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Food Mystery

Murder for Halibut by Liz Lipperman

"Murder for the Halibut" has got to be one of the best mystery titles ever.  In Liz Lipperman's third book in the "Clueless Cook" series, Jordan McAllister, food columnist, sails on a cruise where she will judge a celebrity cook-off.  The problem?  Jordan hates to cook, and gourmet food makes her gag.  On the first night at sea, one of the chefs dies after sampling his dish.  Was it a simple case of a food allergy or was he murdered?
Readers who enjoy Joanne Fluke's mysteries will want to read this series.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

"This odd, delightful book by Robin Sloan is about what happens when medieval mysteries meet modern technology," writes reader Carol.  "The story follows a clerk recently hired at the eponymous store as he tries to solve the riddle of Mr. Penumbra's very odd collection of books.  Ultimately, technology and secrets are both the richer for meeting each other-and as the reader, I'm sure I benefited most of all."


A Love Story as told Through Letters

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

When I first saw this book, Letters from Skye, I didn't think I wanted to read it.  It's written as letters between the characters.  I'm glad I decided to read it.  We meet Elspeth Dunn, a young lady who gets a fan letter from an American, Davey.  Elspeth, a poet, lives on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and has never left it.  As the letters continue, the reader discovers that they have fallen in love amongst the backdrop of war.  Interspersed are letters written by Margaret Elspeth's daughter.  After an air raid which results in the letters being found, Elspeth disappears.  Margaret slowly learns about her mother and Davey.  A debut novel by Jessica Brockmole.

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