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by Jacqueline Seewald


The Sweethearts Detective Agency was founded by Bob and Nina Harris, two N.Y.P.D. detectives who opted for early retirement from the force. They’d met on the job, been attracted to each other from the first and were married a year after their first date. When Bob, a tall, husky former marine met Nina, a feisty blue-eyed redhead, he started to think it was time to consider marriage.

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February Penguin Mysteries

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by Sandra Murphy


Here is our first group of new February mysteries from Penguin authors-The Grim Steeper by Amanda Cooper, A Turn for the Bad by Sheila Connolly, and A Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 3 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Laurie & Josh Pachter



Heather took a deep breath to steady her nerves. Nerves! Her colleagues at work admired the way she kept her head in emergencies, but here she was, as jittery as a teenager.
She twisted the rear-view mirror so she could see herself — tousled blond hair cropped short, hardly any make up, hazel eyes that were steady enough, if a little wary.

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Pralines: A Sweet Nola Treat

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by Ellen Byron


Pralines are as synonymous with New Orleans as drunken Mardi Gras revelers, so when I was developing recipes for my debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, I wanted to include a recipe for the delicacy. But what exactly is a praline? On a recent trip to Louisiana, I did a little delicious research.

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by Cynthia Chow


As Thanksgiving approaches, Wisconsin Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston is not feeling very grateful. Her beautiful infant son has left her in a continual state of mommy-angst brain, anxious over the time that he does sleep almost as much as when he doesn’t. Her postpartum body, baby spit-up wardrobe, and inability to find time to comb her hair, also has Mattie feeling more than a little inferior when compared to the gorgeous police videography specialist who is not shy about expressing her attraction to Detective Steve Hurley.

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by Cynthia Chow


The eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth is getting married, and the entire village of Anwen-by-Wye is eager to celebrate the wedding of Henry Devereaux Twyst to Stephanie Timbers. While everyone seems to have an opinion on which tradition should be honored during the ceremony of the first sitting duke in one hundred years, the one that concerns the Dowager Duchess are the Morris Dancers.

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by Cynthia Chow


The final release of a movie incorporating footage of their Ghoul Getters reality ghost-busting adventures has opened up new pathways for the paranormally gifted stars. While the production crew pay off loans and tour across Europe, M.J. Halliday and Heath Whitefeather were able to sneak off for an elopement and honeymoon. Gilley Gillespie, paranormal tech wiz and M.J.’s BFF, uses his financial bonus to ‘groomzilla’ out on a wedding to his boyfriend Michel. Considering Gil’s normal state of self-involvement and narcissism, perhaps M.J. shouldn’t have been too surprised that he wouldn’t hesitate to loan out an apocalyptically powerful dagger to further fund his ostentatious wedding plans.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The Silence of Stones is the latest Medieval Noir mystery written by Jeri Westerson. It features Tracker Crispin Guest, a former knight who was accused of treason and stripped of everything. To survive, he has turned to his considerable deductive skills and become basically the first detective, though they call him the Tracker. He has managed to survive using these skills, providing a meager life for himself and his apprentice Jack Tucker, a former thief.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have a fun group of December and January mysteries from Penguin and Kensington-some Golden Age, Amish, travel and more. Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, Plain Dead by Emma Miller, Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen, Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad, and A Wee Dose of Death by Fran Stewart. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 5 of these book, along with a link to purchase them.

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by Terry Ambrose


Writers, almost by definition, are dreamers. On January 26, one of my dreams came true. Paradise, Passion, Murder: 10 Tales of Mystery from Hawai‘i was published after nearly two years of preparation and work. This anthology has one purpose, to help improve literacy in Hawai’i. Every participant in this project, from Carolyn Hart –who wrote our Foreword, to the authors of the stories about murder and passion in the islands, wanted to make a difference. Our dream is to see a day when more children–and their parents–can read. Hopefully, together.

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by Barry Wiley


Friday is said to be an unlucky day, Kyame Piddington read. It is hangman’s day. Some star having special gravity struck with sporadic force yesterday and illuminated some of the social phases in the zodiac of Dodge City. There was a gambling sport who was chaired by a pugilistic concubine.

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by Sunny Frazier


Candy is fattening; flowers wilt. Books make the best gifts for book lovers!
Brew a cup of tea while you enjoy The Grim Steeper, #3 in Amanda Cooper’s Teapot Collector Mysteries. It’s time for the annual Fall Fling Town-wide Tea Party in the upstate NY town of Gracious Grove.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maisie McGrane is a traffic enforcement officer aka meter maid. It’s a bad enough job on its own, but considering three of her family members are cops and three are defense attorneys, well, she’s at the bottom of the employment totem pole.

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by Sandra Murphy


White House Chef Olivia Paras just can’t stay in the kitchen or out of trouble. A while back, she was kidnapped by a violent group of terrorists from Armustan. The plan was to get one of their own released from Cenga Prison. When the attempt failed, the leader of the group lost face and was killed by his countrymen. Now his brother, Kern, must exact revenge or die trying.

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