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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


This week we have another helping of food mysteries from Penguin-Cookies and Scream: A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery by Virginia Lowell, Crime Rib: A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery by Leslie Budewitz, Maple Mayhem by Jessie Crockett, and Muffin but Murder by Victoria Hamilton. Details at the end of this post on how to win all 4 books, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to support KRL.

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by Cynthia Chow



It’s been a long, hard winter for Stoneham, New Hampshire, but even with “Booktown” business at a virtual standstill, everyone seems to have their hands full with emotional dramas. Haven’t Got a Clue mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles has two exes who want back into her good graces, never mind what she wants. That would be Police Chief Grant Baker and Tricia’s ex-husband Christopher. Tricia’s sister Angelica, the new president of the Chamber of Commerce, is saddled with an unhelpful receptionist as well as the difficult task of finding a new place for meetings.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun trio of brand new paranormal mysteries from Penguin-A Vision in Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery by Juliet Blackwell, From Fear to Eternity by Michelle Rowen, and Be Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 3, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to support KRL.

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by Cynthia Chow



Initially, the minor cases of arson in Swatara Creek, Pennsylvania seem to be mischievous acts committed by bored teenagers. That doesn’t mean that the relatively new Police Chief Aaron Brubaker isn’t nervous, though, especially since the former chief Daniel “Sticks” Hetrick is no longer available for consultation now that he is a county detective working for the prosecutor. Tensions only increase as prominent businesses are targeted and police officer Flora Vastine begins to receive gifts and notes from the suspected arsonist.

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by Cynthia Chow



The summer in Loon Lake, Wisconsin was already off to a rocky start when kayakers discovered human remains and a behavioral ecology graduate student named Liam Barber is reported missing by his very concerned father, Jake. Retired dentist Paul “Doc” Osborne’s grandson Cody came down with what his daughter had initially thought was a cold but turned out to be a form of meningitis, devastating Doc as that was the same illness that cost him his own mother.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Shelley Freydont



This week we have a review of Independence Slay by Shelley Freydont, a mystery involving the 4th of July. We also have a fun guest post from Shelley about Pets and Cozy Mysteries. At the end of this post are details on how to win a copy of the book, and a link to purchase it.

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Face Value By Michael A. Kahn

IN THE June 28 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow



Considering the competition, long hours, and pressure on new attorneys, the suicide of promising young lawyer Sari Bashir is not a complete shock. What is disconcerting is that once evidence arises indicating that the death may have been a murder, the most likely suspects are the prestigious partners and attorneys of the elite law firm of Warner and Olsen.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow



Enjoy this last big group of June Penguin mysteries, which includes fun food ones, an event planner, and crafts. We have Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper, Razing the Dead by Sheila Connolly, Murder Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan, Hot Fudge Frame-Up: A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet, The Diva Wraps It Up: A Domestic a Diva Mystery by Krista Davis.

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by Cynthia Chow



At twenty-six years of age, freelance portrait artist Cherry Tucker has an ex-husband for a roommate, isn’t speaking to her brother, and continues to be harassed by her nemesis Shawna Branson. Cherry thought that being hired to create stage art for the very elite Peerless Day Academy’s drama department was a step towards maturity and possibly getting recommendations to other towns in Georgia.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


Check out these fun June Penguin mysteries involving weddings and crafts–we have Engaged in Murder By Nancy Parra, Night of the Living Thread By Janet Bolin, Thread End: An Embroidery Mystery By Amanda Lee, and Yarn Over Murder: A Knitting Mystery By Maggie Sefton.

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by Cynthia Chow



Being an unmarried, twenty-four year old woman in 1960 isn’t easy, especially when Eleonora “Ellie” Stone is struggling to establish herself as a professional reporter at The New Holland Republic newspaper. Now that her professor father recently died, Ellie knows that she can now never gain his approval and so she is on the brink of giving up and going back home to New York City. Fortunately for Ellie, but tragically for a young socialite, Ellie has the opportunity to make her career when she is the first reporter on the scene when hunters stumble over the body of Jordan Shaw.

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by Cynthia Chow



There is little doubt that the Greyhound rescue organization, Greys Matter, was calling their all-gray dress code fundraiser a Fifty Shades of Greyhound Charity Ball in order to cash in on the fervor for the popular book. However, the worthwhile charity group has been instrumental in saving racing greyhounds who were once put to sleep at the end of their careers even though they could have lived for another ten more years or more. For Caro Lamont, a trained therapist and Laguna Beach Professional Animal Wellness Specialist (PAWS), this is a cause close to her heart.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Laura Morrigan



This week we have the latest Call of the Wilde Mystery by Laura Morrigan. We also have a fun guest post from Laura about writing about exotic animals in her books. At the end of the post are details on how to win a copy of A Tiger’s Tale, and a link to purchase the book as well–with a portion going to help support KRL.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Eileen Brady



Spending a year as a veterinarian in upstate New York Oak Falls Veterinary Hospital seemed to be the perfect solution for Meryl Streep lookalike Kate Turner. Kate spent nearly eight months mooning over her boss as he was going through his divorce, only to have to endure his impregnating and then proposing to their twenty-something receptionist.

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