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by Sandra Murphy



Chet is back, and he’s a busy guy! He has to be ready to grab the perp by the pants leg as soon as Bernie gives the signal, which could happen at any time. That’s what they do at the Little Detective Agency, Little being Bernie’s last name. Chet is the 100-pound dog/enforcer who always goes in first to protect Bernie.

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by Sunny Frazier


“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” We have lots of entrepreneurs in this month’s mysteries to help keep your hands and mind busy with fun reads!
Jane Steward is organizing a Valentine’s week of activities at her book-themed resort, Storyton Hall. It all goes to hell when Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed. Rosamund had plenty of enemies: fellow novelists, a former lover, and dozens of angry fans.

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by Marilyn Meredith


There is a lot to love in this Austin Starr mystery.
The setting is mainly Vancouver, but also Seattle in 1969 and focuses on the women’s liberation movement which is an integral part of the plot. Having vivid memories of all that went on during the late ‘60s, I have to say Kendall has done a great job weaving all of the emotions of the times into the story.

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Dead Rapunzel By Victoria Houston

IN THE July 25 ISSUE

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by Cyntha Chow


Rudd Tomlinson just made the biggest and proudest purchase of artwork in her career; too bad it turns out to be the purchase of her lifetime! Moments after finishing her daily breakfast at the Grizzly Bear Café, Rudd is fatally struck down by a truck. The traumatized driver swears that she was pushed out in front of him, and a dishwasher backs up his testimony.

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by Barry H. Wiley



“John, you know why drummers always leave their sticks up front in their car?”
I waited.
“So they always qualify for a handicapped parking place.”
I had to laugh. Jack Smitz (Jax Smacks as he was better known in the jazz crowd) delivered the punch line with solemn mock sincerity, accented by a suitably lifted eyebrow.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is variously described as cranky, driven, overweight and middle-aged, and that’s from the people who love her. Vera is based on the books created by author, Ann Cleeves, and is brought to small screen life by actress Brenda Blethyn.

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by Cyntha Chow


Having previously been attacked in his condo’s underground garage, attorney Parker Stern is prepared for the worst when he’s startled there by a woman with a covered face. For Parker, an actual beating would have been preferable to a visit by his mother Harriet. Now calling herself Quiana Gottshalk, she’s a self-declared elder of the Church of the Sanctified Assembly, a cult that abused and embezzled money from Parker while he was a child actor.

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All Day & A Night By Alafair Burke

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

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by Ted Feit


Ellie Hatcher, a detective with the NYPD, and her partner, Jeffrey James (“J.J.”) Rogan, working homicide in the 13th Precinct, return in the fifth entry of this wonderful series by Alafair Burke. The pair have conflicted reactions when Ellie’s boyfriend, ADA Max Donovan, assigns them, on behalf of the Conviction Integrity Unit, as a “fresh look” team to look into the 18-year-old murder conviction of Anthony Amaro, a man who had been put away as a serial killer and is serving a life sentence without chance of parole (in prison slang, “all day and a night,” “all day” simply being a life sentence).

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by Sandra Murphy


We have some more great Penguin mysteries this week-Grace Cries Uncle by Julie Hyzy, Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed, Tying the Knot by Elizabeth Craig, and Wound Up in Murder by Betty Hechtman. Details on how to win copies of all 4 books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them.

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by Cyntha Chow


Blame the Hello Kitty cake. As Davis Way sees it, the bridal confection (paired with the groom’s Minecraft cake) was the final straw that pushed an infuriated mother-of-the-groom into laying a beat-down on the Bellissimo’s special events coordinator Holder Darby. With Holder emphatically resigning, Davis was forced into stepping in to manage the numerous conventions, weddings, reunions, and conferences that support the Bellissimo Resort and Casino during the very hot Mississippi summer season.

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by Kathleen Kaska


You’re suspected of murder. Your alibi might be just a figment of your imagination–or so say the authorities. Another investigator appears to be interfering with you trying to prove your innocence. Your love interest and her brother, her father and two archeologists all have motives, but Scotland Yard stays focused on you. You’ve been in a pickle before, but a certain beekeeper has always saved your skin. So when another murder is committed and you, again, are the prime suspect, well even Sherlock Holmes may not be able to rescue you.

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by Cyntha Chow


While KHCH reporter Carol Childs is always hungry for a good news story, she never expected that her life would become so dominated by the murder of a young woman. Although only the latest in a string of attractive women to have gone missing, Monica Channing was a kindergarten teacher and the daughter of a prominent Los Angeles judge, meaning that the press and the LAPD focused all of their attention on the case. Considering that Carol’s daughter Cate is close to the same age as all of the missing women, Carol has reason to be highly interested the fate of the women tied to the Hollywood club scene.

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by Sharon Tucker


Perhaps your summer reading, like mine, involves pulling the venetian blinds mostly closed against the afternoon sun, getting the AC just right and then settling back with a good book, a glass of iced tea and finally settling in to read, going where your author takes you.

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by Gary Hoffman


The kill was easy. He snapped on a pair of surgical gloves and came into Cornell Wilcox’s house via the rear kitchen door around seven-twenty, long before the family locked up for the night. He knew Cornell and his family would be watching television in the rec room. Cornell talked to him several nights ago about not missing this music awards show. Country music was his favorite.

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by Cyntha Chow


As the owner of Aunt Cora’s Closet, Lily Ivory would like nothing more than to spend her time preparing for Haight-Ashbury’s Summer of Love Festival: the celebration of the sixties and seventies has Lily’s vintage clothing store hopping to meet the demands of tourists and locals alike. But she’s distracted by San Francisco police department homicide inspector Carlos Romero’s news that Nicky Utley is the latest to participate in the Golden Gate Bridge’s long history of suicide jumps, and Nicky’s husband is blaming her death on a recent consultation with cuarandera Ursula Moreno.

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July Food Penguins

IN THE July 11 ISSUE

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by Cyntha Chow


It’s time for some more fun food mysteries from Penguin-Macaroni and Freeze: A Comfort Food Mystery by Christine Wenger, Peaches and Scream: A Georgia Peach Mystery by Susan Furlong, Butter Off Dead: A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery by Leslie Budewitz, & Fatal Reservations: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette. Details on how to win copies of all of these books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them.

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