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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy


Have you ever heard of a Rat Tea? Theodosia and Drayton are invited to one by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s well-known hostesses. The servers are dressed as rats in livery. Although it seems more than a little gross, it is part of Charleston’s long history—sponsored fundraisers by the elite for rat control. No longer needed as that kind of fundraiser, hostesses think of them as trendy.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s time for the Star City Film Festival in the resort town in Utah. Movie stars are shopping in all the boutiques and skiing the fresh powder. The townspeople treat them as any other customers instead of autograph or selfie seekers.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, maintain the Little Libraries in Bear Falls. The town is too small for a regular library but the bigger-than-a-birdhouse replica houses contain popular books. Residents are free to come by and borrow one or leave a new one. When Dora finds snippets of poetry from the reclusive poet, Emily Sutton, she is excited to see the woman is writing again.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hannah’s only been married for a short time. In fact, it’s time for the romantic honeymoon to come to an end. While it’s nice to be with her new hubby all the time, sometimes it does feel a bit overwhelming to someone used to living alone.

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by Sandra Murphy


Paul and Alice have decided to be married in Kilbane, a small Irish town. Any wedding is cause for excitement, but when the bride is Alice, a famous fashion model, that ups the excitement factor to a frenzy.
Unfortunately, the bridal party isn’t getting along. Brenna is the maid of honor and honestly, why did Alice pick her? She’s snarky, a trouble maker, and more.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maura left Boston after her grandmother’s death, just to visit Ireland. Gran wanted her to see the old country and let distant relatives know she’d died. What was to be a visit, has turned into a new life. Moira inherited a pub, three employees, a daily storytelling fixture of a customer, and a house too. It seems she’s here to stay, at least for now.

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by Sandra Murphy


Charlie Harris is acting as interim library director at the college, a job he thought he’d like. It takes him away from his research work which is a shame and involves way too much paperwork. He can still bring his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to work with him which is a good thing. Saying no to the cat would be a deal breaker.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Bethany Blake


Daphne Templeton is the black sheep of the family. She’s a pet sitter/dog walker with a sister, Piper, who’s a veterinarian and a mother who is totally focused on being the best realtor ever. Piper lets Daphne live with her, rent free, and bails her out when the pet sitter VW van breaks down or runs out of gas. Two dollars worth of gas just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Frances Brody


As Freda Simonson looks out her bedroom window, she sees a man being tossed out on his ear from the local pub. He’s obviously had too much to drink and lands in a heap in the gutter. Before the barman can go back inside, a man rushes from the darkness and in the following scuffle, the barman falls to the ground, dead. A crowd gathers, and it’s assumed the drunken man was the murderer. Only Freda knows the truth, and no one believes her.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hamelin, Vermont, is host to the Annual Highland Festival which includes caber tossing, sword dancing, and a lot of shopping. The retailers rely on the cash flowing in this time of year to tide them over the slow sales months. The ScotShop is no exception. Peggy Winn and her fourteenth century ghost, Dirk, love to see the shop crowded with tourists who want to take home a piece of Scotland—or at least a tartan.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 2 food related mysteries perfect for your Valentine’s Day reading-A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery by Leslie Karst, and War and Peach: A Georgia Peach Mystery by Susan Furlong. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy both books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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Jane Lawless owns a restaurant. Usually, she’s hands-on managing, it but after being injured recently, it’s been on auto-pilot as a manager handles things for her. Jane also has a private detective’s license, but her last case left her stressed with PTSD, so she’ll take time off from investigating and get back to the food business.

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by Sandra Murphy


Viv is teaching a hat making class in Paris. Since she’s not a people-person, Scarlett is along to keep things going smoothly and to help find Viv’s husband—the one no one knew she had until recently. Viv’s decided she wants an annulment, and it’s up to Scarlett to find Will and break the news to him.

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by Sandra Murphy


The Puzzle Lady, Cora Felton, is back and in fine form. She’s able to meet Matt, the up and coming baseball player who’s out with an injury. Matt’s wife Jackie, has a puzzle for Cora to solve.
The problem is, Sherry, Cora’s niece, is really the puzzle lady.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Kathleen Costa


This week we have 3 more fun mysteries from Penguin and Kensington authors-Telling Tails: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Death on the Patagonian Express: Amy’s Travel Mystery by Hy Conrad, & A Pinch of Poison: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell.

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by Sandra Murphy


Charlotte is the costumer for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. It sounds like a peaceful job: sewing, repairing, and making sure costumes are ready for quick changes. Not so in real life. It’s hectic as this year it also involves a wedding. Once a year, the company performs for one night only as a fundraiser at Paula Van Dusen’s estate. This year her daughter, Belinda, is marrying Adrian, hardly her mother’s first choice as a husband.

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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 Sandra Murphy


Suzanne, Petra, and Toni make up the Cackleberry Club. It’s mostly a restaurant, kind of a diner but with tea parties in the afternoons and special events at night. There’s a section of good books to read and another full of skeins of yarn and knitting needles. As they say, something for everyone.

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