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A twenty-minute documentary by Eleanor Bowen-Jones about Andrew Asibong's novel Mameluke Bath. Like the book, the film explores in alternately comic, serious and horrific modes, the themes of stigma, trauma and zombification in contemporary and futuristic provincial England. 
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Titles for Fall 2016
Alan 2 by Bruce Forciea (Science Fiction)
From the author of The X-Cure comes Alan 2!

A brilliant artificial intelligence (AI) scientist, Dr. Alan Boyd, develops a new program that integrates part of his brain with a computer’s operating system. The program, Alan 2,  can anticipate a user’s needs and automatically perform many tasks. A large software company, International Microsystems (IM) desperately wants the program and tempts Dr. Boyd with huge sums of money, but when Dr. Boyd refuses their offer, IM sabotages his job, leaving him in a difficult financial situation. 

Dr. Boyd turns to Alan 2 for an answer to his financial problems, and Alan 2 develops plan Alpha, which is a cyber robin hood scheme to rob from rich corporations via a credit card scam. 

Alan and his girlfriend Kaitlin travel to Mexico where they live the good life funded by plan Alpha, but the FBI cybercrime division has discovered part of Alan 2’s cyber escapades, and two agents, Rachel and Stu, trace the crime through the TOR network and Bitcoin. 

Alan 2 discovers the FBI is on to them and advises Alan and Kaitlin to change locations. A dramatic chase ensues taking them to St. Thomas, a cruise ship bound for Spain, and finally to Morocco.  

Will they escape detection? They will if Alan 2's Plan Beta can be implemented in time. Or is 'Plan B' something altogether different than it appears to be, something wholly sinister that will affect the entire population of the world?

Norman Abrahamson grew up in the Boston area in the 1960s and 70s. He quickly learned that a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but also the most boring. After graduating from law school in 1982, he worked as an attorney in private practice for 20 years before switching careers. 

In 2008, Norman became a history teacher in a public high school. He enjoys the give-and-take environment of the classroom and working with students from all walks of life.

Over the years, writing has been a constant in Norm’s life. In 2010, he became involved in the National Writing Project, helping other teachers with their personal writing as well as using innovative methods to teach writing skills to students across all grades, subjects and skill levels. 

Norman married his college sweetheart in 1986, and they had two boys, both now grown. In addition to working as an attorney and teacher, he worked the counter for several years at the venerable Elsie’s Lunch of Harvard Square, and briefly, during law school, worked as the world’s smallest bouncer. He enjoys martial arts and still teaches Judo as well as acoustic guitar.

Open Books will publish Norman's debut novel, Hodge, in January 2017.
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Hot Titles from Spring/Summer 2016
The Bones of a Season by Paul Breen (Psychological Thriller)

Fergus Sharkey has come from Ireland to London and settled in the historic surroundings of Greenwich, fabled home and birthplace of time. There the Irish immigrant falls in love with a northern English rose named Katy Prunty and soon begins to follow the fortunes of the local football team, Charlton Athletic. 

To affirm the love of his team, Fergus decides to get a tattoo of the club badge, but this causes friction between Fergus and Katy and sets in motion the gradual decaying of their romance during the course of the football season. When Katy leaves for the coast, Fergus becomes embroiled in a relationship with the tattoo artist Dyana, whose young friend, a grime musician, has recently been gunned down in the street in broad daylight. 

Set against the backdrop of Charlton Athletic's football fortunes, and a crime network that lurks on the horizon, Fergus begins to uncover the answers to the musician’s murder as well as the layers of his decaying romance.

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WINTER IN CHICAGO by David M. Hamlin
Winter in Chicago by David M. Hamlin (Contemporary Mystery)
Drugs, death and rock and roll on Chicago's AM radio dial...

​Before dawn in January, 1975, Emily detours from her normal route to work in the newsroom of Chicago’s top pop rock station to investigate a crime scene. The police believe the body on the street is a suicide. Emily is stunned to discover that the dead woman is a dear friend since high school. Unable to fathom why Beni Steinart would take her own life, Emily begins an investigation that leads to a trunk-load of cocaine, Federal narcotics charges, abuse of power and a perplexing mystery – suicide or murder?

Emily’s reporting triggers an explosive battle between two men who tower over their city. Cary Chase is Chicago’s most prominent bachelor, a wealthy entrepreneur whose mansion is the epicenter of Chicago’s elite society. United States Attorney Tommy “Tommy Terrific” Jameson is ambitiously determined to rid his city of corruption on his way up to the Governor’s office and perhaps even higher.

Drawing on an eclectic roster of news sources and WEL colleagues and her own considerable talent and determination, Emily uncovers the full story of her friend’s death in a remarkable confrontation which produces front page headlines and restores one life as it ruins another.

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First published at age 13, Kerry Arquette went on to write articles for dozens of national magazines and her work was featured in Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. She is the author of two picture books including What Did You Do Today? (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich), which won the Colorado Book Award, and was later selected for inclusion in the compilation, Sweet Dreams: Five Minute Bedtime Stories. Her picture book, Daddy Promises was released by Concordia Publishing. 

Arquette was also Executive Editor of Memory Makers Books, an imprint of F+W Publishing specializing in scrapbooking and paper crafts. With business partner, Andrea Zocchi, she founded Cantata Books Inc., a publishing company responsible for dozens of popular art and crafting titles. Arquette is, herself, a prolific multi-media artist. 

Kerry also holds a Masters degree in criminology and has worked with crime victims as part of the Denver Colorado Police Department. She is married to Denver attorney, Mark Senn, and has three children, Erin, Brittan, and Ryan. She is the daughter of well-known author, Lois Duncan.

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War Cries by Kerry Arquette (Poetry / Social Conscience)

​Germany, post WWI, was a country in crises. Shortages of food, energy, and the deflation of German currency demoralized the population. Seeking scapegoats for their misery, many Germans pointed fingers at German Jews, blaming them for business practices believed to have led to their war defeat and current situation.

Wielding a wand of power, Hitler instigated a plan that would lead to the largest act of genocide in history. Propelled by his belief that German Aryans were superior and therefore destined to rule the world, he plotted to expand German lands so the offspring of these Aryans would have room to expand. Hitler also believed that Jews, Slavs, southern Europeans and all non-white people were sub-humans, fit only to serve his Aryan elite. Using newspapers, books, billboards, posters and impassioned speeches, he launched a campaign to rally the population to embrace his views and support his cause. 

Hitler also instigated laws mandating abortion and sterilization for the chronically ill, handicapped, alcoholics and drug addicts. By 1939, many “incurables” were being killed outright. Laws were also passed that allowed “dangerous criminals” such as beggars, alcoholics, and the homeless and unemployed to be imprisoned.

Even as Hitler pursued his military goals, the persecution of German Jews was mounting. Increasing numbers were being sent to concentration camps along with political prisoners, homosexuals and Gypsies. Encouraged by the German government, many Jews fled the country, leaving behind money and possessions. Others dragged their feet, organizing their affairs and making extensive plans for relocation. By the time they were prepared to depart, both transportation and the documentation necessary for immigration were difficult to obtain.

In 1941, Hitler ratcheted up his persecution of Europe’s Jewish population by ordering “The final solution of the Jewish question.” That “solution” was the mass murder of millions of Jews. Many of the Jewish men, women and children that died over the following years were shot by German murder squads made up of soldiers and enthusiastic civilians. Mobile gassing vans were used to murder dozens of Jews at a time. Then larger gas chambers, disguised as shower facilities, were installed in prison camps. Jews, already corralled in sealed ghettos and internment camps, were shipped to these killing centers for extermination.

The war lasted six long years. The toll on human lives was astronomical - more than 60 million people died.

Too often, when confronted with devastation of this magnitude, we tend to view the dead as a statistic - a solid block of entangled nonentities. This approach allows us to maintain a comfortable feeling of emotional detachment so we feel less horrified, frightened and threatened. But to truly understand WWII, we must step into the painting and view the events through the eyes of those who participated. The individual brush strokes that make up the macabre picture are dipped in the blood of men, women and children no different from us.

In the end, the sound of war isn’t heard in the rattle of machine gun fire or the bellowing of bombs. It is in the voices of those who lived and died and the stories they have to share.

Open your heart and listen …

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From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love 
by Marisa T. Cohen, Ph.D. (Nonfiction)

From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love is a fun and humorous, yet scientific, book about relationships. This book introduces the reader to relationship science. The chapters examine how people meet, select their mates, and fall in and out of love. 

Readers need not be scientists to understand the information presented. Each chapter relates present-day research to everyday experiences and real relationship issues confronted by couples. Each ends with take home tips/questions to help the reader apply the lessons in his/her own life.

Do you want to understand the science behind finding a mate, maintaining long-lasting relationships, or even what makes some relationships doomed to fail? Help your relationships grow and flourish, and have a few hearty laughs along the way.

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Open Books Authors in their own words...
Surely the answer to that intriguing question would be different for each author. But for Open Books author Fergus MacRoich the answer is that he writes to save his life!
William Glasser received his PhD in English through the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Florida, and his BA at Harpur College, part of the SUNY system. Dr. Glasser taught for many years at Williams College, Skidmore College, and Trinity College in Hartford. He was also awarded a Senior Fulbright Lectureship and taught American literature to Austrian students for a year at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Currently, he is President Emeritus of Southern Vermont College. 

In addition to two books of literary criticism, he has published critical articles, short stories, and poetry in a variety of scholarly and popular journals in the United States, Austria, and South Korea. His last academic book, The Art of Literary Thieving, can be found in the libraries of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and fifty other  U.S. universities, including many other institutions in Canada, in European countries, and in the Far East (thank you Google).
Hodge by Norman Abrahamson (Fiction)

As a retired Professor of Literature, George Hodge knows that if life were art, his story would be over. He has outlived his wife, his children and finally his money. With little more than his wits, his thumb, and a resignation to serendipity, Hodge sets out on a journey of discovery. Along the way he acquires two travelling companions, a single mother and her precocious daughter who have reasons of their own for hitting the road. For three damaged individuals between the ages of ten and seventy-eight, the line between the American Dream and the American Nightmare is a delicate thread not easily seen until it breaks, and the difference between a tragic end and a new beginning is sometimes seen only in hindsight.

Open Books will publish Hodge in January 2017.

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The Rise of the Mutant Ego by John Faupel (Nonfiction)

We still seem to believe in the ‘the ascent of man’ and that we are superior to all other species, so surely we must be in charge of our destinies. But is it any more valid, believing a man is superior to a butterfly because he is cleverer, than believing a butterfly is superior to a man because it is more beautiful? It has been suggested that our unashamed vanity has been dealt three serious blows. The first was cosmological, dealt by Copernicus in 1543, who showed that we were not at the center of the universe; the second was biological, dealt by Darwin in 1859, who showed that we were just one small branch of the evolutionary tree of life; and the third was psychological, dealt by Freud in 1900, who showed that the unconscious mind had a far greater influence on us than we had ever thought possible. To these might be added yet a fourth blow to our vanity. It is a blow that is gradually being exposed by the inquiry into what makes us feel and think and act the way we do and how much our heredity and environmental experiences influence our behavior. Perhaps we’re not quite as in charge of our destinies as we thought we were. Most of us think we learn from our experiences but perhaps we can do so only retrospectively and that this process is less about learning than conditioning.

Open Books will publish The Rise of the Mutant Ego in spring 2017.

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John Faupel

John Faupel began his career as a mathematician in 1962. Then, after a spell of teaching, did research in the social sciences and from 1970 became head of Manpower Planning for the UK Printing and 
publishing Industry. 

In 1975, John headed a nationwide study for the Venezuelan government on Absenteeism and Labor Turnover, and in 1978, he returned to the UK and started his own business under the trade name ‘Antique Atlas’, dealing in cartographic material and publishing books on the subject. 

Upon retirement in 2005, John joined a local branch of the U3A and ran a Philosophy Group, which involved fortnightly meetings to  discuss some of the subjects outlined in his book, The Rise of the Mutant Ego.

After 8 years, he handed over leadership of the group to work on his book. 

John has also always been interested in the history of art, but only since 2000 has he been able to take up painting more seriously. He is an active member and frequent speaker at the Truro Art Society.

Exploration and travel have also been an interest for John, particularly in South America, which included living alone for nearly a year in the Amazon Rainforest, photographing insects (his collection is now in the Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela). John has also researched the locations of the settlements and villages of the sixteenth century Timucuan Indians, who at one time occupied the woodland forests of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the tens of thousands, before Spanish and English colonialism wiped them from the face of the Earth.

Open Books will publish The Rise and Demise of the Mutant Ego in spring 2017.
"We all want to leave our mark upon the world," says author Kevin King. "I’ve always hoped that mine would be more than the composite of all the smudges of lines I’ve erased or crossed out. So far that has resulted in a new novel, Phantom, and my previous novel,  All the Stars Came Out That Night, along with a couple score of poems in various journals that have managed not to make their way into a book. And, of course, my picture on the Post Office wall.

"These days I try to work as little as possible, if writing isn’t work, hoping that if idleness leads to sin it might be more interesting than punching a time clock. When I do work, it tends to be teaching ESL, the ugly stepsister of linguistics who gets paid accordingly. But I still enjoy those spontaneous moments in a classroom when a new avenue of learning springs up. And I enjoy the mental effort that goes into making those moments happen. Still, the most rewarding part of teaching is creating materials." So far, Kevin has written four ESL textbooks:  Trial by JuryThe Big PictureTaking Sides, and The Writing Template Book.

"Out of a childhood love of baseball, especially its old timers, came my first novel. I’ve tried my hand at sculling and boxing, which led to Phantom. The former sport I no longer have access to, no longer

Kevin King

working at Harvard, and the latter I would be ill-advised to keep practicing; if you lose a step with each decade, pretty soon I’d need a calculator.

"I enjoy learning all the things I didn’t learn at my mother’s knee, or my father’s, like maintaining a 300-year-old house, using a hammer for some purpose other than banging my thumb. Or pi at more than four digits. Or why Dylan got the Nobel prize and I didn’t."

Open Books will publish Kevin King's newest novel, Phantom, in February 2017.
Phantom by Kevin King (Fiction)

Turn of the century Boston comes alive with a love story that is on one side hopeless and on the other impossible. Harvard-educated and Irish, Waddy Googan has his dander up against the Brahmins who find him unsuitable for their clubs and the new century with its motor cars. The resentment is returned since Waddy, a renowned fashion designer, not only makes clothes for many of their wives but swives more than his share as well, many of whom belong to Sorosis, a woman’s group led by Isabella Stuart Gardner.

Waddy’s wife, Casey, is twenty years younger, and has been sculling since she was a child. She is accepted into Sorosis, but not into the male-dominated arena of racing. But row she does, as Boston’ sculling champion Foxhall Codman finds out when on a foggy morning on the Charles River someone in a black woolen cap rows through him and laughs, and the laugh of the unidentifiable sculler sounds feminine.

Waddy somewhat accidentally becomes a boxing promoter and finds himself managing a heavyweight phenom, Lazarus Godfrey, to whom Casey takes more than a shine. Deep in debt to bookies and humiliated by his Amazon wife’s affairs with rowing and with her boxer along with her taking a hot-air balloon ride with Codman, Waddy enters a drunken self-destructive spiral that culminates in madness. Laz loses a fight on a foul, as well as the winnings that could have saved Waddy’s life. Casey’s only recourse now is a duel on the water with Codman. Donning the black woolen cap, Casey taunts Codman not only with a laugh but spotting him half a length. She then enters that realm of pure pain where someone else takes over, and she breaks Codman. He gives up, not knowing that she has virtually stopped rowing herself, her stomach muscles re-torn. 

Seeing Lazarus pull Casey from the boat and hug her, Waddy loses it. He is about to set ablaze the backyard maze where Casey has taken refuge when he hears the clunking downhill progress of his neighbor’s defunct Daimler, piloted by Swipes, the neighborhood bad boy, and pushed by Laz, who has been shot and is nearly incapacitated. It remains unclear why Waddy, who has time to remove himself from the Daimler's path, just stands there and accepts his fate, dying the way his career began, in fire. 

Open Books will publish Phantom in January 2017.

The Autobiography of Satan (Authorized Edition) (Fictional Memoir) by William A. Glasser

This is the story of Satan's many struggles, across the history of Human existence, to unshackle the Human mind, and open the gates to forbidden knowledge.

From the moment of his first emergence as a single spark in the dimness of prehistory, to the more enlightening force into which he evolves across the full span of human existence, Satan, as he now clearly illustrates, has been urging human beings to open their eyes to the world around them, and to continue seeking, with unfettered minds, for ultimate answers, yet to be found. To do so he must struggle against the persistent attempts to stifle that urge by the "spoon feeders," as he calls them, individuals who have insisted, within every age, and often with a bloody fist, that they, and they alone, are the possessors of the only beliefs that every human being should accept and live by, without question. As Satan traces the history of their many attempts to stop human beings from thinking for themselves, he also takes his readers on a search for the ultimate source of all evil in this world. Readers will obviously enter the book with the standard concept of Satan as a supernatural figure of evil. They will leave the book, however, with a better understanding of how such mind-twisting concepts have been used to keep people away from the "forbidden" knowledge that lies beyond the borders of entrenched beliefs. 

Open Books will publish The Autobiography of Satan in February 2017.
World Between by E.J. Bouinatchova (Fiction) 

Childhood is a world between fantasy and reality, where dreams can come true--and so can nightmares.

Liza Jane Crowley has an idyllic life growing up in an old Maine farmhouse, where the world seems full of amazing things. Her imagination knows no bounds: her best friend is an invisible fairy and she dances with a skeleton in the barn. The strange and wondrous are commonplace.

As she grows older, she begins to lose her grip on reality. If her fantasy world feels more real than her everyday life, then who’s to say it isn’t? And if it is real… There are terrible things in the world of dreams, and once you notice them, they notice you. No one understands that Liza’s coming-of-age isn’t a time of hopscotch and dollhouses; it’s a struggle to keep possession of her soul. 

World Between is a haunting journey through a dreamland, with all its wonders and terrors. Definitely not a tale for children, this story will remind readers of their innermost fears and raise the question: Do children really have vivid imaginations, or can they see things to which adults are blind?

Open Books will publish World Between in February 2017.
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Lorin Robinson’s career has been split primarily between university teaching/administration and business. 

He chaired the Journalism Department at the University of Wisconsin—River Falls for 10 years after founding and managing the school’s public radio station. He then joined 3M Company as a marketing communications manager. After 24 years at 3M, he returned to teaching—in the Graduate College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.

Robinson has BS and MS Degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University and a PhD in Communication from the University of Minnesota.

Over the years he has also worked as a journalist, photojournalist, magazine writer and radio announcer. He is a contributing writer to Shutterbug Magazine, a national publication geared to professional and dedicated amateur photographers.

He and his wife, Linda, split their time between Lake Elmo, MN; Taos, NM and Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Opn Books will publish Lorin's short story collection, Tales from the Warming in spring 2017. 

Lorin R. Robinson

"I read somewhere that Dr Andrew Asibong's favourite writers are Kafka, Marie NDiaye and, er, Stephen King. His PhD was titled 'Metamorphosis and the Métèque', and he has an interest in Haitian culture. A reader might guess from this that a novel written by Asibong may involve horror, the outsider, sudden changes, maybe zombies and certainly a general all-round weirdness. He or she would be correct, although there's much more in Mameluke Bath, Asibong's first and only novel so far...

Here, we have an intricate mix of immigrants 'paying' their way into the country by lice feeding from their open wounds, homosexuality (including a spirited visit to the Village in Manchester), mothers behaving (sexually) badly, and a whole lot more. It's time the tale were told.

An amazing book."

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Mameluke Bath
by Andrew Asibong
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Dr. Tony Shaw

The Psychology of Relationships: 
How Experimental Science, Empirical Data, and Seinfeld Help us Understand Love

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WINTER IN CHICAGO by David M. Hamlin
Books on the Underground was created in 2012 by Hollie Fraser, but since she moved to NYC (to start Books on the Subway of course!), we are now managed by Cordelia Oxley, who has been involved since early on in our history. Cordelia now runs Books on the Underground, and is supported by a team of Book Fairies.

Books on the Underground’s aim is to get more people in London reading. On an average week, Cordelia and her Book Fairies will put 150 new books around the underground, on seats, benches, station signs, and around ticket areas, accompanied by social media updates. We sometimes even give clues as to where the books will be dropped… 

As well as putting books we read ourselves back onto the tube, we are lucky enough to work with publishers both large and small, as well as film promoters and authors themselves, to bring a wide variety of new and used books to London underground travellers.
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Author Arwen Bicknell uncovers 
little-known 19th-century Virginia murder in new book
By Dana DiSante

"Set in the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War, Arwen Bicknell’s new book, Justice and Vengeance: Scandal, Honor, and Murder in 1872 Virginia, reveals the turbulent events that led to the murder of James Clark, the former commonwealth attorney of Prince William County...

We spoke with the author ahead of her talk at the Manassas Museum on Dec. 4."

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Tales from The Warming by Lorin R. Robinson (Fiction / Short Stories) 

What’s the World Coming to? 
Read 10 Near-term Stories Envisioning the Human Impact of the Climate Crisis

​Tales of The Warming is unique in the annals of climate fiction, a new literary genre spawned in the last decade by the climate crisis. The anthology of 10 short stories takes readers all over the world and over time to experience—in human terms—the growing impact of what the author has dubbed “The Warming,” the man-made catastrophe that is increasing the world’s temperature, raising ocean levels and causing increasingly violent weather. 

The stories are thought exercises that blend fact and fiction to examine the human impact of the crisis. Each concerns a different challenge thrust upon us by the warming and readers witness people’s struggles to deal with these new realities. Some of the stories put people in harm’s way; others focus more on human creativity in mitigating the effects of the warming.

Most of the warnings about the climate crisis have come in the form of non-fiction. But these efforts have not rallied the public around the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare to mitigate the coming effects of what will be a civilization-changing phenomenon. Recent polls indicate that, while 70 percent of Americans now believe global warming is real, 57 percent do not expect it to threaten their way of life.

Science sometimes can be its own worst enemy. Couching its warnings in scientific jargon, statistics, charts and graphs can render readers comatose. Because writing about implications, “what ifs”, is outside the realm of objective science, people are left struggling to understand why they should care. They can’t relate what they’re reading and hearing to their own realities.  

Fiction that’s based on worst-case warming scenarios proposed by climate scientists, however, can bridge the gap. Perhaps novelist, poet and playwright Doris Lessing said it best: “There’s no doubt that fiction makes a better job of the truth.”

Open Books will publish Tales from The Warming in April 2017.
Ice Whine and Irish Cheddar by Judy Volhart (Cozy Mystery) 

​Things were about to get as sticky as a pot of cheese fondue!

Is Chloé dating a murderer? Who's stalking Nicole this time? Is the disturbed stranger from the woods friend or foe? And why in the world is 50+ year old Nora prancing about in push-up bras?

Thirty year-old Amalia Kis' recently opened wine and cheese bistro is flourishing despite a rocky start; until she finds the dead body of the nephew of her evil nemesis, Mr. Leonardo.

Things get smellier than Blue Cheese when she learns that everyone loathed and feared him. The suspect list steadily grows.

Amalia's eccentric Hungarian parents move just minutes away and despite her best efforts, soon learn of the murder. To her surprise, her father eventually gets involved. Meanwhile, things steam up with new boyfriend Matt, who continues to discourage her involvement in the case. Nora, on the other hand, is right in the thick of things- and gets steamy with Mr. Leonardo! (Gag).

In her accidental detective style, Amalia blunders through, trying to solve the murder.

Will she be sharp, like an aged Irish Cheddar, or crumble like an aged Asiago?

Open Books will publish Ice Whine and Irish Cheddar in January 2017.