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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy


Halia and Wavonne are at it again: another murder, another can’t-resist-it-investigation by Halia. Latasha is hosting Monique, famous in the haircare industry for her products like Sleek, a relaxant for African-American hair. She’s flamboyant, flashy, and loud—and a treat to meet. Halia and Wavonne are invited to Latasha’s salon to do just that. Of course, once Monique hears about the mouth-watering fried chicken and biscuits Halia serves at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, she and her entourage just have to try it.

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End of March Mystery Catch Up

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun catch up group of mysteries-Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, Murder, She Meowed: A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods: Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell, and Angels and Alibis: A Sister Lou Mystery by Olivia Matthews.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more fun food mysteries for your Spring reading-Hot Fudge Murder: A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, Restaurant Weeks Are Murder: A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, Drawn and Buttered: A Lobster Shack Mystery by Shari Randall, No Good Tea Goes Unpunished: A Seaside Café Mystery by Bree Baker.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Hannah Swensen of Cookie Jar fame, has a confession to make. Although her family says she doesn’t have to, she’s determined to make her announcement after the Sunday sermon. Confession is good for the soul, right?

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by Sandra Murphy


Siobhan O’Sullivan lives in Kilbane, a small town in County Cork, Ireland. Her family runs Naomi’s Bistro while she patrols as the newest member of the Garda (police). Her boss, friend, and lover is Macdara. They have their hands full when the International Poker Tournament is held in a local pub at the same time as the Arts and Music Festival happens on the main street.

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by Sandra Murphy


Emmaline St. Germaine appears to be a genteel single woman, a spinster. Her brother controls her inheritance, she lives in the town house he owns, her cousin Fidelity, is her chaperone/companion. For those who like a life of boredom, waited on by servants and constrained by what’s expected, it’s a good life. Emmaline wants more.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower


Violet Waverly got a message that her Grandmother was dying, hurry home. Fortunately, Grandma was faking. Now Violet is involved in running Charming Books with Grandma Daisy. The women of the family have been caretakers of a particular tree for generations. Logic says the tree shouldn’t still be alive, much less thriving, but there it is. Its health and longevity can be attributed to the magical waters from a nearby spring. Violet has inherited the caretaker job.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we are playing catch-up once again with reviews of mysteries from the last few months, including the paperback release of one book. We have cats, wine, historical mysteries, games and weddings-A Devious Death: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell, No Escape Claws: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Seven Deadly Zins: A Wine Country Mystery by Nancy J. Parra, Grand Slam Murders: A Bridge to Death Mystery by R. J. Lee, and Gown With the Wind: A Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmoore.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maura inherited a house, a pub, and employees a year ago. It’s dawned on her, she now has a family. There’s no need to return to Boston. Now, if she could just get the hang of running a business and a home.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Sarah Graves


Toby Moran is not a nice guy. He’s the guy who flirts, romances, and sweeps a woman off her feet—and then his real personality shows itself. When the woman breaks up with him, he gets even worse. Still, he manages to find another soon, and the cycle repeats.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Julia Henry


Lilly Jayne is known for her fabulous gardens. It’s a matter of knowing the plants, placing art work in between, and creating an overall layout that brings it all together. Lilly’s been out of contact with many of her friends for a while. First, it was her husband Alan’s illness and then the grief over his death.

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by Sandra Murphy


Belle, a rich widow, has summoned Sarah Winston, garage sale specialist, to visit her home. The invitation was hand-written on beautiful stationary and delivered by messenger. It’s enough to cause minor panic in the calmest person.

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