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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Carlisle


Contractor Shannon Hammer is thrilled that her sister Chloe is finally returning to Lighthouse Cove after being away for years. Chloe left their hometown after high school in search of a career in Hollywood, and her skills at construction and natural on-camera charisma led her to becoming the co-star of the popular home renovation television show Makeover Madness.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Daryl Wood Gerber


As California’s Crystal Cove prepares for their annual Christmas Festival, not everyone is embracing the holiday spirit. Grinch Emmett Atwater refuses to decorate his home, filing numerous complaints against his neighbor Jake Chapman, who amps up his own decorative efforts in retaliation. Unfortunately, those decorations are put to nefarious use when Jake’s friend Geoffrey is found just outside of Jake’s house, stabbed by a tree topper, and wrapped in Christmas lights.

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by Cynthia Chow


The holiday season may be the time of the year one expects to spend surrounded by family, but Katie Bonner didn’t anticipate that she would be sharing her tiny apartment with her former mother-in-law Margo. It’s been almost two years since the death of Katie’s husband, but even when he was alive, Margo was never very welcoming to her daughter-in-law.

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by Cynthia Chow


As an investigative reporter for Los Angeles talk radio station KTLK, Carol Childs is at the forefront of the investigation in the Model Slayer murders. While she would normally love to receive the hot tip that a suspect in the murders of three fashion models has been arrested, Carol is stunned that the witness with firsthand knowledge is her pre-med daughter.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Joanne Fluke


Before Hannah Swensen baked mouthwatering treats out of Lake Eden’s premier bakery The Cookie Jar, before she dated both Norm and Mike, and before she finally married only to discover that her husband… Before all of this, Hannah was a graduate student who returned to her hometown following the death of her beloved father. Hannah and her two sisters were at a loss on how to pull their mother out of her understandable depression, but Grandma Knudson knew exactly how to nudge Delores out of bed and back into her normal domineering role.

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by Cynthia Chow


Christmas may come just once a year, but readers are treated to three delightful visits to the town of Serenity as it celebrates the Noel season. In this hilarious collection of Trash ‘n’ Treasures short stories, Brandy Borne and her exuberant mother Vivian manage to find themselves in the middle of murder investigations “assisting” the local Serenity sheriff (despite his repeated declarations to please stop) just as the Christmas holiday rolls in.

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Christmas Mysteries and More

IN THE December 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews and giveaways of a fun group of Christmas mysteries, along with a couple of non holiday mysteries-Death of a Russian Doll: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery by Barbara Early, The Peppermint Mocha Murder: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery by Joy Avon, Death in Paris: A Death in Paris Mystery by Emilia Bernhard, and Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food and craft mysteries perfect for your holiday reading-the crafts may inspire you with gift ideas, and the holidays aren’t complete without great food-A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, How to Knit a Murder: Seaside Knitters Society Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, Purls and Poison: Black Sheep Knit Mystery by Anne Canadeo, Forever Fudge! A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes by Nancy Coco, In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, and The Walking Bread: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer.

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by Cynthia Chow


After declaring herself to be a reformed con artist, Finley Goodhart believes that she has a long way to go before she can live up to her ironic last name. Her father Sheriff Woody Goodhart set the ethical bar low with his crooked and abusive activities, and ever since she ran away as a teenager Fin lived a life as a grifter surviving through scams and cons.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Kelly


There are no immediate baby plans in the future for ambitious young Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz, as she is determined that nothing will come in her way of becoming a detective as soon as possible. A baby does soon take over her professional life though, a result of the Texas Safe Haven Statute of 1999 declaring that infants can legally be left in designated safe places.

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by Cynthia Chow


After encouragement from his mother, Samuel Hoenig put his unique observational skills to use by opening Questions Answered, a Piscataway, New Jersey, business that answered any question asked by clients. In between mathematical and logistical calculations to determine the time it takes to circle the globe, Samuel has solved several murders, rescued his long-lost father, and begun a tentative romance with his assistant.

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by Cynthia Chow


Briar Creek Public Library Director Lindsey Norris had thought that her biggest challenge of the day would be staying awake after a late night of “one more chapter” compulsive reading. The death of a beloved fictional character can’t compare to real-life tragedy, though, which almost occurs when Lindsey witnesses the hit-and-run of tennis coach Theresa Huston outside of the library.

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by Cynthia Chow


Halloween isn’t the only holiday exuberantly celebrated in Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, the town is embracing the Christmas season with the theme of “Ring in the Holidays in Salem,” with Santas ringing on every street corner, bells decorating every store, and a musical bell performance by the Christmas Belles ladies.

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by Cynthia Chow


Just like it says on her business card, Ellie Wilde’s Eleanor’s Cleansing Service rids homes of whatever is haunting her clients. If that happens to be rats in the attic or mischievous teenagers playing pranks, at the end of the day everyone is still satisfied. It, of course, helps that Ellie dresses for the part and enhances her efforts with a cold-air blasting portable air conditioner and 21st century technology.

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