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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy


Sabrina Tate is supposed to be writing her mystery book, but it’s so easy to get sidetracked with all the goings on in Lavender, Texas. This time it’s the annual Pumpkin Days. Things wouldn’t be quite so hectic if she could only control her Aunt Rowe. She’s in charge of the pumpkin cannon. That’s right, pumpkins shot out of a cannon—what could go wrong?

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by Sandra Murphy


Retired police Chief Katherine Sullivan, a widow, moved from Edina, Minnesota, to New Mexico to paint and soak up the sun. She’d first fallen in love with the area when her husband gave her a solo vacation as a birthday present. No schedule to follow, no tours to take, just time for herself. It was bliss. Now she lives there and returns to Minnesota to visit family.

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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 Sandra Murphy


It seems secrets have been kept. Everyone at Death by Coffee, Krissy Hancock’s coffee shop/bookstore (named after a mystery book by Krissy’s dad, James Hancock), knew he was coming for a book signing. Everyone but his own daughter that is. No one is more surprised than his biggest fan, Rita Jablonski. For a moment, it looked like she’d faint from sheer joy at being near her writing hero.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Kathleen Kaska


Kate Caraway loves her life in Kenya. She’s working on a research project involving the diminishing number of elephants and making progress until she meets up with four poachers. Things go badly, enough so, she and her husband have to leave the country in a hurry. After years away from the US, where can she call home?

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by Sandra Murphy


Rachel is a mystery writer. At a book signing, she met Duffy Madison which was weird because that’s the name of her main character. The man has a similar job and pretty much all the traits and characteristics she gave the fictional Duffy. What’s worse, this guy has no memory of anything in his life that happened more than five years ago—right when Rachel started the series. He thinks his life began then. Rachel thinks this nut case is really Damien Mosley.

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by Sandra Murphy


Kelsey Cambridge is the museum director for historic Barton Farms. There are tours and educational programs and sometimes weddings and other events. None have been like the wedding of Krissie Pumpernickle to Eddie, Kelsey’s ex-husband. Normally, an ex-wife would refuse to take part, but Kelsey is loyal to her job and besides, Eddie is the father of her child, Hayden. There are custody talks in progress, best to keep the peace.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we are playing catch up with some fun mysteries, perfect for your summer reading-A Just Clause: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett, Trumpet of Death: Martha’s Vineyard Mystery by Cynthia Riggs, Antiques Frame: A Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan, & Dead and Berried: Cranberry Cove series by Peg Cochran.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Spencer Quinn


LeAnne Hogan was someone to watch in the military. Sent to Afghanistan, she worked with the local people through an interpreter. Local women felt more comfortable around her than male soldiers until she shot and killed a suicide bomber at the opening of a center for women.

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by Sandra Murphy


Penny Brannigan lives in Wales. She spends summer days painting the ruins of a former mansion, sad to see it in such disrepair. Called Gwrych Castle, the gardens are being restored. After decades of neglect, it’s a daunting job. Luckily, she’s just painting a set of pictures for a fund raiser, not doing the back breaking work herself. Mark Baker is leading the team of workers.

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by Sandra Murphy


Chase Day is a history professor, former Navy, and presumably an orphan, raised by his grandmother. His mother was killed in a fire over thirty years ago. He never knew who his father was. His mother abused drugs and alcohol so her mothering skills were spotty at best. He also coaches veterans in an art therapy class, getting them to put their problems on the canvas. It’s helped him although no one would call him an artist.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a great group of new mysteries for your summer reading-A Nightshade for Warning: An Enchanted Garden Mystery by Bailey Cattrell, Every Body on Deck: A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett, Magick & Mayhem: An Abracadabra Mystery by Sharon Pape, and Death in Dark Blue: A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by Julia Buckley. 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


Meg Barrett has been hired by an upscale B&B to make each room unique with a theme of great writers. While her own cottage is being renovated, she’s staying in the Emily Dickinson room. She had been on her kind-of-boyfriend Cole’s yacht, but with a hurricane predicted, the marina has been evacuated. The B&B is owned by Franklin Hollingsworth, a true bibliophile. His wife, Violet, a sculptor, says she can’t begin to compete with a first edition book.

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by Sandra Murphy


Ves Roundtree has money, lots of it. She inherited from her brother who recently passed away. The will states she has use of the money for her lifetime, and then it passes to six other people. Of those six, it’s pretty much unanimous that they should get the money now.

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