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Murder by Fireworks By Susan Bernhardt: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


With two days to go until her oldest son gets married, the last thing Kay Driscoll needs is yet another burden stressing her out. That doesn’t stop her husband Phil from announcing that his cousin Loren is in the hospital, and by the way, Loren’s twelve year-old daughter is coming to stay with them in Sudbury Falls, Wisconsin. Apparently Janey’s mother is too busy on a vacation with her own boyfriend to rush over and pick up the rebellious girl, who acts out through dyed hair, vampire teeth, and kleptomania.

A Death in the Flower Garden By Elizabeth Ashby & Gin Jones: Review/Giveaway/Food Post

by Doward Wilson
& Gin Jones


Welcome to Danger Cove, a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Meet Maria Dolores, a descendant of the town's first lighthouse keeper, the original Maria Dolores. Maria has just started her new job as the manager of the Lighthouse Farmers' Market after closing her financial planning business and leaving big city life behind.

Born On the Fourth of July: A 4th of July Mystery Short Story

by Margaret Hamilton


Flags started disappearing on Flag Day, June fourteenth. Mostly Stars and Stripes, with a few maple leaves to celebrate Canada Day, and a tricolored French flag, flown in anticipation of Bastille Day. On her usual early morning dog walk, a week before the Fourth of July, Lizzie Christopher saw that her Jericho, Ohio neighborhood was stripped bare, not a flag left flying.

A Short History Of The Hotdog

by Margaret Mendel


Sausage, the precursor of the hotdog, has been around for a dog’s age. Finely chopped and highly seasoned meat stored in clean animal intestines became a clever way to preserve and store meat. This food has been around so long that it was even mentioned in Homers Odyssey written in the 9th Century BC. Italy, Portugal, Greece, France, and Germany all have long-standing recipes for sausages.

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