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Cynthia Chow

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder: A Catering Hall Mystery by Maria DiRico, Twisted Tea Christmas: A Teashop Mystery by Laura Childs, Death at Holly Lodge: A Daisy Thorne Mystery by Louise R. Innes, and Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off: A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery by Darci Hannah.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Since this is Thanksgiving week we thought it would be fun to review some food mysteries for your Thanksgiving feast-Deck the Donuts: A Deputy Donuts Mystery by Ginger Bolton, The Cure for What Ales You: A Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Here Comes the Fudge: A Candy-Coated Mystery by Nancy Coco, No Grater Crime: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day, and Murder Can Frost Your Doughnut: A Haunted Craft Mystery by Rose Pressey.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have even more fun mysteries to add to your TBR list-Chapter and Curse: The Cambridge Bookshop Mystery Series by Elizabeth Penney, Hooked on a Feline: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly, and Murder in an English Glade: A Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott.

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by Cynthia Chow


Finally able to leave her less-than-appealing tiny LA apartment and move into her beloved, honeymooning Uncle Horace’s home in Loma Vista, Toni Carey is looking forward to living in the place of some of her favorite childhood memories. She’s still packing up the boxes when she is visited by the somewhat pretentious Henry Smith, who has been referred to her by San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Detective Peter Martin. While their budding romance seemed to have withered away from distance and distractions, Peter seems to have been impressed enough through their previous criminally intertwined interactions.

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November Mystery Catchup!

IN THE November 6 ISSUE

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

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have even more fun mysteries to add to your TBR list-Death and Sensibility: A Jane Austin Society Mystery by Elizabeth Blake, A Scone for Contention: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Coached in the Act: The Life Coach Mystery by Victoria Laurie, and Murder Gets A Makeover: A Jaine Austen Mystery by Laura Levine.

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by Cynthia Chow


When former New Jersey prosecutor Sandy Moss moved to Los Angeles to work at the high-priced family law of Seaton, Taylor, Evans and Wentworth, she never expected to be handling as many criminal cases as she would divorces. After surviving and succeeding in a previous murder trial with actor Patrick McNabb as a very attentive client, Sandy now has her hands full attempting to prove that the LAPD is railroading uber-suburban mom Madelyn Forsyth into a prostitution conviction as the new Hollywood Madam.

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by Cynthia Chow


As much as Miriam Quiñones-Smith loved living with her family in New York, the struggle to raise a son on the salaries of two academics was enough to lure them back to her home city of Miami. It would not have been her first choice to live so near her in-laws in Coral Shores, which may be geographically close to her Hialeah but is economically — and ethnically — a world away. It’s especially stressful since her own parents have just left for the Dominican Republic to pursue their own opportunities, leaving the Cuban-American feeling more alone than ever.

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by Cynthia Chow


“I am a young woman in modern America, living on the Rez – my life is always in danger.” When Jaya “Longbow” Long says this to Absaroka Sheriff Walt Longmire, the high schooler is only speaking the truth. Native women are murdered at a rate ten times higher than the national average, yet the numerous reasons linked to racial and economic disparities are often ignored by the general media. Jurisdiction miscommunications and confusion play a large role in this as well, which is why Lame Deer, Montana, Chief Lono Long has requested/ordered a favor from the Wyoming sheriff.

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by Cynthia Chow


As the holiday season approaches, Maine’s frequent cooking competition champion Sherry Oliveri is perfecting her snazzy sweet potato panzanella recipe. First though, she has the honor of being a judge for the local newspaper’s Story for Glory Cookie Bake-off. Bakers are challenged to present compelling origin stories for their recipes that match the tastiness of their creations. While Sherry’s own baking skills are admittedly lacking, her collection of other cook-off wins more than qualifies her to judge cookies as well as the accompanying heart-warming tales.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Carol J. Perry


When Barlett’s of Boston department store shuttered its doors after eighty-five years, their thirty-something Independent Retailers Ready-to-Wear Buyer of the Year Maureen Doherty knows that even a generous severance pay won’t help her for long with an apartment lease. So it’s an unexpected but very fortuitous time for her to receive a letter from the Estate Attorney of one Penelope Josephine Gray, stating that Maureen has been named as the sole heir of the Haven House Inn.

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Fall Mystery Catchup!

IN THE September 25 ISSUE

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

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have more mysteries for your fall reading tbr-Knot Ready for Murder: A Quilting Mystery by Mary Marks, Murder, She Edited: A Deadly Edits Mystery by Kaitlyn Dunnett, Death in Daylesford: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood, Death of a Red-Hot Rancher: A Love is Murder Mystery by Mimi Granger, and The Cider Shop Rules: A Cider Shop Mystery by Julie Anne Lindsey.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Carolyn Haines


Following the death of her uncle Samuel, Tommy Sykes finds herself the unexpected heir of the historical Loftus Manor in Wetumpka, Alabama. The beautiful money-pit requires extensive upkeep and renovations, which is why Tommy is hiring a pair of HGTV stars to help her remodel her manor into an income-generating inn. Handsome, but unsociable, handyman Harley Jones hates the idea of change, but even he has to admit that an inn is preferable to it being sold, torn down, and replaced by a subdivision.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have more mysteries for your September reading fun-A Time to Swill: Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery by Sherry Harris, A Few Drops of Bitter: A Savannah Reid Mystery by GA McKevett, and Claws for Alarm: A Cat Café Mystery by Cate Conte.

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by Cynthia Chow


While dining at Austin, Texas’s Big Flacos, professional genealogist Lucy Lancaster is descended upon by the unappetizing appearance of her former coworker Camilla Braithwaite. At least Camilla was only her third least-favorite research librarian from Howland University Library, where Lucy previously worked as their staff genealogist.

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