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by Sandra Murphy


As summer comes to a close we have another fun group of mysteries from Penguin and Kensington authors-Murder on the Horizon by M. L. Rowland, Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge, In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott, and Loom and Doom by Carol Ann Martin. Details on how to win copies of all 4 books, and a link to purchase them, at the end of this post.

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by Sunny Frazier


Summer’s over and, with the exception of a honeymoon from hell, all the mysteries new this month are set in the workplace.

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by P.A. De Voe


“They beat me and knocked me down.” His thin hands shook, although whether in anger or fear at remembering the confrontation, Judge Lu couldn’t say.
“When I fell, their leader laughed and pressed his foot on my neck. As I lay spread out on the ground, he threatened to kill me, taunting me, making me grovel like a dog,” the complainant said, shaking even more.

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by Sandra Murphy


Plantation homes are endangered in the South. Some fell on hard times and have been torn down, some fell down, some are a tourist attraction, and some turn into B&Bs in order to survive.

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by Sandra Murphy


Thumper, Noe-Noe, (cats) and the dog Sam, are headed home with their people when a truck rear ends them. The injuries aren’t too bad and the ASPCA comes for Sam. Unfortunately, in the chaos, no one saw the cat carrier fly out of the car and over the embankment.

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Fatal Choice By Dorothy Howell

IN THE August 29 ISSUE

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by Cyntha Chow


Jillian phones her best friend Dana Mackenzie—at three o’clock in the morning. It seems that Jillian went home with a man after meeting him at a local wine bar, but now she’s been left alone at his house. To prevent her stranded friend from doing a Walk of Shame, Dana drives over to Brett Sinclair’s home, only to discover that Jillian wasn’t alone there after all.

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by Jesus Ibarra


Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in this modern update of the 60s TV series as a CIA agent and KGB agent forced to work with each other at the height of the Cold War. The movie is very much a mismatched couple meets spy conventions, and it is highly entertaining. Yes almost everything in this movie you’ve seen before from the two differing personality types bickering, to the spy tropes, to the twist at the end, but it was all done with an eye for style and tongue in cheekness that makes it all instantly charming.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have 3 more Golden Age mysteries from Penguin authors-The Royal Assassin by Kate Parker, Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont, and No Comfort for the Lost by Nancy Herriman. Details on how to win copies of all 3 books at the end of this post along with a link to purchase them.

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by Elizabeth Zelvin



When I got sober, I thought I’d had it with drunken strangers. But the Australian asked if he could share my table in a crowded Starbucks and sat down before I could chug the rest of my triple espresso latte vente and get out.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s spring break at Harvard University, and ubiquitous graduate student Dulcie Schwartz is feeling abandoned. Her boyfriend Chris is visiting his family, her good friend is off doing post-grad work, and burst pipes in the campus buildings closed most of the offices.

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Isolation By Mary Anna Evans

IN THE August 22 ISSUE

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by Cyntha Chow


Faye Longchamp-Mantooth is digging holes. This isn’t too surprising, considering that Faye is an archeologist fascinated with her own family’s history on Florida’s Joyeuse Island. Faye, though, is also digging to escape. A recent miscarriage has driven her away from her husband and her son, and even her adopted daughter isn’t allowed to share in their mourning.

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by Sandra Murphy


Nora Blackbird and her two sisters have led challenging lives. Their parents took their trust funds and left the country. Libby’s got five kids and a grandchild on the way. Emma drank a lot more than was good for her. Nora is trying to keep the family home out of the IRS’s hands—and keep a semblance of control over her sisters, not an easy task.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


Even if you saw the show only once, you would remember him: Lieutenant Theo Kojak, tough, bald, well dressed, smoker of small cigars, fan of Tootsie Roll Pops, famous for the signature line, “Who loves ya, baby?” It was an unforgettable character, brought to the screen by Telly Savalas in October 1973, and he was larger than life for five seasons and five TV movies. Thirty-five years after the show ended, and 19 years after the death of Savalas, Kojak was still listed by TV Guide as number 22 on its “50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time” list.

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by Cyntha Chow


With a one-week countdown until her wedding to security expert Tom Stewart, Jillian Harte is beginning to feel the pressure. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have time for what’s truly important to her though, and at the top of that list is helping Tom’s stepson adopt the cat shelter feline who has stolen his heart. Not only is the mischievous Magpie an escape artist, but the adorable tortoise kitty is a kleptomaniac sneak thief with a secret stash of lost mementos and oddities. Her latest escapades prove to be far more alarming than cute when they discover Magpie covered in blood and wrapped around a mysterious locket.

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by Cyntha Chow


Jane Steward has always adored books, and she delights in hosting book-themed events at her family’s Storyton Hall in Storyton, Virginia. Jane’s latest endeavor as resort manager is Romancing the Reader, a Valentine’s Day book retreat devoted to romance readers who are clamoring to meet their favorite romance authors. Headlining that list is Rosamund York, a very demanding diva whose advance copies of her new romance novel have her fans up in arms—and very vocal about their displeasure.

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Elk Island: Mystery Short Story

IN THE August 15 ISSUE

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by Kaye George


Adele was picky, that’s how her friends thought of it. She herself thought she was discerning. Both she and her friends knew it was hard for her to make decisions. When the washing machine broke down, Jem took their clothes to the laundromat for six months while she examined every feature of every machine in every appliance store, comparing costs and taking notes. Then she started researching every model she could find on the internet. Meanwhile, the twins often wore the same shirt to school two days in a row, sometimes three.

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