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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow
& Tammy Kaehler


In just one amazing year, professional race car driver Kate Reilly has gone from placing last on the Indianapolis 500 trial run charts to finishing first. Only one other female racer has ever achieved the fastest speed during a practice race, and her fate seemed to prove that women couldn’t take the pressure of competition. Just ten days after ranking number one on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charts, PJ Rodriguez fell off the roof of her downtown hotel.

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by Cynthia Chow


Upon seeing her friend Laurel Hobbs, Oyster Bay’s five-star restaurant owner Olivia Limoges can’t help but be shocked. The normally perfectly put-together Laurel is completely fraught, disheveled, and jittery. She is being pulled apart from all sides, as Laurel is attempting to raise twin sons, work full time, care for the house and yard, and visit her ailing mother-in-law.

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by Cynthia Chow


Living in Nashville and with a guitar-playing father, it would have been impossible for Campbell Hale to not be a country music fan. So when she hears that her attorney friend Doug Elliot is picking up six paintings from the home of legendary music icon Jake Miller, Campbell of course begs to go along. While Doug is off retrieving the paintings the widow bought—but never paid for—from Kenneth Elliot’s Mockingbird Gallery, Campbell pokes around the legendary estate.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Julie Chase


Armed with a passion for fashion and a love for pets, Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into the perfect occupation as owner of New Orleans’s Furry Godmother. An organic bakery and boutique for pets, Lacy has just been given the opportunity to create a fashion companion line for renowned fashion designer Annie Lane.

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by Cynthia Chow


It should be impossible that an American chef, just three years out of culinary school, could ever be the family chef for the future rulers of England. What makes it possible for Carrie Ann Cole is a caterer friend getting sick, replacing her as the chef at a New York City charity event, and so impressing the duchess of Cambridge that she hires Carrie to be a chef at Kensington Palace.

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by Cynthia Chow


Raised by a grifting, con artist of a mother, Alanis McLachlan’s childhood was anything but normal. Alanis’s one anchor of security and comfort was Biddle, her mother’s partner-in-crime and who educated Alanis on the art of the con. Alanis last saw Biddle thirty years ago, when she and her mother fled while he faced off against murderous, double-crossed criminals.

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by Sandra Murphy, Doward Wilson
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of mysteries for your spring reading-No Charm Intended: A Cora Crafts Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, A Good Day to Buy: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery by Sherry Harris, Occult and Battery: A Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory, and Called to Justice: A Quaker Midwife Mystery by Edith Maxwell.

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by Cynthia Chow


It was sadly ironic that just as Delilah Metcalfe launched the online Dales Dating Agency, her marriage collapsed and her husband filed for divorce. A former website designer, Delilah’s mortgage and flailing businesses have her sinking towards insolvency and in danger of losing it all. A sympathetic bank manager, her Uncle Wooly, grants Delilah the grace period of six months to prove that DDA’s new speed-dating events are the ticket to new clients and a profitable business. Delilah is certain that even in tiny Bruncliffe, England, lonely villagers are more than ready to find true their love.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Vallere


A surprise trip to Palm Springs was to be the first romantic vacation for Mad for Mod decorator Madison Night and her new boyfriend, Hudson James. It was also planned as a paid working gig for Mad and the contractor, as Hudson’s brother-in-law was constructing a strip mall revolving around a modernized, mid-century theme. It should be perfect for the 50s and 60s loving Madison, especially as it would also give her a brief escape from Texas, where she had become far too intimate with Death. Her first meeting with Emma and Jimmy McKenna does not go as Mad had imagined, as just before they arrive she and Hudson are run off of the road and their car overturned by a speeding SUV.

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April Food Penguins

IN THE April 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food mysteries from Penguin authors-Town in a Maple Madness: A Candy Holliday Mystery by B. B. Haywood, A Frying Shame: A Deep Fried Mystery by Linda Reilly, and Silence of the Jams: A Down South Café Mystery by Gayle Leeson.

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by Cynthia Chow


Juliet Langley enjoys managing Nashville’s Java Jive coffeehouse, but she loves her challenging new part-time job as a licensed private investigator. Working at her friend Maya Huxley’s agency, Juliet’s newest assignment has her working undercover to discover how and why one of the partners of Wonder-Gen Fabricators is funneling money into the accounts. It’s Juliet’s first case working alone, but scrubbing office toilets while disguised as a nighttime cleaner is not exactly the glamorous job she may have envisioned.

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by Cynthia Chow


The ever-busy Julia Lanchester has finally managed to carve out a weekend away from her job as the manager of Smeaton-under-Lyme’s tourist information center to spend a weekend away with her boyfriend Michael Sedgwick. It’s a shame that upon their return they find Detective Inspector Tess Callow greeting them with the news that Julia’s ex-husband has just been found in the summerhouse of Hoggin Hall.

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by Cynthia Chow


After being kicked out by her sister, finding her latest boss dead, and never managing to hold a job, the last place twenty-nine year-old Summer Sloan-Smythe ever expected to feel at home was in Southwest Florida’s Hibiscus Pointe Senior Living Community. She moved into the ritzy retirement community after her grandmother’s death, and now Summer volunteers as its aquatics director.

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by Cynthia Chow


The path towards love often is a rocky one, and as evidence one needs only to look within the doors of Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Melanie Cooper’s best friend and business partner Tate Harper is finally marrying Angie DeLaura, but her uncharacteristic transformation into a bridezilla has everyone ducking for cover. Even more unsettling is the demand by Mel’s former UCLA roommate, Diane Earnest, to create and deliver engagement breakup cupcakes to her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ever since she designed a lemonade stand slogan as a ten-year-old, Tobi Tobias’s dream has been to work in advertising. The past six months since finally opening the Tobias Ad Agency have been bleak though, and if Tobi doesn’t land a client soon, she’s going to be out of business. It seems within her grasp when Tobi creates the perfect marketing campaign for the Zander Closet Company, owned by the almost-as-perfect Andrew Zander and his overly charming brother Gary.

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by Cynthia Chow


Stone Dale University is hosting their annual “Twenty-first Century Arts and Culture Series,” which entails conducting workshops and bringing in prestigious speakers for Arts Week. American Literature professor Lila Maclean has been ordered by her chancellor to interview the famous author Damon Von Tussel, who decades ago wrote one much-lauded novel in his twenties and only now has released a new collection of prose.

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