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Amazing Grace Adams By Fran Littlewood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250857019
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 5th, 2023

"Today is Grace Adams’ daughter’s 16th birthday and Grace intends to make it perfect; the Universe, however, has a much different plan.  From the very first page I felt a kinship with Grace Adams, even, or especially, at her most chaotic and unhinged moments. Every woman, I would imagine, has experienced trying to keep it all together, because that is what is expected of us, even as things are falling wildly apart.  Grace’s misadventures on this one particular day are as cringe worthy as they are hilarious. But, as we learn of the events in Grace’s life that have led her to this day her story becomes heartbreaking and relatable as well.  I am grateful for a story like this which reminds me just how resilient people can be even in their most fragile moments."

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Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide By Rupert Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451648218
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2023

"After failing in his attempt to murder his boss, Cliff Iverson is spirited away to a secret location where Cliff discovers he is the lucky recipient of a full scholarship, courtesy of an anonymous patron, to the mysterious McMasters Conservatory-an institution designed to teach its students how to commit, and get away with, murder. 

As the story unfolds we follow Cliff and his fellow aspiring 'deletists', as the school prefers to call murderers, in their quest to navigate McMasters unique challenges on their way to graduation and a successful 'thesis'.  The stakes are high because not doing so will result in consequences far beyond a failing grade.   Written with tongue in cheek this very original book is equal parts farce, suspense, and fantasy. If you’re like me you will find yourself rooting for the 'deletists' and against their much deserving victims.  Great fun!"

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Sign Here By Claudia Lux Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593545768
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Published: Berkley - October 25th, 2022

"In her book, Sign Here, Claudia Lux weaves together a disturbingly plausible concept of Hell with a decades old mystery and a poignant family drama.  The result is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and at all times, a very entertaining story.

This book is truly worth the read!"