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Sharon Tucker

by Sharon Tucker


The Dark Mirror series by Barb Hendee delivers in terms of intriguing and well-developed characters, complex plots, and the creation of a believable world. This is certainly true with her newest, A Choice of Secrets (2018), where the younger daughter of White Deer Lodge sees something happen that she should not have seen, and then has knowledge of a secret that will dramatically affect her family and their future alliances.

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by Sharon Tucker


Dennis Wheatley (1897-1977) was a best-selling British novelist for at least thirty years, and he is still quite a storyteller even by today’s standards. His black magic books are my favorites, particularly the adventures of the Duke de Richleau, in which he works to attempt restoring the monarchy in France in The Prisoner in the Mask (1957) or rescuing a friend from the designs of a Satanist in The Devil Rides Out (1934).

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How pleasant it is to spend a bit of time in a world without our 21st century distractions of social media, IT, traffic jams, and cell phones. Welcome back to the medieval world of Barb Hendee’s Dark Glass fantasies.

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by Sharon Tucker


When we last left our small group of scholars, soldiers, and students at the end of Ash and Quill (2017), the third in the Great Library series, we knew they had been betrayed.

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by Sharon Tucker


I can still hear Anthony Bourdain’s voice in my head. He’s walking a dusty road in the Australian Outback, tormented by flies, and making bad Mad Max jokes. He’s walking narrow, cold, wet streets in Tokyo looming over two interpreters as they go to meet and dine with a renowned chef.

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Discovering an engaging author is the best experience a reader can have, but discovering an engaging author with eleven series already to her credit is even better.

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by Sharon Tucker


It was the 80s. If you were there, you remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, big hair, Laura Ashley prints, Reagan, peg trousers, Chernobyl, the first personal computers, Thatcher, and the rise of technology.

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Among the wealth of noir novels published in the past few years, Chris Ould’s three set in the Faroe Islands resonated particularly for me. They blend the best of what I enjoy about both Scandinavian and British noir.

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Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce

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by Sharon Tucker


Being the mistress of one’s own fate is beyond compare especially at age eleven. Such is the case with Alan Bradley’s sleuth, Flavia de Luce, and is apparent from the first pages of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2009) through all nine novels in the series thus far.

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by Sharon Tucker


Ever wonder how different your life would be had you made a different choice at a pivotal time? This second book in Barb Hendee’s Dark Glass series, A Choice of Crowns (2018) involves how the enchanted mirror, which readers encountered in Through a Glass Darkly (2017) affects Olivia Geroux, soon to marry King Rowan of Partheny.

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by KRL staff


Some of the KRL staff have shared some Easter memories here-some sweet, some funny, some spiritual, and with reoccurring themes of family and missing Easter eggs. I hope you enjoy their memories and they remind you of some of your own which you are encouraged to share in the comments below! Happy Easter!

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by Sharon Tucker




We all look forward to the debut of a new Daniel Rinaldi novel and reunion with the psychologist we all would like to consult. Head Wounds (2018) is the fifth and latest in the Rinaldi series, and it does not disappoint.

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by Sharon Tucker


How better to mark St. Valentine’s Day than savoring the irony of perpetrating a murder on this particular holiday celebrating love and lover! Admittedly—not to everyone’s taste, as it is a rather non-traditional way to celebrate any holiday.

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by Sharon Tucker


Medieval fantasy fiction is satisfying on so many levels. Informed readers already have a broad base to draw on picturing the world of these novels, and although historically speaking, cultures vary slightly according to national and historical dictate one finds a through line of what we like to imagine about the times: chivalric behavior and great potential for honorable behavior on every page.

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by Sharon Tucker


Our most food-oriented holiday season approaches, and I am not alone in wanting new twists on the traditional foods we serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Luckily, we can research some of the techniques that make French cuisine a sensuous delight just by reading the mysteries Alexander Campion has written that feature Capucine Le Tellier, a Police Judiciare officer in Paris as well as her husband Alexandre Huguelet, a major food critic for Le Monde.

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by Sharon Tucker


Don’t look for much grit in Laura Resnick’s Urban Fantasies despite the fact that they have New York City as the backdrop. Oh, it isn’t that the streets aren’t mean and that the characters lack the infamous New Yorker’s brusqueness, rather it’s the fact that the stories are told in first person by heroine/actress/waitress/elf Esther Diamond who is nothing if not upbeat to the point of Micawberism. Even when she’s strung out over her never-quite-boyfriend Detective Connor Lopez or freaked about being unemployed, there is a strong positive undercurrent that tells readers she will triumph. Of course alliance with a 350-year-old Mage, Dr. Maximillian Zadok makes getting out of the scrapes Esther gets into much easier.

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