First Lines: "Of course you're all going to audition for the play," Violet La Rue said. "It's the kickoff to our community theater season."
Everyone in Briar Creek wants a part in their Community Theater's production of A…Continue
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First Line: Audio file #83: Nightingale
"Go on," says a man's voice.
"I'm tired," an older woman answers, clearly uncomfortable and…Continue
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First Line: The call came at two.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is calling for a regional crime center for the western part of the state. Although their resources are stretched to the breaking point, Sheriff Sam Abbott,…Continue
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First Line: Montalbano had been given a sort of prediction, in the most indirect of ways, concerning his upcoming promotion to inspector.
Salvo Montalbano is thirty-five and has heard that he's about to be promoted to…Continue
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First Line: It was Tuesday, the day before Christmas, and I wasn't expecting visitors.
I've been eagerly awaiting this novella since I heard author Craig Johnson talk about it at an author signing last summer. It was worth the…Continue
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First Line: From the moment the cupboard door was slammed shut, trapping them both inside, she knew something was different.
A young girl is hit by a car and left for dead on a back road outside Little Melham, sending shock waves…Continue
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First Line: The Love Commando watched the black Range Rover pull in through the gates of the University of Agra.
Tulsi's family is dead set against her boyfriend. Tulsi is from a high-caste family, while Ram, the young…Continue
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First Line: "Death by chocolate. That's what the coroner's report will read," Olivia Limoges said to the woman sitting next to her.
Decadence-- the new shop in Oyster Bay-- is definitely a hit, since it deals in all things…Continue
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This week's featured author is undoubtedly known to many of you. Susan Wittig Albert has written up a storm during her career: the China Bayles mystery series, the Cottage Tales books featuring Beatrix Potter, the Darling Dahlias series set in 1930s Alabama, and…Continue
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First Line: Mrs. Frank Urquhart was dead set against the Sabbatarians.
If anyone had bothered asking her, she would have been dead set against finding a severed leg in the boot of one of the local shinty team players, too, but it's exactly what happened. That is headline news for the…Continue
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First Line: The two-wheeled hackney carriage sped down Mile End Road towards Whitechapel, weaving in and out of more sedate vehicles, farm carts and barrow boys.
Northumberland, England, November 1809. A young heiress has gone missing from her locked bedroom and is feared dead. While…Continue
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After growing up with two genealogists in the family, I enjoy mysteries that involve shaking family trees in order to dislodge secrets and crimes. (The fact that I'm related to Black Bart and Jesse James may also have a bearing on my interest.) Authors like Charlotte Hinger in…Continue
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First Line: The letter came for Lieutenant and Mrs. Standish on an afternoon when the heat was at its height, and we had already retired indoors to rest until the evening.
In this fifth book in the series featuring World War I…Continue
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First Line: "Scarlett Elizabeth Parker, put down the MoonPie and listen to me," Vivian Tremont ordered.
Scarlett Parker's life has gone down the toilet with a video-gone-viral showcasing how she reacted to discovering that her boyfriend is a cheat. When her cousin Vivian suggests that…Continue
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I'd heard about this week's featured author for quite some time before I finally stopped what I was doing and picked up a copy of his first Poke Rafferty novel, A Nail Through the Heart. It was one of my best reads that year, and Timothy Hallinan has been one…Continue
I'm very happy to say that this week's featured author is responsible for reawakening my interest in ancient Greece, an interest that had lain dormant since my college days (although I still do well whenever Greek history and mythology are categories on Jeopardy).…Continue
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Once again Todd Borg has wrapped me around his little finger. From the brief beginning scene with Cynthia and Molly the mountain chickadee, I began falling in love with his characters. Next in line for my adoration was the aloof Joe Rorvik, 92 years old, a former Olympic champion ski racer, and shattered by…Continue
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This week's featured author writes a series that I've enjoyed from the very first book. The series-- called Ghost Dusters-- is a bit CSI Meets Ghost Busters, and its star is Sadie Novak, a former teacher-turned-crime-scene-cleaner. Sadie has a gift that very few people…Continue
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This week I'd like to introduce you all to Lesley A. Diehl, a retired professor of psychology who spends part of the year in rural Florida and the other part in upstate New York. Perhaps it's a coincidence that the cozy mysteries she writes have strong country gals who live in…Continue
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First Line: By the middle of October, the heat and lassitude of a Southern summer had finally loosed its hold over the quaint, artsy town of Inspiration Valley.
Everything's coming up roses for Lila Wilkins. Perfect boyfriend. Perfect house. Perfect job. Now a full-time literary…Continue
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