very swanky party to entertain a group of political dignitaries and business tycoons. The story unfolds slowly as we are introduced to characters of both groups. This story is poignant, suspenseful and well written. Ann Patchett is a very engaging writer and she owns a bookstore in Nashville.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590514634
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Published: Other Press - January 31st, 2012


This book an exquisite love story, the most enchanting tale of unselfish love you will ever read. Unique circumstances and characters make for an unforgettable tale. A sensation in the rest of the world, we now have it in the United States - a Valentine's gift for all of America!

This book reminded me of what love really and truly is all about.

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Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399537004
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Published: TarcherPerigee - November 1st, 2011


If you read this book you will travel to Mexico, England, Ireland and Scotland. Signe's research takes her to many beautiful and sacred sits on her quest to connect with the enchanted beings of legend. The author interviews several famous Faery experts which prepare her for a deeper experience. Signe's journey is incredible and it just may have you trying to attract faeries into your backyard.

The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway Mysteries #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547386065
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Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010


The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay: Fiction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143119296
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Published: Penguin Books - August 30th, 2011


Sadly, Beverly Jensen passed awayin 2003 before this book was published in 2007. Beverly's husband, Jay Silverman, pursued publishing the work with lots of encouragement from family, friends and colleagues. One of the chapters in this book, "Wake", was published in the "New England Review". Stephen King liked the story so much he put it into the "Best American Short Stories of 2007". The book you see now was published by Penguin with the help and encouragement of many notable writers, journalists and publicists, who loved and appreciated Beverly's excellent work. It really is an honor to recommend this book.

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