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by Sharon Tucker


What a pleasure to learn that a new Daniel Rinaldi thriller is out. It’s good to be with Dr. Rinaldi, the quiet, steady therapist who helps us reconnect to our better, more sane selves when life gets out of hand. He counsels survivors of violence and I know I would feel comfortable seeking his help at such a time. It’s also good to go back to visit Pittsburgh, a part of the country I don’t know at all except through these novels. Their setting is rich with the Steel City’s history and atmosphere and with the complexities Rinaldi’s patients, associates, police officers, attorneys, and all those who befriend, tolerate, and actively work for or against the good doctor.

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by Katie Lattari


In my debut thriller, Dark Things I Adore, an eclectic group of young artists forge deep and impactful connections with each other during the summer of 1988 at the Lupine Valley Arts Collective, a cloistered and prestigious arts camp in King City, a remote (and fictitious) town in Maine. Coral, Moss, Juniper, Mantis, and Zephyr (who all go by their camp nicknames), spend a dream-like summer together before one of them suffers an unspeakable cruelty at the hands of another in the group that transforms their collective dream into a nightmare.

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by Cynthia Chow


While dining at Austin, Texas’s Big Flacos, professional genealogist Lucy Lancaster is descended upon by the unappetizing appearance of her former coworker Camilla Braithwaite. At least Camilla was only her third least-favorite research librarian from Howland University Library, where Lucy previously worked as their staff genealogist.

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Warned, But Had to Do It Anyway

IN THE September 8 ISSUE

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by Marilyn Meredith


Over and over I read comments from readers saying they didn’t want to read a book with the pandemic in it. When it was time to write the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, I wasn’t sure what to do.

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My Starbucks Habit

IN THE September 1 ISSUE

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by Neil S. Plakcy


The pandemic changed things for people around the world in large and small ways. For me the change was small, and yet meaningful. It broke me of my Starbucks habit.

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by Cynthia Chow


When this thrilling novel opens, young Monica Bennett is thrilled to be on an Egyptian archeological dig usually reserved only for advanced graduate students. Enchanted as the gifted Monica is with the 1470 BC Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple of one of the few ruling queens, Monica is just as charmed by the handsome Teaching Assistant Colin Vine. After a day spent seeing the exotic sights and attractions of Luxor, they are abruptly hurtled into a car accident that leaves them bruised and Colin arrested.

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Finding Fatal Fungi

IN THE August 25 ISSUE

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by Maddie Day


Thanks so much to Kings River Life Magazine for inviting me to stop by today! I am beyond thrilled that No Grater Crime, my twenty-fifth novel, released on August 24. It’s also the ninth Country Store Mystery. For regular readers, rest assured the series continues after this book.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Gretchen Archer


As Bellissimo Resort and Casino’s covert security agent and frequent celebrity body double for the self-centered and vain Bianca Sanders, Davis Way Cole often finds herself in absurd and dangerous situations. Being stuffed in a motorhome basement is a first though, especially since she has also been “adultnapped” with her fellow operative Fantasy Erb and an extremely eccentric golf caddy named Mango Matisse. While Davis initially assumes that she has mistakenly been taken in place of the billionaire’s wife Bianca, information arduously pulled from the trivia-spouting Mango quickly proves otherwise.

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by Cynthia Chow


After the death of her best friend’s mother, Riley Rhodes returned to her hometown of Penniman, Connecticut, to help Caroline recover and assist in running the late Elizabeth “Buzzy” Spooner’s Udderly Delightful Ice Cream Shop. Scooping out delicious layered confections in waffle cones is a delight on its own, but it also gives Riley an escape from a career mistake. Her job as a librarian and travel blogger had actually been going well, but it was a snafu working undercover for the CIA that revealed a lack of judgment and misplaced trust.

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by Cynthia Chow


After cashing out her work as a software product developer, Antonia “Toni” Carey has comfortably settled into a life working from home in Los Angeles as a trade magazine freelance writer. A note from her beloved Uncle Horace sends her on a visit to Loma Vista, where she has fond memories of spending her childhood with him and his beehives. Meeting her at his home instead of Uncle Horace is San Bernardino County Sheriff detective Peter Martin, who delivers the shocking news that Horace Carey is lying in a coma in the local hospital. Apparently the victim of a robbery, Peter and Toni have their suspicions not due to a smoking gun, but smoking bees.

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by Nancy Nau Sullivan


Stan was the muscular star quarterback of my high school class. Karen was a sweet, pretty, varsity cheerleader, and the love of his life. Though rather cliché at first blush, they were an item in their teenage years, but real life sent them in different directions, to different spouses and careers…though they didn’t stray far from their home town. Stan even became high school principal.

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by Kathleen Costa


Kylee Kane is a retired Coast Guard investigator living in the South Carolina Lowcountry on a boat…old habits? She hopes her experience will translate to a career as a private investigator despite the missions being very different. She has also been taking care of her mother, Myrtle, who, despite being a cancer survivor and struggling with her post-chemo recovery, is quite the adversary when she has a cause to champion, and the threat she might have to live with Kylee if she doesn’t take it easy doesn’t really affect a change.

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Location, Location…Setting

IN THE July 28 ISSUE

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by Nancy Nau Sullivan


My sister asked me if I knew of a ghost writer. (hint, hint.) I tried to be a ghost writer one time. It didn’t work. I couldn’t get into the head of character, nor the setting. Especially the latter.
My sister is the tireless founder of a non-profit for mothers and children. I’ve never seen anyone more passionate about a project—she gives me inspiration. I suggested to her: Why don’t you write the story? I think she could do it. She’s a terrific speaker and a prolific writer of letters asking for money!

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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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