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Cathy Ace

My Five Favorite Reads This Summer

IN THE September 9 ISSUE

FROM THE Contributors,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Cathy Ace


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Cathy Ace. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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by Cynthia Chow


Cait Morgan had thought that her month-long vacation in Jamaica was to be a celebration by her husband and friends of her fiftieth birthday. While she and her husband Bud had a few weeks alone together on the bungalow estate, they were later joined by Bud’s two ex-colleagues and their respective plus-ones. Vancouver Police Department retiree Jack White has his amenable wife Sheila, but former secret service operative John Silver has brought along the much-younger, much flirtier, Lottie Fortescue.

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by Cynthia Chow



When a worn rubber washer results in a flood that damages the priceless library collection of Chellingworth Hall, Duke Henry Devereaux Twyst requests the aid of book specialist Bryn Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins has a concern of his own, and it is Henry’s mother who prods him into revealing it. It seems that an inexplicable number of books have disconcertedly and continually been added to his bookstore’s stock, and Bryn worries that it is for nefarious means.

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by Sandra Murphy


Cait Morgan is teaching in Budapest. Parts of it she likes, some not so much. She’s almost fifty and newly married, less than a year in fact, and misses her husband, Bud. He’s back in the States, helping his father take care of his mother until she’s back on her feet. He’s due to spend the last week of her stay with her and neither can wait to see each other. Nightly Skype sessions aren’t enough.

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by Cynthia Chow


The eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth is getting married, and the entire village of Anwen-by-Wye is eager to celebrate the wedding of Henry Devereaux Twyst to Stephanie Timbers. While everyone seems to have an opinion on which tradition should be honored during the ceremony of the first sitting duke in one hundred years, the one that concerns the Dowager Duchess are the Morris Dancers.

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by Cathy Ace


“John Evans is dead. It’s in the newspaper. It must be true.” Gladys Pritchard waved the South Wales Evening Post in front of her husband.
“Good riddance,” muttered her spouse.

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by Cathy Ace



If I hadn’t undercooked the Thanksgiving turkey, Jake might not be dead. It was my first one ever. Now maybe I’ll never cook another, given the way it’s all turned out.

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by Sunny Frazier



Interested in the exotic? Canadian author R.J. Harlick takes us to the mystical islands of Haida off the coast of British Columbia in The Silver Totem of Shame. When a totem carver is killed, Meg Harris investigates and discovers a totem pole telling the old tale of a chief’s treasure that incited a deception. Find out how the story impacts our heroine’s life in this, the 6th in the Meg Harris Mysteries.

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