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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have been an Agatha Christie fan ever since I was a teenager, so when I saw that Good Company Players were going to be performing the Agatha Christie play Witness For the Prosecution, I couldn’t wait! We were front and center opening weekend for this show that plays at 2nd Space until October 9.

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by Cynthia Chow



At West Virginia’s Storyton Hall, Jane Seward strives to host book-themed retreats for guests longing to escape from the busy world inundated by technology and high tech social media. The manager’s latest endeavor involves the Medieval Herbalists, a gathering of men and women devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of the medieval use of herbs. So when one of their members, a photographer in the erotic style of Georgia O’Keefe, is found drowned and possibly poisoned during the town’s annual rubber duck race, there is an abundance of knowledgeable suspects.

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by Sandra Murphy


The last six months of Jillian Hart’s life in Mercy, South Carolina has been sheer bliss. Newly married to police chief Tom Stewart, they have blended Jillian’s Abyssinian Syrah, Himalayan Chablis, Maine Coon Merlot, and Tom’s diabetic tabby Dashiell into one sublime feline family. Jillian always makes herself available to support a cat cause, so she doesn’t hesitate when Mercy Animal Sanctuary’s owner Shawn Cuddahee asks for help. This time though, it’s to act as a buffer between himself and Chester Winston, the county animal control officer with a restraining order against Shawn that prevents him from making a welfare check on a woman and her wandering cats.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jake Longley was a pro ball player but now owns a bar on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The work isn’t hard, in fact, it’s almost non-existent, thanks to his right-hand gal, Carla. Jake’s dad, Ray, is a private investigator. He lives a much more structured lifestyle, one that Jake wants no part of. On the other hand, a little surveillance job wouldn’t put him out, as long as that’s all it is.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jenny Weston moved back to Bear Falls, Michigan, following her divorce, not that she told her mom about that. It seemed best at the time to say she’d come for a visit. Now she’s got to break the news and doesn’t know quite where to begin.

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by Gail Farrelly


Old MacDonald had a farm.
Young MacDonald didn’t.
That was a problem, you see, because Tim MacDonald (aged 31) thought it was about time–well, more than time really–that his grandpa Michael (aged 78) park his old tractor for good and turn over the farm lock, stock, and barrel to his grandson, his only living relative.

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by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


As summer heads for the home stretch, here are a few more fun mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors to see you through the rest of summer! We have food, crafts, and fashion. Grilling the Subject: Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Knit Your Own Murder: A Needlecraft Mystery by Monica Ferris, Shots in the Dark: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, and Silk Stalkings: A Material Witness Mystery by Diane Vallere. Details on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books at the end of this post along with links to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Victoria Hamilton


Merry Wynter had one really good date with Sheriff Virgil Grace before she was called to go to Italy to her estranged mother-in-law’s deathbed. She had blamed Merry for her son staying in the US and being killed in a car accident but now wants to make amends.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Shaun Harris


Henry Cooper, aka Coop, is in an author mid-life crisis. His books are selling like crazy, which is good for the bank account. On the other hand, they’re written under the pen name of Toulouse Velour, so nobody knows they’re his. Another frustration, they’re Scottish vampire detective romance novels, and his fans think they’re written by a woman. As Coop’s dad says, “You’re no John Grisham.” Coop hates that. It’s time for his alter ego to bite the dust.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Flameout is set in Melbourne, Australia and is the third book in the Souls of Fire series by Keri Arthur. There is a plague in the city called the Crimson Death which turns people into a new sort of vampire/zombie type creature called Red Cloaks. Most of those infected become a part of a hive that is run by someone from Emberly Pearson’s past–the brother of her former love Sam.

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by Terrance McArthur


In the first of Barry H. Wiley’s Adventures in Second Sight books, The Revelations of the Impossible Piddingtons, Kyame Piddington was a sixteen-year-old stage psychic who doubled as a lockpicker and a martial arts master while solving crimes and taking revenge in the West and pre-earthquake San Francisco. In the sequel, Shadow of the Tiger, she is the secret weapon of the United States, loaned to British Intelligence by Grover Cleveland, to find out why and how all the English agents are turning up dead….in Monte Carlo.

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by Guy Belleranti



“Was that wise, Mary?” asked the statuesque, gray-haired woman sitting beside her.
Mary Callison widened her blue eyes. “Was what wise?”
“Bringing that cash box out here and opening it in front of the grocery delivery man like that,” Hazel Finch said.

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Mr. Lovejoy? …No, Just Lovejoy

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
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by Kathleen Costa


As many will attest, British crime shows peek my interest every time. From dark suspense to quirky ‘dramedies,’ I revel in the varied accents, quaint village settings and it’s just far enough removed from American culture to be fascinating. So sitting enjoying a ‘cuppa,’ exploring YouTube to see if some of my favorites, long gone from even the most independent station, were available. What a delightful surprise to find a show with a wonderful twist on the crime-drama formula was accessible…Lovejoy!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Elaine Viets


As the death investigator for Chouteau County, Missouri, Angela Marie is the advocate for those who no longer have a voice. This is never more crucial than in a car crash involving Jillian and Jordan Hobart, nearly identical cousins and part of the illustrious Du Pres family. It is up to Angela to determine which beautiful young girl lies in the hospital, and which is in the morgue.

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