Aunt Dimity Digs In (Aunt Dimity Mysteries #4) by Nancy Atherton

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Release date: March 1, 1999
The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time?so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirred up by a visiting archaeologist’s excavation.With Reginald, the stuffed pink rabbit and Edmond Terrance, the stuffed tiger in tow, Lori hunts down a missing document, and the archaeologist digs up a lot more than artifacts. It is Aunt Dimity’s magic blue notebook that provides the key to buried secrets and domestic malice, and shows all the residents of Finch that even the darkest acts can be overcome by forgiveness.

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I think it was the subject of archaeology that made this story less attractive to me and thus less enchanting.  It has been my least favorite of the series so far.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

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Release date: September 27, 2012
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
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J.K. Rowling should go back to writing young adult or children’s book because I my estimation this book is a total waste of paper.
I chose the audio version and still I didn’t find anything about it that I even came close to liking and if I had had to READ page after page I don’t know  if I would have held on to my sanity.    In short, do not waste your time.

Into the Dreaming (Highlander)by Karen Marie Moning

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Publication Date:April 24, 2012
For the first time in hardcover, here is #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s novella Into the Dreaming, a tale of Highland fantasy, star-crossed lovers, and the timeless manipulation of the ancient, immortal Unseelie king. This is Moning at her romantic, funniest finest. Free him from his ice-borne hell . . . Stolen from his beloved home in the Highlands of Scotland, imprisoned in the Unseelie king’s dark, frosty kingdom, Aedan MacKinnon endured centuries of torture before becoming the icy, emotionless Vengeance, the dark king’s dispatcher of death and destruction in the mortal realm. And in his century you both may dwell . . . Aspiring romance novelist Jane Sillee has always believed that she was born in the wrong century, but she’s managed to make a decent enough life for herself—if only she could stop having those recurring dreams about a man too perfect to exist. In the Dreaming you have loved him . . . Haunted every night of her life by a devastatingly sexy Highlander who comes to her while she sleeps, Jane tries to write him out of her head and heart. As a child he protected her, as a woman he loves her. Now in the Waking you must save him . . . When an ancient tapestry bearing the likeness of her beloved Highlander arrives on her doorstep, Jane is whisked back in time to fifteenth-century Scotland, to the castle of Dun Haakon on the isle of Skye, where she is given one chance to save her dream lover . . . or lose him forever to the Unseelie king. Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?  From the Hardcover version.
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I chose the audio version of this book and I loved listening to the narrator speak with a Scottish accent. (Swoon) The story itself was very short (only three CD’s) but it was very good and since this is the first time I’ve tried a Highlander storyline I was quite pleased. If you’re a fan of Karen Marie Moning you should give this a try. Warning: There is sexual content.

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Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed (Aunt Dimity Mysteries #3) by Nanch Atherton

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Publication Date:March 1, 1998
Nancy Atherton’s growing number of fans will certainly be delighted by Aunt Dimity’s latest appearance in the honey-colored English cottage she bequeathed to her “niece,” Lori Shepherd. Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori’s life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: she’s financially set for life and happily married or so she thinks. When Lori’s plans for a second honeymoon to England with her workaholic husband fall through, she begrudgingly takes along her father-in-law who promptly disappears, leaving behind a mysterious note.  Inspired and guided by the ghost of Aunt Dimity and her inimitable blue journal, Lori’s search for the elderly gentleman turns into a harrowing mission to uncover a centuries-old family secret complicated by mistaken identities, falsified deeds, family feuds, and Lori’s unseemly attraction to her husband’s beguiling English cousin. In a delightful chase that takes her all over the English countryside, Lori discovers the true meaning of marital bliss, and Nancy Atherton’s fans, new and old, will savor a masterpiece of old-fashioned fun.
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This installment of Aunt Dimity’s Mysteries is a combination of a cozy mystery and a gothic love story, well, sort of.  It’s great.   I loved it and went on to the next one.


Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity Mysteries #2)by Nancy Atherton

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Release date: November 1, 1995
| Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery
Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England’s glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers. Suspecting there’s more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke’s invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke’s beautiful cousin confirm Emma’s suspicions, and set her–with Aunt Dimity’s ghostly guidance–on the path to Penford Hall’s secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.
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I am so glad I found this series.  It is delightful,enchanting and a joy to read.

Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton

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Release date: November 1, 1993 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery
…Until the Dickensian law firm of Willis & Willis summons her to a reading of the woman’s will. Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she’s about to inherit a sizable estate–if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity’s English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery–and a ghost story–in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity’s indomitable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.
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While in the public library looking for a book to read, I came across this new series, Aunt Dimity Mysteries, by Nancy Atherton and decided to pick one up. I brought it home, began reading it that night and finished it the next morning, went back to the library and checked out three more.
It is a charming series with no murders, no sex and no bad languarg.You  just don’t find that combination much anything and it’s very refreshing.
The series deals with a ghost or spirit that writes in a blue journal,a pink stuffed bunny that seems to have magical powers  and delightful characters.
 I am so glad I ran across this series of books.

The Bone Bed ( Kay Scarpetta Series #20) by Patricia Cornwell

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Publication Date:October 16, 2012
A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.
When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.
This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bed is a must read for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.
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I read all of the Kay Scarpetta books but I was a bit disappointed in this one because the first few chapters seems too lengthy and filled with unneccessary information.  Maybe there was a word quota that the author had to meet and if that was the case, I understand.
The storyline itself was very good and is full of twists and turns and surprises all the way to the end. So I’m glad I hung in there during the parts that seemed bogged down because the end was great.

Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes

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Publication Date:May 6, 2008
Dear Reader,
The temperature’s on “sizzle” again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, who has inherited her grandmother’s B&B (and its eccentric handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Breakfast needs if it’s hosting millionaire Max Holt’s upcoming wedding! If rumors of a naughty, prank-playing ghost aren’t stressful enough, a mysterious man has arrived with an eye on Annie and her master suite. Wes Bridges is all leather and denim, sporting a two-day beard, straddling a Harley, and sending the B&B’s testosterone level through the roof. Annie’s cool demeanor may be dropping as fast as Wes’s jeans, but leave it to her missing ex-husband to dampen the passion! Turns out someone has done him in, and all evidence points to Annie! Wrapped up in a murder plot, Annie must find the killer, save her own neck, and get back to where she was-wrapped up in Wes’s strong loving arms…
We guarantee that you’re going to have as much fun reading Full Bloom as we had writing it! (Even if we were surprised by the ending!) And you won’t want to miss the hair-raising shenanigans when Fleas, the hound dog, meets the most cantankerous, snooty, bad-tempered, twenty-two pound orange cat….
Janet and Charlotte
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This is only the second book I’ve read by this author. The first was Manhunt  in May of 2009.  To me they are good as “fluff” reading or listening because you don’t have to think while time passes. After reading The Infection by Craig DiLouie I was ready for something less deadly,menacing, and world ending so I choose this and besides our local public library has a horrible selection of audio books and I didn’t have much choice.
It was a murder mystery mixed with romance and a ghost.  It was pleasant to listen to and I didn’t have to work my brain too hard, which is nice once  in awhile.

Donuts by Julia Dweck

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Publication Date:September 20, 2012
Donuts is a fairy tale with a modern day appeal. Meet Merl, a plucky, young squirrel who makes his home in a vast wilderness where all the trees have been cut to the ground. When Merl finds the very last acorn, he makes an extraordinary wish, resulting in one final oak tree sprouting. However, Merl’s wish is far from granted when the tree’s sprawling branches fail to bloom one single nut. A visit to a park turns Merl’s world upside down and his tree will never be the same. This is a majestic and poignant tale that exemplifies the beauty of loyalty in the friendship that grows between a squirrel and his tree. Donuts will touch the hearts of readers and make the most ardent cynic, smile. Stunning illustrations and melodic rhyming text make this enchanting adventure a memorable read.
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I decided to read this on a fluke because I LOVE DONUTS but it surprised me and brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. It’s about friendship and loyalty and we can all take a lesson from Merl. The beautiful illustrations were a bonus and fit the characters perfectly.
I recommend this book for everyone.        
 

Nano by Robin Cook

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Publication Date:December 4, 2012
After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology institute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.
But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. She’s warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute’s research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano LLC’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?
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I am so glad that I read Death Benefit before reading this book because in it  I was introduced to the main characters of Pia Grazdani and her former medical school classmate, George Wilson, who is totally infatuated with her.   This story is a follow-up of Death Benefit  and I was glad to have the background information it provided.
Nano is fantastic if you can get passed all of the medical jargon and description, which is essential to the story.  Luckily, I chose the audio version and had no problem at all.  It is an action packed thriller with a subject very much in the NOW of medicine and what we can expect in the near future. Or, who knows, maybe it exists already but we just don’t know it.  I highly recommend this book.