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Sandra Murphy

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murpy


This week we have 3 mysteries perfect for your Halloween reading including sweets, cats, and haunted mansions-Murder Most Sweet: A Bookish Baker Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker, A Case of Cat and Mouse: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly, and Haunted Homicide: A Haunted Mansion Mystery By Lucy Ness.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Peggy Ehrhart


It’s Halloween in Arborville, and no one is recognizable except Pamela Patterson. She’s wearing basic black slacks and sweater, with only cat ears to define her costume. She’s definitely underdressed in a crowd of mermaids, Greek goddesses, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and the usual wizards and zombies.

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by Sandra Murphy


In Greenwich, Connecticut, Melanie Travis teaches at the prestigious Howard Academy. The school runs smoothly, except for those times Melanie gets involved in murder cases, strictly as a way to help friends, of course.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Ellen Byron


Things are going pretty well at the Crozat Plantation in Pelican, Louisiana. The guest rooms are booked, Halloween is near, and Maggie’s relationship with Bo couldn’t be better. The bookings are due in part, to a plan Maggie devised. A phone app had locals renting out spare bedrooms, which hurt B&B business. Pelican’s Spooky Past features crafts, down-home cooking, a pet costume parade, and a play that takes place in the cemetery.

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Halloween Food Mysteries

IN THE October 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murpy


This week we have 3 Halloween related food mysteries to help you get in the mood for Halloween-Boston Scream Murder: A Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton, Death of a Wicked Witch: A Hayley Powell Mystery by Lee Hollis, and Gourd to Death: A Pie Town Mystery Book 5 by Kristen Weiss.

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by Sandra Murphy


Charlie, Helen Louise, and Diesel are on their way to Ashville, North Carolina, to meet the Ducote sisters and the rest of their book club members for a week long discussion of favorite authors. The Ducote sisters reserved every room in the hotel for the group.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Allison Brook


Daphne Marriott drops by and introduces herself to Carrie Singleton, library events planner. As a psychic, she’s setting up a business to give readings and wants to do a library presentation to introduce herself to the townspeople. Evelyn, the library ghost, remembers Daphne, whose father was murdered many years ago. Daphne fingered her brother for the crime. Still, the event goes smoothly except for one glitch when Daphne recognizes someone in the audience.

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Fall Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE September 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andSandra Murphy
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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murpy


This week we have another great group of mysteries for your fall reading-Booked for Death: A Booklover’s B&B Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, The Falcon Always Wing Twice: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews, Killer Kung Pao: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, Paw and Order: A Dog Club Mystery by V.M. Burns (giveaway for this one is ebook), and Little Bookshop of Murder: A Beach Reads Mystery by Maggie Blackburn.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Hy Conrad


Callie McFee became estranged from her father three years ago. Buddy McFee, former attorney general and now fixer of problems, was investigated following an offhand remark Callie made during her on-air television job. Now fired from her job, she’s returned home, and the only work she can find is as a reporter for the weekly local free paper, a giant step down in life.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Alex Erickson


Liz Denton is in the business of finding homes for hard to place pets. Right now, her latest foster is Seamus, a Maine Coon cat with a bad habit of sneezing. It’s not life threatening but sounds bad enough when it’s happening. He’s settled into her house and is friends with Liz’s calico, Wheels (she has her own chariot aka wheelchair to get around).

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by Sandra Murphy


Mason (Mace) Reid and his dogs live just outside Chicago. The collies, Delta Dawn and Maggie May, and a male German shepherd named Sue (the song, you know?) are trained human remains detection dogs (HRD). It doesn’t matter if the human is recently dead or is a matter of being only bones, HRD dogs can find them. Working with law enforcement, the dogs help bring closure for families as well as provide clues to solve the case.

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by Sandra Murpy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries-The Devil’s Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by Carolyn Haines, A Royal Affair: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery by Allison Montclair, Night Shift: A Helping Hands Mystery by Annelise Ryan, Witch Hunt by Cate Conte, and Witches and Wedding Cake: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Jon Land


In 1898, Texas Ranger William Ray Strong went to Mexico to arrest Pancho Villa. Things didn’t exactly turn out as expected. The town’s children have been kidnapped and it’s up to the Ranger, with the help of Villa, to get them back.

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August Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE August 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murpy


This week we have another great group of mysteries for your August reading-Death on Windmill Way: A Hamptons Murder Mystery by Carrie Doyle, Knot of This World: A Quilting Mystery by Mary Marks, Mums and Mayhem: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower, Murder in a Scottish Shire: A Scottish Shire Mystery by Traci Hall, and The Fate of a Flapper: The Speakeasy Murders by Susanna Calkins.

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