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by Sandra Murphy


Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac, are back. Prozac has been discovered and is determined to be the next cat rock star in the advertising world. After all, the main talent needed is to eat like there’s no tomorrow and then take a nap. If anyone is qualified to do that, it’s Prozac.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


We have a bunch of mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors this week for your July reading fun, with crafts, food, animals & more-Gone with the Wool: Yarn Retreat Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Dressed to Kilt: Scottish Highlands series by Hannah Reed, Final Fondue: A Five-Ingredient Mystery by Maya Corrigan, Take the Monkey and Run: A Call of the Wilde Mystery by Laura Morrigan, and Toasting Up Trouble: A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Wiken. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copies of all 5 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Wendy Sand Eckel


Rosalie Hart was happily married when her husband announced he was not, and he wanted a divorce. She’s been able to move on and that included finally opening the café of her dreams. She inherited a farm from her aunt and with the help of Tyler, her next door neighbor, now has chickens for free range eggs, organically grown veggies, and plans to go much bigger. The café opens to a great success. So far, they’re open three days a week, soon expanding to four. As they get their balance, it will be a seven day place to eat and will include dinner and drinks.

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by Cynthia Chow


Professional psychic Abby Cooper has come a long way in proving her value to local enforcement. In fact, she is now an official consultant to the Austin’s Cold Case Division within the FBI, working alongside her husband and her best friend’s husband. Unfortunately, this has also led to Abby becoming a political pawn within the bureau, with her boss’s, her husband’s, and the Cold Case agents’ jobs all on the line.

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by Kathleen Costa


Inspector Morse concluded its run in 2000, but not its popularity. “What will the next invasion bring?” Two spin-off dramas crossed to our shores providing a positive nod to the original, yet unique enough to become favorites among the “Morse” fans.

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by Kaye George


“If your brother screws up once more…” Cal Arnold’s tirade skittered to a stop at the expression on his wife’s face.
“Yeah? What you gonna do about it?” Marcy’s sneer, as usual, lately, went to Cal’s heart.
The kitchen radio, tuned to Chicago’s super station, WGN, ground out a continuing gloomy winter forecast: flurries, cold, windy.

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by Cynthia Chow


Only Nicholas Fox could be attacked, kidnapped out of his vacation rental in Hawaii, and wake up in a coffin…feeling rather calm. There is only one Nick Fox of course, the internationally famous jewel thief who for the past few years has been working discreetly with the FBI to capture criminals through less-than-legal methods. Kate O’Hare, the FBI agent initially dedicated to seeing him behind bars, will now do anything to find Nick and ensure the safety of the man who now gives her the feelings of warm fuzzies.

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by Cynthia Chow


Considering that her familiar is a goblin-gargoyle who transforms into a food-motivated pot-bellied pig, Lily Ivory shouldn’t have been too surprised that his antics would land them in trouble. She never expected that it would arrive in the form of a lawsuit though, one accusing Oscar of head-butting a customer, causing head and neck injuries, and reducing the quality of life.

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by Nancy Lynn Jarvis


Cozy Food came about because I spotted a perfect cozy cookbook cover. The graphic was so cute, I purchased it. I’d take a peek at it every once in a while and it always made me smile and wish I was doing a cookbook instead of writing mysteries. Finally I figured the only way to end my growing obsession was to have other writers talk me down.

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by Cynthia Chow


Although Colorado’s Stonedale University loftily considers itself to be an exclusive provider of a liberal arts higher education, it’s also a fall-back for those who came close but never quite made it into Ivy League institutions. This is where thirty year-old Lila Maclean finds herself as a newly hired professor of American Literature. Until she reaches tenure in six years, Lila will be forced to teach classes, advise students, head committees, and still manage to publish in distinguished journals or presses. All while also keeping her head down and not offending the department chairs and other senior professors.

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by Cynthia Chow


Aspiring writer Lena London was living in Chicago, her life in a bit of a slump, when she received a call with an amazing offer. As a child Lena bonded with her mother over the gothic suspense novels of Camilla Graham, and since then Lena has idolized the woman and found refuge in her books. So Lena can barely control her joy when she learns that Allison, her best friend from college, not only is in a knitting group with Camilla but has succeeded in getting the renowned author interested in hiring Lena as an assistant.

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by Sharon Tucker


Let’s face it, there are few things Isaac Asimov didn’t write about. In the five hundred plus books he either wrote or edited, it’s no surprise that two mystery novels and six volumes of mystery short stories are among them. In fact, his robot novels including Caves of Steel (1953), which is the only one so far I have read, are couched in mysteries to be solved so it’s reasonable to suspect that mystery is a major element in his fiction.

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by J.R. Lindermuth



Now it seems to me, a village priest should be among the first to know what’s happening in his parish. That’s not the case here, though. Not here in this isolated Korean parish where I’ve been laboring for the past three years.

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by Sandra Murphy


Bakery owner Winnie Johnson counted on an inheritance from an elderly customer to save her bakery from a huge rent raise. She’s stunned to find out, she didn’t inherit cash but an antique ambulance and a cat who doesn’t like her.

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