15 November 2018

An accident becomes dangerously complicated...

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A supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation in Stay Hidden, the intricately-plotted new thriller from Paul Doiron featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch.

A woman has been shot to death by a deer hunter on an island off the coast of Maine. To newly promoted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch, the case seems open and shut. But as soon as he arrives on remote Maquoit Island he discovers mysteries piling up one on top of the other.

The hunter now claims he didn't fire the fatal shot and the evidence proves he's telling the truth. Bowditch begins to suspect the secretive community might be covering up the identity of whoever killed the woman, known as Ariel Evans.




The controversial author was supposedly writing a book about the island's notorious hermit. So why are there no notes in her rented cottage?

The biggest blow comes the next day when the weekly ferry arrives and off steps the dead woman herself. Ariel Evans is alive, well, and determined to solve her own "murder" even if it upsets Mike Bowditch's investigation and makes them both targets of an elusive killer who will do anything to conceal his crimes.

14 November 2018

2 people - 10 chances - One unforgettable love story

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Laurie doesn't believe in love at first sight. Life isn't a scene from Love Actually, after all. But then, through a bus window one snowy December day, she sees him.

There's one glorious moment when their eyes meet...and then her bus drives away. Laurie thinks she'll never see the boy from the bus again. But at their Christmas party a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus. Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life.

But what if fate has other plans? Following Laurie and Jack through twelve years of love, heartbreak and friendship, One Day in December is a life-affirming love story to escape into this winter.

13 November 2018

Have yourself a merry paper Christmas!

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Craft your own Christmas with 16 festive papercraft projects ranging from simple yet effective bunting to intricate snowflake tree decorations, bell jar Christmas trees, and an advent calendar village.

Give your holiday season the homemade touch, from wrapping paper to tree decorations, using very few materials and innovative techniques, such as printing with shaving foam and creating stunning greeting cards using gold embossing ink.

12 November 2018

The cult on Fog Island

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=179768When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she's dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia's struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can't ignore the attraction she feels for Franz.

So she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is and that no one ever leaves Fog Island…

09 November 2018

Armistice - Sunday November 11 at 11am

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=143920Rediscover New Zealand's hidden First World War history through the places where it happened.No battles were fought here, yet the First World War intruded into the daily life of every New Zealander who remained at home.

This ground-breaking book provides vivid new insights into their experiences through exploring the places where they lived, worked, coped and mourned: army camps, fortifications, soldier-settler farms, town halls, wharves, convalescent homes and hospitals, cemeteries and war memorials, dairy factories and woollen mills.

From Northland to Stewart Island, our landscape is signposted with thousands of poignant memorials.




https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=53562The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 destroyed New Zealand's fantasies of war as a glorious schoolboy adventure on behalf of a beloved Empire. The Western Front campaign that followed in 1916-1918 gave shape to the emotional impact. It was a horror world of death and mud that destroyed the souls of the young men who fought in it. Together these two campaigns shaped the lives of a generation of New Zealanders and have given a particular meaning to modern memory of war.

In Shattered Glory, highly regarded historian Matthew Wright illuminates New Zealand's human experience during these two First World War campaigns, exploring the darker side of New Zealand's iconic symbols of national identity and explaining some of the realities behind the twenty-first century mythology.


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For the first time ever the soldiers' experiences of the First World War are recorded in their own words and pictures. Shortly after images of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 found their way into national newspapers in Britain, the military authorities banned the private use of cameras on the Western Front. A considerable number of soldiers continued to use them illicitly to record life and death in the front line trenches.

Including over 250 personal and unpublished photographs, this large-format book gives a new perspective on the war that was not captured by the official photographers who traversed the Western Front.
 




Combined with extracts from personal diaries and letters written by soldiers and civilians in Britain through each year of the war up until Armistice Day in 1918, The Great War is a remarkable, vivid account of war. It is a stunning portrayal of humanity, at its best, and at its worst.

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07 November 2018

I was like Icarus...I flew too close to the sun

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=183381The biography of James Packer. James Packer turns to Greek mythology in an attempt to explain the most exciting yet tumultuous period of his 50 years on earth.

"I was like Icarus," the billionaire tells his biographer, journalist Damon Kitney, of the heady days of 2016 when he broke up with pop star Mariah Carey, abandoned living in Hollywood and Israel, left the global casino stage, and divided the family fortune in a bitter separation from his sister. "I flew too close to the sun."

With these words, Packer delves for the first time into the story behind his stunning public revelation in mid-March 2018 of his battle with mental health issues, which forced him to resign from the board of the Crown casino company he owns and loves. Never before has a member of the Packer family co-operated with a writer to tell their story.



In his biography, The Price of Fortune, one of the nation's richest and most psychoanalysed men opens up in an attempt to make sense of his rollercoaster life and to tell the human story of being James Douglas Packer. Of how his wealth, charm and intellect took him to such exciting places. Yet how sometimes his trusting the wrong people and his rash actions cost him his friends, his health and, most importantly, his reputation on the global stage - and how he is now working on getting it back.

06 November 2018

A borrowing of bones

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It may be the Fourth of July weekend, but for retired soldiers Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis, it's just another walk in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness--until the former bomb-sniffing dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones.

U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy's 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution.


05 November 2018

The Nordic baking book

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The acclaimed chef featured in the Emmy-Award winning US PBS series The Mind of a Chef and the Netflix docuseries Chef's Table explores the rich baking tradition of the Nordic region, with 450 tempting recipes for home bakers.

Nordic culture is renowned for its love of baking and baked goods: hot coffee is paired with cinnamon buns spiced with cardamom, and cold winter nights are made cozier with the warmth of the oven. No one is better equipped to explore this subject than acclaimed chef Magnus Nilsson.

In The Nordic Baking Book, Nilsson delves into all aspects of Nordic home baking - modern and traditional, sweet and savory - with recipes for everything from breads and pastries to cakes, cookies, and holiday treats.

01 November 2018

Ann-Louise enjoyed this book.

I went to borrow a book by another author, there weren’t any there so I took this one. It was a nice easy read about two sisters and the affection and acrimony that binds families together.


Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married - she's even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is for Eric to blindside her with a tactless break-up he chronicles in a blog...which (of course) goes viral. 

Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her half-sister, Kate, who's already struggling after the sudden loss of her new husband. Kate has always been so poised, so self-assured, but Nathan's death shatters everything she thought she knew - including her husband - and that sometimes the people who step up aren't the ones you expect. 

With seven years and a murky blended family dynamic between them, Ainsley and Kate have never been overly close, but their shared sorrow dovetails their faltering worlds into one. Despite the lifetime of history between them, the sisters must learn to put their differences aside, open their hearts to the inevitable imperfection of family - and the possibility of one day finding love again.

31 October 2018

Let Boudicca helps you solve your problems!


https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=182975 Tired of your boss bropropriating your ideas and presenting them as his own? Wondering if the pursuit of having it all has in fact resulted in having not very much? It is time to start channelling the spiky superwomen of history and conquer the shit sh*w that is the modern world.

It is time to turn to women like Mae West and Agatha Christie, Hypatia and Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Cixi. In this irreverent guide they will help you figure out how to cope with impostor syndrome, dispatch a love rat, stand up for yourself, get politically engaged, kill it at work, and trounce FoMo. What Would Boudicca Do? will make you fired-up and ready for anything.

30 October 2018

Maria's weekend read!

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This book is quite a different read from what I expected and happily so! I read it in one sitting on Sunday afternoon as the more I read the less likely it became that I was going to be able to put it down.

This is an excellent coming of age story set in 1971 in a small midwestern town in Ameria. Like many small towns during that Vietnam War era the town of Larson is in an economic crisis. It is also filled with small town corruption, a heatwave that is ruining crops, unemployment, paranoia, rumours and simmering violence. 

The story is narrated by the main character John. He and his sister Jenny plus their two best friend Rudy and Gloria find the body of a young woman by the lake and she has been murdered.


Unable to help themselves they start investigating the murder by themselves not realising for a moment just how deep of a hole they will dig into. They uncover secrets and lies plus abuse, violence and alcoholism and dysfunctional families. John comes under suspicion and the friends are suspected of holding back vital information and clues. The tide of the town turns against them as Johns worries increase with his mother fuelling her life by drink and her relationship with her children, particularly his sister becoming like ice breaking under their feet. 

As the truth starts to float dangerously to the surface John has no idea who can be trusted anymore.   And then something happens to Jenny...




















29 October 2018

The Lizard strategy

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Parma is blanketed in snow, but this pristine, white veneer cannot mask the stench of corruption. Its officials are no longer working for its people - only for themselves - crime is out of control and resentment festers in every district.

Commissario Soneri remains at heart an idealist, so the state of Parma wounds him more than most. And now he is presented with three mysteries at once, each more impenetrable than the last.

In a river creek on the outskirts of the city, tipped off by a local, he finds a mobile phone that rings through the night but holds no data; an elderly patient with senile dementia is reported missing from a hospice; and the mayor of Parma, who was reported as taking a holiday on the ski slopes, has disappeared off the face of the earth - just when he seemed certain to be implicated in a seismic corruption scandal at city hall.

26 October 2018

The art of doodle words!

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In The Art of Doodle Words , YouTube artist Sarah Alberto shows you how to combine hand lettering and carefree doodles into your own artwork.

If you love the look of hand lettering and calligraphy , but find it too intimidating or perhaps too ornate, then The Art of Doodle Words is the book for you. Now you can learn the basics of lettering just by doodling. Sarah Alberto, the artist behind the popular YouTube channel Doodles by Sarah , likes to start her doodle words with a simple letter or word.

Whether you're drawing a word like cold or love or idea , Sarah will show you how to transform it into doodles using super-cute sketches and simple lines. A basic word becomes an adorable illustration. Sarah will also teach you how to work in reverse , starting with a doodle and turning it into a cute illustration of letters and words.

Pick up The Art of Doodle Words and begin learning stress-free, laid-back lettering styles now!

25 October 2018

Tombland

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Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos. The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of the wife of a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeths mother, John Boleyn which could have political implications for Elizabeth brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlakes former assistant Jack Barak. 


The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding the death of Edith Boleyn, as a second murder is committed. And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England?s second largest. Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry.

19 October 2018

The 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction goes to Milkman by Anna Burns.


In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous.

Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman (which for the life of her, she cannot work out how it came about).

But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a searingly honest novel told in prose that is as precise and unsentimental as it is devastating and brutal.

18 October 2018

Maria is listening to...

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This is an awesome listen and I guarantee will make an awesome read in print! It has more than one narrator to reflect the speech of both male and female characters. There is a little music here and there but that doesn't disrupt the story either.  The gunshot? That was a little different especially when I first heard them whilst driving and nearly fell out of my seat with fright! They are not frequent enough to disturb either thank goodness.

The story line is total suspense! I cannot figure out what the heck is going on anymore than the main character can and it's driving me happily nuts. It is one of those books you don't want to stop listening to, or reading because you seem to have to halt just at action part!

The story centers around freelance hitman Will Robie and begins in the middle of one of his missions.



With that completed he begins the next except something doesn't feel quite right and while killing is Wills job he's not so stupid or cold blooded not to hesitate when necessary.

Fleeing the scene he rescues a teenage girl called Julie who has just seen her parents murdered and is now in danger herself. With the police taking too much of a close interest and an FBI investigator determined to solve both cases Robie finds himself a fugitive in a bad position. Nobody knows which side anyone is on anymore or if they will even live to see tomorrow. With people dying all around them Will and Julie must find the answer to the murders and Will must figure out which side he needs to be on to save both their lives.





17 October 2018

It's the winter of 1946

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A truck leaves the village of Campbellpur after news of the impending Partition pours in. It is carrying people who don't know where they will go. They have just heard words like 'border' and 'refugee', and are struggling to understand how drawing a line might carve out Pakistan from Hindustan. 

As they reach the border, the caravan disperses and people go their own ways. Gulzar's first novel tracks the lives of the people in that truck right from 1946 up to the Kargil war. 

A novel on what the Partition entailed for ordinary people, Two is also a meditation on the fact that the division of India and the carnage that followed, once set into motion, kept happening inexorably and ceaselessly, and people like those who left their homes on that truck never found another home; they kept looking for a place called home, a place to belong to.

16 October 2018

A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man's journey to find his destiny.

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Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He's never questioned it; that's just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free . . .

But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect him, or his people, but to enslave them. A revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.








The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings, the Excalibur of his people. Only with the Ember Blade in hand can their people be inspired to rise up . . . but it's locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land.

All they have to do now is steal it . . .

15 October 2018

A respectable woman

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After losing her family in the Great War, Nell is grateful to marry Stan Hibbert, believing she can recapture a sense of family with him. But five years on, she is just another back-street housewife, making every penny do the work of tuppence and performing miracles with scrag-end. 

When she discovers that Stan is leading a double-life, she runs away to make a fresh start. Two years later, in 1924, Nell has carved out a fulfilling new life for herself and her young children in Manchester, where her neighbours believe she is a respectable widow and a talented machinist. 

But the past is hard to run from, and Nell must fight to protect the life she has made for herself and her children.