Death in a Budapest Butterfly Book
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

Death in a Budapest Butterfly


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2019-07-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984804839

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Death in a Budapest Butterfly Excerpt :

Hana Keller serves up European-style cakes and teas in her family-owned tea house, but when a customer keels over from a poisoned cuppa, Hana and her tea-leaf reading grandmother will have to help catch a killer in the first Hungarian Tea House Mystery from Julia Buckley. Hana Keller and her family run Maggie's Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family's Hungarian heritage and specializing in a European-style traditional tea service. But one of the shop's largest draws is Hana's eccentric grandmother, Juliana, renowned for her ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of customers' cups. Lately, however, her readings have become alarmingly ominous and seemingly related to old Hungarian legends... When a guest is poisoned at a tea event, Juliana’s dire predictions appear to have come true. Things are brought to a boil when Hana’s beloved Anna Weatherley butterfly teacup becomes the center of the murder investigation as it carried the poisoned tea. The cup is claimed as evidence by a handsome police detective, and the pretty Tea House is suddenly endangered. Hana and her family must catch the killer to save their business and bring the beautiful Budapest Butterfly back home where it belongs.

Death on the Night of Lost Lizards Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Death on the Night of Lost Lizards


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-06-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984804877

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Death on the Night of Lost Lizards Excerpt :

Along with her mother and grandmother, Hana Keller has achieved renown serving tea and cakes with a European flair, but when a local professor is killed, she uncovers a serving of suspects instead… Hana Keller is getting ready for a lovely holiday season. When she receives a rare tea set as a birthday gift, she decides to host a tea at her apartment for her closest friends. During the cozy get-together, one of Hana's friends gets word that a murderer is on the loose. Hana soon learns that the victim was Sandor Balog, a professor of Hungarian Studies at the local college. With her growing psychic ability, Hana senses that she is going to be pulled into the investigation of the professor's death somehow. With her sexy boyfriend Erik on the case, Hana finds the Tea House steeped in suspects. She studies the smiling faces celebrating the season, but the real killer is good at hiding the truth and putting Hana in the hot seat….

Death of a Wandering Wolf Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Death of a Wandering Wolf


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984804853

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Death of a Wandering Wolf Excerpt :

Hana Keller is enjoying a day off from serving up tea and delicious pastries at her family's Hungarian Tea House when her downtime turns deadly.... The only thing Hana loves more than a good cuppa is finding a delicate porcelain treasure to add to her collection. She's usually on the hunt for teacups but when she spots a rare wolf figurine at a local yard sale, she knows it's her lucky day. Hana also knows the wolf is valuable and tells the seller that he's charging too little for it. His reaction is peculiar--he says he received the wolf from someone he doesn't trust and he just wants it out of his life. Hana is inspecting her new prize when she finds a tiny microchip attached to the bottom of the porcelain wolf. When she shows the figure to her police detective boyfriend, Erik, Hana is shocked to learn that the chip is actually a tracking device. They decide to confront the seller about the sneaky sale but when they arrive at his house, they find him dead. Erik and Hana now must hunt a calculating killer who has no intentions of crying wolf when it comes to murder...

Death with a Dark Red Rose Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Death with a Dark Red Rose


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-02-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780451491947

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Death with a Dark Red Rose Excerpt :

Writer's apprentice Lena London is enjoying life in Blue Lake and being newly engaged, but is soon drawn into the terrifying disappearance of one of her closest friends.... Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily plotting their next novel and she's got a brand-new diamond ring on her finger thanks to her fiancé, Sam West. The only blot on her Blue Lake life is a strange new corporation that has come to town called Plastisource. They seem to be intent on gobbling up prime real estate and changing the landscape of Lena's lovely adopted home. When she and Sam get a call from their good friend (and Blue Lake detective) Doug saying that his girlfriend--and Lena's pal Belinda--isn't answering her phone and missed a date with him, they all head out to her home. The trio is shocked to discover that Belinda's purse and phone are at her house, along with a single red rose on her countertop--but Belinda herself is missing. Has she been abucted? Could the strange new corporation play a role in her disappearance? Lena is determined to find out and rescue her friend because she knows that the truth can be stranger and much more deadly than fiction....

Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes


  • Author : Karen Rose Smith
  • Publisher : Kensington Cozies
  • Release Date : 2017-12-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617739613

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Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes Excerpt :

USA Today Bestseller: “Readers are immediately drawn to main character Daisy Swanson and her beloved Aunt Iris.”—Suspense Magazine In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water. Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective, so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried—especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy's Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn't want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder. Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt's name and bag the real killer before things boil over… Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!

The Net and the Butterfly Book

The Net and the Butterfly


  • Author : Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698153448

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The Net and the Butterfly Excerpt :

In The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane offered a groundbreaking approach to becoming more charismatic. Now she teams up with Judah Pollack to reveal how anyone can train their brain to have more eureka insights. The creative mode in your brain is like a butterfly. It's beautiful and erratic, hard to catch and highly valued as a result. If you want to capture it, you need a net. Enter the executive mode, the task-oriented network in your brain that help you tie your shoes, run a meeting, or pitch a client. To succeed, you need both modes to work together--your inner butterfly to be active and free, but your inner net to be ready to spring at the right time and create that "aha!" moment. But is there any way to trigger these insights, beyond dumb luck? Thanks to recent neuroscience discoveries, we can now explain these breakthrough moments--and also induce them through a series of specific practices. It turns out there's a hidden pattern to all these seemingly random breakthrough ideas. From Achimedes' iconic moment in the bathtub to designer Adam Cheyer's idea for Siri, accidental breakthroughs throughout history share a common origin story. In this book, you will learn to master the skills that will transform your brain into a consistent generator of insights. Drawing on their extensive coaching and training practice with top Silicon Valley firms, Cabane and Pollack provide a step-by-step process for accessing the part of the brain that produces breakthroughs and systematically removing internal blocks. Their tactics range from simple to zany, such as: · Imagine an alternate universe where gravity doesn’t exist, and the social and legal rules that govern it. · Map Disney’s Pocahontas story onto James Cameron’s Avatar. · Rid yourself of imposter syndrome through mental exercises. · Literally change your perspective by climbing a tree. · Stimulate your butterfly mode by watching a foreign film without subtitles. By trying the exercises in this book, reader

Death in Castle Dark Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Death in Castle Dark


  • Author : Veronica Bond
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-08-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593335888

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Death in Castle Dark Excerpt :

Actor Nora Blake finds her dream job when she is cast in a murder-mystery troupe that performs in an imposing but captivating old castle. When she stumbles upon a real murder, things take a nightmarish turn in this first book in an exciting new series. Maybe it was too good to be true, but when Nora Blake accepted the job from Derek Corby, proprietor of Castle Dark, she could not see any downsides. She would sink her acting chops into the troupe’s intricately staged murder-mystery shows, earn free room and board in the fairy tale–like castle, and make friends with her new roommates, which include some seriously adorable kittens. But something sinister lurks behind the walls of Castle Dark. During Nora’s second performance, one of her castmates plays the part of the victim a little too well. So well, in fact, that no one can revive him. He has been murdered. Not ready to give up her dream gig—or to be the next victim—Nora sets out to see which one of her fellow actors has taken the role of a murderous real-life villain.

Died in the Wool Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Died in the Wool


  • Author : Melinda Mullet
  • Publisher : Alibi
  • Release Date : 2019-06-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984817174

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Died in the Wool Excerpt :

No good deed goes unpunished in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series as distillery owner Abigail Logan uncovers dark secrets—and murder—at a local charity. Photojournalist Abi Logan is finally ready to put her hectic career on hold and set down roots in the heart of the Scottish countryside. Studying the business and art of distilling whisky at Abbey Glen and volunteering at the Shepherd’s Rest women’s shelter in her spare time seem a surefire way to find the peace and stability she craves. It’s also the logical way to take her mind off her personal life. Abi’s business partner, Grant MacEwan, is facing a career-threatening disability, and as much as Abi longs to be there for him, he seems to prefer the company of a rival. But as Abi becomes more involved with Shepherd’s Rest, she discovers that their refuge is elusive. When the shelter is rocked by a murder/suicide, Abi is outraged by the police’s lack of attention to these already marginalized women. Increasingly confident in her own skills as an investigator, Abi steps in to find out what the police will not: who left one young woman dead and another missing. But when more deadly deeds come to light, Abi must race to unravel the connections between the shelter’s benefactors and the women they have pledged to protect—and expose the killer before he strikes again. Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly: SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED | DEADLY DRAM | DIED IN THE WOOL

Here Comes Santa Paws Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Here Comes Santa Paws


  • Author : Laurien Berenson
  • Publisher : Kensington Cozies
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496718471

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Here Comes Santa Paws Excerpt :

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Connecticut, but Melanie Travis finds surviving this December may take a real Christmas miracle when a yuletide murderer comes to town . . . As Melanie attempts to deck the halls in a house overrun by pampered Poodles, her event planner friend, Claire, is busy playing Santa for the wealthiest clientele on Connecticut’s Gold Coast. A personal shopper gig in the affluent town of New Canaan seems like business as usual. Except Claire’s stylish stint comes at a higher price than she bargains for when she stumbles over her newest customer’s dead body. Named a prime suspect for murder, she begs for Melanie’s help, then vanishes like cookies and milk on Christmas Eve . . . Determined to track down Claire, Melanie and her nosy Aunt Peg dash into a dizzying investigation. But with a grinchy New Canaan detective on their case and disturbing clues piling up like presents beneath the tree, the crime-solving duo must hurry to rein in a sinister Kris Kringle before they’re the next ones on someone’s deadly wish list . . .

Daughter of Smoke   Bone Book
Score: 4
From 346 Ratings

Daughter of Smoke Bone


  • Author : Laini Taylor
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2011-09-27
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316192149

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Daughter of Smoke Bone Excerpt :

In a nation on the brink of war, a young art student's star-crossed love begins to bloom in the first book of the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Laini Taylor. Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages -- not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. When one of the strangers -- beautiful, haunted Akiva -- fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Walking on My Grave Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

Walking on My Grave


  • Author : Carolyn Hart
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780451488541

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Walking on My Grave Excerpt :

In the latest Death on Demand Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Go Home, book seller Annie Darling learns murder and money go hand in hand... Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate, and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are in line to collect life-changing inheritances. The problem is, Ves is very much alive. Ves hosts a dinner for the prospective beneficiaries and feels a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the wintry season. Not long after, she suffers a bad fall that was no accident. Everyone at the table had a motive but not a shred of evidence was left behind. When one of the suspects is found floating in the harbor and Ves disappears, Annie and her husband Max spring into action to catch a calculating killer before greed takes another life.

The Darkest Kiss Book
Score: 4
From 51 Ratings

The Darkest Kiss


  • Author : Gena Showalter
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2012-06-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459247086

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She has tempted many men…but never found her equal. Until now. Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death—a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him. But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining….

Kiss of the Butterfly Book

Kiss of the Butterfly


  • Author : James Lyon
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Release Date : 2013-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 1483921352

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Kiss of the Butterfly Excerpt :

“I sense it even now. People thirst for it; the entire country is mad with desire for it…”A dying man's cryptic letter catapults California college student Steven Roberts on a mystery-shrouded quest into the labyrinth of the war-torn Balkans. Singled out for the task by an enigmatic professor, Steven overcomes his doubts and plunges into the maelstrom to uncover long-lost clues to an ancient Emperor's deeply buried secret, a long-forgotten evil that slumbered for centuries only to reawaken … and a love that defies death itself.Meticulously researched and set against the background of collapsing Yugoslavia, “Kiss of the Butterfly” weaves together intricate threads from age-old Balkan folklore and modern events, to create a tapestry of passion and betrayal, obsession and desire, the thirst for life and the hunger for death.“Kiss of the Butterfly” is a literary thriller rooted in actual events. In the year of his death, 1476, the Prince of Wallachia Vlad Dracula committed a bloody massacre under the cloak of medieval Bosnia's forested mountains in the town of Srebrenica. History repeated itself 500 years later in July 1995 in Europe's worst massacre since World War Two. For most people, the two events seemed unconnected… Until now.“A fast-paced adventure into a modern heart of Balkan darkness… A truly original take on the blood-sucking undead.” –Publishers Weekly“No capes, no glitter: a vampire novel for readers who value sturdy mythology and a sophisticated understanding of history, along with warmblooded, human connections… skillful… authentic… fascinating… inspired… Lyon executes it perfectly… vivid… engaging…” –Kirkus Reviews

One Potato  Two Potato  Dead Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

One Potato Two Potato Dead


  • Author : Lynn Cahoon
  • Publisher : Lyrical Press
  • Release Date : 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781516103850

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One Potato Two Potato Dead Excerpt :

Fans of bestselling cozy mysteries by Denise Swanson, Maddie Day, and Jessica Beck will find the perfect concoction of murder and sleuthing in Lynn Cahoon’s latest Farm-to-Fork mystery. Angie first meets Daniel Monet at a local mission, where she and her chef-in-training, Hope, are serving barbeque chicken poutine to the homeless. Monet is one of Hope’s teachers—but Angie’s boyfriend thinks he knows him from his youthful days in England. But soon, the bon vivant is no longer vivant. When Monet is found dead, with Hope’s prints on the wine glass next to him, it will be Angie who has to sauce out the real killer . . . Praise for Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mysteries “Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” —Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries “Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.” —Fresh Fiction

Toasting Up Trouble Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Toasting Up Trouble


  • Author : Linda Wiken
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-07-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698183209

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Toasting Up Trouble Excerpt :

A delicious new cozy mystery series featuring the Culinary Capers Dinner Club—who are fearless when it comes to cooking up new dishes and putting the lid on crime... Event planner Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner has a full plate, but that’s the way she likes it. First, it’s her turn to choose the recipe for the next meeting of the Culinary Capers Dinner Club, a gathering of foodie friends who experiment with entrées for their creative and gastronomical pleasure. Second, she’s organizing an Italian princess party for the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a high-tech millionaire. But one thing J.J. didn’t plan on is that the caterer for the event—hotshot chef Antonio Marcotti—would end up murdered the night of the party. Or that she’d end up being a prime suspect after having had a heated argument with the unscrupulous chef. Now it’s up to J.J.—with help from her fellow Club members and a handsome if mysterious private eye—to turn the tables on the real killer...