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by Cynthia Chow
& Julie Mulhern


Socialite Ellison Russell has certainly come a long way since being a scandalous suspect in the death of her cheating, no-good husband. That doesn’t mean that Ellison still doesn’t do all she can to escape the wrath of Mother when things fail to go her way. So when Aunt Sis unexpectedly arrives for a rare visit, Ellison doesn’t hesitate to house her liberal, hippy aunt in order to keep peace between the feuding sisters. Ellison is far less thrilled to welcome home her own sister Marjorie, who refuses to explain why she landed in Kansas City without her children or her husband, the condom King of Cleveland.

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by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


As we near the end of May, and the beginning of summer, we have 4 more fun May Penguin mysteries with crafts, cats, and a bit of history-Seams Like Murder: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Murder in Morningside Heights: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson, Murder at Lambswool Farm: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, and Catch as Cat Can: A Sunny & Shadow Mystery by Claire Donally.

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by Cynthia Chow


While most people consider December to be the season of holidays and gift buying, for Hollywood it heralds the approach of awards’ season. This is when celebrities reward one another and are out on display, seeking out the most exclusive couture fashion and priceless accessories. That also means that some of the most valuable jewelry in the world will be out of secured locations and easily accessible to celebrities, actors, and…thieves.

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by Guy Belleranti



I brought the big car to a screeching stop in front of the small, neatly landscaped house. My partner, Detective Danny Dayton, was standing under a streetlight with a uniformed cop.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Celine and Amelie are Mist-Torn Witches, sisters with paired powers. Hold Celine’s hand and she can see into your future. Holding Amelie’s hand reveals your past. If their stories were made into a movie, the theme song should be the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Celine runs an apothecary and herb shop under the protection of Prince Anton, who is sweet on Celine and uses the psychic siblings to solve mysteries.

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by Sharon Tucker


The lives of the Tudors populate literature frequently but rarely are the lives of their record-keepers and of court functionaries set down. These are intriguing stories, providing insight into everyday life—all the sights, sounds, and smells, as well as revealing history’s unfolding around them. Enter Matthew Shardlake, Lincoln’s Inn lawyer, who is C. J. Sansom’s record-keeper the last decade of Henry VIII’s reign.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


Who could be more perfect than Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly to play the iconic leads forever etched in our minds as Cagney & Lacey, which aired for seven seasons on CBS from March 1982 to May 1988.

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by Gary Hoffman



Dillworth was weird. He once complained there were not enough turtle races or turtle racing enthusiasts in the world. We were both enjoying a cup of coffee at Café Newburg. Now, I know Dillworth pretty well, and I wrote this off as another one of his ideas just to get attention. “You’re kidding, right?”

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by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more Penguin mysteries for your May reading–Gone with the Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery by Heather Blake, Berry the Hatchet: A Cranberry Cove Mystery by Peg Cochran, Mrs. Malory and Death is a Word by Hazel Holt, and Hearse and Gardens: A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery by Kathleen Bridge.

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by Cynthia Chow


After one of the hottest summers in Key West history, the heat shows no sign of ending even with Halloween approaching. Few can party like these Floridians, a questionable trait highlighted by the ten-day celebration of Fantasy Fest. A zombie bike ride, costume parade, tutu party, and pet masquerade contest are the tamest events involving participants donning little more than body paint.

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by Kathleen Costa


Not only in America were the 1920s ‘roaring’ with jazz clubs, bordellos, gangsters, and emancipated women. Phryne (pronounced FRI-nee, rhymes with shiny) Fisher Detective novels, penned by Kerry Greenwood, are definitely ‘roaring’ with stories a bit sexier than your typical ‘cozy’ and exploring some adult themes and behaviors, but the humor is quirky, clever, and well worth watching. Perfect for television, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries first aired in Australia in 2012, and now has reached America.

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by Debra H. Goldstein


“This is where I buried my wives,” Biff said. He stared beyond the two marked graves down the hill at the orchard and lush pasture that divided the land between a few worn chicken houses and the newly fenced horse ring near the main house.

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by Cynthia Chow


As the owner of Orange County’s Bow Wow Boutique, it only makes sense that the purveyor of pet couture would experience the outdoors through the recent trend known as “glamping.” Even though Melinda Langston would be participating in the Laguna Beach Animal Rescue League’s fundraiser Glamping Under the Stars By the Sea, in a luxury RV, and parked in a manmade park oasis, she’s not going willingly. Addison Rae, cutthroat aspiring pet chef, is blackmailing Mel into attending as well as writing a forward for Addison’s upcoming cookbook.

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by Sandra Murphy


Antiques Cymru is coming to town. That’s the Welsh version of Antiques Roadshow. Evelyn Lloyd and her friend Florence Semble are taking their treasures to be valued. Penny Brannigan is making sure everything runs smoothly. Since the show has done this kind of thing so many times before, they don’t expect any problems.

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