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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we continue to catch up on our reviews with some more fun mysteries featuring book clubs, wine tastings, house flipping, and a historical-A Catered Book Club Murder: A Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford, A Lady Compromised: A Rosalind Thorne Mystery by Darcie Wilde, Wine Tastings Are Murder: A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, and Murder With a View: A House-Flipper Mystery by Diane Kelly.

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by Kathleen Costa


The 1920s are in full swing with people trying to get back to some kind of normal after “the war to end all wars.” Blanche Tucker, one of Alafair Tucker‘s gaggle of daughters, is restless, so she is easily taken in by a man claiming to be a film producer saying she has “IT.”

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by Sunny Frazier


While the snow melts in parts of the country and St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time, and the first day of spring are around the corner, don’t even think about giving up books for Lent! Here’s the start of a new series by a new author. There are also farms, food, and the luck of the Irish in the books coming out this month. Enjoy!

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Friends and Sidekicks

IN THE February 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Kaye George


What exactly IS a sidekick? He’s not a partner. The main character is the obvious number one star. The sidekick is…less so. They exist across lots of genres, as seen by the examples that popped up for me right away when I started thinking about them.

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A Jewel of a Rainbow

IN THE February 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Ellen Byron


I’m a relatively simple gal. Most of my wardrobe comes from Target and a local shop where nothing seems to cost over forty dollars. I’ve never coveted fancy stuff. Then one day I walked into a local jewelry store to ask if they’d donate to my kid’s elementary school silent auction and I saw… it. A slim bracelet made of sapphires in a variety of colors arranged by shade like a rainbow. I. Fell. In. Love.

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by Cynthia Chow


After inadvertently burning her life down in a moment of rage and fury, Nora Pennington found healing and her purpose in the town of Miracle Springs, North Carolina. Renowned for their healing springs, Nora does her own bibliotheraphy there for those needing help in her Miracle Books bookstore. Though her many customers find bliss through the messages they learn through the books Nora selects for them, there is a very loud contingency less than pleased by her new autumn window display.

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by Cynthia Chow


Maizie Albright is no longer the teen actress who became renowned for drunken escapades, was arrested because of a drug-dealing boyfriend, and then eventually sentenced by a judge to living a life outside of Hollywood. She now needs to prove to the world that she’s not just Julie Pinkerton, TV’s Teen Detective, but a real-life competent private investigator-in-training.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Alexis Morgan


Abby McCree got bamboozled into being on another committee. This time she’s helping with the summer outdoor movies. The two people in charge have been called out of town and Abby’s on the hook for the last one of the season, an animated children’s film.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s the late fourteenth century London, and Crispin Guest is dealing with the consequences of his treasonous actions against Richard II. He has his head and entrails intact, but the loss of his rank, his position, his fiancée, his friends, and all support to make a living leave little for which to be thankful. However, he does have his wits on which in the past he has relied, if only he had a plan to use them to survive on the city’s mean streets.

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by Cynthia Chow


People come to the Yukon town of Rockton to escape from the world. They pay a lot to live off of the grid, away from the Internet, electricity, and modern conveniences. It’s a sacrifice they’re willing to make in order to disappear from the modern world and hide from their pasts, violent threats, or the authorities. Detective Casey Duncan and her partner Sheriff Eric Dalton are in charge of these “non-violent” residents, who have temporary stays within the small community.

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A Journey Explored Through Writing

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by CeeCee James


I’m CeeCee James, cozy mystery writer, and mini Dachshund wrangler extraordinaire. Actually, it’s the dogs that are remarkable. They can go from a dead sleep to an ankle-pile of mass destruction at a single doorbell ring. This quarantine I’ve learned how many doorbell rings there on TV. Too many.

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by Penny Grubb


A lifelong love of puzzles shaped many things in my life from my career choices to my crime writing, and although the quest for answers has sometimes led me to places I really shouldn’t have gone from the dizzy heights of a thirty-storey condemned building to the crumbling underground passages beneath an abandoned hospital, I’ve found the constant cycle of learning to be very liberating.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hope Taylor is the new pastor, make that new female pastor, at Faith Chapel Episcopal Church. It’s a smaller town than she’s used to, and except for the warp speed of gossip, she likes it.

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by Cynthia Chow


For librarian Trudell Becket, the unthinkable is about to happen. Her beloved library in Cypress, South Carolina, is about to go “bookless,” meaning that their entire physical book collection will be chucked out as they go digital and high tech. Leading the push to embrace e-books and databases is the new town manager Duggar Hargrove, who has little regard or patience for Tru’s appreciation of what he sees as obsolete.

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