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Murray, KY – As the weather gets colder many turn their attention indoors, to good food, drink and a few good reads. This is not unlike the usual interests of famous fictional detective, Commissaire Maigret, the lead character in George Simenon's long-running series. Commentator Michael Cohen peaks through the pages of one of his books.

Murray, KY – Literary critics can't help comparing Jedediah Berry's debut mystery novel, The Manual of Detection to the works of Franz Kafka, Jorge Louis Borges or Ray Bradberry. One could argue the case for these comparisons simply because the book is difficult to define in its originality. Commentator Michael Cohen addresses this conundrum as he peaks through the pages of this cerebral, absurdist Uncommon Mystery.

Murray, KY – Have you ever loved a story or a book so much that you've imagined the characters to be real? What if they literally became real? Author Karen Joy Fowler blurs this line between fiction and reality in her latest novel, Wit's End, in which the protagonist takes residence in the home of a famous mystery writer and finds herself to be the subject of fanatical blog posts. Commentator Michael Cohen peaks through the pages of this humorous and transformative Uncommon Mystery.

MURRAY, KY – We have a well-entertained electorate.

There has never been so many people with so many ways to amuse themselves than Americans today. John Lennon is quoted as saying that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. Sometimes I think life is what happens when we're busy being entertained.

Murray, KY – You know the saying, "April showers bring May flowers." April is the first full month of spring and for many it evokes a spirited new beginning, for others: RAIN. Commentator Robert Valentine gives April a proverbial umbrella and says, it's not the "cruelest month," it's the "coolest month."

April is the cruelest month,
breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land,
mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

Murray, KY – The Easter miracle is a vital, and some would say indispensable, part of Christian doctrine. As Easter Sunday approaches, commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Joe Fuhrmann asks believers and non-believers to take a moment to consider what happened on that day.

Easter is a special time for Christians.

Murray, KY – Teatro La Fenice in Venice is one of the most famous opera houses in Europe and is the setting for the Donna Leon's internationally best-selling "Brunetti" mystery novel series. Commentator Michael Cohen peaks through the pages of this Venetian who-done-it in his latest Uncommon Mystery.

Murray, KY – There's nothing like a warm Christmas corpse to chill your bones in the holiday season. That's what the artisans of the Bruel House in Grammercy Park must deal with in Margaret Maron's novel, Corpus Christmas. Commentator Michael Cohen says this artsy mystery will have you guessing until the end.

Murray, KY – If you're looking for a good mystery novel to curl up with by the fire this holiday season, commentator Michael Cohen suggests you take a stab at Patricia Moyes' novel Season of Snows and Sins. This uncommon mystery for the holidays takes place in the Swiss Alps during a Christmas vacation - gone wrong.

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