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Connect Five Friday : Library

This Friday is National Library Day ! Some my Five Books will have Library in the title or mystery taken place at the Library.

I work part time as the Liberian in our small town . It’s a labor of love and a way to help the kids and adults in my community.

From the Library collection:


With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again—managing Storyton Hall, and breaking ground on the resort’s latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. But when the earth is dug up to start laying the spa’s foundation, something else comes to the surface—a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery—until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library. As the questions—and suspects—start stacking up, Jane will have to uncover a killer before more unhappy endings ensue . . .

Rain Wilmot has just returned to her family’s waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain’s corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain’s mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.

The community of Lofty Pines starts pointing fingers at Willow, since she has been unusually absent from the library this summer. A fishy rumor surfaces when Rain learns that Willow had been spending a lot of time with Thornton. The town even thought they were having an affair.

While theories swirl about Thornton’s death, Rain takes it upon herself to solve the case to exonerate her mother. As more clues surface, Rain will have to piece together the mystery. But if she isn’t careful, she may be the next to end up dead in the water in Murder at the Lakeside Library, the first in Holly Danvers’ new Lakeside Library mysteries.

It’s National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright—creator of the beloved Veronica Thane series.

Charlie has a soft spot for Cartwright’s girl detective stories (not to mention an extensive collection of her books!). When the author agrees to make a rare public appearance, the news of her whereabouts goes viral overnight, and series devotees and book collectors converge on Athena.

After all, it’s rumored that Cartwright penned Veronica Thane stories that remain under wraps, and one rabid fan will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get hold of the rare books…

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Heather Redding is the library director in the seaside town of Peachtree Point, New Hampshire. She and her friend and colleague, Sylvie, are helping with the town’s first romance writers conference. The conference organizers wanted a well-known author to be the keynote speaker, but their budget wasn’t big enough for their first choice. Instead, they invite Fiona Fulbright who comes with a pile of baggage and trouble. When someone collapses and dies in front of the conference-goers, will Heather, Sylvie, and Heather’s sister, Joanna, the town’s Sheriff’s Deputy, solve the crime before the culprit gets away with murder?

Stolen memories. Stolen lives. How far will she go to get it all back?

Some women want their husband to remember their anniversary. Allison just wants hers to remember her name. The library of memories she guards may hold the key. If she can return Paul’s memories to the magical books, she just might get her life back, too.

The question is—how far will she go to get what she wants?

If you like small-town settings, love stories that transcend memory, and twisty magical mysteries, you’ll love Libraries & Labradors, the third and final book in the Magic Library Mystery series.

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Book Treats : Maple Walnut Cookies

Our Book Mobile in our featured Cozy Mystery takes place in Michigan. And one of our favorite times while living in Michigan was Maple time . So enjoy these book inspired treats…… Lisa

Cookie Recipe :

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (Michigan syrup) https://curreyfarms.com/
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts (pecans)
  1. Beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed with an electric mixer for three minutes or until light and fluffy
  2. Add the vanilla extract and egg and mix until well incorporated. Add the maple syrup and mix .
  3. In a separate bowl vigorously whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just incorporated. Fold in the walnuts.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for thirty minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Drop spoonfuls of the cookie, about 1 inch balls, onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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At the Library : Bookmobile

Today at the Library I am celebrating the Book Mobile! Does your town have one? Ever visited One?

With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter.

Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C5QUM0U?ref_=dbs_m_mng_rwt_calw_tkin_0&storeType=ebooks

Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile

f you can’t bring the man to the books, bring the books to the man.
 
Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852–1932) was always looking for ways to improve her library. As librarian at the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Titcomb was concerned that the library was not reaching all the people it could. She was determined that everyone should have access to the library—not just adults and those who lived in town. Realizing its limitations and inability to reach the county’s 25,000 rural residents, including farmers and their families, Titcomb set about to change the library system forever with the introduction of book-deposit stations throughout the country, a children’s room in the library, and her most revolutionary idea of all—a horse-drawn Book Wagon. Soon book wagons were appearing in other parts of the country, and by 1922, the book wagon idea had received widespread support. The bookmobile was born!

Children Book:

An exquisitely illustrated paean to everyone who struggles to learn how to read, and to everyone who won’t give up on them.

Cal is not the readin’ type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he’d rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that’s not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish—or is she braver than he ever thought?

That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history—the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.https://www.amazon.com/That-Book-Woman-Heather-Henson-ebook/dp/B006OH8GPE/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Books Review : Container Gardening

Container Gardening For Beginners: A Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Edible Flowers

Everything you need to grow a thriving garden in containers

Whether you’re on a budget, live in a small space, or simply want to raise a new plant or two, container gardening is a practical method for urban and suburban gardeners alike. Container Gardening for Beginners is packed with information and advice for using different types of containers to grow your own vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers.

Learn how to get started, from gathering the tools you’ll need to choosing the right container and soil mix. Once you’ve covered the basics, you’ll get advice on what you should plant and when, when to water and how, and finally, how you can successfully grow and harvest your crop.

Container Gardening for Beginners includes:

  • Step-by-step guidance―Find detailed gardening guidance from start to finish, including things to know before you grow, how to start seeds, plant care and maintenance tips, and how to tell when your crop is ripe.
  • Basic best practices―Grow happy, healthy plants with expert gardening insights to set you up for success, from making sure your container is properly sized to regularly fertilizing your soil.
  • Illustrated plant profiles―Choose the right plants for you with info on the particular needs and characteristics of 30 different fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Start and sustain a flourishing container garden with help from the practical advice in Container Gardening for Beginners.

Book Review:

Don’t have a lot of space or have questions about container gardening? Read this book to get you started in the right way and with success. Lots of smart information we can all use. I highly recommend this book.

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French Cooking for Beginners

Warm Goat cheese salad

Recipe from the book

  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 teasp sea salt
  • 1/4 teasp black pepper
  • 1 8oz of goat cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 8 oz of baby greens

4 cups olive oil, vinger,shallots,salt and pepper mixed together for vinaigrette.

Cut goat cheese, into 8 rounds , cover with bread crumbs and brown lightly. About 3 minutes.

Toss Salad with shallot vinaigrette and place on a plate with 2 goat cheese disc.

A great beginner book for classic French cooking. Starting with explanation of French cooking,pantry ingredients ,shopping like a Parisienne and basic recipes to try.

Posted in At the Library, cozy mystery, kindle unlimited

Deadhead and Buried

 (English Cottage Garden Mysteries ~ Book 1) (The English Cottage Garden Mysteries) 

Poppy desperately wants to pay off her debts, quit her dead-end job, find her missing father… oh, and keep a plant alive. But she knows that these are just hopeless dreams. Then a mysterious letter arrives and Poppy finds that she’s inherited a cottage garden nursery – complete with romantic climbing roses, scented herbs, a bossy, talkative ginger cat.. and a dead body!
Now she must solve the mystery or risk losing her new home and the chance for a fresh start. But who would want to murder a gardener in a sleepy little village? Could a reclusive inventor have something to do with the killing? What about the brooding crime author next door? And why is her long-lost cousin so desperate for her to sell the cottage?
Poppy might not know her pansies from her petunias, but that doesn’t stop her digging for clues. The only problem is – she could be digging her own grave too…

This book follows British English spelling and usage.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: cat mystery / cozy mystery series / gardening cozy mystery / women amateur sleuth / British detective mystery

THE ENGLISH COTTAGE GARDEN MYSTERIES
Deadhead and Buried (Book 1)
Silent Bud Deadly (Book 2)
Doom and Bloom (Book 3)
Trowel and Error (Book 4)
Fronds and Enemies (Book 5)

Book Thoughts:

From Kindle unlimited : This series is another winner. They are perfect for reading before bed or any time you want to relax and unwind, yet interesting enough to keep you going till the last page. Check it out now…. Lisa

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All about Weather

It’s National Children Book Day! Enjoy this great book about weather.

My children book review: What is weather? This book answers that question in a fun colorful way. With great illustrations this book is perfect for your 3 to 5 years old who has question about the weather outside. Lisa

So how is the weather where you live? 🤔

Posted in At the Library, Review

How to Bake for beginners

Book Review

This is a great beginner book to get you started in baking. I am an okay baker but this book has inspired me to learn more and bake more. Enjoy this book at any point of year baking journey.

Baking tips for success:

Bake for the love of it. Your oven is your best friend. And always read the complete recipe. Buy the best ingredients you can afford. Bake with confidence.

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Organic Aromatherapy

The book
Back of book

My book review and recipe:

I enjoyed reading through this book and finding lots of information and recipes for some of my favorite ingredients. I plan on adding some new items to my garden inspired by this book.

Tension from stress massage blend :

10 drops of frankincense

8 drops of lavender

8 drops clary sage

2 Tablespoon of carrier oil of your choice.

Add all the ingredients to your container with a lid. Shake to mix . Use oil to message into shoulders to relieve tension.

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Lisa Book Club

This Tuesday Book Club book is special. My sister and I are reading together a new book series across the web. As she’s locked down in Houston,Texas and I am in Louisiana. We both enjoy reading and sharing books -so its a book club of two.

She got the first pick in her favorite genre. The only qualification in the book club choice a library book we both could check out or kindle unlimited book. Lisa

Three sisters’ secrets collide in a shocking novel of suspense by the bestselling author of the Mercy Kilpatrick series.

Twenty years ago Emily Mills’s father was murdered, and she found his body hanging in the backyard. Her younger sister, Madison, claims she was asleep in her room. Her older sister, Tara, claims she was out with friends. The tragedy drove their mother to suicide and Tara to leave town forever. The killer was caught. The case closed.

Ever since, Emily and Madison have tried to forget what happened that night—until an eerily similar murder brings it all back. It also brings FBI special agent Zander Wells to the Oregon logging town. As eager as he is to solve the brutal double slaying, he is just as intrigued with the mystery of Emily’s and her sisters’ past.

When more blood is shed, Zander suspects there’s a secret buried in this town no one wants unearthed. Is it something Emily and Madison don’t know? Or aren’t telling? And Tara? Maybe Emily can’t bear to find her. Because when Tara disappeared, she took a secret of her own with

Book thoughts : (kindle unlimited)

Threats, death attempts, hate crimes, racism, KKK ties, violence, mystery, suspense, and a flutter of light romance are all embedded in this new page-turning series by Elliot. It is gritty, has an emotional pull, and has a constant edge-of-your-seat feel from beginning to end. The storyline is engrossing and the characters are well-developed and likable looks like this will be an exciting series….. Lisa