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Books & Tales

by Cynthia Chow


The path towards love often is a rocky one, and as evidence one needs only to look within the doors of Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Melanie Cooper’s best friend and business partner Tate Harper is finally marrying Angie DeLaura, but her uncharacteristic transformation into a bridezilla has everyone ducking for cover. Even more unsettling is the demand by Mel’s former UCLA roommate, Diane Earnest, to create and deliver engagement breakup cupcakes to her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend.

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by Sandra Murphy


After Sydney’s engagement imploded, she quit her job and went back home to help her sister, Cat, run the local animal shelter. Donations are down so a little PR work can surely keep the doors open. With the help of the bakery owner, a pop up cat café is scheduled. Those who want to grab and run can still get coffee and a pastry to go; those who want a more relaxed start to the day can get their drinks and food and go into the designated cat room. Cats, of course, have their own treats.

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Easter Eggs

IN THE April 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Shawn Reilly Simmons


Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a fun day with the family, usually accompanied by a great meal, it also signals that winter is definitely done and spring is upon us.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ever since she designed a lemonade stand slogan as a ten-year-old, Tobi Tobias’s dream has been to work in advertising. The past six months since finally opening the Tobias Ad Agency have been bleak though, and if Tobi doesn’t land a client soon, she’s going to be out of business. It seems within her grasp when Tobi creates the perfect marketing campaign for the Zander Closet Company, owned by the almost-as-perfect Andrew Zander and his overly charming brother Gary.

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by Cynthia Chow


Stone Dale University is hosting their annual “Twenty-first Century Arts and Culture Series,” which entails conducting workshops and bringing in prestigious speakers for Arts Week. American Literature professor Lila Maclean has been ordered by her chancellor to interview the famous author Damon Von Tussel, who decades ago wrote one much-lauded novel in his twenties and only now has released a new collection of prose.

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by Madeline McEwen


Archibald Brown, a chimney sweep, had retired in the very last house on Windermere Lane deep in the heart of the Devonshire countryside in England. Living alone in the village of Lustingleigh, he rarely, if ever, had the opportunity to welcome a visitor and share any of his many memories, what his dearly departed wife called, “Tall tales,” like the time he had a brush with a golden opportunity.

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Striking Out, An Acorn TV Original

IN THE April 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
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by Kathleen Costa


ACORN-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films and some programs only available or original to ACORN-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable, and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fans of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”

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by Diana Hockley


The little beady-eyed creep irritated the hell out of me. If he hadn’t been one heck of a technician, I would have had him transferred to another department. Much as I liked to hear the figures on the monitors squeal, prolonged listening got old pretty quickly.

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by Cynthia Chow


It is finally happening. Despite suspecting one another of murder, problematic exes, unknown children, and an unplanned pregnancy, Sorenson, Wisconsin’s medico-legal death investigator Mattie Winston and Detective Steve Hurley are finally getting married. That’s not to say that Mattie is gracefully walking down the aisle just yet, as more than one debacle has her thinking that perhaps the Fates are sending a message.

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by Cynthia Chow


What should have been one of the best times in Davis Way Cole’s life had become the absolute worst. Instead of celebrating the birth of her twin baby girls Bexley and Quinn, Davis is frantic over the survival of Biloxi’s Bellissimo Resort and Casino. A new competing Blitz resort, constructed virtually next door, has decimated Bellissimo’s business and forced them to cut their staff nearly in half.

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by Kathleen Costa


Lily Gayle Lambert is enjoying her afternoon gossiping with Miss Edna. She gets an earful about her great niece Harley Ann, opinions on touristy shop names popping up around town, and learns the new Bed and Breakfast, The Midnight Dragonfly, is opening next weekend. However, the identity of the new B&B owners is a mystery, but Miss Edna surmises it’s “probably some damn Yankees.”

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by Mary Anne Barker


Mercedes Thompson is a simple Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, but then maybe she isn’t so simple since she has the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She is also surrounded by supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires, and fae.

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by Cynthia Chow


A haunted grape press seemed like the ideal new display for a paranormal museum, but that was before it was reported stolen, the owner murdered, and the press hauled away as evidence. Maddie Kosloski had purchased the antique press for San Benedetto’s upcoming harvest fair, and she can’t explain why Romeo Paganini declared it as stolen after his wife sold it to a dealer.

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by Sandra Murphy


Bea Cartright owns Bea and Bees, on South Bass Island. It’s a nice, quiet retreat, at least when murder and mayhem aren’t on the schedule. There are other B&Bs on the island, of course, but when The Twins open Tara, complete with fake Spanish moss hanging from the trees, the over the top décor and atmosphere draw in visitors from all over. The Twins are a media sensation. Kidnapped as teenagers and the children of a movie star, gorgeous to boot, they can outdo the Kardashians in the publicity department.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews & giveaways of a bunch of fun food mysteries-Cold Pressed Murder: An Olive Grove Mystery by Kelly Lane, Kneaded to Death: A Bread Shop Mystery By Winnie Archer, Roux the Day: A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Wiken, and When the Grits Hit the Fan: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Dorothy Wills-Raftery


Your dog suddenly goes into a seizure. What do you do? Do you call the vet? Is there something you can do to help? Are the blindness and confusion normal after a seizure? Can dogs with Canine Epilepsy live a normal life? What medications are available? Are there support groups and resources for families with epileptic dogs (Epi-dogs) to turn to? What triggers a seizure?

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