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Corpse Flower: A Cornwall and Redfern Mystery
Corpse Flower: A Cornwall and Redfern Mystery
by Gloria Ferris
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.99
25 used & new from CDN$ 11.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Can Be Fun! Review by John Moss, Feb. 10 2014
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Corpse Flower is a delight. Murder and skullduggery define Bliss Cornwall’s life in the small Ontario town of Lockport, but she is feisty enough to make it all seem terrifying good fun, a confection teased out with horror and humour to perfection.
Irrepressibly droll, Bliss is a comic gem who tells her story of betrayal, grow-ops, flower breeding, and flirtation, with sublime effervescence. With two side-kicks, one a motorcycle and the other a hooker, and a new police chief dogging her every move like an overgrown puppy, she struggles against poverty and crime to play her part in the mating of two giant exotic flowers, in a bizarre effort to regain control of a life that hit the fan when her marriage fell apart. Bliss is like the friend we lost track of and now scramble to catch up with, whose adventures are funnier, more painful, more absurd, than our own. The author’s pleasure in writing is infectious. I look forward to reading more of her exploits with Bliss in the future. John Moss

The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes
The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes
by Anupy Singla
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adaptable to oil free vegan, Jan. 8 2014
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I am loving the recipes in this cook book so much that I just bought a chest freezer to store my extra creations. We are just two but the recipes make large portions and I am freezing the extras. I like to use the slow cooker in the winter so I can prepare dinner in the morning and then spend the day cross country skiing and return home to a fragrant kitchen and a warming hearty meal ready and waiting. Yup, retired! We are also oil free vegan and the recipes can so easily be prepared without the oil but with no loss of the wonderful flavours. We do not live near a large urban centre that would allow me to easily buy all the spices required, but I found I could order them online with ease. I see Anupy has a second cook book out and I am about to order it too. Perfect winter food.

Up in Smoke: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery
Up in Smoke: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery
by Ross Pennie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 15.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by John Moss, Jan. 1 2014
“Up in Smoke” is more than a mystery. This is the third in the Dr. Zol Szabo medical series and this time Ross Penny, himself an infectious disease specialist, takes on larger issues than the public health problem inflicted by pollutants. An investigation into the quasi-legal tobacco industry on First Nations territories, fostered by outmoded tax laws and inept controls, leads the author and his fictional team of specialists into two vast areas of social unrest: the abysmal state of aboriginal rights on the one hand and the abomination of tobacco consumption on the other. As expected, the narrative moves along at breakneck speed with a cast of intriguing characters, some well-established from the two previous novels in the series and others specific to this one. A mix of arcane medical terminology and a colloquial voice, modulated to reflect the principle characters, creates a heightened reality that makes the developing narrative highly personal, very disturbing, and its resolution oddly disquieting. Like the smoker’s cough that stayed with me for years after I kicked the habit, “Up in Smoke” left me with the lingering fear that the story isn’t over. The plot and the characters are memorable; the themes are haunting and ominous. A fine medical mystery and more.

Armarkat Large Memory Foam Orthopedic Pet Bed Pad M06HKF/ZS-Large Mocha and Brown
Armarkat Large Memory Foam Orthopedic Pet Bed Pad M06HKF/ZS-Large Mocha and Brown
Price: CDN$ 59.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy puppy, Nov. 16 2013
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I bought this memory foam mat to put in my puppy's crate. He is 6 months old and ready for some good and comfortable support as he reaches his full weight of 70 pounds. He immediately went into his crate to try it out and seems very happy with it. I have not washed the cover yet.

Dremel 7300-PT 4.8-Volt Pet Grooming Kit (Grey)
Dremel 7300-PT 4.8-Volt Pet Grooming Kit (Grey)
Price: CDN$ 34.91
6 used & new from CDN$ 34.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Happy dogs, Nov. 16 2013
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My dogs are slowly being conditioned to accept getting their claws ground down rather than clipped. The size and weight of this grinder is perfect for the task!

Dremel 432 1/2-Inch 120 Grit Sanding Bands 6 Pack
Dremel 432 1/2-Inch 120 Grit Sanding Bands 6 Pack
Price: CDN$ 3.63
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well groomed dogs, Nov. 16 2013
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I bought these emery rounds for shortening my dogs claws. They fit the Dremel pet claw grinder and give the dogs a better experience than that would have with claw clippers that pinch the quick. I will reorder when I run through these.

Breville BREBTM800XL Tea Maker
Breville BREBTM800XL Tea Maker
Offered by Electronics For Less Canada
Price: CDN$ 279.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars love my tea maker, Dec 17 2011
I really love this tea maker because it automatically selects the right temperature for black or green tea, or several other types, but these are my two daily brews. It also steeps the tea for the right amount of time (adjustable) and then removes the leaves from the tea so there is no over steeping. It has a keep warm feature and is easy to clean and use. I just wish it had an off switch, although it does go off eventually on its own.

Reluctant Dead: A Quin and Morgan Mystery
Reluctant Dead: A Quin and Morgan Mystery
by John Moss
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Mystery Series!, July 18 2011
I'm so glad there is a third Quin and Morgan mystery out from John Moss. I didn't realize until I began reading it how much I missed spending time with these two detectives. I really love their relationship with one another. I read an online interview with Moss and the interviewer referred to them as being like Scully and Mulder, but I think they are even better. More quirky humour, more close a bond. Anyway, this is a the best yet. I love the way they get out of the 'problem' they encounter at the end! I stayed up way too late to get it finished. More please.

Canadian Literature in English: Texts and Contexts, Vol. 2
Canadian Literature in English: Texts and Contexts, Vol. 2
by Laura Moss
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 58.04
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Canadian Anthologies, May 9 2009
These anthologies were created as teaching texts for college and university-level Canadian Literature courses, however, they would be of considerable benefit at the secondary level for student independent studies in the academic stream in Canadian Literature, History, Art, or Aboriginal Studies. The two volumes are particularly useful because they combine literary narratives with historical documents that help to illuminate each historical period. As literary histories of Canada, the books help place the development of culture of Canada in social, political, and historical contexts.

Written and compiled within a postcolonial framework, the two volumes are sensitive to the early Aboriginal heritage of the continent and to the growing sense of cultural and ethnic pluralism evident as early as the beginning of the nineteenth century. The selections in the anthologies also show an awareness of the Eurocentrism and paternalism of the explorers, settlers, and nation builders. Further, there is an emphasis on the environment and resources that will be of interest to contemporary students. Extensive introductory essays and detailed headnotes for each of the selections provide students with background material to guide them as independent readers. Bibliographies provide primary and secondary resources and accompany each section of the book.

The first volume covers literary texts from the 'First Words' of Indigenous storytellers, to narratives of European encounter with First Nations and narratives of exploration. It also contains the emigration guides of Black Loyalists and settlers, as well as the fiction and journalism of Stephen Leacock, Nellie McClung, and L. M. Montgomery in the 1910s. It includes maps, historical woodcuts and engravings, and a variety of political and cultural texts not previously gathered in an anthology format (including the Chinese Immigration Act, the BNA, and the Indian Act). Each section is organized and introduced by an in-depth essay that positions the texts and maps in ways that will help students design independent studies topics. Such editorial commentary takes up a third of the textbook.

The second volume covers the rise of modernism in poetry alongside the growth in nationalism in art evident in the work of the Group of Seven painters; the explosion of experimental poetry in the 1960s and the debates about the nation in the 1970s; and the mainstreaming of multiculturalism over the past three decades. The volume includes excerpts from the 1951 Massey Report and the 1988 Multiculturalism Act, beside stories by Sinclair Ross, Margaret Atwood, and Madeleine Thien. It highlights contemporary discussions of race, gender, sexuality, and environmental issues alongside concerns over literary forms and content. Again, the introductory essays and headnotes provide detailed contextual information about art and society and the bibliography provides a resource for students to search for other secondary sources for independent studies.

Canadian Literature In English: Texts and Contexts, Vol. 1
Canadian Literature In English: Texts and Contexts, Vol. 1
by Laura Moss
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 60.42
17 used & new from CDN$ 27.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Canadian Anthology, May 9 2009
These anthologies were created as teaching texts for college and university-level Canadian Literature courses, however, they would be of considerable benefit at the secondary level for student independent studies in the academic stream in Canadian Literature, History, Art, or Aboriginal Studies. The two volumes are particularly useful because they combine literary narratives with historical documents that help to illuminate each historical period. As literary histories of Canada, the books help place the development of culture of Canada in social, political, and historical contexts.

Written and compiled within a postcolonial framework, the two volumes are sensitive to the early Aboriginal heritage of the continent and to the growing sense of cultural and ethnic pluralism evident as early as the beginning of the nineteenth century. The selections in the anthologies also show an awareness of the Eurocentrism and paternalism of the explorers, settlers, and nation builders. Further, there is an emphasis on the environment and resources that will be of interest to contemporary students. Extensive introductory essays and detailed headnotes for each of the selections provide students with background material to guide them as independent readers. Bibliographies provide primary and secondary resources and accompany each section of the book.

The first volume covers literary texts from the 'First Words' of Indigenous storytellers, to narratives of European encounter with First Nations and narratives of exploration. It also contains the emigration guides of Black Loyalists and settlers, as well as the fiction and journalism of Stephen Leacock, Nellie McClung, and L. M. Montgomery in the 1910s. It includes maps, historical woodcuts and engravings, and a variety of political and cultural texts not previously gathered in an anthology format (including the Chinese Immigration Act, the BNA, and the Indian Act). Each section is organized and introduced by an in-depth essay that positions the texts and maps in ways that will help students design independent studies topics. Such editorial commentary takes up a third of the textbook.

The second volume covers the rise of modernism in poetry alongside the growth in nationalism in art evident in the work of the Group of Seven painters; the explosion of experimental poetry in the 1960s and the debates about the nation in the 1970s; and the mainstreaming of multiculturalism over the past three decades. The volume includes excerpts from the 1951 Massey Report and the 1988 Multiculturalism Act, beside stories by Sinclair Ross, Margaret Atwood, and Madeleine Thien. It highlights contemporary discussions of race, gender, sexuality, and environmental issues alongside concerns over literary forms and content. Again, the introductory essays and headnotes provide detailed contextual information about art and society and the bibliography provides a resource for students to search for other secondary sources for independent studies.

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