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Cynthia Chow

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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by Cynthia Chow


As the owner of Orchard View, California’s Simplicity Itself Organizing Services, Maggie McDonald prides herself on helping her clients to declutter their homes and simplify their lives. That requires the cooperation of everyone in the household, so Maggie is reluctant to begin reorganizing Stephen Laird’s home without the presence of his partner, Jason Mueller. She’s willing to make an exception since Jason has been deployed to Texas to implement his new rapid-response law enforcement project, but Stephen’s absence is more inexplicable.

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by Cynthia Chow
& VIctoria Laurie


It’s amazing to see how far Abigail Cooper has come since her first appearance in 2004’s Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye. Fourteen books ago Abby had a small psychic reading practice and was a self-declared P.I., as in Psychic Intuitive. Since then Abby has become a true professional private investigator in Austin, partnered in a practice with her best friend Candice Fusco and taking on clients that include the FBI.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Luann Dupree suddenly leaves town for a romantic adventure, only her best friend Sarah Biddle has her suspicions that it wasn’t because Luann swiped right. The wife of the sheriff in River Road, Illinois, Sarah has seen her share of crime, and she’s more than a little leery of the Mr. Maybe Luann found online. After the director of the Historical Society emails her resignation and packs up her belongings, most of River Road assumes that Luann departed to pursue her own midlife crisis.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Los Angeles KNST News Sports and Talk reporter Carol Childs is called to the iconic Hollywood Sign, it’s not a publicity stunt for a starlet or opening movie. Instead, the body of a nude man has been found hanging like a crucifix in the middle of the sign, a death that is quickly declared by the police as a suicide. Carol can’t help but voice her doubts, as not only did she just see the gym rat hitting on an enamored young woman at a grocery store, but why would an obviously vain man kill himself while wearing a red clown nose?

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by Cynthia Chow


Since Jill Gardner was just getting used to both having and living with a boyfriend, a couples’ weekend getaway with Greg and his childhood friends did nothing to ease her anxiety over commitment. However, an all-expense paid stay at the luxury hotel The Castle for a bachelor party is not something Jill can say no to, especially when it reunites Greg with his best friend from seventh grade. Tech-millionaire Levi Walker is marrying the undeniably attractive but equally standoffish Jessica Cole, and he has invited his oldest group of friends to celebrate.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a great group of 4 mysteries released this summer and published by Kensington, Penguin, & St. Martins-Booked 4 Murder: A Sophie Kimball Mystery by J.C. Eaton, Only Skein Deep: A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton, Patterned After Death: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, & Sticks and Bones: Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have 3 fun mysteries by Kensington authors-A Toast to Murder: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, If the Haunting Fits, Wear It: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, & Mulch Ado About Murder: A Local Foods Mystery by Edith Maxwell. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 3 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz never wanted to be a police dog handler, so she never expected that her partnership with K-9 shepherd-mix Brigit could be so rewarding. Megan’s options were limited after she tasered her previous partner, a human so rude and sexist that his being called a dog would have been an insult to canines. So Megan is fortunate to have Brigit along when responding to a domestic disturbance call from Adriana Valdez, who is accusing her ex-boyfriend of being a stalker.

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by Cynthia Chow


Melanie “Mel” Turner, the owner of San Francisco’s Turner Construction, has several gifts. First, she can look at the most ramshackle of buildings and envision its potential beauty, as well as the possibilities to provide comfort and happiness. Her other talent is truly magical, as Mel has recently begun seeing and communicating with the ghosts. Her last experience at helping a spirit cross over still has Mel recovering from her own brush with death, suffering with a case of PTSD-induced vertigo.

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by Cynthia Chow


Rare-book restorer and bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright finds herself falling down a rabbit hole of confusion in this eleventh delightful Bibliophile Mystery. For weeks Brooklyn has been visiting almost daily the neighboring Brothers Bookshop, where she lusts after an 1866 first edition second issue print of Alice in Wonderland. It’s nowhere near as valuable as a true first edition that was ultimately recalled, but one of the owning brothers-in-law still refuses to sell it.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of food related mysteries-A Crime of Passion Fruit: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Death of a Lobster Lover: A Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery by Lee Hollis, French Fried: An Ethnic Eats Mystery by Kylie Logan, & The Tell-Tale Tarte: A Five-Ingredient Mystery by Maya Corrigan. 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


With two days to go until her oldest son gets married, the last thing Kay Driscoll needs is yet another burden stressing her out. That doesn’t stop her husband Phil from announcing that his cousin Loren is in the hospital, and by the way, Loren’s twelve year-old daughter is coming to stay with them in Sudbury Falls, Wisconsin. Apparently Janey’s mother is too busy on a vacation with her own boyfriend to rush over and pick up the rebellious girl, who acts out through dyed hair, vampire teeth, and kleptomania.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ever since her father retired seven years ago, Sasha Silverman has been managing the family’s Silver Bear Shop & Factory in Silver Hollow, Michigan. It’s not the future the thirty-one-year-old divorcé had envisioned for herself, but Flynn Hanson’s womanizing tendencies ensured her single status within a year of their marriage. At least Sasha retained custody of their Bichon-Lhasa Apso mix Rosie, if not the approval of her parents.

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