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Books & Tales

by Sandra Murphy


Change comes to everyone, welcome or not. For librarian Charlie Harris, two changes are one too many. Gerry Albritton is his new neighbor. She’s a very friendly woman, the kind who drops innuendo into conversation and her hand on an arm or shoulder while she talks. She seems to have plenty of money and isn’t shy about spending it.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s 1934, and the folks in Darling, Alabama, still need a bit of help now and again to keep food on the table. It’s hard to recover from the Great Depression. Liz has had her hours cut at Mr. Mosely’s law office. She’s got a book to write, but that’s no guarantee of money.

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by Kathleen Costa


Thanksgiving is over, and Black Friday is looming. The busiest shopping day of the year is often a boost for anyone’s bottom line. Lilly Carlsen, owner of Juniper Junction Jewels, is anticipating a successful day, but reticent of the crowds and chaos, but that will be the least of her worries. She discovers the back door of her shop unlocked, the vault ajar, and a dead body behind the counter…Eden Barkley murdered by pearls!

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by Sandra Murphy


Choosing attorney Allan Sharp to play Scrooge in the local production of A Christmas Carol was type-casting. He and Mayor Mobley hatched up schemes to their benefit, not the townspeople, very Scrooge-like behavior.

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by Sandra Murphy


Holly White is busier than an elf at the North Pole, working at her family’s Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games. In addition to selling trees, she’s also made some gingerbread-themed jewelry, and it’s selling as fast as the real thing. She can barely keep up.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Donna Andrews


Meg Langslow leads an active life, what with helping at the church, being married to Michael, and mother to twin boys. That’s not counting the things her mother volunteers her for, or her dad, or even grandad. No wonder she carries her planner with her at all times.

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by Kathleen Costa


Kathi Daley has taken fans to Alaska garnering four and five star ratings for Harmony Carson and the residents of Rescue. She has woven just the right amount of paranormal into the storyline which is very intriguing and entertaining; it all fits well. Harmony has a gift to connect with people who are in danger or injured making her excellently suited as a member of a search and rescue team.

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by Diana Hockley


Rome, in the 6th Century AD, was a terrifying place to live and no one travelled there unless they had to. For John, the Lord Chamberlain exiled to Greece by the Emperor, it was even more perilous. When word got back to the Emperor, John would be executed for disobeying orders to remain in exile, and in danger of forfeiting his life as a Mithran convert.

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Snowdog: A Christmas Short Story

IN THE December 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
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by Maryetta Ackenbom


Big Jim Chambers shuffled along the sidewalk, saving energy and shoe leather, making time to pull together his emotions before he greeted his son again. He had nothing to offer the boy.

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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 Sandra Murphy


Agatha is bored with the usual cases for her detective agency, but when she gets involved with bell ringers, a missing woman, a beautiful bishop, and an old folks home, things get interesting.

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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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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As a perfect way to start off the month of December, Gretchen Archer and Kings River Life are giving away this Christmas mystery short story!

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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
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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 Gary Hoffman


“In order to wear these socks, I’m gonna have to go buy new shoes that are two sizes larger than the ones I usually wear, or go without shoes at all.”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



For those who don’t subscribe to our podcast newsletter, I wanted to share about our new podcast episode that went up last week! This one features mystery short story, What a Little Cinnamon Can Do, written by L.D. Barnes and read by local actor Julia Reimer. This story involves baking, giving it a nice twist for the holiday season.

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