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Bailey Cates

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have 5 more food mysteries for your Christmas enjoyment-A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Blackberry Burial: A Berry Basket Mystery by Sharon Farrow, Honey-Baked Homicide: A Down South Café Mystery by Gayle Leeson, Potions and Pastries: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates, and Running Out of Time: A Dodie O’Dell Mystery by Suzanne Trauth.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Bailey Cates


In the two years since Katie Lightfoot moved from Ohio to Savannah, Georgia, she has been running the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt, gained a boyfriend, and joined a bookclub with women of special interests. Katie also learned that she was a heredity hedgewitch, a lightwitch, and a catalyst for magical events that led to her involvement in five homicide investigations with a sixth on its way.

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by Sunny Frazier


Time for BBQs, sunscreen, and reading on the beach. Why not start a new series and take a mental vacation back in time and to foreign shores with these titles.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s been a long year since her husband’s affair left Elliana Allbright humiliated and heartbroken in her hometown of Poppyville, California. Opening Scents & Nonsense, a customized perfume and aromatherapy store, has been instrumental in mending Ellie’s soul and finally allowing her to be happy again. Ellie loves nothing more than blending the perfect ingredients to soothe her customers’ souls and creating the exact fragrances guaranteed to fulfill their desires.

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by Cyntha Chow


It’s been just a year since Katie Lightfoot began working at her aunt and uncle’s Honeybee Bakery in Savannah and discovered that she is a heredity hedgewitch. As much as that latter knowledge has added to her life, it’s not been without a few bumps in the road. The latest stumble arrives when a young woman interrupts Katie’s spellbook book club meeting, murmurs a few words about a gri-gris, and then collapses at Katie’s feet.

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by Sandra Murphy


We end this month with another fun group of mysteries from Penguin. We have food, cats, bookmobile, crafts, food, and more: Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews, Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman, Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass, Grace Against the Clock By Julie Hyzy, and Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates. Details on how to win copies of all 5 books at the end of this post, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



Here are three more fun mysteries from Penguin-Freezer or I’ll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton, Read It and Weep by Jenny McKinlay, and Charms and Chocolate Chips: A Magical Bakery Mystery By Bailey Cates. You will find some great pets in two of these books as well–a Cairn Terrier, and a Yorkie-Poo. Details on how to win a copy of all 3 at the end of this post.

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by Cynthia Chow



M.J. Holliday and her reality television crew from Ghoul Getters return to England to shoot another episode after their last session in Dunkirk proved to be a bust. Although completely exhausted, the pressure to produce a successful show is on and M.J. has expectations that their shoot in the haunted Kidwellah Castle in the Northern Wales town of Penbigh will be full of ghostly appearances. What doesn’t help M.J. are the histrionic antics of her best friend and technical advisor Gilley that get them all delayed at airport security and nearly sent back to her condo in Boston.

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by Sandra Murphy



If you’re looking for something fun to do indoors while you avoid the summer heat–check out these four mystery book reviews & then enter to make them yours–details at the end of this post. We have All Sales Final by Laura Disilverio, Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates, Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly, and Mrs. Jeffries Defends Her Own by Emily Brightwell–all published by Penguin.

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