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by Cynthia Chow

Here are 3 more mysteries from Penguin authors for your summer reading fun, 2 involve food and one books-The Diva Serves High Tea: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, The Calamity Cafe: A Down South Cafe Mystery by Gayle Leeson, and Birds of a Feather: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copies of all 3, and a link to purchase them.


by Sandra Murphy

This week we have new mysteries from two Kensington authors-Engaged in Death: A Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmoore, and Cracked to Death: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl Hollon. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copies of all 5, and a link to purchase them.


by Sunny Frazier

Time for BBQs, sunscreen, and reading on the beach. Why not start a new series and take a mental vacation back in time and to foreign shores with these titles.


by Cynthia Chow
& Sherry Harris

As great as the internet can be, it has its downside. A virtual garage sale, where sellers and buyers conduct their business through a closed web group, was in theory a great idea. Unfortunately, it also opens the door to exploitation and corruption, as the web site owner Sarah Winston soon learns. Complaints about failed payments and unhappy bidders pale in comparison to Sarah’s discovery of Margaret More, dead in her car with a tablecloth stuffed in her mouth. The fact that Sarah had the night before argued with Margaret online over the tablecloth only makes Sarah’s situation more precarious, especially considering that her ex-husband is Ellington, Massachusetts’ current chief of police.


by Gary Hoffman

“Now don’t you worry any, dearie. I’ll have you back in sprouting form in two shakes of a lamb’s tail,” Bertha Vincent told the sick looking begonia sitting on a bench in front of her. She took a pinch of her super, but secretive, plant food from an old coffee can and sprinkled it around the base of the plant.


by Kathleen Costa

Paul Revere wouldn’t have been so worried had the British crossing to our shores been an army of detective dramas. He would have foregone his ride through the countryside, put on a pot of black-market tea and sat and enjoyed the invasion. He would have noticed a diversity in the era, setting and style of the lead detective and supporting team, but would have recognized that the programs shared the English twang, unique locations and intriguing characters. Paul would have become a convert!


by Sharon Tucker

Of the four Queens of Golden Age Mystery, Margery Allingham has been the least easy read. I suspect it’s because her Albert Campion comes across on the page in some of the early novels as so free of intriguing quirks that, to the uninitiated, he seems rather a milquetoast. However, he seldom fails to come across as arch, annoyingly omniscient, and he doesn’t even use his own name in his adventures due to hush-hush royal connections.


by Sandra Murphy
& E.J. Copperman

Rachel Goldman writes mysteries. Her main man is Duffy Madison, who works as a consultant to the police department on missing persons cases. His specialty is noticing details that others miss. She’s at the edit stage for her latest book when a man calls to ask for her help to solve a missing persons case. His name? Duffy Madison.


by Sandra Murphy
& Kay Finch

Sabrina Tate wrote a mystery and now it’s time to edit — for her agent! Of course, like most writers, she’s easily distracted by things like Aunt Rowe’s participation in the Senior Pro Rodeo. Rowe qualifies as Senior but is far from pro. She and her friends are learning to rope goats!


by Jan Christensen

When Marge entered the hotel room, she sighed. She’d been cleaning rooms for eight years and often saw big messes, but rarely did she smell such a strong odor. Windows wouldn’t open, so she turned the thermostat down as low as it would go and propped open the door to the hall. Then she began to gather up and sort clothing, papers, old newspapers, McDonald’s wrappers, greasy French fries and other items. The occupant hadn’t checked out, so she couldn’t just trash everything. She finally reached the closed bathroom door and opened it.


by Cynthia Chow

Sam Turner may only have been a real estate agent for five months, but she knows that homes can be haunted. Perhaps not in the literal sense, but memories and the feelings they inspire can linger long after the last resident moved out or passed on.


by Terrance Mc Arthur

It’s hard to imagine a singing teen-TV-sleuth idol of the 1970s with a name like Ernest Farmington, so they changed it to Sandy Fairfax when he starred in Buddy Brave, Boy Detective. He was a teeny-bopper magnet in the mold of Shaun Cassidy and Leif Garrett. It’s a decade or so later, and he’s staying sober, finally, to have access to his kids, woo Cinnamon his choreographer-girlfriend, and get back into music and acting in The Quirky Quiz Show Caper: A Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mystery by Sally Carpenter.


by Madeline

How could Brittany be pregnant when she was only seventeen years old? Technically Brad knew the answer to his own question, but as Brittany’s adopted Dad he didn’t want to know. He couldn’t face the “conversation,” a minefield of unexploded bombs.


by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow

Enjoy another fun group of mysteries from Penguin authors for your June reading pleasure-A Premonition of Murder: A Dream Club Mystery by Mary Kennedy, Title Wave: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett, A Shattered Crime: A Stain-Glass Mystery by Jennifer McAndrews, Dead End Street: A Museum Mystery by Sheila Connolly, and Murder, Handcrafted: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery by Isabella Alan.


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