‘Word of Mouse’ Teaches Children About the Importance of Friendship [REVIEW]

Isaiah the mouse bows to the lovely Mikayla in Joe Sutphin's illustration from WORD OF MOUSE

Mikayla and Isaiah are two charming mice who will win your heart in James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s new children’s book, Word of Mouse. (Illustration by Joe Sutphin)

 

When a tiny blue mouse named Isaiah escapes from a science lab, he suddenly finds himself all alone in a big new world where nothing is familiar. How will he survive? Where will he go? And will he ever see his family again? Find out in the charming new novel, Word of Mouse, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.  Read more of this post

Prepare to be Mesmerized by Martin Cruz Smith’s ‘The Girl from Venice’ [REVIEW]

Fisherman's shed off Pellestrina on the Venetian lagoon

Love blossoms in a fisherman’s humble home on the Venetian lagoon in Martin Cruz Smith’s The Girl from Venice.
(Photo by D’Arcy Vallance, Flickr)

World War II may be drawing to a close, but life is still far from safe when a quiet fisherman pulls a mysterious girl’s lifeless body from the drink. But who is she? Why do the Germans want her? And what can a humble peasant do to save both their lives? Find out in Martin Cruz Smith’s new standalone novel, The Girl from Venice. Read more of this post

Revisit the Mysterious World of P.D. James in ‘The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories’ [REVIEW]

Mistletoe

In P.D. James’s The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, four of the author’s classic stories are brought together to baffle readers all over again. (Photo by Nils Rohwer, Flickr)

I’ve been a fan of British crime fiction for decades, but one of my favorite authors was the Queen of Crime herself, P.D. James. Over the course of her career, magazines and newspapers commissioned her to write special short stories for the holidays. Growing up on the American side of the pond, I never got the chance to read any of these stories when they were originally released, so you can imagine my delight when Knopf decided to publish four of them together in book format. The result is the charming gift-sized volume, The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories. Read more of this post

Lard and Butter Pie Dough [RECIPE]

Pie crust in cast iron pan

This pie crust is so light and flaky, you’ll never want to buy a prepackaged one again! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Men love pie. It’s as simple as that. But we don’t like pie crust that is too heavy, greasy, or dry as dust. It should be light, flaky and have a smooth, buttery finish. That’s why I absolutely love this recipe! Having tried numerous versions in the past, this version by far makes the best crust I’ve ever tasted. To channel Bubba Gump for a moment, I like it on sweet pies, savory pies, fruit pies, hand pies, pecan pies, quiche pies, pies for lunch, pies for dinner…. well, you get the idea. Want to make a pie? Just make this recipe. It will make you popular with all the guys in your life. Read more of this post

Explore Amish Country in Cindy Woodsmall’s ‘The Angel of Forest Hill’ [REVIEW]

Amish country

When Rose Kurtz marries a man she doesn’t know, will she ever get a chance at love? (Photo by Raindear60, Flickr)

When a young Amish woman is sent to help a family in trouble, it is supposed to be a temporary assignment. But after she arrives, it quickly becomes apparent that the family needs much more help than she realized. What comes next will irrevocably change her life forever. But is she up for the task? Find out in Cindy Woodsmall’s The Angel of Forest Hill.   Read more of this post