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by Sandra Murphy



It’s Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, Texas where China Bayles runs the local herb shop. It’s full of all the fresh plants, wreaths, soaps, lotions and books you could imagine. Her business partner, Ruby, will mind the shop as well as her own (New Age) while China visits her mom, Leatha, and stepdad Sam. Stepdaughter Caitie is riding with China, hubby McQuaid is bringing stepson Brian. It sounds like a blended family but with them, it’s seamless.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Marilyn Meredith


This week in honor of Earth Day we are once again featuring only ebooks. Here are four more mystery ones-Murder in a Good Neighborhood by K.K. Chalmers, A Deadly Denial by Kathy Bennett, The Hollow House by Janis Patterson, Halloween Thirteen: A Collection of Mysteriously Macabre Tales by Bobbi A. Chukran, and The Case of the Murderous Mermaid and Others by Andrew MacRae.

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by Terry Ambrose



One of the players affecting the changes in the publishing industry is Smashwords. Founder and CEO Mark Coker expected the company to be popular, but even he has been surprised by the success.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week in honor of Earth Day we are once again featuring only ebooks. Here we have reviews of two crime stories by Nancy Cole Silverman–they are also available as audio books. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of The Salvantionist.

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by Kaye George



Isabel Musik, former werewolf, knew she had to be on the right scent. Her nose was still keen even though she could not transform anymore.

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by Sharon Tucker


Earth day (April 22) always makes me long to be a flower child again. I want to wear Birkenstocks, put on a patchwork granny dress and to have flowers in my hair—all of which I did daily a number of years ago—except maybe the flowers. I want to spend the day outdoors in a sylvan setting, far away from the city where cars vibrate with rap music, and I want to be in a place where the internet is just a line of code on the breeze.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently author Jeri Westerson spoke at the Fresno chapter of Sisters In Crime meeting, and we had a great time hearing about the many different types of books she is writing now, not just mysteries. She also showed us some Medieval items like you would find in her Crispin Guest Medieval Noir books. Check out this fun video interview with Jeri to learn more about what all she has going on right now!

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have some more fun food mysteries from Penguin-Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams, Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs, and Murder She Wrote, Killer in the Kitchen by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 3 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Liz Mugavero


Losing her prestigious job in financial public relations was the best thing that could have happened for Kristan “Stan” Connor. Moving to tiny Frog Ledge, Connecticut gave her the inspiration to create Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Foods, baking specialty dog and cat snacks for clients and local markets. Her latest success has Stan supplying food and treats for the new combination veterinary clinic/shelter that her homeopathic veterinarian is opening.

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by Robert Mangeot


Caleb shook me awake at sunrise. Didn’t matter the kid knew I’d be on a three-alarm hangover till noon. Didn’t matter it was already hot enough out that the good hens of Crump might lay omelets. It was rodeo day, Caleb’s first one, and there he was in his Wranglers and plaid shirt, a five-gallon hat away from junior cowboy.

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by Sandra Murphy



Since Sarah Grayson was rescued by Elvis the cat (although she thinks it was the other way around), things have been going well in North Harbor, Maine. Busloads of Canadian tourists drop by to shop at her resale store. Quilts and other portables are flying out the door. Mac is working wonders on discarded, unloved furniture. Elvis mostly gets his way, as it should be for any cat, especially this one. Things are good.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we sat down to interview author and police officer Adam Plantinga about his book 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman. This book is full of interesting stories and facts about real policework and is a book all mystery authors and mystery fans should read! Also, anyone who would like to know what it’s really like being a cop. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of 400 Things Cops Know, and a link to purchase a copy.

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by Sandra Murphy




Tori’s wedding to Milo is just weeks away. Rose is putting the finishing touches on the wedding gown, Tori is finalizing flowers, the DJ, and is checking out the bridesmaids and their dresses. Rose is the oldest bridesmaid, and reminds Tori of her great-grandmother. Tori can’t imagine her wedding without Rose, just like the rest of the sewing circle, nine in all.

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by Cynthia Chow


Reading about Jarrett Creek, Texas always feels like returning home. The community is spread out over long distances but sparsely populated, and so residents tend to know everyone else—and their business. Samuel Craddock is their retired former police chief, recently brought back after a scheme forced Jarrett Creek into bankruptcy. No one is more surprised than Craddock to discover how well it’s working out.

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by Cynthia Chow



After a less-than-successful career as a television journalist in Florida, Lee Barrett (formerly Maralee Kowalski) returns to her home of Salem, Massachusetts to apply as a newscaster with WICH-TV. She loses out on that position, instead becoming a late-night horror-movie psychic host. When that job is eliminated due to some murderous scandals, Lee volunteers as a guest instructor at the new Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts.

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by Cynthia Chow


In present-day San Francisco, the mega-CEO of Silicon Valley (known as “the Baron”) has succeeded in bringing the America’s Cup to the coastal city. As the sponsor of the previous winning team, and now the host of the current race, the Baron’s ambitious plans will result in either a spectacular event—or crash with equally impressive failure.

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