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Marilyn Meredith

by Marilyn Meredith


What a perfectly titled book. The young woman and heroine, Chessa Paxton, is accused of murdering her husband, and run she does, and run and run and run. Not only is she running from the detectives on the case, but from many of those who might be the real killer.

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by Marilyn Meredith


Frankly, I absolutely loved this tale. Author Edith Maxwell has done a magnificent job of weaving historical information, interesting information about the Quakers’ beliefs and culture, and a bit of romance into a fascinating mystery.

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by Marilyn Meredith




If you love horror and vampires, this is the book for you, however, it has a several different twists than most books featuring vampires.
Infernal has the addition of a major player ? the devil. Yes, the entity sometimes called Satan. He cavorts around as a well-dressed, cigar smoking human. He taunts a priest, and directs the vampires. The vampires attack a monastery and invade the Central Valley, concentrating on Clovis and Kingsburg.

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by Marilyn Meredith



This is a most unusual group of stories that will give you insights into different cultures and times. “Angelina,” the first one, is about a young girl wounded during World War II.

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by Marilyn Meredith


There is a lot to love in this Austin Starr mystery.
The setting is mainly Vancouver, but also Seattle in 1969 and focuses on the women’s liberation movement which is an integral part of the plot. Having vivid memories of all that went on during the late ‘60s, I have to say Kendall has done a great job weaving all of the emotions of the times into the story.

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by Marilyn Meredith


This is a true thriller—a real nail biter.
Sandy Tremont seems to have the perfect life: a beautiful home in a remote setting, a husband with an affinity for the outdoors who truly loves her, and a teen daughter. Maybe that relationship isn’t as good as it could be, but we all know how teenagers are.

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by Marilyn Meredith


Though this is number five in the Falcon’s Bend series, the authors did a good job of bringing the reader up to speed with the characters and past events.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Marilyn Meredith


This week in honor of Earth Day we are once again featuring only ebooks. Here are four more mystery ones-Murder in a Good Neighborhood by K.K. Chalmers, A Deadly Denial by Kathy Bennett, The Hollow House by Janis Patterson, Halloween Thirteen: A Collection of Mysteriously Macabre Tales by Bobbi A. Chukran, and The Case of the Murderous Mermaid and Others by Andrew MacRae.

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by Marilyn Meredith
& Frankie Bailey



This week we have a review of sci-fi/mystery novel What the Fly Saw by Frankie Bailey, along with an interesting guest post about death rituals from Frankie. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of the book.

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by Marilyn Meredith



Finger never disappoints, and Running with Wild Blood is no exception.
The official blurb says: Richard Lake of the Atlanta Police Department gets a cold case when a witness suddenly gets his memory back. Lake recruits Morah Dru to look into the murder of Juliet Trapp, 16 when she died, and a student at Winters Farm Academy.

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by Marilyn Meredith


While all the snow was falling in the East and Midwest, and even in some Southern States, the one thing people on Facebook and DorothyL kept writing was, “It’s a good time to read,” proving there’s nothing like a good book to make you forget excessive snow, icy roads, and freezing temperatures.

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by Marilyn Meredith


I’m not sure where to begin with this review of After Ariel–there are so many good things to say.
First, there is a glossary of Australian slang at the front of the book. It was fun reading. However, I didn’t find it necessary in order to understand the outstanding dialogue.

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Ruin Falls By Jenny Milchman

IN THE August 23 ISSUE

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by Marilyn Meredith



Believe me, once you start reading Ruin Falls, you won’t want to put it down. Liz Daniels is going on a much needed vacation with her husband, Paul and their two children, Ally and Reid. Despite the fact that Paul is immediately revealed to be a control freak, Liz respects and loves him.

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by Marilyn Meredith



Murmurs of Insanity, a Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Mystery by Gerrie Ferris Fingers, is a fascinating and complicated trail littered with all sorts of intriguing characters including some who are missing: a young teen, an artist and his girlfriend.

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by Marilyn Meredith
& Lorie Lewis Ham


Sexy, platinum blonde movie siren, Gertrude Hurd had it all-fame, men, and riches. But now she was dead. A fallen angel, whose broken body and tarnished halo was lying on a hillside behind her beach front cafe. It’s 1931, and private detective Tom Logan is back, once again immersed in a perplexing mystery, that has him racing against time to track down a merciless killer.

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by Marilyn Meredith
&Cynthia Chow



It was a perfectly overcast night for a ghost hunt, and ghost tour guide Lorna Collins was hoping to please her ghost hunters at the Wilkinson House, a long-vacant Bear Creek home built in the 1900s and still up for sale. Unfortunately, the dead entity they discover on site is pretty corporal, as it is the body of a teenaged “Goth” boy with, very suspiciously, two puncture wounds on his neck. Ghosts are one thing, but a vampire–that is something even these spiritualists can’t believe actually exists.

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