Peppermint Cream Die, by Carol E. Ayer Kayla Jeffries, home bakery owner and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), has arranged her life just so to avoid stressful overstimulation. The California oceanside community in which she lives proves the perfect venue for the quiet and peaceful existence she desires. She happily spends her time baking, walking along…

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Write to Die, by Susan Richards Best-selling author, Ethan Miller, hasn’t given an interview in over ten years. So why now? Why is he finally willing to break his silence? Those probably would have been good questions for investigative reporter, Jessica Kallan, to ask before she went traipsing off to Ethan’s secluded estate in Southern…

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Wrapped in Darkness, by David Carlson The monastery of the Holy Dormition sits peacefully on a remote shore of Lake Superior until a fall morning when the body of a skinhead female is found outside the monastery’s gate. For the police, all the signs point to the youngest monk in the community. Although maintaining his…

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All Done With It, by Maggie Toussaint A Jane Doe jogger homicide mear the swamp mystifies Dreamwalker Baxley Powell. The petite woman carried no ID, and no one recognizes her. Worse, a shadows passes from the body to a deputy, rendering him unconscious. The deputy and the corpse are dispatched to the hospital and morgue,…

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Murder at the Mystery Castle, by J.C. Eaton Former crime statistician turned private investigator, Marcie Rayner, is hired to investigate the death of wealthy eccentric Helena Heatherbrae. The octogenarian’s demise was ruled natural causes but Helena’s cook, Minerva, doesn’t believe it. One visit to the Mystery Castle, where Helena lived, and Marcie is on Minerva’s…

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Return to the Shadows, by Marie Romero Cash Jemimah Hodge, forensic psychologist for Santa Fe County and her boyfriend, Detective Rick Romero, have finally decided to tie the knot. The wedding ceremony goes off without a hitch, but before the couple is scheduled to leave on their honeymoon a homicide surfaces on the outskirts of…

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The Appraiser, by R. Franklin James Remy Loh Bishop carries an old newspaper clipping with headlines labeling her as an incompetent forensic technician forced to resign under a cloud of supposed evidence tampering. Determined to prove her innocence, she secures a position as an appraiser for an auction house in the San Francisco Bay Area.…

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Babies, It’s Warm Inside, by Lia Farrell It’s almost Christmas and Sheriff Ben Bradley and his wife, Mae, are expecting twins. All is quiet in Rosedale until elderly Mrs. Cooper falls off her porch. She is taken to Rosedale General and later dies. The Sheriff suspects foul play, but the Coroner disagrees, saying the cause…

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Larceny at the Library, by Colleen Shogan Congressional chief of staff Kit Marshall is finally figuring out what it takes to work for a newly minted committee chair in the House of Representatives. After a swanky evening soiree at the Library of Congress, Kit’s husband Doug, discovers the body of a high-ranking librarian inside a…

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Absolution, by John A. Vanek Father Jack Austin’s alcoholic father suddenly returns to town, decades after deserting him as a young boy. His dad is fleeing a vindictive drug lord and begs him for help. Although Jake detests his old man for abandoning him, he can’t allow him to be murdered, so he enlists the…

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