Author: Kayleigh Lawson

Recommended: Top five food podcasts for fans of more in-depth talk

While podcasts have been around for years, they have garnered even more attention in the last few years after the success of “Serial.” Podcast listeners grew by 23 percent from 2015 to 2016 and have grown by 75 percent since 2013. In fact, 57 million Americans listen to podcasts and it’s no wonder, when there’s a podcast out there for everyone — book nerds, tech geeks, business marketers and foodies included. Food podcasts are the topic of today’s article. There are so many out there that it is hard to know where to start. Everyone has a connection with food — after all, everyone has to eat. The world’s obsession with good food has a long and documented history. Just take a peek at TV listings or Netflix options: “The Great British Baking Show,” “Top Chef,” “Chopped,” “America’s Test Kitchen” … the list goes on and on. Believe it or not, there are just as many wonderful foodie podcasts out there. So here is a list of five brilliant food podcasts: The Food Podcast Best-selling cookbook author and food story enthusiast Lindsay Cameron Wilson is the host of The Food Podcast. Wilson is an amazing storyteller and each episode is a story. Her voice is strong, the people she highlights are compelling and the episodes are just long enough. This podcast probably appeals to me particularly because Wilson approaches...

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“Moor” well-plotted fun in latest cozy series installment

There are many cozy mystery series out there, so when one stands out above the rest, it’s a reason to take notice. Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering mysteries are part of a cracking fun, well-plotted series. In her recently released fifth installment, “Murder on the Moor,” Deering adds a heaping spoonful of atmosphere. The novel opens with Drew and Madeline being contacted by an old school fellow of Drew’s. Mysterious circumstances lead to a trip to the school fellow’s ancestral home. This is where the marvelous atmosphere comes into play. If the title already hasn’t given it away, the moors have a delicious Gothic flavor. Strange noises, ghostly hounds stalking moors — Deering populates her world with all of the things you’d expect to find, but with a cozy twist. She has a real talent for creating wonderfully developed characters. Her love for the genre and classic mysteries is apparent. Deering, once again, gets the 1930s setting just right, with just enough spot-on details to let one’s imagination take over. Readers would be served best by starting with the first installment in the series, “Rules of Murder,” if they wish to avoid being spoiled. The Drew Farthering series is a really wonderful tribute to the golden age of detective fiction and fans of the genre definitely should give it a shot. Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book....

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Check out this list of my most anticipated March 2017 releases

A new month means there are a ton of new releases being published. Here is a list of my most anticipated books being released in March. Some of these already are out, but most are being released in the upcoming weeks. Already released ‘In Farleigh Field,’ by Rhys Bowen World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is tasked covertly with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: She has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls? Bowen writes two mystery series that I love, the Molly Murphy Mysteries and Her Royal Spyness series. When I saw she had written a World War II novel, I was extremely excited. Bowen is an extremely talented novelist and her historical fiction always is well researched. Those...

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Miller’s “The Elusive Miss Ellison” deserving of Austen, Heyer comparisons

When a novel is garnering comparisons to those of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, it makes me take notice — sometimes the comparisons are justified, but sometimes they are not. When it comes to Carolyn Miller’s “The Elusive Miss Ellison,” those comparisons are completely on point. This novel set in the Regency era is a fun, refreshing read. Lavinia is an outspoken, feisty heroine with a big heart when it comes to those in need. She has no use for rules of society that are vapid and shallow, and little use for people who perpetuate their usage. The new earl of Hawkesbury, Nicholas, is a proud and self-centered man who has returned to the family seat in Gloucestershire. He has little patience for insipid husband hunters and their daughters. However, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the one woman who wants nothing to do with him — Lavinia. Lavinia and Nicholas have a history that only is hinted at in the beginning of the novel, and it helps to create a believable tension between the two. Miller’s setting is described wonderfully, from the country setting to London itself. The novel is well-plotted and its events unfold with pitch-perfect timing throughout. The second book in the series is set to be released June 27 — and I can’t wait to read it. But “The Elusive Miss Ellison” definitely is a...

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Paxton remembered by storm chasers, fellow actors, longtime fans

My mother and I had a family tradition when I was growing up. Whenever it looked like it was going to storm, we’d pull out our copy of “Twister” and watch the film as the rain rolled in. Bill Paxton — who, along with Helen Hunt, starred in the 1996 blockbuster — passed away Feb. 25 from complications of surgery. He was 61. Thanks to everyone who took part in the tribute. https://t.co/sdVv4RQtrg pic.twitter.com/loRFZKMVM4 — Spotter Network Inc (@spotternetwork) February 26, 2017 “Twister” and “Apollo 13” are two of the first movies I remember ever watching Paxton in. They remain two of my favorite roles of his — and I have watched both many times of the years. Paxton was one of those actors who had a big on-screen presence. Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man… Hanx. — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017 He’d come on screen with his big smile and you’d think “Oh yeah, I love Bill Paxton.” His career was extremely varied, starting with bit parts in films such as “Stripes” and later a co-starring role in the one of the top box office movies of all time, “Titanic.” I recently re-watched “Terminator” and found myself happily surprised to find Paxton had a small part in that, as well. He made this movie great–he acted his heart out. What a talented...

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