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Cynthia Chow

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Father’s Day feasts-Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Dying for Devil’s Food: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, The Diva Sweetens the Pie: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches: A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, and Sconed to Death: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Lee Hollis


Hayley Powell may not know who first spoke the words of the sentimental toast she may be plagiarizing, but she truly believes in what she’s saying at the wedding shower of her BFF Liddy Crawford. No one really thought that Liddy would manage to get the much younger, boy-toy attorney Sonny Lipton to propose, and perhaps that explains why Liddy seems in such a rush to run down the aisle.

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by Cynthia Chow


No one likes the food police, especially during the Christmas holiday season. Retired Logland High School teacher Louella Belle Simpson didn’t care, though, as she never hesitated to criticize everyone’s eating habits, health status, or weight. Not even children were saved from being a target of the former health and home-ec teacher, which helps to explain why very few residents in Logland, Illinois, mourned her death. It was the manner of her demise that rocks the town, though, as poor Bully Pulpit Diner co-owner Marti Kerkoff found Louella in the spin cycle of the Logland Laundromat dryer.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun catch up group of mysteries-Murder on Trinity Place: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson, The Loch Ness Papers: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton, Murder in Midtown: A Louise Faulk series by Liz Freeland, and Wed, Read & Dead: A Mystery Bookshop Mystery by V.M. Burns.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Essie Lang


When her aunt is sidelined by knee surgery, editor Shelby Cox returns to upper New York’s Alexandria Bay to help run Edie Cox’s two Bayside Books bookstores. Shelby’s focus is on the smaller store built into Blye Island’s Blye Castle, and she doesn’t regret leaving her small publishing job in Boston for the island with its own ferry and ghost stories. Shelby remains steadfast despite a confrontation with curator Loreena Swan, who demands that Bayside Books stock copies of her rather unsellable guidebook.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more fun food mysteries perfect for Easter reading-“Broken Bone China” A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs, “Leave No Scone Unturned” A Chef-To-Go Mystery by Denise Swanson, “Murder Lo Mein” A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, and “One Feta in the Grave” A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kirsten Weiss


Valentine Harris had come to expect the unexpected from her rather exuberant landlady and expert piecrust maker Charlene McCree. The delivery of a yurt at 4 a.m. was a little much though, especially since it would soon be accompanied by fifteen women intent on camping out for a weeklong goddess circle. The septuagenarian had Val and her Pie Town bakery’s best interests in mind, as Charlene also arranged under only slightly false pretenses to have the reality show Pie Hard film on site.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a pair of magical mysteries for your reading fun-Final Exam: A Witch City Mystery by Carol J. Perry, and May Day Murder: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books, along with links you can use to purchase them. If you have ad blocker on you won’t see the Amazon links at the end of each review.

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by Cynthia Chow
& S.C. Perkins



If you want to know who is your third cousin three times removed, Lucy Lancaster is the person to ask. Not only can she explain what being “removed” actually means, Lucy and her Ancestry Investigations creates for clients a book of family records that includes her meticulous research, photos, DNA analysis, newspapers, and census reports.

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End of March Mystery Catch Up

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun catch up group of mysteries-Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, Murder, She Meowed: A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods: Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell, and Angels and Alibis: A Sister Lou Mystery by Olivia Matthews.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more fun food mysteries for your Spring reading-Hot Fudge Murder: A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, Restaurant Weeks Are Murder: A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, Drawn and Buttered: A Lobster Shack Mystery by Shari Randall, No Good Tea Goes Unpunished: A Seaside Café Mystery by Bree Baker.

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by Cynthia Chow


As she pursues her dream of becoming a licensed real estate agent, Whitney Whitaker lives in her parents’ pool house and works as a property manager for Home & Hearth Realty. Although it allows her to take on carpentry jobs for her uncle’s Whitaker Woodworking business, kicking out tenants also results in Whitney being harassed and stalked by a furious frat evictee.

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by Cynthia Chow
& V.M. Burns


After proving herself innocent of the murder of her almost ex-husband, Lilly Echosby left Indiana for Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of her dog-loving best friend Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson. Lilly impulsively made the move along with her recently acquired rescue toy poodle Agatha, which makes finding a new living arrangement all the more difficult.

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by Cynthia Chow


During May’s library-sponsored evening bonfire for Girl Scouts, the ghost stories being told by the folklorist Professor Mona Raymond and her students aren’t as scary as the sight library director Amy Webber sees lurking in the shadows. It’s been two years since Amy spoke to ex-boyfriend Charles Bartos, and she’s done her best to avoid just seeing him ever since he and his girlfriend moved to her town of Taylorsford, Virginia.

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