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Book Review: The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, #1) by M.C. Beaton

The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, #1)The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Summary: Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. 

But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry-but falls over dead! After her quiche's secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth-Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! 

Book Review: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

VictoriaVictoria by Daisy Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:  In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

Book Review: Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse, #3) by James S.A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3)Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary: For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

#finishedreading #godsofrisk novella & #abaddonsgate by #jamessacorey from #theexpanse series. it's not perfect scifi but i still love this universe. #bookstagram #reading #bookseries #booksontv #novels #fiction #blog

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Book Review: Gods of Risk (The Expanse #2.5) by James S.A. Corey

Gods of Risk (Expanse, #2.5)Gods of Risk by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:  As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about. Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, Chemistry deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series. 

my first read of 2017 #victorianovel #daisygoodwin #bookstagram #historicalfiction #novels #books #fiction #goodreadsgiveaway #stmartinspress #currentlyreading #blog

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good things happen on #newyearseve #rumaki #baconwrappedscallops #nye #foodstagram #horsdoeuvres #blog

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tonight's #dinner is salmon filets w peppers, onions, cilantro & lemon & brussel sprouts with cranberries. #foodstagram #instadinner #instafood #weekdaymeals #cooking #blog

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