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Short Change by Patricia Smiley

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From Amazon.ca:

L.A.-based Tucker Sinclair has her hands full trying to get her consulting business off the ground. But it won't be easy: with her clients' businesses threatened-and then their lives-the stakes are deadly high.

 

Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl

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From Amazon.com:

Looking for a fresh start, divorcée Lee McKinney moves back to Michigan to work for her aunt's chocolate business-and finds that her new job offers plenty of murderous treats to chew on. When a high-profile defense lawyer dies after eating a cat-shaped chocolate laced with cyanide, it's up to Lee to find out who tampered with the recipe-before she and her aunt end up behind not-so-chocolate bars.

 

Soapsuds by Finola Hughes

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From Amazon.ca:

Passion, power, sex, betrayal, and seduction–it’s all in a day’s work. Having escaped to Hollywood after catching her boyfriend in bed with her best friend, London stage actress Kate McPhee is offered a gig on the popular daytime television series Live for Tomorrow. As Devon Merrick–police detective, car crash victim, and love interest for at least two men–she knows all the secrets and sins pulsating in fictional Hope Canyon. But the real drama is off the set, where the soap is indeed slippery.

Enter Meredith Contini, the show’s power-wielding diva. Meredith has two rules: Know your place and Stay in it. Kate broke both on day one, which is why she suddenly found her character switching sexual orientation. That brilliant solution came from Daphne del Valle, the show’s barking-mad obsessive/compulsive producer, who drives herself and her actors to enthrall the audience. (“Sell the hurt. Sell the rage. Sell the hunger. Sell the looooooove.”)

As gay detective Devon Merrick, Kate is a smash. The show is a hit. Kate’s private life seems to be becoming something of a drama itself. Especially since everybody thinks she really is gay, which is a problem since she thinks the best cure for her real-life broken heart is to get a man into her bed. But who? Kirk, her sexy, tan, and talented leading man, is boffing Meredith. There’s Matt, the magician who makes her tea, but will her fourteen-hour days keep them from the promise of tangled sheets? And there’s Wyatt, her handsome new co-star, who Kate believes is the great love of her life. Except that he’s married, and his
wife, Christine, is Kate’s new makeup artist and the one sane friend she has made in Los Angeles.

As the line between television and reality blurs with increasing speed, tension tightens and passions surge. Does Wyatt want Kate as much as she wants him? Will Christine find out? Will Kate lose her new friend? Will Meredith finally have Kate fired? Will Kate ever get to “come out” as heterosexual on the set? Are her steamy kiss scenes fated to be only with beautiful women?

Emmy Award—winning actress Finola Hughes whips up a frothy, scathingly funny novel worthy of any afternoon time slot in this delicious romp that takes readers through the twists, turns, and dish that drive the madness that is daytime television.
 

Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

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From Amazon.ca:

Noted young adult novelist Cecil Castellucci and artist Jim Rugg launch MINX with THE PLAIN JANES, a storyabout four girls named Jane who sit at the reject table at lunch.When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of MetroCity to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over.But there in the lunch roomat the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. MainJane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the townP.L.A.I.N. -- People Loving Art In Neighborhoods.But can art attacksreally save the hell that is high school?

 

Candy Apple Red by Nancy Bush

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From Amazon.ca:

Jane Kelly is through following men. She left Southern California for the murky quaintness of Lake Chinook, Oregon, apparently so she could trade her bartending skills for much more glamorous work process serving. And the boyfriend, of course, is long gone. But things have been looking a little brighter lately. Her hobby doing PI work is kind of fun, especially when she lands a real case - that pays real money. But the case is about Bobby Reynolds, best friend of Tim Murphy, the only guy she's never gotten over. Everyone except Tim believed Bobby murdered his young family - isn't that why he vanished? Now Tim's coming home and Jane's on her way to talk to Bobby's father. Looks like Jane'll be trailing men after all - this time with a tape recorder and a camera. To top it off, she's being trailed by a homely pug named Binky, left to her by a distant relative. With a job she's learning as she goes along and her ex back in town, Jane's life just went from stress-free to completely stressed-out. And then there's the dead body.
 
 
Morning Show Murders by Al Roker

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From Amazon.ca:

Nobody can dish morning TV like Al Roker, who’s seen every side of a business that looks good on camera—even when sharks are circling inside the gleaming glass Manhattan media headquarters. Treachery abounds in Roker’s riotously thrilling debut novel—at once an ingenious murder mystery and a delicious behind-the-scenes look at network TV. As fact and fiction collide and the backbiting ignites, The Morning Show Murders will make you wonder: How much of this stuff is real?

Network TV can be murder. Just ask Billy Blessing, famous for his smile, charm, and ability to survive the shark tank that is high-stakes morning TV. But though Billy has outlived his fair share of prima-donnas, his cooking segment on Wake Up America! is a staple of the American diet, and his Manhattan bistro is a mega-success, his career has just taken a very dangerous turn: His show’s perky cohost, Gin McCauley, has launched into some brass-knuckles contract negotiations. A visiting Mossad agent is about to tell all on the air. And then the network’s head honcho is murdered in his luxury apartment, and an ambitious D.A. decides that Billy is to blame.

Forensics show that Gerry Gallagher was poisoned and that the fatal coq au vin came from Billy’s restaurant. Gerry had an impressive list of women in his black book—and a news assignment in Afghanistan had plunged the TV exec into the heart of a violent international secret. Now unsavory characters are coming out of the woodwork, and another murder strikes the show’s inner circle. Billy knows that someone’s trying to frame him. He also knows that a ruthless international assassin has just arrived in New York City. And suddenly, for the most trusted guy on TV the ultimate career move is not about ratings. It’s about staying alive—and stopping the next murder from becoming tomorrow’s breaking news.

 

Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda

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From Amazon.com:

In 1919, when most women only dream of adventure, Jade del Cameron lives it. After driving an ambulance along the front lines of World War I, she can fire a rifle with deadly precision. Still suffering trauma from the Great War, she sets off for Africa determined to fulfill a man's dying wish...never expecting to become involved in murder.

 

Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

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From Amazon.ca:

"Dazzling. Sherlock Holmes in a Stetson turns out to be a dandy idea." — Boston Globe 1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When brothers Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at a secretive ranch, they’re not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a few free moments to enjoy their favorite pastime: reading stories about Sherlock Holmes. When another hand turns up dead, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired "deducifyin’" skills and sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.

 

Coventry by Helen Humphreys

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From Amazon.ca:

On the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet stands on the roof of the cathedral in the British town of Coventry and marvels at the magnificence of frost glittering beneath a full moon. But it is a bomber's moon. The Germans are coming to unleash destruction. For Harriet, Jeremy, the young man who shares her duties as a firewatcher, and his free-spirited mother, Maeve, this single night will resonate for the rest of their lives. In a story of breathtaking beauty, with the wondrous poetic style that has earned her international acclaim, Helen Humphreys recreates the terror of the infamous Second World War bombing raid on Coventry. As Harriet and Jeremy make their way through the burning city in search of Maeve, their trek becomes a journey of fear and awe as they witness butter from the dairy flowing down the streets in a burning stream and landmines on parachutes swimming like jellyfish out of the darkness. Cold dread brings to life both a grief and a love that Harriet thought she had put behind her forever. Drawing on actual events of that horrific night in 1940, Coventry is an astounding work, at once tense and lyrical, shocking and exquisite. Touching on themes of love, loss, loneliness and remembrance, Humphreys has crafted a story that will seize readers' hearts and imaginations.

 

Watchmen by Alan Moore

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From Amazon.ca:

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, WATCHMEN has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V FOR VENDETTA, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and THE SANDMAN series.

 

Cartoon History of the Universe Vol 1 to 7 by Larry Gonick

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From Amazon.ca:

An entertaining and informative illustrated guide  that makes world history accessible, appealing, and funny.

 

Anticraft: Knitting, Beading, and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister by Renée Rigdon

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From Amazon.ca:

"Readers of Anticraft" will be introduced to non-traditional craft ideas. Filled with projects such as the Tough Baby sweater, the Yar! Pirate Hat, Dem Bones socks, Apothecary tote and a sleek black duct-tape corset, "AntiCraft" takes an approach much sought after by the growing audience of hot publications like BUST, Ready Made and Craft: transforming traditional crafts into quirky wearable fashion. Featuring a variety of knitting, stitching and beading projects the book instructs, inspires and entertains. It includes quirky sidebars such as "How to tap into your dark side" and "The top five reasons it's good to be an AntiCrafter", plus comic strip art, recipes and more. 


One Coffee With by Margaret Maron

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From Ingram:

Investigating the poisoning murder of Professor Ripley Quinn, NYPD detective Sigrid Harald considers the motives of eight possible suspects in the art department office, including a man who had been sleeping with Quinn's wife.

 

Rock & Roll's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Lame Lyrics, Egregious Egos and Other Oddities by Stuart Shea

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From Amazon.ca:

Who knew…that the original name of The Rolling Stones was The Brian Jones Blues Band, or that some members of ABBA couldn’t speak English and had to learn their songs phonetically? No rock fan will be left singing “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” after reading this! Twenty-five lists reveal those groups with the oddest names, haircuts, hit songs, and even deaths as well as insider’s gossip on such things as the most outrageous demands made by divas and bands.

 

Rock Star Babylon: Outrageous Rumors, Legends, and Raucous True Tales of Rock by Jon Holmes

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From Amazon.ca:

From Ozzy Osbourne to Chuck Berry, Courtney Love to Keith Moon, "Rock Star Babylon" has gathered together the most outrageous antics and diva-esque misbehavior in the annals of rock. Here in a single volume are the most wickedly entertaining stories of over-the-top parties, crazy divorces, hidden cameras, trashed hotel rooms, misapplied epileptic interventions, and innocent headless bats. Running the gamut from the rude to the ridiculous, these reports of rock-and-rollers at their worst come straight from the mouths of those who were thereaor those who were there but left early and heard about it afterward. Fun, shocking, and compulsively readable, "Rock Star Babylon" is a guilty pleasure for fans everywhere.

 

Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed & Other Surprising Movie Lists by Richard Roeper

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From Amazon.ca:

A hilarious collection of movie lists such as 'Twelve Things that Movie Characters Do that Real People Never Do' and 'The Worst Irish Accents in Recent Movie History,' by Richard Roeper of Ebert roeper at the Movies. just in time for the 2003 Oscar nominations! Richard Roeper has compiled his own personal favorite movie lists. Forget about such stale categories as 'Actors with the Most Oscar Nominations' and 'Films with the Biggest Budgets.' The roster of films in which 'Ben Affleck Cries Like a Big Fat Baby' is just one of the irreverent, offbeat, and inventive lists Richard is including in this book. Other lists include: - 30 Actresses Who Have Played Hookers - Eight Movies in Which Tom Cruise Plays a Cocky, Lone-Wolf Free Spirit who Must Endure Heartache Before He Learns Valuable Lessons About Life - The 10 Most Disgusting Movies Ever - The 40 Worst Movies I've Ever Seen - Fifteen Perks of Being a Movie Character.

 

The Red Power Murders by Hartley GoodWeather

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From Amazon.ca:

Thumps DreadfulWater has never liked surprises—even the goodones are annoying, he thinks. So it’s no shock that a string of seeminglyrandom occurrences is causing Thumps some real discomfort. First Noah Ridge, theRed Power Native activist, arrives in Thumps’ sleepy town of Chinook. Then thebody of a retired FBI agent turns up at the local Holiday Inn. In the backgroundhovers the ghostly presence of Lucy Kettle, second in charge of the Red Powermovement, a tough woman in a tough place until her disappearance years ago. Nowthe sheriff wants Thumps to trade in his photography gig for a temporary copbeat. And it won’t be over, Thumps soon realizes, until everyone’s dead—orfamous.

Hailed by critics from his first appearance, Cherokee ex-copThumps DreadfulWater is back in rumpled but razor-sharp form, doing his laconic,comic best to avoid trouble—and catch the bad guys. Bestselling writer ThomasKing (writing as Hartley GoodWeather) has penned a second entertaining DreadfulWater mystery, injected with dry wit and biting social commentary.

 

This Dame For Hire by Sandra Scoppettone

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From Amazon.ca:

"I didn’t start out to be a private eye. I thought I was gonna be a secretary–get my boss his java in the morning, take letters, and so on. Hell, I didn’t get my degree in steno to put my life on the line. It was true I wanted an interesting job, but that I’d end up a PI myself . . . it never entered my mind."

New York, 1943. Almost anything in pants has gone to serve Uncle Sam in the war–including Woody Mason, the head of a detective agency in midtown Manhattan. Left to run the show is his secretary, Faye Quick, who signed on to be a steno, not a shamus. At twenty-six and five foot four, there’s not much to Faye, but she’s got moxie–which she’ll need when she stumbles over a dead girl in the street and takes on her first murder case.

This victim wasn’t any ordinary girl. Claudette West was a student at NYU and the daughter of a Park Avenue family. Faye, who lives in bohemian Greenwich Village–where no one cares how you look–ventures uptown, where people care enough about money to kill for it. Claudette’s father is convinced greed was the motive, and that Claudette’s working-class boyfriend, Richard Cotten, killed the girl because she threw him off the gravy train.

Faye, however, isn’t so sure, not when she learns about all the other men Claudette was secretly seeing–from her lecherous literature professor to an apparent con artist. For Faye, there are more shocking surprises in store than turns and dips in the Coney Island Cyclone.

Going after the bad guys and fighting a good fight on the home front, Faye is as scrappy and endearing as any character Sandra Scoppettone has ever created, and This Dame for Hire’s period setting is rendered so real you can hear the big band music, see the nylons and fedoras, and feel the rumble of the Third Avenue El. When it comes to an irresistible detective and a riveting new series, you must remember this: Here’s looking at Faye Quick.