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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow


Los Angeles’s Vista Beach may be in the middle of an August heat wave, but the high temperature is not what leads to the hospitalization of the homeless man known as Kit. After being led to Kit’s unconscious body by his loyal dog Buddy, freelance software designer Rory Anderson discovers that her friend had first been attacked and beaten. It’s one of many crimes plaguing the heat-ridden coast, with a series of home break-ins ultimately culminating in murder.

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February is when Maine’s Busman’s Harbor closes up for the winter, with snowbirds fleeing and many residents departing for warmer climates. Even Julia Snowden’s winter restaurant has closed up for the season, as her boyfriend Chris takes advantage of an opportunity to help friends sail to Key West. This slow period allows Julia to spend a little more time with her mother, resulting in a routine errand to pick up mail opening up a maelstrom of family secrets, scandals, and indiscretions.

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Long life is not always a gift, as accidental alchemist Zoe Faust has learned over the last 300 years. Ever since she discovered the Elixir of Life in 1704, Zoe has feared not only the discovery of her secret but of making personal connections to those she would inevitably outlive. That has recently changed, due in no small part to the friendship with a living gargoyle, bibliophile, and chef extraordinaire Dorian Robert-Houdin.

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Newly engaged, Californians Emma Whitecastle and Phil Bowers have been invited by bestselling crime writer Gino Costello to stay at Misty Hollow, a historic farmhouse in central Massachusetts. While they first met due to their daughters being best friends, it is Emma’s ghostly experiences that have Gino so intrigued and wanting to research for his next novel. The host of her own television show and able to see and talk to ghosts, Emma realizes that this will be anything but a relaxing vacation when they are greeted not only by Gino, but by a family of ghosts expecting her help.

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Being on two reality competitions may increase Georgia Thornton’s social media presence, but it also kills any chance of the former San Francisco police officer getting rehired by the SFPD. This helps to explain why Georgia once again finds herself in front on the camera and at the mercy of viewer votes. Not sure of her next career step and definitely needing the money, Georgia is convinced by her best friend Becca to sign on for the assistant producer’s next show, Cold Case in the Castle.

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Kristan “Stan” Connor would like nothing more than to barricade herself inside her kitchen and test bake organic dog and cat pet treats. Now that she is being financially backed by her boyfriend Jake McGee and her mother Patricia, Stan has the opportunity to finally open Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Café. Jake is the perfect boyfriend, providing not just emotional support but enough monetary backing to push his investment over that of Patricia’s, keeping Stan’s mother a minority investor.

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Even before Antoine Belanger fled for his life and abandoned Rebecca Anderson to face down a murderer on her own, she was not exactly thrilled to have her ex-husband back in her life. In an attempt to get back in Rebecca’s good graces, the host of Cooking the Belanger Way is featuring her Grand Lake, Ohio, POPS popcorn shop’s breakfast bars and fudge on his television show. Before the segment can be filmed, Rebecca discovers his assistant Melanie—essentially Rebecca’s younger, prettier, doppelgänger —electrocuted to death in a hotel bathtub.

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by KRL Staff


Once again another year has ended, and we take a look back at the many books reviewed in KRL. Each of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5 favorite books they reviewed in 2016. Usually I include myself in this list, but to my surprise I found that I have reviewed very few books this year.

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by Cynthia Chow


Elliott Lisbon never realized that Lola Carmichael owned the entire trailer park she lived in, but it does explain how she has been a long-time donor to the Ballantyne Foundation. That ownership is also why Lola is requesting Elliott’s assistance in locating who just paid off Fisher’s Landing Trailer Park’s past-due mortgage. Elli is earning hours towards a private detective license, so she quickly agrees to fit in this task along with being the Director of the Ballantyne Foundation.

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The first week of March is not the best time for traveling in Cornwall, but a missive from the Commonwealth Relations Office has Eleanor venturing just up the coast to Tintagel for a stay at the King Arthur Hotel. A retired ambassador for an international charity, Eleanor’s presence for a politically touchy situation has been personally requested by Sir Edward Bellowe.

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Hat designer Missy DuBois should have known it was too good to be true. But ever since she moved to Louisiana 18 months ago, Missy has been enchanted by the elegant, historic antebellum mansions. So when she spotted the flyer listing the Sweetwater mansion for only $250,000, Missy can’t resist hoping that she could make her dreams of having a home and design studio there come true.”

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by Cynthia Chow


When Rocky Point, New Hampshire, antiques’ appraiser Josie Prescott hears that Edwin Towson has a Tiffany lamp he needs to authenticate, she should have known that it was too good to be true. For decades copies of the distinctly colored and designed lamps have been produced, far out-numbering the rare and extremely valuable originals.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite being the second choice, after the first caterers closed down, Nora Charles was delighted to have her Hot Bread sandwich shop catering the Cruz Museum fundraiser. The pressure of catering an annual gala for over two hundred at short notice was worth being able to help the museum and its curators. Just in time for Halloween, Sir Rodney Meecham has agreed to exhibit for the first time in America the grimoire of Morgan le Fay, despite previous attempts of its theft.

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Before she was a professional pet-sitter, Dixie Hemingway was a Sarasota sheriff’s deputy. It was in that capacity that she had her first run-in with model Elba Kramer, although Dixie saw her only as a naked woman running off of the yacht of an up-and-coming Senator. The newspaper pictures of that scandal tanked his hopes of a presidency and forevermore labeled Elba as the Scarlet Woman of Siesta Key.

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Thanksgiving may be fast approaching, but the residents of Brandywine Creek, Georgia, are far more concerned with their Opera House’s local production of Steel Magnolias. Director Sandy Granger is proving to be a ruthless dictator over their time and efforts, and Piper Prescott’s best friend Reba Mae Johnson just found herself fired from the much-coveted role of Truvy Jones.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Balzo


Uncommon Grounds coffee shop owner Maggy Thorsen thought that she was being responsible by reporting to the authorities the nearly fifty-thousand dollars in cash hidden in a trunk left for her by her late brother. It was why she was meeting with financial planner Lynne Swope, sister of the town librarian and a new resident of Brookhills, Wisconsin. The news that Lynne’s husband has just joined Maggy’s ex-husband’s dental practice is a complication, but not a conflict of interest.

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by Cynthia Chow


Until she ran into her former boss from Kimper Insurance, Katie Bonner had been having the perfect Labor Day in McKinlay Mill. Only Josh Kimper could have ruined what was a perfect day of sailing around Lake Ontario, as he had lost none of the arrogance, misogyny, or obnoxiousness that had made her life as his office manager hell. Taking over Artisans Alley, a former warehouse transformed into a gallery for crafters and artists, was something Katie had never wished for but discovered was what she needed. Not only is Katie finally making a profit from renting out booths, she is dating her landlord and owner of Angelo’s Pizzeria, Andy Rust.

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The owner of clothing boutique It’s Vintage Y’all in Sugar Creek, Georgia, Cookie Chanel considered herself a connoisseur of vintage attire. She’s not the only one, in addition to writing a blog and advising television and movies, she has been asked by author Juliana McDaniel for a consultation on a book she’s writing. When their meeting takes place, it’s after Juliana’s car has crashed, and she is unexpectedly in a very deceased and ghostly form.

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