Book Reviews

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Review of The Ancient Dead by Barbara Fradkin

In The Ancient Dead by Barbara Fradkin (the 4th book in the Amanda Doucette Mystery series), a photographer discovers a human bone in an…
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10 Valentine's Day Themed Mysteries & Chocolate Recipe

February might be dull, but it was the Valentine month and these sleuths were romantic duos who celebrated love as well as mystery. -Carolyn…
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Review of On Deadly Tides by Elizabeth J. Duncan

On Deadly Tides by Elizabeth J. Duncan is the 11th mystery featuring watercolour artist, businesswoman and self-proclaimed amateur sleuth…
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Review of In The Key of 13 by The Mesdames of Mayhem

The Mesdames of Mayhem are in perfect harmony In The Key of 13: An anthology of music and murder. The focal point of every story in this…
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Gift Guide - Mysteries Set in Bookstores and Libraries

For a bookworm, there’s nothing better than being gifted a carefully chosen book. The problem is choosing one they haven’t read yet! As a…
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Chilling Crime by Canadian Writers

In Canada, winter sets in with a vengeance. The days are shorter, the temperature well below freezing, and the setting is rife for crime… at…
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Review of The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

The Vanished Bride is the first in the Brontë Sisters Mystery series. Publisher: Berkley – September 10th, 2019 “Before they were legendary…
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Review of Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs is the thirteenth book in the Royal Spyness series. Publisher: Berkley – August 6th, 2019 “You like…
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Review of Booking The Crook by Laurie Cass

Booking The Crook is the seventh in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Publisher: Berkley – July 2nd, 2019 “Just because I’m short doesn’t…
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Review of Where The Ice Falls by J.E. Barnard

Where The Ice Falls is the second book in the Falls Mysteries series. Publisher: Dundurn – August 10th, 2019 The Falls Mysteries series are…
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Review of A Bias For Murder by Sally Goldenbaum

A Bias for Murder is the third book in the Queen Bees Quilt Shop cozy mystery series. Publisher: Lyrical Underground – August 6th, 2019 When…
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Review of Heat Wave by Maureen Jennings

Heat Wave is set in Toronto in July 1936 and is the first in the “Paradise Café Mystery” series. Charlotte Frayne is a young associate in a…
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