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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow
& Joanne Fluke


Before Hannah Swensen baked mouthwatering treats out of Lake Eden’s premier bakery The Cookie Jar, before she dated both Norm and Mike, and before she finally married only to discover that her husband… Before all of this, Hannah was a graduate student who returned to her hometown following the death of her beloved father. Hannah and her two sisters were at a loss on how to pull their mother out of her understandable depression, but Grandma Knudson knew exactly how to nudge Delores out of bed and back into her normal domineering role.

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by Cynthia Chow


Christmas may come just once a year, but readers are treated to three delightful visits to the town of Serenity as it celebrates the Noel season. In this hilarious collection of Trash ‘n’ Treasures short stories, Brandy Borne and her exuberant mother Vivian manage to find themselves in the middle of murder investigations “assisting” the local Serenity sheriff (despite his repeated declarations to please stop) just as the Christmas holiday rolls in.

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Christmas Mysteries and More

IN THE December 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews and giveaways of a fun group of Christmas mysteries, along with a couple of non holiday mysteries-Death of a Russian Doll: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery by Barbara Early, The Peppermint Mocha Murder: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery by Joy Avon, Death in Paris: A Death in Paris Mystery by Emilia Bernhard, and Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food and craft mysteries perfect for your holiday reading-the crafts may inspire you with gift ideas, and the holidays aren’t complete without great food-A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, How to Knit a Murder: Seaside Knitters Society Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, Purls and Poison: Black Sheep Knit Mystery by Anne Canadeo, Forever Fudge! A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes by Nancy Coco, In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, and The Walking Bread: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer.

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by Cynthia Chow


After declaring herself to be a reformed con artist, Finley Goodhart believes that she has a long way to go before she can live up to her ironic last name. Her father Sheriff Woody Goodhart set the ethical bar low with his crooked and abusive activities, and ever since she ran away as a teenager Fin lived a life as a grifter surviving through scams and cons.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Kelly


There are no immediate baby plans in the future for ambitious young Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz, as she is determined that nothing will come in her way of becoming a detective as soon as possible. A baby does soon take over her professional life though, a result of the Texas Safe Haven Statute of 1999 declaring that infants can legally be left in designated safe places.

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by Cynthia Chow


After encouragement from his mother, Samuel Hoenig put his unique observational skills to use by opening Questions Answered, a Piscataway, New Jersey, business that answered any question asked by clients. In between mathematical and logistical calculations to determine the time it takes to circle the globe, Samuel has solved several murders, rescued his long-lost father, and begun a tentative romance with his assistant.

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by Cynthia Chow


Briar Creek Public Library Director Lindsey Norris had thought that her biggest challenge of the day would be staying awake after a late night of “one more chapter” compulsive reading. The death of a beloved fictional character can’t compare to real-life tragedy, though, which almost occurs when Lindsey witnesses the hit-and-run of tennis coach Theresa Huston outside of the library.

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by Cynthia Chow


Halloween isn’t the only holiday exuberantly celebrated in Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, the town is embracing the Christmas season with the theme of “Ring in the Holidays in Salem,” with Santas ringing on every street corner, bells decorating every store, and a musical bell performance by the Christmas Belles ladies.

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by Cynthia Chow


Just like it says on her business card, Ellie Wilde’s Eleanor’s Cleansing Service rids homes of whatever is haunting her clients. If that happens to be rats in the attic or mischievous teenagers playing pranks, at the end of the day everyone is still satisfied. It, of course, helps that Ellie dresses for the part and enhances her efforts with a cold-air blasting portable air conditioner and 21st century technology.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite being a practicing Wiccan, attorney Keli Milanni isn’t really feeling the Halloween spirit. Literally not feeling it, as despite her client Grace Hammerlin’s fearful declarations that her new home is haunted, Keli doesn’t believe in ghosts.

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by Cynthia Chow


For over a year, Absaroka Sheriff Walt Longmire has been battling the ruthless drug lord and Mexican cartel leader Tomas Bidarte. Not only did he hire assassins to kill Walt, Bidarte is responsible for a countless number of deaths that includes that of Walt’s son-in-law. Their skirmishes become outright war when Bidarte kidnaps Walt’s attorney daughter, forcing the normally lackadaisical lawman on an unwavering mission to rescue Cady.

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by Cynthia Chow


Just in time for Halloween, this sixth Otter Lake mystery begins and ends with a questionable retelling of the Apple Witch ghost story to eye-rolling, snarky girl scouts. Why it is Freddie Ng telling the tale is as much a mystery as the murder that follows, since Freddie hates corn mazes, witches, ghosts, ghost witches, and especially Halloween.

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by Cynthia Chow


Although Jill Gardner’s South Cove, California, bookstore Coffee, Books, and More will be hosting a day of Halloween-themed scary story readings and in-store trick-or-treating, her next two nights will be spent with three other couples slumber-partying it up at an authentic haunted house.

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by Cynthia Chow



First kill all the lawyers. That seems to be the theme of the day when Julia Bonatti returns to her old law firm of Meyers, Dade & Schultz, LLP. Before she was a professional astrologist and advice column writer, Julia Bonatti was a legal secretary for litigator David Meyers.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Rosemary Stevens


The Supper Club of Quincy’s Gap may have initially formed as a diet support group, but the five members have bonded through murder investigations as much as through their many weight fluctuations. With all of them having experienced post-winter holiday gains, they are eager to get back on track with their resolutions by starting a new Mediterranean Diet.

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