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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Jillian Hanford is finding a great deal of success these days. At Turtle Cove Resort, a writers’ retreat she manages, several renovation projects have been completed, and eight writers have taken up permanent residence.


by Cynthia Chow

Despite being the owner of Bay Island’s psychic shop Mystical Musings, Cass Donnovan doesn’t actually believe she’s psychic. This hasn’t stopped the nightmares that keep her up at night, with the vision of the same woman making Cass fearful of falling asleep.


by Sandra Murphy

Phyllis Newsom shares her home with three other teachers—Eve, Caroline and Sam. They enjoy each other’s company, love to cook, and it helps stretch retirement budgets. Sometimes, they investigate murders.


by Sandra Murphy

Kat Holloway is a sought-after cook in manor house circles. Her new position is in Mayfair at the home of Lord Rankin. She expected the house to be in better order but chaos seems to be the tone. She’s barely started her job when a woman rushes into the kitchen and says she thinks she’s killed someone.


by Cynthia Chow

Six months after the death of her husband, Poppy McAllister Browne is still consoling herself with late night infomercial shopping, Pop-Tarts, and cookie dough. Feeling like she was fat, frumpy, and a failure, attending her twenty-fifth high school is about the last thing Poppy would ever want to do.


by Cynthia Chow

Holly Davis would have preferred to have been a divorcee instead of a widow, but Burl didn’t give her the chance. Her philandering husband crashed his plane before Holly could throw the official papers and photographic evidence in his face, meaning that Holly was still obliged to put up a Southern-style pretense of mourning.


by Gary Hoffman

“What architect from hell drew up these blueprints?” asked Richard Shelby.
“No architect. Mumford.” Tony Jackson said.
“And just what is a Mumford?”

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by Kathleen Costa

“It looks like a two-bagger today.” Tess grimaces a bit, but it isn’t unexpected since Valentine’s Day is only a week away. But, along with cards and packages, a few mysteries are delivered. First, BFF Bree Price, owner of the Book Boutique, is receiving Valentine’s gifts anonymously “From a Friend.”


by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then with a great meal-so this week we have a great meal of 5 food mysteries for you to enjoy and a wedding mystery-Biscuits and Slashed Browns: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day, Curses, Boiled Again!: A Lobster Shack Mystery by Shari Randall, Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue: A Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmoore, Scone Cold Killer: An All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery by Lena Gregory (the giveaway for this one only is EBOOK), Survival of the Fritters: A Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton, Dial M for Mousse: An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery by Laura Bradford.


by Sandra Murphy

Maura Donovan wants to have more business at her pub. So far, the music nights have been a hit. Should food be added next? When an American businessman shows interest in bringing his hotel guests by for “an authentic look” at an Irish pub, she’s not that enthused. Why make the townspeople feel like an exhibit at the zoo just to make more money?


by Nupur Tustin

“Herr Bruck is unfortunately no more.” The Bürgermeister stood in the middle of Maria Anna’s kitchen, a nervous energy propelling his girth back and forth on his heels while his hat twirled slowly from his forefinger.


by Cynthia Chow
& Maddy Moor

Emily Miceli is taking her loyal clients of Destinations Travel on a whirlwind tour through southwest England, but considering their record of murder and mayhem, she should have expected a few speed bumps. To promote her and her husband’s new tourist agency, Emily has offered a discount rate to an additional six bloggers in exchange for some positive social media publicity.


by Sharon Tucker

How better to mark St. Valentine’s Day than savoring the irony of perpetrating a murder on this particular holiday celebrating love and lover! Admittedly—not to everyone’s taste, as it is a rather non-traditional way to celebrate any holiday.


by Cynthia Chow
& Ellie Alexander

Taking place not long after the working vacation on a cruise depicted in A Crime of Passion Fruit, bakeshop owner Jules Capshaw is adjusting back to life running Torte and its expansion into the basement below. The Elizabethan-themed town of Ashland, Oregon, embraces the Bard as an inspiration to attract tourists, but most of the antics seem to be occurring behind-the-scenes.


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