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Emily Brightwell

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a great group of Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-“Death by Eggnog” Bookstore Cafe Mystery by Alex Erickson, “Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women” by Emily Brightwell, “Purring Around the Christmas Tree” A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, and “How the Finch Stole Christmas” A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have a great group of new mysteries One Fete in the Grave: A Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery by Vickie Fee, Fatality by Firelight: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, and Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong by Emily Brightwell.

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by Sandra Murphy


Mrs. Jeffries is housekeeper for Inspector Witherspoon. Unbeknownst to him, she’s also his chief investigator. The gentry think themselves above speaking to mere policemen, and servants are afraid to talk to them; both from fear of being accused and of being sacked from their positions without references if they speak honestly.

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by Sharon Tucker


While we ready ourselves for Benedict Cumberbach and Martin Freeman in Arthur Conan Doyle’s nineteenth century London adventure, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride on PBS January 1, 2016, you are probably in the mood to start your holiday early by reading a Christmas cozy. The Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon series by Emily Brightwell (AKA Cheryl Lanham) is just the ticket. It’s murder most Victorian in Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings (2009), Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up (2011) and Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen (2014).

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Christmas Mysteries

IN THE December 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Terry Ambrose



With Christmas just around the corner, what could be better than sitting down with a good book filled with holiday cheer and murder? Yes, these are Christmas mysteries. So many options, so little time was never a more true statement because the season will be gone before we know it. Until then, why not grab a nog or a coffee and sit down with one (or more) of these seven holiday tales? We may not have a Christmas wedding in this batch, but we’ve got all the trappings: sometimes old, sometimes new, plenty of food, and someone blue.

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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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