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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow


Despite the dire warnings of her protective parents, Emmy Adler is thrilled for the Grand Opening of her own kite shop in Rock Point, Oregon. Combining her art schooling and store management experience, Emmy is fulfilling her dream of owning a store of customized, hand crafted kites designed for a more artistic crowd. The first cloud over her dream appears when Emmy discovers a body washed up on the beach, one later identified as being Miles Logan, a local celebrity chef and the ex-boyfriend of her best friend and new roommate, Avery Cook.

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by Kathleen Costa


Is there any better way to celebrate the new year than with hundreds of thousands standing by the Thames awaiting the midnight fireworks extravaganza? Then you are surprised by an amorous New Year’s kiss from a surprise visitor, hit in the jaw by an errant fist and ? unannounced ? a direct link to the criminal mastermind you are seeking shows up!

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s been a busy summer for tourists on the Gulf of Maine, and the Gray Whale Inn is completely booked for the entire week. Ten Northern Spirit Tours guests are staying for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and owner Natalie Barnes is thrilled to be able to join them for one of their whale-watching ventures. The glimpse of majestic Humpback whales “bubble netting” and leaping out of the water is soured by the sight of one tangled in dangerous fishing gear, not to mention the boat captain’s too-close and illegal approach.

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by Cynthia Chow


After inheriting a run-down historical mansion in Port Quincy, Pennsylvania, from her ex-fiancé’s aunt, Mallory Shepard planned to renovate it into a Bed and Breakfast where she would base her new business as a wedding planner. With her first ceremony moved up eight months and rezoning permits caught in Planning Commission hell, the chances of the B&B being ready in just a month look bleak. Mallory just couldn’t resist the pleas from her first bride, as the last wish of Whitney Scanlon’s dying father is to walk her down the aisle.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 2 food related mysteries perfect for your Valentine’s Day reading-A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery by Leslie Karst, and War and Peach: A Georgia Peach Mystery by Susan Furlong. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy both books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


Newly engaged, the only thing Galveston’s Tara Holloway loves more than her fiancé—fellow IRS criminal investigator Nick Prat—is tracking down tax cheaters and bringing them to justice. Wielding both a briefcase and a sidearm, Tara is a crack shot with more than her own share of broken bones, head injuries, and bullet wounds. Although one of her two latest assignments would seem more probable of again putting her life at risk, nothing’s guaranteed when the threat of the IRS is at one’s door.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Krista Davis


Holly Miller is spending her first summer since childhood in Wagtail, Virginia, where she has taken up her grandmother Oma’s offer to become a partner in the Sugar Maple Inn. Now that the resort town has rebranded itself as a pet-centric and very pet-loving tourist destination, they are hosting Wagtail’s first Animal Attraction matchmaking event. Singles who have been luckier finding love with pets will be bringing them along to hopefully increase the chances of meeting the perfect (human) partner.

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by Cynthia Chow


After a year of murder, ex-husband drama, and time separated from her boyfriend due to his new job with Homeland Security, Laurel McKay is more than ready for her post-Christmas wedding and honeymoon cruise. Although Laurel’s initial wish was a simple one for no dead bodies, perhaps she should also have requested that her honeymoon not be on the same Nordic American as her mother, stepfather, Gran, and grandmother’s best friend.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Kate Davidson agreed to train and become her best friend’s doula, Kate thought that witnessing a twenty-one hour labor would be the most disturbing sight of the night. Instead, that honor goes to the vision of the aptly named Doctor Dick making out with a nurse in the hallway of A Better Birth Associates’ birthing center. Kate sees him all too soon in her own Serenity Yoga studio, where she learns that Doctor Richard Jones is the husband of one of her students.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Kingsburg


Unhappy with her job in Portland as a financial analyst and even more unsettled by her recent divorce, Melanie West is starting over by helping her grandmother renovate a bed-and-breakfast in Oregon’s Sully’s Landing. Melanie and Liza Harris have barely begun to peel off the wallpaper before discovering a skeleton hidden in a wall’s secret compartment. It seems that not only did Angela Morelli never make it to New Jersey after leaving her husband seven years ago, an autopsy reveals that she was pregnant at the time.

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by Cynthia Chow


Los Angeles’s Vista Beach may be in the middle of an August heat wave, but the high temperature is not what leads to the hospitalization of the homeless man known as Kit. After being led to Kit’s unconscious body by his loyal dog Buddy, freelance software designer Rory Anderson discovers that her friend had first been attacked and beaten. It’s one of many crimes plaguing the heat-ridden coast, with a series of home break-ins ultimately culminating in murder.

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by Cynthia Chow


February is when Maine’s Busman’s Harbor closes up for the winter, with snowbirds fleeing and many residents departing for warmer climates. Even Julia Snowden’s winter restaurant has closed up for the season, as her boyfriend Chris takes advantage of an opportunity to help friends sail to Key West. This slow period allows Julia to spend a little more time with her mother, resulting in a routine errand to pick up mail opening up a maelstrom of family secrets, scandals, and indiscretions.

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by Cynthia Chow


Long life is not always a gift, as accidental alchemist Zoe Faust has learned over the last 300 years. Ever since she discovered the Elixir of Life in 1704, Zoe has feared not only the discovery of her secret but of making personal connections to those she would inevitably outlive. That has recently changed, due in no small part to the friendship with a living gargoyle, bibliophile, and chef extraordinaire Dorian Robert-Houdin.

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by Cynthia Chow


Newly engaged, Californians Emma Whitecastle and Phil Bowers have been invited by bestselling crime writer Gino Costello to stay at Misty Hollow, a historic farmhouse in central Massachusetts. While they first met due to their daughters being best friends, it is Emma’s ghostly experiences that have Gino so intrigued and wanting to research for his next novel. The host of her own television show and able to see and talk to ghosts, Emma realizes that this will be anything but a relaxing vacation when they are greeted not only by Gino, but by a family of ghosts expecting her help.

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