Cooking the Books: A Catered Quilting Bee by Isis Crawford
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by Doreen Sheridan
3m ago
Sisters Libby and Bernie Simmons know very little about quilting, but they’re experts when it comes to catering. Thus, they’re thrilled to be able to provide refreshments for the Longely Sip and Sew Quilting Circle’s first ever exhibition, held at the local library. The eclectic group of quilters is far from what the Simmons sisters ..read more
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Book Review: How To Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin
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by Doreen Sheridan
3m ago
Annie Adams is despairing of making a go of her writing career when she gets an unusual summons. Her Great Aunt Frances apparently wants her to come up from London to visit the village of Castle Knoll, where Frances has long made her home. Annie and her mother Laura have always been under the impression ..read more
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Book Review: A Deadly Walk In Devon by Nicholas George
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by Janet Webb
3m ago
The disparate group of American tourists who make up the Wanderers walking tour through Devon have more in common than you might think.  Rick “Chase” Chasen is a recently retired detective from San Diego. He’s happy to be in the company of his old friend, Anglophile Billie Mondreau: she’s an inveterate knitter and a wise ..read more
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Book Review: The Dredge by Brendan Flaherty
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by John Valeri
3m ago
Debut novelist Brendan Flaherty grew up outside Hartford, Connecticut and later attended Washington University. He earned an MFA from Boston University, where he was the recipient of the Saul Bellow Prize. For a time, Flaherty lived in Hawaii, though he has long since returned to his home state, where he makes his home with his ..read more
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Killer Beginnings: Five Crime Novels with Dazzling Opening Scenes
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by Harry Dolan
2d ago
When I started planning my latest novel, I had nothing but a character and a situation: What if a girl of eleven climbed out her bedroom window one night and, feeling adventurous, went wandering in the woods near her house—only to find the body of a young woman lying in the grass beneath an oak ..read more
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From Imagination to Ink: Crafting Histories and Heroes in Thriller Fiction
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by Libby Fischer Hellmann
5d ago
Most thriller writers are suckers for a good story. I’m one of them. And if the story is true, many of us start playing the “what-if” game. What if I took a character and imagined it happened to her? What if I set the story in Chicago? What if I created a backstory that explained ..read more
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Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth: A Visual Guide
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by Sally Hepworth
5d ago
Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth is a thrilling page-turner of sisterhood, secrets, love, and murder. For as long as they can remember… Jessica, Norah, and Alicia have been told how lucky they are. As young girls they were rescued from family tragedies… And raised by a loving foster mother, Miss Fairchild… On an idyllic farming ..read more
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Cooking the Books: Molten Death by Leslie Karst
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by Doreen Sheridan
1w ago
What could be more relaxing than a vacation in Hawaii, especially when it’s in celebration of two important life milestones? California-based Valerie Corbin is about to turn 60, and her wife, Kristen, is soon to retire as well. When Kristen’s friend Isaac offers to let them stay in his house on the Big Island of ..read more
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Book Review: Murder Road by Simone St James
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by Doreen Sheridan
1w ago
Twenty-somethings April Delray and Eddie Carter have just gotten married in the hot summer of July 1995. They’ve taken about five days off from their real life in Ann Arbor and are heading to the shores of Lake Michigan, several hours away, for their honeymoon. While driving down a deserted stretch of nighttime road en ..read more
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Book Review: The Other Lola by Ripley Jones
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by Doreen Sheridan
1w ago
The last thing that Cam Munoz and Blair Johnson expected was for their investigative podcast into the disappearance of Clarissa Campbell to not only put them in mortal danger, but also to earn them the sometimes irrational ire of numerous people, many of them anonymous online trolls. Now that the case is closed and their ..read more
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