Mysteryrat’s Maze

Four-Leaf Felony By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

Violet Rhinehammer never made a secret of her desire to escape the small town confines of Normal, Kentucky, and hit the big time. Her work as the local reporter for Channel Two news included her own television newscast, “Good Day in the Park,” referring to the fact Normal was surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest, and writing for the local newspaper, but she’d rather not be reporting on new park trails, local re-enactments, or safety tips during hunting season.

Clued In Mystery Podcast

by Lorie Lewis Ham

It has been awhile since we interviewed a fellow mystery podcaster, so we are happy to be interviewing the hosts of a relatively new podcast, Clued In Mystery Podcast, this week. Co-hosts Sarah M. Stephen and Brook Peterson are both mystery authors. Sarah writes the Journal through Time series and Brook pens the Jericho Falls Cozy Mysteries.

The Vanishing Type By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

The tourist-attracting town of Miracle Springs, North Carolina, deserves its reputation as a haven for those looking to heal and be rejuvenated in its hot springs and glorious views. Nora Pennington has even built her Miracle Books bookstore around her practice of bibliotherapy, in which she “prescribes” the perfect books to help customers heal from their mental and physical ailments.

When the Crow’s Away By Auralee Wallace: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

For over four-hundred years the Warren family of witches have helped their town of Evenfall, Connecticut, but Brynn Warren lost her ability to communicate with ghosts after the devastating death of her beloved husband. The tragedy of an appropriately named widow-maker heart attack was compounded by the loss of her powers, but she was able to regain them by solving a murder that occurred in her family’s B&B. It looks like that was just the start of her appeal for ghosts seeking justice, as the spirit of the late and now cranky Mort Sweete has just landed in front of her.

AcornTV Streaming: NEW Detective Duo The Chelsea Detective & Harry Wild

by Kathleen Costa

AcornTV is one of my favorite go-to options when elsewhere is full of reality and reruns. For a reasonable fee (monthly $5.99 or special annual deal $59.99) members have access to hours and hours of entertaining series, engaging movies, informative documentaries, and even fun game shows from decades past or just uploaded. As a passionate Anglophile, I get a daily, sometimes multiple times a day, dose of accents, references to cups of tea, and gorgeous settings from the coast and the highlands to the Cotswolds and gritty urban streets. I always find something new, but my favorite are the detective shows like these new Acorn Originals…The Chelsea Detective and Harry Wild.

Serpent’s Doom By Connie di Marco: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa
& Connie di Marco

Julia Bonatti tragically lost her fiancé a couple of years ago, and despite the occasional twinge of her heart and odd comment from a friend, she’s moved on creating an nice life in San Francisco as a skilled astrologer. She has her private clients who meet her at her residence for a reading, and she participates in psychic fairs at The Mystic Eye, an occult bookshop, where, for a small fee, she’ll provide insights guided by a guest’s astrological chart.

The Sleuthing Silvers and The Mystery of the Missing Reading Glasses: Mystery Short Story

by Ron Katz

“Have you seen my reading glasses, Barb?” inquired Bernie Silver.
“Which of your twelve pairs?” asked Barb Silver with a sigh. Bernie’s wife of thirty years and his business partner in Silver Investigations since the company’s founding five years ago, Barb had fielded this inquiry from Bernie many times. They had met when both were investigators for Alpha Insurance Company.

Under Lock & Skeleton Key By Gigi Pandian: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

As much as Tempest Raj wants to deny the existence of the Raj family curse, five generations of mysterious deaths have her believing in the inevitability of bad luck. A magician act gone terribly wrong not only cost Tempest her job in Las Vegas, it forced her to sell everything she had and move back to California and help with her father's Secret Staircase Construction business. As much as Tempest loves her grandparents' home of hidden reading nooks and secret gardens, building the same for paying clients was never her goal.

Murder Faux Paws By T.C. LoTempio: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa

Nora Charles is a “Jill” of all trades. She returned to her hometown Crùz, California, to run her inherited sandwich shop, Hot Bread, and after having written a provocative column for the Chicago Tribune, she now freelances for Noir, a true-crime online magazine, but instead of just reporting on crime, she has too often found herself right in the middle. Her first case (Meow If It's Murder) led to PI Nick Atkins going MIA, and in his absence, his black and white tuxedo feline lovingly attached himself to Nora.



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