Even in the world of desserts, competition can be murder, as Hannah Swensen discovers on the eve of her nuptials. … Before she walks down the aisle, though, she's scheduled to appear on the Food Channel's Dessert Chef Competition … But Hannah's luck on the cooking show does nothing to diminish her corpse magnetism, and sooner or later… she's staring down at another dead body. … Hannah's just got to investigate. … The result is predictable. Hannah asks one question too many, and then it's a close thing whether death do her part from Ross even before they manage to tie the knot. Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes.
The Waters of Eternal Youth (Guido Brunetti Series #25) by Donna Leon
“Donna Leon’s Venetian mysteries never disappoint, calling up the romantic sights and sounds of La Serenissima even as they acquaint us with the practical matters that concern the city’s residents . . . The Waters of Eternal Youth . . . [is] a bittersweet story that makes us appreciate Brunetti’s philosophical take on the indignities, insanities, and cruelties of life.”
“Both a taut reconstruction of a crime and a ruthless examination of marriage…A smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale about the lies people tell each other, and themselves, when the truth is the last thing they really want to know.”
Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley
…[an] enjoyably exhaustive new biography…Roosevelt thought deeply about the environment, more so than perhaps any other president save his distant relative and namesake, Theodore Roosevelt—as Brinkley well knows, having published a similarly extensive biography of Teddy Roosevelt as an environmentalist, The Wilderness Warrior, in 2009. The Roosevelt cousins make for a satisfying historical diptych. Both came from wealth, and as children were exposed to the best that the American outdoors had to offer. Relatively early in their careers, they came to believe that capitalism had been allowed to run roughshod over much of America's natural beauty, and that it was the government's duty to set things right.
"Fiendishly inventive...all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."