Tuesday, October 26, 2004

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Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson (Morrow; $24.95). Caterer-turned-sleuth Goldy Schulz is up to her elbows in trouble when her abusive ex-husband is released from prison and she becomes a murder suspect. Publishers Weekly calls Mott "the divine diva of the culinary cozy." This is her 12th novel. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Books & Co., Town and Country Shopping Center, 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering; (937) 298-6540.

Romantic duo: Anna DeStefano (The Unknown Daughter; Harlequin; $5.50) and Shirley Jump (The Bride Wore Chocolate; Zebra; $5.99) are teaming up for an appearance to tout their contemporary romances. Of note: Jump's Bride includes "decadent chocolate recipes with very entertaining directions" according to the Booklist review. 2 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, The Streets of West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester Township; (513) 755-2258.

Backbeat: A Novel of Physics by J. Frederick Arment (Blue Hot Books; $12.95). A New York runaway is set to inherit a $2 billion estate if he can find a lost piece of music that was composed by his mother. How physics fits in, you'll have to discover for yourself. 2 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Sycamore Plaza, 7800 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, (513) 794-9440.

The Prince of Beverly Hills by Stuart Woods (Putnam; $25.95). Woods' 29th novel is a taut thriller set in '30s Hollywood. Rick Barron, a demoted police detective, helps keep a drunken celebrity out of the headlines and the next thing you know he's a studio security chief. 6 p.m. Monday, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood; (513) 396-8960.

Business Manners For Success by Marja Wade Barrett (Cincinnati Book Publishing; $23.95). After years of teaching, the Fort Mitchell etiquette expert and consultant has finally put her advice down on paper. Those reaching for the wrong fork will discover how proper manners can provide a competitive career edge. 7 p.m. Thursday, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood; (513) 396-8960.

Sara Pearce



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