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….

The Big Chili Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

The Big Chili


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698166691

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The Big Chili Excerpt :

First in a delicious new mystery series filled with casseroles, confidences, and killers... Lilah Drake’s Covered Dish business discreetly provides the residents of Pine Haven, Illinois, with delicious, fresh-cooked meals they can claim they cooked themselves. But when one of her clandestine concoctions is used to poison a local woman, Lilah finds herself in a pot-load of trouble… After dreaming for years of owning her own catering company, Lilah has made a start into the food world through her Covered Dish business, covertly cooking for her neighbors who don’t have the time or skill to do so themselves, and allowing them to claim her culinary creations as their own. While her clientele is strong, their continued happiness depends on no one finding out who’s really behind the apron. So when someone drops dead at a church Bingo night moments after eating chili that Lilah made for a client, the anonymous chef finds herself getting stirred into a cauldron of secrets, lies, and murder—and going toe to toe with a very determined and very attractive detective. To keep her clients coming back and her business under wraps, Lilah will have to chop down the list of suspects fast, because this spicy killer has acquired a taste for homicide…

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 in a Budapest Butterfly Book
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

Death in a Budapest Butterfly


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release Date : 2019-07-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984804822

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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.

A Dark and Stormy Murder Book
Score: 4
From 54 Ratings

A Dark and Stormy Murder


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-07-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698406094

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A Dark and Stormy Murder Excerpt :

An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime in the first Writer's Apprentice mystery. Lena London's literary dreams are coming true—as long as she can avoid any real-life villains... Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla’s new assistant, she can’t believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she’ll get to live rent-free in Camilla’s gorgeous Victorian home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana. But Lena’s fortune soon changes for the worse. First, she lands in the center of small town gossip for befriending the local recluse. Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without—a dead body, found on her new boss’s lakefront property. Now Lena must take a page out of one of Camilla’s books to hunt down clues in a real crime that seems to be connected to the novelist’s mysterious estate—before the killer writes them both out of the story for good...

Lizard Music Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

Lizard Music


  • Author : Daniel Pinkwater
  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Release Date : 2011-01-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590173961

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Lizard Music Excerpt :

BY THE AUTHOR OF The Big Orange Splot, The Neddiad, and Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl Things Victor loves: pizza with anchovies, grape soda, B movies aired at midnight, the evening news. And with his parents off at a resort and his older sister shirking her babysitting duties, Victor has plenty of time to indulge himself and to try a few things he’s been curious about. Exploring the nearby city of Hogboro, he runs into a curious character known as the Chicken Man (a reference to his companion, an intelligent hen named Claudia who lives under his hat). The Chicken Man speaks brilliant nonsense, but he seems to be hip to the lizard musicians (real lizards, not men in lizard suits) who’ve begun appearing on Victor’s television after the broadcast of the late-late movie. Are the lizards from outer space? From “other space”? Together Victor and the Chicken Man, guided by the able Claudia, journey to the lizards’ floating island, a strange and fantastic place that operates with an inspired logic of its own.

The Komodo Dragon Book

The Komodo Dragon


  • Author : Lisa Owings
  • Publisher : Bellwether Media
  • Release Date : 2011-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN 10 : 9781600146671

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The Komodo Dragon Excerpt :

"Fascinating images accompany information about the komodo dragon. The combination of high-interest subject matter and narrative text is intended for students in grades 3 through 7"--Provided by publisher.

Cheddar Off Dead Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Cheddar Off Dead


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698166745

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Cheddar Off Dead Excerpt :

From the author of The Big Chili comes her latest mystery about caterer and cook Lilah Drake who is up to her elbows in deadly trouble during the Christmas holidays... The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favorite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her covered dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school parking lot. It turns out the deceased Kris Kringle was a complicated tangle of naughty and nice, with a long list of people who might have wanted him dead. And whoever did the deed wants to make sure that Lilah keeps quiet. Now, Lilah will have to team up with her former fling, Detective Jay Parker, to unwrap the mysteries of a deadly Christmas killer and stay alive long enough to ring in the New Year...

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

Death with a Dark Red Rose


  • Author : Julia Buckley
  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release Date : 2020-02-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780451491930

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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....

Blood Meridian Book
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings

Blood Meridian


  • Author : Cormac McCarthy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307762528

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Blood Meridian Excerpt :

25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION • An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West—from the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

Lamb Book
Score: 4
From 239 Ratings

Lamb


  • Author : Christopher Moore
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061798238

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Lamb Excerpt :

Everyone knows about the immaculate conception and the crucifixion. But what happened to Jesus between the manger and the Sermon on the Mount? In this hilarious and bold novel, the acclaimed Christopher Moore shares the greatest story never told: the life of Christ as seen by his boyhood pal, Biff. Just what was Jesus doing during the many years that have gone unrecorded in the Bible? Biff was there at his side, and now after two thousand years, he shares those good, bad, ugly, and miraculous times. Screamingly funny, audaciously fresh, Lamb rivals the best of Tom Robbins and Carl Hiaasen, and is sure to please this gifted writer’s fans and win him legions more.

Holes Book
Score: 4
From 103 Ratings

Holes


  • Author : Louis Sachar
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307798367

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Holes Excerpt :

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Dig deep in this award-winning, modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner--or just under your feet! Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. "A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel." —New York Times *Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Mud.

The Moon Dragon  The Secrets of Droon  26  Book

The Moon Dragon The Secrets of Droon 26


  • Author : Tony Abbott
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2016-02-23
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545418393

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The Moon Dragon The Secrets of Droon 26 Excerpt :

With nearly 2 million books in print, this Little Apple series is H-O-T, hot. The SECRET is out -- DROON is the series that kids, parents, and teachers are talking about! There's no place like home! Eric and his friends have finally restored the Rainbow Stairs, but that was the easy part. Now Gethwing is loose in the Upper World, and the Moon Dragon is causing big trouble. Eric, Julie, and Neal have to protect their town, but they're up against mysterious creatures, strangely-behaving parents, and powerful magic. Can the kids stop Gethwing before he destroys the Upper World -- for good?

Most Dangerous Book

Most Dangerous


  • Author : Joanne Mattern
  • Publisher : Red Chair Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9781634407083

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Most Dangerous Excerpt :

Which animal is called Black Death? Did you know one of the most dangerous animals eats only grass and plants? Some animals kill by biting and fighting, others are deadly to touch!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book
Score: 3.5
From 101 Ratings

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


  • Author : Hunter S. Thompson
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-09-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307744067

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Excerpt :

50th Anniversary Edition • With an introduction by Caity Weaver, acclaimed New York Times journalist This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.