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by Aileen Baron


Every day, I pass the house. No one lives there now. It’s on the edge of a canyon that wind funnels through, and sometimes it sounds like cries and moans are coming from the house. They told me to keep away. Someone told me the house was haunted, that some nights, there had been sounds like harsh laughter, and lights flickered on and off through the cracked windows.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle


What better mystery for the holidays than a Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle. This week we have a review of the brand new one Once Upon A Grind, a fun guest post from Cleo, and details at the end of this post to win a copy of the book, and to win a $20 Starbucks card!

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by Cynthia Chow


It may be Christmastime in Key West, Florida, but Hayley Snow is definitely not feeling the holiday spirit. Her position as a food critic for Key Zest magazine is in flux. The co-owner despises Hayley and has brought in potential buyers who would take the magazine in a more social media-focused direction. Hayley’s editor—and potential boyfriend—Wally has been absent due to his mother’s battle with cancer.

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Murder, Served Simply By Isabella Alan

IN THE December 13 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy



Angie Braddock has a lot going on what with her parents in town for a Christmas visit, a town-wide progressive dinner and a surprise guest. Too bad the surprise is her ex-fiancé! The folks would like Angie to forgive Ryan, forget how he done her wrong and resume their relationship. Not going to happen. Pretty sure anyway.

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by Gary Hoffman


The car carrying the three men rolled to a stop. The woman who had been kicking the bumper of an old pick-up truck and calling it several bad names stopped and looked at them. “Can I help you?” she asked calmly.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



After being yanked from a 30-year time loop, Jensen Murphy is a semi-well-adjusted ghost in Chris Marie Green’s second Ghost for Hire book, Another One Bites the Dust. She doesn’t really trust Amanda Lee, the psychic who released her from replaying her murder, because she used her to play detective and try to get a murder confession from an innocent man. Jensen isn’t trusted by Gavin, who she haunted and invaded his mind.

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Longmire Resurrection

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by Deborah Harter Williams



It’s a new day in Absaroka County, with the old sheriff still in town but coming from another network.
Television is fickle. The show that is the darling one season gets thrown on the slagheap the next. Even the highly rated are not immune; Murder She Wrote, as many of us remember, was cancelled while still in the top 10. Latest on the chopping block—the A&E mystery/western, Longmire.

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by Marilyn Meredith


I’m not sure where to begin with this review of After Ariel–there are so many good things to say.
First, there is a glossary of Australian slang at the front of the book. It was fun reading. However, I didn’t find it necessary in order to understand the outstanding dialogue.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Maxine O’Callaghan’s Delilah West books were among the first contemporary mysteries I ever read, so when I heard they were being re-released I was excited and looked forward to being able to read them again. Her Delilah West was a groundbreaking character as a female PI–coming before Kinsey Millhone, Sharon McCone and V.I. Warshawski.

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by Sandra Murphy



Christmas in Maine could be a life-changing proposition for Maggie Summers. She’s visiting her guy, Will and his aunt. The weather is more than she expected. With only one pair of boots vs. four foot tall snow banks, it’s a challenge to say the least. Winter in New Jersey isn’t like this!

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by Cynthia Chow


Gambling, illegal drugs, brawling by competitors…who would have predicted that Dachshund racing could be so brutal? Melinda Langston thought her Miss America background prepared her for excessive levels of competition but it was unlike the lengths a dog owner will go to have their pup win. The Laguna Beach Dachshund Dash was supposed to be a way for Mel to promote her Bow Wow Boutique booth, selling dog paw-lish for nails, doggy shoes and boots, and other custom designed doggy wear.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s Christmastime in Bar Harbor, Maine, and single-mom Hayley Powell is trying to juggle a Christmas list that grows as her finances shrink. Hayley’s narcissistic ex-husband has back-peddled on his promise to help her with their kids’ expenses, and her boss at the Island Times newspaper has saddled her with additional duties without the additional salary.

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by E. B. Davis



The corpse sat upright on the sofa, his feet on the floor. If his head hadn’t sunk into his chest, he could have entertained guests. Maybe he had. A red, white, and green flannel shirt topped his tan cords. He looked middle-aged. A red Santa hat, its tip accentuated by a white pompom, covered his head. He didn’t look merry. Signs of gastric distress were apparent on the carpet at his feet. The outstretched fingers of his right hand covered his stomach.

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Dying for a Dude By Cindy Sample

IN THE December 6 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow


Laurel McKay dreaded dressing as a Sassy Saloon Gal for Placerville’s annual summer Wagon Train event. Laurel definitely was not enthusiastic to be donning a corset that pushed up her assets. What she really should have been worried about was her mother who managed to fall into an abandoned gold mine with its very own skeleton. While this might be seen as celebratory event in this California town, evidence implicates Laurel’s great-great-grandfather as the probable murderer. Gran whips out her detective’s hat in order to clear her family’s name.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur
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This week we have reviews of two books by the new publishing company owned by Lee Goldberg, Brash Books. Both are reprints from the 80s and 90s-Blanch on the Lam by Barbara Neely & Outrage at Blanco By Bill Crider. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of both, along with links to purchase them.

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by Katherine Fast



“C’mon, Joey. Stand up like a man!” Chuck packed snow around the base of the statue, working quickly in the sub-zero temperature. Six in the morning and he was wrestling with the Nativity scene. Oh joy! Life on Candy Cane Lane. As with so many things–his marriage being a case in point–the early days were the best, the newlywed years when life and Christmas decorations were simpler.

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