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by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke




Hannah Swensen’s cookie shop is doing well. It keeps her busy and her mind off the fact that her husband has disappeared. Newlywed, she’s now in limbo until she knows where Ross is and why he left without a word.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Leslie Karst



Sally Solari worked at her family’s Italian family-style restaurant until she inherited her aunt’s fine dining restaurant, Gauguin. Too bad her dad doesn’t understand the concept of having her own place now.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Denise Swanson



After a scandal at work, as the HR person, Dani had to fire an entire department. It was time for a change after that, including a breakup with her boyfriend, Justin.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Ellie Alexander


Taking place not long after the working vacation on a cruise depicted in A Crime of Passion Fruit, bakeshop owner Jules Capshaw is adjusting back to life running Torte and its expansion into the basement below. The Elizabethan-themed town of Ashland, Oregon, embraces the Bard as an inspiration to attract tourists, but most of the antics seem to be occurring behind-the-scenes.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Susan Boles



Susan Boles first published the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series with Death of the Wolfman (August 2016), then continued with Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (March 2017). She gives us a delightful southern town with pitchers of sweet tea, beauty shop hang outs, and everybody in everybody’s business.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Kathi Daley


I knew shopping could be dangerous, but Santa and his elves? Zoe has so much on her mind from her soon-to-arrrive little girl to her mother-in-law injured in Paris to Zak out of the country helping said mother-in-law, and preparing for the Christmas holidays that she doesn’t see the elf…crash, boom, and bang on the head.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Sarah Fox



Again, I was so excited to have the opportunity to read the newest release in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series cleverly titled, Of Spice and Men, and totally entertained revisiting the well-developed and sometimes quirky characters (even the fur friends), and being absorbed in another engaging mystery. This time Sarah has a Hollywood-twist with a movie crew invading Wildwood Cove set to remake a cult favorite horror film.

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by Kathleen Costa


Kathi Daley is the best at penning entertaining books set at the holidays making Halloween, Thanksgiving, and especially Christmas very special for cozy fans. First published in January 2015 with Romeow and Juliet, her Whales and Tails Mystery series has fourteen delightful books set on Madrona Island off the coast of Washington State treating us to clever cozy mysteries with a twist.

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by Sandra Murphy



Maggie Crozat is working her usual twenty-seven jobs, or at least it feels like that many. For one, she sells baked goods and soft drinks on the levee to raise money for porta-potties. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, each of the plantations build a big bonfire and try to outdo each other. They can be thirty feet tall, a pyramid of logs or something as artistic as a miniature of the plantation’s manor house. Porta-potties are essential.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Jenny Kales


It is such a delightful experience connecting with a favorite author, talking about their book, their motivation, style, and process, but when you are lucky to become part of that process, it just adds to the wonderful experience. I “e-met” Jenny Kales over a year ago, you know meeting someone online, when I read and reviewed her Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series highlighting On the Chopping Block and Spiced and Iced. She has been such a delightful Facebook buddy, and when she took me up on my offer to help in anyway I could with her next book, I was thrilled to become a beta reader for Secrets and Pies.

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A Chinese Thanksgiving

IN THE November 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun
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by Tiana Matson


Thanksgiving Day is a particularly big holiday in North America, especially for Canadians and Americans. It’s a special and festive time that brings families together, reminding them to be thankful, giving perspective and encouraging thoughtfulness in life. It’s so important that folks in foreign lands will rush back to be with their families for this holiday season.

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by Kathleen Costa


I am really enjoying traveling back to the Islands reading Gemma Halliday Publishing’s Aloha Lagoon Mystery series penned by several favorite authors. Catherine Bruns, a “Top Ten” personal favorite, is back with Death of the Kona Man. Carrie Jorgenson came to the Islands from Vermont wanting to strengthen, well, more like resuscitate, her relationship with her boyfriend Brad, but he turned out to be bust.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



New York City chocolatier Bailey King is on the verge of achieving the dream. Her mentor is retiring and ready to name his successor, and it’s between Bailey and one other candidate. Monday is the day of the announcement.

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Top 5 Halloween Treats

IN THE October 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun
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by Jennifer Smith


Halloween is just around the corner. Of course, this spooky season won’t be as jovial as it should be if you don’t prepare great treats for your family and some random kids who will do some “Trick or Treat.” Well, you don’t have to fret too much about this. After all, preparing for this annual event should not always incur you hassle and expenses, especially when it comes down to food.

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