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by Cynthia Chow


In 1896, a young woman escapes from the traumas of her life by retreating to the secret place at the top of Chez Celeste’s tower stairs. Led to this magical place by a woman calling herself Granny Jo, Roxanne spies upon the unbelievable world that is present-day San Francisco. It is there at a fundraising ball by the Bay Area Preservation Alliance that real estate agent Claire Scanlan happens to glance upon the mysterious woman, who wears an amethyst necklace nearly identical to her own. Before she can investigate, though, Claire is called away to woo the Burnham heirs who will decide the fate of their family’s Burnham Mansion.

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Act of Deception: A Doc Brady Mystery

IN THE August 5 ISSUE

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by John Bishop MD


I began writing in the mid-1990s, and created a character named Dr. Jim Bob Brady, an orthopedic surgeon in Houston, Texas, who had a penchant for getting himself involved in sordid murders and mysteries and, ultimately, being able to solve them. I wrote a series of novels about Doc Brady, which didn’t make the cut back then, but which are being published now after all this time.

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The (Cuddly) Joys of Research

IN THE August 5 ISSUE

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by Jennifer J. Chow


When I started researching my Sassy Cat mystery series, I knew it’d be loads of fun. Mimi Lee, the main character, is a pet groomer, which meant getting up close to cats and dogs. My only negative experience was the time I got kicked out of a grooming salon—actually, the first place I visited for research. Maybe they didn’t trust that I really was writing a novel tied to pet grooming. Or perhaps it had something to do with the sassy talking cat sidekick in my book.

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Enhancing Mysteries with Subplots

IN THE July 29 ISSUE

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by Debbie De Louise


What does a missing cat, a kidnapped toddler, and the one-year-old murder of a woman on her anniversary night have in common? They are all subplots in my new novel, Memory Makers. The main plot features Lauren Phelps, a 28-year-old woman who was kidnapped along with her sister twenty-five years ago. Lauren escaped her captor, but her older sister, Patty, was found dead in the woods.

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by Joe Cosentino


“You gotta work it!” Don’t you just love a fashion show? The anticipation in the air, flashing lights, pounding music, enticing runway, gorgeous models, captivating clothes, and revealing costume malfunctions. I find runway shows mesmerizing. So I couldn’t resist setting the tenth novel in my popular Nicky and Noah mystery series during a fashion show.

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by Kathleen Costa


As an adventurer at heart, Mona was excited to learn she’d be attending a party where the host’s father-in-law is the famous egyptologist Sir Jonathon Alden. His daughter, Elspeth Neferet Alden, has married Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt Hopper, and the party is to present the new, and young, Mrs. Hopper to Lexington society. But, Mona is suspicious about their marital bliss having found the new bride crying and is that a bruise on her arm?

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by Jean Rabe


I have a one-eyed pug pup asleep on my lap. She’s a breeder surrender, and she squeezes between me and the keyboard. I manage to write like this.

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Animals in Espionage

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

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by Sally Carpenter


Spy literature and movies are chock-full of gadgets for the agents. Real-life agencies have another gimmick up their trench coat sleeves: trained animals.

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by Cynthia Chow


Cait Morgan had thought that her month-long vacation in Jamaica was to be a celebration by her husband and friends of her fiftieth birthday. While she and her husband Bud had a few weeks alone together on the bungalow estate, they were later joined by Bud’s two ex-colleagues and their respective plus-ones. Vancouver Police Department retiree Jack White has his amenable wife Sheila, but former secret service operative John Silver has brought along the much-younger, much flirtier, Lottie Fortescue.

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Titles—a Chicken and Egg Question

IN THE July 15 ISSUE

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by Molly MacRae


I like titles. I had the good fortune to grow up in a house full of books. Shelves full of them all the way to the ceiling. When I was learning to read, I loved picking out the titles of the books on the shelves well above my head—as though each title was a secret, and the titles strung together told a story of their own. So yes, I like titles, and now I like coming up with them for the stories and books I write.

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Setting the Stage

IN THE July 15 ISSUE

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by Cathy Perkins


I’ll never forget a New York publisher telling me eastern Washington state was an exotic location. Either she didn’t get out much or her definition of “exotic” meant a place no one has visited. Her comment did make me think about the setting for a novel, however, and how that location choice impacts the story.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maeve Malloy is an attorney in Alaska, complete with endless hours, never enough sleep, and, as a defense attorney, some really nasty clients. When she manages to get a not guilty vote for one, based on a witness statement, she’s pleased—until she finds an overlooked note that proves the witness perjured himself. When her former client kills someone, the bar association comes after Maeve.

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Arc or Stand-Alone? It’s a Mystery!

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

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by Delia C. Pitts


Now that I’ve published the fourth entry in my contemporary noir mystery series, readers often ask me, did you start out planning to write a multi-book series? Or did the arc begin life as a single novel and expand like weeds from there?

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Six Dancing Damsels and Inspiration

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

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by C.K. Crigger


Although I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fiction writer, my historical mystery series set in the American West of the late 1890s began with a snippet of truth gleaned from history discovered, of all places, in a library. I’m being facetious. Of course, a library!

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