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Sunny Frazier

by Cynthia Chow



Being a best friend means being supportive through thick and thin, especially when called upon to be a bridesmaid. Julia Elizabeth Bonatti has been helping her college best friend Geneva Leary prepare for her wedding in Sonoma, in spite of the frantic demands of the wedding planner and the disappearance of the bride’s sister. Moira Leary does eventually appear —intoxicated and a bit worse for wear—but it is the coordinator Sally Stark who collapses after the ceremony.

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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 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 Sunny Frazier



“Blame it on El Niño,” my husband said, as he packed his valise.
But I was more inclined to blame the storm clouds hanging over our marriage on Nina, the weather-girl-in-training at the Fresno television station where Doug worked as a meteorologist. I had no recourse but to watch the man slide out of my life like one of those hillside houses in San Francisco.

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by Sunny Frazier


There’s magic in the air, as well as mystical felines, tarot cards, psychic mirrors, magic potions, retired witches—and murder. Read on if you dare!

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by Sunny Frazier



While the East coast suffered with storm after storm, the Valley started heating up in mid-February. I took my reading out by the pool. Here’s a few titles roaring your way:
Just what we need on a frosty day: Ladle To the Grave, the latest Soup Lover’s Mystery. Lucky Jamieson is the owner of By the Spoonful in Snowflake, VT.

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by Terrance McArthur



In fiction, snitches don’t last long. They come to bad ends repeatedly in mystery novels. Of course, many people don’t like snitches, even the law enforcement officers who use them, but they are useful. They make great murder victims.

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by Sunny Frazier



Except for that one incident with the Godiva chocolates, my marriage would have been perfect.
My wife wasn’t beautiful, but she was intelligent and rich, qualities a man looks for when he climbs the corporate ladder. My marriage had survived the seven-year-itch twice before I hired Marvella to be my secretary. She had a figure that would make any man re-think his marriage vows.

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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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by Sunny Frazier



It’s not beach blanket bingo but Murder on the Beach. That’s the theme of this year’s Bouchercon, set in Long Beach, California, November 13-16.
Bouchercon is the Annual World Mystery Convention. It’s named after Anthony Boucher, aka William Anthony Parker White. He was a writer, editor and critic. Some consider him the cornerstone of modern mystery analysis. Like the Olympics, the convention is bid on by different cities. The convention attracts major mystery authors and fans from across the globe.

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by Sunny Frazier



With the cooler fall weather nearly upon us, time to curl up with a good book. Need suggestions? Continue reading!
Prolific author, John Grisham, has a new legal offering with Gray Mountain. Samantha Kofer never saw the recession of 2008 coming. When she loses her job at a Wall Street law firm, she goes to work for a legal aid clinic in Brady, VA, in the Appalachians. Although she isn’t getting paid, reward and life lessons come from helping people with real problems.

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Three places you should be glad you didn’t go to on vacation this year are Windigo Island, Lost Island and City of Ghosts.
Windigo is the name of a mythical beast and Windigo Island is the name of William Kent Krueger’s 14th Cork O’Connor mystery. When the body of a teenage girl washes up on the shores of the island, the Ojbwe tribe knows it’s an evil omen. Cork is asked by a friend to investigate and in the process he faces his own demons, both mythical and real.

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by Sunny Frazier



We cannot get enough of those thriller heroes, so Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Jeffrey Deaver and 20 other writers of the genre got together to produce 11 stories for the anthology, Faceoff. Each story contains two characters from different authors solving crimes. Double the reading pleasure!

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by Sunny Frazier



Ah, summer! A chance to lie in the sun coated with sunscreen and read. Quench your thirst for a good story with these novels: KRL “fave,” Nancy J. Parra has a new series out featuring event planner/sleuth, Pepper Pomeroy. A surprise marriage proposal and getaway for her sister gets hijacked at a private airport when a man’s body is found in the women’s restroom. Does the fiancé have more to hide than an engagement ring? Pepper’s on the case! Engaged in Murder is available in trade and on Kindle.

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