Friday, March 24, 2017

Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke, 521 pages

After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah is eager to settle down in Lake Eden. But when her mother's neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town...and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play? As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies by David Lubar, 205 pages

Welcome to the Weenie Zone! The appearance of a mysterious new girl in school stops her classmates cold. A boy gets the surprise of his life when he tries to sabotage a magic show. And stands full of screaming and shouting bleacher weenies are about to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Here are thirty hilarious and harrowing stories that will scare you, make you laugh, or make you see the world in a whole new way. Find out where the author got the idea for each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!

Dying for Dinner Rolls by Lois Lavrisa, 159 pages

She's been held at gunpoint, stuck in a burning dumpster, chased out of a grocery store, caught impersonating a police officer and almost run over by a wayward vehicle. How is that for a first day on the job as an amateur sleuth? Along with her friend Annie Mae, Cat investigates the brick-paved, oak-lined streets of Savannah to find their friend's murderer. To say the very least, it is not smooth sailing for these self appointed detectives. Will they catch the killer before the killer gets them? Or will their first case be their last?
I'd seen this series mentioned in a mystery cookbook and thought I would give it a try. Was not my favorite, I don't think I'll pick up the others in the series.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton, 246 pages

When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all.
There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped up against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment-to eat bacon baps-but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen. It's clear something strange-and deadly-is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again....

Do They Ever Grow Up? by Lynn Johnston, 108 pages

A collection of some of her very earliest comics.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, 319 pages

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind-she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of the house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed-this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack, 160 pages

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, forced to choose between an unearthly destiny and her own mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But Madam Satan, a deadly foe from her family's past, has arrived in Greendale, and she has her sights set squarely on the young witch. Can Sabrina face the challenge, or will her witching career-and high school life-end all too abruptly?