A California Magazine with Local Focus and Global Appeal:
Community - Entertainment - Human Interest


Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


Cynthia Chow

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of food and wine mysteries-Batter Off Dead: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell, One Taste Too Many: Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein, Steamed Open: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross, Wine and Punishment: A Literary Pub Mystery by Sarah Fox, Live and Let Pie: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Kappy King and the Pie Kaper: An Amish Mystery by Amy Lillard.

{ 76 comments }

by Cynthia Chow
& Ellery Adams


Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is where people come to heal, find peace, and enjoy the natural hot springs of their popular spa. It is also where Nora Pennington has opened her bookstore Miracle Books, where she utilizes her unique “bibliotherapy” skills to match the customers with the perfect books they need in their lives.

{ 18 comments }

by Cynthia Chow
& Krista Davis


Managing Georgetown’s Color Me Read bookstore has introduced artist Florrie Fox to a whole new group of friends. Dolly Cavanaugh, one of the founding members of the Hues, Brews, and Clues coloring club, introduces Florrie into the intriguing world of yard and estate sales, where Dolly makes an astounding discovery.

{ 20 comments }

by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Lorie Lewis Ham


Another year has ended, and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2018. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10 favorite books they reviewed in 2018. Our newest reviewer, Katherine Costa, wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post.

{ 2 comments }

by Cynthia Chow
& Duffy Brown


Although Evie Bloomfield has lived on Mackinac Island for two years, she’s still considered a come-here fudgie and not a born-here native. That doesn’t mean that Evie hasn’t already developed a reputation as a dead body finder, not to mention being a self-admitted busybody.

{ 13 comments }

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We start off the new year with reviews and giveaways of another great group of fun mysteries published over the last couple months-The Name of the Rosé: A Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery By Christine E. Blum, Slay in Character: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, Hooks Can Be Deceiving: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Botched 4 Murder: A Sophie Kimball Mysteries by J. C. Eaton, A Moment in Crime: A Santa Fe Revival Mystery by Amanda Allen, Downright Dead: A B&B Spirits Mystery by Pamela Kopfler.

{ 18 comments }

by Cynthia Chow


In March of 1975, long before the #MeToo movement and still lingering in the Mad Men era, the brokerage firm of Bisby, Marshall & Wallace is a male-led office staffed by vulnerable young and attractive women. Widowed Ellison Russell has learned how to fend off advances by entitled men assuming she was available and needy, but Winthrop Marshall has proved to be the most obnoxious.

{ 18 comments }

by Cynthia Chow


Maizie Albright isn’t a private investigator, yet. She has two years of internship before earning her license, but she has played one on TV. The former child actress and star of Julia Pinkerton Teen Detective, Maizie is attempting to leave her old life behind as she transfers her acting skills into the real workplace.

{ 22 comments }

by Cynthia Chow


When a fortune teller declares “Death is near,” Ivy Meadows did her best to shrug it off. After all, she was attending the Phoenix Renaissance Faire where there was an abundance of fairies, pirates, dragons, and hobbits in attendance. Along with her brother, his girlfriend, and Ivy’s own boyfriend Matt, Ivy had been invited to support her friend Riley McFarlane’s jousting match.

{ 16 comments }

by Cynthia Chow
& Vicki Delany


After an exhausting day manning her uncle’s Cape Cod Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, Gemma Doyle – well, her Cocker Spaniel Violet, to be exact – spots West London’s Scarlet House lit up in flames. As half owner of the adjacent Mrs. Hudson’s Tearoom, Gemma soon finds herself enlisted in helping to host an emergency auction in order to raise funds to repair the historical museum, as well as donating a copy of The Valley of Fear for the cause.

{ 24 comments }

by Cynthia Chow


Sid never intended to catfish his online gaming group, but when one is a sentient, ambulatory skeleton, posting a real selfie is not an option. That’s why Sid assumed the not-so-subtle identity of Skalle Beinagrind – translated from Swedish and Icelandic as “Skull Skeleton” – for his Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game of Runes of Legend. Having lived with adjunct professor Georgia Thackery’s family since she was six years old, Sid’s inexplicable presence is fully accepted and matter-of-fact.

{ 17 comments }

by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Carlisle


Contractor Shannon Hammer is thrilled that her sister Chloe is finally returning to Lighthouse Cove after being away for years. Chloe left their hometown after high school in search of a career in Hollywood, and her skills at construction and natural on-camera charisma led her to becoming the co-star of the popular home renovation television show Makeover Madness.

{ 21 comments }

by Cynthia Chow
& Daryl Wood Gerber


As California’s Crystal Cove prepares for their annual Christmas Festival, not everyone is embracing the holiday spirit. Grinch Emmett Atwater refuses to decorate his home, filing numerous complaints against his neighbor Jake Chapman, who amps up his own decorative efforts in retaliation. Unfortunately, those decorations are put to nefarious use when Jake’s friend Geoffrey is found just outside of Jake’s house, stabbed by a tree topper, and wrapped in Christmas lights.

{ 17 comments }

by Cynthia Chow


The holiday season may be the time of the year one expects to spend surrounded by family, but Katie Bonner didn’t anticipate that she would be sharing her tiny apartment with her former mother-in-law Margo. It’s been almost two years since the death of Katie’s husband, but even when he was alive, Margo was never very welcoming to her daughter-in-law.

{ 22 comments }

  • Arts & Entertainment

  • Books & Tales

  • Community

  • Education

  • Food Fun

  • Helping Hands

  • Hometown History

  • Pets

  • Teens

  • Terrific Tales