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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow



Being a best friend means being supportive through thick and thin, especially when called upon to be a bridesmaid. Julia Elizabeth Bonatti has been helping her college best friend Geneva Leary prepare for her wedding in Sonoma, in spite of the frantic demands of the wedding planner and the disappearance of the bride’s sister. Moira Leary does eventually appear —intoxicated and a bit worse for wear—but it is the coordinator Sally Stark who collapses after the ceremony.

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by Cynthia Chow



After a brief moment of fame as the “Don’t think so, boo!” girl in the Chubby Chicken commercials, aspiring actress Dayna Day decided to retire from acting. Always being recognized as familiar—but not someone they knew from high school—tests Dayna’s patience and humiliation limits, especially since she’s either overqualified or under qualified for most jobs. Dayna’s job search becomes critical when she receives a phone call from her father, who has the upsetting news that her parents’ home is about to be foreclosed on and that the lawyer Dayna hired was a con artist.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Elaine Viets



When geriatric financier Luther Ridley Delor goes up in flames along with his Chouteau Forest mansion, the wealthy Missouri community immediately condemns his twenty-year-old trophy fiancé. A viral video of a lecherous Luther drunkenly groping her the night before only makes the Mexican-American manicurist more of a suspect in the eyes of the police, who are quick to judge her based on their racist and elitist views. Having moved up the ladder by sucking up to politicians, Detective Ray Greiman epitomizes the worst of lazy cops, and Angela Richman is determined that Kendra Graciela Salvato not be railroaded right into prison.

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by Cynthia Chow


In their continuing quest to check off experiences on their Sixty List bucket lists, the Summer Ridge Bridge Club of Brownsburg, Indiana, find themselves in the midst of a charity male revue show. This was as close as it was going to get to ticking off Joy McQueen’s #57 Go to a Male Strip Club, which was actually more a form of therapy for her post-divorce PTSD and fear of naked men.

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by Cynthia Chow


As the owner of Orchard View, California’s Simplicity Itself Organizing Services, Maggie McDonald prides herself on helping her clients to declutter their homes and simplify their lives. That requires the cooperation of everyone in the household, so Maggie is reluctant to begin reorganizing Stephen Laird’s home without the presence of his partner, Jason Mueller. She’s willing to make an exception since Jason has been deployed to Texas to implement his new rapid-response law enforcement project, but Stephen’s absence is more inexplicable.

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by Cynthia Chow
& VIctoria Laurie


It’s amazing to see how far Abigail Cooper has come since her first appearance in 2004’s Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye. Fourteen books ago Abby had a small psychic reading practice and was a self-declared P.I., as in Psychic Intuitive. Since then Abby has become a true professional private investigator in Austin, partnered in a practice with her best friend Candice Fusco and taking on clients that include the FBI.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Luann Dupree suddenly leaves town for a romantic adventure, only her best friend Sarah Biddle has her suspicions that it wasn’t because Luann swiped right. The wife of the sheriff in River Road, Illinois, Sarah has seen her share of crime, and she’s more than a little leery of the Mr. Maybe Luann found online. After the director of the Historical Society emails her resignation and packs up her belongings, most of River Road assumes that Luann departed to pursue her own midlife crisis.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Los Angeles KNST News Sports and Talk reporter Carol Childs is called to the iconic Hollywood Sign, it’s not a publicity stunt for a starlet or opening movie. Instead, the body of a nude man has been found hanging like a crucifix in the middle of the sign, a death that is quickly declared by the police as a suicide. Carol can’t help but voice her doubts, as not only did she just see the gym rat hitting on an enamored young woman at a grocery store, but why would an obviously vain man kill himself while wearing a red clown nose?

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by Cynthia Chow


Since Jill Gardner was just getting used to both having and living with a boyfriend, a couples’ weekend getaway with Greg and his childhood friends did nothing to ease her anxiety over commitment. However, an all-expense paid stay at the luxury hotel The Castle for a bachelor party is not something Jill can say no to, especially when it reunites Greg with his best friend from seventh grade. Tech-millionaire Levi Walker is marrying the undeniably attractive but equally standoffish Jessica Cole, and he has invited his oldest group of friends to celebrate.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a great group of 4 mysteries released this summer and published by Kensington, Penguin, & St. Martins-Booked 4 Murder: A Sophie Kimball Mystery by J.C. Eaton, Only Skein Deep: A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton, Patterned After Death: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, & Sticks and Bones: Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have 3 fun mysteries by Kensington authors-A Toast to Murder: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, If the Haunting Fits, Wear It: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, & Mulch Ado About Murder: A Local Foods Mystery by Edith Maxwell. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 3 books, and links to purchase them.

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Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz never wanted to be a police dog handler, so she never expected that her partnership with K-9 shepherd-mix Brigit could be so rewarding. Megan’s options were limited after she tasered her previous partner, a human so rude and sexist that his being called a dog would have been an insult to canines. So Megan is fortunate to have Brigit along when responding to a domestic disturbance call from Adriana Valdez, who is accusing her ex-boyfriend of being a stalker.

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by Cynthia Chow


Melanie “Mel” Turner, the owner of San Francisco’s Turner Construction, has several gifts. First, she can look at the most ramshackle of buildings and envision its potential beauty, as well as the possibilities to provide comfort and happiness. Her other talent is truly magical, as Mel has recently begun seeing and communicating with the ghosts. Her last experience at helping a spirit cross over still has Mel recovering from her own brush with death, suffering with a case of PTSD-induced vertigo.

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by Cynthia Chow


Rare-book restorer and bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright finds herself falling down a rabbit hole of confusion in this eleventh delightful Bibliophile Mystery. For weeks Brooklyn has been visiting almost daily the neighboring Brothers Bookshop, where she lusts after an 1866 first edition second issue print of Alice in Wonderland. It’s nowhere near as valuable as a true first edition that was ultimately recalled, but one of the owning brothers-in-law still refuses to sell it.

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