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Peg Cochran

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of some fun July mysteries (with one June book thrown in) that all tie in to food and drink-Killer Green Tomatoes: A Farm-to-Fork Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, Italian Iced: An Ethnic Eats Mystery by Kylie Logan, Bought the Farm: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, and Last Call: Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more July & August mysteries from Penguin authors-Addressed to Kill: A Postmistress Mystery by Jean Flowers, Sowed to Death: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, Muffin to Fear: A Merry Muffin Mystery by Victoria Hamilton, A Tangled Yarn: A Yarn Retreat Mystery by Betty Hechtman, & Chime and Punishment: A Clock Shop Mystery by Julianne Holmes.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we are playing catch up with some fun mysteries, perfect for your summer reading-A Just Clause: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett, Trumpet of Death: Martha’s Vineyard Mystery by Cynthia Riggs, Antiques Frame: A Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan, & Dead and Berried: Cranberry Cove series by Peg Cochran.

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by Sunny Frazier


No better Mom’s Day gift than a fun mystery to read in the garden. If you’re the mom, drop a few hints for these books. Even better, ask for a gift card.
Introduce Mom to Vannetta Chapman’s new Amish Bishop mysteries. In the San Luis Valley of Colorado, an out-of-control fire takes the life of an elderly Amish bachelor.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



A fun group of new mysteries for your fall reading from Penguin authors-No Farm, No Foul: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, Cancelled by Murder: A Postmistress Mystery by Jean Flowers, Digging Up the Dirt: Southern Ladies Mystery by Miranda James, and Paint the Town Dead: Silver Six Crafting Mystery by Nancy Haddock. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Sunny Frazier


We say good-bye to a well-loved series, hello to the Farmer’s Daughter, and celebrate Christmas just a wee bit early. Looking for recipes? Have we got books for you!

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by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more Penguin mysteries for your May reading–Gone with the Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery by Heather Blake, Berry the Hatchet: A Cranberry Cove Mystery by Peg Cochran, Mrs. Malory and Death is a Word by Hazel Holt, and Hearse and Gardens: A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery by Kathleen Bridge.

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by Sunny Frazier


Along with May flowers come starter books. No time like the present to “spring” into a new series!
It’s A Front Page Affair when the Lusitania sinks, a shooting occurs at JP Morgan’s mansion and the Great War is on.

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by Cyntha Chow
& Sandra Murphy


Here are some more wonderful food mysteries from Penguin authors-Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran, If Onions Could Spring Leeks by Paige Shelton, A Dish Best Served Cold by Rosie Genova, and Dream a Little Scream: A Dream Club Mystery By Mary Kennedy. Details on how to win copies of all 4 books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Earth Day all of our book reviews & giveaways in this issue are ebooks! In this post you will find 5 fun ones-Unholy Matrimony: a Lucille Mystery By Peg Cochran, Sketcher in the Rye: A Portrait of Crime Mystery By Sharon Pape, The Sleuth Sisters By Maggie Pill, Twisted By Laura K. Curtis and Grand Delusion by Matt Witten. Details at the end of this post on how to win ebook copies of all 5.

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by & Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of 5 Penguin mysteries from February and March involving food, Ireland (perfect for St. Patrick’s Day), and politics: Scandal in Skibbereen By Sheila Connolly, Books, Cooks and Crooks By Lucy Arlington, Town in a Strawberry Swirl By B. B. Haywood, Iced to Death: A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery By Peg Cochran, and Pearls and Poison: A Consignment Shop Mystery By Duffy Brown. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of them all.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Enjoy another fun group of Penguin mystery reviews & giveaways this week–again with fashion settings. A Custom-Fit Crime: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery By Melissa Bourbon, Tulle Death Do Us Part By Annette Blair, and Laced with Poison: Sweet Nothings Lingerie Mystery By Meg London. Details on how to win all three at the end of this post.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we are reviewing several new Penguin mysteries with similar themes-Fashion or Food! Murder after a Fashion: An Accessories Mystery by Grace Carroll, Thread and Buried By Janet Bolin, Close Knit Killer: A Knitting Mystery By Maggie Sefton, Mayhem at the Orient Express By Kylie Logan and Steamed to Death: A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery By Peg Cochran. Details on how to win all five at the end of this post.

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