Irish Stewed is the first book in Kylie Logan’s Ethnic Eats Mystery series. Recently fired from her job as a personal chef, Laurel Inwood arrives in Hubbard, Ohio to take care of her Aunt Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks restaurant while Sophie undergoes knee surgery. Only, Laurel is expecting a quaint bistro, not the hole-in-the-wall greasy spoon she finds.
It may not be popular, but I love it when the weather turns cold. I love wearing fuzzy sweaters, bundling in cozy blankets, and drinking hot chocolate. So when I had a chance to review a book all about winter chilliness, I had to investigate. Cozy, Snowy Cuddles wonderfully captures that cozy winter feeling in a touch-and-feel board book for little readers.
Joanne Fluke first published the Hannah Swenson Mysteries in 2000, so it’s taken me 18 years to start the long-running series. One of the fun things about reading a mystery written almost two decades ago is watching the technology change over the years. In just that short time, we’ve come a long way.
Shelter of the Most High, by Connilyn Cossette, is a captivating tale set in 1388 BC. Sofea is a young woman taken from her home on the Island of Sicily. She is eventually brought to Kedesh, a City of Refuge among the Hebrews. Eitan is a young man who wishes to leave Kedesh, but cannot under the risk of death. Together, these two must unravel betrayal before those closest to them pay the price.
This week is Banned Book Week. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps a record of books that have been banned, burned, or otherwise discriminated against. Most of the time, it seems these books challenge the current culture, have strong religious undertones, or are explicit sexually, violently, or in language, especially racially. Continue reading