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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Hannah Swensen of Cookie Jar fame, has a confession to make. Although her family says she doesn’t have to, she’s determined to make her announcement after the Sunday sermon. Confession is good for the soul, right?

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by Sandra Murphy


Siobhan O’Sullivan lives in Kilbane, a small town in County Cork, Ireland. Her family runs Naomi’s Bistro while she patrols as the newest member of the Garda (police). Her boss, friend, and lover is Macdara. They have their hands full when the International Poker Tournament is held in a local pub at the same time as the Arts and Music Festival happens on the main street.

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by Sandra Murphy


Emmaline St. Germaine appears to be a genteel single woman, a spinster. Her brother controls her inheritance, she lives in the town house he owns, her cousin Fidelity, is her chaperone/companion. For those who like a life of boredom, waited on by servants and constrained by what’s expected, it’s a good life. Emmaline wants more.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower


Violet Waverly got a message that her Grandmother was dying, hurry home. Fortunately, Grandma was faking. Now Violet is involved in running Charming Books with Grandma Daisy. The women of the family have been caretakers of a particular tree for generations. Logic says the tree shouldn’t still be alive, much less thriving, but there it is. Its health and longevity can be attributed to the magical waters from a nearby spring. Violet has inherited the caretaker job.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we are playing catch-up once again with reviews of mysteries from the last few months, including the paperback release of one book. We have cats, wine, historical mysteries, games and weddings-A Devious Death: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell, No Escape Claws: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Seven Deadly Zins: A Wine Country Mystery by Nancy J. Parra, Grand Slam Murders: A Bridge to Death Mystery by R. J. Lee, and Gown With the Wind: A Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmoore.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maura inherited a house, a pub, and employees a year ago. It’s dawned on her, she now has a family. There’s no need to return to Boston. Now, if she could just get the hang of running a business and a home.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Sarah Graves


Toby Moran is not a nice guy. He’s the guy who flirts, romances, and sweeps a woman off her feet—and then his real personality shows itself. When the woman breaks up with him, he gets even worse. Still, he manages to find another soon, and the cycle repeats.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Julia Henry


Lilly Jayne is known for her fabulous gardens. It’s a matter of knowing the plants, placing art work in between, and creating an overall layout that brings it all together. Lilly’s been out of contact with many of her friends for a while. First, it was her husband Alan’s illness and then the grief over his death.

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by Sandra Murphy


Belle, a rich widow, has summoned Sarah Winston, garage sale specialist, to visit her home. The invitation was hand-written on beautiful stationary and delivered by messenger. It’s enough to cause minor panic in the calmest person.

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by Sandra Murphy


Laura and Reggie are set to get married if only they can escape the paparazzi. Reggie is a barrister and Laura a movie star. Photographers have staked out all the likely venues, are following friends and family, to capture pictures of the wedding for all to see.

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by Sandra Murphy


For those of you who enjoy thrillers we have reviews of three of them for you this week-Fractured Truth: Bone Gap Travellers by Susan Furlong, Before It’s Too Late: FBI K-9 by Sara Driscoll, and Storm Rising: FBI K-9 by Sara Driscoll.

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by Sandra Murphy


Weatherford, Texas, is the setting for a new movie, based on a book Eve wrote. She changed the names and some details, but everybody knows the book is about Phyllis, a retired school teacher and Eve’s friend, who solves murders faster than the police. The movie set is in Austin, but for the Harvest Festival scenes where the body is discovered, the crew will be in Weatherford.

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