NOTE: The format for My Presto Pressure Cooker Cookbookreview will be different than the reviews on standard romance/mystery/fiction novels. Author Skip Plemmons, gives a wonderful outline of his association with pressure canning. Valuable information to aide in your adventure is contained in the preface. Consequently, please read the preface in its entirety.
I am a long time owner of a Presto Canner Pressurer Cooker. I found this book a wonderful addition to my kitchen. Meanwhile, I found myself licking my lips as I read these recipes. Had I obtained this book when I purchased my presto pressure canner, I would have had many recipes to try and more canned items in my pantry. As
In An Unwelcome Proposal, Christine Dansby does not believe in marriage. However her sister is very happily married to the love of her life, William, when an accident takes his memory. In effort to rekindle his memory of their love, Christine comes up with one of her hair brain schemes. With the help of the obnoxious Wesley, brother to Richard, Christine creates a battle plan to bring William’s memory and love back to the surface.
Wesley has never loved before and Christine has no need of marriage. However, Christine has captured
Croissants and Corruption takes place in the small town of North Bank, Virginia. On the shore of the Potomac River, just far enough from the maddening crowds of Washington, D. C., everyone is friendly and feels safe from crime. Widow Margot Durand owns The Parisian Patisserie, a fine french bakery.
Widow of a police officer, Margot can’t resist a good mystery. Shortly she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Receiving a call from her sister who’s at the end of her rope with her daughter Taylor, Margot agrees to take the 19-year-old for the summer. To say Taylor is not happy getting up at 3:00 AM to work in a bakery is an under statement.
Taylor and Margot find themselves in the middle of a murder almost upon Taylor’s arrival in North Bank. Their pushy flirty waiter attacks Taylor and then later that night’s stabbed to death. Suspicious of Taylor’s involvement, Detective Adam Eastwood, a long time friend of Margot’s deceased husband, must determine if Taylor’s guilty of murder.
A lot is going on in North Bank; the seniors need a new community building and are rising funds, the mayor is running for re-election, money is missing from the seniors funds, and a murder’s committed. Maybe North Bank is not as quite as the citizens thought.
Firstly, I must say Croissants and Corruption’s an easy entertaining read suitable for a pleasant afternoon of relaxing reading. Secondly, containing the standard cozy mystery format of strong female character, small friendly town, and a murder, Author D. Collins crafted a first-class cozy mystery.
Margot’s character’s strong and independent, ready to help anyone, and always ready with a box of baked goods. With an inquisitive mind, Margot’s determination to clear her niece is strong; she won’t let anything stop her, including Detective Eastwood. Eastwood’s character’s smart, determined, and fair in his judgements and evaluations. Smart and savvy, Margot manages all the irons she has in the fire with skill, from looking into the missing senior funds to proving Taylor’s innocence. Collins portrayal of nineteen year old Taylor was classic immature teenager. Watching her grow by the end of the story was wonderful.
Finally, in concluding my cozy mystery novel review of Croissants and Corruption, I found the pace of the book in line with the length of the story, Collins writing’s clear, clean, and easy to follow with smooth scene transitions and believable characters. With a cast of secondary characters, Collins added depth to the story. Her portrayal of small town USA was spot on. Furthermore, Collins included twists and turns, which hold the reader’s attention. Containing no sex, Croissants and Corruption is suitable for anyone who enjoys a solid story-line.
CROISSANTS AND CORRUPTION RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
In addition, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
Rufus Lovell and Juliana Honeyfield feature in author Emily Murdoch’s regency romance novel, A Michaelmas Wager, along with Juliana’s best friend and cousin Audrey. Rufus came into his father’s wealth after the death of his waster brother. Falling in with a group of rowdy lazy drunkards from power and wealth, Rufus finds himself the center of their latest escapade. This wager will not turn out as the group thinks; at the center of the wager stands Miss Juliana Honeyfield. At the latest party in Hyde Park, waging Rufus will not marry the first woman to drink from the punch by Michaelmas, the rowdy bunch waits for the recipient of Rufus’ suit. Juliana’s the innocent dupe in their game as she fills her cup from the punch bowl.
So begins a match of hearts, misunderstandings, and deception, as Rufus with Juliana unaware of the
STORY-LINE THE 11.05 MURDERS, THE INSPECTOR SHEEHAN MYSTERIES VOLUME 2:
Author Brian O’Hare created a spine tingling intriguing police crime mystery drama in The11.05 Murders, The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries Volume 2. A horrendous rape 12 years earlier at Queen’s University, a photograph and article found on a victim’s computer, 3 murders, all at 11.05 p.m.; how does past and present fit together?
WDS Detective Sergeant Denise Stewart, newest addition to the Strandtown Police’s Serious Crimes Unit, and fellow officers must unravel the mysteries. Stewart, fresh from a another station where she uncovered corruption and endured persecution and harassment, works under Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan to solve these murders. A close net unit, Stewart fits in after a few false starts.
Denise’s stalked by an unknown stalker, Tom Allen’s almost killed by an unknown assailant, and as the murders continue the suspects not only increase, but place the officers lives in peril. Come along with Inspector Sheehan, and the unit as they solve the latest murders piecing together the past and present. My police crime mystery novel review of The 11.05 Murders, The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries Volume 2 follows.
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National bestselling author, Charlene, lives on an acre in the country with her husband, three children and an array of pets including a snake.
In her spare time you can usually find her typing away frantically on the computer completely lost in worlds of her making. She is an avid believer that it is the small things that truly matter like the feeling you get when you start a new book or a particularly beautiful sunset.
Charlene likes to write bite stories her readers can sink their teeth into.
Author Dave Tomlinson’s novel, Around The World In 80 Tales, is a look into traveling by bike, cycle, hiking, and riding buses and trains. Taking place in over 5 continents and 25 countries; all seen and experienced first hand by Tomlinson.
Filled with information, Tomlinson takes the reader on a journey through various historical sites; as well as, temples, volcano’s, canyons, etc. By using short chapters, the reader’s not overwhelmed with unnecessary information.
Furthermore, Tomlinson offers a look at the hazards of traveling in a foreign county, such as unfamiliarity with the language and customs. The risk of stomach and bowel problems seem prevalent; Tomlinson
Author Glen Ebisch’s mystery suspense crime novel, Stormy Weather is a first-rate thriller. Stormy McCloud, resident meteorologist, finds herself involved in murder, mayhem, theft, and possibly romance. Stormy as the new junior weather girl, has acquired a lot of fans and received fan mail due her popularity. However head meteorologist, Travis Lambert, finds her fame threatening. Rude, self-centered, and vain, Travis threatens Stormy with dismissal. Things are not happy at the local television station. A place full of personalities, back biting, stabbing, and lies.
When a contractor discovers Travis body buried on Stormy’s property, she’s in big trouble of the legal kind. Murder, mayhem, and suspicion ensue. Enter stage right, our hero, Chance Malone, Bible verse quoting Private Detective. Hired by the station manager to look into the murder, Chance and Stormy embark on an
TRUMPED! BEYOND POLITICALLY CORRECT: What You Would Say If you Had The Guts
Trumped! Beyond Politically Correct, is satire at its best. Irreverent, satirical, sassy, and sometimes just down right mean. Get ready to laugh, hoot, and holler. Yes, it is that funny.
How many times have you bitten your tongue as someone gave you a gift fit for the garbage pile, or said something totally inappropriate? Have you thought to your self, “I wish I had the nerve to tell them what I really think”? Then, this book is for you.
Some of the high-lights are: Grandpa’s Marital Advice, Like My Haircut, Jesus and Sinner, The Confession 1 and 2, This Round’s On me.
There are many more hilarious moments waiting for you in Trumped! I could not pick out my favorite
The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation’s a clean sweet romance between two independent strong people. Lady Amelia Pembroke manages things, from her brother’s household to persuading Viscount Benedict Sheffield his annual Christmas party must go on. For Amelia has decided to choose her future husband from the attendees using Debrett’s Peerage. She sets out to manage Lord Benedict Sheffield the way she manages everything, like a tiny general in charge of Her Majesties troops.
After lightning and subsequent fire destroy the ballroom, Sheffield’s determined to forgo the Christmas party for much-needed rest and relaxation. Amelia’s determined to manage him into changing his mind for
In Marry Your Billionaire, C. J. Anaya created a fun-filled romp through reality television and love. Corbin Knight, self-centered producer of Marry Your Billionaire, has recruited the contestants and roped in billionaire Brody Prescott for the billionaire slot. Brody needs to repair his business reputation. Sabotaged by a former female interest, Brody agrees to appear on the show after a revealing revelation in Corbin’s office.
Corbin has a problem; one of his contestants cancelled. He decides to recruit his daughter Madelyn Knight, aka, Midge to fill the slot. He has one problem with this
In Inevitable Goddess Of Fate, the reader finds Jayne Lockwood, a normal teenager except for one tiny little thing. She can look into certain people’s eyes and see their death. Try dealing with this gift or curse, as well as, the emotions and issues of growing up. When Jayne smells lemons, she refuses to look into the person’s eyes because what she will see is usually horrifying.
Not even telling her best friend Dana, Jayne deals with the visions on her own. When handsome English-born Aaron moves to town, he and Jayne feel an attraction, but Jayne smells lemons. She refuses to look into his eyes, which intrigues Aaron.
Not only dealing with her gift and the new boy in school, Jayne finds himself seeing a serial killer through his victims eyes. Through a set of circumstances, the killer hones in on Jayne as he discovers she knows too much. Grab a
Rachael, Pippa and company are back in Wined, Dined, And Dead, Book 9 of the Bakery Detectives Cozy Mysteries Series. Both are in happy relationships and out for a per-Valentine supper. Back in town, Pippa’s husband Marcello, is at his best bumbling, stumbling, klutzy self causing havoc turning over the wine bottle. As things calm down, Pippa makes a horrifying discovery; their waiter is dead in the back of restaurant. Who killed him and why?
Rachel and Pippa hired by the owner/Chef, Scott, to the solve the murder, find a twist added to the case. Scott requires she solve the case within 24 hours to earn her fee. Needless to say, Rachel, Pippa, and
In My Cherie Amour, we find young, beautiful, and talented, Selena Campbell. Selena has always dreamed of becoming a world renown chef. She runs the family restaurant, Peaches Smokehouse, known for the best soul food in town. Life has not been easy for Selena; disappointments, ambition, and responsibility, have ruled Selena until the day Dean walks into Peaches. Dean is walking appeal on a stick. As a result, the attraction is fast and mutual. His big blue eyes capture what Selena had sworn was unattainable. After her last boyfriend left, Selena had sworn off men. Selena did not realize one man could turn her life upside-down.
After a horrendous interview with a world renown chef, Selena finds the sweet charming warmth of
In After The Fall, author Liz Isaacson, created an contemporary inspirational romance novel filled with emotion. We find two people drawn together in an unconventional way and forced in close proximity. Norah recovered addict, works several jobs, cares for her ill mother, goes to night school, and took over responsibilities of raising her 3 half-brothers. Working for the at risk teen center, Silver Creek Rehabilitation Center, Norah, guides and mothers troubled teen girls. As part of her program, they spend time at the Maughan’s Six Sons Cabin as a reward. Norah’s also hired by the Maughan’s to clean the cabin. Unbeknownst to Nora, famous snowboarder six son, Sterling Maughan’s at the cabin recovering from a life changing emotional and physical injury.
Nora, poor, former drug addict, and unending responsibilities is not from Sterling privileged world. Norah’s determined Sterling never know of her background, mentally ill mother, or poor living conditions. However circumstances, and perhaps higher powers, bring together two deeply hurting people. Norah feels the need
Author S. C. Abbey crafted an all out action packed thriller filled with mystery and suspense in Maximus A Harvey Nolan Thriller. Harvey Nolan, Nobel price winning professor, agrees to help find a missing friend and finds himself in the middle of a FBI investigation. Christine has gone missing along with other young women in the New York area. She awakens to find herself in a living nightmare. Although, kept in a dungeon, starved, beaten and worse, she hangs on to life. She’s determined to live and find a way out.
Harvey, trying to find Christine, will run afoul of criminals, drug lords, and the FBI. With the help of long time friend, Interpol Agent Katie Moulin, they will find a twisted trail of lies, secrets, and mysteries; hopefully finding the missing women before it is too late.
Come along with Kate and Harvey as they fight the FBI and the criminals in this fast paced thriller. My
I Love You Three is an intense story of love, lose, and forgiveness. Mac, back from several tours in Iraq where he lost his best friend Sean, now finds himself with PTSD and no job. Irrational anger, depression, and mood swings are ruling Mac’s life. Needing a job, Mac finds himself in Green Pines as the new coach and teacher; Green Pines Sean’s home town.
Julie, young mother and divorcee, works in the school office. Julie’s life is one huge conflict. A mother just this side of crazy, very little money, a son to care for alone, and a former mother-in-law she greatly loved but now ignores her and her son; all turn Julie’s life into conflict and crisis. The attraction between
In Philo And The Patience Superholy, author Mireille Mishriky teaches the lesson of patience and how a child can achieve patience. Philo is an active little boy and he has problems sitting still and quite during church services/liturgy. Always disruptive, Philo’s told a secret by his grandmother. He has Superholy powers! One of his Superholy powers, Patience, can help Philo learn patience and discipline. His Superholy Patience power can help Philo not only in church but everyday life.
A Harvest of Thorns is an intense drama set in several countries. Following the deaths of hundreds in a garment factory fire in Bangladesh, the author Corban Addison, gives the reader a look into the terrible trade of human suffering; in bondage to the mighty dollar.
One photograph of a young woman, sprawled on the ground with a brand name pair of pants around her head, gains international notice. An intense investigation by the Presto company in America follows. Cameron Alexander, general counsel, heads the investigation. Secrets and terrible procedures are revealed as Cameron ferrets out the horrible truths. Truths which will turn the reader’s stomach.
Joshua Griswold, former journalist, disgraced and reviled, receives information which will blow Presto sky-high. Contacted by a whistle-blower, Joshua sets out on journey and the story of a life time. Joshua
I See You is an intense psychological thriller. Zoe is an ordinary divorced mother of two, working everyday, daily riding the tube to and from work, and with a live in boyfriend. However Zoe’s life takes a u-turn into a nightmare as she’s stalked by a psychological killer. Seeing her face in an ad for findtheone.com, Zoe’s life will never be the same again. Other women’s photo’s begin appearing in the same ad, then rapes, attacks, and murder occur.
One police officer believes her story, and follows through. Can the police keep Zoe safe? Who is stalking these women and why? What is findtheone.com? Who is behind this evil?
In Let’s Meet God, author Christopher Hearn, crafts easy to understand, clear, and concise answers to many age-old questions. Questions ask by young believers and non believers alike. Starting with the graciousness of God, what is sin, am I a sinner, is Jesus the only way and 16 more chapters, he clearly states the case for God using Biblical principles. In the appendices, Hearn address baptism, purgatory and more.
Sole Connection follows a short span of time in the life of Charles Wilder. Professor Wilder’s life was wonderful. He loved his wife, Isabel, to distraction; they both loved and cherished their daughter, Emily. Life was good. Then fate stepped in and Charles and Emily’s life imploded, only to rebound and implode again. How much can a daughter and father take and still go on? Do the Gods look down and laugh at the anguish humans endure? My review of Sole Connection follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Although I fully expected I would not like this short story, I found myself immediately enmeshed in the pages and longing for more at the end of the book. Sole Connection is an intense look into the life of Charles Wilder; a look which left me in tears. I felt his anguish and sense of lost as well as his hope and joy. ODay skillfully crafted this story-line, filling the pages full of human emotions and desires. He also demonstrated we are at the mercy of something other than ourselves and what we wish or want.
ODay created a love story of such large portions, I was amazed at the emotions I felt. This is not your typical romance by