Tuesday, September 13, 2016

October Blog will publish October 24th 2016. I'm having my second cataract surgery on the 19th so I'll be back in time to publish.

                    SEPTEMBER 2016


     September is a pleasant month. The heat of summer is fading, fall flowers coming into bloom, school has begun and life is getting back to normal.  But September is more complicated than it seems.  Actually "sept" means seven and once upon a time it was the seventh month of the year.  Yes, the year started in March and September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 A.D.  Then the powers to be shifted the calendar about so here we still are today with September being the ninth month. 

September does have a flower that you are probably very familiar with: the aster. In North America the aster is split into nearly 180 species. Aster comes from the Ancient Greek work meaning star that of course, refers to the flowers head. They are also called Michaelmas daisies. Since it comes in a wide variety of colors it is a very popular flower for gardens.  It is said if your birth flower is the aster you are supposed to love leading a good life and you are a perfectionist in everything you do.  You are a good listener more than a talker which means you are a good communicator.  And guess what!  Like the honey bee you are industrious. 

Enjoy this pleasant month.

The Sapphire is the birthstone for September.  This is a beautiful and desired gemstone since ancient times.  Although we are used to the sapphire being a variety of shades of blue with the most desired shades a medium dark blue or slightly violet-blue.  Surprisingly, since the sapphire is in the corundum species of gemstones there are pink sapphires and green sapphires.  I own a brooch made of diamonds and a nice dark blue sapphire. A gift from a great aunt, Jessie, who passed on in the fifties.   Lucky me!

 (An Encore article. I ran this article three years ago but when I discovered Jennifer now has a book out I decided to rerun it with updates and changes. Her work is worth visiting twice.)


      While I was at the EGA National over three years ago I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Jennifer Day's free-motion embroidery class. I know little about sewing machines other than my short experience in grade school home economics class when I learned to thread a sewing machine and fill bobbins with thread. I don't remember what we sewed but some years later I managed to machine sew some maternity tops with the help of a neighbor. Machines has changed a lot since then but it doesn't take a fancy machine if you have the magic fingers and talent that Jennifer has.  (Discount code is: 0916 for 20% off)

     When I walked into her class I found myself in a world of humming machines and a classroom of intent students sewing busily. I must have looked lost with my mouth agape and camera in hand for Jennifer came right over to me and introduced herself and invited me to take a tour of what was being taught. 

     This is one of my favorite thread pictures by Jennifer. Her model was 96 years young. She is dressed to the nines. Even her dainty nails are painted a bright red. From her curious expression on her world worn face and her leaning slightly forward she appears totally interested in the outside world she is staring at. To create this realistic portrait, Jennifer used thirty different shades of thread to get this wonderful face perfect. The more I study this picture the more it reveals to me. Now I notice her rosary about her neck and the ring on her right finger I discover through Jennifer it is her wedding band, worn on the right in honor of her dead husband. Like a great painting this portrait tells us a story, makes us think, and brings a wealth of emotions to the surface.

     Jennifer uses a Janome Domestic Sewing Machine for her thread stories, an easy to use machine, uncomplicated. She thread paints on cotton duck or if texture is needed Belgium linen. The photos are hers. She shoots portraits, wildlife. flowers, places and whatever her imaginative eyes see. After Jennifer selects a photo she sends it off to a printer along with the material on which the  photo is to be imprinted. She has a wonderful eye for choosing colors and blending them for a realistic result. Take another look at her work and what her choice of thread color does for her work. 

     I love the pomegranate so real I can almost smell it and my hands just itch to peel it!  It conjures up all the fruit I harvest from my pomegranate tree. All those delicious and nutritious seeds.  Yuumy!

     Her quilt of a newborn in a pair of hands flashed me to my children's births; the helplessness of an infant in their new world, the feeling of wanting to protect this child and the immensity of this miracle of new life. At the time of this work she had been doing this art for only three years.  I find that mind-boggling. I think her artistic background has been leading her to the year she ran a needle over her first picture proving creativity is a process not a destination. 

     On her website she says this about her machine art, " I utilize free-machine embroidery in most of my art quilts. I photograph a subject then print the image onto fabric. Then I begin the process of covering the image in thread. My images may have between 10 to 40 threads per subject. The process of blending colors seamlessly together is quite exciting to me. I then will incorporate free motion quilting into the background of the piece as well as applique and many times trapunto, to create my photo quilts and portrait quilts. My quilts range between one and three million stitches in the finished art quilt. My style of thread painting is very intense and the projects may take as long as 160 hours to complete."

     Jennifer has won numerous awards for her thread painting and her entries jury into 98% of the shows submitted. After scanning her website (for over an hour) I saw the passion she brings to work. I also discovered she is an ASID interior decorator. The photos of the homes she worked her decorating magic are absolutely breathtaking. This is on my wish list for my personal library! (I wish!) I've gone back to her site a number of times to re-enjoy her talent.  I hope you will take a peak.  www.jdaydesign.com

     Her book out late last year, Thread Stories: A Visual Guide to Creating Stunning Stitched Portrait Quilts - is a masterpiece. Jennifer invites you to create realistic portrait quilts with thread painting. Turn your own photos of people and animals into one-of-a-kind story quilts. as you learn to masterfully stitch in the details. This step-by-step visual guide takes you from photo selection to editing, printing on fabric, thread painting, and free-motion quilting. With just a home sewing machine, quilters of all experience levels can capture and quilt life's precious memories.   $29.95

Here are some more books on this art and how to do it.

Tope. Terri Henderson - Quilted Portrait Book - Sewing imitates art in this unique method of transferring photos to wallhangings. Step-by-step you learn how to choose a photo, trace images, threadwork, and finishing. Your tools include a home sewing machine and black thread. Watch as your personal photo comes to life through threadwork. A perfect project for the beginner to advanced sewist. The author is a lifelong seamstress and quilter, a popular lecturer and teacher.  $19.95

Walters, Angela - Free-Motion Quilting Workbook: Angela Walters Shows You How! - A master-of free-motion quilting, Angela Walters, teaches you everything you need to know in her new book. Unlike an ordinary how-to-manual, this interactive workbook will get your creative juice flowing as you doodle designs of entire quilts, individual blocks, borders, and even negative space. The pages have plenty of line-art shapes and inspiring photos to help get you started. There's also a bonus section of graph paper to plan your own quilt designs. So, go ahead, start sketching!  $16.95

Loughman, Gloria - Radiant Landscapes - Transform tile colors and textures into dramatic quilts! With four inspiring projects to get you started, bring light into your quilts to set a mood. Learn how to create your own landscape quilt with easy to master techniques, including fusible tiling, invisible machine applique, free-motion stitching, plus fabric fabric dyeing and painting.  $29.95  

Sherrill Kahn - Mixed-Media Master Class - Create over 50 fascinating surfaces with fabric and paper! Make luminous textures and surfaces while exploring more than 50 fun and inventive techniques using easy-to-find supplies. Step by step visual guide shows you exactly how to get great results and add color and texture to collages, art quilts, and just about any creative project.  $29.95

Wiener, Leni Levenson - Thread Painting: Simple Techniques to Add Texture and Dimension - Contains exciting lessons in achieving elaborate embroidered and embellished looks with a simple sewing machine and a home computer and printer.  $25.95



If you don't know this ultra-creative designer, needlework teacher and author here is your chance to acquaint yourself with the incredibly talented Alison Cole from Australia.  She not only designs, has a gorgeous website but also teaches all over the world. I have met her, visited her classes, and talked to her students and they give her two thumbs up! And I give her thumbs up for her books. 

Alison brings us a new book - The Embroiderer's Little Book of Hints and Tips - This is a workbasket-sized 144 pages soft cover publication with a concealed internal spiral binding so that it opens flat. She includes sections on everything from setting up a workbasket through to framing your finished embroidery. She has special sections with hints for Goldwork and Stumpwork embroidery as well as general stitch hints and hints for photography and going to class. At the suggestions of some of her students, this book has some blank pages throughout so that you can add the tips that you pick up along the way and at the back are needle identification pages with actual sixe photos of needles for comparison.  $40.00  NOTE: THIS BOOK IS DUE OUT THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER - SO PRE-ORDER.  DON'T FORGET YOUR 20% DISCOUNT.  FIND THE DISCOUNT CODE IN THIS BLOG. 

One of her Amazing Creations


Stumpwork Masterclass - While the main focus of this book is techniques found on historical pieces of Stumpwork, it also encompasses modern techniques. This book takes Stumpwork apart and looks at its history and each element that makes it up - from motifs such as flowers and animals to stitches and needle-lace. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about this book.  $49.95

All That Glitters - This book showcases the embroidery techniques of Goldwork and Stumpwork often combining the two techniques to offer you a chance to try your hand at these beautiful embroidery styles - it also gives an insight into Alison, herself,  and her journey as an embroiderer. This is a book of requirements and techniques as well as a project section with designs both framed and free standing pieces suitable for both those new to Goldwork and also for the advanced embroiderer.
It is laid out with clear diagrams, color photos and hints and tips.  $39.95

The Midas Touch -As with the above book, this book features sections on Basic Supplies and Requirements, Techniques and a Project section. The eleven projects range from small pieces suitable for beginners to this style of embroidery to larger, more complex designs for those already hooked on Goldwork and Stumpwork.  Both of these books are classics!  $39.95


After authoring a winning book series of four books some years back, SHAPES OF NEEDLEBOOK, that taught us how to handle a variety of shapes such as corners, hexagons, ovals, circles, squares, etc, etc. - each book covering some of the shapes.  They were a big seller and still are requested by needlepointers everywhere.  Now she is authoring a new series of needlepoint books: Pocketbook Series.  The first in the series is now available: Can Do Hairdos. She has taught classes on this was repeatedly asked for more.  This first book is 5.5"x 8.5" in size with 32 pages in color of "dos" with instructions, diagrams, pictures, and diagrams for a suggested hairstyle.  Easy-to-follow directions and easy to carry about.  $26.00


I've had just a great response to this book I've gotten involved in singing it's praises.  The author Hazel Blomkamp brought us two great crewel embroidery books that were internationally acclaimed: CREWEL TWISTS and CREWEL INTENTIONS. Now she does the same for crazy quilting in her latest book: HAND STITCHED CRAZY PATCHWORK: More Than 160 Techniques and Stitches to Create Original Designs.  Hazel teaches you how to make ordinary patchwork extraordinary through a fabulous mix of embroidery technique and bead embellishments. All of the incredible pieces in this book have been made with only a needle, thread, fabric, ribbons and beads. You can even learn to use embroidery to create your own patchwork pieces from scratch.  $29.95


Bethmann, Laura - Hand Printing From Nature - Discover how to use found natural materials - such as leaves, feathers, vegetables, fruit, shells, weeds and wood - to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, stone, and more.  $20.95

Edmond, Janet - From Art to Stitch - Our author creates amazing textile pieces inspired by the artists Chuck Close, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Matisse. Hunderwasser, John Piper, and Giogio Morandi. She outlines each artist's work, sharing what inspires her, then creates a series of artistic projects using various media and techniques, exploring inspiration. These works lead in each case to a stitching project with a stitch sampler to introduce each one.  $35.00

Kelly, Anne - Textile Nature - Inspired by the Natural World, a variety of examples by today's most innovation embroiderers.  $30.00

Marquez, Jessica - Stitched Gifts - This book includes 25 irresistible embroidery projects for every occasion - weddings, holidays, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. Each project is simple enough to complete in a weekend and can be easily personalized using the directions and templates within. With great color photographs, helpful stitch guides, and detailed instructions, this charming book will have you stitching memorable gifts and keepsakes in no time.  $19.95

Search Press - A-Z of Embroidered Flowers - Search brings back the wonderful A-Z books for a great low price. This title is a delightful guide to recreating an alphabet of blooms, from Alyssum to Zinnia, through the intricate medium of embroidery. Garden enthusiasts and embroidery lovers alike will enjoy poring over this handy guide for inspiration on how to replicate their favorite floral bouquets using needle, thread and plenty of creativity.  $19.95

Search Press - A-Z of Quilting - A comprehensive manual covering everything you need to know about quilting. Learn how to create and assemble a quilt top with a vast array of techniques including piecing, patchwork, applique, embroidery beading, tucking, ruching and slashing. Discover both hand and machine quilting, corded quilting and tufting. Finally, learn how to make and use binding to finish your quilt. The complete guide will be invaluable both for those new to quilting and those who have been creating quilts for decades.  19.95

Search Press - A to Z of Ribbon Embroidery - This classic contains 400 color illustrations and more than 40 neat designs using ribbon. Step-by-step photos lead you through the process along with clear instructions. There is also wonderful advice on choosing ribbons, fabrics, needles and frames, as well as a host of other hints and tips. Templates, a pattern key and a comprehensive index are also included.  $19.95

Saito, Yoko - Yoko Saito's Houses, Houses, Houses - Using varying interpretations of quilted houses, from one-dimensional designs to silhouettes. In addition she teaches you how to design your own house block. There are 34 projects from which to choose. These include handbags, pouches, carry-all, tissue case, pencil case and wall quilts.  These houses are so adorable!  $34.95 

Waugh, Carol Ann - Stupendous Stitching: How to Make Fun and Fabulous Fiber Art - Start using these decorative machine stitches to make stunningly textured fabric that you can use in home decorations, clothing, accessories, or for wall art. Combine them with couching and hand embroidery to make unique works of art.  The author has taught over 8,000 students and some of them are teaching this fiber art using this book as a textbook.  $29.95.

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Ahh, beads!  Since man lived his life out in caves beads were already his constant companions.  If you remember your American history Manhattan was bought for some beads and other trade items.  Think of the Oscar Awards and I'm sure gowns in bugle beads, bugle beads, or other beading accessories will come to mind.  Needlework can be beaded whether it is quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, crochet, knitting, or even lace. I've seen dollhouses with ALL the furniture made from beads.  Beading is not just for jewelry but of course that will always be popular as will beaded evening bags and all types of clothing. 

If you are already into beading or want to begin beading,  I've listed a great selection of books to get you inspired. It's not as hard as you might imagine.

Eha, Nancy - Bead Creative Like Crazy - This how-to beading book will teach you how to recreate the opulent thread embroidery stitches featured on crazy quilts - with dazzling beads. Over 100 beading patterns with illustrated instructions, clear color photos, and stitch direction diagrams gives even a novice beader the tools and confidence to create works of art.  $29.95

Kettle, Liz - First-Time Beading on Fabric - This book contains nine beading techniques in nine easy lesson. Seed Stitch, moss stitch, couching, backstitch bugle beads, stacks, fringe, picot edge and peyote stitch. Tow beaded sampler projects are included, one beaded garden quilt.  A dozen inspiring beading ideas.  $24.95

Leder, Eve - Casual Bead Elegance Stitch by Stitch - Our author offers 24 stitching projects in a wide variety of colors, styles, and skill levels ranging from easy designs to more challenging pieces. Projects include multiple stitches: Ladder, right-angle weave, cubic right-angle weave, herringbone, square stitch, circular brick stitch, and peyote stitch.  Easy-to-find, affordable materials, Seed beads, crystals, pearls, gemstones, shaped beads and a variety of gorgeous jewelry projects: Rings, necklaces, earring, brooches.  $21.99

Morse, Teresa - Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads - These 20 Fabulous Projects offers a visual guide to learning two-hole bead techniques. You will find creative projects for stitched earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants that in-corporate the techniques within the step-by-step instructions. This complete course in two-hole stitching helps you get started quickly and make beautiful jewelry while you learn.  $21.99

Search Press - A to Z of Bead Embroidery - This great encore Search Press book is a comprehensive guide to bead embroidery that has over 440 step-by-step photos showing all the techniques required, including tambour beading, beadpoint, padded beading, how to handle sequins and bugle beads and more.  There are 30 great projects. This book is packed with hints, tips and historical insights, and all patterns are provided.  $19.95

Schultz, Carolyn - Jewellery School: Let's Start Beading - If you want to get started in making jewelry here's a great place to begin. This author's designs are used by magazines, retailers, manufactures and television in both the U.K. and U.S. She has edited three popular craft magazines and loves to share her talent in the form of teaching classes so she knows of what she writes.  This first book in a new series is similar to the hugely popular beginner's course she teaches.  Learn the tools, basic techniques, and materials used with both UK and US terms; an index; and 12 step-by-step projects to use the basic techniques.  She includes clear instructions, step-by-step photography and diagrams where necessary.  Projects will take no more than a couple of hours.  Search Press is the publisher.  $12.95

Mystery Corner  

Abbott, Victoria - The Hammett Hex: Book Collector Mystery - Jordon has been able to swing a romantic trip to San Francisco with Officer Tyler Smiley Dekker on one condition she must return with a rare copy of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest for her irascible employer, Vera Van Alst. For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. He's a Dashiell devotee himself excited to be in the city of Hammett's hard-boiled heroes like Sam Spade and the Continental Op and also announces he plans to visit his previously unmentioned grandmother, who lives in an old Victorian in Pacific Heights. But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan's is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. And when a dark sedan runs the couple down, it's clear someone's after  them but who? Just like Hammett's world, nothing is quite what it seems.  $7.99

Berenson, Laurien - The Bark Before Christmas - There is nothing lovelier in than Christmas in Connecticut, but Melanie Travis can scarcely find a moment to enjoy the festivities. With her youngest son approaching toddlerhood, she's decided to return to her old job at Howard Academy, a posh private school attended by the children of Greenwich's well-heeled gentry. Balancing work, motherhood, and the hectic dog show circuit takes some fancy footwork, especially when headmaster taps her to be the chairman of the school's Christmas Bazaar. This bazaar is the Academy's biggest and most important fundraiser, so Melanie feel the pressure to make it a huge success. But everything goes awry when a prize show dog goes missing and Santa turns up dead. The dog's owner is one of the school's most perfectly pedigreed alums, and she enlists Melanie to help find the pooch. But just as Melanie starts pawing at the truth, she digs up a sleighful of sinister secrets that leaves everyone feeling less than merry.  $7.99

Budewitz, Leslie - Killing Thyme (A Spice Shop Mystery) - There are two spice shop mysteries so don't get them confused. This series set in Seattle's Pike Place Market, Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece is savoring her business success, but soon finds her plans disrupted by a killer. Pepper's to-do list is longer than the shopping list for a five-course dinner, as she conjures up spice blends bursting with seasonal flavor, soothes nervous brides fretting over the gift registry, and crosses her fingers for a rave review from a sharp-tongued food critic. Add to the mix a welcome visit from her mother, Lena, and she's got the perfect recipe for a busy summer garnished with a dash of fun. While Pepper and Lena make a trip to a pottery market, Lena recognizes a pottery, Bonnie Clay, as an old friend who disappeared years ago, and the day turns sour. To Pepper's surprise, Bonnie seems intimately connected to her family's past. After Bonnie is found dead three days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth. But as Pepper roots out long-buried secrets, will she be digging her own grave? This series is a national best-seller.  $7.99

Child, Laura - Parchment and Old Lace - Enjoying dinner at Commander's Palace with her beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmela finds the food and the company equally divine with the exception of Isabelle Black stopping by to brag about her upcoming wedding. Leaving the restaurant, the couple is interrupted once again this time by a terrifying scream from inside the cemetery. Rushing to investigate, Carmela and Edgar find Isabelle lying across an above ground tomb, strangled with a piece of vintage lace. Carmela would rather leave the case to Edgar, but she can't say no to Isabelle's sister, Ellie, the tarot card reader at Juju Voodoo. As she untangles the enemies of Isabelle's past, Carmela hopes she can draw out the killer before someone else gets cold feet.  $7.99

Erickson, Alex - Death by Pumpkin Spice - Bookstore CafĂ© owner Krissy Hancock would rather spend Halloween serving pumpkin goodies than wearing costumes with Pine Hills wealthiest at Yarborough mansion, especially when the soiree shapes up to be more trick than treat.  As if a run-ib with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren't enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death in a room filled with ominous jack-o-lanterns. All signs suggest a crime of passion but when the hostess's jewelry disappears, malevolent intentions seem way more likely. When the estate on lockdown and a killer roaming the halls, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate each nook, cranny, and guest for answers while also confronting a few demons of her own. Someone has lots of skeletons in the closet, and Krissy better tread lightly to expose them.  $7.99

Fee, Vickie - It's Your Party, Die If You Want To (Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery #2) - Between a riverboat gambler-theme engagement party and a murder mystery dinner for charity, Tennessee party planner Liv McKay is far too frenzied to feel festive. Add to the mix her duties at the annual businesswomen's retreat and the antics of a celebrity ghost-hunting diva, and Liv's schedule is turning out to be the scariest thing about this Halloween especially when the ladies stumble across a dead body in a cemetery. Morgan Robison was a party girl with a penchant for married men and stirring up a cauldron of drama. Any number of scorned wives or frightened philanders could be behind her death. As Liv and her best friend, Di, set out to dig up the truth, they'll face the unexpected and find their efforts hampered by a killer with one seriously haunting vendetta.  $7.99

London, Collette - The Semi-Sweet Hereafter (Chocolate Whisperer Mystery) - As an authority on all things chocolate, Hayden Mundy Moore is traveling across the pond to lend her expertise to the owner of a posh London "chocolaterie-patisserie. Hayden's mouthwatering creations quickly impress her client. But her knowledge doesn't end there. The detective constable is taken by surprise when she identifies an exotic murder weapon: a stone "metlapil", used to grind cacao beans and apparently to bludgeon someone to death in Hayden's own lodgings, no less. The victim is a sexy celebrity chef who just happens to be the ex-husband of Hayden's client. Now, amid the terraced town houses and local pubs, a killer is lurking and the police have an assortment of suspects: a culinary rival, an ambitious agent, a recently-sacked assistant, and unfortunately, Hayden herself. She will have to find out who clobbered a famous cook or her career may come to a bitter end.  Neat reviews.  $7.99

McHugh, Mary - High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides: Happy Hoofers Mystery) - It's a Christmas miracle for the Happy Hoofers. They've scored a gig at New York City's Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Rockettes, complete with sexy Santa suits and microphones on their shoes. But when a dazzling diva of a dancer is found dead under the stage, there's quite a lineup of suspects. In between rehearsals and seasonal sightseeing and the discovery of a multitalented, multi-colored cat the tope tapping troupe has to sort out the intrigue before another victim kicks the bucket.   $7.99

Orgain, Diana - Yappy Hour: A Roundup Crew Mystery #1 - A rollicking start to a new cozy mystery series featuring a loveable heroine and a colorful band of dog lovers who gather regularly with their pets at their pets at their local watering hole. Every Friday night in the seaside town of Pacific Cover, Ca, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-loving friends, meet at a neighborhood wine bar for Yappy Hour. When Rachael, the owner, mysteriously leaves town and asks her sister, Maggie, (who is neither pet friendly nor business savvy), to run the bar in her absence, things get complicated fast. Maggie opens up to find a body sprawled on the floor, and even worse, an incriminating letter with Rachel's name on it nearby. On impulse, she hides it from the detective, Officer Brad Brooks. When Rachel is declared the top suspect, Maggie decides to investigate on her own. She gets to know the Roundup Crew and its chief organizer, Yolanda. This is only the beginning to this fun mystery with great reviews.  $7.99

Oust, Gail - Cinnamon Toasted: A Spice Shop Mystery - Murder comes well-seasoned in amateur sleuth Piper Prescott's newest case in the charming, "must-read" (Publishers Weekly) Spice Shop mystery series.  It is time for the town's annual Oktoberfest, which has cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom flying off Piper's shelves in record numbers. New spreads faster than a text message, and Piper's former mother-in-law Melly is the toast of the town. But it isn't long before Melly's status changes to public enemy number one when Chip's body is found at the foot of her basement stairs. Questions start to pile up when handsome police chief Wyatt McBride arrives on the scene and the coroner set the time of death for the previous evening. McBride wants to know why it took Melly so long to report the incident - especially after she admits to arguing with Chip about the contract he wanted her to sign.  $7.99

Tremel, Joyce - Tangled Up in Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery #2) - Brew pub owner Maxine Max O'Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for the best craft beer but even if she doesn't, the festival will great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House. Or will it? When the notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead after trying one of Jake's burgers. Now a new police detective wants to pin the murders on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.  $7.99

Vallere, Diane - Masking for Trouble: A Costume Shop Mystery #2) - Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn's costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown in a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family's store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford's body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police's prime suspect. Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud.  $7.99 

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