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by Cynthia Chow
& Lee Hollis



As much as Hayley Powell loves the Halloween season and the copious amounts of candy she consumes, this holiday looks to be bringing more than its expected share of scares. Hayley’s ex-husband Danny has descended upon Bar Harbor, ostensibly on vacation to visit their children, but she has her suspicions. The handsome, charming, and undeniably appealing rogue has a history of leaving a trail of debt and broken hearts in his wake, and Hayley doubts that he has changed.

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by Sandra Murphy


Aurora Teagarden has remarried and is happier than she ever imagined. Crime-writer Robin Crusoe is the lucky groom. His work commute is a matter of feet to the study, hers just to the library in town. Aurora’s half-brother, Phillip, is staying with them for a while after discovering his father in a compromising position and his mother leaving for parts unknown. Aurora and Robin have only been married a few weeks but find having Phillip around isn’t an intrusion.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



A fun group of new mysteries for your fall reading from Penguin authors-No Farm, No Foul: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, Cancelled by Murder: A Postmistress Mystery by Jean Flowers, Digging Up the Dirt: Southern Ladies Mystery by Miranda James, and Paint the Town Dead: Silver Six Crafting Mystery by Nancy Haddock. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


Eight years ago, Erica Bloom fled Otter Lake in embarrassment, leaving behind her reputation as Boobsie Bloom, the daughter of a hippie and the girl who accidentally flashed an audience during the Raspberry Social. In Chicago Erica was able to blend in anonymously as anyone she wanted to be, whereas in New Hampshire she was the quick-tempered, stressed-out, daughter of a hippy. She’s put those issues behind her—mostly—and has returned for one week in the hopes of resolving her long distance relationship with former crush Sheriff Grady Forrester.

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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries on Hallmark

IN THE September 24 ISSUE

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by Doward Wilson


Meet Aurora Teagarden, librarian and murder mystery fan, played by Candace Cameron Bure in these Hallmark Movies & Mysteries adaptations of the first three books in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris. Aurora’s mother, Aida, owner of a local real estate agency, is ably played by Marilu Henner.

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Coming Attractions: Goblins Edition

IN THE September 24 ISSUE

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by Sunny Frazier


We start off this month with two new series.
Death of a Toy Solider is the first in the Vintage Toy Shop mysteries by Barbara Early.

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Live Free or Die: Mystery Short Story

IN THE September 24 ISSUE

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by Judy Penz Sheluk


The first time any of us met Jack he was wearing a dark green suit. That seemed odd to me. It wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day and the office attire was mostly business casual, with an emphasis on the casual. This was especially true in “cubicle hell,” where an overworked staff of four plus supervisor made collection calls and routinely canceled insurance policies for non-payment.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Julia Buckley


The holiday season is one of the favorite and busiest times of the year for Chicago’s new caterer Lilah Drake. Who could have expected that there were so many Pine Haven residents willing to pay Lilah to prepare meals while they take all the credit? On Lilah’s secret client list is her friend Jenny Braidwell, an elementary school teacher, whose students believe that she is a fantastic baker and cook. In fact, it was a mac and cheese delivery to JFK Grade School for a class party that has Lilah engaging in small talk with the hired Santa, who gives her some wise advice on Christmas wish lists of her own.

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Downfall By J.A. Jance

IN THE September 17 ISSUE

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by Theodore Feit


As if Joanna Brady doesn’t have enough to keep her occupied, she’s expecting a baby girl in December and, having just solved the murder of her mother and stepfather, she is in the midst of planning their funerals, when two murder cases crop up to add to her burden. And she is just beginning to focus on her re-election campaign for Sheriff.

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by Cynthia Chow


Nothing makes Timber Creek, Colorado’s Deputy Mattie Cobb prouder than working with her K-9 partner, Robo. It’s unfortunate that their latest assignment has them searching for Adrienne Howard, a human and animal masseuse and the girlfriend of Deputy Ken Brody. Mattie and Brody may have had their differences, but she would never have wished this upon her worst enemy. Robo proves himself to be a fantastic tracker, but this is a time when the results do not bring good news.

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Run Of The Mill: Mystery Short Story

IN THE September 17 ISSUE

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by Nancy Sweetland


I’m sitting here in the hot seat in the county courthouse waiting for the jury to come back with the verdict. All because of honest Al. Some guys just don’t understand. If you can get away with something and nobody gets hurt, I say, why not?

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by Sandra Murphy


Elizabeth Harris, formerly of the NYC police department, now lives in rural Amish country in Pennsylvania. She helped solve the murder of an Amish girl and now has a better rapport with the community than most law enforcement officials.

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by Sharon Tucker


The most pleasing element in reading Agatha Christie is spending time in her world. It’s an orderly place full of rather complacent, pleasant people suddenly faced with the inexplicable: murders are discovered, friends go missing, or incongruities mushroom in either their village or whatever closed community her detectives happen to be in or called to at the time. Her best loved characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, are essentially likable, despite one’s occasional flightiness and a touch of narcissism in the other.

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by Sandra Murphy


Cat Latimer was an English professor when she inherited her former home from her ex-husband, Michael. She decided it was time to live her dream—write books and host writers’ retreats. With the help of her BFF, Shauna, to run things day to day and feed the writers, things are coming together. A handyman is hired to remodel the rooms and the first guests are due to arrive. A surprise is Tom Cook—he’s hardly a beginning writer so why is he coming?

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