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by Cynthia Chow


Merry Wilkinson once thought she had the dream life in Manhattan, but it took losing both a cheating fiancé and her job as a deputy magazine style editor to discover that her true place was back in her hometown. Now the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry fully endorses Rudolph, New York’s year-round celebration of Christmas.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lucy Montgomery is a vintner in Virginia. With help from her brother Eli and her right hand man, Quinn, they keep the place running. Eli’s daughter lives with them, too, with a nanny to help out.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lucy got to take care of her grandson, Patrick, while Toby and his wife were in Haiti. Now they’ve come back, collected Patrick, and are off to Alaska where Lucy is sure a big bear will carry Patrick off into the tundra. She knows her fears, some of them anyway, are ridiculous, but they persist, mostly during the night. Then she’s dragging the next day and has no interest in even getting out of bed. Bill says she’s depressed, and she’d argue about it, but she’s too tired.

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by Earl Staggs



“What are you doing here?” Lieutenant Sue Townes was shocked to see her former partner. They’d been the closest friends until that thing with Harry three years ago. “And you’re in uniform. What gives?”
Millie Walker chuckled. “If you’d remembered what I taught you about observation, you’d see I’m a Meter Maid now.”

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by Kathleen Costa


This week we have a review of Burned to a Crisp, the latest Cookies & Chance mystery by Catherine Bruns, along with a look at the previous books in the series, and an interview with Catherine. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Burned to a Crisp, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

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by Cynthia Chow


Seven-Year Stitch embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer survived Black Friday, but the real question is whether she can make it through the upcoming Christmas season. Considering that Marcy’s petite stature has her boyfriend Detective Ted Nash affectionately calling her “Inch-High Private Eye,” it shouldn’t have been too surprising that someone who already calls her “Tinkerbell” would hope to also include “Christmas Elf.”

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by Cynthia Chow


After coming to Pacific Cove to help her sister Rachel run the Wine and Bark wine bar, Maggie Patterson is thrilled to finally be about to resume her job as a bookkeeper. Not only will she have the opportunity to work for the Soleado Mexican Riviera Cruise Line and sail off into the sunset, it also gives Maggie a less canine-focused occupation. Her plans veer off course when Rachel is hospitalized with a severe case of salmonella poisoning, leaving it up to Maggie to host Yappy Hour, the Friday when the Roundup Crew and their furry companions meet following their doggy walks on the beach.

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by Cynthia Chow


As ubiquitous as fruitcake, but probably better received, eggnog ushers in the start of the holiday season with its spicy aroma, sinful calories, and for these three cozy mystery authors…murder.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Carlisle



Every year before Christmas, the residents of Lighthouse Cove work together to build a home for a needy family. This year not only will they be subdividing the enormous Forester House into units for fifteen fortunate families, but contractor Shannon Hammer is heading the entire project for the first time. Encompassing numerous contractors, decorators, and volunteers donating their time to Holiday Homebuilders, Shannon must organize and oversee the development from start to finish.

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Prose and Cons Giveback

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

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by Amanda Flower



Prose and Cons will be my twentieth published book, and I knew that I wanted to do something special with its release to celebrate that accomplishment. There are giveaways, promotions, and parties that I could throw to celebrate. I’m doing all of those, but I wanted to do more. I’ve been given my greatest dream come true to be a published mystery author.

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by Sandra Murphy


The village of Lily Dale is like no other. The only people who are allowed to own land are those with psychic powers. Still, it’s a good spot for Bella and her son Max to take a break. They were on their way to Chicago to live with her mother-in-law, the eternally cranky Millicent. After Bella’s husband died, there wasn’t money to live alone anymore. When the car broke down in Lily Dale, it seemed like a nice break.

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by Sunny Frazier


My new kidney and I are glad to be back and ready to share fun books that might find their way under your tree this year!
A snow globe as a murder weapon? Mayor Lewis Frost, known as “Frosty,” is dealing with controversy in the city council.

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by Cynthia Chow


Although Meg Reed was last seen venturing to New York City for an amazing week interviewing for a prospective job at ESPN, she has returned with the realization that Portland, Oregon, is her true home. Meg’s decision to stay at outdoor adventure magazine Northwest Extreme has come at a rather inopportune time, as the owner Greg just dropped the bomb that he may be selling out to a Japanese buyer.

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Survival: Mystery Short Story

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

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by John M. Floyd



Ross and McLane stood together on the grassy ridge, looking down at the coastline.
“If he left this morning,” McLane said, “he should be back by now.”
“He’ll be back,” Ross said.

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