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Sunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier


The year is 548. Under Emperor Justinian, the Roman capitol is now in the Byzantine city of Constantinople. Due to politics and the hatred for him by Empress Theodora, the emperor’s Lord Chamberlain, John, is exiled to Greece. John’s family once owned a farm near the town of Megara and now he’s bought an estate in the region. But, when he and his wife Cornelia arrive they find much has changed in the intervening years.

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Start the New Year off with some mouth-watering mysteries, a few ghosts, and a curse or two!
It’s the early 1900s and twenty-four-year-old heiress Charlotte Demerayes lives in the Fanaman mansion with a few ghosts and the mother from hell.

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Coffee, tea, beer, maple syrup, tamales, biscuits and cinnamon—we all have our own tastes when it comes to mysteries. Sample the goods with these fun offerings.

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Holiday shopping starts early with these mystery titles for your favorite bibliophiles:
What’s better than Christmas all year around? Vicki Delany has a new series with that theme. As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate in Rudolph, NY.

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There’s magic in the air, as well as mystical felines, tarot cards, psychic mirrors, magic potions, retired witches—and murder. Read on if you dare!

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Summer’s over and, with the exception of a honeymoon from hell, all the mysteries new this month are set in the workplace.

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“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” We have lots of entrepreneurs in this month’s mysteries to help keep your hands and mind busy with fun reads!
Jane Steward is organizing a Valentine’s week of activities at her book-themed resort, Storyton Hall. It all goes to hell when Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed. Rosamund had plenty of enemies: fellow novelists, a former lover, and dozens of angry fans.

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It’s the 4th of July on Fripp Island, South Carolina. Ann Malone introduces her family to a pair of newlyweds. But the next day when Ann goes for a walk on the beach, she finds a dead woman wearing the locket the new bride had worn the previous night. Nothing doing but she must find the killer. Mistaken Identity, Malone Mystery #4, is a holiday offering by Pat Gligor.

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Get ready to cross the country with stops in Pennsylvania, Bunyan County, Mapleton, Mangrove Bayou, Sagebrush Lane, Manhattan, the Adirondacks, and Cantua Crossing!

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What better gifts for a mystery-lovin’ mom than these new titles?
For the mom who has trouble finding time to read, we have Murder, Fantasy and Weird Tales, a collection of 18 short stories put out by Rosemary & Larry Mild. Nothing “mild” about these offerings!

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We’re stuck in a drought but we can dream of oceans, can’t we? Author Luke Christodoulou brings us back once again to the Greek Isles in The Church Murders. On the island of Salamina, a reporter is stabbed to death while investigating a gospel written by Jesus. On Santorini, bodies are piling up. Seven Ionian islands, seven more bodies. A boy experiences stigmata on Kefallonia. Police Captain Papacosta and Lieutenant Cara have their hands full, and readers experience a visual vacation.

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While the East coast suffered with storm after storm, the Valley started heating up in mid-February. I took my reading out by the pool. Here’s a few titles roaring your way:
Just what we need on a frosty day: Ladle To the Grave, the latest Soup Lover’s Mystery. Lucky Jamieson is the owner of By the Spoonful in Snowflake, VT.

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Except for that one incident with the Godiva chocolates, my marriage would have been perfect.
My wife wasn’t beautiful, but she was intelligent and rich, qualities a man looks for when he climbs the corporate ladder. My marriage had survived the seven-year-itch twice before I hired Marvella to be my secretary. She had a figure that would make any man re-think his marriage vows.

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Love is in the air–and so is murder. Forget the candy, ask for books from your sweetheart.
In Mac Faraday’s 9th outing, he’s on his way to the altar. It’s the social event of the year for Deep Creek Lake. Mac’s not concerned with droopy flowers or guests who fail to RSVP. Instead, he’s got a professional hit squad on his heels. With Three Days to Forever, Lauren Carr keeps us on the edge of our pews.

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Start your 2015 off with a new series penned by Maine author Lea Wait. Angie Curtis left Haven Harbor with she was 18 to escape her mom’s legacy. A decade later she’s pulled back home when her mother’s body is found. After the agent for her grandmother’s custom needlepoint business is also murder, she has to wonder: has going home stirred up some secrets? Twisted Threads will excite your interest.

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Life is not easy in 13th century England, especially if you are a cripple. Edric, our quasi-hero, is adept at begging and stealing for a living. He also has musical talent with a pipe and makes a few shillings that way as well. His whole life he has built up a defense against people, expecting rejection and getting it. All he can handle are his own needs and he has become self-centered in order to survive on the edges of society.

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