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by Cynthia Chow


While the Labor Day tourist season is slowing down in East Hampton, New York, Windmill Inn owner Antonia Bingham still has a lot on her plate. After fleeing an abusive marriage in California, she is starting over as an innkeeper pursuing her love of cooking and catering to her wealthy guests. That’s what makes the discovery of two Wall Street bad boys murdered so troubling, as Shane Boskin and Gary DiAngelo had recently been drinking at her bar the night before.

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by Cynthia Chow


Prissy Fox Consignment Shop owner Reagan Summerside is finally marrying Walker Boone, the dreamily attractive Savannah attorney. More importantly, it’s been 183 days since she’s managed to stumble across a dead body, a habit that would be more disturbing if she also hadn’t played a significant role in solving the murders. Unfortunately, she’s going to break that record on the very same day her wedding dreams come true.

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Life Provides Inspiration

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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by Janet Dawson


The phone rang on Mother’s Day. As the adult child of an elderly parent, it was the call we dread. The voice on the other end of the line, that of a dispatcher from an alert device company, said my elderly mother had activated her device. They had not been able to establish voice contact with her. The paramedics were on their way.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle is one of the most unique Sherlock Holmes stories written by someone other than Doyle that I have ever read. The title alone drew me in—I just had to know more. What could Eliza Doolittle have to do with Sherlock Holmes?

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The Magic of Cats

IN THE March 24 ISSUE

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by Clea Simon


Sometimes, the lack of a reaction tells you more than any startled gasp ever could. That’s what I’m realizing now that my A Cat on the Case, the third Witch Cat of Cambridge cozy mystery, makes its way to readers. The big shock? Cat people aren’t surprised by the idea that cats have magical powers. It’s as if they already knew.

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by Sandra Murphy


Louisa Cannon has been a lady’s maid to the Mitford family since she first went into service at age nineteen. Now she’s taking classes to be a court reporter and is getting married. She won’t be on equal footing with the wealthy Mitfords, but she’ll no longer be at their beck and call.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Deborah Blake


Maybe buying a pet shelter – spur of the moment, sight unseen – wasn’t the best idea. But Kari Stuart had recently gotten out of a bad marriage, was about to turn thirty, and oh yes, had just won a five-million-dollar lottery. At a loss what to do next in her life, it took finding a stray kitten and discovering that all of the local pet shelters were overflowing their capacities to propel her into to making such an impulsive decision.

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Murder, Mayhem, and Crooks Gone Wild

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Sandra Wells


My name is Sandra Wells, and I write murder mystery books all set in the state of New Hampshire. I didn’t decide to become a writer until last March when I turned fifty-nine years old. I now have four books, The New Hampshire Series. They were written in eight months, all now published. I wrote them all on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone 9+, 929 miles away in Saint Clair, Tennessee.

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Giving The Player an Encore

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Joe Cosentino


It’s always a gamble writing something new since fans become accustomed to their favorite writers’ series. My fans adore and cherish my Nicky and Noah mystery series, Jana Lane mystery series, Cozzi Cove series, Bobby and Paolo Holiday stories, In My Heart series, Found At Last series, and Tales from Fairyland anthology. So I was nervous about playing with their emotions by not only starting a new series but also entering into a new world for me: the Roaring Twenties period and the paranormal.

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Why Not a Book of Short Stories?

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Radine Trees Nehring


Advice? Just like in most professions, a lot of advice is available to writers.
One oft-repeated bit of advice offered to writers during many past years was “Don’t bother with a book of short stories. They don’t sell.”
Okay with me. I didn’t plan to write short stories anyway.

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by Sandra Murphy


Emma Reed worked in finance in London. Tired of training young men who then became her boss, Emma quit her job to do something she loved.
Where to go and what to do? From trips as a child, she remembered a tea shop in a small village in Cornwall. Baking goodies was her passion. A tea shop would be just the thing. She and her Corgi, Oliver, headed for Cornwall.

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by Cynthia Chow


Kay Dexter has seen the toll aging can take on an entire family. Her own father suffered from Alzheimer’s for years, with his denial making his care a stressful, emotionally draining experience. It also led her into becoming a geriatric care manager in Rocoso County, her hometown in northern Sierra Nevada. With a master’s degree in social welfare and a former Alameda County social worker, Kay coordinates with another social worker and an RN to manage long-term health care for seniors and their families.

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Tammy Euliano on Writing Fatal Intent

IN THE March 3 ISSUE

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by Tammy Euliano


Embarking on the writing of a novel is a truly novel (ha!) experience. As a physician, researcher, and teacher, who wrote extensively throughout my career in academic medicine, including an introductory anesthesiology textbook with my mentor, I assumed the words would flow and a book would appear. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Though a life-long reader, I soon realized I’d never analyzed the craft of the books I love, which of course is the author’s intent.

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Writing Life: Invention or Memory?

IN THE March 3 ISSUE

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by Victoria Hamilton


Every mystery series I write (I have four on the go: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, Lady Anne Addison Historical Mysteries, A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder, and the Merry Muffin Mysteries) is completely different, deliberately so. It allows me to reference my different interests, from vintage recipes and kitchen utensils, to English history, to a budding interest in opera and classical music. From the beginning I knew that the Merry Muffin Mysteries would feature classical music and opera, though not, I hope, in an overwhelming sense. Even if you’re not a fan of either, you’ll enjoy the Merry Muffin series.

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