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Cynthia Chow

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Thanksgiving dinner reading-Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, Dead and Ganache: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, Assault and Buttery: A Popcorn Shop Mystery by Kristi Abbott, The Great Chili Kill-Off: A Fresh Baked Mystery by Liv Washburn, and The Quiche and the Dead: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.

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by Cynthia Chow


It was Samuel Hoenig’s mother who encouraged him to open Questions Answered, an investigation business that helped him to focus his unique observational and detailed-obsessed intelligence. It is also she who asks the one question he never expected, “Where is your father living now?” Twenty-seven years ago Reuben Hoenig left his wife and four-year-old son, and Samuel has always believed that his being on the autism spectrum was the cause.

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by Cynthia Chow


Artist Seamus Carmichael may have nagged his wife Sylvie into agreeing to move from Edinburgh to Cauld Lock in the Scottish Highlands, but it’s a decision she has grown to love. Sylvie is now able to pursue her love of photography when not running her antique art shop or helping out in the gallery when Seamus is called away by his muse. It is not one of his, but a slightly damaged painting by William Leighton Leitch, that promises a hefty price tag when it suddenly attracts two very interested buyers.

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by Cynthia Chow


Having just had a baby five months ago, San Francisco’s premier post-partum detective associates being “pampered” more with diaper changing than with luxurious indulgence. Only her best friend Paula could have convinced Kate Connolly to take a far too advanced yoga class, lured by the promise of a relaxing sauna session to follow. It’s in Pampered to Death’s sauna room that they meet a raucous bridal party, as well as the spa’s owner Jane North.

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Fall Mystery Catch-Up

IN THE November 4 ISSUE

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



Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding: A Tara Holloway Novel by Diane Kelly, A Room with a Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel, Death on Tap: A Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Whispers of Warning: A Change of Fortune Mystery by Jessica Estevao, Death at the Seaside: Kate Shackleton series by Frances Brody, and The Essence of Malice: Amory Ames series by Ashley Weaver.

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by Cynthia Chow


In the year since she moved to Battle Creek, Minnesota, Mira James has encountered at least one murder every month. Mira is justifiably concerned that the combination of her, living in Otter Tail County, ensures for lethal results. That never became clearer than in the previous month, which still has Mira in a devastating state of bereavement.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



This week we have a couple of mysteries involving magical cats and ghosts, and one foodie mystery-A Tale of Two Kitties: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sophie Kelly, Ghost on the Case: Bailey Ruth series by Carolyn Hart & Pudding Up With Murder: An Undercover Dish Mystery by Julia Buckley.

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by Cynthia Chow


Back in 1972, Walt Longmire was not the wry, easy-going sheriff readers love today. Just two weeks of working under Absaroka County Sheriff Lucian Connelly had Walt questioning his choice of career, despite the pressure of having to support a new wife and upcoming baby. In his first year as president of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association, Lucian was dragging along his rookie deputy for a sheriff’s junket on the Western Star steam train to Evanston.

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by Cynthia Chow


It makes sense that in a town full of witches, there would be a veterinarian in Portsmouth who specializes in familiars. Only recently aware of her magical heritage herself, Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound Britton makes an appointment to take her disappearing (literally, at times) cat familiar for a routine checkup. Alistair receives a clean bill of health, but the same won’t soon be said for Dr. Ramona Forsythe.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite the disappearance of his wife just three weeks ago, Darius Witherspoon has no intention of cancelling plans for his catered Halloween costume party. As seen in the first chapter, Darius’s refusal to cancel the celebration isn’t exactly a stoic honoring of Penelope Witherspoon’s favorite holiday.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Meera Lester


Getting stung on the face by one of her bees was the first sign for Abby Mackenzie that Paola Varela and Jake Winston’s vow-renewal ceremony wouldn’t end well. The second sign was actually being leered at and hit upon by the groom. Abby had kept her mouth shut about her reservations concerning her friend’s marriage, but Paola was adamant that Jake had mended his ways and the ceremony was testament to his commitment.

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by Cynthia Chow


Even with the media blitzes, special glasses, and astronomer’s preparations, there’s no denying that the sun going completely dark during a solar eclipse could be terrifying. It shouldn’t be surprising that throughout the centuries, every culture has had a different myth or legend for a seemingly inexplicable event. In preparation for the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, Kaye George gathered a diverse collection of short stories all surrounding this extraordinary event.

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by Cynthia Chow


With Halloween the big attraction in Salem, Massachusetts, the week following tends to be a rather disappointing lull. The students of Maralee “Lee” Barrett’s Television Production class intend to change that, proposing a November Dia de los Muertos celebration that will fulfill a historical video assignment while spicing up the community and attracting tourists. The former “psychic” host of a late night television show, Lee has given up her acting job to teach at the new Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of craft and sewing related mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors-A Knit Before Dying: A Tangled Web Mystery by Sadie Hartwell, Knot What You Think: A Quilting Mystery by Mary Marks, Macrame Murder: A Cora Crafts Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, & Murder Wears Mittens: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum. 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


As a town that reinvented itself throughout the decades, it only makes sense that Proper City, Nevada, would celebrate extended holidays through ever-changing costumes. For the annual Spring Sagebrush Festival the town is hosting a family friendly week of board game-themed events, a counter to the more lascivious Las Vegas casinos.

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by Cynthia Chow


Readers familiar with this hilarious mystery series will be relieved to know that wherever Meg Langslow and her family travel, chaos follows. Meg has left Caerphilly, North Carolina to teach Blacksmithing at Virginia’s Biscuit Mountain Craft Center, which was purchased and renovated by her grandmother Cordelia. While Meg, her husband, and their twin sons are camping out in a borrowed caravan and tent, other artists are hunkering down in their studios to guard them from recent acts of vandalism.

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by Cynthia Chow


After sifting through memories and discovering the truth about her abusive childhood, Timber Creek, Colorado Deputy Mattie has fallen into a morass of distrust and depression. Therapy helps, but it still comes down to the fact that there is no one Mattie trusts enough to let down her guard, share secrets, or reveal emotions. Mattie has even distanced herself from the friendship she had formed with veterinarian Cole Walker, allowing only her K-9 partner Robo to remain close.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Allie McMurphy inherited the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge shop on Mackinac Island, she was lost in mourning for her grandfather and terrified to be taking over her family’s business. Allie never considered that her estranged California cousin would be furious about being cut out of the McMurphy inheritance, or that their next encounter would be when Allie finds Victoria “Tori” Andrews in the Mackinac Island Butterfly House, standing over a dead body holding the bloody murder weapon.

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