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Edith Maxwell

A Trio of Food Mysteries

IN THE July 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a trio of food mysteries for your summer fun-Sweet Tea and Secrets: A Tea and A Read Mystery by Joy Avon, Southern Sass and Killer Cravings: A Marygene Brown series by Kate Young, and Strangled Eggs and Ham: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Judy Penz Sheluk


Are you a fan of assortments? Do you like packages of treats with its variety of flavors, styles, or types? Popsicles? Cookies? Donuts? Ok, food seems to be my most popular way to pick up assortments. It’s such a great way to try something new. But, how about books or short stories? I personally love getting the collection sets that include work from various authors, new-to-me especially. Case in point: The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.

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by Kathleen Costa


Rose has been called on an emergency to the home of fellow Quaker Charity Skells. She is in a great deal of stress, bleeding profusely, and appearing to be miscarrying her latest pregnancy. At thirty-two years old, she is the mother of five, the oldest only nine years old, having only three months ago delivered early a baby too small to survive.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Maddie Day



Now that she has her Pans ‘N Pancakes business up and running, Robbie Jordan is taking the next step of adding the “bed” to her breakfast-and-lunch restaurant. Her first guests at the bed-and-breakfast are her newly discovered father and stepmother from Italy, Robert and Maria Fracasso.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have 3 fun mysteries by Kensington authors-A Toast to Murder: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, If the Haunting Fits, Wear It: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, & Mulch Ado About Murder: A Local Foods Mystery by Edith Maxwell. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 3 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy, Doward Wilson
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of mysteries for your spring reading-No Charm Intended: A Cora Crafts Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, A Good Day to Buy: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery by Sherry Harris, Occult and Battery: A Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory, and Called to Justice: A Quaker Midwife Mystery by Edith Maxwell.

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by Sunny Frazier


No better Mom’s Day gift than a fun mystery to read in the garden. If you’re the mom, drop a few hints for these books. Even better, ask for a gift card.
Introduce Mom to Vannetta Chapman’s new Amish Bishop mysteries. In the San Luis Valley of Colorado, an out-of-control fire takes the life of an elderly Amish bachelor.

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Adam and Eva: Mystery Short Story

IN THE September 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by Edith Maxwell


Who wouldn’t be smitten with Adam Osgood?
My young assistant, Eva Stillwell, stood in her shirtwaist and skirt behind the counter of the Amesbury Post Office where I, Bertie Winslow, serve as Postmistress. I watched as Eva handed Adam his stamps, her eyes aglow. President Grover Cleveland also watched from his portrait on the wall. Dark-haired Adam returned Eva’s light-eyed gaze with a smile like a sunny idyll. Even their names were a match made in Eden.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 2 fun food mysteries from Edith Maxwell, one written under the name Maddie Day-Murder Most Fowl: A Local Foods Mystery and Grilled for Murder: A Country Store Mystery. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copies of both books, and a link to purchase them from Amazon.

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by Marilyn Meredith


Frankly, I absolutely loved this tale. Author Edith Maxwell has done a magnificent job of weaving historical information, interesting information about the Quakers’ beliefs and culture, and a bit of romance into a fascinating mystery.

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by Edith Maxwell


Helen and I sat on a cloth under a maple tree by the banks of Lake Gardner, the tree’s wide leaf-lined branches providing welcome respite from the July midday heat. I loosened the collar of my shirtwaist and fanned myself with my book, one of A.M. Barnard’s scandalous tales, which I had only recently learned were actually penned by Miss Alcott herself.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Edith Maxwell


This week we have a review of Farmed & Dangerous, the new local foods mystery by Edith Maxwell. Since organic farming plays a part in this series, Edith is also sharing with us a guest post on organic farming. At the end of this post are details on how to win a copy of the book, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore.

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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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by Sunny Frazier



California’s much needed rain is not dampening excitement for LCC Monterey. Here are more of the authors to look for at the event:
NYPD Det. Max(ine) Maguire’s assignment is to protect a wine critic who received a death threat. When the woman is killed, Max must team up with a French official she fell for while solving a murder in Champagne.

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