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by Sandra Murphy &
Laurien Berenson


As far as dog shows go, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden is top in the country, the oldest, and most prestigious. Dog handlers and owners vie for the chance to show and perhaps win or place.

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by Kathleen Costa


Aunt Agnes Lugo, a well-respected member of the local tribal community, is convinced that the man convicted of the murder of her nephew, Sacramento Lugo, is innocent. The young man’s body was found stabbed in an isolated area of tribal land, but Jessica was suspicious of the immediate arrest and quick conviction of the victim’s friend, seventeen-year-old Louie Jacobs.

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by Cynthia Chow


Former paramedic Zoe Chambers is now fully immersed in her new job as the Chief Deputy Coroner of Monongahela County, but there’s a new venture looming in her future that is somewhat terrifying. In just two weeks Zoe will be marrying Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, and it seems that everyone in both their Pennsylvania towns plans on attending.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maeve Malloy is an attorney in Alaska, complete with endless hours, never enough sleep, and, as a defense attorney, some really nasty clients. When she manages to get a not guilty vote for one, based on a witness statement, she’s pleased—until she finds an overlooked note that proves the witness perjured himself. When her former client kills someone, the bar association comes after Maeve.

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Arc or Stand-Alone? It’s a Mystery!

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Delia C. Pitts


Now that I’ve published the fourth entry in my contemporary noir mystery series, readers often ask me, did you start out planning to write a multi-book series? Or did the arc begin life as a single novel and expand like weeds from there?

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Six Dancing Damsels and Inspiration

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by C.K. Crigger


Although I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fiction writer, my historical mystery series set in the American West of the late 1890s began with a snippet of truth gleaned from history discovered, of all places, in a library. I’m being facetious. Of course, a library!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Rare book restorer Brooklyn Wainwright and her husband Derek are delighted to be back in her hometown of Dharma, California, for their first annual Dharma Book Festival. As much as they love living in San Francisco, it can’t compare to the communal warmth of the tourist-friendly wine country near Sonoma County. In addition to the variety of restaurants and craft shops run by Brooklyn’s numerous siblings in the wine country, her British in-laws have also recently purchased a second home in the town where Derek’s tarot-reading mother flourishes.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Lauren Elliott


There are two things that Beyond the Page rare book and curio shop owner Addison Greyborne finds irresistible: mysteries and estate sales. The auction being held at Hill Road House offers both of these, having not only a huge library collection up for sale but also its own myth of residing ghosts.

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by Sue Hinkin


The Burn Patient is a gritty, action-packed L.A. thriller featuring African-American TV reporter, Beatrice Middleton, and her photographer partner, Lucy Vega. It’s the third in the Vega & Middleton series with a fourth scheduled for release in 2021. If you like Rizolli & Isles, you might enjoy this series, too.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have another catch up group of mysteries perfect for your summer reading-Death by Auction: An Abby McCree Mystery by Alexis Morgan, Marshmallow Malice: Amish Candy Shop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Murder She Wrote The Murder of Twelve by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, And the Killer Is… A Savannah Reid Mystery by G. A. McKevett, and Antiques Fire Sale: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan.

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by Cynthia Chow


With only three months to go until her sister and brother-in-law return to take over their Two Witches Winery in Penn Yan, New York, Norrie Ellington is eagerly anticipating the return to her full-time job as a screenplay writer. So far life in Seneca Lake has been inundated by too many corpses, and it doesn’t look like the near future will be any smoother.

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Not in Kansas Anymore

IN THE June 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Edith Maxwell


First, thanks for inviting me as a guest, Lorie and Kings River Life! You do so much to support the mystery-writing community. My first Agatha-nominated short story, Just Desserts for Johnny, was published here in 2014.

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by Kathleen Costa


Some may not be what they seem. Harriette Pearl, one of the Front Porch Ladies, has had her sights on the very eligible Zeke Grey, letting everyone know about the “lovely scented” thank you note he sent her. However, Florence Gaines is keen on Zeke, too. Florence is the wealthiest woman in Sugar Creek Gap and doesn’t let an opportunity go by to flaunt it, her philanthropy, and with the Front Porch Ladies in attendance, makes sure they hear about the lunch date she is set to have with Zeke. Harriette’s reaction…bright green!

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by Kathleen Costa


“No one is a movie star forever.” Actor and heartthrob Brett Falcone is stepping away from all the glitz and glamour set to marry his partner and screenwriter Justin Braden. Sydney has been all the arrangements in true over-the-top fashion. Along with the nuptials, the Provincetown Film Festival has enticed throngs of tourists, film buffs, tabloid press, and Hollywood types to attend parties, lots of screenings including a special screening of Falcone’s new movie “Revenge,” and witness Falcone’s acceptance of a lifetime achievement award from the film society.

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