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Morningstar Investment Research Center is now available online to help with your financial needs.  Those of you may remember that we used to get Morningstar Mutual Funds in its spiffy binder.  However, when it was discontinued in print, we declined to subscribe on-line.  However, with the great popularity of the on-line version of ValueLine, I felt Morningstar deserved another look.  The free trial convinced me that this would be a very useful business source for us, since it complements, but does not necessarily duplicate what ValueLine does. With the great tools Morningstar offers, you will be able to make educated investment decisions. They have a wonderful help and education module which teaches the basics of investments to novice investors, as well as providing us with their popular new and archived newsletters.

New Mysteries June 2014

Death Runs Adrift by Karen MacInerney
Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
A Few Drops of Blood by Jan Merete Weiss
Booty Bones by Carolyn Haines
Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell
By Any Means by Chris Culver
Death in Saratoga Springs by Charles O'Brien
Razing the Dead by Sheila Connolly
Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell
Laidlaw by William McIlvaney
Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen
Dead Heading edited by David Baldacci
A Dark and Twisted Tale by S.J. Bolton
Never Look Back by Claire Donoghue
Third Rail by Rory Flynn
Baklava Club by Jason Goodwin
Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride
Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page
Yarn Over Murder by Maggie Sefton
Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas
The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood

New Mysteries May 2014

The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg
Bred in the Bone by Christopher Brookmyre
Killer Physique by G.A. McKevett
Antiques Con by Barbara Allan
Mrs. jeffries Pleads the Fifth by Emily Brightwell
Catnapped by Elaine Viets
Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart
Doing it at the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose
Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson
Murder on the Hoof by Kathryn O'Sullivan
Black Lies, Red Blood by Kjell Eriksson
Bordeaux by Janet Hubbard
Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George
Marathon Conspiracy by Gary Corby
Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman
Don't Ever Look Back by Daniel Friedman
Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill
Pickled piper by Mary Ellen Hughes

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Financial Ratings Series is back! The combined power of Weiss Ratings and TheStreet gives you all the information you need so that you can make sound, informed, financial decisions.

Weiss Ratings is the nation's only provider of independent ratings on the nation's 900 life and annuity insurers, 2,700 property and casualty insurers, as well as 600 health insurers and HMOs. It is among the nation's leading providers of independent ratings on 8,000 banks and S&Ls. Plus, it distributes independent ratings on the shares of thousands of publicly-traded companies, mutual funds, closed-end funds and ETFs.

New Mysteries April 2014

I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr
Death Comes Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert
Alpine Yeoman by Mary Daheim
Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold edited by Jeffery Deaver
Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
By its Cover by Donna Leon
Winter King by Alys Clare
Settup Man by T.T. Monday
Death on Blackheath by Anne Perry
I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs
Silence of the Library by Miranda James
City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen
Death in Reel Time by Brynn Bonner
Death's Dark Shadow by Sally Spencer
Player by Brad Parks
Shunned and Dangerous by Laura Bradford
Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown
Inherit the Word by Daryl Wood Gerber
Board Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Dead Between the Lines by Denise Swanson
Mrs. Jeffries Pleads the Fifth by Emily Brightwell

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How do you find the books you want to read?  Do you belong to Automatically Yours and have all your favorite author's new releases reserved for you?  Do you like the thrill of the hunt and choose serendipitously? Do you ask your friendly librarian for help? Do you read strictly from the best-seller list? My mother had an interesting way of choosing books; she just went to a library shelf and took four or five books in a row, without regard for what they were! I found that amusing and used to say to her,"Oh, you're reading from the Fs this week".  She may have found some great books that way, but she also probably read some duds.
Recently Received Riveting Reads

New Mysteries March 2014

Murder in the Afternoon by Frances Brody
Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton
Poisoned Pawn by Peggy Blair
Dead Water by Ann Cleeves
Setup Man by T.T. Monday
Board Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Killer's Island by Anna Jansson
Chilled to the Bone by Quentin Bates
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
Who Thinks Evil by Michael Kurland
Deliverance of Evil by Roberto Constantini
Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley
Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
Red Road by Denise Mina
Lion Plays Rough by Lachlan Smith
Death's Dark Shadow by Sally Spencer

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While reading through my past blog entries, I was surprised that I had never written about one of our oldest and best used databases, ReferenceUSA. This database has been around since 1992, and we were one of their earliest subscribers. Here are some of the reasons why we continue to subscribe.

New Mysteries February 2014

Murder in the Ballpark by Robert Goldsborough
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
Strangling on the Stage by Simon Brett
Fatal Slip by Meg London
Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames
Hard Going by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Death in the Vaulted Arches by C. Alan Bradley
Blood Promise by Mark Pryor
Dead to Me by Cath Staincliffe
Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
Murder With Ganache by Lucy Burdette
Harlot's Tale by Sam Thomas
Devil's Breath by Tessa Harris
NYPD Puzzle by Parnell Hall
Stand up Guy by Stuart Woods
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
That Old Black Magic by Mary Jane Clark
From the Dead by Mark Billingham
The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan
Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy
Scandal in Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly
Nantucket Sawbuck by Steven Axelrod

 

 

 

 

New Mysteries January 2014

Funeral Owl by Jim Kelly
Burnt Black by Ed Kovacs
Cry of the Children by J.M. Gregson
Murder Code by Steve Mosby
Marbeck and the King-in-Waiting by John Pilkington
Daughter of the God-king by Anne Cleeland
Missing Dough by Chris Cavender
Ten Lords a-Leaping by C.C. Benison
Spook Lights Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust
Lying With Strangers by Jonnie Jacobs
Once upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri
Murder as a Second Language by Joan Hess
Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
Murder and Moonshine by Carol Miller
Midas Murders by Pieter Aspe
Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
Going Dark by James W. Hall
Our Picnics in the Sun by Morag Joss

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