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Jenn McKinlay

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 Cynthia Chow


Briar Creek Public Library Director Lindsey Norris had thought that her biggest challenge of the day would be staying awake after a late night of “one more chapter” compulsive reading. The death of a beloved fictional character can’t compare to real-life tragedy, though, which almost occurs when Lindsey witnesses the hit-and-run of tennis coach Theresa Huston outside of the library.

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by Sunny Frazier


It’s libraries and ghosts, candy and crafts offered up by your favorite authors this month. Get ready for some good reading!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Jenn McKinlay



It seems like it’s been a long time coming, but best friends Angie DeLaura and Tate Harper are finally getting married. Not only are they now business partners franchising Scottsdale’s Fairy Tale Cupcakes, but together with Melanie Cooper they have shared a love for movies and food since childhood.

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by Sunny Frazier


Spring break is over, and the kids are back in school. Time now for reading and your favorite authors are starting a new series. Enjoy!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews of several more fun mysteries from Penguin and Kensington authors-Death in the Stacks: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Murder with Lemon Cakes: Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, X Marks the Scot: A Liss MacCrimmon Mystery by Kaitlyn Dunnett, Murder in an English Village: A Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott, Of Murder and Men: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, and City of Lies by Victoria Thompson .

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by Cynthia Chow


The path towards love often is a rocky one, and as evidence one needs only to look within the doors of Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Melanie Cooper’s best friend and business partner Tate Harper is finally marrying Angie DeLaura, but her uncharacteristic transformation into a bridezilla has everyone ducking for cover. Even more unsettling is the demand by Mel’s former UCLA roommate, Diane Earnest, to create and deliver engagement breakup cupcakes to her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend.

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by Sunny Frazier


Kathi Daley has started a new series! Appropriately named First Case, it’s the first case in the Writers Retreat Series. Jillian Hanford’s journalism career is pretty much defunct when she gets a call from a former editor.

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by Sunny Frazier


What better time to start a new series than the beginning of a new year? Here’s two that might interest you and plenty of old favorites.
First up is Color Me Dead by Teresa Trent, the first in the Henry Park mysteries.

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by Cynthia Chow


For Briar Creek Public Library’s first annual “fine amnesty” day, library director Lindsey Norris expected a day of hectic but worthwhile chaos. Allowing tardy miscreants to get off scot-free went against all of stodgy traditional librarian Mrs. Cole’s ethics, but Lindsey believed that the loss of fines would be worth regaining patrons who would feel free to return to the library.

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by Sandra Murphy


Check out some more fun food mysteries from Penguin authors for your spring reading-Vanilla Beaned: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Rest in Peach: A Georgia Peach Mystery by Susan Furlong, and A Clue in the Stew: A Soup Lover’s Mystery by Connie Archer. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 3, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sunny Frazier


There’s flowers in bloom, magic in the air, Georgia on our minds, and these terrific books to read!
After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with Charles the cat and a good book.

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