Berkley & NAL Mass Market December 2016

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    The Help Kathryn Stockett
    9780399585401 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: November 29, 2016
    $13.50 CAD 4.25 x 7.56 x 1.31 in | 640 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      For the first time in mass market, the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling novel, which was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film.

      Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town…

      Story Locale: Jackson, Mississippi
      Bio
      Kathryn Stockett is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for sixteen years.

      Author Residence: Atlanta
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      Praise for The Help

      “The two principal maid characters...leap off the page in all their warm, three dimensional glory...[A] winning novel.”—The New York Times

      “This could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird…If you read only one book...let this be it.”—NPR.org

      “Wise, poignant...You’ll catch yourself cheering out loud.”—People

      “Graceful and real, a compulsively readable story.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “A beautiful portrait of a fragmenting world.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

      “The must-read choice of every book club in the country.”—The Huffington Post

      “At turns hilarious and heart-warming.”—Associated Press

      “In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, Stockett spins a story of a social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide.”—The Washington Post
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    Secret Sisters Jayne Ann Krentz
    9780515156348 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date: November 29, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.19 x 6.75 x 1.11 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      Now in paperback: The New York Times bestselling author’s novel of two women and the tragic past they can’t escape.

      Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now, it might take them to their graves…

      Nearly two decades after her childhood—and her friendship with Daphne—were destroyed in one traumatic night, a dying man’s last words convey a warning to Madeline: the secrets she believed buried forever have been discovered.

      Unable to trust anyone else, Madeline reaches out to Daphne and to the only man she can count on to help: Jack Rayner, a security expert with a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. Along with his high-tech genius of a brother, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….


      Story Locale: Washington state
      Bio
      Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name and futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively.

      Author Residence: Seattle
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        Marketing: “New in Paperback” mentions

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        JayneAnnKrentz.com

        Facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz

        Twitter: @JayneAnnKrentz

        Hardcover tie in: WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE 978-0-399-17449-0 (12/06/16)



        Author Website: jayneannkrentz.com/

        Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz; twitter.com/JayneAnnKrentz
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      Praise for Secret Sisters

      “A suspenseful, romantic escape.”—People

      “Krentz’s focus always is on the relationship between her central characters: Complex, strong-willed and vulnerable, they’re at the heart of what might be her best work yet.”—The Seattle Times

      “Fans of bestselling Krentz’s books once again hit the literary jackpot with Secret Sisters as the doyenne of sophisticated romantic suspense serves up another irresistible combination of sharply etched characters, suspenseful plotting, smoldering sexual chemistry, and wonderfully written dialogue that snaps, crackles, and pops with the author's distinctive wit.”—Booklist (starred review)

      “A twisting ride on a bullet train of romantic suspense...an adroit tale of old friends, new loves and edge-of-your-seat suspense...So buckle up and expect to lose sleep, because just when you think you've figured it out, Secret Sisters will throw you a new curve.”—BookPage

      “Krentz expertly introduces plausible suspects, weaving in sexual tension between Jack and Madeline and terrifying uncertainty as someone strikes to eliminate the remaining secret-holders. Krentz scores another winner with complex characters and seamless plotting.”—Publishers Weekly

      “The characters are engaging, and the story is intriguing. Krentz delivers another twisty, plot-driven romantic suspense novel, with two satisfying love stories in the mix.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “With its cleverly constructed mysteries, excellently written characters, perfectly ominous setting, and just the right amount of romance, Secret Sisters is an addictive and exciting read.”—Tattooed Book Review (5 stars)

      “Romantic suspense and Krentz are an unbeatable duo...mesmerizing...The bonus with this book—besides the fascinating mystery—is it also delivers two romantic relationships. Settle back and enjoy as Krentz takes you on one thrilling adventure!”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)
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    Series: A Novel of the Lupi
    Dragon Spawn Eileen Wilks
    9780451488039 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date: December 06, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.25 x 6.81 x 0.85 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      The New York Times bestselling author of Mind Magic returns as FBI agent Lily Yu gets some very bad news…
       
      Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt.
       
      Meanwhile, Lily’s husband Rule is facing a Challenge to the death. Then there’s the possible reappearance of another sorcerer. But none of that matters when their enemy strikes out of nowhere in the worst way possible. Lily must face a nightmare and return to a place she never wanted to see again. The place where she died…
      Bio
      Eileen Wilks is the New York Times bestselling author of the Novels of the Lupi, including Mind Magic, Unbinding, and Ritual Magic. She is also a three-time RITA Award finalist and the recipient of a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times.
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      Praise for the Novels of the Lupi

      “Grabs you on the first page and never lets go. Strong characters, believable world building, and terrific storytelling . . . I really, really loved this book.”—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fire Touched

      “As intense as it is sophisticated, a wonderful novel of strange magic, fantastic realms, and murderous vengeance that blend together to test the limits of fate-bound lovers.”—Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author of the Darkyn series

      “Eileen Wilks writes what I like to read.”—Linda Howard, New York Times bestselling author of Troublemaker

      “I remember Eileen Wilks’s characters long after the last page is turned.”—Kay Hooper, New York Times bestselling author of the Bishop / Special Crimes Unit Novels

      “Seamlessly [weaves] fast paced action and strong characters in a fantastic blend of entertainment.”—A Book Obsession

      “A great read, one that I highly recommend to urban fantasy readers.”—Rabid Reads
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    Series: Cricket Creek
    Marry Me on Main Street LuAnn McLane
    9781101989821 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date: December 06, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.25 x 6.81 x 0.78 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      In the latest Cricket Creek romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Wish Upon a Wedding, two people discover what it really takes to go after your heart’s desire...
       
      In her small shop on Main Street, Susan Quincy sells handmade gifts and repurposed items. But she can’t part with the beautiful rocking chair she bought at an estate sale when its maker turns out to be Danny Mayfield. Even years later, Susan still cringes over how her handsome, popular high school crush only asked her to prom out of pity—or so she thinks...
       
      Danny doesn’t know why Susan has avoided him for years, especially after the electric kiss they shared the night of prom. So when he learns that she wants him to craft more rocking chairs to sell at her shop, Danny can’t resist the chance to work on his passion and charm shy, beautiful Susan again—and this time, make it last...
      Bio
      LuAnn McLane has written eleven Cricket Creek novels, including Wish Upon a Wedding, Written in the Stars, Walking on Sunshine, Sweet Harmony, Wildflower Wedding, and Moonlight Kiss. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys beachcombing, reading, traveling, and entertaining friends and family. She loves hearing from readers.
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      Praise for the Cricket Creek Series

      “Lovely, sweetly sexy, terrifically enjoyable.”—Booklist

      “No one does Southern love like LuAnn McLane!”—The Romance Dish

      “LuAnn McLane has a rich and unique voice that kept me laughing out loud as I read.”—Romance Junkies

      “Visiting Cricket Creek, Kentucky, feels like coming home once again.”—RT Book Reviews
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    Series: A Magnolia Beach Novel
    More Than Anything Kimberly Lang
    9780451471055 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date: December 06, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.19 x 6.81 x 0.76 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      From the USA Today  bestselling author of Everything at Last comes the third in the “delightful”* Magnolia Beach series, a tale of two hearts adrift finding love in the most unlikely of situations...
       
      The small, waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama, gets its fair share of tourists breezing in and out, but one handsome visitor might just be tempted to stay...
       
      Running the Bay Breeze marina means Shelby Tanner is used to fielding strange requests from vacationers, but she is still less than amused when she gets a call in the middle of the night to rescue a boat stranded nearby. The clueless sailor is infuriatingly inexperienced—yet also frustratingly attractive.
       
      Architect Declan Hyde only planned on stopping in Alabama briefly on his move from Chicago to Miami, but Magnolia Beach is proving to be more captivating than he imagined. For one thing, there’s the sweet, Southern charm. For another, there’s the stunning tomboy who rescued him from the bay and keeps invading his thoughts.
       
      As the time draws near for Declan to weigh anchor, he begins to realize that Shelby may have saved more than his boat that night—and leaving Magnolia Beach might set his lonely heart permanently adrift...
      Bio
      Kimberly Lang is the USA Today bestselling author of the Magnolia Beach novels, including Everything at Last and Something to Prove. She is a Southern belle with a troublemaking streak and a great love of strong heroes and even stronger heroines. A former ballet dancer and English teacher, she now does yoga and writes the kind of books she always loved to read. She’s married to her college sweetheart, is mom to the most amazing child on the planet, and shares her office space with a dog named Cupid.
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      Praise for More Than Anything

      “Equal parts heart melting moments, toe-curling heat and small-town Southern charm, I LOVED it.”—USA Today bestselling author Heidi Rice


      Praise for the Magnolia Beach Novels


      “A heart-warming story about a bad girl returning to her small hometown, finding romance, and discovering that you can go home again. Loved it!"—New York Times Bestselling Author Linda Howard

      “When I’m in the mood for a contemporary, [Lang is] one of the first authors I go to.”—USAToday.com

      “Smooth, modern storytelling filled with lighthearted touches.”—*RT Book Reviews

      “A sweet, slowly building romance...The soft brushstrokes of this Magnolia Beach entry will satisfy like a warm cuppa and a freshly baked cookie.”—Publishers Weekly
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    Series: Haunted Home Renovation
    A Ghostly Light Juliet Blackwell
    9781101989357 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: June 27, 2017
    $10.99 CAD 4.13 x 6.75 x 0.87 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      The latest spook-tacular mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Give Up the Ghost, featuring Mel Turner, a ghost whispering contractor.

      When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can’t wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious before, she’s definitely up for the challenge.

      But trouble arises when Alicia’s abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend’s name, she’ll need the help of the lighthouse’s resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit…


      Story Locale: San Francisco, CA

      Series Overview: Contractor and ghost whisperer Mel Turner renovates historic homes in the San Francisco area, while dealing with spirits and helping the SFPD to solve murder cases.
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      Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling author who writes the Witchcraft Mystery series and the Haunted Home Renovation series.Together with her sister, Juliet wrote the Art Lover’s Mystery series. The first in that series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the novels Letters from Paris and The Paris Key.

      Author Residence: Oakland, CA
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        Marketing: Online publicity campaign

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        julietblackwell.net

        Facebook.com/JulietBlackwellAuthor

        Twitter @JulietBlackwell



        Author Website: julietblackwell.net

        Author Social Media: Facebook.com/JulietBlackwellAuthor; Twitter @JulietBlackwell
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      Praise for the New York Times bestselling series

      “Juliet Blackwell sits firmly on my list of must-read authors...[Her] writing is like that of a master painter, placing a perfect splash of detail, drama, and whimsy in all the right places.”—Victoria Laurie, New York Times bestselling author

      “A winning combination of cozy mystery, architectural history, and DIY with a ghost story thrown in.”—The Mystery Reader

      “Cleverly plotted with a terrific sense of the history of the greater Bay Area, Blackwell’s series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained and off-balance.”—Library Journal

      “This series is exceptional.”—Kings River Life Magazine

      “One of the most exciting, smart, and funny heroines currently in any book series.”—Fresh Fiction

      “Fans will want to see a lot more of the endearing Mel.”—Publishers Weekly
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    Series: Victoria Square Mystery
    Dead, Bath, and Beyond Lorraine Bartlett, Laurie Cass
    9780425265994 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: December 06, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.2 x 6.7 x 0.77 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner—owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square—attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

      Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend and lawyer Seth Landers. Then she runs into her ex-boss Josh on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Josh, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.
       
      Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed-and-breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Josh? When an autopsy reveals lake water—not bath water—in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain…
      Bio
      Lorraine Bartlett is the New York Times bestselling author of the Victoria Square Mysteries and, under a pseudonym, another mystery series.
       
      Laurie Cass is the author of the national bestselling Bookmobile Cat Mysteries.
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      Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Series

      “Victoria Square is memorable right from the first—a place in which charming shops, vintage treasures, and hidden secrets coexist.”—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author

      “Bartlett’s characters come alive in this tightly crafted, suspenseful plot.”—Kate Collins, New York Times bestselling author

      “Fun plot, fanciful characters, really fabulous crafts.”—Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author

      “Wonderful...a can’t-miss hit!”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author
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    Series: Embroidery Mystery
    Better Off Thread Amanda Lee
    9780451473851 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: December 06, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.19 x 6.75 x 0.8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour...
       
      Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered.
       
      Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good...
      Bio
      Amanda Lee is the national bestselling author of the Embroidery Mysteries, including The Stitching Hour, Wicked Stitch, and Thread End.
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      Praise for the Embroidery Mysteries

      “Readers will enjoy spending time with the friendly folks of Tallulah Falls.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Lee is clearly a story wizard.”—Blogcritics

      “A great series with enough suspense and smart sleuthing to hook readers every time.”—RT Book Reviews

      “A fast-paced, intriguing who-done-it.”—Fresh Fiction

      “Lee has mastered the art of crafting very likable characters who are eccentric, lovable, and definitely people readers will enjoy.”—Kings River Life Magazine
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    Series: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery
    Spouse on Haunted Hill E.J. Copperman
    9780425283387 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: December 06, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.16 x 6.73 x 0.76 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      Alison’s shady ex needs to use her haunted guesthouse as a hideout in the latest from the national bestselling author of Ghost in the Wind.

      Where Alison Kerby’s ex-husband goes, trouble follows. This time, unfortunately, he’s brought that trouble right to her doorstep. On the run from a business deal gone bad, Steven, aka “the Swine,” owes some scary people a staggering sum of money. No need to panic, though. He has a plan: Sell Alison’s Jersey Shore guesthouse to pay them off.
       
      Before Alison has a chance to read Steven the riot act, he disappears—after a mysterious man trailing him ends up full of bullet holes. Now the police are next to darken her doorway. For all his faults, Steven is still the father of Alison’s daughter, so with the help of ghosts Maxie and Paul, Alison sets out to find her ex and clear him of the murder. But if the bad guys get to him first, he may not have a ghost of a chance...
      Bio
      E. J. Copperman is the Barry Award–winning, national bestselling author of the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries, most recently Ghost in the Wind, Inspector Specter, and The Thrill of the Haunt, as well as the novellas A Wild Ghost Chase and An Open Spook.
       
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      Praise for the National Bestselling Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries

      “Wonderful…a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced and charming tale.”—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

      “Fans of Charlaine Harris and Sarah Graves will relish this original, laugh-laden paranormal mystery featuring reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby, a Topper for the twenty-first century.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Through the Evil Days

      “A couple of demanding ghosts, a quick-witted heroine, a creaky old house and a delightful cast of characters...What a fun and enjoyable story!”—Leann Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries

      “When combined with the author’s trademark humor and keen writing, readers will be wishing that the novel and the series never end.”—Kings River Life Magazine
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    Series: A Snow Globe Shop Mystery
    Frosty the Dead Man Christine Husom
    9780425270820 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: December 06, 2016
    $10.99 CAD 4.18 x 6.81 x 0.8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      A snow globe becomes a murder weapon in this chilling cozy mystery in the Snow Globe Shop series.

      Mayor Lewis Frost has always been known as Frosty to his friends—not that he has many these days. Controversies swirling around the city council have members wondering if Frosty is trying to snow them. After one councilman storms off in a huff, the mayor turns to curio shop manager Camryn Brooks and asks her to consider taking a seat on the council.
       
      Later, when Cami goes to his office to discuss the proposal, her blood runs cold. She finds Frosty dead, and the very snow globe she sold him earlier that day lies in sparkling shards on his carpet—along with a large diamond. Does the snow globe—which features a peculiar tableau of an armed man and three menacing bears—hold a clue to Frosty’s demise? One way or another, it’s up to Cami to shake things up before the killer’s trail goes cold...

      Snow globe-making projects and tips included! 
      Bio
      Christine Husom is the national bestselling author of the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, as well as the Winnebago County Mysteries, also set in central Minnesota. She served with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department and trained with the St. Paul Police Department, where she gained firsthand knowledge of law enforcement procedures. She was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015, and the Independent Publisher Book Award in 2009 and 2012. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the National Sisters in Crime, and is active with the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.
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      Praise for Snow Way Out

      “A promising debut! Delights with charming characters, lots of heart, and a clever whodunit.”—Christy Fifield, national bestselling author of Murder Ties the Knot

      Snow Way Out is everything I love in a cozy mystery...[This series is] off to a magnificent start. Christine Husom’s unique storyline using characters who own a snow globe shop and joint coffee shop is one that is different than most I have read and it works...an absolutely delightful story to cozy up on the couch with.”—Fresh Fiction

      “This was a wonderful debut to a promising new series...I look forward to spending more time with this great cast of characters.”—Mochas, Mysteries and Meows

      “This is a pleasantly appealing and delightfully charming addition to the cozy mystery genre, and I can’t wait for my next visit to Brooks Landing.”—Dru’s Book Musings

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