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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy



Jake Marley has been a recluse for as long as anybody can remember. His sister was killed in a car accident when he was just a kid. After that, things were never the same. He has a lot of money but no friends or family. The townspeople of Clearview, Texas are more than surprised when Jake buys the old Opera House with plans to open a theater. Like Jake, the Opera House has been left to its own devices for far too long. A lot of repairs are in order.

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by Sandra Murphy
& E.J. Copperman



Kay Powell has an entertainment background. Her mom, El, and dad Jay (J, K, L, get it?) were performers in the Catskills and now on cruise ships. Kay did her part for years until she felt too grown up and wanted to go to veterinary school. She ended up in law school instead. However, that can be managed if you go into a career of being an agent for animals.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more July & August mysteries from Penguin authors-Addressed to Kill: A Postmistress Mystery by Jean Flowers, Sowed to Death: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, Muffin to Fear: A Merry Muffin Mystery by Victoria Hamilton, A Tangled Yarn: A Yarn Retreat Mystery by Betty Hechtman, & Chime and Punishment: A Clock Shop Mystery by Julianne Holmes.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maddie James is home on Daybreak Island for her grandmother’s funeral. Grandma’s death wasn’t unexpected, but she’s mourned by all who knew her. At the gravesite, Maddie sees an orange tabby cat, friendly enough but frightened as mourners approach to offer their condolence.

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by Sandra Murphy


This time Jaine Austen (no relation to you-know-who) has it made. She’s been hired to write for a reality show set on an island near Tahiti. With neighbor Lance to mist her Boston fern daily and the okay to bring her cat Prozac along for the ride, she’s off to a tropical paradise.

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by Sandra Murphy


Go to the dime store in Shadow Bend, Missouri, near Kansas City, and you’ll meet Devereaux Sinclair, the owner. She hosts knitting groups, quilters, teens after school, and makes gift baskets as well as whipping up stellar milk shakes. It’s all part of making a living in a small town.

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by Sandra Murphy


Agnes Blythe worked for years to put her boyfriend, Roger, through school. Now he’s a professor, and it’s her turn to get a graduate degree. Roger will be her graduate advisor. Things would be going well if Roger hadn’t just announced he wants to break up with Agnes to be with a Pilate’s instructor.

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by Sandra Murphy


Regular readers know Grace and Bennett Marshfield (the billionaire) have discovered they’re related. He’s made her his heir and is transitioning control of Marshfield Manor to her. It’s all overwhelming. On the other hand, she’s been able to help her roommates, Bruce and Scott, find a new home for their wine shop. It started life as a granite place, morphed into a glass factory, and will be reborn yet again.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a great group of 4 mysteries released this summer and published by Kensington, Penguin, & St. Martins-Booked 4 Murder: A Sophie Kimball Mystery by J.C. Eaton, Only Skein Deep: A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton, Patterned After Death: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, & Sticks and Bones: Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy


It starts with a missing boy, brother to a man who, through hard work and an inheritance, is now successful. He wants to find his brother in order to share the wealth. The two became separated when they were sent West on the Orphan Trains. Families adopted homeless boys mostly, some girls, to add to their families; some were just looking for cheap labor. The story of the brothers begins to fall apart when the man claims his brother returned to New York. The story was easily checked and found to be a total lie.

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by Sandra Murphy


Puppy Fest is set up similar to the annual Puppy Super Bowl. It’s a fundraiser for a local shelter run by Jane Brody. Her dad is Lou Brody, always referred to that way, never as Dad. Lou was married three times and has nine kids. They know how much he’s worth and none of them, including grandkids, are happy about the amount of money he’s left to charity in his will. Of late, he’s given thought to increasing that amount which in turn, increases their unhappiness.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have 3 fun mysteries by Kensington authors-A Toast to Murder: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, If the Haunting Fits, Wear It: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, & Mulch Ado About Murder: A Local Foods Mystery by Edith Maxwell. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 3 books, and links to purchase them.

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Sabrina Tate is supposed to be writing her mystery book, but it’s so easy to get sidetracked with all the goings on in Lavender, Texas. This time it’s the annual Pumpkin Days. Things wouldn’t be quite so hectic if she could only control her Aunt Rowe. She’s in charge of the pumpkin cannon. That’s right, pumpkins shot out of a cannon—what could go wrong?

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by Sandra Murphy


Retired police Chief Katherine Sullivan, a widow, moved from Edina, Minnesota, to New Mexico to paint and soak up the sun. She’d first fallen in love with the area when her husband gave her a solo vacation as a birthday present. No schedule to follow, no tours to take, just time for herself. It was bliss. Now she lives there and returns to Minnesota to visit family.

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