More Christmas Mysteries!

by Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Sandra Murphy

This week we have reviews and giveaways of even more Christmas mysteries-A Christmas Candy Killing: A Killer Chocolate Mystery by Christina Romeril, Dashing Through the Snowbirds: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews, High Spirits: A Haunted Haven Mystery by Carol J. Perry, It Came Upon A Midnight Shear: A Riverbank Knitting Mystery by Allie Pleiter, and Christmas Scarf Murder by Carlene O’Connor, Maddie Day and Peggy Ehrhart.

The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Lorie Lewis Ham

The Twist of a Knife is the fourth book in Anthony Horowitz’s wonderful series featuring former Metropolitan police detective Daniel Hawthorne and Anthony Horowitz--yes you read that correctly, Anthony has put himself in the books as the Watson to Hawthorne’s Holmes. In this series, Anthony has been asked to write about Hawthorne’s cases, and against his better judgment, agrees.

The Mesdames of Mayhem’s Fifth Anthology, In the Spirit of 13

by Linda Lovely

Ten years ago in Toronto, two separate writing critique groups came together to form the Mesdames of Mayhem, the brainchild of Madeleine Harris-Callway and Donna Carrick, with the purpose of pooling their talent and promoting the work of women authors. Originally, there were thirteen writers in total, all women, so naturally their first anthology was called Thirteen. Since then, they’ve grown to twenty-four authors stretched across Canada – and they now include three Messieurs.

Why Novels Mix Real-World and Fictional Settings

by Linda Lovely

People enjoy reading books set in familiar locations—be it hometowns, family vacation spots, or famous resorts they long to visit someday. Novels give readers an inexpensive way to spend time at well-known and beloved locales anytime they want. Settings also can help transport readers deep into the world inhabited by the novel’s characters.



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