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Coming Attractions!

by Sunny Frazier


Summer’s over and, with the exception of a honeymoon from hell, all the mysteries new this month are set in the workplace.

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by Sunny Frazier


“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” We have lots of entrepreneurs in this month’s mysteries to help keep your hands and mind busy with fun reads!
Jane Steward is organizing a Valentine’s week of activities at her book-themed resort, Storyton Hall. It all goes to hell when Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed. Rosamund had plenty of enemies: fellow novelists, a former lover, and dozens of angry fans.

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by Sunny Frazier


It’s the 4th of July on Fripp Island, South Carolina. Ann Malone introduces her family to a pair of newlyweds. But the next day when Ann goes for a walk on the beach, she finds a dead woman wearing the locket the new bride had worn the previous night. Nothing doing but she must find the killer. Mistaken Identity, Malone Mystery #4, is a holiday offering by Pat Gligor.

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by Sunny Frazier




Get ready to cross the country with stops in Pennsylvania, Bunyan County, Mapleton, Mangrove Bayou, Sagebrush Lane, Manhattan, the Adirondacks, and Cantua Crossing!

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by Sunny Frazier



What better gifts for a mystery-lovin’ mom than these new titles?
For the mom who has trouble finding time to read, we have Murder, Fantasy and Weird Tales, a collection of 18 short stories put out by Rosemary & Larry Mild. Nothing “mild” about these offerings!

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by Sunny Frazier



We’re stuck in a drought but we can dream of oceans, can’t we? Author Luke Christodoulou brings us back once again to the Greek Isles in The Church Murders. On the island of Salamina, a reporter is stabbed to death while investigating a gospel written by Jesus. On Santorini, bodies are piling up. Seven Ionian islands, seven more bodies. A boy experiences stigmata on Kefallonia. Police Captain Papacosta and Lieutenant Cara have their hands full, and readers experience a visual vacation.

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by Sunny Frazier



While the East coast suffered with storm after storm, the Valley started heating up in mid-February. I took my reading out by the pool. Here’s a few titles roaring your way:
Just what we need on a frosty day: Ladle To the Grave, the latest Soup Lover’s Mystery. Lucky Jamieson is the owner of By the Spoonful in Snowflake, VT.

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by Sunny Frazier



Love is in the air–and so is murder. Forget the candy, ask for books from your sweetheart.
In Mac Faraday’s 9th outing, he’s on his way to the altar. It’s the social event of the year for Deep Creek Lake. Mac’s not concerned with droopy flowers or guests who fail to RSVP. Instead, he’s got a professional hit squad on his heels. With Three Days to Forever, Lauren Carr keeps us on the edge of our pews.

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by Sunny Frazier



Start your 2015 off with a new series penned by Maine author Lea Wait. Angie Curtis left Haven Harbor with she was 18 to escape her mom’s legacy. A decade later she’s pulled back home when her mother’s body is found. After the agent for her grandmother’s custom needlepoint business is also murder, she has to wonder: has going home stirred up some secrets? Twisted Threads will excite your interest.

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by Sunny Frazier




Whew! Bouchercon is over! I put out a call to all my mystery sources for December releases. Enough authors responded to fill Santa’s sack with plenty of good books.

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by Sunny Frazier



I saved my last Bouchercon column for special friends throughout my career. It is always a pleasure to show off their latest!
How does a hoarder and her fortune connect to a corpse in a limestone cavern in Arizona? Joanna Brady has her hands full in What Remains of Innocence—Joanna Brady #16 by the prolific J.A. Jance.

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by Sunny Frazier



At first, it seemed off in the distance, but now we’re only two weeks out! With Long Beach on the horizon, I still have many authors who have asked to be included in my Bcon updates.

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by Sunny Frazier



If you’re going to the convention, don’t miss out on the Spice Up Your Crafts panel. If you can’t make it, take a look at some of the “crafty” reads by these terrific authors!

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by Sunny Frazier



This week Coming Attractions spotlights several authors and DorothyL members who are heading to Bouchercon in November. Attendees come from all over, and so do their novels!

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by Sunny Frazier



It’s not beach blanket bingo but Murder on the Beach. That’s the theme of this year’s Bouchercon, set in Long Beach, California, November 13-16.
Bouchercon is the Annual World Mystery Convention. It’s named after Anthony Boucher, aka William Anthony Parker White. He was a writer, editor and critic. Some consider him the cornerstone of modern mystery analysis. Like the Olympics, the convention is bid on by different cities. The convention attracts major mystery authors and fans from across the globe.

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by Sunny Frazier



With the cooler fall weather nearly upon us, time to curl up with a good book. Need suggestions? Continue reading!
Prolific author, John Grisham, has a new legal offering with Gray Mountain. Samantha Kofer never saw the recession of 2008 coming. When she loses her job at a Wall Street law firm, she goes to work for a legal aid clinic in Brady, VA, in the Appalachians. Although she isn’t getting paid, reward and life lessons come from helping people with real problems.

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by Sunny Frazier



We’re in the “dog days of summer,” and three authors in the September spotlight feature dogs in the pages of their mysteries.
Gnarly, the kleptomaniac German Shepherd who got a dishonorable discharge from the military, once again wrecks havoc in Lauren Carr’s Mac Faraday mysteries.

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by Sunny Frazier



Three places you should be glad you didn’t go to on vacation this year are Windigo Island, Lost Island and City of Ghosts.
Windigo is the name of a mythical beast and Windigo Island is the name of William Kent Krueger’s 14th Cork O’Connor mystery. When the body of a teenage girl washes up on the shores of the island, the Ojbwe tribe knows it’s an evil omen. Cork is asked by a friend to investigate and in the process he faces his own demons, both mythical and real.

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