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Books & Tales

by Joan Leotta


John scanned the crowd. He stopped his survey when he noticed a tall, willowy redhead looking at him. Red was partially encircled by several of the conference’s mostly male attendees. They were obviously entranced by her smile and her form-fitting green wool dress. Her emerald gaze, however, looked beyond her coterie of admirers.

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by Kathleen Costa


Kailani Pope, ‘Lani’ to everyone except her paternal grandmother, is known for doing whatever is necessary to help a friend. So, when Bethany Halderman called and said her sister Cammy’s accident wasn’t an accident, Lani is there to help her friend find the truth. Cammy Halderman was competing in the Amazing Brains and Brawn Race when she was found dead at the bottom of a cliff.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Charli Rae Warren left Hazel Rock, Texas, she hoped to leave behind the Princess nickname that was passed on to her parents’ converted historic barn and their albino pink armadillo. Now that Charli has returned to Hazel Rock to run The Book Barn Princess, Charli is finding that memories are long, and that it is inevitable that all three Princesses will be sharing space together.

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by Wyleen Luoma


For the second production of their 2017 Season, the Kings Players are presenting Murder Me, Murder Me Not, a hilarious romp of a mystery farce.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a great group of new mysteries for your summer reading-A Nightshade for Warning: An Enchanted Garden Mystery by Bailey Cattrell, Every Body on Deck: A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett, Magick & Mayhem: An Abracadabra Mystery by Sharon Pape, and Death in Dark Blue: A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by Julia Buckley. 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 Sharon Tucker


Faye Kellerman has written twenty-four novels starring Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Decker as of this year, and I must insist that I am revealing no surprise elements of the plot by letting readers in on the fact that they marry each other early into the series. Please. From their first encounter in The Ritual Bath (1986), onward through the most recent novel, The Bone Box (2017), it is clear that they are bashert (soul mates) bringing out the best in each other to become who each was meant to be.

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by Sunny Frazier


Time for summer time beach reads. There’s a new series to try, our favorite bookstore mysteries, and a few titles that will make you crave a cupcake. Enjoy!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Linda Johnston


The owner of human bakery Icing and its adjacent canine-centered Barkery and Biscuits, Carrie Kennersly loves nothing more than creating and baking tasty treats for four-legged friends. Her dedication to only producing healthy products is why she has been so hesitant to sell a recipe to the major pet food manufacturer VimPets. The publicity and name recognition is tempting though, especially when they are made by the charming Jack Loroco.

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by Cynthia Chow


If not for an unexpected inheritance, former attorney Jill Gardner would never have had the opportunity to become the owner of Coffee, Books, and More in South Cove, California. A former attorney, Jill is now in the process of attaining a Masters’ Degree in Business in order to help her book and coffee shop succeed in the tourist-dependent town.

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by John M. Floyd


Catherine Munsen was less than thrilled about her job. In fact, until the day she met Frank Goodman, she thought it was downright boring.
Catherine was a part-time teller at the Marshlands Bank in Gulf Springs, Mississippi. Her actual position, though not recorded anywhere on her job description sheet, was a combination of teller and secretary and supply sergeant. The only thing she was not allowed to do was process loans.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Mystery author Dana Cameron is the latest cozy mystery author to have one of her books, Site Unseen, turned into a movie on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. We took a moment to chat with her about the experience.

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by Sandra Murphy


Meg Barrett has been hired by an upscale B&B to make each room unique with a theme of great writers. While her own cottage is being renovated, she’s staying in the Emily Dickinson room. She had been on her kind-of-boyfriend Cole’s yacht, but with a hurricane predicted, the marina has been evacuated. The B&B is owned by Franklin Hollingsworth, a true bibliophile. His wife, Violet, a sculptor, says she can’t begin to compete with a first edition book.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Tammy Kaehler


In just one amazing year, professional race car driver Kate Reilly has gone from placing last on the Indianapolis 500 trial run charts to finishing first. Only one other female racer has ever achieved the fastest speed during a practice race, and her fate seemed to prove that women couldn’t take the pressure of competition. Just ten days after ranking number one on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charts, PJ Rodriguez fell off the roof of her downtown hotel.

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by Terrance McArthur


You know how, once in a while, you come across a book that makes you think, “What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”
You know how, once in a while, you come across a writer who makes you think, “This is so good! Why can’t I put ideas together that well?”

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by Kathleen Costa


Jillian Hanford has made a temporary arrangement to take over her half-brother’s resort on Gull Island, manage renovations and turn it into a writer’s retreat. Several authors have already moved in with long-term leases taking advantage of the conducive environment for writing and unique collaborations. Have a murder needing to be solved? Talk it out with another author or gather everyone together…seven heads are better than one. Today’s topic is the recent death of Katrina Pomeroy, suspiciously occurring on the eleventh anniversary of the Friday the Thirteenth Massacre.

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by Maddie Davidson


Jake swore loudly as he tripped over a rock and nearly fell. His legs felt like rubber, his back ached from carrying a fifty-pound backpack, and he had lost track of how many hours they had been hiking. Pausing to catch his breath, he watched Alicia bounding ahead of him on the path as assuredly as a mountain lion stalking her prey.

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