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by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Kelly


There are no immediate baby plans in the future for ambitious young Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz, as she is determined that nothing will come in her way of becoming a detective as soon as possible. A baby does soon take over her professional life though, a result of the Texas Safe Haven Statute of 1999 declaring that infants can legally be left in designated safe places.

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Writing the Cozy Mystery

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Nancy J. Cohen


Why did I write a book on how to craft a cozy mystery? The answer is simple. There wasn’t one on the market in the earlier days when I began my Bad Hair Day series.

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by Sandra Murphy


The rural Welsh convent of Gwenafwy Abbey is getting ready for the Yuletide holidays. When Tiffany Reese, the organizer of all things, is found dead at the art fair, it’s unclear as to the cause of death. Sister Agatha is on the scene and ready to help solve what she’s sure is a murder.

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by Kathleen Costa


In 2013, Anna Celeste Burke first introduced her Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series with A Dead Husband. Set in marvelous Palm Springs, we meet thirty-something Jessica Huntington dealing with a struggling law career along with more than a few personal tragedies.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Jeri Westerson


Deadly Rising is the second book in Jeri Westerson’s new fantasy Booke of the Hidden series featuring tea and herb shop owner Kylie Strange. The series takes place in Moody Bog, Maine.

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by Cynthia Chow


Just like it says on her business card, Ellie Wilde’s Eleanor’s Cleansing Service rids homes of whatever is haunting her clients. If that happens to be rats in the attic or mischievous teenagers playing pranks, at the end of the day everyone is still satisfied. It, of course, helps that Ellie dresses for the part and enhances her efforts with a cold-air blasting portable air conditioner and 21st century technology.

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by Kathleen Costa


Jayce, one of three Bonheim sisters, is relieved that life has settled down. Her coffeehouse restored, a curse lifted, her relationship with knees-weakening Brayden a joy, and her sister recuperating, but there’s that niggling sense, a vision, a warning, and the odd couple across the street.

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by Cynthia Chow



First kill all the lawyers. That seems to be the theme of the day when Julia Bonatti returns to her old law firm of Meyers, Dade & Schultz, LLP. Before she was a professional astrologist and advice column writer, Julia Bonatti was a legal secretary for litigator David Meyers.

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by Kathleen Costa


In 2016, Wendy Tyson first published A Muddied Murder, the first book in her Greenhouse Mystery series, introducing Megan Sawyer who started out as a big city lawyer until circumstances made it necessary for Megan to return home and help run Washington Acres, the family’s organic farm, and the farm-to-table cafe.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Jennifer Graeser Dornbush


Emily Hartford is in her third year of surgical residency and recently engaged to another med student. They hardly have time to see each other considering their schedules and taking every opportunity to observe other surgeries.

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3 Mysteries With A Creative Slant!

IN THE September 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 3 mysteries that all have a creative slant to the setting-writing, knitting, and glass blowing-A Dark and Twisting Path: A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery By Julia Buckley, Died in the Wool: A Knit & Nibble Mystery By Peggy Ehrhart, and Shattered at Sea: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery By Cheryl Hollon.

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by Kathleen Costa


First published in 2016 with Skeletons in the Attic, Judy Penz Sheluk has penned a delightfully engaging Marketville Mystery series introducing Calamity “Callie” Barnstable whose inheritance has brought her to take up residence in Marketville.

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by Kathleen Costa


First published in 2016 with Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde, Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey teamed up to bring mystery fans a bit of a twist on the Sherlock Holmes franchise.

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by Doward Wilson


Robert James Franklin may have mostly recovered from a car accident caused by a texting teenager, but the St. Joseph, Indiana Police Detective is still haunted by the crash fatalities that prevent him from sleeping.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Rick Copp



A bit actress in television roles until she retired from working in Hollywood twenty years ago, Poppy Harmon had settled into life as a mother and wife to a businessman in Palm Desert, California. So it was a shock to discover that after Chester’s recent death, his gambling addiction has completely bankrupted her, leaving her with multiple mortgages and a depleted savings account.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Donna Andrews


Meg Langslow can get in the weirdest predicaments while doing the most ordinary things. For instance, when Robyn Smith, the minister, is on pregnancy bed rest, Meg agrees to lock the church after various evening meetings and check on the toucan Robyn is caring for while his owner is deployed.

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