By Jenn McKinlay, author of the Library Lover's mysteries and the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, writing as Josie Belle
Publish any sort of conviction related to these morose days through which we are living and letters will shower upon you like leaves in October. No matter what your conviction be, it will shake both yeas and nays loose from various minds where they were hanging ready to fall. Never was a time when so many brains rustled with hates and panaceas that would sail wide into the air at the lightest jar. Try it and see. Say that you believe in God, or do not; say that Democracy is the key to the millennium, or the survival of the unfittest; that Labor is worse than the Kaiser, or better; that drink is a demon, or that wine ministers to the health and the cheer of man-say what you please, and the yeas and nays will pelt you. So insecurely do the plainest, oldest truths dangle in a mob of disheveled brains, that it is likely, did you assert twice two continues to equal four and we had best stick to the multiplication table, anonymous letters would come to you full of passionate abuse. Thinking comes hard to all of us. To some it never comes at all, because their heads lack the machinery. How many of such are there among us, and how can we find them out before they do us harm? Science has a test for this. It has been applied to the army recruit, but to the civilian voter not yet.
What could be more fun than a summery May afternoon while hanging out with your best chums and- investigating a case about stolen diamonds? When Springfield Avenue's richest man gets his diamonds stolen one night, it is all up to the amateur detective Amber Vermont and her best friends Kate Evans and Clover Mauchley to get them back. Thus, begins a ragtag adventure of 'catch the thief' which uncovers some deep, dark secrets and even results in a narrow escape from being murdered. But, there's girl detective Amber Vermont for you, cooler than the coolest with her impeccable wits and timing, Kate with her expert gadget know-how and there's the fashionable Clover on the block. Will these girls be able to catch the culprit? Will they investigate and battle it out with the villains? Sleepovers, detective trails and diamonds...will girl detective Amber Vermont be able to crack a mysterious and deadly deal out of shiny solitaires? Read the book to find out...
Jonathan finally gets the "best friend" he has longed for. A brand new puppy, Archie. When Archie goes missing, Jonathan gets help from family and friends, to find him. Jonathan never gives up hope that Archie will return home. Archie's adventures in the months that follow are mixed with joy and sorrow. Although he experiences many new and interesting things he always comes back to realize how important his friendship with Jonathan is. The story is of Archie's many adventures in his pursuit of returning to his "best friend".
John Deal's life is finally coming together--he is reunited with his lovely wife, they have a beautiful baby, and DealCo, his Miami construction business, is booming with post-Hurricane Andrew contracts rolling in. The future looks bright...until the night that his house is engulfed by an arsonist's flames and his wife is terribly burned.Unbeknownst to him, Deal has stumbled into the path of the sickly sweet plans of sugar cane magnate and Cuban imigri power broker, Vicente Luis Torreno, a man obsessed by his dreams of a repatriated Cuba and the juicy profits of the sugar monopoly he is sure will come with it.Torreno's sugar-coated influence reaches to the highest levels of the U.S. Government, a fact that more than complicates Deal's efforts to find out who is responsible for this latest tragedy and to avoid joining the string of bodies that litter the South Florida landscape, all the way from the vast cane fields of Lake Okeechobee to the shores of Biscayne Bay.
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