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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy


Daphne Templeton is a professional pet sitter and baker of tasty treats for pets in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. It’s almost time for the annual Bark the Halls Ball where people and pets mingle, snack, and dance. The news of the day is the return of a classmate, Celeste (CeeCee) French who has made it big with her company, French’s Poodles and More, a chain of pet care facilities, with a line of food and doggie clothing.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lola Woodby is a society matron, although a poverty-stricken one most of the time. She’s formed the Discreet Retrieval Agency with the help of her very organized Swedish cook, Berta. Cedric, the Pomeranian, accompanies them on their cases.

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by Sandra Murphy


Change comes to everyone, welcome or not. For librarian Charlie Harris, two changes are one too many. Gerry Albritton is his new neighbor. She’s a very friendly woman, the kind who drops innuendo into conversation and her hand on an arm or shoulder while she talks. She seems to have plenty of money and isn’t shy about spending it.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s 1934, and the folks in Darling, Alabama, still need a bit of help now and again to keep food on the table. It’s hard to recover from the Great Depression. Liz has had her hours cut at Mr. Mosely’s law office. She’s got a book to write, but that’s no guarantee of money.

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by Sandra Murphy


Choosing attorney Allan Sharp to play Scrooge in the local production of A Christmas Carol was type-casting. He and Mayor Mobley hatched up schemes to their benefit, not the townspeople, very Scrooge-like behavior.

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by Sandra Murphy


Holly White is busier than an elf at the North Pole, working at her family’s Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games. In addition to selling trees, she’s also made some gingerbread-themed jewelry, and it’s selling as fast as the real thing. She can barely keep up.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Donna Andrews


Meg Langslow leads an active life, what with helping at the church, being married to Michael, and mother to twin boys. That’s not counting the things her mother volunteers her for, or her dad, or even grandad. No wonder she carries her planner with her at all times.

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by Sandra Murphy


Agatha is bored with the usual cases for her detective agency, but when she gets involved with bell ringers, a missing woman, a beautiful bishop, and an old folks home, things get interesting.

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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 Sandra Murphy


Jaine Austen (no relation) is a well-known writer. Well, she wrote that slogan for the Toiletmasters Plumbers. Everybody knows that one. Christmas is slow for writers so she and neighbor Lance are house sitting for one of his shoe buying customers. The house is a mansion, full of antiques and baubles like Ming vases and Fabergé eggs. It is also off limits for pets.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Carmela and Ava are ready to sell tons of merchandise in their shops (scrapbooking and voodoo) and dance the nights away as Fat Tuesday nears. Party time includes parades with the fabulous floats manned by the competitive krewes.

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by Sandra Murphy


The rural Welsh convent of Gwenafwy Abbey is getting ready for the Yuletide holidays. When Tiffany Reese, the organizer of all things, is found dead at the art fair, it’s unclear as to the cause of death. Sister Agatha is on the scene and ready to help solve what she’s sure is a murder.

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by Sandra Murphy


Kay Powell is a theatrical agent to the stars, at least to the wannabes. Well, it’s hard to tell sometimes, just how much they want to be stars. They’re all animals. Take for instance, Barney. He’s a parrot and replacing the late Babs on a show about a medical examiner when zombies roam the city. One of Barney’s best lines is, “Can’t kill a zombie!”

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by Sandra Murphy


There are so many wonderful mystery novels out there we constantly find ourselves playing catch-up with our reviews, so here we are again with a great group of mysteries-Treacherous Is the Night: A Verity Kent series by Anna Lee Huber, In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook, Murder Flies the Coop: Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott, and Silver Anniversary Murder: Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier.

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Magical Mystery Cats For Halloween

IN THE October 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have a fun group of cat mysteries which seemed perfect for Halloween! A Catered Cat Wedding: A Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford, Feral Attraction: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins, and The Cats Came Back: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly.

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