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Karen Rose Smith

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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End of Year Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy


There are so many wonderful mystery novels out there we constantly find ourselves playing catch-up with our reviews, so here we are again with a great group of mysteries to end out out the year! We have City of Secrets: Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson, Cut to the Chaise: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, Harvest of Secrets: Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby, Just Plain Murder: An Amish Mystery by Laura Bradford, Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, and Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of another fun group of food mysteries-A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Death and a Pot of Chowder: A Maine Murder Mystery by Cornelia Kidd, Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper: An Amish Mystery by Amy Lillard, Murder with Cinnamon Scones: A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, and The Diva Cooks up a Storm: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis.

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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 Sunny Frazier


Looking for an inexpensive, easy to wrap, home delivery gift for friends? Books are the answer. Plus, you can borrow them back later (that’s fair, right?). You’ll be surprised at your favorite authors starting a new series. Some of this month’s offerings have wonderful recipes to eat by the hearth. So, curl up with hot buttered rum, ignore the messy house, and curl up and read. Merry, merry!

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by Sandra Murphy


Caprice DeLuca leads a busy life. She’s a home stager, although she does do some decorating jobs too. She rescues animals and finds homes for them, and she acts as matchmaker on occasion. Her family is close, some say too close, but it’s what she’s used to and loves.

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by Karen Rose Smith,
Mary McHugh &
Barbara Ross


This week we have some more recipes from mystery novels, and this time we were looking for some great recipes for your Father’s Day dinner! We have one from Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith, and one from Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends by Mary McHugh, and finally one from Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross. We will also be giving away copies of Silence of the Lamps and Fogged Inn (we just gave away a copy of the other book last week.) Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win, and a link you can use to purchase the books.

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by Cynthia Chow


Caprice De Luca is a home stager. When potential buyers tour houses for sale, she’s the one who brought the furniture and accessories in to make it feel homey. Her three storage units are full of just what it takes to get a house sold. It doesn’t hurt that sister Nikki is a caterer. On open house days, Nikki provides good food that will win over the most reluctant of buyers.

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by Sunny Frazier


“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” We have lots of entrepreneurs in this month’s mysteries to help keep your hands and mind busy with fun reads!
Jane Steward is organizing a Valentine’s week of activities at her book-themed resort, Storyton Hall. It all goes to hell when Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed. Rosamund had plenty of enemies: fellow novelists, a former lover, and dozens of angry fans.

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by Sunny Frazier



Love is in the air–and so is murder. Forget the candy, ask for books from your sweetheart.
In Mac Faraday’s 9th outing, he’s on his way to the altar. It’s the social event of the year for Deep Creek Lake. Mac’s not concerned with droopy flowers or guests who fail to RSVP. Instead, he’s got a professional hit squad on his heels. With Three Days to Forever, Lauren Carr keeps us on the edge of our pews.

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