I love springtime mornings when the wisteria is in full bloom. The bumble bees are going nuts right now. If you stand too close one might knock you on the head. They never hurt you, so it’s fun just to sit here a watch for a while.

Death Turns A Trick (The Rebecca Schwartz Series, Book 1)
by Julie Smith
4.0 Stars (437 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | World Literature

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Rebecca Schwartz, nice Jewish lawyer with a few too many fantasies, is happily playing the piano in a whorehouse when she suddenly finds herself assigned to make sure a near-naked state senator escapes a police raid. That dirty job done, a lovely evening turns even more delightful when she’s picked up by the cops and spends the next two hours at the Hall of Justice. Could this day get any worse? Of course! Guess who arrives home to find a dead hooker on her living room floor?

Handsome Parker Phillips, Rebecca’s new beau and the most attractive man she’s met in ages, is arrested for the murder. (Worse, she suspects he might actually have done it.)

On the plus side, another very attractive man is following the case–reporter Rob Burns of the San Francisco Chronicle, a possible ally. And there are other possibilities.

Fans of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond, and Elizabeth Peters will get a kick out of this one.

Basically, I am the kind of girl that mothers wish their sons would marry. But nobody’s son did, and anyway I couldn’t be bothered. I was too busy living up to my father’s ambition for me. Or what I imagined it to be. He always said, “Be a doctor, Rebecca. There’s no money in law,” but anybody could see he was joking. When I was a little girl, he used to take me to watch him in court, and when I was a teenager, he’d discuss his cases with me. What did I know from doctors? I had a lawyer for a role model.

Now if you had led this kind of life and someone came along and said, “Listen, how would you like to play the piano in a whorehouse for just one night — you’ll be among friends; nothing can happen,” wouldn’t you do it? Especially if it were a feminist bordello? It wouldn’t have to be a case of getting back at your mom.

I should explain about Elena. She is a prostitute, and she’s also very close to being a madam, only she isn’t quite because this is a co-op bordello we’re talking about. It’s co-op because ostensibly everyone has an equal say in decision-making and the money is split among the members, but Elena is actually the brains and the driving force of the thing. She’d be a madam in the old-fashioned sense if she weren’t political.

I got to know her when she got busted and Jeannette von Phister asked me to take her case. Despite certain reservations I have about prostitution as a feminist issue (“horizontal hostility,” Jeannette calls it), I was already on the legal staff of HYENA, the “loose women’s organization” Jeannette had founded. As you no doubt know, HYENA is an acronym for “Head Your Ethics toward a New Age,” and its ultimate goal is to get prostitution legalized.

Sitting over crab salad and white wine in my gray flannel blazer and Cacharel blouse, I felt pretty naive as Elena spun tales about a world of crystal chandeliers and high-heeled sandals. A world where indulgence of personal vanity was not only not condemned but was actually applauded. I loved getting a peek at it.

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Linkage (The Narrows of Time Series Book 1)
by Jay J. Falconer
3.9 Stars (202 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction

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When the Future Hunts the Past, Humanity is Doomed…

Budding physicist Lucas Ramsay was sure his reactor would change history. He was sure everyone would chant his name.

Unfortunately for the human race, he was right.

When his antigravity experiment succeeds in a way he never imagined, the planet is brought to its knees by an unstoppable force that crosses time and space to systematically exterminate all life on Earth.

Grid failures, anarchy, and murder are just the start when the planet is thrown into chaos.

But just when Lucas thinks the nightmare couldn’t get any worse, he learns he’s been maneuvered into the middle of an intergalactic war, one where perception is measured on a planetary scale.

Nothing is as it appears to be, challenging his faith in science and in reality.

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The Seasiders
by A.J. Griffiths-Jones
4.1 Stars (22 Reviews)
Genre: Literary Fiction | Mystery | Contemporary Fiction

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This seaside town holds more secrets than you could ever imagine.

Grace & Dick Thomas are the proud owners of the Sandybank Guest House, a pristine & popular establishment set in a prime location overlooking the beach. Tourists come and go all year round, taking advantage of the beautiful setting and their host’s wonderful culinary skills.

However, it is the permanent residents of this pretty coastal town who cause net curtains to flutter and tongues to wag, with their myriad of secrets and tales to be told. Caught up in their midst, the Thomases live their lives regardless, checking guests in and checking guests out.

But who holds the biggest secret of all?

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Hard Bodies
by Justin Grimbol
4.8 Stars (11 Reviews)
Genre: Humor & Satire

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Life isn’t easy for Eddie Grimboli. Marriage isn’t easy. Winter isn’t easy. Being fat isn’t easy. He can see up his dad’s nightgown. There is strange magic up there. If he stares long enough, he will see his future. This book is a celebration of sloppiness, marriage, grief, love, and being naked.

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Delicious Empanada Recipes: World Famous Empanadas
by Danny Gansneder
4.7 Stars (6 Reviews)
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

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Although, different cultures have their own traditional hand held pies like the Indians with the samosa, the Italians with calzones and the British with their pasties. No culture beats the Latins with the largest and more diverse variety of Empanadas

Empanadas in Latin America are served in restaurants, sold by street vendors and made at home. The word Empanada is derived from a Spanish word empanar, which means to enclose in bread. Empanadas are hand held pies stuffed with all kinds of sweet and delicious fillings.

The fillings can be diverse and creative, as the cook wants them to be, you can also include savory ingredients from shredded or ground vegetables, meat seafood and cheese. You are not limited to that you can make them from sweets like guava paste, pineapple jam, quince and even rice pudding.

The handbook contains all simple to understand recipes and clear instructions.

Some of the Recipes Inside Include

• Sweet Pineapple Empanadas

• Cheesy Mushroom Empanadas

• Turkey and Gravy Empanadas

• Cheesy Sausage and Egg Empanadas

• Cheeseburger Empanadas

• Easy Vegetarian Empanadas

• Chili and Potato Empanadas

• Sweet Caramel Pie Empanadas

• Much, much more!

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