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by Cynthia Chow


It’s Owl Fest 2019 in Caerphilly, Virginia, and for once Meg Langslow’s home is not the center of her grandfather’s well-intentioned chaos. Instead, J. Montgomery Blake has selected the Caerphilly Inn for the Blake Foundation’s December Owl conference of professors, scientists, and many unapproved owls.

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by Sandra Murphy


Melanie Travis has a complicated family life. Most people do, but her family takes it to extremes. She has an ex-husband and a shared pre-teen son. Ex has married Claire who is now one of Melanie’s best friends. Melanie has Sam, her husband of a few years. They share Kevin, a toddler who is a champion at getting into messes. Aunt Peg, well, she’s of the opinion she knows everything and everyone which is pretty much true.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews and giveaways of a bunch of Christmas mysteries to fill your Christmas stocking-Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Connor, Maddie Day, Alex Erickson, Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder: Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, Marry Christmas Murder: Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmore, Christmas Cow Bells: A Buttermilk Creek Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, Silent Knit, Deadly Knit: A Knit & Nibble Mystery by Peggy Ehrhart, A Merry Murder by Kate Kingsbury, and a bonus giveaway of Read and Gone by Allison Brook which we reviewed in 2018

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by Victoria Hamilton


Our society puts so much pressure on the ‘perfect’ Christmas: tree, food, family, everyone being together, gathered around the tree, happy, cheerful. Not every year nor every family has that. But it’s not new pressure. I think women, in particular, have always felt the stress to make Christmas special for their family. I look back and wonder how my mom did it all. She worked full time as a nurse – and that meant shift work, and holidays, too – but still the whole family got together, if not on Christmas day, then on Boxing Day.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Kelly


If there’s one thing that Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz knows, it’s that nothing is ever all black or all white. That’s never more apparent than during the Christmas holiday season, when desperation drives some to commit crimes for what they believe are for “good” reasons.

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by Kathleen Costa


Gossip, of course, is a perk of the job delivering mail to the residents of Sugar Creek Gap, Kentucky, so when Vince Caldwell, resident of the local nursing home, speaks of a heated commissioners’ meeting and an emergency city council meeting, Bernadette takes a little extra time to listen.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Melissa Bourbon/Winnie Archer


Baker Ivy Culpepper and her best friend Emmaline Davis are used to long hours that frequently intrude on their personal lives. But it is a double tragedy when the latter’s duties as Santa Sofia’s Sheriff not only interrupts her marriage proposal to boyfriend Billy Davis, it calls her to the body recovery scene of Marisol Ruiz.

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by Cynthia Chow


For Hammer Construction owner Shannon Hammer, having Raphael Nash as a client is an unquestionable coup. Not only is he dating her friend Marigold, Rafe is one of the wealthiest men in the world whose unlimited budget gives Shannon free reign over the possibilities to renovate his Victorian mansion.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Lois Winston


It may be the Christmas season, for sure, but when your house is the victim of an overzealous “Secret Elf” named Ira, it seems enough should be enough! But, when taking the decorations back to the “Elf,” they discover another over-the-top Christmas display with a blinding lights and loud music, gawkers choking the streets, and Anastasia’s late husband’s half-brother, Ira Pollack, in the middle of some angry neighbors!

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We have another mystery catch up this week-these books are all from September and October and include our first Christmas mystery of the season-A Killer Carol: An Amish Mystery by Laura Bradford, Beyond a Reasonable Stout: A Sloan Krause series by Ellie Alexander, Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, and All Hat’s on Deck: A Missy DuBois Mystery by Sandra Bretting.

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by Cynthia Chow


Tallie Graver may have left behind her life as a Desperate Housewife to her ex-and-now-late-husband Walden Phillips III, but that doesn’t mean that she can avoid uncomfortable reminders and awkward interactions. Unpleasant even when Tallie was married to high society’s “Waldo,” Present Prescott’s obnoxiousness kicks into high gear now that her new cleaning company is in competition to win a contract for his aunt.

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by Sharon Tucker


There is a lot to be said for young, attractive, very bright police officers in fiction. They possess boundless energy, and can usually chase, then actually catch, malefactors. However, Bill Gastner, Undersheriff of Posadas County New Mexico, has already raised a family, been widowed, and has been on the job for more years that he cares to count with retirement on the horizon. He also knows that in Posadas County, the undersheriff does the job and the sheriff is an administrator.

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by Cynthia Chow


Having recently passed the bar exam, newbie lawyer Corrie Locke has a job working at a movie studio in the contracts department. She is also the daughter of a famous private investigator who recently died. When a movie stunt turns deadly and an actor is killed, she is roped into investigating the murder by his mentor, Lacy Halloway, an old time actress who has free reign at the studio.

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by Doward Wilson


Rosalind (Roz) wants to know who killed her husband, Winston Duke, and why? His murder was an unsolved drive-by shooting in LA. To distance herself from the scene, Roz has moved herself and her internationally-known stained glass window business to a small town on the Oregon coast.

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