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Sandra Murphy

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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by Sandra Murphy


Ellie Avery’s schedule is always busy. Her husband is deployed on a mission, due back in a couple of weeks. Her kids are at an age that there are tons of extra activities. She’s got to be organized. In fact, she’s made a part time job of it.

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by Sandra Murphy


When a killer bent on revenge comes after McQuaid for putting him in jail, it’s natural that China Bayles would want to help her husband. It’s also natural he’d want her and their stepdaughter out of harm’s way. With son Bryan off at school, Caitie visiting grandma, China thinks everything’s set. McQuaid convinces her to go with her business partner Ruby to do a class at an olive ranch. It seems odd that olives grow in Texas, but with a lot of work, it’s possible. It’s also an obsession.

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by Sandra Murphy, Doward Wilson
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of mysteries for your spring reading-No Charm Intended: A Cora Crafts Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, A Good Day to Buy: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery by Sherry Harris, Occult and Battery: A Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory, and Called to Justice: A Quaker Midwife Mystery by Edith Maxwell.

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by Sandra Murphy


When Delaney Nichols answered an ad asking for someone who wanted to work in a bookshop and have adventures, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Every day is a surprise. Edwin, owner of the Cracked Spine, has a lot of secrets. Most he’s willing to share with Delaney, but not all and that can cause quite a problem.

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April Food Penguins

IN THE April 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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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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