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by Sandra Murphy


Siobhan O’Sullivan lives in Kilbane, a small town in County Cork, Ireland. Her family runs Naomi’s Bistro while she patrols as the newest member of the Garda (police). Her boss, friend, and lover is Macdara. They have their hands full when the International Poker Tournament is held in a local pub at the same time as the Arts and Music Festival happens on the main street.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Amy Patricia Meade


Letitia “Tish” Tarragon divorced a year ago and moving on entails opening up a restaurant and catering business in a historic early twentieth century clapboard building in Hobson Glen, Virginia. Cookin’ the Books Café combines the best of two worlds…books and food. She has labeled herself and her style as a “literary caterer.” She can provide a Midsummer’s Night lawn party, Great Gatsby gala, Wonderland tea party, or a Christie-inspired murder mystery dinner. She also has cookbooks from around the world and a lending library for all to enjoy.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower


Violet Waverly got a message that her Grandmother was dying, hurry home. Fortunately, Grandma was faking. Now Violet is involved in running Charming Books with Grandma Daisy. The women of the family have been caretakers of a particular tree for generations. Logic says the tree shouldn’t still be alive, much less thriving, but there it is. Its health and longevity can be attributed to the magical waters from a nearby spring. Violet has inherited the caretaker job.

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by Cynthia Chow


After ending a marriage that proved to be more successful as a business partnership than a personal relationship, Abby McCree moved into her late Aunt Sybil’s home in Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby inherits more than just a sporadically-maintained estate though, as she finds herself now saddled with an exuberant Mastiff mix dog, a cranky but hunky tenant, and more than one position on a town committee.

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by Kathleen Costa


It was November, 1923, prohibition is in its infancy along with a woman’s right to vote, and Uncle Rory has returned spouting claims that it’s life and death, his life and death. Wallie, at twenty-three years old, has been curious about her mysterious Uncle Rory since fifteen years ago she found his picture and met silence from family to her questions.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Traci Andighetti


Cassidi Contin left Texas and moved to Danger Cove, Washington, to claim the inheritance left to her by her Uncle Vinny who himself met a murderous end. The property’s claim to fame is that during the Klondike Gold Rush the building was home of the LeSalle House brothel…yes, a bordello popular with the prospectors heading north to find gold. Joining her is New Jersey make-up artist/step-cousin Gia DI Mitri, and together they open The Clip and Sip that combines the best a hair salon can offer with the best liquid concoctions including homemade liqueurs.

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by Cynthia Chow


After an unsettling start at the Baxter Family Medicine office in Baxter, Michigan, Dr. Katie LeClair is feeling more assured that the small practice is the perfect place for her. While one partner in the practice recovers from a situation that nearly destroyed their office, Katie’s boyfriend Matt Gregor is doing locum tenens shifts and assisting as a temp doctor.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Julia Henry


Lilly Jayne is known for her fabulous gardens. It’s a matter of knowing the plants, placing art work in between, and creating an overall layout that brings it all together. Lilly’s been out of contact with many of her friends for a while. First, it was her husband Alan’s illness and then the grief over his death.

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by Sandra Murphy


Belle, a rich widow, has summoned Sarah Winston, garage sale specialist, to visit her home. The invitation was hand-written on beautiful stationary and delivered by messenger. It’s enough to cause minor panic in the calmest person.

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by Kathleen Costa


Merry is “wedding” stressed, so much so that when she’s told the florist is dead in the front pew, she asks, “Did he drop off the flowers first?” Granted, a bit insensitive, but the wedding IS tomorrow! When the police respond to their 9-1-1 alarm, Merry expects her fiancé/detective to arrive on the scene, but the officer doesn’t know where he is, his cell goes right to voicemail, and the CIA-worthy tracking app installed on their phones pings nothing.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Eveyln David


Brianna and Cooper haven’t been married long but are already expecting their first child. Neither one feels ready—in fact, panic is near the surface at all times. Brianna’s boss, Doc, has gone fishing with Hank, a retired cop and current crime scene investigator. Brianna is sent to bring them back to civilization. With only a vague idea of where their secret fishing spot is, she’s on her own to track them down.

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by Kathleen Costa


The evening at Le Chat Rose is filled with reverie, but drama is never too far away. First issue…Gachet, the night chef, and Linnea, the maid, are locked in a disagreement over Gachet’s connection to the Friday the Thirteenth Club. Her strong Catholic background lends itself to superstition, and the Club flaunts their efforts to challenge superstitions at every opportunity.

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