A Victorian tale of murder and intrigue taking place on a snowy Christmas in 1897...During a bitter snowstorm, a mysterious stranger descends on the Netheridges' country home in Whitby, where a group of renowned actors have gathered to prepare a Boxing Day production of Dracula. Amidst an atmosphere of competing theatrical egos and artistic disagreements, the unknown Mr Ballin is brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, but without help from the police who cannot reach the house through the snow, Caroline Fielding begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding the puzzling affair. Who was the victim? Was his appearance at the house as innocent and as circumstantial as he professed? And which of the guests knows more than they are letting on?
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart - The writer of the following letters is a young woman who lost her husband in a railroad accident and went to Denver to seek support for herself and her two-year-old daughter, Jerrine. Turning her hand to the nearest work, she went out by the day as house-cleaner and laundress. Later, seeking to better herself, she accepted employment as a housekeeper for a well-to-do Scotch cattle-man, Mr. Stewart, who had taken up a quarter-section in Wyoming. The letters, written through several years to a former employer in Denver, tell the story of her new life in the new country. They are genuine letters, and are printed as written, except for occasional omissions and the alteration of some of the names. 4 Park St.
There are cookbooks out there ad nauseum, the bargain shelves in bookstores are lined with them - and good ones too. I know, I have a bookcase full of them! So why would I do one? Well, it happened like this. I have two books published - 'Boswells: Rom' and 'In an English Pub, The Best Years, THE ABBEY' - and I'm working on a third novel, 'Boswells: The Hat.' Events have a way of changing your plans, the event in this case was the sale of our house, a place where I have resided for the last forty years - I won't trouble you with what went into this momentous decision. All the myriad details that go into effecting the sale (the paperwork - oh My Sainted Aunt!) made it impossible to immerse myself in the novel's theme. Then something serendipitous happens, in clearing out the reams of old paperwork I come across an early attempt of mine at a cookbook that was never published and rather pretentiously and provocatively called 'A Faggot is a Faggot or a Savory Duck? A Cooking Drama in Three Acts.' You might think I am being a tad homophobic with such a title, but you will see the title's roots inside this book. Most of the credit for the recipes go to my sister, June, who some years ago at my request for recipes that were used in the Abbey Inn painstakingly wrote them out and mailed them to me. I've just discovered those gems anew in my files and that is a major part of the impetus for this. Another factor is that folks liked, quite unexpectedly for me, my 'Recipes Remembered' in my memoir of the happy time spent in the Abbey Inn - these are reprised also. This did not require me to burrow deep into the realms of fantasy but somewhat satisfied the literary itch, but to create a look at the recipes largely used by my Mum and Grandmother, Nan Baker. Having said that, this intended 'stopgap' took on a life of its own. I found myself digging deeper into the background of what was intended to be completed in a relatively short period, for not only do I have a passion for writing, I am also a curious person by nature and could not resist the lure of delving into the origin and history of some of these recipes. I have attempted to preserve some of our old family recipes here with a little humor and history to boot. They are mostly simple, yet savory and pay scant regard to limiting the fat and cholesterol content - be warned! I decided that these had to be set down for posterity as I have seen many of my generation shuffle off this earthly coil and know I have a limited time to do this. My sister June is the major repository of Mum and Nan Baker's cooking and that the memory of them and their ingenuity could be lost forever if no effort was made. A big thanks to my Sis for putting her memories on paper. The greatest tribute goes to Mum and her Mother (Nan Baker) whose cooking I took for granted all those years, naive was I in thinking all women did this naturally! They even kept a high standard during scarcity of WWII and the austerity and of the post-war years - what we had was often controlled by strict rationing and often limited the creation of these recipes. This high standard was aided by Dad and Frank 'Crafty' Russell's prowess in the gardens. We had fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance with the flavor and nutrition that only they can endow. We were also fortunate in being a country pub, a supply of rabbits, birds and fish always seemed to be on hand.
Preface The spiritual journey of this writer began in 1968 at the cross. That year constituted the year of spiritual birth and beginning of the pilgrim journey. This spiritual journey has been along the routes of Baptist Pastor and Army Chaplain. This journey has involved a tour of duty in both pastoral and military service. Both of these areas of service have included the same basic motive, message, and method. That is to say that the ministry priorities have remained the same on all fronts! That priority has been to exalt the Saviour, evangelize the sinner, and to edify the saint. Any success along these lines is attributed to the grace of God. I am gratified to be a Pastor to the kind and gracious members of Smith Grove Baptist Church. I am especially indebted to the Editor of our Church Newsletter, Sherrill Crater, for the many hours she gave of her time in the consolidation of these articles. Credit also goes to my wife, Carol, for her part in the proofing of the writings. These writings reflect thought during time spent in Military assignments and include articles written down through the years while serving as Pastor of Smith Grove Baptist Church. I, obviously, am also grateful for such a gracious and supportive church! Many of these articles have also been posted in the church Newsletter and "Call to Glory" devotional guide. This book highlights the Motto of the Army Chaplaincy which is "PRO DEO ET PATRIA" which simply means, "For God and Country." The reader will find articles of devotional content and also articles with a patriotic flavor. You will find in these pages perspectives from the standpoint of a Soldier, a Pastor, and a plain old American citizen burdened over the new directions of this great Country that we love and call home. I have also included a few selections of poetic nature. I only desire that the dear Lord will be pleased to bless these writings in the bringing of glory to Himself through the salvation of the unsaved and the encouragement of those who are on the spiritual journey to the "promised land" by virtue of salvation through the finished work of Christ. I especially pray that these "writings" will stimulate in the heart of God's people the emotions to match the words of Peter when he stated, "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: "(I Pet. 1:8) I would also pray that this book will give us all a greater appreciation of our military and greater pride in being an American. Chuck Peters
'Homegardens' are integrated tree-crop-animal production systems, often established on small parcels of land surrounding homesteads, and primarily found in tropical environments. This multi-authored volume contains peer-reviewed chapters from the world's leading researchers and professionals in this topic. It summarizes the current state of knowledge on homegarden systems, with a view to using this knowledge as a basis for improving both homegardens and other similar multistrata agroforestry systems.