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Sandra Murphy

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 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 Sandra Murphy


Staying healthy and active is a goal most people have. However, daily life gets in the way of exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation. When a crisis like the coronavirus hits, worry and an excess of conflicting information can add stress and decrease focus. Dr. Carol Osborne, an integrative veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, shares tips for weight loss, stress relief, and adapting for changes in your work schedule which in turn, affects your pets.

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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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March Mystery Catch-Up!

IN THE March 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we are once again trying to catch up on mysteries we haven’t had the chance to review yet-A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, In Cold Chamomile: A Tea and a Read Mystery by Joy Avon, Matchmaking Can Be Murder: An Amish Matchmaking Mystery by Amanda Flower, and Sealed Off: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have 3 more fun mysteries-one with cats, a food one, and a former TV star turned PI-Claw Enforcement: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Last Licks: A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, and Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury: A Desert Flowers Mystery by Lee Hollis.

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by Sandra Murphy


The last time Charlie Harris got involved in a murder investigation, he almost got himself killed. He’s under strict orders from everyone who knows and cares about him to stop investigating. He’s promised—but will he be able to keep his promise?

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by Sandra Murphy


Wren Johnson owns a specialty shop in Oceanview, Oregon. Everything is about bees, from a hive viewing post to lip balms, lotions, candles, cookies, and candies. Wren is eco-friendly and wants customers to enjoy her handmade products but also understand the importance of bees in the world.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s not easy living in an RV with a husband and three-month-old twin babies. Every day Skye Denison-Boyd looks out the RV’s door to see if the contractor’s truck is at their new house. He promised they could move in before Christmas but late starts and no-shows make that unlikely.

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by Sandra Murphy


Four women reinvented themselves. Two became booksellers, two run the tea and pastry shop within the store, located in the Highlands, Scotland. For Christine, it’s coming home to take care of elderly parents. For Janet, it’s a return to a vacation cottage, minus the husband she’d shared it with, the rat. Janet’s adult daughter and a friend round out the group.

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by Sandra Murphy


Scott Newman is a billionaire. He’s got the idea of moving his family to a private island that’s off the grid. A wood burning stove, a real “ice box”, no wifi, no radio, everything expensively done but rustic. His twin daughters, from his first marriage, hate it because they’re away from luxury. His twin boys, from his current (second) marriage, miss their friends and video games. His wife is a fashionista, except for when picking vegetables in their garden. Then she’s a fashionista in bib overalls.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Paige Shelton


Elizabeth Fairchild is the pen name for writer Beth Rivers, a fact well-hidden. That came in handy after Beth was kidnapped and held in a van for three days. To escape, she threw herself out while it was moving. She suffered a head injury and memory loss, keeping her in the hospital. Although her condition was kept quiet to the press, word managed to get out that she would survive. But would she survive after leaving the hospital? Her captor is still at large.

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A Pair of K-9 Mysteries

IN THE January 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have a pair of K-9 mysteries-No Man’s Land: An FBI K-9 series by Sara Driscoll and Tracking Game: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Margaret Mizushima. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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