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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a big group of food and drink mysteries for your Thanksgiving feast-The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl, Apple Cider Slaying: A Cider Shop Mystery by Julie Anne Lindsey, Clarets of Fire: Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery by Christine E. Blum, Fatal Cajun Festival: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron, Jealousy Filled Donuts: A Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton, and Mumbo Gumbo Murder: A Scrapbooking Mystery by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We have another mystery catch up this week-these books are all from September and October and include our first Christmas mystery of the season-A Killer Carol: An Amish Mystery by Laura Bradford, Beyond a Reasonable Stout: A Sloan Krause series by Ellie Alexander, Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, and All Hat’s on Deck: A Missy DuBois Mystery by Sandra Bretting.

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Fall Mystery Catchup!

IN THE November 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Playing catch-up again this week with 3 more mysteries that have come out in the last few of months-The Right Sort of Man: A Sparks and Bainbridge Mystery by Allison Montclair, Murder at Crossways: A Gilded Newport Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell, and Murder at the PTA: A Maya and Sandra Mystery by Lee Hollis.

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by Sandra Murphy


Toby Wong is a lawyer. She moved away years ago but is back in her hometown because her mom was diagnosed with cancer. She loves her mom, but there are two bones of contention between them—Mom’s repeated question “Have you met anyone?” and the fact that her mom is a psychic via tarot cards. Toby’s best friend thinks this is very cool, but then again, she doesn’t have to live with it, so to speak.

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by Sandra Murphy


Rose Gallagher is a Pinkerton agent, one of the very few women who were hired. She was a housemaid and now must learn to pass as gentry, as well as learn self-defense, etiquette, and how to interrogate suspects. It’s all a little much, especially since she has a crush on her former employer, now her partner, Thomas Wiltshire.

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by Sandra Murphy


As children, Sage and Ross Blackthorn witnessed a death that left them traumatized. As adults, the trauma manifested as reckless behavior and addiction. Although Sage has a successful career in New York, events lead her to go home, or at least back to where she grew up. Home is a word she doesn’t relate to anymore.

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by Sandra Murphy


In three short months, Carrie’s gone from Goth Girl to the person in charge of special events at the library. She’s enjoying the job except for Dorothy’s attitude. Dorothy’s the research librarian but thinks she should have gotten Carrie’s job. Dorothy has a sour attitude about everything.

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by Sandra Murphy


Val Deniston runs the café inside the local gym. Members go for the burn and then for smoothies, lunch, and dessert. Off hours, she caters for dinner parties. Dorothy, an old friend of Val’s granddad has opened a bookstore and asked for catering for the store’s Halloween party. It’s a fun night, vampire filled, with customers dressed like characters from favorite books.

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by Sandra Murphy


After a second tour in Afghanistan, most people would want a calmer life. Not New York Police Detective Chiara Corelli. She is asked to go undercover to ferret out corrupt police officers. Most people would run from the thought. She feels if you wear blue, you should be one of the good guys.

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End of Summer Mystery Reading

IN THE August 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of mysteries for your end of summer reading-Let’s Fake a Deal: Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery by Sherry Harris, Killer in the Carriage House: Victorian Village Mystery by Sheila Connolly, Knot on Her Life: A Quilting Mystery by Mary Marks, and Needled to Death: A Helping Hands Mystery by Annelise Ryan. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them. If you have ad blocker on you won’t see the Amazon links at the end of each review.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower


Bailey King has the best of both worlds. In New York, she’s a master chocolatier with her own cable television show. Back home in Ohio, she’s able to work at Swissmen Sweets, her grandmother’s Amish chocolate shop. Bailey’s father left the Amish community before being baptized, so Bailey wasn’t raised Amish.

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by Sandra Murphy


You’d think auditing a college class on the history of England from the end of the Roman occupation until the Norman conquest would be a safe enough pastime. Somehow, Charlie Harris manages to land in the midst of yet another mystery. Perhaps it was because he didn’t take his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to class with him.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cate Conte


It’s off season on Daybreak Island, a time to repair, update, and plan for the next tourist season. Some businesses remain open, at least on a limited basis, for islanders. Maddie’s business, JJ’s House of Purrs is no exception. If you can stand the noise of the carpenters working to redo the layout of the old house, then the cat café is open, serving pastries and drinks, and furnishing a cat or ten to keep you company. If you should fall in love with one of them, no worries, they’re all available for adoption.

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by Sandra Murphy


Bernie’s been in the hospital for a long time, especially in dog time. Chet had to stay with their buddy Rick. At least Rick took him to visit Bernie, almost every day. Now Bernie is standing outside the hospital, ready to go home! Is this a great day or what?!

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