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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Collins


Despite being the owner of Bloomers flower shop, Abby Knight has never before purchased outdoor plantings. That changes with her and her husband’s recent purchase of a house, and the need for landscaping is how Abby somehow finds herself lost in the adjacent shrubbery maze of DK’s Landscape Center. That unexpectedly traumatic experience of buying pesticide-free yews and viburnums is surpassed by a desperate call from Abby’s best friend, hospital x-ray technician Nikki Hiduke.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we are playing catch up with some fun mysteries, perfect for your summer reading-A Just Clause: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett, Trumpet of Death: Martha’s Vineyard Mystery by Cynthia Riggs, Antiques Frame: A Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan, & Dead and Berried: Cranberry Cove series by Peg Cochran.

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by Cynthia Chow


As the chairwoman for Santa Louisa, California’s Fourth of July celebration, Mary McGill had thought that her most challenging tasks would be judging the canine costume contest while also ensuring that her own beloved black Cocker Spaniel Millie was shielded from the loud fireworks event. That very same explosive display is used to cover the shooting of the town’s newest visitor Ian Miller, whom Mary had seen being very fascinated with a necklace displayed in Lowell’s Jewelry store.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Ivy Meadows (Olive Ziegwart’s stage name) receives a panicked call from her friend Marge, it’s not Timmy in the well who needs rescuing, but Lassie. Marge’s beloved pug Lassie has gone rogue and joined a feral pack of roaming Chihuahuas, and “Arizona’s Ethel Merman” is begging Ivy to bring him home. Ivy may be a full-time aspiring actress, but she is also a part-time detective trainee at her Uncle Bob’s Private Investigative firm.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ellison Russell didn’t want to refuse a request from handsome attorney Hunter Tafft, even if that meant allowing his ex-wife to make a bid on redecorating Ellison’s study. However much Hunter may have helped to keep Ellison out of jail, it’s definitely not worth her putting up with Khaki White’s inappropriate and intrusive comments. Before Ellison can formally reject the decorator’s suggestions, a frantic phone call from the housekeeper forces Ellison to leave Khaki alone in the house.

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by Cynthia Chow


Tiny Jewel Bay, Montana, depends on tourists for its survival, so the pre-Memorial Day Jazz Festival and Workshop is crucial for local businesses and residents. Five-time Grammy winner Gerry Martin has been brought in as the main attraction, but during his first performance Erin Murphy notices that the stage simmers with jealous hostility between him, his protégé, and another guitar player.

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by Cynthia Chow


Professional caterer Penelope Sutherland is definitely out of her comfort zone working on a movie set in Forrestville, Indiana. Red Carpet Catering normally provides cuisine for celebrity events and movie crews in New York, but in order to have more creative freedom and save money, director Jennifer Carr is filming a new “The Turn of the Screw” in the Midwest town.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Hannah Dennison



England had their Civil War hundreds of years before America, but the two countries share a delight in celebrating particularly horrific battles. Honeychurch Hall is hosting their annual Skirmish, a re-enactment of 1643s conflict between Royalists and Roundheads (like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter). It’s a money-losing traditional event for the fifteenth Earl of Grenville, so Lord Rupert Honeychurch is less than pleased when a sewer line trench excavation uncovers skeletal remains that spur on his investigators taping off a portion of the land.

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by Cynthia Chow


Even though their previous case proved that a Bed and Breakfast was NOT haunted, click-bait advertising has Driscoll Investigations the number one choice of the haunted and ghost-phobic. One of the many at their door seeking a tarot reading, exorcism, or Ouija Board session is agoraphobic heiress Elaine Patrick. Orphaned by brutal home intruders, the new head of Dahlia designer clothing enterprise has uncharacteristically left her castle to incoherently plead for help removing her home of poltergeists.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Charli Rae Warren left Hazel Rock, Texas, she hoped to leave behind the Princess nickname that was passed on to her parents’ converted historic barn and their albino pink armadillo. Now that Charli has returned to Hazel Rock to run The Book Barn Princess, Charli is finding that memories are long, and that it is inevitable that all three Princesses will be sharing space together.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a great group of new mysteries for your summer reading-A Nightshade for Warning: An Enchanted Garden Mystery by Bailey Cattrell, Every Body on Deck: A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett, Magick & Mayhem: An Abracadabra Mystery by Sharon Pape, and Death in Dark Blue: A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by Julia Buckley. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Linda Johnston


The owner of human bakery Icing and its adjacent canine-centered Barkery and Biscuits, Carrie Kennersly loves nothing more than creating and baking tasty treats for four-legged friends. Her dedication to only producing healthy products is why she has been so hesitant to sell a recipe to the major pet food manufacturer VimPets. The publicity and name recognition is tempting though, especially when they are made by the charming Jack Loroco.

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by Cynthia Chow


If not for an unexpected inheritance, former attorney Jill Gardner would never have had the opportunity to become the owner of Coffee, Books, and More in South Cove, California. A former attorney, Jill is now in the process of attaining a Masters’ Degree in Business in order to help her book and coffee shop succeed in the tourist-dependent town.

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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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