A Healthy Homicide

Author: Staci McLaughlin
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 0758294891
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Normally the O'Connell Organic Farm and Spa in Blossom Valley, California, would welcome a little healthy competition. But it's no day at the spa when the rivalry with their chic opponent turns lethal. . . Blossom Valley is abuzz with excitement over The Pampered Life, a brand new spa with a trendy menu of decadent services and employees who look like they jumped off the pages of a fashion magazine--and Dana Lewis is worried it could ruin business. But when the swanky spa's owner is drowned in a mud bath, police suspect a healthy rivalry may have turned into deadly revenge. Now, with all eyes on the farm, Dana must sift through a tawdry list of suspects and catch a killer more fearsome than a botched chemical peel. . .

Going Organic Can Kill You

Author: Staci McLaughlin
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758279736
Format: PDF
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Marketing maven Dana Lewis returns home to discover that healthy living can be murder in the first Blossom Valley Mystery—“100% organic fun!” (Laura Levine). Welcome to Blossom Valley, California, home of the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa, complete with its new marketing maven, Dana Lewis, former Blossom Valley resident, unapologetic junk food connoisseur—and soon-to-be sleuth . . . As Dana readjusts to life back home with her recently widowed mother, her latest career move isn’t exactly a piece of cake. In fact, it’s all tofu fish sticks, stuffed squash blossoms, and enough wheat grass shots to scream bloody murder—especially when Dana discovers the body of Maxwell Mendelsohn, Hollywood producer and opening weekend guest, deader than a yoga corpse pose. While Dana pens the spa’s blog and balances the attentions of the local police and reporter Jason Forrester, her escalating job duties now include finding clues, motives, and suspects. One thing’s for certain, she better catch the killer before her free-range goose is cooked. “A sprightly mix of humor and homicide, featuring an engaging heroine and a fast-paced plot that zips along to an exciting climax.” —Laura Levine, author of Pampered to Death

All Natural Murder

Author: Staci McLaughlin
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758285981
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Greetings from Blossom Valley, CA, home of the O'Connell Organic Farm and Spa, where the best in healthy living is sometimes spoiled by untimely murder. . . As Dana Lewis settles into a quiet life of tofu this and tofu that, murder á la carte is the last thing she wants on her plate. But when she learns about the death of Monster Truck driver Bobby Joe Jones, frequent philanderer and boyfriend to Dana's sister, Ashlee, she has no choice but to wipe up the mess. Especially when witnesses last saw Ashlee angrily up in Bobby Joe's grill at the fairgrounds. With dizzying speed, Dana's life skids out of control. What else can she do but go into overdrive to save Ashlee's soy bacon, and stop a deadly killer in his tracks. . . Praise for Going Organic Can Kill You "A sprightly mix of humor and homicide, featuring an engaging heroine and a fast-paced plot that zips along to an exciting climax. 100% organic fun!" --Laura Levine, author of Pampered to Death "Deliciously witty! A truly fun read. Staci McLaughlin has a new fan!" --G. A. McKevett, author of Buried in Buttercream "A tasty delight from start to finish! What a fun addition to the cozy mystery genre!" --Penny Warner, author of How To Party With A Killer Vampire

Marriage Is Pure Murder

Author: Staci McLaughlin
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 075829493X
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Wedding bells are ringing at the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa in California’s postcard-perfect Blossom Valley. The entire staff is pitching in to send one of their own down the aisle. But no one knew the nuptials could turn up so many secrets—or that marriage and murder could go hand in hand . . . Dana Lewis is marrying Jason Forrester, a talented reporter and the love of her life. She couldn’t dream of a better venue than the farm where she works, and her friends are determined to give her the wedding of her dreams. Even her florist, Bethany Lancaster, is making sure she has just the right flowers. But Dana’s happiness wilts when she finds Bethany shot dead—and discovers her friend was a busybody with a blackmail list longer than a cathedral veil. With so many enemies, finding Bethany’s killer seems all but impossible. And when Dana herself is eyed as a suspect, she’ll have to chase down the culprit faster than she can say, “I do”—or she’ll be trading in her wedding dress for prison stripes . . . Praise for The Blossom Valley Mysteries! “Cleverly plotted…Plenty of suspects and potential motives keep readers guessing until the very end!” —RT Book Reviews on Green Living Can Be Deadly “A fun, light read.” —Library Journal on Going Organic Can Kill You

Murder Most Wholesome

Author: Staci McLaughlin
Publisher: Blossom Valley Mysteries
ISBN: 0758294905
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Business has never been better at the O'Connell Organic Farm and Spa in Blossom Valley, California. But a murder has two of its top employees ploughing for clues at a commune where tree-huggers are wary of the modern world--and a killer may be disturbing their peace… When Dana Lewis and Zennia Patrakio go to the Blossom Valley farmer's market, they expect to find luscious fruits and vegetables to delight the spa's guests. They are not expecting to see Birch Keller, Zennia's one true love. But Zennia's excitement over "the one who got away" is short-lived when Birch is found dead in her garden. Kitchen-challenged Dana takes over grief-stricken Zennia's cooking duties at the spa--but the biggest challenge will be searching for answers at the commune where Birch had been living. The residents are nuttier than granola, and as Dana tills up the truth, she'll discover a killer with a wholly unwholesome appetite for revenge… Praise for The Blossom Valley Mysteries! "Cleverly plotted…Plenty of suspects and potential motives keep readers guessing until the very end!" --RT Book Reviews on Green Living Can Be Deadly "A fun, light read." --Library Journal on Going Organic Can Kill You

Killers of the Flower Moon

Author: David Grann
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385534256
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST "Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." —Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review SHELF AWARENESS'S BEST BOOK OF 2017 Named a best book of the year by Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR's Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "On Point," Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's "Ultimate Best Books," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus, Slate.com and Book Browse From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

A Murder for the Books

Author: Victoria Gilbert
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 1683314409
Format: PDF
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Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble. Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families... including her own. When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley

Author: Helen Fox
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1785385038
Format: PDF
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After his parents are killed, George, the Orphan Crow, starts a new life among the lively creatures of Blossom Valley and the enchanting butterflies that live there. But all is not as it seems... an evil ladybird, envious of the butterflies’ beauty lures them to a remote place with a wicked plan in mind. George becomes suspicious and flies out looking for them. But is he too late? Has the wicked ladybird already put her plan into action? This original, intriguing story is mainly told by the colourful characters that make up the community and will fascinate readers of all ages.

Avenging Alex

Author: Lewis Ericson
Publisher: Urban Books
ISBN: 1622862872
Format: PDF, ePub
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When Alex Solomon is placed in the witness protection program with her mother and child, U.S. Marshal John Chase is assigned to guard her. John's wife Lorraine is tired of his long hours on the job. Feeling neglected and disillusioned, she has an affair that leads to the end of their ten-year marriage. She's not quite ready to let John go, though, and will do everything in her power to win him back when she discovers that he has become involved with Alex. As the triangle between John, Alex, and Lorraine becomes more complicated, dangerous drug lord Xavier Rivera is closing in on his target. A mole in John's department has revealed Alex's location, and Rivera sends an associate to take care of her. As John races to figure out which one of his colleagues is working with Rivera, no one is safe, not even his own kids. Lewis Ericson has penned a dramatic thriller that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

A Price to Pay

Author: Angela Winters
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758278713
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Wealthy and high-profile, the Chase dynasty has everything an African-American family could ever want--except what money can't buy. . . Ever since Carter Chase's ex-fiancé, Avery, married another man, he's resolved to win her back. And when an accident sends her to his side, Carter seems to have sealed the deal. But fate has a different plan. . . Meanwhile, Carter's brother, Michael, is entangled in a scandal that's alienated him from his powerful father. Hoping to redeem himself, Michael proposes a new business idea. But his partner in the venture--and in his bed--is not the ally he imagines. . . Not to be left out, youngest daughter, Haley, becomes embroiled with a law student-turned-murder suspect. Of course, the young man has an alibi--one he paid good money for. Soon, Haley and the entire Chase family are drawn into a publicity nightmare that can only end with a shocking revelation. . . "Winters' juicy novel about a wealthy but utterly dysfunctional family is a real page-turner." --Booklist "Fast-paced and full of drama." --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers