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by Cynthia Chow
& Duffy Brown


Although Evie Bloomfield has lived on Mackinac Island for two years, she’s still considered a come-here fudgie and not a born-here native. That doesn’t mean that Evie hasn’t already developed a reputation as a dead body finder, not to mention being a self-admitted busybody.

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by Sandra Murphy


Daphne Templeton is a professional pet sitter and baker of tasty treats for pets in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. It’s almost time for the annual Bark the Halls Ball where people and pets mingle, snack, and dance. The news of the day is the return of a classmate, Celeste (CeeCee) French who has made it big with her company, French’s Poodles and More, a chain of pet care facilities, with a line of food and doggie clothing.

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by Sandra Murphy


Holly White is busier than an elf at the North Pole, working at her family’s Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games. In addition to selling trees, she’s also made some gingerbread-themed jewelry, and it’s selling as fast as the real thing. She can barely keep up.

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by Sandra Murphy


Agatha is bored with the usual cases for her detective agency, but when she gets involved with bell ringers, a missing woman, a beautiful bishop, and an old folks home, things get interesting.

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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
SECTIONS

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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