Description : Former police officer Abigail Mackenzie has made a fresh start as a beekeeper and farmer in picturesque Las Flores, California—but she never suspected her new hometown would prove to be abuzz with murder . . . Only hours after Abby’s free-spirited friend, Fiona Mary Ryan, owner of Ancient Wisdom Botanicals, missed their lunch date, her body is found in a burning car—a tragic accident until the coroner’s report points to murder. Driven by her loyalty to her friend, and her deeply ingrained skills as a trained investigator, Abby sorts through suspects who seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Luckily, Abby isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to smoke out a killer . . . Includes farming tips and delicious recipes! Praise for the Henny Penny Farmette Mysteries “A lady cop turned farmer . . . What fun!” —Joanne Fluke “Will leave readers buzzing happily.” —Leslie Budewitz “Beekeeping, organic gardening, pastry baking—an engaging debut mystery.” —Library Journal
Description : Join Po and her sleuthing quilter friends, the Queen Bees, as they uncover murders in this fourbook mystery series. These books can be read in order or as standalone novels.
Description : After her husband is violently murdered by the police, Darlene Dennison picks up the pieces, loads her guns, and takes her hustling game to another level. In this story of money and murder, grind with Darlene as she shakes up the streets of Cook City and makes them her own personal beehive. The late 1970s and early 1980s weren't ready for the type of game she put down, but when the games began, anything was liable to happen. When she was on top, everybody danced. No matter what, the hustle must go on! With a past full of secrets, and a life filled with actors, the strip became one big stage. Darlene vowed to survive, by any means necessary. When betrayal sets in, only God could determine the outcome. With the police on her trail, and a District Attorney out to get her, they notoriously named her the "Queen Bee." As this shocking fictional tale takes unpredictable twists and turns, what will be Darlene's fate?
Description : "Quite simply one of the best books of the year." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Ben Downing's Queen Bee of Tuscany brings an extraordinary Victorian back to life. Born into a distinguished intellectual family and raised among luminaries such as Dickens and Thackeray, Janet Ross married at eighteen and went to live in Egypt. There, for the next six years, she wrote for the London Times, hobnobbed with the developer of the Suez Canal, and humiliated pashas in horse races. In 1867 she moved to Florence, Italy where she spent the remaining sixty years of her life writing a series of books and hosting a colorful miscellany of friends and neighbors, from Mark Twain to Bernard Berenson, at Poggio Gherardo, her house in the hills above the city. Eventually she became the acknowledged doyenne of the Anglo-Florentine colony, as it was known. Yet she was also immersed in the rural life of Tuscany: An avid agriculturalist, she closely supervised the farms on her estate and the sharecroppers who worked them, often pitching in on grape and olive harvests. Spirited, erudite, and supremely well-connected, Ross was one of the most dynamic women of her day. Her life offers a fascinating window on fascinating times, from the Risorgimento to the rise of fascism. Encompassing all this rich history, Queen Bee of Tuscany is a panoramic portrait of an age, a family, and our evolving love affair with Tuscany. A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2013
Description : Diane Waggoner is on the cusp of finally finding happiness in her life. After becoming engaged to former priest Matt Harrington, Diane prepares to visit her invalid mother at a care facility in Portland, Maine-knowing that she is walking straight into a web of hatred. But until she has the courage to stand up to her mother once and for all, Diane knows she will never be able to reclaim he r life. Loretta Berg will do anything in her power to dominate her children with constant criticism and devious trickery. As her family arrives to visit, expectations are high on both sides. But as strong wills and conflicting desires surface, everyone questions whether the sniping, selfish Loretta will ever be capable of loving anyone, including herself. When one of Loretta's vindictive acts goes too far, action is necessary. Diane and her family must quell her hostility. In this emotional, wrenching novel, the future of a family led by a dysfunctional matriarch hangs in the balance as they consider their welfare, her punishment and salvation.
Description : Part philosopher, part astronomer, Ollie Harrington II was a gentle soul who was happiest when looking up at the night sky. Even at fifty-two, his child-like amazement of the universe had never dimmed. Now Ollie is dead - murdered in his home, the Harrington mansion. Why would anyone want to kill him? When Ollie's sister cruises into Crestwood, she turns the sleepy little town on its head in no time at all. There had been speculation about what would happen to the Harrington mansion, but Adele puts them all to rest: she's going to turn the Harrington mansion into a B & B. And since the Queen Bees have been commissioned to create quilts for the bedrooms, they'll be in close proximity to the murder investigation, and may be able to "help." Sally Goldenbaum has set her Queen Bees quilting cozies in the fictitious college town of Crestwood, Kansas. Led by Portia "Po" Paltrow, a merry band of eight quilters - the Queen Bees - gathers at Selma's fabric shop each Saturday morning to quilt, sort through their lives and the lives of their neighbors and friends, and to solve perplexing mysteries that disturb the quiet college town.
Description : When their town is blanketed in suspicion and murder, it falls to the Crestwood Quilters to uncover a killer in this latest case from Sally Goldenbaum, the national bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters mysteries . . . Oliver Harrington II was one of the most beloved members of Crestwood’s community. Despite being the picture of health at age 52, he died from a sudden heart attack, leaving behind the family mansion on a sprawling piece of property. His twin sister Adele returned to the town she despises to claim her brother’s home, intent on turning it into a B&B. And she’s hired Po Paltrow and the Crestwood Quilters to craft quilts for the guest rooms. But Adele is not the only one interested in the future of the Harrington estate. A developer wants to put multiple houses on the land. The townsfolk just want their neighborhood to retain its small-town charm and not become a tourist trap. But when an autopsy reveals that Oliver was actually poisoned, suspicion falls on his sister. Po doesn’t believe Adele is guilty, leaving her determined to discover who else harbored deadly designs on the Harrington home . . . Previously titled Murder on a Starry Night Praise for Sally Goldenbaum’s Mysteries “A perfect cozy mystery.” —Nancy Pickard “Goldenbaum’s Queen Bee quilters charm and delight. I hope these intriguing women will continue to quilt—and solve crimes!” —Carolyn Hart
Description : A landmark in historical research, tying the Mafia and Cuba to the assassination of JFK—updated to reveal the role of Cuban Commander Juan Almeida. Recent revelations by the U.S. government point to Cuba’s former number three official—Commander Juan Almeida—as secretly working with President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 to overthrow Fidel Castro. This updated edition of Ultimate Sacrifice tells the full story for the first time—complete with new photos and documents. The authors obtained the story from almost two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, starting in 1990 with JFK’s Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Their accounts are supported by thousands of newly released files at the National Archives. A “palace coup,” set for December 1, 1963, was to be backed up by U.S. forces “invited” in by Commander Almeida, then Chief of the Cuban Army. However, three Mafia bosses being targeted by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy used several CIA assets to infiltrate the secret plot and murder JFK. The new edition explains why Almeida was not a double agent, why Fidel suspected Almeida’s ally Che Guevara, and what Fidel did in 1990 when he finally found out about Almeida’s work for JFK. “How well do the authors make their case? With a relentless accumulation of detail, a very thorough knowledge of every political and forensic detail and the broad perspective of historians rather than assassination theorists.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “At last, the mysteries surrounding JFK’s death are fully explained by the startling revelations in this book.” —William W. Turner, former FBI agent and author of Deadly Secrets