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
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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
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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

Murder Most Wholesome

Author: Staci McLaughlin
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 0758294913
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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

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

How to Murder Your Life

Author: Cat Marnell
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644401330
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Temporeich und tragikomisch: die Geschichte von New Yorks berüchtigtstem Party Girl Mit 26 hat Cat Marnell es geschafft: Sie schreibt für Hochglanz-Fashionmagazine, kennt Anna Wintour persönlich und ist das Enfant terrible der New Yorker Partyszene. Doch Cat, die schon als Kind von ihrem Vater mit Medikamenten versorgt wurde, führt ein Doppelleben. Tagsüber umgeben von Glamour und Luxus, tanzt sie nachts high und halbnackt durch die Clubs der Stadt. Sie sucht ihr Glück in Sex und Drogen und hasst sich dafür, findet wochenlang keinen Schlaf und verliebt sich in die falschen Männer – bis ihr Leben vollends aus dem Gleichgewicht gerät. Eine schmerzhaft-schöne Tour de Force durch das chaotische Leben einer ehrgeizigen Frau, die einfach nicht nein sagen kann.

Warum sie sterben musste

Author: Mindy Mejia
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641179424
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Sie war eine gute Schülerin. Sie war eine gute Tochter. – Sie war nicht die, für die man sie hielt ... und musste dafür mit dem Leben bezahlen: Für Sheriff Del Goodman bricht eine Welt zusammen, als er in der durch zahlreiche Messerstiche grausam zugerichteten weiblichen Leiche, die in einer verlassenen Scheune gefunden wurde, Henrietta Hoffman erkennt. Hattie, die einzige Tochter seines besten Freundes, die für Del fast wie ein eigenes Kind war. Er schwört, ihren Mörder zur Strecke zu bringen, doch je tiefer Del nachforscht, umso mehr wird alles erschüttert, was er über Hattie zu wissen meinte. Offenbar hatte die junge Frau viele Gesichter, und sie spielte ein gefährliches Spiel – mit einem viel zu hohen Einsatz ...

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Green Living Can Be Deadly

Author: Staci McLaughlin
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 161773313X
Format: PDF
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Thinking green comes with the territory at the O'Connell Organic Farm and Spa in Blossom Valley, CA. But could a festival be taking things too far, especially when it leads to a fresh case of murder? When Dana Lewis organizes her Green Living Festival, complete with free range fauna and tempting delicacies of tofu and tempeh, she hopes to inspire Blossom Valley into reducing their carbon footprint. But for some participants, saving the planet should have come second to saving their skin, like green energy guru Wendy Stevens, just found dead in her Invisible Prints booth. Now Dana needs to work fast to stop a killer from turning her big event into the next great environmental disaster. . . 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 "A fun, light read." --Library Journal