Call it innovative or call it confusing, Sarah Eden introduces her readers to two stories within a story. The Lady and the Highwayman is a social justice story set in the 1800s. Fast forward to the present and we find Rusty Ellis's Under Duress still fighting those who would enrich themselves at the expense of others, especially the less fortunate.
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Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense will love these two great spy stories. Traci Hunter Abramson starts off with an explosion at a fancy, contemporary restaurant near Washington D.C. Julie Coulter Bellon takes us back in time to London and the era of the Napoleonic wars.
Two new books which will appeal to those with a sweet tooth are Josi S. Kilpack's The Candy Cane Caper and Amey Zeigler's The Swiss Mishap. Kilpack's novel is a take-off on her 12 book Cozy Culinary Mystery series starring Sadie Hoffmiller which concluded five years ago. It's a stand-alone story with a strong Christmas theme. It's early for Christmas books, but the early release allows plenty of time for trying out the Christmas treat recipes included with the mystery before the big day.
Jen Geigle Johnson takes readers back to the Post Regency era in her new book A Lady's Maid for a glimpse of the beginnings of women's suffrage, a lessening of the class system, and efforts to establish child labor laws. Laura Beers splits her time with the introduction of a new time travel series starting with An Unlikely Suitor.
One of the best books I've read this year is actually a collection of four novellas by four of the best mystery/suspense writers currently publishing.
It seems appropriate this week to look back at some of our pioneering ancestors. One group we don't hear a lot about were largely the next generation from those who settled the Salt Lake Valley. Brigham Young was anxious to establish a solid hold in the West by establishing communities outside of the Salt Lake Valley. One group sent to establish one of these communities was sent to the hot, desert area along the Muddy River. The desert climate and poor soil added to this group of pioneers' hardships.