Sunday, November 17, 2019

From author Jeff Guinn--the charming "Christmas Chronicles" series continues with "Santa's North Pole Cookbook: Classic Christmas Recipes from Saint Nicholas Himself"

Santa's North Pole Cookbook: Classic Christmas Recipes from Saint Nicholas Himself

Santa's North Pole Cookbook: Classic Christmas Recipes from Saint Nicholas Himself
In this one-of-a-kind Christmas cookbook, Saint Nicholas himself invites readers to pull up their chairs to his dining table at the North Pole and enjoy a bounty of his most cherished holiday recipes. Featuring classic American holiday dishes as well as mouthwatering Christmas fare from all over the world-Santa's favorite finds from his extensive travels-Santa's North Pole Cookbook offers an abundance of holiday meals that are as delicious as they are rich in Christmas tradition.

With more than seventy classic Christmas recipes from German Christmas Goose with Cabbage and Potato Dumplings and Santa's Favorite Rosemary Turkey to Christopsomo (the traditional Greek holiday bread that children decorate with dough designs before baking) and English Christmas Plum Pudding, Santa's North Pole Cookbook is a must-have for anyone who delights in preparing delectable, yet easy-to-make holiday food for their family. Santa also tells the fascinating lore of the celebration of the winter solstice and the festivities of Christmas, sharing with readers the wonderful stories about how and where he personally encountered these toothsome delicacies in his yuletide travels.

Full of appetizers, side dishes, main courses, beverages-and, of course, desserts!-Santa's North Pole Cookbook guides readers in creating special holiday meals for their loved ones at Christmastime.

MY REVIEW:  Author Jeff Guinn's charming "Christmas Chronicles" series continues with "Santa's North Pole Cookbook: Classic Christmas Recipes from Saint Nicholas Himself". Truly a "man of the world", Santa offers recipes from every corner of the earth, and he also illuminates his readers on holiday customs from cultures that span the globe. Santa shares his personal philosophy that there are four essential elements required to create the timeless magic of the holiday season: worship, family, friends, and food. While some of the recipes are fairly simple, and use easily-obtained ingredients, others are more complex and regionally specific. Here are some of the recipes Santa has collected in his travels: "Pecan Waffles from Sweden"; "Atilla's Stuffed Mushrooms from Germany"; "Flaming Gingered Prawns from Australia"; "Leonardo's Pasta Fra Diavolo from Italy"; "Theodore Roosevelt's Pan-Fried Christmas Potatoes from the USA"; "Christmas Mulled Wine from Finland"; "Holiday Black Walnut Cake from Germany"; and "Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks from Mexico". The official chef of the North Pole, Lars, created these recipes for Santa & Co: "Santa's Breakfast Souffle"; "North Pole Bread Dressing"; "Lars' Savory Poached Salmon"; "Holiday Plum Pie Cookies"; and "Candy Cane Creme Brulee". No wonder Santa is a "right jolly old elf"! Other books in Jeff Guinn's "Christmas Chronicles" series include: "The Autobiography of Santa Claus"; "How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas"; and "The Great Santa Search".

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Jeff Guinn 
Jeff Guinn is a former longtime journalist, who has won national, regional and state awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, and literary criticism.

Guinn is also the bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including, but not limited to: Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde (which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010); The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the West; Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson; and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.

Jeff Guinn is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. He appears as an expert guest in documentaries and on television programs on a variety of topics.

Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

"SANTA'S SECRET"--from author Denise Brennan-Nelson and illustrator Deborah Melmon--One intrepid investigator wants to know exactly WHO the real Santa is. Armed with a notebook, pencil, and a barrage of questions, can this young detective get to the bottom of Santa's secret?

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Everyone knows that when Christmas rolls around Santa employs a legion of helpers to ensure the season goes off without a hitch. But between the santas on parade, the santas at the malls, and the ones ringing bells in front of busy department intrepid investigator wants to know exactly WHO the real Santa is. Armed with a notebook, pencil, and a barrage of questions, can this young detective get to the bottom of Santa's secret?

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Denise Brennan-Nelson 

Denise Brennan-Nelson is an award-winning author of over twenty children’s books including Leopold the Lion, Someday is Not a Day of the Week, and the popular Willow Series. She wrote her first book, Buzzy the Bumblebee, after discovering that aeronautically, bumblebees should not be able to fly. She felt it was a wonderful way to inspire people to “bee-lieve” in themselves and their dreams. Denise also shares her enthusiasm for reading and writing in unique school presentations across the country where she encourages both adults and children to tap into their imaginations to create richer, fuller lives.

In addition, Denise serves as a board member on the committee for The Community Foundation for Livingston County.  In doing so she is able to help identify and advise on the needs of the community where she resides with her husband, Bob. They have two children, Rebecca and Rachel, and one dog, Bella who is much more than just a hound dog.

Contact Denise for more information on her books, workshops, and presentation availability. 

Illustrator Deborah Melmon says:

"Over the last ten years, I have illustrated over fifty children's books which include picture books, readers, and board books. As a free-lance artist, I have also designed greeting cards, gift wrap and fabric. I graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and continue to live in the Bay Area with a nutty terrier named Mack.

My illustration process is a hybrid of pencil sketches, hand-painted backgrounds and textures which I scan into Photoshop and then manipulate digitally. This gives me the ability to submit high resolution art in layers and to also make alterations to the art quickly. I love to create work that is fun and engaging for kids with lots of details and humor.

I love...

Almond milk lattes, bird watching, walking 10,000 steps every morning, living with dogs, online courses, golf, podcasts, Maui, walking barefoot, growing tomatoes, bird feeders, Netflix, problem solving, Irish accents, New Zealand, collecting picture books.

Clients Include...

Two Lions Publishing, Capstone, Scholastic, Zondervan, Kar-ben Publishing, Parragon UK, Highlights Magazine, Music Together, Kane Press, Viking Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group. 

"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"--from author Fannie Flagg--if you love the novel, then you will love the film and the cookbook--feed the mind, feed the body, feed the soul...


Featuring : Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Barbecue, Banana Split Cake, and Many Other Great Recipes.

After the tremendous success of her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and the beloved movie that followed, author Fannie Flagg received thousands of requests from all over the world asking for recipes from the little cafe of her Alabama childhood that was the model for the cafe in her novel. Now, she joyfully shares those recipes, in what may well be the first cookbook ever written by a satisfied customer rather than a cook! Inside you'll find wonderful recipes for:
* Skinless Fried Chicken * Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes * Baked Ham and Pineapple Rings * Baked Turkey with Traditional Cornbread Dressing * Black-eyed Peas * Fried Okra * Creamed Onions * Broccoli Casserole * Southern Cream Gravy * Fried Catfish * Scalloped Oysters * Down Home Crab Cakes * Beaten Biscuits * Corn Pones * Lemon Ice Box Pie * Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie * And much more!

The recipes in Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook are all for delicious hearty happy food that comes with all sorts of things, from gravies to hot sauces (very often the secret's in the sauce). But most of all this food, and this book, comes with love.


She’s one of America’s fairest and funniest ladies. Actress and screenwriter, director and comedienne, Fannie Flagg is also a most accomplished and high-spirited author. Said Kirkus of her first book, Coming Attractions: “It’s subtitled ‘A wonderful novel’ and that’s exactly what it is.” Here is her second. Get ready, because it’s going to make you laugh (a lot), cry (a little), and care (forever).

What is it? It’s first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women—of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

And as the past unfolds, the present—for Evelyn and for us—will never quite be the same.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, with humor and drama—and with an ending that would fill with smiling tears the Whistle Stop Lake...if they only had a lake.... 

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Academy Award winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star with Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in Fried Green Tomatoes, an inspiring drama adapted from Fannie Flagg’s best-selling novel. When an unhappy housewife (Bates) befriends a lady in a nursing home (Tandy), she hears a remarkable tale of laughter, devotion and a special friendship that defies all obstacles in this heartwarming film from acclaimed director Jon Avnet.  

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 Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as "Fried Green Tomatoes"), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, and A Redbird Christmas.

Flagg’s film script for "Fried Green Tomatoes" was nominated for both the Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. She lives in California and Alabama. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"The 4-Week Fast Metabolism Diet Plan: 100 Recipes to Reset Your Metabolism and Lose Weight"--Ready to eat smarter? The 4-Week Fast Metabolism Diet Plan can deliver real results in just 28 days.

The 4-Week Fast Metabolism Diet Plan: 100 Recipes to Reset Your Metabolism and Lose Weight

 Speed up your body’s metabolism and lose weight.

The 4-Week Fast Metabolism Diet Plan can show you how to eat healthy food you’ll crave with a wide variety of delicious recipes that help you shed unwanted pounds. You’ll feel full and lose weight in just one month. It’s that easy!
The secret is igniting your body’s metabolism through a holistic diet and daily exercise. It’s been scientifically proven that regulating metabolism through a specialized diet is an ideal way to shed pounds and manage serious medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid issues, and hypertension. Ready to eat smarter? The 4-Week Fast Metabolism Diet Plan can deliver real results in just 28 days.

This fast metabolism diet plan and cookbook includes:
  • Faster resultsThe 4-Week Fast Metabolism Diet Plan is straightforward and well-organized so you can enjoy immediate results—includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two healthy snacks every day.
  • Track calories—Each delicious recipe in this fast metabolism diet includes nutritional information for quick-and-easy reference.
  • Savor the flavor—You’ll use easy-to-find, inexpensive ingredients to make 100 delectable recipes like Seared Ahi Tuna, Spiced Beef Kebabs, and Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
Eating smarter for getting thinner is a snap with this fast metabolism diet plan and cookbook.

MY REVIEW: "The 4-Week Fast Metabolism Diet Plan: 100 Recipes to Reset Your Metabolism and Lose Weight" explains why your metabolism may have slowed down and offers ways to reset your diet. Authors April Murray and Leila Page also give advice on exercise, supplements, meal timing, sleeping habits, and much more. Igniting your body's metabolism through a holistic diet and daily exercise has been scientifically proven to be an ideal way to shed pounds and "turn up the heat" on your body's calorie-burning abilities. Since this is a 4-Week diet plan, the authors advise that it will work best when you are able to commit to that time frame and closely follow the guidelines. Always check with your healthcare provider before making diet and lifestyle changes to see what works best for you. In addition to the 100 recipes, you will also find information on foods that speed up your metabolism and those foods which slow you down; tips for planning ahead and cooking efficiently; shopping lists; and meal plans and exercise plans. Here's a recipe sampler: "Carrot Cake Overnight Oats with Flax and Walnuts"; "Eat the Rainbow Veggie Scramble"; "Lemony Halibut"; "Garlicky Shrimp Scampi"; "Rosemary Lemon Chicken"; "Beef Stir-Fry"; "Parmesan Roasted Carrots"; "Zesty Broccoli with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes"; "Salty Sweet Trail Mix"; and "Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups".

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April Murray is a Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist who practices and preaches that healthy food should taste good. Her passion for nutrition led her to found OC Nutrition Coaching.  In working with April, you will learn to appreciate food in a whole new way. Within weeks you may notice a difference, not only in your weight, but in your mood and energy levels! 
A trusted dietitian, April’s articles and interviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Register, OC Family Magazine and more. She recently wrote her first cookbook which is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition at University of California Davis and completed her Dietetic Program at Stony Brook University in New York.  April is a Certified LEAP Therapist and provides food sensitivity testing. She is also working towards her credential as an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner
April’s career direction was influenced by her past struggles with food, weight and body image. She understands the pain of having a poor relationship with food. Having overcome her health struggles, April is passionate about helping others do the same.


Leila Farina

Leila Page is a Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist who has a huge passion for nutrition. She grew up in an Italian family where food was a way to lift the spirit. After witnessing many nutrition-related hardships within her family such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, she understood there needed to be a fine balance between family tradition and health. Leila’s career path was influenced by her desire to help her family and favorite pastimes of cooking and recreating favorite family recipes into healthier alternatives.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition Science; Dietetics at California State Polytechnic University and completed her Dietetic Program at University of Houston. During this journey she was led to OC Nutrition Coaching and fell in love with the practice. She has been working closely with April for over two years and looks forward to spreading the knowledge of nutrition. Her nutrition counseling specialties include weight loss, sports nutrition, healthy lifestyle, diabetes, pregnancy, cooking and meal planning.

"The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook: Healing Recipes for Total Wellness"--bring balance back to your body with simple, therapeutic meals--delicious recipes that take half an hour or less to prepare

The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook by [Martin, Danielle]

The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook

A healing diet for a healthy body―an Ayurvedic cookbook full of quick and tasty meals.

The traditional South Asian system of medicine―Ayurveda―is based on the concept of balancing your body to achieve total wellness. A diet centered around Ayurveda teaches us that the right food can ultimately balance and heal us. The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook makes it simple to eat an Ayurvedic diet, with 90 delicious recipes that take half an hour or less to prepare.

The recipes in this Ayurvedic cookbook are labeled for specific benefits―like digestion, heart health, weight loss, constipation relief, and more―so you can quickly find meals designed to benefit your individual healing process.

This Ayurvedic cookbook includes:
  • Introducing Ayurveda―Discover details on what Ayurveda is, items to stock your kitchen with, how to eat for healing, and more.
  • 90 healing recipes―Cleanse and restore your body with recipes like Detox Tonic, Antioxidant Energy Smoothie, Colorful Quinoa Salad, and Classic Cleansing Kitchari.
  • The right foods for you―Take a quiz to determine your dosha (biological energy), and learn how you can eat to heal your unique body.
Bring balance back to your body with simple, therapeutic meals―The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook has everything you need to get cooking.

MY REVIEW: In "The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook: Healing Recipes for Total Wellness", Ayurveda is described as "the traditional system of medicine from India--based on the concept of balancing your body to achieve total wellness". Author Danielle Martin, an Ayurvedic Herbalist and Practitioner, has put together a collection of over 90 optimal-health recipes that can be prepared in a half-hour or less. She also shares that, through her personal experiences with Yoga and Ayurveda, she has learned to heal herself as well as help others to heal--this includes physical healing, as well as focusing on mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. As always, before changing your diet and lifestyle for health reasons, consult with your primary healthcare provider to see what works best for you. The book is divided into two main parts : Part 1 "Ayurveda and You", and Part 2 "Recipes for Healing, Health, and Wellness". Here are some of the recipes you;ll find: "Digestion Tonic"; "Detox Tonic"; "Antioxidant Energy Smoothie"; "Chocolate Banana Date Shake"; "Carrot Cake Oatmeal"; "Springtime Breakfast Scramble"; "Coconut Curry Hummus"; "Spiced Apples and Ghee"; "Spicy Sesame Rice"; "Colorful Quinoa Salad"; "Spicy Red Lentil Dal"; "Curried Black-Eyed Peas and Greens"; "Winter-Spiced Rice Pudding"; "Irresistible Carrot Cake Muffins"; "Morning Energy Mix"; and "Spicy Stir-Fry Sauce". In addition to the recipes, you will also find healthful hints, tasty tidbits, and resource listings and websites for further information.

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Danielle Martin

Danielle Martin is an Ayurvedic Doctor, Herbalist, and creator of the herbal apothecary line Svastha Ayurveda. She graduated with her Ayurvedic doctorate in 2013 from Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula where she studied Ayurvedic medicine, Ayurvedic nutrition, and overall Ayurvedic healing. Although a midwestern native, she currently resides in Boulder Colorado with her family of five. She lives a simple, busy, and happy life filled with Yoga, Ayurveda, good food, and loving company. 

"The Great Blue Hills of God: A Story of Facing Loss, Finding Peace, and Learning the True Meaning of Home"--by Kreis Beall--The creative force behind Blackberry Farm, Tennessee’s award-winning farm-to- table resort, reveals how she found herself only after losing everything in this powerful memoir of resilience.

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Born with the gift of hospitality, Kreis Beall helped create one of the nation’s most renowned resort destinations, Blackberry Farm, in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain foothills. For decades, she was a fixture in the travel and entertaining world and frequently appeared in the pages of popular home and design magazines. But at the pinnacle of her success, Kreis faced a series of challenges that reframed her life, including a brain injury that permanently impaired her hearing and the conclusion of her thirty-six-year marriage to her best friend and business partner, Sandy Beall.

Alone and uncertain as her world shifts and marriage ends, Kreis begins a new journey to find her faith and find God. After spending years on her beautiful exterior life and work, she begins the hardest undertaking of all: reclaiming and redesigning her interior life and soul.

Kreis retreats to Blackberry Farm, moving into an unassuming, 300-square-foot shed with peeling paint on the exterior walls, “where I met myself for the first time.” She examines what it takes to redefine life after deep loss and acknowledges, for the first time, often unbearable truths that existed beneath the beauty she had created.

By turns fiercely honest, heartbreaking, and warm, Kreis Beall’s story will resonate with anyone who can benefit from her discovery that “All it takes is all you’ve got. And it is worth it.”



“A homeless friend once told me that ‘rock bottom’ was a solid foundation to build upon. Beall’s perfectly designed and beautiful Tennessee mountain top life was the envy of many. It was unimaginable that such an elegant, well- known Southern belle would one day be staring at rock bottom from the deep, dark valley of loss and unspeakable tragedy. With grit, atypical honesty, and God as her architect, Beall tells an epic Southern story of rebirth that soars to great heights.”—Ron Hall, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Same Kind of Different as Me

“Grounded in humility, this heartfelt memoir of love, loss, and healing is a joy to read. You will laugh and cry with Beall as she acknowledges her truth, finds God, and discovers the peace of home within.”—Jenny Sanford McKay, author of Staying True

“I couldn’t put down this wise, honest, beautifully written story.”—Shauna Niequist, New York Times bestselling author of Present Over Perfect and Bread & Wine

Kreis Beall

Kreis Beall 

Kreis Beall is the Founder of Blackberry Farm, an award-winning Relais & Chateaux inn and resort in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and one of the country's premier destinations. Entrepreneurial and artistic, Kreis brings her skills as a designer, home cook, inn proprietor, photographer, and adventurer to her passion for living. Her homes and design work have been featured in many leading shelter magazines, and she currently serves as Blackberry's Director of Design Emeritus. In addition to being a respected speaker, she is a long-term survivor of traumatic brain injury. Born and bred in Tennessee, Kreis is the mother of two sons and a grandmother of seven. When Kreis isn't speaking, writing, or renovating, you can find her riding in an RV on Route 66, hiking up mountains, or dancing in her kitchen as she cooks.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

"Charles Lenox Mysteries Series"--by Charles Finch--Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But he can’t pass up a good mystery, and this amateur sleuth is often called on to leave his comforts behind in the pursuit of clues. Follow him into the public houses, Mayfair mansions and servants’ quarters of Victorian London, into the intrigues of Parliament and secrets of Oxford. This historical mystery series, with its keen eye for period detail and razor-sharp plotting, offers readers an unparalleled brand of charm, sophistication and suspense.

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From bestselling author Charles Finch comes the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded Charles Lenox series.
London, 1855: A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a first-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a young, handsome gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of violence upon his person - yet Lenox knows instantly that it's not a natural death.

Pursuing the investigation against the wishes of Scotland Yard, the detective encounters every obstacle London in 1855 has to offer, from obstinate royalty to class prejudice to the intense grief of his closest friend. Written in Charles Finch's unmistakably warm, witty, and winning voice, The Last Passenger is a cunning and deeply satisfying conclusion to the journey begun in The Woman in the Water and The Vanishing Man.


“Fiction readers who crush on blue-blooded British detectives will fall hard for Victorian-era sleuth Charles Lenox." —The Washington Post

From the critically acclaimed and USA Today bestselling author Charles Finch comes The Vanishing Man, a prequel to his Charles Lenox Victorian series, in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind.

London, 1853: Having earned some renown by solving a case that baffled Scotland Yard, young Charles Lenox is called upon by the Duke of Dorset, one of England’s most revered noblemen, for help. A painting of the Duke’s great-grandfather has been stolen from his private study. But the Duke’s concern is not for his ancestor’s portrait; hiding in plain sight nearby is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s most famous and best-kept secrets.

Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error—and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must act quickly to unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again. As the Dorset family closes ranks to protect its reputation, Lenox uncovers a dark secret that could expose them to unimaginable scandal—and reveals the existence of an artifact, priceless beyond measure, for which the family is willing to risk anything to keep hidden.

In this intricately plotted prequel to the Charles Lenox mysteries, the young detective risks his potential career—and his reputation in high society—as he hunts for a criminal mastermind.


This chilling entry in the USA Today bestselling series by Charles Finch takes readers back to Charles Lenox's very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London's most brilliant detectives.

London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective...without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime--and promising to kill again--Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.

The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.

In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this first mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.

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"My name is Charles Finch - welcome! I'm the author of the Charles Lenox series of historical mysteries, as well as a recent novel about expatriate life in Oxford, THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS. I also write book reviews for the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune and essays in many different places.

Like most people on this website, I'm a huge reader. My taste is all over the place, though I tend to really like literary and mystery fiction. Some of my favorite writers: George Orwell, Henry Green, Dick Francis, Anthony Trollope, David Lodge, PG Wodehouse, Bill Bryson, Roberto Bolano, Jonathan Franzen, Shirley Hazzard, Leo Tolstoy, AR Ammons, Philip Larkin, Edgar Bowers, Laurent Binet, Laurie Colwin, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Philip Roth, Henrik Ibsen, Geoff Dyer, the list could go forever...

A bit about myself: I was born in New York City, and since then I've lived all over the place, in America, England, the moment I'm in Chicago, where I just recently moved. I spend most of my time here writing, reading, walking my dog, and trying not to let my ears freeze off.

You can find me on Facebook ( where my reader are always giving fantastic book reviews, or Twitter ( which I don't like quite as much, though it's okay. I'll also try to blog here. Please let me know what I'm doing wrong, since I have remedial Goodreads skills...