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Elaine Faber

by Elaine Faber


“If I’ve told you once,” Papa Red Warty Thing said. “I’ve told you a dozen times not to stray so far way. Look at you. You’re already at the end of your tendrils and into the road. The tractor is coming. You’ll be smashed flatter than a fritter!”

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by Elaine Faber


Anthony crouched next to the telephone booth behind the Rescue Mission. He pushed back a strand of dirty hair and wiped a ragged sleeve across his nose. He was sick of hot dogs and beans at the Rescue Mission and their phony Christmas spirit. He hated the sight of plastic Christmas trees, fake Santas, and the city’s hollow Christmas cheer.

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by Elaine Faber


He stood in the dark hallway. The thrill of anticipation plunged down his spine. He’d carefully planned every detail. Kill her, run down the back stairs, drive to the motel and pretend disbelief when he heard of his wife’s unfortunate demise.

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by Elaine Faber


“You never have a handkerchief when you need one. Here, take mine.”
Agnes shaded her eyes and looked up. Godfrey Baumgarten? How long has it been? The years zipped away as the flickering light played across the man’s face. She took his handkerchief, dabbed her eyes and blew her nose. She stumbled to her feet and stared at the tall, distinguished, grey-haired gentleman grinning down at her with the same rakish smile she remembered too well.

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by Elaine Faber


Even six weeks later, near the end of October, 2001, the country still reeled from the World Trade Center attack. Newspapers still wrote of little other than the dreadful aftermath of the incident depicting the nations’ agony.

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by Sandra Murphy


Thumper, Noe-Noe, (cats) and the dog Sam, are headed home with their people when a truck rear ends them. The injuries aren’t too bad and the ASPCA comes for Sam. Unfortunately, in the chaos, no one saw the cat carrier fly out of the car and over the embankment.

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by Elaine Faber


“Buckle your seatbelts. We’re coming in for a landing.” As the seaplane descended, the tiny blue patch surrounded by green became a small lake, 200 miles from the nearest Alaska town.

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by Sunny Frazier



We’re stuck in a drought but we can dream of oceans, can’t we? Author Luke Christodoulou brings us back once again to the Greek Isles in The Church Murders. On the island of Salamina, a reporter is stabbed to death while investigating a gospel written by Jesus. On Santorini, bodies are piling up. Seven Ionian islands, seven more bodies. A boy experiences stigmata on Kefallonia. Police Captain Papacosta and Lieutenant Cara have their hands full, and readers experience a visual vacation.

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Dead Bush Poker Prize: A Cat Short Story

IN THE January 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andPets,
andTerrific Tales
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by Elaine Faber


I live in Dead Bush, a small town in the center of Texas. Our town sports three saloons, a general store, the bank, one church without a steeple, a blacksmith shop and another motley establishment such as nice folks don’t talk about in mixed company. Modern wooden slat sidewalks were added this spring in deference to the request of those specific ladies who didn’t want to get their shoes muddy.

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by Diana Hockley



Kimberlee Clarke is astonished when she receives a letter from her Grandmother Lassister in Texas. Even more astonishing are the contents: Grandma is considering who to give her horse ranch to after she dies. The inheritor has to manage the ranch the same way as Grandma’s late husband would have.

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Kilcuddy Kitty: A Cat Short Story

IN THE August 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by Elaine Faber


The first rays of sunrise streamed past posters taped to the butcher shop window, casting squares of shade onto the sunny linoleum floor. Beef Kidneys?$.39 a pound, Oxtails?$.15 a pound, Beef bones?$.10 a pound. No one complained about the poor cuts of meat because the best cuts were sent to feed the troops. Rationing and serving meatless meals was considered patriotic in the summer of 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Black Cat Legacy By Elaine Faber

IN THE March 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Cynthia Chow


After ending her marriage to a philandering husband, Kimberlee Larsen takes her young daughter, Amanda, to Oregon and inadvertently finds herself back in Fern Lake, the site of a family tragedy she does not even remember occurring. While Kimberlee had always been advised that some secrets should never be told, her own curiosity and recurring memories force her to explore the past, even at the cost of destroying her peace and risking everything she values in the present.

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by Sunny Frazier



Only a week away! I couldn’t cover all the authors but Coming Attractions will continue to share about upcoming mystery novels even after LCC is but a memory.

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by Elaine Faber



It was a dark and windy night?April, 1865. A man swathed in black, creeps down the hall, looks back, and then thrusts a derringer beneath the folds of his long dark cape. Perspiration dots his forehead as he approaches President Lincoln’s private box. His hand trembles as he turns the doorknob.

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