Find Her (Det. D.D. Warren #8) by Lisa Gardner

Book Description:

Published: February 9, 2016

Format: Audio

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime–a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him–she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

Review –

A kidnapping survivor–turned-vigilante tries to save another young woman while the police do everything they can to save them both.

Flora Dane might look unscathed but she’s permanently scarred from having been abducted while on spring break in Florida seven years earlier by Jacob Ness, a sadistic trucker who held her captive for 472 days, keeping her in a coffin for much of the time when he wasn’t forcing her to have sex with him. Now back in Boston and schooled in self-defense, Flora is obsessed with kidnapped girls and the nature of survival, a topic she touches on a bit more than necessary in the many flashbacks to her time in captivity. The author  must walk a fine line in accurately evoking the horrors of Flora’s past ordeals without slipping into excessive descriptions of violence; she is not entirely successful. When Flora thwarts another kidnapping attempt by killing Devon Goulding, her would-be abductor, Sgt. Detective D.D. Warren’s interest is piqued even though she’s meant to be on restricted duty. Then Flora disappears for real, and Warren, along with Dr. Samuel Keynes, the FBI victim specialist from Flora’s original kidnapping, fears it’s related to the kidnapping three months earlier of Stacey Summers, a case Flora followed closely. Gardner alternates between Warren’s investigation into Flora’s disappearance and Flora’s present-day hell at the hands of a new enemy.

The world of the FBI, the terror of abduction and victim advocates blend into this tense and sometimes hard thriller. The author knows how to invoke  strong emotions, and readers will be forced to deal with tough questions that don’t necessarily have answers.

Five stars !!!!!

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Top Pot Hand Forged Doughnuts:Secrets and Recipes for the Home Baker by Mark and Michael Klebeck with Jess Thomson

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Book Description

Publication Date: September 21, 2011
Among enthusiasts, Seattle’s Top Pot Doughnuts reigns supreme. Now, doughnut aficionados everywhere can enjoy these tasty treats at home. Committed bakers, casual home cooks, and sweet-toothed fans will eat up these 50 tried-and-true recipes from classic Old-Fashioneds to the signature Pink Feather Boa and become experts themselves after learning the secrets of doughnut-making tools, terms, and techniques (no, you don’t need a deep fryer). And the selections of toppings and glazes, from chocolate to lavender? That’s just icing on the doughnut.
Review –
I LOVE doughnuts and I love this book except I wish the print were a bit bigger and a lot darker.  The recipes may be hard to read but I vow to make every single doughnut recipes in this book next year.  It will be a daunting job but someone has to do it. (More later)
Here are a few of the recipes from the book:
Apple Fritters
Blueberry Cake Doughnuts
Chocolate Feather Boa  Cake Doughnuts
Double Trouble Cake Doughnuts
French Toast Old Fashioned Doughnuts
Maple Bars
Sour Cream Old Fashioned Doughnuts
Bread Pudding Doughnuts
Raspberry Bullseyes
 
Yum Yum.  A bit of heaven on earth.

Lake Eden Cookbook by Joanne Fluke

Book Description

Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Series: Hannah Swensen Mystery
It’s a picture postcard December in Minnesota. Pristine white snow is glistening in the winter sunlight, and Main Street is brimming with festive holiday decorations. Best of all, it’s the day Hannah’s mother, Delores Swensen, is holding her annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at the Community Centre – catered by none other than The Cookie Jar! The whole Swensen clan, their friends, and members of “The Lake Eden Gossip Hotline”, of which Delores is a founding member, have gathered for the delicious event. And as they share their favourite juicy tales of Lake Eden and its residents over coffee and dessert, they also share their favourite scrumptious cookie recipes – plus a mouth-watering menu of luncheon recipes…plus all the recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder to Carrot Cake Murder. Whether this is your first taste of Lake Eden, or you’re back for another helping, you can now bring the irresistible flavours of The Cookie Jar into your very own kitchen.
 Review –
I have read all of the Hannah Swensen Mystery books and loved the yummy recipes that the author, Joanne Fluke includes in every book.  Long after returning  a book to the library I found myself wanting to make a specific recipes and didn’t have it. NOW I have several of Hannah’s favorites in cookbook form.  The yummy recipes are taken from nine different books and I can’t wait to make the CHOCOLATE MINT SOFTIES, the CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD COOKIE BARS and the NORWEGIAN CHOCOLATE PIZZA , just a name a few.  I’m sure I’ll end up making all of the recipes at one time or another. Of course there is a story included among the recipes but
this time no one winds up dead. If you’re a fan of Joanne Fluke and the Hannah Swenson Mystery  Series,  you need to get this book NOW.