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

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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

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

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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

Protect Your Pets from Holiday Hazards [VIDEO]

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Dogs, cats and other pets rely on their human family members to keep them safe during the holidays. (Photo by dixie wells, Flickr)

Each year, veterinarians around the country warn pet owners about the potential health hazards animals face during the holidays. From electric shocks and fires to strangulation and stomach upsets, human parents unwittingly place their furry children in the middle of a veritable minefield during one of the most festive times of the year. Here’s what you should know to keep your pets happy and healthy this season.  Read more of this post

Debbie Macomber’s Latest Reminds Us of the Power of Kindness [REVIEW]

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A young Seattle woman decides to kill her new neighbor with kindness in Debbie Macomber’s latest novel. (Photo by Tracey, Flickr)

When an obnoxiously rude neighbor threatens to steal her joy, a perky retail clerk decides to turn the other cheek and kill the guy with kindness. But what happens when her scheme doesn’t work out quite the way she planned? Find out in Debbie Macomber’s latest novel.  Read more of this post

Love Conquers All in Paula Quinn’s Latest Highlander Romance [REVIEW]

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Have your claymore at the ready. Love with a highlander is tricky business. (Photo by Bernard Walker, Flickr)

When a young woman encounters a handsome stranger in the woods, she could never dream how dramatically he will change her life, especially when he is discovered hours later, shot and left for dead. Now it is up to her to overlook her own pain and nurse him back to health. But will his secrets destroy their newly minted relationship? Read more of this post