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Daryl Wood Gerber

by Sunny Frazier


No Turkeys in this selection! Five new series and favorite authors to savor!
Debut novel of the Mystery Bookshop series by V.M. Burns (she also does the Pickled and Preserved series). The Plot Is Murder is set in North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber



“Ayiii!” Jenna stamped her foot and flicked the Hello Kitty pillow she got for Christmas six years ago across the room. Why was “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” playing on the radio? Didn’t the disc jockey know that Denny Henderson had dumped Jenna for Lili Littlefield today? Didn’t the DJ know that Jenna was at home, alone, on her birthday? Her parents took her brother and sister out to dinner on this chilly spring night because they thought Denny was taking Jenna for a burger and milkshake to celebrate. As if.

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by Sandra Murphy


Chase Day is a history professor, former Navy, and presumably an orphan, raised by his grandmother. His mother was killed in a fire over thirty years ago. He never knew who his father was. His mother abused drugs and alcohol so her mothering skills were spotty at best. He also coaches veterans in an art therapy class, getting them to put their problems on the canvas. It’s helped him although no one would call him an artist.

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by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


As summer heads for the home stretch, here are a few more fun mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors to see you through the rest of summer! We have food, crafts, and fashion. Grilling the Subject: Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Knit Your Own Murder: A Needlecraft Mystery by Monica Ferris, Shots in the Dark: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, and Silk Stalkings: A Material Witness Mystery by Diane Vallere. Details on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books at the end of this post along with links to purchase them.

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by Sunny Frazier


Is it too soon to think about Halloween? Apparently not! Several authors are jumping the gun and offering novel treats, recipes, and first-in-a-series titles for those of you searching for the next good read.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber


About a month ago, my son Patrick called us. Nothing dire, as my law partners at Livingston, Strom, and Willoughby would say. Quite the opposite. Patrick was so excited. Tasha, his beautiful, talented bride, had gotten a small publishing deal for her bodice-ripping romance novel. Small was an overstatement, but I kept my tongue. His wonderful thrillers were not yet published, but he didn’t sound jealous. Not in the least. Tasha was going to be on a panel at Romance Extraordinaire, he went on.

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by Marilyn Meredith


What a perfectly titled book. The young woman and heroine, Chessa Paxton, is accused of murdering her husband, and run she does, and run and run and run. Not only is she running from the detectives on the case, but from many of those who might be the real killer.

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by Cyntha Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This is definitely the summer of food mysteries! This week we have another great group-Fudging the Books: A Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Revenge of the Chili Queens: A Chili Cook-Off Mystery by Kylie Logan, Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton, Death Under Glass by Jennifer McAndrews, and Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies by Virginia Lowell. Details on how to win copies of all 5 book at the end of this post along with a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy




If you keep your stash of culinary mysteries close to the kitchen, if you dog-ear the pages and have Post It tabs marking your favorite recipes, if you’ve ever wondered, “Why can’t these all be in one place?” —well, ask no more, The Cozy Cookbook is here.

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by Cynthia Chow



Every Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, the non-witchy Winsome Witches organize a week of charitable events to benefit literacy. The celebrations include a Winsome Witch Faire, fund-raising luncheon, spookiest window display contest, healing potion workshop, candy-making classes and a Black Cat Parade of costumed pets.

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by Cynthia Chow


Not only do we have a review of the second book in the Cookbook Nook mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames), but we have a fun guest post from Daryl about coming up with new food ideas for both of her cooking series. At the end of this post you will also find details on how to win a copy of Inherit the Word. Also, in this same issue we have a review & giveaway of the new Cheese Shop mystery, Days of Wine and Roquefort, that Daryl writes under the name Avery Aames.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber


“David!” I pounded on the apartment door. “David, are you in there? Dave—”
The door swung open and my breath caught in my chest. David hung from a rope in the middle of the room, his face blue, body slack, boxers soiled. All the booze and crap I had consumed last night gushed up my throat. I drove it down and stared harder in an attempt to memorize the scene.

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by Cynthia Chow


Leaving San Francisco and her successful career as an in-demand marketing expert, Jenna Hart allowed her Aunt Vera to convince her to return to her hometown of Crystal Cove, California. Aunt Vera owns the Fisherman’s Village Mall and wants Jenna to reopen the cookbook store and café.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber


My sister never listens to me. I have warned her to avoid crowds. People are walking germ carriers. They do not bathe often enough; they eat with their hands and lick their fingers. I have seen kids drop cookies in the middle of the road, moms pick up the danged things and hand them right back to the kids. Disgusting. But crowds at a sports event are a necessary evil and an LPGA tournament as prestigious as the Avonita Classic needs crowds–also known as fans.

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