• 5 Stars,  Book Reviews,  Cozy,  Fiction,  Mystery

    Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower

    Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower

    I’ve read quite a few cozy mysteries to date, so there has to be a unique hook to really catch my interest. Murder in Amish country? That’ll do it. (I might also have a soft spot for the 1985 romantic thriller Witness.) Assaulted Caramel features Bailey, a New York chocolatier (read: fancy chocolate maker) who’s summoned back home to Amish country in Ohio when her grandfather falls ill. Bailey’s grandparents run an Amish candy shop, which is where Bailey had first learned the fine art of chocolate making. While in town to help care for her grandfather, a sketchy property developer winds up dead. Along the way, while investigating the…

  • 5 Stars,  Book Reviews,  Memoir,  Non-Fiction,  Self-Help

    10% Happier by Dan Harris

    10% Happier by Dan Harris

    A book so good, I read it twice (years apart, but still). On my second read, I read the revised edition, which includes new material. Prior to reading 10% Happier, I had known of Dan Harris from his work as an ABC news correspondent. But I really learned more about him when I found out that he had a panic attack on live tv during Good Morning America. If you can handle watching it, it’s still up on YouTube (with my apologies for the appearance by Dr. Oz). There’s something voyeuristic in the second-hand embarrassment, I’m sure, but I also just really felt for the guy. As someone who has…