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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more February Penguin mysteries-An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly, By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates, The Drowning Spool & Darned if You Do by Monica Ferris. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win all 4 books, and a link to purchase them.

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Scorched Eggs By Laura Childs

IN THE February 21 ISSUE

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Kit and Ricky’s vintage wedding is scheduled to take place in the park. Petra, Toni and Suzanne, the three owners of the Cackleberry Club restaurant (and Book Nook and yarn shop) are looking forward to the festivities. Suzanne is in the midst of a hair emergency (blond highlights if you must know) when she smells smoke. Of course, her first thought is that the bubblehead hair dryer is reacting with the foil on her hair. She looks like a baked potato, ready for the oven as it is. The smell gets stronger and the air fogs a bit. She calls the alarm and as people exit the salon, the building next door goes up in flames.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


Sunday March 1 10:00 p.m. – Battle Creek – CBS
Tagline – Not Your Ordinary Cop Show
Mismatched law enforcement partners are nothing new, but this version takes a unique geographical turn and lands in Battle Creek, Michigan. It’s referred to as a “vibrant city of 50,000” but the local cops are scraping the bottom of their budget, which means that the battery in the Taser may or may not work when needed.

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by Marilyn Meredith



Finger never disappoints, and Running with Wild Blood is no exception.
The official blurb says: Richard Lake of the Atlanta Police Department gets a cold case when a witness suddenly gets his memory back. Lake recruits Morah Dru to look into the murder of Juliet Trapp, 16 when she died, and a student at Winters Farm Academy.

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by Sandra Murphy



Readers of the Hannah Swensen mystery series have been frustrated with the long running love triangle between Hannah, Norman and Mike. Norman is sweet, thoughtful and slightly boring. Mike is sexy but not as trustworthy. Two years ago, both of them proposed; Hannah hasn’t made up her mind.

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by Joyce Lautens O’Brien



Fame.
She’d always suspected it was a bad thing and now she was certain. And what was she famous for, nothing really. It was all a mistake. She just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right time, depending on your point of view. How was she to know that a simple trip to the grocery store would lead to something like this? And she hadn’t wanted much at the store, just a little something for dinner since she didn’t eat that much anymore.

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More February Penguin Mysteries

IN THE February 14 ISSUE

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Here are a few more fun mysteries from Penguin-Fry Another Day: A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery by J.J. Cook, At the Drop of a Hat: A Hat Shop Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, and Played by the Book: A Novel Idea Mystery by Lucy Arlington.

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As Gouda as Dead By Avery Aames

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It’s Valentine’s Day and Charlotte Bessette, cheese shop owner, is marrying artisanal cheese farmer Jordan Pace. First, however, Charlotte has to endure a bachelorette party with Deputy Devon O’Shea as the entertainment. During the festivities, Devon gets a frantic phone message regarding his uncle and the town’s beloved bartender, Tim.
The bad news is that Tim is dead and his body is on Jordan’s property, and now it’s in Charlotte’s best interests to find the real killer so she can take that walk down the aisle. Running the cheese shop is almost a distraction with all she has going on.

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by Sharon Tucker


As this official holiday for lovers (and anti-holiday for singletons) now approaches, are you planning a sumptuous dinner with champagne followed by a molten chocolate extravaganza for dessert? If so, good for you! Celebration of this holiday is highly individual, perhaps never more so than by authors’ writing murder mysteries centered on or around it. So pick up one or more of these Valentine-themed mysteries by Rendell, Meier and McLeish and relax, sit back and enjoy.

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by The Librarian


Imagine Sherlock Holmes as a supernatural detective. Over 100 years ago, British author William Hope Hodgson created Carnacki, an occult detective who lives in a bachelor flat in London. Carnacki is called to investigate strange phenomena. The stories are narrated by Carnacki’s friend, Dodgson.

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by Gary Hoffman



“I’m sure you’re aware of some of my husband’s antics, detective, but this is totally unlike him,” Golda Holder said to Detective Scripps, as she dabbed the corners of her eyes with a tissue.

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Drawing Conclusions By Deidre Verne

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When we first meet Constance “CeCe” Prentice, she’s behind a restaurant, dumpster-diving for discarded eggs and produce. CeCe and her friends are neither poor nor homeless, though: she’s the daughter of one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Long Island, but CeCe has chosen the Freegan lifestyle of subsisting entirely off found materials, discarded food, and produce she’s organically grown herself.

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by B.K. Stevens



“One of them tried to kill me!” Sharon Burke said. She looked as striking in person as she did on television–slender but shapely, with carefully fluffed long blonde hair framing a perfectly oval, utterly wrinkle-free face.

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by Sunny Frazier



Except for that one incident with the Godiva chocolates, my marriage would have been perfect.
My wife wasn’t beautiful, but she was intelligent and rich, qualities a man looks for when he climbs the corporate ladder. My marriage had survived the seven-year-itch twice before I hired Marvella to be my secretary. She had a figure that would make any man re-think his marriage vows.

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Killing Cupid By Laura Levine

IN THE February 7 ISSUE

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The life of a freelance writer is not an easy one. Sure, there are a few regular clients, and a small amount of fame, but you can’t live forever on slogans like “In a Rush to Flush? Call Toiletmasters!” When Marvelous Marv, the Mattress King, recommends Jaine Austen for a copywriting job for Joy Amoroso, Matchmaker to the Stars, it sounds like a good deal, especially the pay.

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by Cynthia Chow
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Marriage may be bliss for florist Abby Knight Salvare, but house hunting…not so much. While Marco is excited about the prospect of a fixer-upper, Abby is dreams more of an off-the-rack new model home. Their latest search is interrupted by a roofer’s fall off of a ladder. Far more disconcerting to Abby, is the reaction of the residents. Long after the Sergio Marin’s body is swooped away by ambulance, Abby is haunted by the strange looks given from the child, Daisy Jones.

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by Cynthia Chow


If there’s one thing that building contractor Shannon Hammer loves to do, it is to renovate Victorian Homes. Since her father’s retirement, Shannon Hammer has taken over Hammer Construction Company located in Northern California’s quaint Lighthouse Cove.

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by E. B. Davis



I awoke that first day on the North Carolina barrier island with the intention of tackling maintenance chores on my beach house. A bright, sunshiny day might have motivated me to bound out of bed and start work. But when I lifted my head and saw the fog through the windows, I dropped back against the pillow.

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