Have you ever wondered what it is like behind the scenes of a family that lives together, works together, and socializes together?
Jimmy Han has never been happy running the restaurant made famous by his late father; he's decided to close it down and purchase a fancier restaurant in downtown Washington D.C. with a view of the Potomac River. To raise the cash for this venture, he's hired a sexy real estate agent to sell the family mansion.
Working at the restaurant are family members and long time Duck House employees alike.
Hovering over all of them is Uncle Pang, a mysterious, nine-fingered godfather who might hold the key to their futures.
Number One Chinese Restaurant emphasizes family loyalty between two generations. Even though they all face drastic changes in their lives, they love, hate, and make sacrifices that keep their families together.
In Awaiting Identification, there are five unidentified bodies that are lying in the Wayne County morgue on Halloween night, 1999. Although each character was on a separate journey, fate leads each of the five victims to cross paths on the streets of Detroit en route to their tragic demise.
The story is set against the backdrop of a Devil's Night party at legendary Detroit concert venue and nightclub, Saint Andrew's Hall. Awaiting Identification details the final night on earth for five people, and each character’s story shows a different side of the Motor City.
It was fun to read a book where the setting took place in a city I am familiar with. There is tragedy, mystery, and suspense.
We are looking forward to having R.J. Fox visit the bookstore on Saturday, July 7th from 11:30am - 1:30pm.
Janie Van Duyvil has always felt like a wallflower, even among her own family. Her brother, Bayard, and her cousin Anne were best friends, leaving her out. Her mother clearly favored Bay while expecting Janie to follow all her orders.
When Bay takes a trip to London and comes home with a mysterious new wife, Annabelle, things get interesting. No one knows much about Annabelle’s past, especially not Janie. During a lavish party at Bay’s house, he is found with a knife stuck in his chest. Annabelle is nowhere to be found, and Janie is the only one who hears Bay’s final word: “George”.
People gossip and the papers invent stories about Bay and Annabelle. Janie wants to find out the truth behind his murder. Together with a reporter names Burke, Janie begins to secretly investigate Bay’s life and the circumstances behind his death. As she learns more, she starts to wonder whom she can trust. Is her own family hiding things from her?
Old world New York City and London are brought to life with a dark and scintillating tale of betrayal, secrets and a marriage gone wrong that will have you on the edge of your seat until the final breathtaking twist.
The English Wife is a tale of smoke and mirrors. It is a fable of wealth and power set in the Gilded Age of the 1890s. It is a mystery, a romance, a coming of age story and easily one of the best books you’ll read this year.
Karen and Tom Krupp are a happy couple that live in a lovely home in upstate New York. They are practically newlyweds and have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life.
One day, Tom returns home from work to find Karen missing. Her car is gone and she has left in a hurry. Her purse, phone and ID have been left behind which is very unusual for her.
Tom begins calling neighbors and friends to ask if anyone has seen Karen or knows where she is when there is a knock at the door. The police have come to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. Karen was speeding and lost control of her car in the worst part of town, a part of town she would never be caught in. The accident has left her with a concussion and a few scrapes. She is okay except that she cannot remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed.
Karen returns home with Tom once she is released from the hospital and soon realizes that things have been moved in her house. Something’s not quite right. Someone has been in her house. The police are asking questions and soon realize that there is more to the story. A dead body has been found in the place she was fleeing from…
I am certain you will enjoy the plot twists in this psychological thriller.
If you want to read a book that has it all, this is it. People, places that shape a life, secrets that create ripples for generations, drama, humor, love lost, love found, friendship, history, and a touch of mystery. The High Tide Club is an interesting mix of all of these.
When 99-year-old millionaire Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her island home, Brooke has no idea why. Once there, Josephine reveals the mission: to help her make amends with the heirs of her long-lost friends, four women who shared everything . . . maybe even a murder. To fulfill a dying woman’s wishes, Brooke must find Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bring them together for a reunion of women who have never actually met. In doing so, Brooke unleashes the makings of a scandal that could make someone rich beyond their wildest dreams or cause them to be in the middle of a murder.
This is an irresistible story of love, friendship, and skinny-dipping.
This is a story about passion, betrayal, and suspense which builds with every page.
Doug and Natalie Larson embark on their honeymoon, a canoe trip through the Adirondacks’ six million acres of wilderness. Everything is going along just fine until Doug loses his GPS unit, causing the couple to lose not only their way but also their supplies. When Doug and Natalie fail to return to New York City the following week, Natalie’s 13-year-old niece, Mia, sounds the alarm, but what she and the search party don’t know is that a lonely psychopath has already found the Larsons and has his own plans for them. He will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out of the wilderness again. Six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide, and even easier for someone to go missing for good.
The characters jumped off the page and drew me in. I could not put the book down.
Wicked River is a whirlwind of action and there is a little something for everyone. Adventure, mystery, and even romance. Enjoy!
Be ready to be entertained. This is a delightful novel and the cast will charm you in a heartbeat. Fans and new readers alike will have a great time with Sylvie and Dan as they navigate the ups and downs of married life. Sylvie attempts to spice up her marriage and in the process, uncovers some secrets.
Sylvie has always thought she and Dan had a blissfully perfect marriage. They’ve been together for 10 years, have twin girls, and know each other so well that they can complete each other’s sentences. Other than the small fact that Dan resents her recently deceased but beloved father, they’re happy. But then, on the 10th anniversary of the day they met, a doctor tells them that they’re in such good health, they could live to be married for another 68 years. This good news throws Sylvie and Dan into a panic, and they start to worry that the next 68 years could be filled with nothing but crossword puzzles, TV, and tedium. Because of this, Sylvie starts Project Surprise Me—she and Dan will arrange little surprises for each other in hopes of keeping the next 68 years “sparky.” But as her neighbor Tilda warns her, “Surprises have a bad habit of going wrong.” Although their surprises just seem laughably bad at first, soon things start to go so awry that Sylvie must ask herself some questions. Who is Dan texting all the time? Why is he so irritable? Why, exactly, does he resent her father? And then there’s her biggest question: Dan couldn’t possibly be having an affair…could he? Sylvie is a warm and lovably quirky heroine, and reading about her escapades is great fun.
This is a fast-moving and entertaining story with well-rounded and endearing characters. It is a hilarious look at marriage and the power of mixing things up.
The Royal Rabbits of London is perfect for 8-10 year olds and blends a contemporary setting with old-fashioned charms.
Our rabbit saga begins in rural England, where Shylo Tawny-Tail, the eye-patch-wearing runt of the litter overhears three rats hatching a plan. The rats intend to sneak into the Queen’s bedroom in Buckingham Palace, photograph her in her nightie, and sell the pictures online. Shylo heads out to warn the Royal Rabbits who live below the palace and protect the royals. Shylo makes his way to London and, conquering fears and self-doubt, leads the delightfully eccentric Royal Rabbits on a search for a secret tunnel to foil the rats’ paparazzi-style scheme.
This fast-paced adventure has a humorous, engaging, and inspiring hero who discovers that anything in the world is possible, even for the smallest of rabbits.
Based on a true story, Love and Ruin is a story of war, love, persistence, and complex relationships in the times leading up to WWII.
This is Martha Gellhorn’s journey through struggles and adventure and the heroism that set her apart. She was one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century and she told the stories that needed telling. During her journey, she finds herself unexpectedly and uncontrollably falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to being a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Hemingway made their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite.
Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn’s love story became history.
The characters came to life in this novel and the story kept pulling me in further and further.
This fast-moving, insightful, and heart wrenching novel is truly an inspiration.
I hope you enjoy Love and Ruin as much as I did.
The Russian Five was fascinating and entertaining. It was fun to read about something that happened during my own life that was so memorable. In the 1990’s, I was living in the Detroit area. I vividly remember these five hockey players coming to Detroit to play for the Red Wings. Their story and the events that happened around the winning of the Stanley Cup in 1997 are etched into my memory forever.
When the Detroit Red Wings were trying to reboot their franchise, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around would be found behind the iron curtain. All they had to do was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out. That's when the Wings turned to Keith Gave. Keith was the newsman who would be able to go to Helsinki, Finland to see these Russian players play. This was the first phase of a years-long series of secret meetings from posh hotel rooms to remote forests around Europe to orchestrate their unlawful departures from the Soviet Union.
The book includes details from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap around Red Square and the Kremlin.
You do not have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book, however, if you are a hockey fan, love the Detroit Red Wings and like reading about Detroit History, I highly recommend reading The Russian Five. It was a joy to read.