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Stars and Flowers
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 145,510. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
During her many years as an outdoors columnist in the ’80s and ’90s, Evelyn Klahre Anderson spoke to political figures, Broadway stars, famous scientists, astronauts, recording artists, network newsmen, environmentalists, comedians, and even former presidents and their wives in her quest to learn the impact that plants and flowers had on the lives of these larger than life personalities.
Hush Now, Don't Explain
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 74,520. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
World War II has just ended. Alongside her mixed-race “cousin” Billy, Honor grows to womanhood, enchanted by the colorful travel tales of the shanty store owner, Mr. Augustus Willard. The three friends, who are stifled by life in the dead-end town of DeForest Junction, Ohio, embark on a quest to find the piano man Billy suspects is his father in the legendary city of New Orleans.
Uncle Anton's Atomic Bomb
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 95,840. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Mary weds Ward Jr., heir to the well-to-do Wangerts of Indianapolis, and together they raise three sons. As they negotiate a rocky path through the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, they take turns spinning a nighttime yarn inspired by the idea: what if Anton Chekhov wrote a story about the atomic bomb? A tragicomic mix of upper-crust romance, sibling warfare, boarding school drama, and C.I.A. skullduggery.
The Devil Takes Half
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Series: A Greek Islands Mystery, Book 1. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 95,070. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A beautiful archeologist and daughter of a local ship owner is found dead at a dig on the Greek Island of Chios. After the body of her young assistant is also discovered, the chief officer of the local police force, Yiannis Patronas, suspects that the pair turned up something of real value, all evidence to the contrary, and sets out to conquer the evil threatening his formerly peaceful island.
What We Take With Us
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 10,310. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Through the prisms of love and loss, memory, individual narratives, and the natural world, this collection of poems celebrates the bounty of life—ordinary human experience as an act of discovery.
Satori
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 25,680. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Jack Remick learned to write poetry from J.S. Moodey in Centerville, CA, and from Thom Gunn at UC Berkeley. After living for a time in South America, he got degrees from Berkeley, SF State University and UC Davis, where he specialized in romance linguistics and French literature. Having given up travel in favor of the sedentary life, Jack is now a writing guru to hordes of writers in Seattle.
So You Think You're Crazy
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 56,710. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental illness
In these hectic times, many worry if they have stepped over the line and acquired a mental disorder. Are you really crazy, or is what troubles you simply a normal variant of universal human behavior? What behavioral traits must you learn to live with? Which can you change? What can your dreams tell you about your behavior? Dr. Frank Machovec offers answers to these questions and more.
How to Survive Being Alive
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 50,240. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Stress Management
First published in 1977, How to Survive dramatically changed the dialog between doctor and patient. Many more doctors began to consider the physical and mental states of their patients, rather than simply treating symptoms. This classic guide to identifying and learning to cope with stress remains surprisingly relevant in our even more hectic 21st century world.
The Last of the Blacksmiths
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Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 133,440. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Following his dreams of freedom and prosperity, a 19th century blacksmith from the Bavarian Rhineland travels to Cleveland, Ohio, to pursue an artisan way of life that will ultimately vanish.
Beyond the Two Rivers: The Continuing Story of Mannig the Heroine of Between the Two Rivers Following the Armenian Genocide
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 71,260. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
In Between the Two Rivers, Mannig rose from starving Armenian orphan to the teenage bride of a wealthy philanthropist. As her story continues in 1922, Mannig moves from the village desert castle of her in-laws to various farming village outposts where her engineer husband is sent to make the desert bloom. This is an Iraq that no longer exists, except in our memories and imaginations.
A Kosher Dating Odyssey: One Former Texas Baptist’s Quest for a Naughty & Nice Jewish Girl
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 50,160. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
A Kosher Dating Odyssey tracks one man’s jolting changes in belief as he enters the dating world pre- and post-Internet. The author was raised in a small town in Texas, educated at Princeton and has spent his adult years in NYC and Connecticut. The stories of his pursuit of romance--from Brooklyn to Brazil and beyond--provide a wry and revealing perspective on Jewish online dating.
The Spy's Little Zonbi
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 75,460. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Chase Allen never intended to be a killer, even for the good guys, but after he is recruited as a secret agent, terminating dictators and jihadists is all in a day’s work. He marries a dark beauty and they have a child, his “Little Zonbi,” who means everything to him. Now that his priorities have shifted, Chase strives for normalcy. But a spy doesn’t escape his past so easily.
The Book of Changes
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 91,950. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
“Beast” comes to Berkeley in 1971, a time of political upheaval, hallucinogenic drugs, abundant sex, and down-and-dirty rock n roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a pre-goth artists' model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history. Book 3 of the California Quartet.
Better You Go Home
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 94,340. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Chico Lenoch wonders why his Czech father refuses to contact family left behind the Iron Curtain. After discovering letters revealing the existence of a half-sister, he travels to the Czech Republic to find his forgotten sister and unearth the secrets his father has buried all these years. Chico’s quest is complicated by his urgent need for a donor kidney. Might his sister be a candidate?
Truth Be Veiled: A Justin Steele Murder Case
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 66,850. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
A woman falls from her fifteenth-story window ... was she pushed? Her husband stands accused of the murder, and he is counting on Justin Steele to clear his name. What is the truth, and how far does the law and personal conscience allow it to be concealed—or revealed—so Justin can win an acquittal?
Fresh Wind & Strange Fire: One Man's Adventures in Primal Mexico
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 35,370. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Ready to travel beyond where even news reporters fear to tread? Fresh Wind & Strange Fire is author Lyn Fuchs’ journey through stranger-than-fiction primal terrain. As an American professor in a Mexican university exploring the southern reaches of his adopted country, Fuchs knows the territory as only a local resident can and is uniquely qualified to convey its essence to English-speaking readers.
Baxter's Friends
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 85,480. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jerry Baxter and his two friends, Hugh and Al, are in midlife crisis. Jerry dreams about stark rituals from his Native American heritage. Hugh finds relief from the tedium of his job and his wife’s disinterest by fantasizing about an attractive female co-worker. Al, a hustler and womanizer, is looking for a new thrill. When fantasy gives way to reality, their troubles really begin.
Running at Night
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This collection includes 59 poems written over the past 33 years of the poet’s life. Says Randle, “Poetry is the dry distillation of feelings that produces a tangible product to be shared with others. Although the process requires a very high heat and is not without risk, it is worthwhile when readers tell you they can feel the residual warmth rising from the page holding a poem they really like.”
Badges, Bears, and Eagles: The True Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 89,880. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Environment
Over his 30 years as a wildlife protection officer for the California Department of Fish and Game, Steve Callan and his working partner, Dave Szody, conducted some of the most fascinating, complex and highly successful wildlife investigations in California history. They also collected a wealth of true stories—action-packed, suspenseful and often humorous.
Gabriela and The Widow
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 90,760. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
A story of chaos, revenge, death, sex and love. The Widow, 92 years old, lives in a house filled with photos, coins, and jewels. She hires Gabriela, a 19-year-old Mixteca from Mexico to help capture her fading memories. Gabriela seeks revenge for the destruction of her village. The Widow craves balance for the betrayals in her life. In the end, the Widow gives Gabriela the secret of immortality.
Lucia Triumphant
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Series: Tom Holt's Mapp and Lucia Series, Book 2. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 78,760. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
In postwar Britain, Lucia and Elizabeth continue to vie for ascendency over the quaint town of Tilling. Who will prevail? Neither woman, if the Tillingites can help it, for their antics offer the best entertainment in town. The second of Tom Holt’s officially sanctioned sequels to the hilarious “Lucia” novels of E.F. Benson. First published in 1986.
One Gay American
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 72,240. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Biographies
Dennis Milam Bensie is One Gay American. Born in the 1960s and raised with traditional values in Robinson, Illinois, Bensie desperately wanted romance, a beautiful wedding, and a baby to carry on the family name. He denied his sexuality and married a woman at nineteen years old,  but fantasized of weddings where he could be the bride.
Lucia in Wartime
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Series: Tom Holt's Mapp and Lucia Series, Book 1. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 64,320. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Across the Channel, the battle rages. On the Tilling front, another battle is being fought—the constant war of wits and social ascendancy between Lucia Pillson and Elizabeth Mapp-Flint. Lucia invariably wins the day. But how long will she be able to retain the admiration of all Tilling if her power remains unchecked? The first of Tom Holt’s official sequels to E.F. Benson’s Lucia series.
The Turtle-Girl from East Pukapuka
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 72,420. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
The fates of a little girl, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, an injured downhill skier, a salvage boat owner, a blond policewoman, a pair of pirates, a shark god and a cannibal collide on the tsunami-ravaged island of East Pukapuka.
Being Fruitful without Multiplying: Stories and Essays from Around the World
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 67,360. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Emotions
Childfree and childless are the labels society gives to women who do not bear children, due to choice or genetics. This anthology began as a means for three close relatives from different generations to examine the life events that led to their not having children. Gold Medal Winner (Women's Issues) in the 2014 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards.
The Fun of Speaking English: Selected Poems
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Before her death in May of 2012, Dorothea Grossman wrote: “I like to think my poems are honest and that they connect me with my fellow mammals in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and comforting. If they retain an air of mystery/humor, so much the better.” The late Allen Ginsberg called her poetry, “clear, odd, personal, funny or wild-weird, curious and lucid.”
Valley Boy
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 82,800. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Buried in small town Centerville, California, Ricky Edwards is horny as hell and raising hell. He looks like he’s on the San Quentin fast track until his mentor, Mr. W, teaches him how to crack the Class War secret code and ships him off to Berkeley with high hopes he’ll last at least a year. Valley Boy is Book 2 of Remick’s California Quartet series.
The Gathering Place: Stories from the Armenian Club in Old Shanghai
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 60,980. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
The personal histories in The Gathering Place offer a fresh take on the immigrant experience during a time of momentous change in Asia. Their travels coincide with war, economic depression, revolution, banditry and military occupation during the most turbulent period in modern history—a period that covers what some call the ‘Modern Dark Age’—the first half of the twentieth century.
Death of a Dean
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Series: A Mrs. Mallory Mystery, Book 7. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 55,430. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Mrs. Malory’s friend David Beaumont is in trouble: he is broke and his acting career is on the skids. To keep his cottage, he must convince his nasty brother Francis to sell their jointly owned family home, currently occupied by their old nanny. Nana dies from a suspicious fall; then Francis is poisoned. Is David the killer? Mrs. Malory sets out to clear his name. The 7th Mrs. Malory mystery.
Superfluous Death
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Series: A Mrs. Mallory Mystery, Book 6. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 55,530. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Mrs. Malory’s sleuthing talents are tested once again when one of her friends, a sweet elderly lady, is poisoned. Miss Graham’s death is quite convenient for a local doctor; her refusal to move thwarted his construction project. But Mrs. Malory knows that nothing is as simple as it seems, especially when it is revealed that Miss Graham left a considerable fortune. A Mrs Mallory Mystery Book 6.
The Deification
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 122,410. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
To be a writer in America, you have to bleed. Eddie Iturbi, a young car-thief obsessed with the dark magic of Beat culture in a mythic San Francisco, sets off on a spaced-out crusade to connect with the Beat gods. Immortality is just a book away. Will Eddie live long enough to write it?
Murder on Campus
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Series: A Mrs. Mallory Mystery, Book 5. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 51,030. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
No sooner does Sheila Malory arrive in America to teach at a small college than a very unpleasant colleague is found with a bullet in his head. The lead investigator, Lieutenant Landis, asks Mrs. Malory for help. Although sensing that his interest in her is more than professional, Sheila can’t resist a good murder mystery. Hazel Holt’s 5th Mrs. Malory mystery.
The Boulevard of Broken Discourse
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
For many years Matthew Freeman struggled with mental illness and his experiences have fed his unique perspective. Thanks to the newest treatments, he is able to give voice to subjects that in the past would have been consigned to silence. His home of St. Louis, Missouri provides the setting for many of his poems and is a constant source of inspiration.
Gas Drilling and the Fracking of a Marriage
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 61,310. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
After receiving an offer to lease the farmland of her idyllic childhood summers for natural gas exploration or “fracking” (a process that may harm the environment), scientist Stephanie Hamel saw her strong convictions rattled by dreams of instant wealth. This honest yet light-hearted memoir will strike a vein for anyone who has agonized over their role as steward to the earth’s resources.
Destination Tent City, AZ
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 43,510. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2011 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
Ever since the Arizona prison Tent City was established in 1993, it has been making headlines. This “as told to” account chronicles a two-year period of a young woman’s life after she, like so many Americans, made the fateful decision to drink and drive. Her story should give readers pause the next time they decide to drive away from happy hour. Especially if they happen to be in Arizona.
Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 74,530. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents
Striking the right balance between career and motherhood is one of the most stressful, heart-wrenching tasks facing women today. Forty-seven women examine the conflict between the need to nurture and the need to work and reveal creative solutions for having the best of both worlds. They offer hope and inspiration but also reveal the messy realities of modern motherhood.
Shorn: Toys to Men
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 83,390. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Gay and lesbian
Bensie chronicles his journey from damaged boy to confused young man paying hustlers to shave their heads. The world of theater is his sanctuary, where he spins fantasy into reality and turns his private sexual conflict over haircutting into a career as a wig designer. Humorous and honest, this is a uniquely tangled love story—a triumphant quest for love, forgiveness and self-acceptance.
Sacred Ground & Holy Water: One Man's Adventures in the Wild
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 43,410. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
A collection of travel stories filled with humor, tragedy, adventure, sexual innuendo, and spiritual insight. Lyn Fuchs should be called Lyndiana Jones. He has survived enraged grizzlies, erupting volcanoes, Japanese swordfights, and giant squid tentacles. He has contracted malaria, typhoid, salmonella, and lovesickness around the world.
Mrs. Malory and the Festival Murder
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Series: A Mrs. Mallory Mystery, Book 4. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 51,990. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Mrs. Malory visits the Taviscombe Festival, which has been appropriated by Adrian Palgrave, a writer of little renown. Palgrave, literary executor for Lawrence Meredith, a leading literary figure of the 20s and 30s, is found beaten to death, and suspects abound. Two other deaths and an attempt to destroy Meredith’s papers lead Sheila to search for long-held secrets that bred fatal consequences.
The Shortest Journey
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Series: A Mrs. Mallory Mystery, Book 3. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 52,910. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Mrs. Malory returns to investigate a rich widow's disappearance after her daughter pressures her mother to sign over a large inheritance. There are many surprises as the dauntless sleuth delves beneath the peaceful surface of village life. Book 3 of Holt's Mrs. Malory mysteries.
My Dear Charlotte
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 53,990. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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A British Regency murder mystery/romance set in 1815, written “with the assistance of Jane Austen’s letters.” Balls, visits, courtships, gossip (and murder, of course!). Especially for readers who love Jane Austen, Sharon Lathan, Georgette Heyer and Barbara Pym.
The Cruellest Month
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Series: A Mrs. Mallory Mystery, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 56,040. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Sheila Malory's godson finds Ms. Richmond, a librarian in Oxford’s New Bodleian library, crushed under collapsed bookshelves, Mrs. Malory probes the victim’s past in search of answers. Could Gwen, who had many enemies, have been murdered for blackmail? Holt's civilized and tantalizing mystery explores both modern Oxford and rural wartime England. Book 2 in Holt’s Mrs. Malory series.
Gone Away
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Series: A Mrs. Mallory Mystery, Book 1. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 51,590. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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The 1st book in the delightful British cozy mystery series featuring Sheila Malory, a plain-spoken widow residing in the seaside town of Taviscombe, England. When pretty but avaricious Lee Montgomery disappears, her fiancé Charles Richardson enlists Mrs. Malory’s help. The dauntless Mrs. Malory soon suspects the worst. Little does she realize the terrible secrets her investigation will reveal..
Between the Two Rivers: A Story of the Armenian Genocide
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 90,030. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
After seeing their family murdered during the Armenian Genocide, Mannig and her sister struggle to survive on the streets of what is now eastern Iraq, fighting with other children for camel dung to trade for bread. One day a handsome philanthropist offers them sanctuary in an orphanage … A moving memoir of the author's mother. Revised 2nd Edition.
Queen of Cities
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 88,910. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2010 by Coffeetown Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
1453: An army is marching. The Turkish sultan Mehmed has declared war on Constantinople. This is an age of armored heroes and high-walled cities, of Machiavellian mistresses and scheming politicians, of religious conflict, and the clash of empires. The stone, silk and steel of the 15th century come to life in an epic drama that reverberates in our own time.


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