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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Sandra Murphy




Melanie Travis tries to live a calm life, but with five standard Poodles, a terrier, a son from a previous marriage, a supportive second husband and a four-year-old boy, it’s about impossible. Add in her Aunt Peg, former Poodle breeder, current dog show judge, and ever a critic, Melanie’s school work, and an impulsive brother, and she’s got her hands full.

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by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow
& Theodore Feit



This week we have 5 more Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-Hark the Herald Angels Slay: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery by Vicki Delany, Not a Creature was Purring: A Paws & Claws Mystery by Krista Davis, Slay Bells Ring: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, Yuletide Homicide>/em>: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse, and The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen.

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by Sandra Murphy




A Christmas Eve wedding sounds so romantic, but when the groom backs out less than two weeks before the big day, it’s heart-wrenching. It would be one thing if he just had cold feet. It’s a whole other kind of hurt when he says he met someone more “Zen.”

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by Cynthia Chow
& Barbara Early


A costumed superhero takes a less-than-majestic flight in the second mystery featuring Liz McCall and the Well Played Vintage Toyshop. November’s East Aurora Train and Toy Show in Western New York is a profitable opportunity for Liz and her father to promote their vintage toys before the holiday season, but Liz never expected that her childhood nemesis would be hosting the comic book booth next to her.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Idyll Fears by Stephanie Gayle is the second book in her mystery series featuring gay Chief of Police Thomas Lynch. The books are set in the small town of Idyll, Connecticut in the late 1990s.

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by Kathleen Costa



Karoline Barrett is the author of a popular three-book cozy mystery series, the Bread and Batter Mystery, introducing Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams, best friends and co-owners of the Bread and Batter Bakery set in Destiny, New York. First published in 2015 with Bun for Your Life, the BFF team find themselves in the middle of an argument over a prime booth location at the Apple Harvest Festival which leads to Molly being labeled the prime suspect in a murder.

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by Terrance McArthur



The Chevalier Stuart Cumberland is a real stage magician who entertained in many countries, astonishing audiences and royals with his ability to seemingly read thoughts. Barry H. Wiley has created a fictional biography that combines David Copperfield, The Amazing Kreskin, and James Bond into a rollicking journey through the past, Tales of a Thought Reader.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a great group of Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-“Death by Eggnog” Bookstore Cafe Mystery by Alex Erickson, “Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women” by Emily Brightwell, “Purring Around the Christmas Tree” A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, and “How the Finch Stole Christmas” A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews.

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by Kathleen Costa



I am very aware of the countless rave reviews for Wendy Tyson’s Greenhouse Mystery series, and am thrilled to finally join in with others to voice my excitement. Although I started with the third most recent release, the synopses and revisiting of key details in the backstory or character connections made sure I never suffered from a newbie handicap.

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by Sandra Murphy



Lucy Binger has about a week left to live—as a single woman. Then she’ll marry Matt. Her friends decide she needs a pre-wedding bucket list, all the things she’d like to do before tying the knot. A girls-only weekend fits the bill.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Janet Hubbard



Bonjour! I was offered a chance to read Janet Hubbard’s third book in her Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery trilogy, so off I went to explore the storyline and reviews: French vineyards, French wine, French culture, and French murder? I’m in! Janet Hubbard has earned rave reviews for her series introducing Maxine ‘Max’ Maguire, daughter of a legendary New York cop and a disowned French aristocrat, in Champagne: The Farewell first published in 2012.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Sarah Fox



Again, I was so excited to have the opportunity to read the newest release in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series cleverly titled, Of Spice and Men, and totally entertained revisiting the well-developed and sometimes quirky characters (even the fur friends), and being absorbed in another engaging mystery. This time Sarah has a Hollywood-twist with a movie crew invading Wildwood Cove set to remake a cult favorite horror film.

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by Theodore Feit


Turning her attention away from the long-standing series featuring Decker and Lazarus, Faye Kellerman has written a standalone involving a serial killer and rapist, a teenager obsessed with finding the murderer, first love, and hanky-panky goings-on in high school. It makes for good reading throughout the rather bulky book.

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by Barry Wiley


Nine Black Dragons was a Chinese restaurant that resembled an old Charlie Chan movie, even to being smudged black and white. According to the gaudy paper placemat describing the Chinese zodiac, this was the Year of the Dog. The white plastic chopsticks, antiseptically wrapped tightly in thin paper marked “Made in Hong Kong” in smeared purple ink, were placed near and exactly parallel to its right edge.

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