It’s the late 1990’s and Alice Stein is a grad student in New York City. Her father died the previous year, leaving her mother with 8-year-old twins to raise. Alice is in charge of looking in on her dying grandmother, and then is first, after the thieving caregiver, to sort through her grandmother’s apartment after her death.
“A special school for delinquents.” Mr Pennyford makes a clucking sound. DELINQUENTS! She doesn’t like this harsh, English word, which makes her think of junior gangsters. Rikki forces down a mixture of dread and anger at Mr. Pennyford’s insinuation. Jeremiah is a bit like her brother Leibish, afraid of no one, always getting into trouble. But a criminal? Impossible. And yet she feels chill, a speck of doubt. This is what they’ve struggled for, all these years in America, that their son should be a no-goodnik?”
1 cup Almond or Peanut Butter (smooth or chunky)½ to 1 cup packed dark brown sugar (optional, really)1 egg (or a flax egg, or whip up half the liquid from a can of chickpeas) 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp baking soda1/4 tsp salt1/2 package semisweet vegan chocolate chips Line two baking pans with silicone baking […]
Elsa Hart’s first mystery, Jade Dragon Mountain, was set in southwest early 18th century China, and featured Li Du, a sleuth. scholar and former Imperial librarian. Li Du has been exiled from Beijing for ostensibly consorting with the emperor’s enemies. He heads to the Tibetan border, to a city nestled in the foothills of Jade […]
1 ½ cups grated zucchini 1 small tart apple (like Gala or Honey-crisp), seeded and grated3 eggs1 cup packed dark brown sugar1 ½ tsp vanilla2 cups unbleached or gluten free flour4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder1 TBSP apple cider vinegar1 tsp baking soda½ tsp salt1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease […]
I adore Inspector Salvio Montalbano, a food-loving, honest detective unlike any other who struggles to bridge Sicilian and Italian cultures. He also loves his meals. The gruff inspector was created by Andrea Camilleri, one of Italy’s most famous writers. His books have sold over 65 million copies around the world. Even in translation, Camilleri’s books […]
Tops of one bunch of carrots or a whole fennel bulb with greens About 2 cups of fresh parsley or more 1 small orange or about 1 TSP fresh lemon juice 1 tsp apple cider vinegar ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp kosher or sea salt ¼ tsp pepper ¼ cup golden raisins […]
Dr Frank Tallis is a British retired clinical psychologist who has published over thirty scientific papers in international journals, a textbook about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and four psychology books for lay people: Changing Minds (a history of psychotherapy), Hidden Minds (a history of the unconscious), Lovesick (an exploration of the relationship between romantic love and […]