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by Lesley A. Diehl



I was panting my way through a contraction when my cell phone sang out, “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The contraction ended, but the cell played on.

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by Isis Crawford


This week we have a recipe from A Catered Mother’s Day by Isis Crawford. At the end of this post are details on how to win copy of this book!
For A Catered Mother’s Day author Isis Crawford decided to ask the men she knew for recipes they would make their wives on Mother’s Day. All the recipes are simple to execute, and tasty to eat.

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by Sandra Murphy


The Lighthouse Library is celebrating Bertie’s tenth anniversary at the library. A big storm is coming so as soon as the cake’s cut and eaten, guests head for home. For Lucy, that’s a short commute as she lives above the library in the lighthouse itself. The bright light of the beacon doesn’t bother her but on this particular night, between flashes, she sees a light bobbing in the water, like a boat being tossed by the waves.

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by Cynthia Chow


An undercover super secret spy for the Biloxi Bellissimo Resort and Casino, Davis Way Cole, is finding that even her stellar skills are challenged by being six months pregnant with twins. It’s a condition that is convenient for her secondary, but just as crucial, assignment as the stand-in for Bianca Casimiro Sanders. Bianca is not handling her own pregnancy gracefully, and as a result Davis will be modeling as Bianca on board the MS Probability, a luxurious half-billion-dollar yacht catering to fifty of the wealthiest gamblers in the world.

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by Paul Lees-Haley


Joey Bam and his boss knew I did contract kills in my twenties, so even though I hadn’t seen him for years, I understood what was going down the second Joey set his drink on the bar and sat beside me.

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Even More April Penguin Mysteries

IN THE April 30 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy


We end April with 3 more fun mysteries from Penguin authors–Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower, Murder She Wrote: Design for Murder by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain, and Needle and Dread: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

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by Sunny Frazier


Along with May flowers come starter books. No time like the present to “spring” into a new series!
It’s A Front Page Affair when the Lusitania sinks, a shooting occurs at JP Morgan’s mansion and the Great War is on.

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by Cynthia Chow


One day. Bloomers Flower Shop Abigail Knight Salvare and her husband Marco are able to spend one day in the Brandywine subdivision before discovering a body. While her record of stumbling across corpses and becoming involved in their investigations led to the formation of a private investigation business with Marco, she had hoped that their move into their new home would have bucked the trend.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ella Mae LeFaye may have lost her magical gifts, but she still retains her extraordinary baking skills. In order to save the magical community of Havenwood, Georgia, Ella Mae was forced to sacrifice both her magic and her position as their Clover Queen. It’s a choice that she has never regretted making.

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Murder Gets the Munchies

IN THE April 23 ISSUE

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by Victoria Abbott


Why is it that mysteries and food go so well together? Particularly those satisfyingly cozy mysteries? Keep in mind, I’m not talking about hard-boiled adventures where the detective spends the night face down in the gutter after too much scotch and cold fish and chips in oily wrappers.

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by Sandra Murphy


Solari’s Italian restaurant is an old-fashioned kind of place with fried zucchini appetizers, spaghetti carbonara entrees, men in the kitchen to make the dishes, and women in the front of the house to soothe cranky diners, make the schedules and balance the register at the end of the night.

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by Doward Wilson


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has done an entertaining adaption of A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris. I have not read this series, so had no preconceived notions about the movie. Candace Cameron Bure is Aurora, and Marilu Henner is her mother.

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by Cynthia Chow


St. Mark’s was hosting their annual spring rummage sale, which for the first time was being combined with a cat and dog adoption event. Not only that, but a portion of the proceeds would benefit the local no-kill pet shelter. Not on the list of expected donations was the body of Miss Emilie Plym, the eldest remaining Plym of one of Santa Luisa’s most prominent families.

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by Mary Anna Evans


Garrett Levy already knew more than he wanted to know about composting toilets. Environmental engineering had sounded like a glamorous career when he signed up for it, but the reality had been…well, he should have known that cleaning up a planet wouldn’t be a walk in the park. Garrett had spent his years in graduate school learning how to treat various forms of toxic sludge, which meant that he’d spent an entire semester researching the intimate workings of composting toilets.

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