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White House Chef Mysteries

Julie Hyzy's White House Chef mysteries introduced us to Olivia (Ollie) Paras.  In her sixth adventure, "Fonduing Fathers," Ollie's mother hints at some suspicious circumstances around the murder of Ollie's father.  The case was never solved.  Even though her father was dishonorably discharged from the Army, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  Ollie's boyfriend Gav, a Secret Service agent, helps her to unravel the mystery.

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Summer at the Park



Cotton candy, sideshows, games and hot dogs. Amusement parks or carnivals in the summer is where you can find them.  Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is a family saga about the Stopka family who worked at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.  Toni has the dream of being a high diver ever since she saw one at the park when she was a child.  Fires, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor all intrude on dreams of Toni and her family.  The author grew up in the shadow of Palisades and this book is a love letter to the park.

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