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by Dylan Bartlett


The holiday season has almost arrived, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. You’ve probably seen expensive wreaths and garlands at the stores you visit most often. During this time of year, everyone’s trying to sell holiday decor, but not all of it is fitting or affordable. Instead of overspending for the holidays, embrace your crafty skills and make your own decorations instead. It’s easy to come up with decor for your home when you choose the supplies and tailor it to your style.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


So many mystery novels are coming out all the time it is impossible to keep up! So once again we find ourselves playing catch up with a wonderful group of new and fairly new mysteries-“Murder in Galway” A Galway Ireland Mystery by Carlene O’Connor, “A Dream of Death” An Antique Mystery by Connie Berry, “Murder She Wrote, Murder in Red” by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, “Thread on Arrival” A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery by Lea Wait, “The Scent of Murder” A Jazz Ramsey series by Kylie Logan, and “Antiques Ravin’” A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan.

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by Steven Sanchez



It’s the most wonderful time of year. Presents, lights, sweets, roasted chestnuts, and mistletoe.
Kris Kringle will give out gifts and cheer to children all around the world. But what about the adults? Nate Butler is here to fill the big man’s shoes and sleigh to spread holiday cheer to those adults that are in need of it through music, crafts, and fun.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food and craft mysteries perfect for your holiday reading-the crafts may inspire you with gift ideas, and the holidays aren’t complete without great food-A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, How to Knit a Murder: Seaside Knitters Society Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, Purls and Poison: Black Sheep Knit Mystery by Anne Canadeo, Forever Fudge! A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes by Nancy Coco, In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, and The Walking Bread: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Carmela and Ava are ready to sell tons of merchandise in their shops (scrapbooking and voodoo) and dance the nights away as Fat Tuesday nears. Party time includes parades with the fabulous floats manned by the competitive krewes.

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by Sandra Murphy



Molly Pink lives an exciting life or at least an action filled one. Molly’s the manager and in charge of special events at the bookstore. Another employee, Adele, is a hit with kids and parents.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of craft and sewing related mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors-A Knit Before Dying: A Tangled Web Mystery by Sadie Hartwell, Knot What You Think: A Quilting Mystery by Mary Marks, Macrame Murder: A Cora Crafts Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, & Murder Wears Mittens: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy


Angie Curtis hasn’t questioned her friend Sarah Byrne about her past. She knows Sarah is adopted, from Australia, and loves antiques. Otherwise, their friendship stays pretty much in the present. Angie runs the Mainely Needlepointers, a diverse group of stitchers who repair or create needlepoint to be sold. One theme is Save the Cormorants, a local endangered bird as well as water and lighthouse scenes.

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by Sandra Murphy


The last few months have been plagued by flus and colds which have put us a bit behind on some of our reviews. So this week we are playing catch-up and here are some reviews & giveaways of some mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors from the last 3 months (including one or two from December)-Dangling by a Thread: Mainly Needlepoint Mystery by Lea Wait, Hooking for Trouble: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Saddle Up for Murder: A Carson Stables Mystery by Leigh Hearon, Prose and Cons: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, and Death at First Sight: Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 6 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


Seven-Year Stitch embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer survived Black Friday, but the real question is whether she can make it through the upcoming Christmas season. Considering that Marcy’s petite stature has her boyfriend Detective Ted Nash affectionately calling her “Inch-High Private Eye,” it shouldn’t have been too surprising that someone who already calls her “Tinkerbell” would hope to also include “Christmas Elf.”

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by Kristine Acopian


There are many things one can hold dear to our hearts. For some it’s old photographs of loved ones, for some it is repurposing antiques passed down to them, and for others it’s holding a space where all of this can come together, to become connected and wholesome in the community.

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by Sandra Murphy


Cora and her friend Jane have partnered to bring craft retreats to Indigo Gap. The old house has been restored, Jane and her daughter are living in one of the guest houses, and Ruby, who came with the house (really), lives in another. It’s time for the first retreat to begin if they can get all the supplies unpacked in time.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


We have a bunch of mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors this week for your July reading fun, with crafts, food, animals & more-Gone with the Wool: Yarn Retreat Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Dressed to Kilt: Scottish Highlands series by Hannah Reed, Final Fondue: A Five-Ingredient Mystery by Maya Corrigan, Take the Monkey and Run: A Call of the Wilde Mystery by Laura Morrigan, and Toasting Up Trouble: A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Wiken. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copies of all 5 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy


At the Lambspun shop where all colors of the rainbow are sold in the form of yarns, there’s a new face — Nancy Marsted. She’s from the college, is shy and pregnant. When she told the Baby Daddy they were going to be a family, he nixed that idea and left her high and dry. Of course, the core group at the shop take her under their wings and make her welcome.

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