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Sandra Murphy

April Food Penguins

IN THE April 22 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food mysteries from Penguin authors-Town in a Maple Madness: A Candy Holliday Mystery by B. B. Haywood, A Frying Shame: A Deep Fried Mystery by Linda Reilly, and Silence of the Jams: A Down South Café Mystery by Gayle Leeson.

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by Sandra Murphy


Angie Curtis hasn’t questioned her friend Sarah Byrne about her past. She knows Sarah is adopted, from Australia, and loves antiques. Otherwise, their friendship stays pretty much in the present. Angie runs the Mainely Needlepointers, a diverse group of stitchers who repair or create needlepoint to be sold. One theme is Save the Cormorants, a local endangered bird as well as water and lighthouse scenes.

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by Sandra Murphy


After Sydney’s engagement imploded, she quit her job and went back home to help her sister, Cat, run the local animal shelter. Donations are down so a little PR work can surely keep the doors open. With the help of the bakery owner, a pop up cat café is scheduled. Those who want to grab and run can still get coffee and a pastry to go; those who want a more relaxed start to the day can get their drinks and food and go into the designated cat room. Cats, of course, have their own treats.

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by Sandra Murphy


Bea Cartright owns Bea and Bees, on South Bass Island. It’s a nice, quiet retreat, at least when murder and mayhem aren’t on the schedule. There are other B&Bs on the island, of course, but when The Twins open Tara, complete with fake Spanish moss hanging from the trees, the over the top décor and atmosphere draw in visitors from all over. The Twins are a media sensation. Kidnapped as teenagers and the children of a movie star, gorgeous to boot, they can outdo the Kardashians in the publicity department.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews & giveaways of a bunch of fun food mysteries-Cold Pressed Murder: An Olive Grove Mystery by Kelly Lane, Kneaded to Death: A Bread Shop Mystery By Winnie Archer, Roux the Day: A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Wiken, and When the Grits Hit the Fan: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day. 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 Sandra Murphy


Have you ever heard of a Rat Tea? Theodosia and Drayton are invited to one by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s well-known hostesses. The servers are dressed as rats in livery. Although it seems more than a little gross, it is part of Charleston’s long history—sponsored fundraisers by the elite for rat control. No longer needed as that kind of fundraiser, hostesses think of them as trendy.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s time for the Star City Film Festival in the resort town in Utah. Movie stars are shopping in all the boutiques and skiing the fresh powder. The townspeople treat them as any other customers instead of autograph or selfie seekers.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, maintain the Little Libraries in Bear Falls. The town is too small for a regular library but the bigger-than-a-birdhouse replica houses contain popular books. Residents are free to come by and borrow one or leave a new one. When Dora finds snippets of poetry from the reclusive poet, Emily Sutton, she is excited to see the woman is writing again.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hannah’s only been married for a short time. In fact, it’s time for the romantic honeymoon to come to an end. While it’s nice to be with her new hubby all the time, sometimes it does feel a bit overwhelming to someone used to living alone.

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by Sandra Murphy


Paul and Alice have decided to be married in Kilbane, a small Irish town. Any wedding is cause for excitement, but when the bride is Alice, a famous fashion model, that ups the excitement factor to a frenzy.
Unfortunately, the bridal party isn’t getting along. Brenna is the maid of honor and honestly, why did Alice pick her? She’s snarky, a trouble maker, and more.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maura left Boston after her grandmother’s death, just to visit Ireland. Gran wanted her to see the old country and let distant relatives know she’d died. What was to be a visit, has turned into a new life. Moira inherited a pub, three employees, a daily storytelling fixture of a customer, and a house too. It seems she’s here to stay, at least for now.

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by Sandra Murphy


Charlie Harris is acting as interim library director at the college, a job he thought he’d like. It takes him away from his research work which is a shame and involves way too much paperwork. He can still bring his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to work with him which is a good thing. Saying no to the cat would be a deal breaker.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Bethany Blake


Daphne Templeton is the black sheep of the family. She’s a pet sitter/dog walker with a sister, Piper, who’s a veterinarian and a mother who is totally focused on being the best realtor ever. Piper lets Daphne live with her, rent free, and bails her out when the pet sitter VW van breaks down or runs out of gas. Two dollars worth of gas just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Frances Brody


As Freda Simonson looks out her bedroom window, she sees a man being tossed out on his ear from the local pub. He’s obviously had too much to drink and lands in a heap in the gutter. Before the barman can go back inside, a man rushes from the darkness and in the following scuffle, the barman falls to the ground, dead. A crowd gathers, and it’s assumed the drunken man was the murderer. Only Freda knows the truth, and no one believes her.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hamelin, Vermont, is host to the Annual Highland Festival which includes caber tossing, sword dancing, and a lot of shopping. The retailers rely on the cash flowing in this time of year to tide them over the slow sales months. The ScotShop is no exception. Peggy Winn and her fourteenth century ghost, Dirk, love to see the shop crowded with tourists who want to take home a piece of Scotland—or at least a tartan.

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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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