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Mysteryrat’s Maze

Three First Novels by Anne Perry

IN THE July 18 ISSUE

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Some years ago, I was in the mood to read a Victorian mystery and suddenly Anne Perry’s Charlotte and Thomas Pitt were in my life with The Cater Street Hangman (1979). I soon discovered she had another series set in roughly the same era, after the Crimean War, about an amnesiac police office, William Monk, relying on his detective skills under the radar to find out who he is in The Face of a Stranger (1990). Then among other series set during a variety of Christmases or in WWI, a new series started this past fall, Death in Focus (2019) involving a young photographer in the aftermath of WWI as Hitler rose to power.

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Titles—a Chicken and Egg Question

IN THE July 15 ISSUE

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by Molly MacRae


I like titles. I had the good fortune to grow up in a house full of books. Shelves full of them all the way to the ceiling. When I was learning to read, I loved picking out the titles of the books on the shelves well above my head—as though each title was a secret, and the titles strung together told a story of their own. So yes, I like titles, and now I like coming up with them for the stories and books I write.

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Setting the Stage

IN THE July 15 ISSUE

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by Cathy Perkins


I’ll never forget a New York publisher telling me eastern Washington state was an exotic location. Either she didn’t get out much or her definition of “exotic” meant a place no one has visited. Her comment did make me think about the setting for a novel, however, and how that location choice impacts the story.

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As far as dog shows go, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden is top in the country, the oldest, and most prestigious. Dog handlers and owners vie for the chance to show and perhaps win or place.

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by Kathleen Costa


Aunt Agnes Lugo, a well-respected member of the local tribal community, is convinced that the man convicted of the murder of her nephew, Sacramento Lugo, is innocent. The young man’s body was found stabbed in an isolated area of tribal land, but Jessica was suspicious of the immediate arrest and quick conviction of the victim’s friend, seventeen-year-old Louie Jacobs.

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by Cynthia Chow


Former paramedic Zoe Chambers is now fully immersed in her new job as the Chief Deputy Coroner of Monongahela County, but there’s a new venture looming in her future that is somewhat terrifying. In just two weeks Zoe will be marrying Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, and it seems that everyone in both their Pennsylvania towns plans on attending.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maeve Malloy is an attorney in Alaska, complete with endless hours, never enough sleep, and, as a defense attorney, some really nasty clients. When she manages to get a not guilty vote for one, based on a witness statement, she’s pleased—until she finds an overlooked note that proves the witness perjured himself. When her former client kills someone, the bar association comes after Maeve.

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by Kathleen Costa


I continue to find enjoyment using my streaming choice, AcornTV. It is a very reasonable monthly or annual membership fee, especially considering all the options available. The quality is excellent whether accessing one’s library through a computer, tablet, or smartphone. So what do I feel like watching today?

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Arc or Stand-Alone? It’s a Mystery!

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

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by Delia C. Pitts


Now that I’ve published the fourth entry in my contemporary noir mystery series, readers often ask me, did you start out planning to write a multi-book series? Or did the arc begin life as a single novel and expand like weeds from there?

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Six Dancing Damsels and Inspiration

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

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by C.K. Crigger


Although I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fiction writer, my historical mystery series set in the American West of the late 1890s began with a snippet of truth gleaned from history discovered, of all places, in a library. I’m being facetious. Of course, a library!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Rare book restorer Brooklyn Wainwright and her husband Derek are delighted to be back in her hometown of Dharma, California, for their first annual Dharma Book Festival. As much as they love living in San Francisco, it can’t compare to the communal warmth of the tourist-friendly wine country near Sonoma County. In addition to the variety of restaurants and craft shops run by Brooklyn’s numerous siblings in the wine country, her British in-laws have also recently purchased a second home in the town where Derek’s tarot-reading mother flourishes.

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There are two things that Beyond the Page rare book and curio shop owner Addison Greyborne finds irresistible: mysteries and estate sales. The auction being held at Hill Road House offers both of these, having not only a huge library collection up for sale but also its own myth of residing ghosts.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Since theatre on stage is still on hold right now, we are continuing to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with local actor Thomas Nance who has been the voice of several of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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by Kathleen Costa


I personally love collections: pins, movies, cookies, of course, and short stories. Short story collections afford me a marvelous opportunity to enjoy a variety of authors, many new to me, all at one time as well as being exposed to a variety of writing styles. These twenty-two shorts, edited by friend and author Judy Penz Sheluk, offer a glimpse into each author’s interpretation of the book’s theme “heartbreaks” and “half-truths.”

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