Jerold Last


The authors are a husband and wife team presently living in Northern California. Elaine is a retired occupational therapist currently enjoying breeding, training, and showing German Shorthaired Pointer dogs and playing with her grandchildren. Jerry is a scientist on the faculty of the University of California and a big fan of California mystery novels. A quick search of Amazon will turn up books and articles in biochemistry previously edited or authored by Jerry, but The Empanada Affair is his first novel. Reader feedback will be greatly appreciated, so please take a few minutes to write a review of the book after you finish reading it.

The settings and locales for The Empanada Affair are authentic; the authors lived previously in Salta, Argentina for several months. The book’s title comes from a local food served ubiquitously as an appetizer in the region.


The Empanada Affair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,030. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Private Detective Roger Bowman is hired to solve a murder that occurred a month previously in Salta, Argentina. Most of the action takes place in Northwest Argentina. The local police seem to have given up on this case. Bowman and his client, who is being followed by a mysterious man, travel to Salta to make their own investigation. There’s plenty of action, romance, and an interesting locale.

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  • Beads on a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History on May 28, 2012

    Ey Wade's "Beads on a String" tells us at the beginning that it was originally written two years ago as a textbook she could use for home-schooling her children. She was unable to find suitable reading material to support her needs for home-schooling her family so the core of their study of U.S. history became assembling the biographical and historical information from which this book was born. The major source for much of the material was the Internet (Wiki), so the research was readily incorporated into the process of home study and self-directed learning the family received. The "beads" are a metaphor for the cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity of the United States, and the "string" is a metaphor for the whole of the USA. The book is large and fascinating---mainly a series of biographical vignettes of the people the author and her children selected as those who had a major impact on the history of the U.S. All of the "beads" make contributions; the "string" is the richer for the diversity of those contributing. "Beads on a String" has a lot to offer traditional K-12 schools and home schooling parents as supplemental material for various standard curricula in history, civics, and other social sciences. Negatives include the need for more careful editing of typos and occasional grammatical lapses, a confusing and incomplete table of Contents, and the sheer size of the book, which at 170,000+ words is intimidating to begin. On the whole, I recommend it highly on the as-is basis for selective browsing or as a reference source to share with junior high school and older students. With more careful editing I'd consider it as a potential candidate for a commercial textbook publisher to consider producing as an inexpensive e-book series for public school reference libraries.