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Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
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Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
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Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
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Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
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The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
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A Cookbook Conspiracy: 08/30/17

A Cookbook Conspiracy  by Kate Carlisle

A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle is the seventh in the Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn is excited about a new restaurant opening in San Francisco. Her sister Savannah is one of its chefs and will be planning one of the menus for the opening week. Savannah has also brought Brooklyn her newest project, an old handwritten diary and cookbook from the revolutionary era.

After opening night, the owner of the restaurant is found murdered by a fish knife — one of those long nasty ones used for skinning and filleting. The carefully restored cookbook and its ornate box is missing. Brooklyn wants to discover who committed the crime and recover the missing book.

I enjoyed the murder mystery — one where everyone had a reason to want the man dead. It was also thankfully mostly set in San Francisco, rather than the fictional hippie compound that normally features prominently in these books.

What I didn't get — given Brooklyn's usual care and expertise with books — is why she would blindly jump into the project before checking the book's provenance. A handwritten journal and cookbook with ties to big names in the revolutionary war would probably be a known thing.

Four stars

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