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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow
& Ellery Adams


Famous for their book-themed rooms and specializing as a resort for bibliophiles, Virginia’s Storyton Hall is about to be the site of a televised cooking competition show, A Bookish Cookoff. Six renowned American chefs will be competing against one another in book-themed challenges for bragging rights and a prize of $100,000, all hosted by young billionaire entrepreneur Mia Mallett. Before they even begin filming, there’s a fire on the archery field grounds and resort manager Jane Storyton fears that the sabotage has already begun.

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by Cynthia Chow


Instead of getting ready for the next morning’s long anticipated vacation trip to Hawaii with his wife, Doc Lewis spent his last night before leaving out on a late veterinarian call to check on a colicky horse. It will be Doc’s last patient, as the next day he is found stomped to death in the chestnut stallion’s stall. Jessie Cameron had only planned on filling in for her mentor at the Riverview Park Racetrack while the Doc was on vacation for two weeks, but the park CEO immediately pressures her into making it a permanent position.

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May Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE May 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries to review as we once again play catch up! We have quite the assortment of cozies-Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress: A Salem B&B Mystery by Traci Wilton, Knitty Gritty Murder: A Knit & Nibble Mystery by Peggy Ehrhart, Cold Reading Murder: A Bridge to Death Mystery By R. J. Lee, Murder in an Irish Bookshop: An Irish Village Mystery by Carlene O’Connor.

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April Food Mystery Feast

IN THE April 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another group of food mysteries for your mystery dining pleasure-Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle: A Death by Chocolate Mystery by Sarah Graves, Haunted Hibiscus: A Teashop Mystery by Laura Childs, Into the Sweet Hereafter: A Vintage Sweets Mystery by Kaye George, Long Island Iced Tina: A Catering Hall Mystery by Maria DiRico (aka Ellen Byron), and Murder at the Taffy Shop: A Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery by Maddie Day.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s been a busy summer ever since Iris Buckley and her grandmother opened the brick and mortar version of their apron and linens shop in Blueberry Cove, Maine. Before Iris has a chance to look into hiring extra help for their Ruffles & Bows store, though, an inconvenient dental filling falling out sends her to the office of her childhood dentist, Dr. Oslo Pedersen. To her surprise his son Peter has taken over the practice, while his much more flirtatious brother Lance continues to teach sailing and romance her best friend Bella Ricci. When Lance is horrifically killed in a hit-and-run accident by Bella’s own car, she is quickly suspected and then arrested for the death.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Maggie Toussaint


The owner of Shell Island’s Holloway Catering, River Holloway Merrick is thrilled to have been hired to cater the Nature Coalition’s special event dinner. She’s especially honored to be serving veterinarian Jasmine Garr as they name her their Volunteer of the Year, which makes hearing the news of her death two days later all the more shocking. Found shot in the back in her yard, Jasmine’s quirky Chicken Lady neighbor becomes one of the first suspects for the shooting.

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by Cynthia Chow


After two decades of teaching English to Portland high school students and taking early retirement, Gwen Franklin had an abundance of free time and a best friend determined to make use of it. While the five – or maybe six – time divorcee and business mogul Nora Goldstein definitely didn’t need the income, she was able to convince her bestie of over five decades to form the pet-sitting and pet-walking Two sisters Pet Valet Services.

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Spring Mystery Catch Up

IN THE April 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries for your spring reading-Dead Even: A Mattie Winston Mystery By Annelise Ryan, A Sinister Service: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery By Alyssa Maxwell, Farm to Trouble: A Farm to Table Mystery By Amanda Flower, and Murder at Mabel’s Motel: A Granny Reid Mystery By G. A. McKevett.

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by Cynthia Chow


While the Labor Day tourist season is slowing down in East Hampton, New York, Windmill Inn owner Antonia Bingham still has a lot on her plate. After fleeing an abusive marriage in California, she is starting over as an innkeeper pursuing her love of cooking and catering to her wealthy guests. That’s what makes the discovery of two Wall Street bad boys murdered so troubling, as Shane Boskin and Gary DiAngelo had recently been drinking at her bar the night before.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s just another day on the job for Angela Richman for her to be traipsing through the Missouri Woods to examine human remains. As the Death Investigator for Chouteau County, Angela works for the medical examiner’s office gathering evidence for ongoing investigations. A hiker discovered a burial for what soon appears to be a murderer’s disposal site, and early clues have them identifying one of the bodies as that of a missing Forest High track star.

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by Cynthia Chow


Prissy Fox Consignment Shop owner Reagan Summerside is finally marrying Walker Boone, the dreamily attractive Savannah attorney. More importantly, it’s been 183 days since she’s managed to stumble across a dead body, a habit that would be more disturbing if she also hadn’t played a significant role in solving the murders. Unfortunately, she’s going to break that record on the very same day her wedding dreams come true.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries-A Wicked Yarn: A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery by Emmie Caldwell, Egg Shooters: A Cackleberry Club Mystery by Laura Childs, Shucked Apart: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross, and A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery by Essie Lang. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books and links to purchase them at the end of each review–you may not be able to see the Amazon links if you have ad blocker on.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Deborah Blake


Maybe buying a pet shelter – spur of the moment, sight unseen – wasn’t the best idea. But Kari Stuart had recently gotten out of a bad marriage, was about to turn thirty, and oh yes, had just won a five-million-dollar lottery. At a loss what to do next in her life, it took finding a stray kitten and discovering that all of the local pet shelters were overflowing their capacities to propel her into to making such an impulsive decision.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food mysteries-A Game of Cones: An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery by Abby Collette, A Pairing to Die For: A Colorado Wine Mystery by Kate Lansing, Death Bee Comes Her: An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery by Nancy Coco, and Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop: A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery by Darci Hannah.

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