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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower


Bailey King has the best of both worlds. In New York, she’s a master chocolatier with her own cable television show. Back home in Ohio, she’s able to work at Swissmen Sweets, her grandmother’s Amish chocolate shop. Bailey’s father left the Amish community before being baptized, so Bailey wasn’t raised Amish.

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by Sandra Murphy


You’d think auditing a college class on the history of England from the end of the Roman occupation until the Norman conquest would be a safe enough pastime. Somehow, Charlie Harris manages to land in the midst of yet another mystery. Perhaps it was because he didn’t take his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to class with him.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cate Conte


It’s off season on Daybreak Island, a time to repair, update, and plan for the next tourist season. Some businesses remain open, at least on a limited basis, for islanders. Maddie’s business, JJ’s House of Purrs is no exception. If you can stand the noise of the carpenters working to redo the layout of the old house, then the cat café is open, serving pastries and drinks, and furnishing a cat or ten to keep you company. If you should fall in love with one of them, no worries, they’re all available for adoption.

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by Sandra Murphy


Bernie’s been in the hospital for a long time, especially in dog time. Chet had to stay with their buddy Rick. At least Rick took him to visit Bernie, almost every day. Now Bernie is standing outside the hospital, ready to go home! Is this a great day or what?!

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by Sandra Murphy


Andy Carpenter is a defense attorney who really doesn’t like to take cases, investigate, and go to court. Luckily, he has enough money that he doesn’t have to. When his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara, is at the vet’s office and the vet asks about a legal problem, that changes everything.

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by Sandra Murphy


Erin Gaines, her husband, and a couple of good, really best, friends start their own company. It features an app that helps users stick to their budget. As you pass a store, it will tell you what’s on sale, if it fits your allotted budget, and it keeps track of all your expenses and savings. A great way for college kids to live within their means, for adults to save for retirement, and for retirees to plan trips or gifts for the grandkids. The plan is to ride the app’s success for a few years, then sell to the highest bidder, retire as millionaires.

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by Sandra Murphy


Like Melanie Travis doesn’t have enough to do with two sons, thirteen-year-old Davie and four-year-old Kevin. She also has a husband, Sam, an overbearing Aunt Peg, and five black standard Poodles—and Bud, the mixed breed dog found by the side of the road. He was to be a temp but never left. Kev considers Bud to be his dog. Now Melanie has the idea to start a book club. What could go wrong?

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


So many mystery novels are coming out all the time it is impossible to keep up! So once again we find ourselves playing catch up with a wonderful group of new and fairly new mysteries-Down in Flames: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl Hollon, Guilty as Charred: A Cook-Off Mystery by Devon Delaney, Left Fur Dead: A Jules & Bun Mystery by J. M. Griffin, Seeing Red: A Red Herring Mystery by Dana Dratch, and Murder’s No Votive Confidence: A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by Christin Brecher.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have reviews of three Sisters in Crime anthologies-Deadly Southern Charm a Lethal Ladies Mystery anthology from Sisters in Crime Central Virginia Chapter edited by Mary Burton and Mary Miley, Fatally Haunted from the Los Angeles Sisters in Crime Chapter edited by Rachel Howzell Hall, Sheila Lowe, and Laurie Stevens, and Fishy Business: 22 Tales of Murder and Mayhem by the Rising Stars of Mystery the fifth Guppies Chapter anthology.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


So many mystery novels are coming out all the time it is impossible to keep up! So once again we find ourselves playing catch up with a wonderful group of new and fairly new mysteries-“Murder in Galway” A Galway Ireland Mystery by Carlene O’Connor, “A Dream of Death” An Antique Mystery by Connie Berry, “Murder She Wrote, Murder in Red” by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, “Thread on Arrival” A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery by Lea Wait, “The Scent of Murder” A Jazz Ramsey series by Kylie Logan, and “Antiques Ravin’” A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Bethany Blake


Piper has always been the favorite child. Daphne’s used to that. After all, Piper’s a veterinarian which means a regular income. She has her own home. Daphne loves to see the world, not much planning involved. Once home again, she started pet sitting and making dog treats. She’s living in a cottage on Piper’s property. And now, Piper’s getting married.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Father’s Day feasts-Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Dying for Devil’s Food: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, The Diva Sweetens the Pie: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches: A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, and Sconed to Death: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun catch up group of mysteries-Murder on Trinity Place: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson, The Loch Ness Papers: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton, Murder in Midtown: A Louise Faulk series by Liz Freeland, and Wed, Read & Dead: A Mystery Bookshop Mystery by V.M. Burns.

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by Sandra Murphy


Sarah Booth Delaney and her PI partner Tinkie live and work in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Tinkie’s married; Sarah Booth is still single although involved with Coleman, the sheriff. Sarah Booth also has her own personal ghost, Jitty, who pushes, prods, goads, and nags about Sarah Booth’s need to provide a Delaney heir.

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