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I’m not sure what the big deal is about the cat in Mum’s cozy mysteries. I mean, she’s just a plain old black cat. Big deal. She may be sleek and pretty, but she can’t possibly be as stunning as I am. After all, I’m a calico, and that’s about the most special kind of cat there is. Just becau…

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I’ve begun posting book reviews to BookBub and suddenly thought, “Why not share them with my Crier readers?” That said, here’s a selection of books I’ve read and reviewed. If I couldn’t give it a five-star review, I didn’t rate a book. I was afraid I might invite the slings and arrows of angry authors vis a vis my books and didn’t want to take that chance.

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Columnist Kathy Penn offers her thoughts on the year that was 2020.

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In my Christmas cozy mystery — “Whiskers, Wreaths & Murder”— my main character is spending her first holiday in the Cotswolds where she moved after her husband died. She’s been tree shopping and has come home with a 6-foot tree, a smaller 4r-foot one and more. May this glimpse of her Chr…

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It seems that having a dog and a cat as pets is not sufficient for my dad. That’s right. Now he’s adopted a herd of deer, possibly several herds.

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Since I’ve retired from writing books, Mum sometimes asks me to help her out. She wanted to write a column about Dickens, the dog in her cozy mystery series, but she’s been too busy writing more and more books. I mean, can you believe the third one just came out and she’s already got another…