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Books & Tales

by Cynthia Chow



When a worn rubber washer results in a flood that damages the priceless library collection of Chellingworth Hall, Duke Henry Devereaux Twyst requests the aid of book specialist Bryn Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins has a concern of his own, and it is Henry’s mother who prods him into revealing it. It seems that an inexplicable number of books have disconcertedly and continually been added to his bookstore’s stock, and Bryn worries that it is for nefarious means.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maura left Boston after her grandmother’s death, just to visit Ireland. Gran wanted her to see the old country and let distant relatives know she’d died. What was to be a visit, has turned into a new life. Moira inherited a pub, three employees, a daily storytelling fixture of a customer, and a house too. It seems she’s here to stay, at least for now.

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by Sandra Murphy


Charlie Harris is acting as interim library director at the college, a job he thought he’d like. It takes him away from his research work which is a shame and involves way too much paperwork. He can still bring his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to work with him which is a good thing. Saying no to the cat would be a deal breaker.

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by Will Zeilinger


The last thing I needed was to wake up to a yapping dog. Not on the morning after St. Patrick’s Day. I hadn’t thrown a party like that since my college days and the hangover I had was a killer. I managed to get both eyes open and drag my sorry ass out of bed to find out what was getting Lardass worked up.

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by Sharon Tucker


St. Patrick’s Day approaches on March 17 and those of us of Irish descent can justifiably dance a little, drink Guinness, Jameson, or Bushmills, and dance some more. Happily too, this year I discovered the Sister Fidelma novels of Peter Tremayne (a.k.a. Peter Bradford Ellis) so will enjoy reading all the series and probably Tremayne’s Irish history works as well.

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by Kathleen Costa


Roxanne Bloom, Roxy to her friends, found herself at a crossroads leaving a law practice and ex-husband behind. Her Aunt Maxine, with whom she spent many a wonderful summer, told her about the plans to revitalize the Honey Springs boardwalk prompting Roxy to follow one of her dreams. She attends barista school and cooking classes, rents one of Aunt Maxi’s buildings on the boardwalk, and opens ‘The Bean Hive,’ the area’s first coffeehouse.

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Old #32: Mystery Short Story

IN THE March 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
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by Gary Hoffman


I got my job as a batboy with the Pine City Pinkies not because my old man was somebody important, but because I didn’t have one. Most batboys are hired because their old man knows someone or is an important person in the community. Mine left me and my mom when I was two years old. May 13, 1950, was the date he bailed out for “parts unknown to seek his fortune.” Mom still gets dumpy when that date rolls around every year.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Bethany Blake


Daphne Templeton is the black sheep of the family. She’s a pet sitter/dog walker with a sister, Piper, who’s a veterinarian and a mother who is totally focused on being the best realtor ever. Piper lets Daphne live with her, rent free, and bails her out when the pet sitter VW van breaks down or runs out of gas. Two dollars worth of gas just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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by Cynthia Chow


The morning after a book launch where alcohol was the only real requirement, London book editor Samantha Clair was still recovering as she began her Saturday morning errand-running and marketing. As the go-between for her reclusive neighbor and another gardener, Sam is unprepared to resist the plea from Viv to check on her own missing upstairs neighbor.

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Designated Survivor: TV Review

IN THE March 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Doward Wilson


Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. On the night of the State of the Union address, he is named the Designated Survivor and is sequestered. When multiple explosions demolish the Capitol building, killing the President, Vice-President, all the other members of the Cabinet and every member of Congress, Tom is sworn in as the President. Moving swiftly to contain the damage and take control of the situation, Tom is surprised to find that the GOP also had a Designated Survivor in the person of Kimble Hookstraten (played by Virginia Madsen), a Republican Congresswoman.

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by Cynthia Chow


If Cut ‘N Dye hair salon owner Marla Vail was hoping for a quiet holiday season, she’s in for a disappointment. Instead, it’s going to be a Hanukkah and Christmas season of murder, secrets, a hidden treasure, and family expectations. It begins with shrieks from the adjoining spa aesthetician Rosana Hernandez alerting Marla of the death of client Valerie Weston.

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by Kathleen Costa


The worst feeling in the world is being helpless when a friend is in trouble. Caitlyn Hart sees the car her best friend, Tara, is in veer off the road to avoid an oncoming car and plunge down a ravine. EMTs arrive to rescue her from the car, but she’s lost a lot of blood, and Tanner, the driver of the car? Dead at the scene. Doctors say Tara needs a blood transfusion, but her rare blood type makes that a difficult task.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Frances Brody


As Freda Simonson looks out her bedroom window, she sees a man being tossed out on his ear from the local pub. He’s obviously had too much to drink and lands in a heap in the gutter. Before the barman can go back inside, a man rushes from the darkness and in the following scuffle, the barman falls to the ground, dead. A crowd gathers, and it’s assumed the drunken man was the murderer. Only Freda knows the truth, and no one believes her.

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by Gail Farelly



He’s the worst, the absolute worst. I’ve always hated bullies, and he’s no exception. His name is Bob; to me, he’s Bully Bob. He’s in a bad mood tonight. So what’s new? When he’s in a bad mood, that’s bad news for me. I have to pay the price. He manhandles me, as he sees fit and really pushes my buttons. Hard. Much too hard. I’m amazed that all my parts are still in working order. I only wish that his weren’t.

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by Diana Hockley


I am starting this review with a statement—this book is a masterpiece!
Like many people, I had no idea of the politics of French Colonial Vietnam as the Second World War was about to start. Margaret Mendel’s book gives a clearly written description of the events, cloaked in a riveting fictional account of the happenings in Saigon in 1939.

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by Sunny Frazier


We’re all a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and lucky that I am to announce two new series for your reading pleasure!
It’s Purr M for Murder in T.C. LoTempio’s latest. You may know the author from her Nick and Nora cat mysteries, but this is a cat rescue series. Sydney McCall, a nice Irish name, left New York City, an ex-fiancé, and an advertising job to return home to Deer Park, NC, and help her sister run an animal shelter, Friendly Paws.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hamelin, Vermont, is host to the Annual Highland Festival which includes caber tossing, sword dancing, and a lot of shopping. The retailers rely on the cash flowing in this time of year to tide them over the slow sales months. The ScotShop is no exception. Peggy Winn and her fourteenth century ghost, Dirk, love to see the shop crowded with tourists who want to take home a piece of Scotland—or at least a tartan.

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by Kathleen Costa


This is truly a delightful, entertaining series! Jamie Quinn may be a bit quirky with some low self-esteem issues, but one can easily identify with this young woman just trying to find her way. She loves her family, is loyal to friends and clients, misses her mom who recently died, and discovers she is more capable than she ever imagined…very realistic from her engaging first-person narrative. These books are quick reads, or listens in my case, but not short at all on enjoyment.

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