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Review; Space Dogs: The Story of the Celebrated Canine Cosmonauts by Martin Parr

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the non-fiction book Space Dogs: The Story of the Celebrated Canine Cosmonauts by Martin Parr through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
This fascinating book tells the story of the soviet space dogs, illustrated with legendary photographer Martin Parr's vintage space-dog memorabilia.

In the 1950s the space race between the USA and the USSR was well and truly on, and was for both a matter of pride and propaganda. But before man ventured into the cosmos, his four-legged friends would pave the way for space exploration.

The first canine cosmonaut was Laika, meaning 'barker'. The little stray could never have anticipated that she would one day float 200 miles above the Moscow streets. She would be canonized as a proletarian hero, appearing on stamps, postcards and souvenirs. Her successors were Belka and Strelka, the first dogs to successfully return safely to Earth, and with t…

Review; For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More by Graham Tarrant

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the book For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More by Graham Tarrant through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature.
Do you know:
Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning?Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China?Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?What superstitions Truman Capote kept whenever he wrote?Who the other Winston Churchill was?
A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters, For the Love of Books is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them. Learn how books evolved, what lies behind some of the greatest tales ever told, and who’s really who in the world of fiction.
From banned books to famous …

Review; Zoo Nebraska: The Fight for the Biggest Little Zoo in America by Carson Vaughan

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Last I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Zoo Nebraska: The Fight for the Biggest Little Zoo in America by Carson Vaughan through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A moving true story of American struggle.

Royal, Nebraska, population eighty-one—where the church, high school, and post office each stand abandoned, monuments to a Great Plains town that never flourished. But for nearly twenty years, they had a zoo, seven acres that rose from local peculiarity to key tourist attraction to devastating tragedy. And it all began with one man’s outsize vision.

When Dick Haskin’s plans to assist primatologist Dian Fossey in Rwanda were cut short by her murder, Dick’s devotion to primates didn’t die with her. He returned to his hometown with Reuben, an adolescent chimp, in the bed of a pickup truck and transformed a trailer home into the Midwest Primate Center. As the tourist trade multiplied, so did …

Review; Man Fast: A Memoir by Natasha Scripture

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Last year, I recieved an ARC of the memoir Man Fast by Natasha Scripture through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
An exhilarating memoir about one woman’s globe-trotting journey of inspiring awakening and self-discovery.

Shaken by the loss of her father, drained by her job at the United Nations, and conflicted over failed relationships, Natasha Scripture asked herself the question at the heart of her anxiety: What is my purpose? The answer was not about finding love; it was about recognizing its source. The result is Man Fast, a true and intimate spiritual detective story.

With courage, honesty, and wit, Natasha shares the story of her awakening. Starting with the decision to fast from dating, she embarks on a journey that takes her from New York to an ashram in southern India to toiling in a vineyard on Mount Etna to a solo safari in southern Tanzania. In stepping away from the modern demand to couple up, Natasha fi…

Book Recommendations for the Autumn Reading Challenge

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As I'm hosting an Autumn Reading Challenge, I decided I wanted to share with you some book recommendations for the challenge and I've found between one and five books for each prompt. Feel free to read the books or use them as inspiration. I find them all good reads.


A spooky novelYou Are Invited by Sarah A. Denzil The Midwives by Duncan Ralston
Shepherd's Warning by Caylin Lloyd Woman in Black by Susan Hill One by One by D. W. Gillespie
A book with an autumn-inspired cover (autumnal colours, leaves, pumpkins, apples, etc)
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron Fudge Bites by Nancy CoCo Scorched Grounds by Debbie Herbert The Body from the Past by Judy Lynn The Charm of Lost Chances by Lucia N. Davis
A book about a monster Dracula by Bram Stoker
His Final Girl by Brooklyn Ann Romanov by Samaire Provost A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A book that takes place during the autumn
Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton Digging Up the Remains by Julia Henry Hocus Poc…

Review; The Time for Murder Is Meow (Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery #1) by T.C. LoTempio

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery The Time for Murder Is Meow (Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery #1) by T.C. LoTempio through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop

Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves.

While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting--until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick--her aun…

Review; Three Widows and a Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #3) by Debra Sennefelder

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Three Widows and a Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #3) by Debra Sennefelder through Netgalley. I read the book shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Food blogger Hope Early finds one item not on her scavenger hunt list--a dead husband . . .

Between developing her food blog, Hope at Home, and choosing low-cal recipes for a feature in Cooking Now! magazine, Hope has a full plate. Still, she's never too busy to compete in a Jefferson, Connecticut, tradition--the town's annual scavenger hunt.

But as she races with her team to check off the next item, Hope discovers a grisly surprise--the body of shady real estate developer Lionel Whitcomb, shot in a parking lot. His wife Elaine, who's also in the hunt, gasps and nearly faints. But two other women on the scene cry out that their husband is dead.

It turns out this louse of a spouse was more than a littl…

Review; Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters by Jean Anderson

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Last year I was lucky enough to recieve an ARC of the cookbook Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters by Jean Anderson through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Jean Anderson's new cookbook deliciously brings together two of her lifelong passions--great food and North Carolina pottery. Fans of both will celebrate. While always meant for one another, pottery and cooking are enjoying a new romance--many potters have introduced designs, glazes, and techniques that make pottery more versatile, while others continue making the traditional pie plates, casseroles, jugs, and mugs that made the state's pottery famous. Potters now routinely tuck recipes into everything from stoneware angel-food cake pans to salt-glazed bean pots, and Anderson has selected a treasury of favorite recipes contributed by the twenty-four gifted North Carolina potters featured in this book.

Follow…

Review; Ronnie and Hilda’s Romance by Wendy Williams

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Ronnie and Hilda’s Romance by Wendy Williams through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.
Description from Goodreads
Ronnie and Hilda Williams met by chance aged 21 in Lancashire in November 1945, when Ronnie was home on his first leave after fighting in some of the most bitter campaigns of the Second World War in Italy. With the uncertainty of the future and Ronnie's obligation to return to active duty as a soldier abroad, Hilda and Ronnie took the ultimate leap of faith and became engaged after knowing each other for only ten days. Until Ronnie was demobbed in May 1947, their letters, over 250 of which remain, were their principal means of getting to know each other and form the main part of this heart-warming story. These eloquent letters, which are in turn happy, sad, humorous, serious and informative, provide a fascinating and vivid glimpse of what life was like in …

Review; How to Save the World For Free by Natalie Fee

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book How to Save the World For Free by Natalie Fee through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
There is no greater aspiration than saving the world. Natalie Fee's upbeat and engaging book is a life-altering guide to making those changes that will contribute to helping our planet. Covering all key areas of our lives, from food and leisure to travel and sex, Natalie will galvanize you to think and live differently. You will feel better, live better, and ultimately breathe better in the knowledge that every small change contributes towards saving our world.

My Thoughts on the Book This is a great book on environmentalism. I liked the approach and it shows that in many cases, it doesn't cost a fortune to be environmentally friendly.

Review; Skoolie!: How to Convert a School Bus or Van into a Tiny Home or Recreational Vehicle by Will Sutherland

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Skoolie!: How to Convert a School Bus or Van into a Tiny Home or Recreational Vehicle by Will Sutherland through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
School buses that have been converted into mobile living spaces — known as skoolies — are a natural extension of the tiny house craze. Buses are not only easier and safer to drive than an RV, they provide a jump-start on the conversion process with frame, roof, and floor already in place. Experienced builder Will Sutherland, whose creative school bus conversions have been featured in Road and Track and Popular Mechanics, is behind the wheel of this alluring look at life on the road. In addition to profiles of eight fellow skoolie fans and stunning photos of bus interiors designed for simple living, Skoolie! does what no other book on the subject has — it offers a complete, step-by-step…

Review; The Diva Sweetens the Pie (A Domestic Diva Mystery #12) by Krista Davis

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of The Diva Sweetens the Pie (A Domestic Diva Mystery #12) by Krista Davis through Netgalley. I've now read it and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
In New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis's new Domestic Diva mystery, Old Town's annual Pie Festival crumbles into chaos after a celebrity judge is murdered, leaving it up to entertaining maven and sometime-sleuth Sophie Winston to dole out justice . . .

Nothing heats up Old Town quite like the annual Pie Festival, and this year is no exception, especially since Sophie's professional rival, Natasha Smith, is barred from participating. Sophie, meanwhile, has been asked to oversee the pie eating contest. But the drama really rolls out when celebrity judge, Patsy Lee Presley, host of television's most popular cooking show, bites the crust during the competition, and Sophie's friends are suspected of the crime.

As the folks of Old Town …

Review; Changing of the Guard Dog by (A Pet Palace Mystery #3) by Lane Stone

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Changing of the Guard Dog by (A Pet Palace Mystery #3) by Lane Stone through Netgalley. I read the book shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
At Buckingham Pet Palace doggy daycare, the (canine) customer is always king—but when a killer strikes, owner Sue Patrick is the queen of crime-solving . . .

An early morning beach jog takes a somber turn when Sue Patrick and Lewes, Delaware’s Chief of Police, John Turner, encounter a gentleman dressed in a tux—and indisputably dead. While John runs to alert police, Sue witnesses an interloper rummaging through the victim’s pockets, right before he’s shot by a second stranger who attacks Sue. Two trusty doggy friends come to her aid, but the shooter escapes.

The well-dressed corpse was Danish conductor Georg Nielsen, darling of the classical music world. Lewes is hosting the world debut of Georg’s new sonata, and the s…

Top Ten Tuesday; Crime,Mystery and Thriller Book Series That Should Be Adapted Into Netflix Series

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It's Tuesday and time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was books that should be adapted into Netflix shows/movies and I decided narrowing it down to crime, mystery and thriller book series.
My picks are;
Children's House series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series by Margaret Mizushima
Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mysteries series by Helen Cox
DS Imogen Grey series by Katherina Diamond
Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery series by Elly Griffiths
DCI Craig Gillard series by Nick Louth
Malin Fors series by Mons Kallentoft
Sebastian Bergman series by Hjort & Rosenfeldt
Inspector James Given Investigation series by Charlie Garratt
Museum Mysteries by Jim Eldridge

Announcing the Autumn Reading Challenge 2020

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I hosted an autumn reading challenge last year and I decided to do it this year too, as I thought it was a fun challenge and it's soon autumn anyway.

The challenge will be informal and laidback, running from September 1st to November 30th.

There will be no pressure from me in doing ALL the categories. You can even combine them, if a book fits into more than one category if you want or read several books for one or more categories. Also, feel free to do some interpretation(s) on the prompt(s), as they are fairly open.

The categories are;
A spooky novelA book with an autumn-inspired cover (autumnal colours, leaves, pumpkins, apples, etc)A book about a monsterA book that takes place during the autumnA book that has autumn or an autumn month in the titleA book about natureA book set at school/college/university/academiaA non-fiction bookA book by a black author "Reporting back" what you've read is not mandatory, only encouraged. Feel free to comment below what you've re…

Review; Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
As a colleague of deputy coroner Mattie Winston, social worker Clothilde "Hildy" Schneider is no stranger to unsolved murders at Sorenson General Hospital. Except this time, it's up to her to crack the case . . .

Motivated by her own difficult past, Hildy has an unparalleled commitment to supporting troubled clients through grief and addiction in Sorenson, Wisconsin. But when a distraught group therapy member reveals disturbing details about her late son's potential murder, Hildy goes from dedicated mental health professional to in-over-her-head amateur sleuth . . .

Alongside her loyal therapy Golden Retriever, Hildy stumbles through incriminating clues--and an unlikely partnership with Detective Bob Richmond, the irresistibly…

Review; Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop #5) by V.M. Burns

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop #5) by V.M. Burns through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .

After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it's a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver's seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal con…

Book Blogger Hop; How Often Do You Visit Your Local Library?

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It's Friday yet again and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "How often do you visit your local library?".

Book Blogger Hop I usually visit the local library at least once a month. I'm fortunate enough that it takes me max. 10 minutes to walk there. They used to have a library café too, but that one sadly closed down for good earlier this year due to lack of visitors and income.

Review; Memories and Murder (Tourist Trap Mysteries #10) by Lynn Cahoon

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Memories and Murder (Tourist Trap Mysteries #10) by Lynn Cahoon through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
It’s October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner’s elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé—and she won’t say why.

When Jill hosts a talk at Coffee, Books, and More on the topic of elder abuse, all that’s really on her mind is lunch. But the topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill’s certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she’s still shaken—and Harrold’s still heartbroken. Who’s behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found m…

Review; Verse and Vengeance (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #4) by Amanda Flower

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Verse and Vengeance (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #4) by Amanda Flower through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.
Description from Goodreads
USA Today bestselling author and Agatha Award winner Amanda Flower turns the charm up to ten in her fourth Magical Bookshop mystery.

With the help of Walt Whitman's works, magical bookshop owner Violet Waverly puts her pedal to the metal to sleuth a bicycle-race murder that tests her mettle.

A bicycle race is not Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly's idea of a pleasant pastime. But police chief David Rainwater wheelie wants them to enter the Tour de Cascade as a couple, so she reluctantly consents.

The Tour de Cascade is the brainchild of Violet's Grandma Daisy. The race is a fundraiser to build the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum. But not everyone in this Niagara Region village supports the race.…

Review; Enforcing the Paw (Paw Enforcement #6) by Diane Kelly

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy of the cosy mystery Enforcing the Paw (Paw Enforcement #6) by Diane Kelly through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
When a case of he-said/she-said turns criminal, it s up to Megan Luz and her devoted K-9 to dig for the truth. . .

A TAIL OF TWO LOVERS
When relationships go south, some people just can t or won t let go. When Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her pawed partner Brigit investigate a series of stalking incidents involving a couple who recently broke up, their detective powers are put to the test. Is this a case of a controlling creep who refuses to accept rejection or one about a woman scorned whose fury has been unleashed?

WHO END UP IN THE DOGHOUSE. . .
As hostilities escalate between the former lovers, the situation goes from romantically dysfunctional to downright dangerous. He insists his former flame has become a crazy ex-girlfriend intent on…

Review; Hounds of the Basket Stitch (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries #11) by Anne Canadeo

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Hounds of the Basket Stitch (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries #11) by Anne Canadeo through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
The Black Sheep Knitters come to the aid of two sisters--one a victim and one a suspect . . .

Maggie Messina knows that knitting is not only enjoyable, it also calms both the mind and soul. She's happy to visit two sisters, Holly and Rose Piper, and teach them some simple stitches, while the rest of the Black Sheep knitters tag along. Dana Haeger has known the young women since they were children and is the closest thing to family the Pipers now have. Dana is especially concerned about Rose, who has been easily overwhelmed ever since a car accident many years ago. She is at her best managing the houseful of hounds that she rescues and shelters, while Holly runs the family nursery and remains devoted to Rose…

Review; Massacre at Crow Creek Crossing by Charles G West

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the western Massacre at Crow Creek Crossing by Charles G West through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
A shocking tale of violence and vengeance in the hills of Wyoming.
From Spur Award-winning author Charles G. West . . .

FIRST COMES BLOOD
Cole Bonner will never forget what happened to his family at Crow Creek Crossing. His wife, her parents, and their three young children--brutally slaughtered by outlaws. The horror of the massacre drove him into the wilderness. Drove him nearly mad. And drove him to seek an equally brutal revenge . . .

THEN COMES CARNAGE
Now, against his better judgment, Bonner is returning to the place that almost destroyed him. While hunting in the mountains, he discovers that a man has been murdered and a woman abducted. He manages to track the killers and free her. But to bring the widow to safety, he will have to face his own dem…

Reverse Readathon Mid-Event Survey

Today, there's the Reverse Readathon over at Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. Reverse, in the sense that it starts 12 hours earlier than usual, which means it started at 2 AM here in Norway. That said, I didn't start in the middle of the night, as I wanted to be awake and present while reading. So I basically started after I got up this morning.
Alright, it might be slightly past mid-event time at the moment, but I still wanted to answer the mid-event survey.
Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?I just finished reading the short story collection Trist som faen by Ari Behn.
2. How many books have you read so far? So far, I've read four books, all of them pretty short. Other than the short story collection mentioned above, I've read Tåkedis by Frode Eie Larsen and Dag Otto Lauritzen, Andre guder by Jørgen Brekke and Min sønn by Arne Svingen.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Honestly, I'm not quite sure.
4. Hav…

Review; A Good Meal Is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South (Southern Cookbook, Soul Food Cookbook) by Amy C. Evans and Martha Hall Foose

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cookbook A Good Meal Is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South (Southern Cookbook, Soul Food Cookbook) by Amy C. Evans and Martha Hall Foose through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A Good Meal Is Hard to Find is more than just a cookbook: it's a love letter to the women and food of the Deep South.

With charming narratives, visual storytelling, and delectable recipes, A Good Meal Is Hard to Find is everything you've ever wanted in a Southern cookbook.

Inside are 60 go-to recipes organized into five chapters—Morning's Glories, Lingering Lunches, Dinner Dates & Late-Night Takes, Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups, and Anytime Sweets. Recipes written by award-winning cookbook author and Southern food expert Martha Hall Foose, as part of a collaboration with Amy C. Evans.

• Each of the 60 recipes opens with a short vignette about a story about a uniq…

Book Blogger Hop; Do You Read Books By Diverse Authors Or Books With Diverse Characters?

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It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you read books by diverse authors or books with diverse characters (such as LGBT, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, etc? If yes, do you have any book recommendations?".

Book Blogger Hop Yes, I read plenty of both and here is a couple of book recommendations;

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah (muslim protagonist) Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing (protagonist with Tourette's) If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (LGBT) Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (LGBT)

Review; Black Quarry Farm by Iain Cameron

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy of the crime novel Black Quarry Farm by Iain Cameron through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
Could you sleep, knowing the danger?

A week-long break at a vineyard ends in tragedy for John and Lara Beech when they are killed in the night by two gunmen. DI Angus Henderson is convinced the key to solving this case lies in the background of the two victims. However, as his detectives soon discover, they don't even have a parking ticket between them.

Conducting a review of holidaymakers who have stayed at the house, they realise that someone else had booked the same week as the tragic couple, cancelling at the last minute. This is the breakthrough Henderson has been looking for.

This leads him into a murky world where criminals will do anything to continue their lucrative trade, controlled by a ruthless boss capable of killing anyone who interferes with …

Review; Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the chicklit novel Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Welcome to beautiful Hope Island, where the sun is shining, the locals are welcoming, and Lola is about to find a second chance at love...
Thirty-one-year-old matchmaker Lola James had it all - until she broke her leg at a wedding and discovered that her so-called 'best friend' was suddenly too busy to call, her flat had far too many steps, and her boyfriend replaced her quicker than you can say 'crutches'.
And so she's back at her parents' B&B, sleeping in the living room (she can't get upstairs) and having her hair washed by her mum (she can't get in the shower).
Freshly single and with a lot of time on her hands, Lola is only too pleased to run into gorgeous Dr Will , an old friend who has definitely…

Top Ten Tuesday; Books With Colours In The Titles

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was books with colours in the titles.

My picks are;
Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh Description from Goodreads Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Description from Goodreads Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaw…

Review; Left Fur Dead by J. M. Griffin

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Left Fur Dead by J. M. Griffin through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Netgalley
On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she'll need a rabbit to rescue her . . .

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children's party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she h…

Review; To Kill a Mocking Girl (Bookbinding Mystery #1) by Harper Kincaid

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery To Kill a Mocking Girl (Bookbinding Mystery #1) by Harper Kincaid through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.
Description from Goodreads
Bookbinder Quinn finds herself in trouble when her ex's fiance turns up dead and if she's not careful, her days might be numbered.

Quinn Victoria Caine is back in her quirky town of Vienna, Virginia, starting her new life as a bookbinder in her family-owned, charm-for-days bookshop, Prose & Scones. With her trusty German Shephard RBG-'Ruff Barker' Ginsburg by her side, what can go wrong? Okay, sure, bumping into her ex, Scott, or her former high school nemesis, Tricia, is a drag. It certainly doesn't help they have acquired the new hobby of shoving their recent engagement in her face every chance they get. But that doesn't mean Quinn wanted to find Tricia dead in the road. So why does half the town think she…