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Murder for Dinner
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012 by JJ Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When a food critic is found dead in his tiramisu, the restaurant owner asks Anna to help clear him of the crime. Anna never wanted to play Nancy Drew, but Tony is like family. Can an insurance agent from Brooklyn solve the case before she's next on the killer's list?


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  • Advisors at Naptime on Dec. 08, 2010

    This is a cute sci-fi story. Rusch has the little girl's voice down and you will root for Carol in her quest for a nap!!
  • Chasing the Minotaur on July 05, 2011

    Terry Hayman weaves a tale of magic, coping with loss, and rekindling one's passion in this novel set in both modern day and historical France. After the death of his wife, Lake goes with his daughter to France. While there, he meets long dead artists such as the friendly Renoir and the passionate Picasso. Is it insanity? Magic? Hayman leads the reader through Lake's journey with strong sensory details and suspense that will keep you turning the pages.
  • The Bikini Wedding on July 07, 2011

    This is a sweet story about a father and daughter coping with tragedy and finding a new beginning. Great voice and a great tale for those who are fans of Christian fiction.
  • Skin and Bone on Aug. 05, 2011

    An unusual horror tale that hits the ground running and makes you hang on for the ride. Sally Gold is a Storyteller, learning her gift in order to fight the Bone Man, a creature who consumes people's stories by eating their bones. This is not a tale for young people, or those who can't stand gore. But Walker makes you care about Sally and those around her, and you will find yourself reading on to see what's going to happen next.
  • Afterburn on Sep. 08, 2011

    Karen Abrahamson's "Afterburn" is an urban fantasy with an original premise: There are people out there who can reshape our world simply with vellum and ink. Many of these "Gifted" work for the GSA and keep the nation's borders in their proper place. The world and the characters are well drawn, especially the heroine, Vallon Drake. Vallon finds herself in the center of a power struggle in the Department of Homeland Security (which wants to control the GSA)and a murder suspect to boot. Along the way, she uncovers a plot to destroy Seattle and must find a way to put a stop to it while dodging those who want to arrest or detain her. The book is fast paced and while the romance was "spicier" then I like, overall the writing is fantastic. I hope this is not the last we see of Vallon Drake!
  • Bad Agent, No Catnip! Bad Career Advice and Questionable Misinformation from the World's Worst Literary Agent, Sydney T. Cat on Oct. 20, 2011
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    Hilarious take on literary agents today, told through the eyes of a cat who became one of them. If you have an agent, were thinking about getting an agent, or just want to laugh out loud, this is the book for you.
  • Bad Agent, No Catnip! Bad Career Advice and Questionable Misinformation from the World's Worst Literary Agent, Sydney T. Cat on Oct. 20, 2011

    Hilarious take on literary agents today, told through the eyes of a cat who became one of them. If you have an agent, were thinking about getting an agent, or just want to laugh out loud, this is the book for you.
  • The Hands of God on Dec. 15, 2011

    It is said that God gives us gifts to use for His glory. There are times, however, that we look with longing at what we cannot do and ignore the abilities we’ve been given. And what if we’re dealt a devastating handicap? Could we possibly look past it and make use of the gifts we have been granted? One answer to this question is found in Gerald Weinberg’s excellent book, “The Hands of God.” Pamela Ruka is a teenage girl who lost her hands in a horrific accident years before. She lives with her alcoholic grandfather, who sees her as little more than a ticket to a big monetary win in court. She spends her days at home, locked inside when she is alone. But Pamela has a unique gift. She can see patterns where no one else can. She first uses this ability to pick winning horses in races, which brings her to the attention of her grandfather’s bookie, West, one of several interesting characters that populate this novel. But Weinberg doesn’t leave us in a simple story about gambling on the ponies. He shows us that Pamela’s gift has a number of applications – some more life-changing than others. Throw in some speculative technology and some unexpected twists and turns and you have a page-turner of a tale that explores what we do with the gifts God gives to us. I found myself rooting for Pamela as she struggled to chart her own path in a world where everyone else had a plan for her. For a great story with a Christian message that will keep you engaged from beginning to end, I recommend “The Hands of God.”
  • The Hands of God on Dec. 15, 2011

    It is said that God gives us gifts to use for His glory. There are times, however, that we look with longing at what we cannot do and ignore the abilities we’ve been given. And what if we’re dealt a devastating handicap? Could we possibly look past it and make use of the gifts we have been granted? One answer to this question is found in Gerald Weinberg’s excellent book, “The Hands of God.” Pamela Ruka is a teenage girl who lost her hands in a horrific accident years before. She lives with her alcoholic grandfather, who sees her as little more than a ticket to a big monetary win in court. She spends her days at home, locked inside when she is alone. But Pamela has a unique gift. She can see patterns where no one else can. She first uses this ability to pick winning horses in races, which brings her to the attention of her grandfather’s bookie, West, one of several interesting characters that populate this novel. But Weinberg doesn’t leave us in a simple story about gambling on the ponies. He shows us that Pamela’s gift has a number of applications – some more life-changing than others. Throw in some speculative technology and some unexpected twists and turns and you have a page-turner of a tale that explores what we do with the gifts God gives to us. I found myself rooting for Pamela as she struggled to chart her own path in a world where everyone else had a plan for her. For a great story with a Christian message that will keep you engaged from beginning to end, I recommend “The Hands of God.”