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Searcher, The

A Slow, Disappointing Offering Author: Tana French Cal Hooper, hardened Chicago police detective, has seen it all and lost it all. He’s divorced. The job took his marriage, his family, his connections, and his belief in the goodness of humanity. Now that he is retired, he wants away from it all. And there is nothing more remote than this village in rural Ireland, where the natural beauty is superseded only by the harshness of the terrain and the forbidding, windswept quietness. Here, he will restore an old cottage, go on walks, enjoy the simple happiness of the locals. Here, everything will [...]

2023-03-19T20:33:10-07:00March 19th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Blackmail and Bibingka

Wine, Dessert, and Desperation Author: Mia P. Manansala Lila is starting to move away from her despair (depicted in Homicide and Halo-Halo) and slowly enjoy life again. She has a new relationship with Jae (a handsome doctor), the café she co-owns with her best friend is doing well, and Christmas is coming to Shady Palms, meaning some special new Filipino desserts. But all good things must come to an end. Lila’s black-sheep cousin, Ronnie, is back in town and as usual, he is bringing trouble. It starts well enough – maybe Ronnie has finally learned a thing or two about responsibility [...]

2023-02-28T21:08:40-07:00February 28th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Dead in the Mud

Murder and Matrimony Author: Connie Feddersen Amanda Hazard is having a very bad day, and it is Commissioner Brown’s fault. If he had just paved the dangerous dirt roads around Vamoose, she wouldn’t be stuck in the storm. She could just kill Brown . . . but unfortunately someone has beat her to the punch. Hazard does the right thing and calls in the cavalry (in this case her fiancé, the town sheriff, Thorn), but first she does some sleuthing. It looks like Brown met with a bad accident by the side of the road. But Hazard can see the clues, [...]

2023-02-26T21:24:08-07:00February 26th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , |