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Ellie Alexander

by Cynthia Chow


The residents of the Shakespeare-themed town of Ashland, Oregon, are accustomed to annually celebrating their Shakespeare Festival and routinely performing the Bard’s many plays. As winter sets in, bakery, winery, and now creamery owner Juliet Montague Capshaw is even more thrilled when one of her Torte bakeshop staff connects them with Javier de la Garza, the director of the Southern Oregon Museum of Art. Together they are able to bring to SOMA the Shakespeare’s Lost Pages exhibit, which includes not only his rare books and artifacts but also the highly coveted and newly discovered Double Falsehood manuscript.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Since this is Thanksgiving week we thought it would be fun to review some food mysteries for your Thanksgiving feast-Deck the Donuts: A Deputy Donuts Mystery by Ginger Bolton, The Cure for What Ales You: A Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Here Comes the Fudge: A Candy-Coated Mystery by Nancy Coco, No Grater Crime: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day, and Murder Can Frost Your Doughnut: A Haunted Craft Mystery by Rose Pressey.

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by Cynthia Chow


After leaving her life, marriage, and career as a pastry chef for a luxurious cruise ship, Juliet Capshaw has found her true happiness back in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon. Now the owner of Torte Bakeshop and it’s smaller offshoot Scoops, Jules has also become the part-owner of the winery Uva with her estranged husband Carlos. They are actually not-so-estranged anymore, as to Jules’s surprise Carlos seems to revel in their low-key life in Ashland, where the healing powers of the water and the celebration of all things Shakespeare seem to inspire and challenge him. Jules is just as proud of her young staff at Torte, and she is thrilled when her barista Andy is announced as being a contestant in the West Coast Barista Cup.

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by Kim Heniadis


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery reviewer Kim Heniadis. 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 Sandra Murpy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries-Nothing Bundt Trouble: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Red Hot: A Red Herring Mystery by Dana Dratch, Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody by Barbara Ross, and Still Knife Painting: A Paint and Shine Mystery by Cheryl Hollon.

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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 Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of food and wine mysteries-Batter Off Dead: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell, One Taste Too Many: Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein, Steamed Open: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross, Wine and Punishment: A Literary Pub Mystery by Sarah Fox, Live and Let Pie: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Kappy King and the Pie Kaper: An Amish Mystery by Amy Lillard.

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by Sunny Frazier


If one of your 2019 resolutions is to add more books and reading time to your life, here are some suggestions to help you keep your promise!

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by Sunny Frazier


The state of Maine is the main attraction this month and needles are out for blood with two sewing mysteries. Enjoy!
In Moosetookalook, Maine, Liss MacCrimmon is prepping the Scottish Emporium for November’s shopping rush. But her father-in-law’s rustic hotel can barely turn a profit between autumn and ski season.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of some more fun June mysteries-Crime and Punctuation: Deadly Edits series by Kaitlyn Dunnett, Murder at the Mansion: Victorian Village Mystery by Sheila Connolly, The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, and Till Death Do Us Tart: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander.

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by Sunny Frazier


It’s June and here come the brides! Three of this month’s cozies have a wedding theme. There’s also a new series by Sheila Connolly. Enjoy your summer!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Ellie Alexander


Taking place not long after the working vacation on a cruise depicted in A Crime of Passion Fruit, bakeshop owner Jules Capshaw is adjusting back to life running Torte and its expansion into the basement below. The Elizabethan-themed town of Ashland, Oregon, embraces the Bard as an inspiration to attract tourists, but most of the antics seem to be occurring behind-the-scenes.

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by Sunny Frazier


You’ve done enough baking and cooking over the holidays. Now kick back and reward yourself with these mysteries about baking and cooking.

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Fall Mystery Catch-Up

IN THE November 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding: A Tara Holloway Novel by Diane Kelly, A Room with a Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel, Death on Tap: A Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Whispers of Warning: A Change of Fortune Mystery by Jessica Estevao, Death at the Seaside: Kate Shackleton series by Frances Brody, and The Essence of Malice: Amory Ames series by Ashley Weaver.

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