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Scotland Yard Detective Duo Take on Murder in Crombie’s ‘Garden of Lamentations’

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A new shipment from Texas transplant Deborah Crombie, brings another powerful thriller featuring the Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. The most interesting aspect of Crombie’s novels, and this one (her 17th) does not fail to hit the high mark, lies in their characterizations. No two thriller writers write alike, but two schools stand out. One that accentuates plots and actions, while the other emphasizes characterization and, indirectly, intimacy. We travel through life with the protagonists outside of the investigation. We meet their families and evolve within their domestic spheres, their marriage, children, and personal problems. It goes without saying that this latter category makes for a different kind of reading and novel experience. Crombie is neither one…

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6 Gardening Books to Keep That Green Thumb Busy This Summer — AND a Sprout World Giveaway!

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I love my vegetables and with the summer weather finally here in Connecticut I can put my (aka my boyfriend’s) green thumb to use. He’s the planter and I’m the eater. But trying to figure out what vegetables to grow in your garden can be tricky. We love all things eco-friendly in our household, whether that means riding our bikes or applying the three R’s to our everyday routines, (reduce, reuse and recycle). So having our very own deck full of fruits, vegetables and flowers has certainly reinforced this particular lifestyle. Maybe you haven’t always had the best of luck in the garden, though. That’s where we come in. With these these six gardening books, you too can turn your texting thumb…

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Extend Your Gardening Season with a DIY Cold Frame

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I am a vegetable-growing novice but there is one thing that I do know – August still provides plenty of time to plant a plentiful harvest, especially if you get down with your handy self and take a little time to construct a cold frame. Simply put, a cold frame is a structure that traps heat from the sun and allows you to grow warm weather crops even as autumn approaches and the temperature begins to dip. Cold frames extend your growing period by two to three weeks at each end of the season. You can use a cold frame in August and continue your garden into the fall, or you can also use it in early spring when the…

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When aliens attack: The Rule of Unintended Consequences in the garden

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How would you feel if you were the person responsible for kudzu? Assuming for a second that the blame for the Vine that Ate the South could be pinned on just one person, and you were that person, would you feel guilty? Defensive? Or would you just not care? Or how about the Shakespeare lovers who released starlings in the New World just because the bird is mentioned in Henry IV? Or the gentleman farmer who let loose rabbits in Australia for “a spot of hunting,” also asserting “the introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm.” Two hundred million starlings, 7 million kudzu-engulfed acres, and inestimable numbers of rabbits later, we shake our heads at these follies and…

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