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Sue Ann Jaffarian

by Cynthia Chow


Newly engaged, Californians Emma Whitecastle and Phil Bowers have been invited by bestselling crime writer Gino Costello to stay at Misty Hollow, a historic farmhouse in central Massachusetts. While they first met due to their daughters being best friends, it is Emma’s ghostly experiences that have Gino so intrigued and wanting to research for his next novel. The host of her own television show and able to see and talk to ghosts, Emma realizes that this will be anything but a relaxing vacation when they are greeted not only by Gino, but by a family of ghosts expecting her help.

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by Cynthia Chow


When told that her mother is a bad influence at Seaside Retirement Community, Odelia Grey certainly is not surprised. An alcoholic who disappeared when Odelia was a teenager, Grace Littlejohn may be on the wagon, but she hasn’t slowed down for a second. When Shelita Thomas meets with Odelia for an unfriendly cup of coffee, it is over concerns that Grace is leading Shelita’s father astray and on a wild good chase for a missing resident. Odelia’s opinion is that Shelita should mind her own business, but upon questioning the couple learns that they may have just cause for their concern.

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by Cyntha Chow


Considering her history of discovering dead bodies, Odelia Grey should not have been surprised by her friends’ rather jocular reaction to her discovery of a corpse in the trunk of her car. Labeled a “corpse magnet,” Odelia was lulled into complacency by several months during which she had somehow managed to dodge being involved in a murder. That changes when a routine car wash reveals the wedged-in body of Zachary Finch, kidnapped as a fifteen-year-old over eight years ago. Although his wealthy parents paid the two million dollar ransom, Zach was never returned. Until now.

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by Cynthia Chow


For a ghost, Ish Reynolds—better known to the living and dead as Granny Apples—is unusually disturbed by the decorative skeletons used for El Día de Los Muertos. Unlike Granny, great-great-great granddaughter Emma Whitecastle enjoys Los Angeles’s Olvera Street celebration.

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by Cynthia Chow


A game of Murder Ball becomes all too real in the ninth mystery featuring paralegal Odelia Patience Grey and her absolutely perfect husband, Greg Stevens. While Greg is an avid athlete who enthusiastically competes in a wheelchair basketball league, as a paraplegic he is not physically impaired enough to qualify for the quad rugby and Paralympic sport where quadriplegics are so ruthless and fearless that they have earned the appropriate nickname.

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by Sunny Frazier



I saved my last Bouchercon column for special friends throughout my career. It is always a pleasure to show off their latest!
How does a hoarder and her fortune connect to a corpse in a limestone cavern in Arizona? Joanna Brady has her hands full in What Remains of Innocence—Joanna Brady #16 by the prolific J.A. Jance.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



A couple of weeks ago we were at the LA Times Festival of Books and had the chance to interview several mystery authors, including Sue Ann Jaffarian. Below you will find that video interview.

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by Cynthia Chow


It would be hard to imagine anything more terrifying than a puppet inhabited by the spirit of a ghost. Maybe face-eating zombies or clowns? For Kelly Whitecastle though, it is literally just a matter of family business as she is the daughter of Emma Whitecastle, the host of a popular paranormal television show who has the ability to communicate with ghosts.

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by Cynthia Chow


Apparently being ashamed of one’s parent is a universal sentiment, and even a world-famous world-famous psychic medium such as Milo Ravenscroft isn’t immune. Perhaps he can be forgiven for not exactly approving of his showgirl-turned-fortune-telling mother, as having no powers herself and his own going on the fritz whenever they are together, Dolly Ravenscroft has never fully believed in his abilities.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s “Storage Wars” in Long Beach for Odelia Grey during the post-Thanksgiving Monday that she spends with a little too much family. After only recently being reunited with the mother who had abandoned her when she was sixteen and discovering that Grace Littlejohn would go on to have entirely new family thirty years later, the news that they may unexpectedly be spending more time together is not entirely positive. When Odelia’s security agent half-brother is called away on business before he can take Grace back to her home, Odelia tries to make the best of an uncomfortable situation even, though it has the two women accompanying another Thanksgiving relative to an auction for an abandoned storage unit.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Lorie Lewis Ham



As much as Odelia Grey loathes her designation as the “corpse magnet,” she nevertheless seems completely unable to avoid it. That’s probably because this seventh installment in her adventures opens with Odelia sitting in a police interview room, dressed in a nightgown, covered in blood, and attempting to explain to the detectives how she just happened to discover a bloody corpse in the house of her very unlikable boss.

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