How to spend the perfect 48 hours in Singapore

How to spend the perfect 48 hours in Singapore

Singapore is a fascinating blend of cultures from all over Asia. This tiny city-state, half the size of metropolitan London, packs in an unbelievable amount of creativity and commerce while keeping its history and heritage alive.
Colourful Peranakan shophouses sit next to ultra-modern architecture, and vintage stores go hand in hand with trendy boutiques. You can treat yourself to a Michelin-star meal for under a fiver or pay hundreds to swim in the world’s highest infinity pool. Whatever your preference, Singapore has it covered. Saturday
9 am – The traditional bite
Start your day with a coffee and kueh at HarriAnns . Considered one of Singapore’s most acclaimed cafés, this family-run business has been serving authentic Peranakan delicacies since the 1940s. From rainbow-coloured cakes to nut cookies, there is plenty of bite-sized food on offer including all-day breakfast sets. For a heartier meal, try their signature laksa or nonya curry chicken made with fresh ingredients and cooked using the traditional recipe from four decades ago.
10 am – Escape the heat
From tree-lined neighbourhoods to cascading vertical gardens, green spaces are one of this city’s top draws and the Botanic Gardens is at the heart of this revolution. As well as being a public park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a research and conservation centre with a library of over forty thousand books and more than seven hundred and fifty thousand preserved plant specimens. Nestled within, the National Orchid Garden is home to the largest collection of orchids in the world and is undeniably the most Instagrammable section of the park. There is also a rainforest and themed gardens exploring ginger, healing plants, fragrant flowers and foliage. Singapore – In pictures Landscape of the Singapore financial district Shutterstock Fireworks explode during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations David Loh/Reuters A fish monger fillets a mackerel at the Singapore Chinatown Complex Wet Market Getty Images Pedestrians walk along the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 6/14 People take photographs on a suspension bridge along the Supertree at Garden by the Bay in Singapore AFP/Getty Images Devotees visit Kwan Im Temple in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 8/14 A female Bornean orangutan named Dam is seen with her newborn son Veera at the Singapore Zoo AFP/Getty Images A vendor shows a customer the fruits at a market in Singapore AFP/Getty Images A couple with their pet dog ride on a tri-scooter along the street in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 11/14 Workers barbeque on grills the “Bak kwa”, a Chinese salty-sweet dried meat product, outside a shop in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 12/14 The roof of the National Stadium is lighted up during the Barclays Asia Trophy post match conference between Arsenal and Everton at National Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Singapore Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images Rex 14/14 Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2016 in Singapore Mark Thompson/Getty Images Landscape of the Singapore financial district Shutterstock Fireworks explode during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations David Loh/Reuters A fish monger fillets a mackerel at the Singapore Chinatown Complex Wet Market Getty Images Pedestrians walk along the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 6/14 People take photographs on a suspension bridge along the Supertree at Garden by the Bay in Singapore AFP/Getty Images Devotees visit Kwan Im Temple in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 8/14 A female Bornean orangutan named Dam is seen with her newborn son Veera at the Singapore Zoo AFP/Getty Images A vendor shows a customer the fruits at a market in Singapore AFP/Getty Images A couple with their pet dog ride on a tri-scooter along the street in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 11/14 Workers barbeque on grills the “Bak kwa”, a Chinese salty-sweet dried meat product, outside a shop in Singapore AFP/Getty Images 12/14 The roof of the National Stadium is lighted up during the Barclays Asia Trophy post match conference between Arsenal and Everton at National Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Singapore Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images Rex 14/14 Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2016 in Singapore Mark Thompson/Getty Images
2 pm – Flavours of Asia
Candy-coloured colonial buildings line both sides of Serangoon Road and occupying them are equally vibrant sari shops, flower stalls, and handicrafts. The street better known as ‘Little India’ boasts an ornately carved Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a modern-looking Indian Heritage Centre built in 2015 and the best curry restaurants in Singapore. MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Rooms) champion South Indian vegetarian cuisine and specialise in rava idli (steamed semolina cakes filled with mustard seeds and curry leaves), masala dosa and traditional filter coffee. Chicken biryani eaters should head to The Banana Leaf Apolo on Race Course Road for an experience that will leave your taste buds dancing. On the menu is everything from rice and dal to spicy fish curry cooked in coconut milk. Sultan Mosque is one of Kampong Glam’s key attractions (Singapore Tourism Board )
4 pm – Go Glam
No matter where you are in Kampong Glam, you will find yourself naturally gravitating towards the shiny, golden dome of Sultan Mosque. Constructed in 1824 for Sultan Hussein Shah, the national monument is a must-see. The area around the mosque comes to life during the holy month of Ramadan when the streets turn into an all-night food market. A short walk from the mosque is another crucial establishment, the Malay Heritage Centre . The beautifully designed culture centre provides insight into Singapore’s Malay community and looks at Kampong Glam’s past well before the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819.
6 pm – Drink at Haji Lane
Graffiti covered walls, trendy independent stores and compact spaces are all part of Haji Lane’s charm. As darkness falls, neon takes over, tiny bars start to fill up with youngsters looking to enjoy a booze-fuelled evening in Singapore’s original indie hood. Apart from its hole-in-the-wall boutiques, the mural-filled lane is also home to organic cafés, yoga studios and restaurant serving Asian and Middle-Eastern cuisine. The Singapura Club serves up an eccentric selection of local-inspired drinks. Try the sugarcane martini garnished with an orchid. First look inside the newly reopened Raffles Singapore
11 pm – When hunger strikes
Feeling peckish at 11 pm? Not a problem. Join hundreds of Singaporeans at one of the hawker centres to get your healthy, savoury or sweet food fix. Dotted around different neighbourhoods, these food courts are made up of small stalls selling everything from chilli crab to grilled lobsters and even craft beer. Newton Food Centre is a particular favourite with food lovers wanting to relish cuisine from India, China and Malaysia all under one roof. For fine dining on a budget, keep an eye out for stalls with the famed Michelin star. The Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle stall in Chinatown Complex became the first-ever street food establishment to win the accolade in 2016. A hearty meal here costs under £5. Sunday
9 am – Trendsetter
Renowned for its Art Deco buildings, French boulangeries and Australian-style coffee shops, Tiong Bahru has long wowed expats with its architecture and charm. One place that sums up its character is Tiong Bahru Market. Occupying one the oldest estate in Singapore, this two-storey building consists of a wet market on the ground floor and a hawker centre just above it. You’ll find a traditional spread of chicken rice, herbal soups, pork ribs prawn noodles, and wanton mee among other delights. Can’t decide what to eat? Just join the longest queue. Former Supreme Court is now the National Gallery (Singapore Tourism Board )
11 am – Get inspired
Singapore’s largest public collection of modern art sits within its two national monuments – City Hall and former Supreme Court. The buildings went through a transformation before being turned into a gallery space in 2015. More than 8,000 pieces of artwork by acclaimed Southeast Asian artists hang within the wood-clad rooms and marble corridors of the National Gallery . Make your way up to the rooftop bar on the sixth floor for panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline and a glimpse of the performing arts centre, Esplanade, shaped like a durian.
1 pm – Photo shoot
The half-lion, half-fish (mermaid) mythical creature called the Merlion is Singapore’s official mascot and one of its most recognisable landmarks. The 8.6 metres tall statue originally sat at the mouth of the Singapore River before being moved to its current location outside The Fullerton Hotel in 2002. Today you’ll find this symbol taking centre stage on souvenirs, graduation photos and even wedding albums.
2 pm – Cruise control
Spend a leisurely afternoon cruising along Singapore River admiring the futuristic Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade before heading upstream to the Asian Civilisation Museum, Boat Quay, and into Clarke Quay. Disembark here for lunch options ranging from ramen and hot pot to American chicken wings and satay. As the night falls, Clarke Quay transforms into a party lover’s paradise with happy hour deals, crafty cocktails and live music.
4pm – The Skyline
It would be criminal to leave without photographing the world-famous skyline. At 165 metres above ground level, the Singapore Flyer is Asia’s largest giant observation wheel and gives 360-degree views of this captivating city. To take in the postcard landscape at your pace, head 57 floors up to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark observation deck. It doesn’t offer the same all-round views, but with a bar on the floor and Singapore Sling in hand, does it matter? Sky walk at Gardens by the Bay (Singapore Tourism Board)
5pm – Future-tastic
Your trip to Garden City would be incomplete without a visit to this one-of-a-kind project. Built on more than a hundred hectares of reclaimed land, Gardens by the Bay is home to more than a million plants from around the world. The Flower Dome conservatory replicates flora and fauna from the Mediterranean regions while the centrepiece in the Cloud Forest is a 35-metre tall mountain with a waterfall descending from it. The highlight, however, is the stunning, Avatar-esque Supertrees. These man-made structures are designed to replicate functions of an actual tree such as absorb sunlight and preserve water. At 50 metres tall, these trees come alive at night in a special light and music display called Garden Rhapsody. Sit back and enjoy the show.
9pm – Dance the night away in Keong Saik Road
Once a prominent red-light district, this lively, bustling hood – a few streets from Chinatown – is the place to be. Try some French homemade delicacies at Gaston Burgundy Bistro and Wine Bar or dig your folk into freshly prepared tortellini at Pasta Bar . For something more relaxed, there’s Potato Head – your one-stop shop for all things food and drink. This popular hangout spot serves delicious burgers, has a reservation-only bar called Studio 1939 and a laid-back rooftop garden. Make sure to get here early to avoid disappointment or hour-long queues. Before you take off
The world’s best airport has so much to offer; it’s an attraction in itself. With more than 200 boutiques and an elaborate food court, Jewel , Changi Airport’s new lifestyle hub makes dreary long layovers a whole lot more fun. The 1.3 billion dollar project took more than four years to build and you can see why. It has the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, an IMAX cinema, a family-friendly park and even a hotel. In keeping with Singapore’s reputation as a Garden City, the airport also has nine themed gardens from butterfly and cactus to sunflower and an orchid garden.
Getting there
Singapore Airlines fly daily between London Heathrow and Singapore Changi Airport. Economy fares start from £650 and Premium Economy from £1,620. Premium economy passengers can reserve their main course and select a beverage of choice through ‘ Book the Cook ’ up to 24 hours before flying.
Getting around
Singapore Airlines Explorer Pass , available for 24, 48 or 72 hours, offers travellers one-time access to more than 20 attractions including museums, gardens, Singapore Zoo, adventures at Sentosa Island and river cruise.
Unpack
Quincy Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel located only a few streets from the bustling shopping street of Orchard Road. Rooms start at £140 and include breakfast, all-day light refreshments and complimentary cocktails every evening.
For more info visit: www.visitsingapore.com

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Dine and Dash

Notional manifestations of working-class identity become evident through the recurrent appearance of diners in Cormac McCarthy’s largest and most personal novel, Suttree . Sometimes they are called lunch counters, or cafeterias, or drugstores, but the appellation is not what matters. What is essential is the subsistence repast and how McCarthy conjures these places as surrogate homes for the novel’s peripatetic protagonist, Cornelius Suttree, and his cohorts. Set directly in the middle of the twentieth century, the diners of Suttree evoke suitability, affordability, and community.
After it inherited an American twist on Ernest Hemingway’s clean well-lighted place and was put to canvas by Edward Hopper, and before it became an abiding symbol of nostalgia or of efficiency or of convenience, before its instantiation in visual narratives from Grease to Happy Days , or Diner to Five Easy Pieces , or from the films of Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to the television series Seinfeld , The Sopranos , and Mad Men , the diner existed alongside the pool hall, the laundromat, the barroom, and the motel as one of the defining pillars of mid-century working-class iconography. These places offer shelter, sustenance, sanctuary, and shared humanity.
There is also a biographical component here that is far less prevalent in McCarthy’s other fictions. The 1992 New York Times Magazine piece “ Cormac McCarthy’s Venomous Fiction ” by Richard B. Woodward presents this pre-fame McCarthy as “the best unknown novelist in America,” a man who “cuts his own hair, eats his meals off a hot plate or in cafeterias and does his wash at the Laundromat.” Kenneth Lincoln’s Cormac McCarthy: American Canticles complements this by reflecting on Woodward’s cross-country journey with McCarthy, remarking that their trip consisted of Woodward riding shotgun alongside McCarthy “across the Texas-Mexican desert in a Ford pickup, slumming through El Paso pool halls and stopping in local diners.” McCarthy’s “gregarious loner” persona informs the semi-autobiographical character of Cornelius Suttree and the milieu he inhabits. Take, for example, the Sanitary Lunch where Jimmy the Greek spears meat from try pots as Suttree waits at the counter while “the fans that hung from the stamped tin ceiling labored in a backwash of smoke and steam.” There is a manufactory ethos. The ceiling is stamped not just with tin but with grease, and even the verb “labored” offers a rich pairing with the working-class food and beverages consumed by the men below — a Coke, a glass of water, a carton of milk, “two hamburgers and a chocolate milk” — augmenting the miasmic memory of the previous night’s Early Times whiskey. Notably, this scene occurs just after Suttree cruises the dimestores and engages in palaver with “Jake the rack” down the street at the spittoon-dotted pool hall. In Knoxville, Tennessee, 1951, “an atmosphere rank with country commerce,” the diner is a vestibular preserve where lower-class citizens, iconoclasts, and nonconformists gather and are humanized. As Anatole Broyard writes in his Januar 1979 New York Times review of Suttree , “His people are so vivid that they seem exotic, but this is just another way of saying that we tend to forget the range of human differences.” Inside a diner, those who mainstream society often sloughs off as refuse — the punks, the lowlifes, the no-name writers, the white trash, the detritus — are allowed temporary respite.
On the road, after Suttree is “moved along” by the sheriff, who confronts him representing the father of the girl whose life Suttree has “ruined,” a dimeless Cornelius wastrel into a bus station café, a world of plastic tables and pinball machines, to be served by “an ancient waitress…cleaning out the coffee urn with a short-handled mop,” a Whitmanesque waitress if one were to consider this a purely American locale, though McCarthy points to even larger and more universal themes in Suttree as his protagonist is served by Ulysses, also called The Greek, who provides “two scrambled with ham and coffee” which arrive “on an oblong platter of gray crockery,” as The Greek “turns rashers and brains at the grill” (170). This is timeless comfort food, and Suttree very much needs comfort and consolation here in the immediate aftermath of the loss and burial of his son. Suttree is also embroiled in a timeless quest narrative, with antecedents from James Joyce to the ancient Greeks, as Rick Wallach points out in his incisive essay “ Ulysses in Knoxville: Suttree’s Aegean Journey. ” A McCarthy connoisseur of note, Wallach has also penned the tomes Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy and Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Cormac McCarthy .
The diner is sacred as well; it is an indicator of inclusion, and not just of class inclusivity. It is one of the most real and reliable of American icons, far less weighted with sentimentality than apple pie or cherry trees, and less synthetic and simulated than sock hops or drive-in movie theatres. A diner is a vestigial thing, with a quality of atavism to it, a time machine to the way things used to be, and will continue to be, as a diner is mostly unchanging, a reservoir for nomads, a magnet for remainders and itinerants, eating with their own, fellow travelers seeking affordable meals in a communal setting, and perhaps also just a tad reprobate, outsider-friendly, occasionally rising in Suttree to the level of abject or violent criminality, as in diner-laden works both prior and hence, from Hemingway’s “The Killers” to Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (not to mention the film version of McCarthy’s novel No Country For Old Men and the McCarthy-scripted motion picture The Counselor , the former notable as a locale for contemplative commiseration in the immediate aftermath of the violent death of the protagonist). The diner, like the motel or the pool room or the gin mill, incorporates both steadfast stability and the potential for the sudden clinamen, a veering off from the predictable and the everyday. A diner is a realm of hearkening, a throwback place that, unlike so many American icons, is about not forgetting the past. It conflates the urban and the rural; it links past, present, and future; it keeps a fire burning. A diner is an aesthetically symmetrical place and, as is deftly shown in Books are Made Out of Books: A Guide to Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Influences by Michael Lynn Crews, symmetry, especially spatial symmetry, is a major motif in Suttree , whose main character is a twin. A traditional diner is a freestanding building that looks identical on both the left- and right-hand sides, it is split into hemispheres or mirror images.
It is also a perennial place. Take, for instance, the diner inside a Walgreens where Suttree and Harrogate order turkey dinner and coffee on Thanksgiving: “She set before them each a white platter. Sliced turkey and dressing pooled over in thick gravy and steaming creamed potatoes and peas and a claretcolored dollop of cranberry sauce and hot rolls with pats of creamery butter.” Down the counter, a solitary man reads a newspaper as the waitresses lollygag about in boredom. And diner boredom is a buttress, a buffer, the dominion of those who are at the very least warm, with filled stomachs, inside an edifice and out of the elements. It is a place for beleaguered souls to hang out and recharge. The coffee contributes to that rejuvenation; it is both an importation of the autobiographical element (coffee is writer-fuel) and another evocation of the simple and the life-sustaining. A vagabond can stop at a diner and order only a cup of coffee, for a minuscule price, and afford at the very least a reprieve, an opportunity for momentary solidarity, an interlude of calm amidst however tumultuous an existence. Coffee also recalls the idea of 24/7 access to the will to preserve and persevere; it is something that keeps one awake, alert, alive, a human being instead of an animal or an object. The sociohistoric diner’s varied and picturesque incarnations are best documented by Richard Gutman, who has chronicled American diners from the late 19th century to the end of the 20th century in American Diner Then and Now , published in 2000, an update of his American Diner, from 1979. In this photos & text volume, Gutman writes of the diner as an institution that has undergone a renaissance, and Suttree is about one man’s redemption and renaissance.
Even in its less effulgent incarnations in McCarthy’s novel, as in the scene just past the book’s halfway point — “Cold mornings in the Market Lunch . . . coffee at the counter. The rich smell of brains and eggs. Old men in smoky coats and broken boots hunkered over plates. A dead roach beneath a plastic cakebell” — the diner is redemptive, resurgent. Yes, the denizens have “proscribed lives” and “doom in store” and “tasteless bread,” but there is wine, and the roach is dead, and this is a “venture into the world of men rich with vitality, these unwilling churched ladling cream into their cups and watching the dawn in the city.” The diner here projects an earnest innocence underwritten by the adjacency of suffering, suffocation, death, and roaches. Its elasticity is resistant to the monoculture of hive mindedness as it harbors both individualism and the communal. Its unsentimental incarnation of the humane rejects incursions of the posthuman. To allude to another seminal text in McCarthy scholarship, in “ Joyce and Contesting Priesthoods in Suttree and Blood Meridian ,” Farrell O’Gorman declares, “My thesis depends largely upon Stephen Dedalus’ identification of himself as a ‘priest of eternal imagination, transmuting the daily bread of existence into the radiant body of everliving life.’” A true diner never closes, it is everliving, it doesn’t even need locks on the doors. The diner is a secular church where lost souls can congregate at any time of the day or night.
After a long stretch off the grid, Suttree comes out of the woods on December third and where does he go? A diner in Bryan City, North Carolina where he learns the aforementioned date from a newspaper and gazes at the chalkboard menu, from which he orders country steak, mashed potatoes and beans, cornbread, and, of course, coffee. When told by the leery, matronly counterwoman that he also gets three vegetables, Suttree says, “Let me have the apples.” He is eventually reprimanded, shown the door after criticizing the food — “What is this crap?” he says, to which the counterwoman replies, “Other people eat it” — which conjures up an interesting dilemma. The subsistence repast ought to be opposed to anything remotely resembling the bourgeois, the gourmand, or the epicurean; this is a place for a utilitarian meal, for replenishment. It is Southern cuisine, home cooking at an inexpensive price, the invocation of what Robert Putnam has called “social capital,” a unique venue fit for uniting American citizens in a spirit of neighborliness. The diner is an eatery-as-schoolhouse that serves up the civics of the common man. After critiquing the quality of the grub, Suttree stabs at his potatoes with his fork and discourses. “The image does not eat, he told the plate mutteringly. Fuck it. He let the fork fall and looked up at the waitress / Will you take this away and bring me some soup” (292). After some arguing, he repeats, “Will you please bring me some goddamned soup like I asked?” He is then evicted for cussing, twice, in front of a woman, and once outside he is warned, by a black man, “They’ll vag you here.” The eponymous protagonist has transgressed a social code, and after failing to get served at the counter bar down the street, Suttree cries, and the counterman looks away. A diner remains ethical, moral, the Mom and Pop shop, the earnest and uncorrupted small business as the engine of capitalism, soon (in the larger history of the nation) to be gorged on by corporations and pushed out, replaced, refashioned or displaced by wide-ranging gentrifications, similar to the way Suttree is himself shooed out of town by the sheriff or refused service for violating social codes, norms, and prescribed rules.
Later, after meeting a family by the river, Suttree befriends the boy, Reese, and they are now outside the diner, cooking up their own food, thin cakes of cornmeal. There is no coffee, and it is here, exposed to the elements, that Suttree reveals that he spent some time in prison for sitting in the car while his friends broke into a drugstore (one of the synonyms for “diner”). It is a scene of purgation. Consider for reflection how working-class bard Bruce Springsteen put it a few months earlier in “ Racing in the Street ” from 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town album: “For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels / Rumbling through this promised land / Tonight my baby and me, we’re gonna ride to the sea / And wash these sins off our hands.” Shut down strangers and hot rod angels are the two-decades-hence descendants of McCarthy’s vagrants and drifters; they are the American gitana. The gypsies’ origins are in the Indian subcontinent, and Suttree, as William Spencer elucidates in “Suttree as Social Nexus,” is both a social worker and a bodhisattva. One of Suttree’s nicknames is Buddy: Buddy Suttree — Buddha sutra — bodhisattva . Or, to perpend this a bit more biographically, the McCarthy who wrote Suttree was at a hinge moment in his career, a liminal place, he was an outlaw, still more renegade writer than the canonical author. The characters, including the deceased, of Suttree, are more concretely based on McCarthy’s actual friends and running partners than in any other work he has published. This iteration of Cormac McCarthy occupies the realm of fringe artistry, not yet culled into the mainstream, as Suttree is published before: the MacArthur Genius grant in 1981, the critically acclaimed and almost instantly canonized Blood Meridian in 1985, best-seller All the Pretty Horses in 1992, multiple film adaptations, varied prestigious awards, and the 2007 Oprah Winfrey interview . In Reading Cormac McCarthy , Willard P. Greenwood looks at this period in McCarthy’s pantheon as an explorative one, intertwined with these repeated locales: pool halls, cafeterias, laundromats, and diners.
During this stretch of intense opposition to interviews and mass media, McCarthy was myth-building while spending much of his time in his tiny house in El Paso, cooking meals on a hot plate, and then, when out in the world, literally inhabiting these avatars of American myth, images oft-employed by the marginalized artist who moves from the peripheral to the lionized. Be it in the photographs of Walker Evans, the songs of Tom Waits, the poems of Charles Bukowski, the films of David Lynch and Terrence Malick, or the novels of Cormac McCarthy, diners are very much iconic and inimitable public sites of memory, affording preservation and succor to their working-class patrons, and to these creators’ characters and visions. They are places full of America’s huddled masses; they are spaces loaded with aesthetic mythos and artistic gravitas.
This is not always the case in McCarthy, whose earmarking of space and place is often perceived as either bleakly barren or overly lush, the apocalyptic or the stuff of borderland cowboy fiction. Sources for such approximations include both the scholarly, such as Andrew Hartman’s “ Cormac McCarthy’s Existentialism ” and the conventional, such as the observations levied by A.O. Scott in his entry on McCarthy in the Penguin Books omnibus The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors . In the context of Suttree , the diner certainly conforms to the fore stated embodiments of myth and gravity, but Suttree is also a comedic, autobiographical, and reflexive tale, a significant development from the early works that precede it, and distinctive within McCarthy’s oeuvre as a whole.
The subject matter and time period of Outer Dark largely preclude things diner-y, though Culla Holme does get himself some cheese and crackers, along with a soda, from a general store, while in Child of God , late in the text the sheriff of Sevier County and his deputy survey the aftereffects of a flood by rowing up Main Street where they witness “flooded shops and small cafes” just before they come across two men in a boat looting a clothing store. And in McCarthy’s first novel, The Orchard Keeper , diners appear in a particularly ill light in the year 1933 where one of the protagonists, Marion Sylder, eats his lunch in the cafés near the fertilizer plant where he works:
Noontimes he ate in the café the regular lunches, the thirty-cent special with the lightbread that clove gluily to the palate, three slices with a thumbprint in the center served on a piece of waxed paper. Beans and fatmeat oozing grease into the greasy gravy that leaked down from the potatoes, a beaded scum of grease on the coffee, everything in fact lubricated as if all who ate there suffered from some atrophy of the deglutitive muscles which precluded swallowing.
Later, young John Wesley Rattner, age 14, attends to his commerce in the town square, “Among overalled men and blind men and amputees on roller carts and crutches . . . past cafés reeking with burned coffee, an effluvium of frying smells, an indistinguishable medley of smells.”
Contrast this with the final third of Suttree , where our wayward protagonist wanders the city aimlessly and, “Ate at Comer’s hot plates of roast beef or pork with vegetables and gravy and rounds of fried cornbread, Stud jotting down each day the new account and never asking for a dime.” Later, gallivanting at night and sharing a bottle of whiskey with Callahan, they drive past Comer’s as it is closing and Callahan hoots at the hustlers on Gay Street. “And they drove past the little cafes and restaurants where dishwashers were cleaning up in the dim back light and they passed folks coming from the last movie.” They also stop at the West Inn (an almost perfect word-pairing for both this essay and this point in the McCarthy timeline, immediately before his own westward expansions and inroads) before ending the night on the Clinton Highway at the Moonlite Diner where Callahan is shot for pickpocketing women’s purses. Suttree witnesses the shooting and connects it to the violence of city life in Knoxville at large. “All through town tonight folks are lie dying. Sirens in the city like the shriek of jackal birds.” Jay Ellis processes this brilliantly: “Most of Suttree’s friends, and many of McCarthy’s, did not survive Knoxville. This emptying space, as much as his series of visions and epiphanies, seems to propel Suttree to leave. That, and a dream of a better place.” McCarthy is on record as stating that Hemingway’s “A Clean, Well Lighted Place” is one of the best stories ever written. When even the diner is a spectator to bloodshed, it may indeed be time to mosey on.
Still, as Suttree spends some good times with Joyce the bisexual prostitute and they even become a couple, they have coffee at the Farragut coffee shop and do some window-shopping down Gay Street. Their happiness together is a Bukowskian (or Tom Waits–ish) sort of interim time, bedraggled and law-averse but also requisitely brief, a bourgeois-trappings moment, destined to pass, during which Suttree is momentarily flush, staying clean-shaven and dining at the more proper restaurant in town, an establishment called Regas where, “The steaks arrived on iron platters sizzling in their own juice and there were steaming baked potatoes with pithy cores to melt the butter over and there was sour cream with chives and hot rolls and coffee.” This highfalutin middle-class lifestyle doesn’t persist long, as he and Joyce get kicked out of their hotel and move to “the other end of Gay Street.” Suttree spends a good spate of time looking out the window, “Watching this obscure and prismatic city by dark to a pale electric superstructure, the ways and viaducts and bridges remarked from gloom by sudden lamps their length and the headlights of traffic going through the plumb uncloven rain and the night.” This is the colonization of Knoxville by electric lights, by clean well-lit places, a mutation process, the abiding diner-ness of a more urbane and modernity-leavened midcentury U.S.A.
Another important diner appearance in this section takes place on a Wednesday noon after Suttree and Joyce buy shirts, ties, cufflinks, and the like, and a well-dressed Suttree enters Comer’s in, “A pair of alligator shoes and wearing a camelhair overcoat. A pair of beltless gabardine slacks with little zippers at the sides and a wine-colored shirt with a crafty placket requiring no buttons.” Jake and Stud bust his chops by inquiring if he’s robbed haberdashery Squiz Green’s. Suttree orders steak and gravy. Ulysses leans over the counter and studies him, says, “Fishing business has picked up a bit,” and Sexton says, “Fishy business, more likely,” before Suttree orders a chocolate milk. This is just past the novel’s happiness peak for Suttree. By the next winter, Joyce will go crazy and leave him, his buddy Hoghead will be found dead at age 22, and Cornelius Suttree, his bucolic interval ended, shall leave the city to return to the fringes, the margins, the woods, fishing and then eating his supper on the river. The region descends into “a season of death and epidemic violence” and Suttree spends time in the madhouse. He moves from his more upscale digs to a destitute hotel room in a black neighborhood. Suttree wakes at noon and, after using the communal bathroom down the hall, “He went down and got the paper in the lobby and crossed the street and went up to the drugstore where he sat in a back booth and had coffee and doughnuts.” This also points to Suttree’s egalitarian worldview. His narrative inverts stereotyping and defies the era’s racial segregation. Whether he resides in the majority/“white” realm or the minority/“black” realm, his behavior is identical. He is a detached observer of the world, a man who wakes up, gets the newspaper, drinks a coffee, and dines on hearty comestibles.
During Suttree’s transcendental hallucinatory episodes at the end of the book, he tells the nurse, “I know all souls are one and all souls are lonely.” The nurse tells him that God is watching but that God is “Not a thing. Nothing ever stops moving” and asks him what he’s learned from these reverie-like episodes. He replies, “I learned that there is one Suttree and one Suttree only.” It is as if the protagonist has finally digested his metaphysical meal. Suttree recovers; he gets better, he heals. He has dined and been replenished, and he feels like a new and more unified man, a synergistic and synthesized and more Zen-like Suttree.
Progress is ceaseless. New roads are laid. Old things and places are torn down. McAnally Flats is razed. The wrecking ball swings. More cars. More traffic. More industry. A half-completed highway ramp. Carpentry and machinery for digging. Suttree with his good duds and a suitcase, wanderlust stoked, begging a sip from the boy who brings the construction crews their water, getting a ride from a car passing through, the protagonist ends the novel a hitchhiker, leaving town, hitting the American highway, where he will surely find new motels, new bars, new pool halls, new laundromats, and new diners. • Sean Hooks
Sean Hooks is originally from New Jersey and presently lives in Los Angeles. He teaches English and Writing at the University of California, Riverside and Fullerton College. Recent publications include Los Angeles Review of Books , Bright Lights Film Journal , Akashic Books , The Manhattanville Review , and Pif Magazine .

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StreetEats ‘n’ Beats Festival to bring Mac ‘n’ Cheese Ambulance and ‘Tiddly’ Tuk Tuk to Chelmsford

Advertorial StreetEats ‘n’ Beats Festival to bring Mac ‘n’ Cheese Ambulance and ‘Tiddly’ Tuk Tuk to Chelmsford There are a wide range of different cuisines to try – and all served from unique vehicles! Share The SteetEats ‘n’ Beats Festival is back for its fifth year Get the biggest Daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
The biggest street food festival in Chelmsford is back for 2019 and there will once again be a mouth-watering selection of dishes to try.
Now in its fifth year, this little gem of a boutique festival aims to attract some of the best street food vendors to the city. Quite simply, SEB offers local people the opportunity to eat, drink and dance from noon until 9pm.
As well as some tasty nibbles and dishes from around the world, there will also be DJs and percussionists performing throughout the day to keep visitors entertained. Plus, local legends Sunscreem will be performing a headline set at this year’s festival! Children of all ages are welcome – and encouraged to contribute their own beats!
All of the street food is served from cool, quirky vehicles – such as the Mac ‘n’ Cheese Ambulance and Land Rover Pizza Truck, alongside pop-up boutique drinking vans like the ‘Tiddly’ Tuk Tuk!
This year, the event takes place on Bank Holiday Saturday August 24 at a brand new location – Kings Head Meadow Field, directly behind Mousham Mill and B&M, next to the river. Entrance is via the Baddow Road Surface Car Park, off Parkway.
StreetEats ‘n’ Beats is organised by Curious Jam Productions, founded by Julia McClean.
“I’m so pleased at how this little festival has progressed over the years,” said Julia.
“What started out as something very simple has now grown organically into a phenomenal day. There will be DJs and percussionists keeping visitors entertained all day
“We are lucky to have such a lovely, loyal following of fans and it is so heartwarming, every year, to sit back and watch the adults enjoying the music they love, but with their kids dancing alongside them in the hay.
“Our intention has never been to over-complicate things, but rather to create an event that allows people to just sit back and enjoy the simple things in life, like street food, drinks and music.
“We hope you continue to join us on our journey.” What sort of foods can you enjoy?
Arji Bhaji
Variety is the spice of life and Arji Bhaji will bring you all the spice you need. The best Indian Street food served from a converted horsebox. The menu will include; chicken, veg and vegan curry and rice boxes, madras, dansk, korma, tarka dhal, samosas, onion bhajis and chapatis.
Mac Street Kitchen
Serving super cheesy Mac ‘n’ Cheese from a vintage Bedford ambulance. Are you a sexy Mac or MacDaddy? The menu will include; Return of the Mac, Hot Piggy Mac, Sexy Mac, Fleetwood Mac and Mac Daddy!
Born & Raised Pizza
Born & Raised Pizza create Artisan British pizzas in a converted Land Rover Defender. Head chef Tom Dewey, who trained under Gary Rhodes, built Born & Raised on the concept of fine Italian pizza dough combined with responsibly sourced British ingredients.
The Duck Truck
Specialising in aromatic crispy duck wraps, this stall is enough to drive you quackers! The menu will include aromatic crispy duck wraps and duck fat and rosemary salt-cooked chips.
Kang Foo Noodles
Kang Foo Noodles provides an exotic taste of the East – vegan-friendly and all served the Chinese raman way. The menu will include; vegan noodles, chicken noodles and beef noodles, plus a beef and chicken mix.
Bradford Street Meat Co.
Inspired by Peaky Blinders, these guys will be behind their black and brass emporium street truck, serving you wonderful lot the best in grilled meat. A typical menu includes; The Beef Chegwin – 24-hour slow-cooked beef in Guinness, The Amy Swinehouse – 16-hour slow-cooked pork, and filthy fries.
Micheboo’s Kitchen
This stall specialises in Caribbean food with a twist. The chefs like to infuse food together to create a ‘taste sensation’. The menu will include; beef/veg patties, jerk chicken wraps, curry mutton and lentil chilli, with all meals service with rice ‘n’ peas and salad.
Mega Taco Monster
It’s the first appearance at StreetEats ‘n’ Beats Festival for this big red taco monster! Loved by adults and kids alike, it serves the best giant handmade soft shell tacos around. Fillings include BBQ beef brisket, cajun pulled pork, chicken tinga, blackened cod and sweet chilli halloumi.
The Horse Box
This lovely little converted horsebox will be serving a range of wraps and toasties. The menu will include toasties, hot and cold wraps, and bacon baguettes.
Primrose Natural Foods (Vegan)
This stall is a delight of natural vegan foods – all guilt free! The menu will include organic fresh juices and smoothies, raw salad boxes, veggie sausage rolls and a vegan chickpea burger.
Crepe Zone
On this stall, the only decision you need to make is what filling to have. Options include organic honey, Nutella, banoffee pie, ham and cheddar, and garlic mushrooms, spinach and basil.
The Treat Stop
Heaven for those with a sweet tooth! The menu includes; donuts, milkshakes, candyfloss, chocolate, sweets and lollies.
Icecream
Every food festival needs a good old icecream van. This one will also serve you dairy-free, gluten-free and lactose-free varieties. Options typically include; icecream cones, 99 flakes, sundaes, lollies and all your old-school favourites. What about the drinks?
With all that lovely food around, you’ll need to wash it down with a tipple or two. Here’s a selection of the drinks carts that will be at the festival:
Chin Chin Mobile Cocktail Bar
Serving drinks from their customised 1960s caravan, there will be many cocktails on offer from their three-sided bar. There will be both classic and unique cocktails.
Tiddly Tuk
How cool is this? A converted Tuk Tuk all the way from India. Now it’s a beautiful little mobile bar serving; Limoncello Spritz, Frizzante Prosecco 1754, passionfruit, mango or peach bellinis and Kids Spritz.
The Gin Craze
The Gin Craze will be serving standard, premium and double gins, along with gin cocktails such as Tom Collins, Cheeky Ginger and Gimlet.
Pimm’s Garden
Serving a selection of Pimm’s classics.
Tricky Cider
Tricky Cider is a traditional and craft cider producer based on the Blackdown Hills, Somerset.
Run by Freddie Farnworth and Matt Gillett, Tricky cider incorporates both traditional and innovative methods of cider making to produce great-tasting whole-apple cider straight from the orchards to your glass.
*Trader line-up may be subject to changes on the day How do I book tickets?
Adults tickets are available for £15, entry for children aged five to 16 is just £6 and free for those under five. Family tickets cost just £35. Tickets must be bought in advance from www.streeteatsnbeats.com
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Dianne Harman – Murdered in Hollywood is featured at the HBS Author’s Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author’s Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author’s NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.
The HBS Author’s Spotlight SHOWCASES Dianne Harman’s New Book: Murdered in Hollywood .
Author Dianne Harman is an Award-Winning Bestselling Mystery, Suspense and Romance author of the Coyote Series, the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery, the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery, High Desert Cozy Mystery Series, Northwest Cozy Mystery, Holly Lewis Mystery Series and the Jack Trout Cozy Mystery series.
Murdered in Hollywood
A Midwest Cozy Mystery Series
Author: Dianne Harman
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Marie Moorhead looked like a million bucks, even at the age of eighty-four. In Hollywood, you never outgrow the need to prove your relevance. Too bad she was murdered on the eve of her book launch.
Marie knew secrets about everyone in Hollywood. And when you’re eighty-four, why save them?
Because those who are outed might just kill to keep those secrets from going public.
Join Kat, the ghostwriter and amateur detective, and her dog Rudy, as they search for the murderer before Kat becomes the next victim.
Author: Dianne Harman
Author Genre: Cozy Mystery, Romance and Literary Fiction
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Author Description: Two-time USA Today Bestselling Author and seven time Amazon All Star Author, Dianne Harman, draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught and certified yoga instructors. She’s traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking, playing backgammon with her husband, Tom, and throwing the ball for their dog, Kelly.
Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn’t resist writing about food and dogs. Dianne is the author of several cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, Jack Trout, Northwest and her latest, Cottonwood Springs. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. She’s also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series, Midlife Journey Series, and the Slade Kelly Suspense Series.
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Murdered by Success – Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 11
Success can be a powerful motive for murder.
Particularly when a man is only twenty-four years old and has made millions.
But maybe it was revenge, greed, or his extramarital affairs.
When Connor, the boy wonder, rented out the entire Red Cedar Lodge and Spa for just himself and his assistant, that should have been a warning to Liz that he wasn’t an ordinary man.
It quickly becomes apparent to her that in order to protect her staff, Connor’s wife, and even Liz herself, she has to find the murderer before any of them becomes the next victim. Real estate can be a dirty business, but unfit fathers can be just as bad. Sometimes if you just wait around long enough, you get a chance to see karma in action. Here’s your chance.
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Murder on the Mountain – Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 6
A broken tree branch.
A dead body.
An ambitious personal assistant.
An unfaithful husband.
Was it murder or simply an unfortunate accident?
A lot of people resented Amelia Prescott, the grande dame of marketing agencies, because of her success. But did someone resent her enough to murder her?
That becomes the job of Sheriff Davis and Brigid – to find out if Amelia’s death was an accident or a carefully thought out murder.
Confrontations can get dicey. Good thing Brigid has a 125-pound Newfoundland to help her.
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Murder at the Truck Stop – Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 16
An invitation to take a truck ride.
A dead body at the truck stop.
She’d entered a world as alien to her as outer space.
Little did Kelly know when she accepted an invitation from her son’s old friend to accompany him while he ran his route, that she’d end up with a dead body and a whole new vocabulary.
Plenty of people in the trucking world had reasons to see Kimberly dead, from drugs to jealousy to prostitution. Join Kelly as she enters a world where people have names like Snacks, Jet, Little Paul, and Lizzie, the resident Lizard Lot. But which one did it? And did I mention the truck stop owner and Little Paul’s wife, Susie?
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Holly and the Coat Mystery – Holly Lewis Mystery Series
A review from the first book in the series, Holly and The Framed Friend: “If you grew up reading and loving Nancy Drew books, as I did, you will love this book. It brought me back to the days of childhood when I loved to curl up with Nancy and her friends as they solved mysteries… This is definitely a YA book for tween-agers, but the story is so delightful an adult is likely to find pleasure in reading it and remembering those years in the past when Nancy Drew was their favorite character. Kudos to Dianne Harman for creating this fun remembrance.”
This, the second book in the series, finds Holly and Wade trying to find the person who left a bottle of drugs in a coat they donated to the church. When Holly realizes that someone has scraped the prescription information off of the bottle, she’s concerned the person may be taking drugs.
It brings back memories of her mother and her drug addiction. Holly’s determined to find the person and reach out, wondering if her life would have been different if someone had reached out to her mother.
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Murder in Palm Springs – High Desert Cozy Mystery Series Book 8
An aging American idol. A murder. A dog with paranormal abilities. Walking to the mailbox can be deadly, but sometimes things aren’t what they seem.
Join Marty and her dog, Patron, as they eliminate suspects in the murder of a beloved rock star in Palm Springs, California. Brigid can’t resist solving a crime and with a little help from the owner of a B&B and his faithful German shepherd, she and Linc set out to figure out which of the quirky cast of characters committed the murder.
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Murder at the Alamo – A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery
A honeymoon. A murdered body. Unfortunately, the victim didn’t survive the Alamo.
While visiting San Antonio, Texas on their honeymoon, Brigid and Linc discover the body of an Alamo tour guide.
Brigid can’t resist solving a crime and with a little help from the owner of a B&B and his faithful German shepherd, she and Linc set out to figure out which of the quirky cast of characters committed the murder.
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Murder in Chicago – Northwest Cozy Mystery Series
Al’s past is catching up with him…40 years in the mob and karma has his number.
He’s a marked man, but a tip-off buys him some time. Can he catch his would-be murderer before they catch up with him?
It’s a game of cat and mouse…will Al live long enough to enjoy the future with Cassie? Or will Red be lying vigil by his coffin?
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Small Town Murder – Midwest Cozy Mystery Series
Kat only wanted to be part of the convention on how to write successful books, not solve a murder that took place there – the murder of a beloved “tell-all” author. Was that the motive?
Greed, revenge, and hatred are also reasons to murder, at least to people who live on the slippery edge of sanity. Parsons who gamble, women who blackmail, and a number of people with outsized egos make for most interesting characters.
And yet, even with the worst of human nature, miracles can happen.
If you like to feel good at the end of a book, with maybe a tear or two and a smile, don’t miss this inspirational story with plenty of dogs, food, and recipes.
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Missing in Cottonwood Springs – Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series
Human trafficking in the small Colorado town of Cottonwood Springs? That only happens in the big cities, right?
Planning a wedding is hard enough without having your florist disappear. And it’s even worse when there’s a chance that people engaged in human trafficking may have come to the small town of Cottonwood Springs and she’s a victim.
When the missing person’s husband asks Brigid to help, she has no choice but to put her wedding on the back burner. It becomes close and personal when she’s afraid that Holly, the girl she’s taken under her wing, may also have been abducted.
Join Brigid and quirky Sheriff Davis as they search for suspects in strange settings. Another page-turning cozy mystery by Dianne Harman, a two-time USA Today bestselling author with the latest in the Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series.
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Murder in Italy – Midwest Cozy Mystery Series
Florence, Italy, and a wedding. Sardinia, Italy, and a murder. Is there a choice?
For Kat and Blaine, there wasn’t. A romantic trip to Florence to take part in a wedding becomes a search for the groom’s best friend’s murderer in Sardinia.
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Murdered by Prejudice – Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series
A prison guard. A postmaster. A Forest Service employee. A U.S. Department of Agriculture employee. All murdered. They worked for the federal government, but so do a lot of other people. What else did they share?
Seems like a serial killer is on the loose. And it looks like he’s targeting the sleepy community of Red Cedar. When one of the Red Cedar Spa’s guests is murdered, Liz has no choice but to team up with an FBI agent to help solve the murders.
And with a chief of police who is far more interested in catching speeders than he is in catching murderers, someone has to do his job. Maybe Liz should run for chief of police!
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Murder at the Bookstore – Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series
A woman’s dream, a warning, a murder, but it’s the wrong person.
When a mistaken identity murder happens at her sister’s bookstore in Cottonwood Springs, Brigid has no choice. She has to find the person who intended to murder her sister.
Not everyone liked her sister, Fiona. Several people could have done it including the competing bookstore owner, the religious fanatic, the psychic, and her landlady. Now all Brigid has to do is figure out if it was one of them or just a random event.
Sometimes it’s a good thing to have a 125-pound Newfoundland dog for a pet, particularly when the creek runs deep and fast.
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Murder in the Cayman Islands – Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 9
Things aren’t always what they seem. Like, what could possibly go wrong on a vacation in the Cayman Islands – a Caribbean haven with beautiful women, plenty of rum, mouth-watering seafood, duty free shopping, and some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world? Well, murder for one.
When DeeDee, Jake, Al, and Cassie go to Al’s home in the Cayman Islands for a respite from the string of murders they’ve had to investigate in the last year, the last thing they expect is to be involved is yet another murder. And it’s even harder when it’s Al’s longtime Mafia friend and next-door neighbor, Nicky Luchesse.
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Wine Country Killer – Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 15
Winery owners murdered in Sonoma, California. A serial killer on the loose. What’s the connection? Will there be another murder?
A desperate call from a Sonoma County sheriff Kelly and Mike have helped before leads them to a winery guest house in Sonoma and then on to the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado, searching for that connection.
Good thing they took their boxer dog, Rebel, with them. He’s a master at preventing murders.
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Murder at the Church – Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series
A troubled woman. A prayer. A murder in a church. An orphaned daughter.
When she moved back to Cottonwood Springs after a divorce and the publishing company she was working for went bankrupt, Brigid never thought she’d have a ready-made teen-age daughter, a huge Newfoundland dog, and a hunky neighbor who wants to get to know her better, a lot better.
But first she has to solve Maggie’s murder. When a woman has stolen money and someone else’s husband, finding her murderer is not everyone’s top priority.
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Murder and the Museum – High Desert Cozy Mystery Series Book 7
All Camille wanted to do was build a museum in the desert. Too bad someone didn’t agree, and she was murdered. But was it for the land or her millions?
That property was prime desert land. A lot of people wanted it. The Tortoise Lady, the Mafia investors, and the Indian tribe. Camille’s son and daughter-in-law wanted her millions. Makes for a lot of motives and suspects.
Detective Jeff’s busy with two other murders, and definitely needs his wife’s help. Good thing Marty has a psychic sister and a psychic dog to help!
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Murder in Cottonwood Springs – Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Sheriff Rich got the call every lawman dreads – a relative’s murder. And it’s even worse when it’s your sister.
Brigid moved back to Cottonwood Springs to be with friends and family when her marriage and her publishing company both ended. When her best friend’s murdered, she’s determined to find the killer.
A new romance and an adopted big Newfoundland are pretty comforting at times like these. Recipes included!
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Murdered by News – A Midwest Cozy Mystery
He was a Pulitzer Prize winning publisher. She was a celebrity newscaster. Someone hated one of them enough to commit murder.
Kat’s shocked when she’s asked to help solve the murder but it looks like her daughter may be marrying into the decedent’s family. Sometimes you just have to do the right thing. Nice to know there’s a Rottweiler at your back!
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Murder and Food Porn – Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 8
Food porn can be addictive, but is it worth murder?
When Cassie’s food photographer is murdered, the police ask her husband, ex-Mafia man, Al, to help. Al’s ways of solving murder don’t always follow police procedurals.
A cozy mystery that leaves you with a smile on your face! As always plenty of dogs, mouth-watering food, and recipes.
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Black Dots – Book Three – A Slade Kelly Suspense Series
Over 450,000 books have been sold by this two-time USA Today Bestselling Author. This is the third book in her new short read thriller serial featuring Slade Kelly, a loveable but lethal private investigator. All of her books are free with Kindle Unlimited.
A volcano eruption. A drug that promises happiness and longevity. People are willing to kidnap and kill for it.
A child dead because of bribery at the FDA. A private investigator determined to find justice. The President addresses the citizens of the United States
The conclusion to the Black Dots Slade Kelly Suspense Series. If you’re in the mood for a page-turning short read thriller serial with quirky characters and lots of action, this is a must read!
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Black Dots – Book Two – A Slade Kelly Suspense Series
How did Darya know all those people would die in the volcano eruption?
Over 450,000 books have been sold by this two-time USA Today Bestselling Author. This is the second book in her new short read thriller serial featuring Slade Kelly, a loveable but lethal private investigator.
Slade’s lady takes a trip to Guatemala with one of her scientists to find out firsthand if the drugs her competition has on the market are really safe. They’re definitely not. Unfortunately, the volcano wasn’t either.
And she never should have told the policeman that she saw black dots on the people in the car just before it crashed.
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Black Dots – Book One – A Slade Kelly Suspense Series
Darya can’t help it. She sees things other people don’t.
It’s hard to protect a woman who won’t let her bodyguard go with her, but there could be a reason for that, and Slade is pretty sure what that reason is. His name is Nick, a scientist who works for Darya in Mexico City and persuades her to take a dangerous side trip with him to Guatemala.
A Food and Drug Administration employee has been bribed to approve a drug. It’s not the first time he’s paid to get a drug on the market, even when tests show the drug kills people. So much for healing.
Kidnapping and murder aren’t all that important to the drug manufacturer. Not when there’s money to be made.
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The Professor’s Predicament – Midwest Cozy Mystery Series
When you’re the head of the Sex Therapy Department at a university, and you find out your husband has been having an affair, actually a lot of affairs, it’s not a good day.
How can you continue to counsel people about their marriage when you’ve missed all the red flags in your own?
That’s Professor Deborah White’s predicament. And the predicament becomes a crisis when a beautiful young coed is murdered. Deborah’s husband, Geoffrey White, an English professor at the university, had selected the coed to help him with “special assignments,” which were usually conducted in a sleazy motel room.
There’s no lack of suspects in the murder. Was it Deborah’s philandering husband? Or the coed’s boyfriend, Dylan? Or even a past lover of Geoffrey’s who was jealous because he was having an affair with the coed? And Deborah herself certainly has to be considered as a suspect, since the policy always suspect the spouse in cases like this. Each one has a very good motive for murdering the young woman, but which one did it?
As a favor to her friend Deborah, Kat Denham tries to identify and catch the killer. However, there’s one little problem.
There’s a good chance Kat will be murdered before she finds the killer.
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Red Zero Book Three – A Slade Kelly Suspense Series
Have a red zero on your forehead? Too bad, because you’re not long for this world.
USA Today Bestselling Author with the gripping conclusion to the three book suspense short read serial featuring Slade Kelly, a loveable but lethal private investigator.
Darya sees red zeros. People die.
She’s also getting ready to manufacture Everlasting Youth, a supplement that prevents aging and depression. Clamhammer would do anything to get the formula, including kidnapping and murder.
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RED ZERO Book Two – A Slade Kelly Suspense Series
When Darya sees red zeros on foreheads, the person dies.
USA Today Bestselling Author with the second in this three book suspense short reads serial with everyone’s favorite private investigator, Slade Kelly.
Too bad the nurse overheard her talk about the baby boy in the hospital nursery that had one on his forehead and called the reporter. Makes a bodyguard’s job a lot harder.
Clamhammer wants the rights to her anti-aging formula and will take whatever steps are necessary to get it. He also has a little side business, selling AK-47s.
Slade was first introduced to readers in the Blue Coyote Series. He’s a private eye with attitude, street lingo, and a couple of advanced degrees. This three book short read series features Slade and the woman he guards, but is also in love with, Darya. When she develops the ability to see red zeros on people’s foreheads, and they die shortly thereafter, as well as owning the rights to an anti-aging formula, his protective abilities are put to the test.
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Red Zero Book One – A Slade Kelly Suspense Series
Slade was first introduced to readers in the Blue Coyote Series. He’s a private eye with attitude, street lingo, and a couple of advanced degrees. This three book short read serial features Slade and the woman he guards, but is also in love with, Darya. When she starts seeing red zeros on people’s foreheads, and they die shortly thereafter, as well as owning the rights to an anti-aging formula, his protective abilities are put to the test.
If you’re in the mood for a page-turning suspense short read serial with quirky characters and lots of action, this one’s for you!
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Murdered by Superstition – Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series
It was just a doll, wasn’t it?
It didn’t have powers, did it?
Powers that could kill?
New Orleans is famous for its pralines, beignets, jazz, Bourbon Street, and the French Quarter. But there’s a darker side to the Big Easy, one that involves voodoo and gris-gris.
Nicole was from New Orleans. When she found voodoo dolls in her gym locker, work desk, and on her front porch, she was scared. She knew what they meant. She was right. A few days later, she was murdered. A voodoo doll was next to her body.
Can voodoo dolls kill? Liz, an amateur sleuth, is determined to find out and catch the killer. On a trip to New Orleans to attend a Cajun-Creole cooking school she meets with a gris-gris doctor who specializes in voodoo, hexes, spells, and superstitions.
Join Liz and her dog Winston as they search for the killer.
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Murder at the Gearhart – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
When Kelly finds the murdered body of Chef Jessup in the walk-in refrigerator at the historic Gearhart Hotel, she has no choice but to fill in as the head chef for the prestigious James Beard Dinner honoring the legendary champion of American cuisine. She was only planning on being the sous-chef.
But who would have a motive for killing the renowned chef? The well-known food critic of The Oregonian? The owner of the Rotunda Hotel who owed money to men in Las Vegas? The masseur who was having an affair with the hotel owner’s wife? The chef’s ex-husband, who resented her success? The San Francisco chef who wanted the recipes she’d been given by James Beard’s protégé? Or the man who decided he was the reincarnation of James Beard?
Join Kelly, Sheriff Mike, and their dog, Rebel, on a vacation that turns into a hunt for a killer.
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Murder at the Waterfront – Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 7
Men, Mobsters, and Murder! Poor Maureen. Was she just collateral damage?
Men loved Maureen, but was that why she was killed?
She had an ex who wanted to reconcile, a chef she’d broken up with, and a salesman from Kansas who had fallen in love with her. Her brother-in-law had ties to the Mafia as well as some interesting business deals. Was she simply a pawn in their game? And what about Leslie, her ex-husband’s fiancée? She wasn’t too thrilled when Mac broke off the engagement to reconcile with Maureen. Plenty of suspects, but who’s the murderer?
Al De Duco, a retired mobster, has taken over Jake’s private investigation firm while Jake’s helping a friend. Mobsters have a different way of dealing with murderers. Sometimes they revert to old habits.
Join Al, his food critic bride, Cassie, and his Doberman pinscher, Red, as they hunt for the killer in this page-turning cozy mystery.
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Murder and Mega Millions – A High Desert Cozy Mystery
She picked the winning numbers. She won millions. Is that why she was murdered?
But who did it? Melissa’s no-good uncle or her ex-con brother who she hasn’t seen for years? Could they both be prime suspects? And what about her maid and her abusive husband-to-be? Is being known as a prominent philanthropist or antique collector a reason to commit murder? Yes, Palm Springs, California, is like a different world to most people, but is it different enough that ego justifies murder?
And are the rich really that much different than you and me?
When Marty’s wealthy new appraisal client is murdered, things get messy. Her husband’s the lead detective on the case, and he needs her to help him solve the murder.
Can Marty’s psychic sister help? How can Patron, her young boxer dog, seem to sense when she’s in danger? And what about the ghost her sister sees? Could she really be the murder victim’s mother?
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Murder at the Gallery – Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 6
The caterer had a photographic memory. The murdered art dealer had secrets. His wife had a lover.
This is the sixth book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by USA Today and Amazon Chart #1 Bestselling Author, Dianne Harman.
You’re in Provence, France, and happen to see the same painting for sale by the same artist your best friend just bought from a gallery in Seattle. What would you do?
DeeDee discovers the murdered art dealer’s body and knows she needs Jake’s help. Having a private detective as your fiancé is a good thing when you’re looking for a murderer. So is having a husky dog.
Who did it? The gallery owner’s French wife, who is also his nephew’s lover? The nephew who owns a gallery in Provence? The struggling artist who had a gift for reproducing famous artists’ works? The young retired Microsoft millionaire who bought paintings from the gallery? Or even Al De Duco, the ex-mobster who also owned a painting from the gallery?
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Murdered at the Courthouse – A Midwest Cozy Mystery
Some experts say the honeymoon phase of a marriage lasts for about six months, but they didn’t take murder into account!
When the county judge is murdered and Kat’s District Attorney husband of far less than six months, is not only a suspect, but now the lead attorney in another murder case, Kat has to find the killer to clear his name.
Who knew the judge was addicted to watching computer porn? But was that the reason he was murdered?
Was the killer the judge’s “unusual” wife who spent millions building a castle in the middle of Kansas and then filling the moat around the castle with alligators? Or the head of Mothers Against Pornography Addiction? Could it have been the woman who was having an affair with the judge? Or her husband? After all, he did attend Rageaholics meetings. Or even the young sorority girl who was making a lot of money appearing on porn sites?
Sometimes a guard dog is just as important as a former Green Beret, and Kat was grateful to both of them when they saved her life!
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Murder at Le Bijou Bistro – Northwest Cozy Mysteries Book 5
When the wrong person’s murdered, just who was the intended victim of death by chocolate cake?
Was it the retired mobster, Al De Duco? Could it have been an act of jealousy by his ex-girlfriend, Kitten Knight, or an act of revenge by Mario Carlucci, a long-time enemy of his from Al’s days with the Mafia in Chicago?
Or was the intended victim Al’s wife of two weeks, Cassie, the very popular food critic who writes the Food Spy column for The Seattle Times? But who would want to murder Cassie? Maybe it was Myles Lambert, the food critic she was filling in for at the Times and who was jealous of her success. Then there’s the Gourmand’s Guide to Good Eats food blogger, Jessica Simmons, who’d always hated Cassie. Or even the owner of Frogities Restaurant, Jules Moreau, who would love to see the bad publicity resulting from a murder at Le Bijou Bistro.
And what about the kidnapping of Briana, Cassie’s daughter?
Join Jake and DeeDee as they search for a motive and a murderer!
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Murder in San Francisco – (Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 8
Michelle D’Amato’s pregnant with San Francisco millionaire octogenarian Bernie Snow’s baby, but he’s dead, and a lot of people would like to see her dead as well, so her baby can’t lay claim to his vast estate. Was that why he was murdered? And if so, who killed him? Was it for his money or revenge?
Bernie had threatened to disinherit his ne’er-do-well son, Larry, and his estranged daughter, Toni, so maybe they murdered him before he could carry out his threat. Then there’s Toni’s husband, Rocco, who has ties to the mob and is desperate for money. What about Jim, who’s still angry with Bernie after he was forced out of the electronics company he and Bernie founded? Or even Dr. T, who operates a sperm bank and facilitated Michelle’s pregnancy. He knew her future born child would have a legitimate claim to Bernie’s estate, even if she didn’t, and that was a lot of money.
Join Liz, Roger, and their dog, Winston, in a race against time as they search for the killer before Michelle either suffers a miscarriage caused by stress or is the next murder victim.
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Murder After Midnight – Northwest Cozy Mystery Series
Ever heard of someone celebrating New Year’s Eve by committing murder? Well, it happened, and the killer is now looking for DeeDee!
That’s the situation DeeDee found herself in after the very successful New Year’s Eve party she catered for Dana Donnelly, the popular hostess of the Seattle television entertainment show, New Day NW. The successful party quickly became a distant memory when Dana was found murdered near her pool house. It didn’t help that the murderer was certain they’d been spotted by DeeDee, and she could identify the killer.
DeeDee had ended her relationship with, Jake, her PI boyfriend, so she had no one to turn to for help when the killer sent her a threatening note telling her to keep quiet or she’d be the next victim. Her sister, Roz, calls on Al De Duca to help. He’s a retired enforcer for the mob who’s afraid of spiders and the open ocean, but has a heart of gold. Can he make it back from the Cayman Islands in time to prevent DeeDee’s murder?
But just who was Dana’s murderer? Dana’s spurned billionaire shipping magnate and longtime lover? His jealous wife? Dana’s husband who has a serious gambling addiction? Her television substitute who desperately wants her job? Or the television star she outed when she disclosed his sordid past on her show?
It becomes a race against time to see if Al, her Mafia bodyguard, can find the murderer before DeeDee becomes the next victim. Fortunately, her estranged boyfriend, Jake, and her loyal husky, Balto, are there to help Al, but will it be enough?
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Murdered By Wine – Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 13
She wasn’t swimming in the wine vat, she was dead!
When Angela, the beloved award-winning winemaker at the Moretti Winery, is found floating face down in a wine vat, law enforcement authorities are suspicious about the cause of her death. Was it murder or a tragic accident?
If it’s murder, who did it? Was it her husband, Matteo, the winemaker at a nearby winery, jealous because his wife’s wines always received the top awards and best ratings? Was it his employer, Carlos Romano, the owner of the nearby winery, because his wines always placed second to those made by Angela? Or could it have been Carlos’ niece, Alessandra, who had romantic fantasies about Matteo even though he was married to Angela? Or even Signora Moretti, suspicious there was more to her husband and Angela’s relationship than business. And then there was Caitlin, the ambitious master’s degree student who was an intern at the Moretti Winery and wanted Angela’s job.
Mike Reynolds, an Oregon county sheriff, and his wife, Kelly, decide to take a short vacation to Sonoma, California, where they were meeting their daughter and her husband for some wine tasting. Because of a sick child, they have to return home to Calico Gold, so Kelly and Mike have some extra time on their hands and offer to help the local sheriff determine if Angela’s death was murder or an accident.
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Murder in Seattle – A Northwest Cozy Mystery
What would you do if your sister’s husband of twelve hours, Clark, was considered a suspect by the police in connection with his rich Uncle Vinny’s murder? And the rich uncle just happened to be a member of the Mob?
DeeDee has no choice but to enlist the help of her boyfriend Jake, a private investigator, as well as Al, Uncle Vinny’s scary bodyguard, to help her find the murderer and clear Clark’s name.
It could have been a number of people, but which one? Was it Uncle Vinny’s cousin or his wife? Uncle Vinny had a lot of money, and although he hadn’t come by it legally, the color was still green. Or the rogue cop whose father had ended the prostitution rings in Seattle, but was certain Uncle Vinny was the person who had resurrected them. Or perhaps Clark’s business colleague who was jealous of Clark’s recent promotion? Maybe it was the wedding planner who resented everything Uncle Vinny was giving the newlyweds, particularly the house on Queen Anne Hill. Or even Clark himself? After all, Uncle Vinny gave a toast at the wedding declaring him to be the sole heir of his substantial fortune.
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Murdered By Plastic Surgery – A High Desert Cozy Mystery
Planning on having a little “work” done? What if after the facelift you looked like a lot of other women in the area?Could you murder the plastic surgeon who did the work?
Someone in the wealthy Palm Springs area murdered the plastic surgeon, but who? Was it one of his former patients disappointed with the result of a facelift? An associate, jealous of the doctor’s success, and who wanted more money so he could buy a bigger yacht? His administrative assistant who had spent the last twenty years of her life hopelessly in love with him? His wife, because he’d decided to divorce her? Or even his ex-wife, who had custody of their children, and would inherit a lot of money if he was dead?
With so many persons of interest, what’s needed in this case is a psychic, and fortunately the police detective’s sister-in-law, Laura, is one of the best. Join Police Detective Jeff Combs, his wife, Marty, who happened to be in the process of appraising the doctor’s antique Shaker furniture collection when he was murdered, and Laura, as they try to determine who killed the doctor.
As always, plenty of food, recipes, and dogs. Enjoy!
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Murder in Whistler – A Northwest Cozy Mystery
When DeeDee and her boyfriend, Jake, head to Whistler, British Columbia, to see her sister, Roz, and enjoy a little down time from her new catering business, Deelish, and his job as a private investigator, the last thing they expect is to become involved in a murder.
What makes it even worse is the person murdered is DeeDee’s former neighbor, Johnny Roberts. He was a bigger-than-life person and the owner of a very successful Mercedes Benz dealership in Seattle, but did he have secrets? And who would want Johnny dead?
Was it the man who years ago had tried to get Johnny’s wife, Cassie, to leave Johnny and marry him? Was it the sexy saleswoman in Johnny’s dealership who didn’t care whether or not Johnny was married, but wanted revenge when he rejected her? Was it his brother who resented Johnny for being the frugal administer of his trust fund? Or even the Mercer Island golf club pro who felt threatened by Johnny’s golf game?
Join, DeeDee, Jake, their husky dogs, Balto and Yukon, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as they try to figure out who murdered Johnny Roberts and why.
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Murder & The Movie Star – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery – Book 12
The last thing Mike Reynolds needed in the final weeks leading up to his run for re-election as sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, was to have his wife, Kelly, discover the body of a famous movie actress. It didn’t help that she’d died under mysterious circumstances from a fall off the cliff behind her home.
Did she accidentally fall over it or was it murder? And if she was murdered, who did it? Was it her daughter who wanted her mother’s money, so she could give it to the yoga guru she was studying with at his spartan retreat center located in the nearby forest? Or was it her gardener, who desperately needed money to deal with the terminal diagnosis his wife had been given by her doctor? Or could it have been the director of The Triangle, the movie she was about to film, because he was afraid she’d ruin his chances for an Oscar? What about the supporting actress who’d wanted to have the lead role in the movie? Or the screenwriter, who didn’t understand why the movie star refused to read the changes he made to the script? Or even the star’s ex-husband, furious with what she’d told a reporter about his acting ability?
Join Kelly, Mike, their dogs, and a helpful neighbor by the name of Roger Babowal, as they try to find out what really happened on the cliff that night.
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Murder on Bainbridge Island – Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
When Lisa Sanders, a well-known Seattle art gallery owner, is found dead at a prestigious dinner party, shock waves ripple through the local art community. For DeeDee Wilson, the death becomes a personal tragedy, because the dinner party was the first ever event for her fledgling catering business.
On the following day, newspaper reports indicated the cause of death was possibly poisoning, but could it have come from the food she served the guests? In order to save her business and protect her reputation, DeeDee has to find out how Lisa, the art gallery owner, died, and if it was murder, who did it and why?
Could it have been the smarmy competing gallery owner who was jealous of Lisa’s success in getting a top art glass artisan to exhibit in her gallery? Or the artist whose work she rejected because she didn’t feel it was up to her standards? Was it the disgruntled ex-girlfriend who was dumped by the man Lisa was currently seeing? Or was it a museum employee who was fired by the woman who hosted the dinner party?
Join DeeDee, Jake, a private investigator she’s developed a relationship with after her divorce, and her new dog, Balto, a husky dog with a blue eye and a brown eye, as they try to save DeeDee’s new business venture.
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Murder in Calistoga – A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
When Nikki Evans is murdered in the sauna at the Serenity Hotel and Spa on opening day, Judy Rasmussen’s dream of owning a premiere hotel and spa in Calistoga, California, turns into a nightmare.
Her friend, Liz Lucas, an amateur sleuth who’s come to the hotel and spa for the opening weekend, has to find the killer before the new hotel and spa’s chances for success are ruined by the bad publicity the murder will bring. The murder victim was a guest at the spa and part of a group of five women who are there for a college reunion. But who would want the reunion attendee dead? And what is the motive? Was it her college roommate, who’d never forgotten what Nikki had said about her years ago? Was it her husband, who resented that he had to use her inherited money to pay back the company he’d embezzled from? Was it the winemaker who wanted Judy’s property, so he could grow more grapes? Or was it the owner of La Spa, who didn’t want any new competition?
Join Liz and her big boxer guard dog, Winston, as they try to catch the killer, but will they succeed?
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Trouble at the Animal Shelter – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
When Maggie Ryan, a retired schoolteacher, is murdered, and over thirty dogs are discovered living in her home, the Cedar Bay Animal Shelter is stretched beyond its meager resources. What to do with the dogs and finding the murderer becomes a challenge.
But who would have wanted the elderly spinster dead, and what was the killer’s motive? Was it the local reverend who desperately needed money to pay off his gambling debts? Or the neighbor who was kept awake by Maggie’s barking dogs? Was it the disgruntled father of a boy Maggie had wanted to hold back a year in school? Or even the director of the animal shelter?
Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and her husband Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, along with a bulldog puppy named Max, and Sanyu, an Akita guard dog, as they literally have to sniff out the murderer before they become the next victims.
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ALEXIS – Midlife Journey Series
“Look at this way, you’re going to be an entirely new person.”
“I didn’t know there was anything wrong with the person I am right now,” Alexis said coldly. And so, at age fifty-two her midlife journey begins.
When her boss gives Alexis weight loss surgery as an early Christmas bonus, it sets in motion a string of events no one could have foreseen. With the surgery comes the realization that anything is possible from losing weight, working out, a complete makeover, a new wardrobe, to men in her life for the first time. Each step is terrifying as time after time she’s forced to get out of her comfort zone because of all the changes taking place.
As the Alexis package becomes more appealing it brings with it an exotic sports car, a glamorous face and body, and a chance at love. But when the ex-wife of the man she falls in love with wants to reconcile with him, Alexis’ hard fought midlife victory becomes a nightmare, and she resorts to returning to what used to work for her when she didn’t want to deal with her feelings – food. Is she doomed to live a life of unhappiness or is there a happy ever after for her?
You can’t read about Alexis’ trials and tribulations without rooting for her every step of the way. Although her midlife journey forces her to come to terms with a lifetime of being overweight, her struggle of dealing with changes in midlife is one every woman will face in one form or another. This is Alexis’ midlife journey.
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Murder at the Polo Club – A High Desert Cozy Mystery
Antiques, polo, and relationships. What do they have in common? Murder!
Why was the Palm Springs polo club owner’s fiancee, Pia, murdered? Old relationships, Mafia vendettas, and inheritances all play a part in this cozy mystery. Jack Rutledge, the owner of a world class polo club in Palm Springs hires Marty Combs, an antique appraiser, to evaluate Jack’s collection of art pottery and Pia’s collection of art glass. When Marty and her husband, Jeff, a Palm Springs police detective, attend a cocktail party at the Rutledge Polo Club, they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery.
Who killed Pia? Was it Kevin, the has-been polo player jealous of Jack’s success? Roberto, the reputed second-in-command of the West Coast Mafia who loved Pia? Gerta, Pia’s sister, who feels the art glass collection willed to Pia should be hers? Pia’s ex-husband, a felon newly released from prison? Jensen, Jack’s son, who’d been promised he would inherit Jack’s very valuable art pottery collection, or even Lupe, the polo club owner’s maid?
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Murder at the Clinic – A Midwest Cozy Mystery
Kat Denham, a popular author of steamy romance novels, has decided to write a book in a different genre. She has a friend who’s a doctor of acupuncture, has just lost over one hundred pounds, is getting married in mid-life for the first time to a doctor, and seems like the perfect role model for the protagonist in Kat’s soon-to-be-written book. But fate intervenes when Kat happens to be at the acupuncture clinic when a patient, Sandy Hendrick, mysteriously dies. Suddenly Kat is involved in a murder mystery she has to solve to save her reputation and that of her friend, Mitzi.
Who was the murderer? Was it Mitzi, Kat’s acupuncturist? Or was it a doctor from the clinic who desperately wants Mitzi discredited, so he’ll be named the Assistant Dean of Acupuncture? Then there’s Sandy’s philandering husband, Matt, and Mitzi’s fiancee’s ex-girlfriend. Or was it the clinic’s receptionist, Rochelle? Will the sting Kat devises to help catch the murderer work? And what part does Kat’s guard dog, Rudy, play?
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Murder on the East Coast – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and her husband, Sheriff Mike, fly to Virginia to see a friend, Stephanie, receive her doctorate degree. What Kelly didn’t plan on was becoming involved in trying to solve the murder of Stephanie’s friend, Julie. The mystery of who killed Julie leads Kelly to Boston, Massachusetts, York, Maine, and Portland, Oregon, as she tries to track down and identify the killer.
Was the ten million dollars Julie’s mother gave her as a graduation present the reason she was murdered? And just who would profit from her murder? The quirky cast of suspects includes Julie’s soon-to-be ex-husband, her worthless brother, a jealous co-worker, and the daughter she’d given up for adoption just after she graduated from high school, but with whom she’d recently been reunited.
Julie’s mother is the multimillionaire owner of a huge insurance company and convinces Kelly to try and help find her daughter’s killer. She has stage four pancreatic cancer, and her doctors don’t give her much time to live. Can Kelly find the killer before Julie”s mother dies of cancer?
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Murdered in Argentina – A Jack Trout Cozy Mystery
What could go wrong at a world class fishing lodge in the charming town of San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina, home of gauchos, leather, and chocolate?
When Ray Martin, the wealthy owner of Moving Graphics, is murdered on a corporate fly fishing trip arranged by Jack Trout, Jack’s wife, Carola, knows that if she doesn’t solve the murder it could be the end of Jack’s successful fishing business. She and Ray’s wife, Lisa, along with some help from Cayo the cat, begin their search for the murderer.
When it becomes apparent that the small town’s chief of police won’t help, because he hates Americans, it’s up to them to figure out who murdered Ray. Was it Mitch Graham, who made no pretense of the fact he was ready to take over the presidency of the company? Janelle Byers, the CFO who had been accused of embezzlement at her last job? Brad Dixon, who coveted Ray’s antique Winston Fly rod, Hardy reel, and the early 20th century hand-tied flies? Pablo Varela, a local fishing guide whose wife desperately needed medical care they couldn’t afford? Or even Ray’s wife, Lisa?
As always plenty of good food and recipes. Enjoy!
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High Desert Cozy Mysteries #1
Set Includes the following full-length novels:
Murder & the Monkey Band
Murder & the Secret Cave
Murdered by Country Music
Three fast-paced cozy mysteries by seven time Amazon All-Star. Join Marty Morgan, an art and antique appraiser, her friend Detective Jeff, and her pink bootie-wearing black Labrador retriever, as they search for murderers..
She has some help from her psychic sister, Laura, and the other residents of the high desert compound she lives in outside of Palm Springs, California. Native Americans, antique Meissen figurines, and a musical festival are all part of this best selling series. If you like food, dogs, quirky characters, and guessing whodunit, along with mouth-watering recipes, you don’t want to miss this boxed set!
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Murder at the Big T Lodge – A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
What could go wrong at The Big T Lodge, the most expensive and prestigious hunting club in the United States? Well, murder for starters!
When Roger Langley tells his wife, Liz, that they’re leaving for Texas in three days for an unexpected hunting trip at the club, neither of them has a clue that Liz will spend most of her time looking for the person who murdered Roger’s law school friend, Milt Huston, who just happens to be the Attorney General of California and a candidate for Governor of California.
There’s no lack of suspects, but who did it, and what was their motive? Anger from Milt’s former lover? Revenge from the lover’s husband? Milt’s proposed cigarette tax increase despised by a North Carolina tobacco farmer? The California Senator who wants to be Governor of California? Or the chef’s assistant who hates Milt’s liberal views?
Join Chef Wes, Liz, and her new doggie friend, Sam, a huge bullmastiff, as they search for the murderer and the motive.
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Murdered by Country Music – A High Desert Cozy Mystery
What part did mollies and Fireball whiskey play in a murder at a country music festival held outside of Palm Springs, California? Why was the celebrity chef, Jacques Rushon, owner of the French Food Obsession food truck murdered? The suspects at the top of the sheriff’s list are Marty Morgan’s friends John, the owner of The Red Pony food truck, and his assistant, Max.
Or was it the ex-wife who was owed back child support? Food truck competitors John and Max? The owner of the White Stallion Ranch where the music festival was held? Jacques’ drug dealer? Jacques’ partner in the food truck, Ned? Or Ned’s wife, Rita? In order to save her own life, Marty has to solve the murder mystery. Fortunately, she has a little help from Jeff, her police detective fiance.
This fast-paced cozy mystery gives the reader a behind the scenes look at music festivals and food trucks. As always, there’s lots of food, recipes, and a black Labrador retriever who refuses to give up his pink booties!
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Murdered by Words – Midwest Cozy Mystery Series
A widow living in a small college Midwest college town writing steamy novels? Her editor murdered? Kat Denham writes under the pen name of Sexy Cissy, but it all falls apart when her true identity becomes known.
Kat is the one who finds her murdered editor and she and several others are worried that she’ll be the next one to be murdered. She has to find the murderer to save her reputation and her life, but who did it? Was it her editor’s husband? Was it the woman who had become obsessed with any book she considered to be morally objectionable? Or was it the “trophy wife” of the local banker?
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Trouble at the Kennel – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon and his wife Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, have just returned from a fly fishing trip to Cuba. On the drive home from the airport Mike gets a call informing him that the owner of Doggie Love Kennel, where they had boarded their dogs when they were in Cuba, has been murdered. To make matters worse, all of the dogs in the kennel, including Rebel and Lady, have been released and are running loose in the surrounding area. They immediately begin to search for their dogs as well as trying to determine who killed Mary Barnes.
They have plenty of suspects to choose from: the druggie kennel employee; the owner of the award winning Yorkie that was impregnated while staying at the kennel; the disgruntled head of the Pit Bull Sanctuary who was instructed by the owner of the kennel to get his pit bulls off of the property within twenty-four hours; the impoverished woman whose property is next to the luxurious kennel and is jealous of the dogs being boarded there; the kennel manager; and her husband who has anger issues. Will Mike and Kelly find the killer before the killer comes after them?
And what about the dog named Skyy? Is she cute enough to make Mike rethink his decision to only have two dogs?
Can she worm her way into his heart?
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The Blue Butterfly – A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
When the Lotis Blue butterfly, an endangered species, is sighted in a forest where logging operations are being conducted, it sets off a chain reaction in the small town of Red Cedar, California. David Sanders, a Forest Service employee and the step-brother of the popular owner of Gertie’s Diner, is found murdered after he entered the forest to look for the blue butterfly. But who killed him?
There are plenty of suspects, and what’s the motive? Was it the Jefferson Lumber Company employee who developed cancer from the improper use of formaldehyde at the company’s plywood plant? Or George Myers, the jealous husband of Ruby, David’s former lover, who has anger issues? Ruby could also be considered a suspect. And what about the Environmental Studies teaching assistant? Or the Forest Service employee who’s fanatic about saving the environment. Or even Gertie?
Join Liz Lucas and her boxer guard dog, Winston, as she helps the incompetent, bumbling chief of police search for the murderer before he makes a mistake and arrests her friend Gertie. As always, there are dogs, good food and recipes.
This is the fifth book in the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. Dianne is also the author of two other cozy mystery series, Cedar Bay and High Desert, both of which are best sellers.
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Murder in Cuba – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Cuba – a land of classic cars, beautiful beaches, salsa music, and the best cigars in the world. As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States starts to improve, everyone wants a piece of the action. When Mike’s friend, Jack Trout, asks Kelly and Mike to join his wife and him on an exploratory trip to a Cuban island, it’s an invitation they can’t resist. Mike’s dream of fly fishing the saltwater flats on the exotic island is quickly replaced when he’s asked by the local constable to help solve the murder of a British fly fishing guide, Dudley Samms. Jack becomes a suspect and his wife, Carola, asks Kelly to help solve the crime.
Plenty of quirky characters have reasons to wish Dudley dead, but who killed him? The Englishman who is the head of one of the largest international banks in the world? The American with no visible means of support, but who has plenty of money to fish all around the world? The victim’s wife? One of the Cuban fishing guides? Or was it Jack?
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Murder & the Secret Cave – High Desert Cozy Mystery
Who killed Randy Jones?
Was it Dr. Rosenbaum, who would do anything to get the Native American artifacts he desperately needed to add to his collection? Was it Richard Sagebrush, a Native American whose one goal in life was to return stolen artifacts to their rightful tribes? Was it Randy’s son, Luke Peterson, who was still angry his father had abandoned him forty years ago? Was it Colin Sanders, who dealt in black market Native American artifacts? Or even Mary BirdSong, the woman who had lived for ten years with Randy in his rundown desert shack until one day, without any explanation, he kicked her out?
Randy Jones was an old desert rat with a secret collection of Native American artifacts that was worth millions, but can you put a price on an illegal collection? That’s the dilemma Marty Morgan finds herself in when Randy asks her to appraise his collection, but the meeting leads to more than an appraisal – it becomes a meeting that ends in murder – Randy’s.
Join Marty, her boyfriend Detective Jeff Combs, her psychic sister, Laura, and her black Labrador, Duke, who refuses to set foot on desert sand without his pink booties, as they search for the killer before he murders Marty. Another dilemma Marty faces is deciding whether she wants her relationship with Jeff to go to the next level.
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Murder & The Monkey Band – High Desert Cozy Mystery Series
Marty Morgan is a recently divorced antique and art appraiser who moves from the Midwest to live with her sister in High Desert, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Since their early childhood days, her sister has always possessed unexplained psychic abilities that often enable her to predict future events.
An antique appraisal in the home of a recently murdered woman puts Marty at the center of a search for the killer. Who did it? The woman’s son? The well-known collector of antique Meissen china? A professional art and antique thief? The owner of Mai Tai Mama’s Restaurant?
And just what part did the collection of Meissen Monkey Band figurines play in the murder? Detective Jeff Combs is just as determined to develop a relationship with Marty and her dog Duke as he is to solve the crime. Will the psychic abilities of Marty’s sister help her find the killer?
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The Death Card – A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
Seth Williams, the bumbling and incompetent police chief of Red Cedar, calls Liz Lucas and asks her to help him solve the murder of his deputy, Leroy. He’s worried he might be a suspect because Leroy was going to run against him in the upcoming police chief election. His alibi is that he was getting a tarot card reading from Madame Dika when the murder occurred, but she vehemently denies that the reading ever occurred.
Liz and her protective dog, Winston, follow numerous and sometimes conflicting clues as they try to discover who killed Leroy. Was it the tarot card reader, Madame Dika, who had served time in prison for a psychic scam involving jewelry? Her brother, Anton, who has ties to a Southern European stolen credit card ring? Tom Rice, an ex-felon who had been in prison for wife-beating? Donna, Leroy’s ex-wife, who wants to get the back alimony Leroy owed her by making a claim against his life insurance. Or Ratface, Leroy’s bookie? And yes, it might even be the police chief himself.
And what about the relationship between Liz and Roger, the San Francisco lawyer she’s in love with. He gives her advice and helps her solve the case, but will their long-distance relationship turn into something more?
This is the third book in the best-selling Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.
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Murder in Calico Gold – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Kelly and her husband, Sheriff Mike, take a trip to the small town of Calico Gold, California, after his elderly Aunt Agnes calls and tells him she needs his help and expertise.
The day after Mike finds out Aunt Agnes has made him the sole beneficiary of her large estate, including the Robertson Ranch and the beautiful Queen Anne house on it, she’s murdered.
Aunt Agnes was revered by many of the town residents, but she had her enemies as well. The list of suspects includes a local judge, a real estate developer, a nearby rancher next whose cattle desperately need water from Aunt Agnes’ property, a Vietnam vet who’s recently been evicted from the shack on her property, Mike’s newly discovered cousin, and Sheriff Mike himself, since he has the most to gain from her death.
Join Kelly, Mike, and their dogs Rebel and Lady, as they work to clear Mike’s name and bring the murderer to justice.
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Murder and Brandy Boy – A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 2
Liz Lucas, the owner of the Red Cedar Spa, hires an intern to help her prepare family style meals served to guests at the lodge. Only days before graduation, his car crashes over a cliff and into the ocean. Was it suicide or murder?
Liz, along with her trusty dog, Winston, sets out to find the killer. Was it the high school computer genius, Nerdy Birdie? Brent, who was going to Stanford on a football scholarship? Kaitlin, the quarterback’s girlfriend? Clamhammer, the gangster from San Francisco’s Chinatown? Or Nerdy’s mother, the president of the Women Whose Husbands Left Them Club?
Who would have thought Brandy Boy, the lovable but lazy St. Bernard who’s the mascot of the Red Cedar Spa, would become a nationally recognized hero?
This is the second book in the best-selling Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.The author has been designated by Amazon as one of its most popular authors for the last five months.
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Murder in the Pearl District – Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 5
Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, has reluctantly agreed to cater a dinner party for her friend Sophie Marchant in Portland’s popular Pearl District. The guest of honor, Donatella DeLuca, is a famous chef and owner of the highly acclaimed restaurant, Mangia! Mangia!
The day after the dinner party Donatella is found murdered. Who did it? The arrogant newspaper food critic? The sous chef at Mangia! Mangia!? The beautiful ex-wife of the television station owner who was going to produce Donatella’s new TV show, Dining with Donatella? The French chef whose nationality is questionable? Or the deranged “hostess with the mostest?”
Join Kelly and her dog Rebel, along with reluctant advice from her husband, Sheriff Mike, as they try to discover who murdered Donatella and why.
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Murder in Cottage #6 – Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she’s been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco.
What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, discovering that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered.
In order to save the spa’s reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer. The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie’s Diner, the dead woman’s husband (the mayor), his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it’s up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.
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Marriage and Murder – Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 4
After a long courtship, Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and Mike, the county sheriff, finally get married. Their honeymoon is cut short when Jesse, the owner of the local wine store called ‘The Crush’ gets murdered. Why would anyone want to murder Jesse, a likeable and legendary wine expert?
There are a number of suspects including his ex-wife, an alcoholic who hates liquor stores, a Mafia hit man, a wealthy French woman, two winemaking brothers, and even his sister. But who did it? Join Kelly, Mike, and their dogs, Rebel and Lady, as they seek to find the killer. Along the way, you’ll find lots of good food and mouth-watering recipes.
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White Cloud Retreat – Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 3
Third book in the popular and best selling Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series.
What could possibly go wrong at a beautiful Oregon vineyard overlooking the ocean? Could the White Cloud Retreat Center on the vineyard, run by a world famous Buddhist Zen Master hold a deep, dark secret? Murder, for one thing, but who could possibly have a motive for killing the beloved Zen Master?
Solving the mystery is the job of Sheriff Mike, ably assisted by his soon-to-be-wife, Kelly, an amateur sleuth, and their two dogs, Rebel and Lady. The vineyard is famous for its White Cloud Pinot Noir wines and the coffee shop that Kelly owns, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, is equally popular with customers looking for good food.
This is the third book in the popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series. Plenty of good food and lovable dogs! If you liked Kelly’s Koffee Shop and Murder at Jade Cove, you’re going to love White Cloud Retreat.
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Murder at Jade Cove – Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 2
Was it the environmental activist enamored with spotted owls, someone from the local Native American tribe, Jeff’s son, Jeff’s wife, or his wife’s lover? Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her fiancé, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try and catch the person who killed Jeff Black.
Well, it’s not as if no one wanted Jeff dead. He had enemies. There were a lot of people who didn’t want to see his property turned into a commercial hotel and spa. Finding suspects won’t be hard to do, but finding out who killed him will be. No one would ever nominate Jeff for the “Most Popular Citizen Award.” This is going to be a nightmare for Mike. I wonder how I can help him, Kelly thought.
Murder at Jade Cove is another mouth-watering Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery with recipes and a surprise at the very end!
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Kelly’s Koffee Shop – A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 1
Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought.
The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. The townspeople can’t believe what has happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. She identifies five prime suspects, but which one did it?
Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try to determine who the killer is in a murder that’s shocked the town.
Kelly’s Coffee Shop is a mouth-watering cozy mystery with recipes!
Learn more about Dianne’s other books at www.DianneHarman.com
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COYOTE SERIES – (BOXED SET)
Set Includes the following full-length novels:
Blue Coyote Motel
Coyote in Provence
Blue Coyote Motel
Discover why this trilogy of fast–paced suspense novels has received over ‘175’ five star reviews on Amazon, has been a Chanticleer CLUE award finalist, a Quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, been featured in the Top Ten Books at Authorsdb, been the Book of the Month at several Book Clubs and is at the top of a few good lists on Goodreads.
The story revolves around the rags to riches rise of Maria Brooks who marries a deranged genius working in the pharmaceutical industry. Drug addiction, anti-aging, art theft, murder, and the reader’s favorite – Slade Kelly, a flawed, noirish undercover detective makes this an engaging and entertaining read. The action spans the globe – from the barren deserts of California to the snow-capped Himalayas, with stopovers in breathtaking Provence, ritzy New York and windy Chicago.
Sweet, orphaned Afghan girls, dreaded gangsters in the mafia, dirty politicians and unscrupulous businesses make their presence felt as the series weaves along at a sprightly pace. Will Maria go to prison forever? Will Slade die in a gun battle with the FBI? Will the motel guests be able to break the inadvertent drug habit they picked up at the Blue Coyote? Who are those little Afghan girls in the barn in Provence? Will Jordan and Maria ever find happiness?
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CORNERED COYOTE – Coyote Series Book 3
Maria is tired of running from the law and comes back to the US from France. She murdered her husband, a deranged genius in self-defense and is arrested on arrival. Will she come out unscathed or will this be the biggest mistake of her life? Will she taste freedom or will she remain behind bars forever?
Follow the loveable yet eccentric private investigator, Slade Kelly, (a readers’ favorite), as he tries to save Maria from seemingly insurmountable odds.
The story moves at a rapid pace, from the ghettos of Chicago to the beaches of Florida, from the streets of Los Angeles to the lush gardens of New York city. Each twist and turn comes with its own cast of colorful characters, from sleazy men in the mafia to hot, desperate women, who will do anything to make it big, in a world that is always trying to keep them small.”
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Coyote in Provence – Coyote Series
Just Announced! A finalist in Chanticleer’s prestigious CLUE awards contest!
COYOTE IN PROVENCE (A COZY MYSTERY) #1 on 12 Goodreads Top Books Lists
>>>>>What happens when the very beautiful and sexy Maria Brooks, now Elena Johnson, a woman hiding out in Provence, France, from the California legal authorities, meets Jordan Kramer, a handsome art theft detective from Los Angeles?
>>>>>He’s looking for stolen California paintings reportedly for sale in Provence. She’s trying to stay under the radar. Both share a love of food and wine.Will Jordan find Pierre, the French chef who’s suspected of being the art theft? And who are those young Afghan girls hiding out in his parents’ home?
>>>>>If you liked Dianne Harman’s award-winning novel, Blue Coyote Motel, you don’t want to miss Coyote in Provence. Great mystery, wine, food, and art in romantic Provence!
>>>>>Blue Coyote Motel, the first book in the Coyote Series, was a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, a Goodreads Psychological Thriller Book of the Month, and an e-thriller Book of the Month. Coyote in Provence continues the story of Maria, the captivating character in the trilogy.
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Blue Coyote Motel
Would you take an anti-aging hormone? What if you could keep your youth? If someone you knew was terrified of aging, and you’d invented the hormone, would you give it to them? Even if it meant discovery would cause you to lose your chance of winning the Nobel Prize?
An Award Winning Best Seller, Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the mystery/thriller category as well as a Goodreads Psychological Thriller Book of the Month.
Blue Coyote Motel is a suspenseful love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert area as owners of the motel.
Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a “feel-good” wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane, he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician, find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey’s miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning?
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Zaika-e-Ishq – Eid Food Trell

Eid al-Adha is the second of the two annually celebrated Islamic holidays throughout the globe. In honor of Ibrahim’s desire to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, Eid al-Adha is celebrated. However, God given a lamb to be sacrificed instead before he could do so. An animal is sacrificed to celebrate this and split into three components. One part is provided to the needy, one portion is retained at home, and the third part is provided to relatives
This year, on August 12, Eid al-Adha falls. Devotees at the mosque offer prayers. Many devotees are planning their pilgrimage to Hajj and traveling around this moment to Mecca. Many of them save cash to be able to afford this journey for several years.
Food is an essential component of any festival celebration! And the holy Eid Al Adha festival, which literally implies the “sacrifice feast,” is celebrated worldwide by Muslims preparing traditional Eid Al Adha food that includes elaborate meals and desserts.
Eid Al Adha, also popularly known as “Bakr Eid,” is a dream come true for foodies, particularly meat lovers, with a fascinating spread of aromatic, rich and flavorful delicacies!
Aslam Butter Chicken –
Old Delhi occupies a three-story building and is famous all over Delhi for its signature Butter Chicken. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not the creamy curry that you get at North Indian restaurants. If you’ve not tried it yet, it is nothing like you’ve ever had before. The chicken pieces are marinated with about twenty spices, roasted and grilled golden and then dunked into oodles of butter! A sight and treat worth relishing.
The Mughal Empire is synonymous with larger than life architecture, grandeur culture and beautiful artistry. The Mughal emperors with their rich heritage, food and culture, were the first ones to bring the Mughal cuisine to the country .
From kebabs and ghosht to khameeri roti and all the delectable Mughlai delicacies one can think of, Jama Masjid is the place to be. There are a number of kebab places around the area and quite a number of well-known eateries to try out. From fried chicken tossed in masala to the delectable firni, this is a food lover’s paradise.
Kulcha Nihari – Haji Shabrathi Nihari wale
Haji Shabratri Nihari Wale in Old Delhi has been serving mouthwatering dishes to its customers from the past 60 years. Established in the year 1957, they have been serving the best nihari in town. Everything here is prepared with true Indian spices which make the dish even more delicious. The chef spends a significant time of his day in preparing the dish.
Shahi Tudka or Double ka Meetha – Cool Point
R oyal dessert which is a rich, exotic bread pudding with lots of dry fruits and cardamom. They started as a small shop on the Matia Mahal road near Jama Masjid and they sell the royal delicacy in a big parath along with vanilla and mango ice cream as accompaniments. It is one of the oldest eateries which has been selling the famous dessert for more than 20 years! The Shahi Tukda is prepared with corn flour custard, nuts and the bread is fried in pure desi ghee. Here, you can also lay your hands onto some Phirni.
Pyaar Mohabbat Sarbat – Nawab Qureshi Shakes
R efreshing drink which is fondly known as Pyaar Mohabbat Mazaa . It is a fun, addictive drink which is only for Rs 10. It is made of Amul Milk which is topped with Rooh Afza . They add watermelon cubes for that added freshness.
That’s our short take on Eid food served in the lanes of Jama Masjid. Do let us know if we’ve missed iut any of your favorites

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PUNE WITNESSED TOUGHEST ZONAL ROUND OF LG’S MALLIKA-E-KITCHEN COOKING CONTEST

Pune, August 12, 2019: LG Electronics India today rolled out the zonal round of Mallika-e -Kitchen Cooking Contest 2019 in Pune. It is a unique initiative to promote the spirit of healthy cooking in the country. At regional level round 17 cooking champion partakers were selected from the western region. A total of around 8000 participants across 66 cities have participated in the event. Western India leg of the competition Jainie Sethia secured the first position followed by Preeti Anvikar and Rajul Ingole secured the second & third place respectively and got selected for the next round. The second round of “Mallika-e-kitchen 2019” was a show of exhilarating cooking skills being showcased by the contenders. All contestants were asked to cook a Main Course dish within a time span of 90 minutes in LG Charcoal Microwave oven. The aim of competition was to educate the Indian homemakers on the importance of healthy food and offer a unique opportunity to exhibit their talent. Celebrating its 8th edition, the contest will witness a total of three winners from each Zonal Level round who will compete against each other at the grand finale on August 24th, 2019. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Rohit Vilas Keshkamat, Regional Business Head – Pune, LG India, said, “Pune is a city famed for several things including its grand royal cuisine that is the eclectic mix of west Indian specialties. We believe this competition is a great opportunity for people to come together and express their love for food and cooking. We are happy to give women a right platform to live their passion which is validated from the overwhelming response that we have received from the cooking enthusiasts. I wish every participant all the very best.”

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All About the New Food Hall Opening on 31st St. and 35th Ave.

About a year ago, news first emerged of a food market/hall coming to 34-39 31st St.–which would hold eight different vendors within the 18,000-square-feet space that used to be a (…) Share this Scoop
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About a year ago, news first emerged of a food market/hall coming to 34-39 31st St.–which would hold eight different vendors within the 18,000-square-feet space that used to be a warehouse. If you’ve been by the area, you may have noticed signs going up offering hints of what’s to come: gelato from Italy, pierogies from Eastern Europe, pastries from France and Scandinavia. Though it seems like a lot of work is still yet to be done, it was just announced that the market will open at the end of this Fall .
Called World Artisan Market , Eater reports that the developers–EJ Stevens Group–has officially confirmed “Italian restaurant and gelato shop Sotto La Luna , a collaboration between restaurateurs from Milan and Puglia, as well as Elevenses Viennoiserie , which will sell French-Scandinavian baked goods.” They are also apparently in conversations with “Cafe Boulud alum Juwon Song , who runs Kini , a Korean comfort food spot in Long Island City; and chef Sumita-Gohal Verma of existing Queens Indian restaurant Masala Box.”
They’re also seeking out vendors that offer Middle Eastern, African, Caribbean, and South American cuisines, hoping to mimic the diversity of Queens.
There will be options for sit-down, bar, and to-go meals. We haven’t heard back after outreach to the developers, but will let you know when they share further details.
From Mercado to Le District to Japan Village , food halls appear seem to be taking over the city–are you ready for Astoria to have its own?

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California Cuisine, Long Before Chez Panisse

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Vincent Medina was in the fourth grade when he toured a Spanish mission with his class and heard an odd story about California. It featured primitive Indian tribes and friendly missionaries, and it didn’t sit right with him.
Mr. Medina, a member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, was just a child, but he knew the truth was more complicated, and more brutal. His ancestry stretched back thousands of years here in the East Bay, and colonization had nearly wiped out his people, along with their traditions, languages and foodways.
At Cafe Ohlone, a small, enchanting restaurant that pops up a few times a week behind a bookshop in Berkeley, Mr. Medina tells a more complete story of the Bay Area, recovering and reconstructing its native cuisine to bring it into the present. Diners should go, not only to eat, but to listen.
Dinners start with an informal lecture from Mr. Medina, while his partner, Louis Trevino, who belongs to the Rumsen Ohlone community from the Carmel Valley, plates the food. The set menus change from meal to meal, but brunches, lunches and dinners are mostly composed from regional ingredients: rainbow trout and sorrel, rose hips and hazelnuts, quail eggs and summer berries.
Seen through the eyes of Mr. Medina and Mr. Trevino, a couple who have been cooking together since 2017, the bounty of California is thrilling.
Palm-leaf plates are piled with sides of smoked fish and fingerling potatoes with thin, salty skins, slick with walnut oil. The slender bulbs of wild onions are cooked whole until they’re so soft, they’re almost candied and melt away on the tongue. Tea-soaked quail eggs gleam with heaps of trout roe and juicy, peppery cress.
But first, Mr. Medina, 32, shares slides of his great-grandmother, Mary Muñoz-Archuleta, wearing a floral blouse, her gray hair pulled back, and explains where he comes from.
He shares old illustrations of Ohlone men, gliding along the water in long, sporty boats made of reeds, that show off the bay as it was before colonization — lush and nurtured. When Mr. Medina refers to Berkeley, he calls it by its old name, xucyun.
Mr. Medina is charming, addressing the dining room in a powerful oratorical style. He speaks loudly, slowly, with purpose. And he’s got jokes. “They weren’t just hunters and gatherers,” Mr. Medina said of his ancestors one night, pushing back against the stereotypes he heard as a child. “They ate the most bougie food imaginable!”
The dinner table might seem like an odd place for a lecture, but Mr. Medina and Mr. Trevino don’t run an ordinary restaurant. Cafe Ohlone is part of the nonprofit organization they founded called Mak-’amham — meaning “our food” in Chochenyo, the native language of the East Bay — that also hosts cultural events for the Ohlone community.
You enter the popup through the quiet, pleasantly cluttered aisles of University Press Books. Seating is communal, outdoors, at large tables that hold about 40 people comfortably. Before dinner, Mr. Medina and Mr. Trevino carefully introduce every staff member working to pour tea, serve food and clear the tables. Many are relatives or friends.
And before diners take their first bites, Mr. Medina says a prayer of gratitude in Chochenyo. Mr. Trevino, 28, follows with a prayer in his community’s language, Rumsen.
My first thought was an obvious one: California cuisine wasn’t born in the 20th century. It wasn’t an invention of 1970s Berkeley or 1980s Yountville. It wasn’t created by chefs in restaurant kitchens. It thrived, in pockets across the region, long before it was identified as a movement in a food magazine.
Mr. Medina and Mr. Trevino interviewed their elders, and studied Ohlone techniques and recipes that were written down in the 1920s and ’30s. What they found was an earlier incarnation of California cuisine, fittingly fresh and local, farmed and foraged, diverse and polished.
Mr. Medina then worked at Berkeley Bowl, a specialty food store, to learn more about the business. He and Mr. Trevino experimented with updated Ohlone recipes, piecing together fragments, cooking for their community.
The kitchen sticks to pre-colonial Ohlone traditions as much as it can, generally avoiding gluten, refined sugars, dairy, soy, pork, corn and legumes. Cafe Ohlone does not serve alcohol, instead pouring infusions of herbs, fruits and flowers that Mr. Medina and Mr. Trevino often forage themselves. The chefs season with salt gathered from the shallow marshlands of nearby San Lorenzo Creek.
But the restaurant doesn’t recreate Ohlone foods as some kind of formal historical exercise. Though the food is accompanied by a talk and slide show, it reflects joyful interpretation and a lack of academic rigidity. Mr. Medina and Mr. Trevino seem to find pleasure in bending their own rules, taking small liberties here and there in the name of deliciousness.
“Why is there vanilla in the chia pudding?” Mr. Medina said on a recent evening, after pointing out that vanilla wasn’t native to California. “Because we like vanilla, O.K.?”
Mr. Medina also noted that Ohlone runners once drank chia seeds soaked in water before embarking on long, arduous trips to deliver messages to neighboring tribes (“the original Twitter”). But the chia dessert at Cafe Ohlone isn’t just runner’s fuel. It’s rich and satisfying — a sweet, sticky gray sludge that clings to the spoon, tipped with ripe summer berries.
On the same plate, Mr. Trevino’s gently chewy brownies appear, vibrant with fresh hazelnut flour, lightly sweetened with coconut sugar.
“This meal is a victory,” said Mr. Medina, addressing the dining room on a recent Saturday night as the candles twinkled inside abalone shells, and dinner wound down.
A few people had reached for blankets to cover their shoulders as the temperature dropped. They sipped a tart, fruity rose-hip tea and watched the D.J. on the patio, bobbing their heads. Others scraped at the last of the chia on their plates, picking up the fat blackberries and popping them into their mouths, staining their fingers.
Mr. Medina was right: This meal was a victory.
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Ten Cafe, The Ferm Residency, BGP 10/14, BG Block, MIDC, Pimpri, Pune

Decent place to dine for corporate people around Nashik Road and Pimpri area!
Ten Café is located within Fern Residency catering to hotel guests but it is also a good place for people around area for corporate lunch/dinner and meetings over food.
Usually, they have all-inclusive buffet that has decent spread with about 4 starters, 2 soups, multiple salads, about 6-8 mains, Indian breads and a few verities of rice. Live counter and select desserts are also there.
Came to know that they have food festival for two weeks called Simply South. Visited last Sunday and found it interesting. Select preparations from cuisines belonging to Indian states like Andhra, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala on the buffet curated and prepared by Guest Chef from Fern Hyderabad. Some rare to get preparation in Pune with near authentic taste.
Starters:
Mirchi Bhajji (onion stuffed chilli paida Karnataka style)
Mamsam Vepudu (Andhra style spicy lamb fry)
Chepa Vepudu (Andhra style basa fish fry)
Paneer Chettinad Tikka (Paneer in chettinad marinade)
Live Counter:
Veg Stew and Appam
Coconut based Stew using assorted vegetables. Touch of sweetness and mild flavour of Drumsticks served with streaming Appam.
Mains:
Miriyala Charu (Rasam) V … Black pepper and tomatoes (Andhra)
Kodi Rasam NV … Tang and spice with flavour of chicken (Andhra)
Tomato Pappu … Thik dal with sourness of tomatoes (Andhra)
Chamagadda Pulusu … Tomato based thin mildly spicy gravy (Andhra)
Gutti vankaya Kura … Small eggplants with four slits cooked in coconut based thick yellow gravy (Andhra)
Malabar Vegetable … Assorted colourful veggies in coconut based mild curry (Kerala)
Andhra Veg Pulao … Long grain rice with select veggies and garnished with fried Onions
Bendkaya Vepudu … Crisp fried okra with green chillies and spices in dry base (Andhra)
Meen Moilee … fish in coconut milk based gravy (Kerala)
Kozhi Kozambhu … Chicken curry (Tamil)
Steamed Rice
Salads
In addition to different types of salads, Apalams and other south indian papadams some attarctions were Chicken Chettinad salad and six Pickles form Andhra : Royallu Paachadi … Spicy prawn pickle, Chaapa Paachadi … Fish pickle, Valuli Paachadi … Spicy garlic pickle, Nimakaya Paachadi … Lemon pickle, Vadukapuli Paachadi … Wild lemon pickle, Mamidikya Paachadi … Mango pickle
Dessert counter:
Vermicelli Payasam, Coconut Halwa, Kesari Bhat as well as sticky date pudding, molten lava cake and deep fried pineapple rings with coconut sauce.
Overall, it was decent experience.
Summary… (out of 5)
Ambiance: 4
Food taste: 4
Food quality: 4
Service: 4
Value for money: 3.5
Overall: 4

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