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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Sandra Murphy
& Susan Wittig Albert



China Bayles sells herbs fresh in pots, dried in jars, molded into soaps, poured into lotions, and woven into wreaths. Next door, her best friend Ruby has her own shop where she deals in the more mystical side of the universe.

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by Kathleen Costa


Jillian Hanford helps her half brother Garrett manage the Turtle Cove Resort, a writers’ retreat on Gull Island. There eight writers of varying ages, fame, and focus have taken up permanent residence.

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by Sharon Tucker


Among the wealth of noir novels published in the past few years, Chris Ould’s three set in the Faroe Islands resonated particularly for me. They blend the best of what I enjoy about both Scandinavian and British noir.

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by Kathleen Costa


Gemma Rose returned to England to live out her dream by opening the Little Stables Tearoom with BFF Cassie Jenkins (A Scone to Die For – January 2016), boasting the best traditional English tearoom experience in Oxfordshire.

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by Sandra Murphy



Freddie Venton considers herself a journalist, but she’s working in a coffee shop, writing for free. When she runs into a childhood friend, now a police officer, she follows her to a crime scene.

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by Cheryl Hollon



“I see a dead woman.” Jacob stood against the chest-high glass wall that surrounded the roof-top bar of The Canopy. He lowered his new binoculars, then pointed down at a white pillared arbor overwhelmed by red bougainvillea vines.

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by Kathleen Costa


BritBox and Acorn-TV are the best to whet any Anglophile’s appetite, and with very few, if any, overlaps in programming, I can justify having both services.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle



Shot in the Dark is the latest Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle. This is one of my favorite series and I am always excited when there is a new one out.

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by Susan Boles



My love of animals is life long. And I’ve had dogs and/or cats all my life. Their unconditional love is just a part of what makes me happy to have them in my life.

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by Doward Wilson


Several new mystery movies have already aired in 2018 on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel and there are many more to come. Here is a look at the ones that have already aired.

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by Cynthia Chow



Giulia Driscoll may have long left behind her life as Sister Mary Regina Coelis, but the former nun seems unable to escape the Sisterhood. When she hears a cry for help, not even the second trimester of pregnancy can stop the professional private investigator from running towards danger.

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by Kathleen Costa


Kathi Daley’s work is always packed full of several engaging character-driven storylines, but it is her easy-to-read style and entertaining dialogue that makes it right for a page-turner weekend.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 5 mysteries all set in different parts of the UK-London Calling: A Mirabella Bevan Mystery by Sara Sheridan, In Prior’s Wood: Max Tudor series by G. M. Malliet, The Marmalade Murders: Penny Brannigan series by Elizabeth J. Duncan, The Golden Hour: A Nora Tierney English Mystery by M. K. Graff, and Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Devon Delaney



Sherry Frazzelle is working part-time for her dad, entering cooking contests, and learning to live alone after splitting from her lawyer husband. The latest contest is for home cooks, sponsored by OrgaNicks. Sherry’s sister Marla is a finalist, too.

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