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Mysteryrat’s Maze

Must Read Crime Books

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by Staff



There’s something about crime stories we’re all drawn to. It’s the thrill we get when reading and can’t wait for the next page to see what happens. We’re nervous or anxious but are cuddled up on our couch with a hot chocolate completely safe.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hannah Swensen hasn’t been feeling well lately. Doc, her stepfather, prescribes a vacation to relieve stress. Oddly, he’s sending Hannah’s mother along. Delores is a major stressor in anyone’s life. Apparently, Doc’s prescription will help him relax, too.

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by Sunny Frazier


April showers, flowers, and two new mystery series brings in spring. Plus, mysteries with recipes to try for Easter.

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by Gary Hoffman


Five minutes had passed.
Detective Winston Elliot Browne, nicknamed WEB, admired the brass door knocker. He raised the ring being held in the lion’s mouth and let it fall. He smiled, picked it up again, and tapped it three times on the knocker plate. Several seconds passed before he heard a mousy voice from inside the mansion.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have another pair of fun mysteries for your spring reading list-Murder in an Irish Cottage: An Irish Village Mystery by Carlene O’Connor and Murder Makes Scents: Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by Christin Brecher.

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by Sandra Murphy


Teddy Bentley is a zookeeper at the Gunn Zoo in California. Each day she gets to feed and interact with the animals, especially the newest addition, Poonya, a red panda. What could be a better job? Well, a great job except when the sloth pooped on her uniform, and then there was the incident with the third graders and…Well, no job is perfect.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have reviews of 3 fun food mysteries-Death by Chocolate Frosted Donut: Death by Chocolate Mystery by Sarah Graves, Egg Drop Dead: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, and Pies Before Guys: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.

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by Sharon Tucker


I have only recently begun to read Mary Higgins Clark. Her style is rather more journalistic than I usually like, but I must say she tells a good, textured story. Having authored over fifty books, won numerous awards, and sold millions of titles, she passed away January 31, 2020, at the age of ninety-two. She was associated with Simon and Schuster publishing house, and the same editor for over forty-four years, a remarkable record in itself.

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by Kathleen Costa


Lola’s cousin Leti is so excited about her upcoming nuptials which unfortunately includes Lola dressed in “hideous” bridesmaid fashion and an out-of-her-comfort-zone bachelorette party, but it’s the new case at work that has brought her more concern. Jack has suggested Marnie Haskell engage Camacho and Associates, specifically recommending Lola, to investigate the issues surrounding the tragic death of her son Philip. Jack’s mother is a friend of Marnie’s, and he knew Philip growing up. Phil had been found having hung himself, and authorities determined his death, of course, to be a suicide, but Marnie knew her son wouldn’t kill himself.

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by Kathleen Costa


With travel restricted and getting out and about raising concerns, for me finding a distraction is still as close as my iPad or iPhone. AcornTV adds weekly to their streaming library ample choices for any interest from dramas to comedies, private detectives to police procedurals, from mini series to movies, and of course, fascinating documentaries.

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by Cynthia Chow


After North Carolina’s heavy April rains drive a deluge of customers into Miracle Books for warmth and even more comforting reads, Nora Pennington decides to venture out to restock her supply of popular shelf enhancers. The striking bowls Nora finds at the tobacco barn flea market are irresistible, and she finds them as memorable as their creator “Cherokee Danny.”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Lost Hills is the first book in a new series by Lee Goldberg. The series features a young female detective who is brand new on the job, Eve Ronin. Eve only got the position because of her arrest of a famous actor that went viral on YouTube, and she knows it, and so does everyone she works with. Her fame came right when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was in bad need of some good press. Eve is the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history.

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by Cynthia Chow


Over ten years ago Athena Spencer fled from her meddling and boisterous Greek family in search of big city life and a definitively non-Greek husband. After gaining a son but losing both her career and her spouse, Athena is back home in Sequoia, Michigan, working as a bookkeeper and fill-in staffer for her father at Spencer’s Garden Center.

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by Kathleen Costa


It‘s November, it’s cold, it’s very early, and it’s “Ma” on the line…Sydney is not amused. With an “I’d rather give up a kidney than go home for Christmas” attitude, she feigns a busy schedule, which isn’t entirely true since it is the winter season with few events to manage at the Inn.

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