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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow
& Meera Lester


Getting stung on the face by one of her bees was the first sign for Abby Mackenzie that Paola Varela and Jake Winston’s vow-renewal ceremony wouldn’t end well. The second sign was actually being leered at and hit upon by the groom. Abby had kept her mouth shut about her reservations concerning her friend’s marriage, but Paola was adamant that Jake had mended his ways and the ceremony was testament to his commitment.

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by Cynthia Chow


Even with the media blitzes, special glasses, and astronomer’s preparations, there’s no denying that the sun going completely dark during a solar eclipse could be terrifying. It shouldn’t be surprising that throughout the centuries, every culture has had a different myth or legend for a seemingly inexplicable event. In preparation for the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, Kaye George gathered a diverse collection of short stories all surrounding this extraordinary event.

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by Cynthia Chow


With Halloween the big attraction in Salem, Massachusetts, the week following tends to be a rather disappointing lull. The students of Maralee “Lee” Barrett’s Television Production class intend to change that, proposing a November Dia de los Muertos celebration that will fulfill a historical video assignment while spicing up the community and attracting tourists. The former “psychic” host of a late night television show, Lee has given up her acting job to teach at the new Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of craft and sewing related mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors-A Knit Before Dying: A Tangled Web Mystery by Sadie Hartwell, Knot What You Think: A Quilting Mystery by Mary Marks, Macrame Murder: A Cora Crafts Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, & Murder Wears Mittens: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


As a town that reinvented itself throughout the decades, it only makes sense that Proper City, Nevada, would celebrate extended holidays through ever-changing costumes. For the annual Spring Sagebrush Festival the town is hosting a family friendly week of board game-themed events, a counter to the more lascivious Las Vegas casinos.

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by Cynthia Chow


Readers familiar with this hilarious mystery series will be relieved to know that wherever Meg Langslow and her family travel, chaos follows. Meg has left Caerphilly, North Carolina to teach Blacksmithing at Virginia’s Biscuit Mountain Craft Center, which was purchased and renovated by her grandmother Cordelia. While Meg, her husband, and their twin sons are camping out in a borrowed caravan and tent, other artists are hunkering down in their studios to guard them from recent acts of vandalism.

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by Cynthia Chow


After sifting through memories and discovering the truth about her abusive childhood, Timber Creek, Colorado Deputy Mattie has fallen into a morass of distrust and depression. Therapy helps, but it still comes down to the fact that there is no one Mattie trusts enough to let down her guard, share secrets, or reveal emotions. Mattie has even distanced herself from the friendship she had formed with veterinarian Cole Walker, allowing only her K-9 partner Robo to remain close.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Allie McMurphy inherited the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge shop on Mackinac Island, she was lost in mourning for her grandfather and terrified to be taking over her family’s business. Allie never considered that her estranged California cousin would be furious about being cut out of the McMurphy inheritance, or that their next encounter would be when Allie finds Victoria “Tori” Andrews in the Mackinac Island Butterfly House, standing over a dead body holding the bloody murder weapon.

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by Cynthia Chow


The assistant director of lower Michigan’s Chilson District Library, Minnie Hamilton, is more than a little proud of the bookmobile program she has been running for the past year. She’s also grown accustomed to living on a tiny houseboat until the long winter sets in, at which time Minnie moves into her Aunt Frances’s unique matchmaking boarding house.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more July & August mysteries from Penguin authors-Addressed to Kill: A Postmistress Mystery by Jean Flowers, Sowed to Death: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, Muffin to Fear: A Merry Muffin Mystery by Victoria Hamilton, A Tangled Yarn: A Yarn Retreat Mystery by Betty Hechtman, & Chime and Punishment: A Clock Shop Mystery by Julianne Holmes.

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by Cynthia Chow



After a brief moment of fame as the “Don’t think so, boo!” girl in the Chubby Chicken commercials, aspiring actress Dayna Day decided to retire from acting. Always being recognized as familiar—but not someone they knew from high school—tests Dayna’s patience and humiliation limits, especially since she’s either overqualified or under qualified for most jobs. Dayna’s job search becomes critical when she receives a phone call from her father, who has the upsetting news that her parents’ home is about to be foreclosed on and that the lawyer Dayna hired was a con artist.

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by Cynthia Chow



Being a best friend means being supportive through thick and thin, especially when called upon to be a bridesmaid. Julia Elizabeth Bonatti has been helping her college best friend Geneva Leary prepare for her wedding in Sonoma, in spite of the frantic demands of the wedding planner and the disappearance of the bride’s sister. Moira Leary does eventually appear —intoxicated and a bit worse for wear—but it is the coordinator Sally Stark who collapses after the ceremony.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Elaine Viets



When geriatric financier Luther Ridley Delor goes up in flames along with his Chouteau Forest mansion, the wealthy Missouri community immediately condemns his twenty-year-old trophy fiancé. A viral video of a lecherous Luther drunkenly groping her the night before only makes the Mexican-American manicurist more of a suspect in the eyes of the police, who are quick to judge her based on their racist and elitist views. Having moved up the ladder by sucking up to politicians, Detective Ray Greiman epitomizes the worst of lazy cops, and Angela Richman is determined that Kendra Graciela Salvato not be railroaded right into prison.

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by Cynthia Chow


In their continuing quest to check off experiences on their Sixty List bucket lists, the Summer Ridge Bridge Club of Brownsburg, Indiana, find themselves in the midst of a charity male revue show. This was as close as it was going to get to ticking off Joy McQueen’s #57 Go to a Male Strip Club, which was actually more a form of therapy for her post-divorce PTSD and fear of naked men.

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