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Cynthia Chow

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 4 food mysteries to whet your reading appetite-Dim Sum of All Fears: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, Goodbye Cruller World: A Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton, Stabbed in the Baklava: A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian, and Premeditated Peppermint: Amish Candy Shop Mystery by Amanda Flower.

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by Cynthia Chow


Only two years have passed since the Merriweather sisters moved to Salem, Massachusetts, but their worlds have completely been changed. Not only did they discover their heritage as witches able to cast spells, they also learned about an entire magical community within the Enchanted Village.

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by Cynthia Chow



Tori Cannon returned to rural Western New York’s Lotus Bay to help her grandfather after the death of his wife, but a winning lottery ticket sends him off to Florida with his fiancé and gifting Tori with a home and his Cannon Bait and Tackle shop.

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by Doward Wilson


Robert James Franklin may have mostly recovered from a car accident caused by a texting teenager, but the St. Joseph, Indiana Police Detective is still haunted by the crash fatalities that prevent him from sleeping.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Rick Copp



A bit actress in television roles until she retired from working in Hollywood twenty years ago, Poppy Harmon had settled into life as a mother and wife to a businessman in Palm Desert, California. So it was a shock to discover that after Chester’s recent death, his gambling addiction has completely bankrupted her, leaving her with multiple mortgages and a depleted savings account.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Maddie Day



Now that she has her Pans ‘N Pancakes business up and running, Robbie Jordan is taking the next step of adding the “bed” to her breakfast-and-lunch restaurant. Her first guests at the bed-and-breakfast are her newly discovered father and stepmother from Italy, Robert and Maria Fracasso.

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by Kathleen Costa,
Cynthia Chow & Sandra Murphy



This week we have 5 more mysteries for your end of summer reading-Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding: Her Royal Highness series by Rhys Bowen, Grounds for Remorse: A Tallie Graver Mystery by Misty Simon, Midnight Snacks are Murder: A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, Murder at Ochre Court: Gilded Newport Mysteries by Alyssa Maxwell, Scandal Above Stairs: Kat Halloway Mysteries by Jennifer Ashley.

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by Cynthia Chow


The death of her Aunt Lily led Brie Hooker back to Ardon County, South Carolina, where she stayed to help her other Aunt Eva run their Udderly Kidding Dairy. A devout vegan, Brie has grown to love the goats of the cheese and milk farm, even when they are a little aggressive with greetings (and an inadvertent turned back).

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by Cynthia Chow



Until her broken ankle heals and she can return to her soloist position with the New England Ballet Theater, Allie Larkin is recuperating and helping out with her aunt’s Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack in Mystic Bay. Although business is already booming for the kitschy, mermaidabilia lobster restaurant, Aunt Gully enthusiastically jumps at the chance to be the caterer for Stellene Lupo’s annual Fourth of July party.

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by Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of some more fun mysteries that have been released this summer. We have fashion, food and libraries-A Passion for Haunted Fashion: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, Bear Witness to Murder: A Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell, Murder Made to Order: An All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery by Lena Gregory, and Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert.

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by Cynthia Chow



Following the trial and conviction of the man responsible for her husband’s murder, Tricia Miles is finally feeling ready to move on with her life. Spurred on by more than a little nudging from her sister Angelica, Tricia is running to replace her sibling as the president of the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of some fun July mysteries (with one June book thrown in) that all tie in to food and drink-Killer Green Tomatoes: A Farm-to-Fork Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, Italian Iced: An Ethnic Eats Mystery by Kylie Logan, Bought the Farm: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, and Last Call: Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott.

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by Cynthia Chow



Missouri’s Death Investigator Angela Richman has survived six strokes, brain surgery, and a coma, but even before the trauma, she has never fully understood the pretentious privilege of Chouteau County.

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by Cynthia Chow



It’s finally happening. Rare book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is marrying Derek Stone, the dashing British security expert whom she first met over a dead body.

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by Cynthia Chow



Alex Vlodnachek loved being a reporter. After twelve years of struggling to cover the news stories she wanted and battling editors, the offer of an actual sustainable salary lured her to the dark side of Public Relations.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of another fun group of food mysteries-A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Death and a Pot of Chowder: A Maine Murder Mystery by Cornelia Kidd, Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper: An Amish Mystery by Amy Lillard, Murder with Cinnamon Scones: A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, and The Diva Cooks up a Storm: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis.

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