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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy


Suzanne, Petra, and Toni make up the Cackleberry Club. It’s mostly a restaurant, kind of a diner but with tea parties in the afternoons and special events at night. There’s a section of good books to read and another full of skeins of yarn and knitting needles. As they say, something for everyone.

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When four women decide to move to Scotland, it’s not as impulsive a move as it might sound. Janet and her husband Curtis, ex-husband and a rat, that is, owned a vacation cottage there. Janet made sure she got it in the divorce. The other women are Tallie, Janet’s daughter, Tallie’s BFF Summer, and Janet’s longtime friend, Christine, home to take care of aging and forgetful parents.

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by Sandra Murphy


Alison has enough problems what with business at the haunted B&B slower than usual, two contrary resident ghosts, and a daughter, Liss, who’s in California visiting her dad, aka The Swine. He just can’t be trusted. It’s a relief to go to the airport to pick up Liss, just to make sure she’s really back. It’s not good news to see Steven The Swine deplane right behind her.

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by Sandra Murphy


Sabrina Salter used to be a weather girl, that is, until she shot and killed her husband. She’d found out he was cheating on her and fled to their summer house for some space. Hearing noises during the night, she thought the supposedly empty house was being broken into. It seems her hubby had the same idea and brought his girlfriend to the house, too. After his death, she just wanted out of the spotlight.

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The last few months have been plagued by flus and colds which have put us a bit behind on some of our reviews. So this week we are playing catch-up and here are some reviews & giveaways of some mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors from the last 3 months (including one or two from December)-Dangling by a Thread: Mainly Needlepoint Mystery by Lea Wait, Hooking for Trouble: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Saddle Up for Murder: A Carson Stables Mystery by Leigh Hearon, Prose and Cons: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, and Death at First Sight: Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 6 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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Cait Morgan is teaching in Budapest. Parts of it she likes, some not so much. She’s almost fifty and newly married, less than a year in fact, and misses her husband, Bud. He’s back in the States, helping his father take care of his mother until she’s back on her feet. He’s due to spend the last week of her stay with her and neither can wait to see each other. Nightly Skype sessions aren’t enough.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lella York is headed home from her annual trip to Italy. She’ll get to visit with her son Kyle for a day or two, catch up with her BFF Ruby, and see her cat, Flash. It turns out Kyle a budding actor, can’t stay. Well, that’s okay, she’ll catch up on her sleep and call Ruby in the morning. At least Flash will be glad to see her.

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by Sandra Murphy


Caprice DeLuca leads a busy life. She’s a home stager, although she does do some decorating jobs too. She rescues animals and finds homes for them, and she acts as matchmaker on occasion. Her family is close, some say too close, but it’s what she’s used to and loves.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lucy Montgomery is a vintner in Virginia. With help from her brother Eli and her right hand man, Quinn, they keep the place running. Eli’s daughter lives with them, too, with a nanny to help out.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lucy got to take care of her grandson, Patrick, while Toby and his wife were in Haiti. Now they’ve come back, collected Patrick, and are off to Alaska where Lucy is sure a big bear will carry Patrick off into the tundra. She knows her fears, some of them anyway, are ridiculous, but they persist, mostly during the night. Then she’s dragging the next day and has no interest in even getting out of bed. Bill says she’s depressed, and she’d argue about it, but she’s too tired.

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by Sandra Murphy


The village of Lily Dale is like no other. The only people who are allowed to own land are those with psychic powers. Still, it’s a good spot for Bella and her son Max to take a break. They were on their way to Chicago to live with her mother-in-law, the eternally cranky Millicent. After Bella’s husband died, there wasn’t money to live alone anymore. When the car broke down in Lily Dale, it seemed like a nice break.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Ali Brandon


It’s Thanksgiving time at the brownstone bookstore. Robert has the café running smoothly with his Goth friend Pink, trained as his backup. Darla wants to make sure the bookstore makes as much money as possible during the season to carry them over possible dead months of January and February.

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by Sandra Murphy


For readers who enjoy a little back story, a quick read, and new recipes for the holidays, this book fits the bill. As the story unfolds, Hannah is at a leisurely dinner with Ross. The tale she tells is about an old schoolmate returned to town, rumors about her relationship with a certain someone, a disappointed Mrs. Claus, a husband not where he’s supposed to be, and homemade caramels as a clue.

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by Sandra Murphy


Five friends are tap dancers turning pro. They call themselves the Happy Hoofers. Dancing is a way to exercise, meet new people, and travel with the added complication of solving murders. This time they’re dancing on stage with the Rockettes for the Christmas program.

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by Sandra Murphy


Miss Reba, she’s the one who lives under a tree and visits any unlocked house for a snack or quick bath, is getting married. She’s got a big diamond on her finger, and it’s anybody’s guess whether or not it’s a real ring or something she found at a yard sale. When Beth, the owner of the Dixie Dew, Littleboro’s B&B, gets a call from Reba, you know something’s not right.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



We end October with a fun group of new mysteries from Penguin authors, and most tie in to food and drink in some way-
Crepe Factor: A Scrapbooking Mystery By Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran, Seeds of Deception: An Orchard Mystery Series by Sheila Connolly, Tangled Up in Brew: Brewing Trouble Series by Joyce Tremel, and Killing Thyme: A Spice Shop Mystery by Leslie Budewitz.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Carolyn Hart


Wiggins is the Heavenly dispatcher of emissaries sent back to Earth to help those with problems. He turns to Bailey Ruth for some of the tougher cases and almost immediately, starts to worry. Bailey Ruth has a looser interpretation of the precepts (rules) to follow than Wiggins would like to see.

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by Sandra Murphy


Krissy Hancock is a bookstore café owner. She likes Halloween, but serving pumpkin-flavored cookies and drinks is her idea of a good time. She’s invited to a party with Will, a former love interest who had faded from the scene just when she thought things were going well. The invitation is his way of making up. Little did she know, it was the annual Yarborough party, always spookily overdone.

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