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Book Reviews

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Danger in Edinburgh by Emma Dakin

Danger in Edinburghby Emma DakinTea? Check.Coffee? Check.Cookies? Of course.  Isobel Ferguson, a character in Danger in Edinburgh, stopped by for a wee chat before she headed out to get involved in a most murderous murder.Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour...

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Zac Bissonnette’s Hooray for Hollywood

Zac Bissonnette Hooray for HollywoodA Killing in Costumes (A Hollywood Treasures Mystery) Stardom fades fast when you’re on the line for murder.  Zac Bissonnette is the New York Times bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including The Great Beanie Baby...

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Granny and Jezabelle: Crossover Characters

Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN CrossoverGrannyEdith Press (March 1, 2022)   Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, aka Granny, and Jezabelle Jingle are supersleuths in their own communities, Granny from Fuchsia and Jezabelle from Brilliant. Because they live...

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Writing a relatable memoir – by Linda Strader

WRITING A RELATABLE MEMOIR   Author Linda Strader is here to talk with us about writing memoirs and Summers of Fire. Check out her bio below. Oh, the stories Linda must have in her notebooks.     When I initially wrote my memoir, it never occurred to me to...

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The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Book ReviewsHaunted Bookshop MysteriesCleo Coyle and the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.     Have you met Jack Shepard? To catch up with all things Jack and Pen, click here: https://amzn.to/31rrPKW.More goodness from Cleo Coyle: https://amzn.to/2OsCJV4 Coffee,...

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Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle   Honey Roasted Cozy Mystery, 19th in SeriesBerkley (January 25, 2022) Clare Cosi is busy as a bee planning her honeymoon when murder buzzes into the Village Blend in this all-new mystery in the beloved New York Times...

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The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins

Susanna Calkins The Masque of a MurdererRight from the first pages, the author’s rich touches of setting and locale immediately had me engrossed in the story. I was drawn to the characters and their complex relationships, particularly between Sarah and her father. I...

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Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond Cozy Mystery 53rd in Series Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021) When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting,...

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Unique Good Cheer

Unique Good Cheer   Mrs. Grammar Person would not abandon you to your own devices simply because the holidays are upon us. To the contrary, it is the time of year when Mrs. G.P. frets most about her devoted fans. During this, the gift-giving season, you must...

The Gentleman Caller

Gentleman CallerMs. Grammar Person would not abandon you in your hour of need—not when you face potential pitfalls at every turn: an avalanche of apostrophes, a mountain of misplaced modifiers, and a desert of dangling participles. The horror! In truth, Mrs. G. P....

Its a Complement

It's a ComplementMs. Grammar Person would not abandon you in your hour of need—not when you face potential pitfalls at every turn: an avalanche of apostrophes, a mountain of misplaced modifiers, and a desert of dangling participles. The horror! In truth, Mrs. G. P....

Pleas Don’t Dessert Me

Pleas Don't Dessert MeFrom the desk of Ms. Grammar Person Fear not, Gentle Writer, for help has arrived.  Rest assured that your grimaces and groans, your grinding of teeth has not gone unnoticed. And, because Mrs. Grammar Person abhors the grinding of perfectly good...

Irregular Nouns

     Irregular NounsBarbara Venkataraman is back with another sweet verse for our ears. The Mixed-up Sound of an Irregular Noun Fear not, Gentle Writer, for Mrs. Grammar Person, hearing your sighs and seeing your furrowed brows, is delighted to offer...

Ode to Homophones

     Ode to HomophonesMrs. Grammar Person’s Ode to Homophones When I give my assent, it means I concur, but my rapid ascent means I fly like a bird. (I just love homophones, don't you?) I compliment you when I say something kind, like your meal is...

Admire Your Adverbs

     Admire Your AdverbsMrs. Grammar Person wants to admire your adverbs. Are you as fond of adverbs as we are? We have been waiting for months for Mrs. Grammar Person to return.And now Mrs. Grammar Person has a few things to say: Fear not, Gentle...