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Books & Tales

by Kathleen Costa


I am really enjoying traveling back to the Islands reading Gemma Halliday Publishing’s Aloha Lagoon Mystery series penned by several favorite authors. Catherine Bruns, a “Top Ten” personal favorite, is back with Death of the Kona Man. Carrie Jorgenson came to the Islands from Vermont wanting to strengthen, well, more like resuscitate, her relationship with her boyfriend Brad, but he turned out to be bust.

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by Gary Hoffman


I could always find a million reasons never to attend funerals, but when Chuck Temple was shot and killed, they all went to hell. He and I actually went back to Elementary School #34 in Pittsburg. My family had moved there so my dad could find a job. In a quirk of fate, Chuck started the third grade there on the same day and for the same reason. We’d been tight since then.

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by Sandra Murphy



Lola Woodby is an ex-Society Matron. When her cheating husband kicked the proverbial bucket, she was left penniless. What’s a gal supposed to do? Lola formed the The Discreet Retrieval Agency with her former cook, Berta, as her sidekick. As a cook, Berta is excellent. As a sidekick, she sometimes seems more in charge than Lola. Still, the gumshoe business is a good fit for the both of them.

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by Sandra Murphy



Anybody who knows Lucy, realizes her life revolves around her family—husband Bill, daughters Elizabeth, Sara, and Zoe, and son Toby. Thanksgiving usually means a full table and everybody home for the meal. This year, Elizabeth’s working in Paris, Toby and family are in Alaska, Sara’s going on a field trip to Greenland, and Zoe has decided to visit a friend in Montreal.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


A Cold Death is the 16th book in Marilyn Meredith’s Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. Tempe is a deputy in the community of Bear Creek, in the hills of California. I have enjoyed following Tempe on her adventures through the years. Each book provides the reader with a good old-fashioned mystery, great characters, and a look into Tempe’s Yanduchi Indian background and beliefs.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


I’ve been waiting for this.
I’ve hoped it would happen for a long time.
First, I discovered Veranix Calbert, aka The Thorn, in Marshall Ryan Maresca’s The Thorn of Dentonhill, a magic student fighting drug dealers in a not-exactly-medieval fantasy world: a steampunk Spiderman.

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews of 2 mysteries from Crooked Lane authors perfect for your Halloween reading, as they involve haunting and ghosts-Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook, and Doom with a View by Kate Kingsbury.

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by Cynthia Chow


In the year since she moved to Battle Creek, Minnesota, Mira James has encountered at least one murder every month. Mira is justifiably concerned that the combination of her, living in Otter Tail County, ensures for lethal results. That never became clearer than in the previous month, which still has Mira in a devastating state of bereavement.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Angel is a zombie. You won’t see her moaning for brains, as long as she’s adequately supplied with freeze-dried brain chips and the fresh stuff she can grab at her morgue-assistant job, and she is the point-of-view character of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie Unchained. She’s foul-mouthed, a former druggie, and recently reassembled after falling apart when the parasite that gives her zombie abilities was damaged by chemical abuse.

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by Sunny Frazier


No Turkeys in this selection! Five new series and favorite authors to savor!
Debut novel of the Mystery Bookshop series by V.M. Burns (she also does the Pickled and Preserved series). The Plot Is Murder is set in North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



This week we have a couple of mysteries involving magical cats and ghosts, and one foodie mystery-A Tale of Two Kitties: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sophie Kelly, Ghost on the Case: Bailey Ruth series by Carolyn Hart & Pudding Up With Murder: An Undercover Dish Mystery by Julia Buckley.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



New York City chocolatier Bailey King is on the verge of achieving the dream. Her mentor is retiring and ready to name his successor, and it’s between Bailey and one other candidate. Monday is the day of the announcement.

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Cactus Flower: A Fantasy Short Story

IN THE October 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by V.S. Kemanis



ROY SAT ON his haunches squinting up at the clouds, thick and white as whipped cream piled high on a glass plate. His nostrils sucked dust and the air pulled moisture from his eyes before it could surface.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber



“Ayiii!” Jenna stamped her foot and flicked the Hello Kitty pillow she got for Christmas six years ago across the room. Why was “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” playing on the radio? Didn’t the disc jockey know that Denny Henderson had dumped Jenna for Lili Littlefield today? Didn’t the DJ know that Jenna was at home, alone, on her birthday? Her parents took her brother and sister out to dinner on this chilly spring night because they thought Denny was taking Jenna for a burger and milkshake to celebrate. As if.

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by Barbara Schlichting



My Jingle Dancer figurine was missing!
From the moment I walked into my store I knew something was wrong. I had a small collection of small, antique dolls with historic and cultural significance. Now my collection of figurines arrayed on the glass shelf in the window, was smaller by one, my Jingle Dancer.

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by Cynthia Chow


Back in 1972, Walt Longmire was not the wry, easy-going sheriff readers love today. Just two weeks of working under Absaroka County Sheriff Lucian Connelly had Walt questioning his choice of career, despite the pressure of having to support a new wife and upcoming baby. In his first year as president of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association, Lucian was dragging along his rookie deputy for a sheriff’s junket on the Western Star steam train to Evanston.

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by Kathleen Costa


Another engaging story with a favorite character in Kathi Daley’s literary family! Kailani “Lani” Pope, lifeguard at the Dolphin Bay resort, has found another dead body, this one at the bottom of a cliff. However, and here is Kathi’s twist, the discovery has Lani perplexed since this body was reported to have died five years ago! Sure, no body had been found then, and Lani’s father was first on the scene, finding the murdered body of an heiress, chasing the possible killer to a cliff and witnessing that man jump. All believed no one could have survived that leap.

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by Cynthia Chow


It makes sense that in a town full of witches, there would be a veterinarian in Portsmouth who specializes in familiars. Only recently aware of her magical heritage herself, Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound Britton makes an appointment to take her disappearing (literally, at times) cat familiar for a routine checkup. Alistair receives a clean bill of health, but the same won’t soon be said for Dr. Ramona Forsythe.

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