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by Cynthia Chow
& Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Earth Day all of our book reviews & giveaways in this issue are ebooks! In this post you will find 5 fun ones-Unholy Matrimony: a Lucille Mystery By Peg Cochran, Sketcher in the Rye: A Portrait of Crime Mystery By Sharon Pape, The Sleuth Sisters By Maggie Pill, Twisted By Laura K. Curtis and Grand Delusion by Matt Witten. Details at the end of this post on how to win ebook copies of all 5.

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by Cynthia Chow


As Margery Flax, owner South Florida Coronado Tropics Apartments, tells her tenant Helen Hawthorne, the murder all started with becoming blonde. It didn’t cause the murder, but it sure granted the attitude and confidence to commit it.

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by Cynthia Chow


It would be hard to imagine anything more terrifying than a puppet inhabited by the spirit of a ghost. Maybe face-eating zombies or clowns? For Kelly Whitecastle though, it is literally just a matter of family business as she is the daughter of Emma Whitecastle, the host of a popular paranormal television show who has the ability to communicate with ghosts.

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by & Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


Spring is here and it seemed a perfect time for some more fun food related mysteries from Penguin! This week we have Death on Eat Street: A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery by J.J. Cook, Sugar and Iced: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery By Jenn McKinlay, and Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all three!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Naomi Hirahara



Barely off of probation and still a rookie with the Los Angeles Police Department, Ellie Rush is struggling to establish herself as a patrolling bicycle cop taking complaints, writing up tickets, and hearing more complaints. It’s not a glamorous job, but Ellie has the ambition and intelligence to accept menial duties if it means advancing her career. That her aunt is the highest ranking Asian-American within the LAPD is a secret few know, as while Assistant Chief Cheryl Toma is a wizard at political maneuvering she has her own detractors and list of enemies.

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by Cynthia Chow


Apparently being ashamed of one’s parent is a universal sentiment, and even a world-famous world-famous psychic medium such as Milo Ravenscroft isn’t immune. Perhaps he can be forgiven for not exactly approving of his showgirl-turned-fortune-telling mother, as having no powers herself and his own going on the fritz whenever they are together, Dolly Ravenscroft has never fully believed in his abilities.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Jill Amadio


This week we have a review of Digging Too Deep, a mystery novel by Jill Amadio. We also have a fun guest post by Jill about Promoting Your Books Through Improbable Publicity Outlets. At the end of this post are details on how to win a copy of Digging Too Deep. If you click on the link after the review to purchase the book a portion goes to help KRL keep bringing you great articles & reviews.

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by Cynthia Chow


As the Association of English Language Literatures Academics biannual conference descends on Harvard University, graduate student, Dulcie Schwartz, finds herself not only presenting a paper but being its unofficial host. Dulcie’s thesis advisor, Martin Thorpe, never stable at the best of times, is otherwise occupied with being the interim chair and completely fearful of the state of his position within the university. Dulcie is in the final stages of her dissertation concerning the identity of the author of an under-appreciated gothic novel, as well as her discovery of another unpublished piece by the mysterious author.

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Black Cat Legacy By Elaine Faber

IN THE March 22 ISSUE

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After ending her marriage to a philandering husband, Kimberlee Larsen takes her young daughter, Amanda, to Oregon and inadvertently finds herself back in Fern Lake, the site of a family tragedy she does not even remember occurring. While Kimberlee had always been advised that some secrets should never be told, her own curiosity and recurring memories force her to explore the past, even at the cost of destroying her peace and risking everything she values in the present.

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by & Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of 5 Penguin mysteries from February and March involving food, Ireland (perfect for St. Patrick’s Day), and politics: Scandal in Skibbereen By Sheila Connolly, Books, Cooks and Crooks By Lucy Arlington, Town in a Strawberry Swirl By B. B. Haywood, Iced to Death: A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery By Peg Cochran, and Pearls and Poison: A Consignment Shop Mystery By Duffy Brown. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of them all.

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by Cynthia Chow


The Chase literally starts off with a bang in the explosive sequel by new best-selling writing team, Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Following the events from The Heist, FBI agent Kate O’Hare and internationally infamous art thief, Nicholas Fox, have been teamed up by her superiors for covert and highly illegal operations swindling criminals and protecting the government from embarrassment.

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by Cynthia Chow


Not only do we have a review of the second book in the Cookbook Nook mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames), but we have a fun guest post from Daryl about coming up with new food ideas for both of her cooking series. At the end of this post you will also find details on how to win a copy of Inherit the Word. Also, in this same issue we have a review & giveaway of the new Cheese Shop mystery, Days of Wine and Roquefort, that Daryl writes under the name Avery Aames.

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by Cynthia Chow


It should have been the dream vacation. A part-time forensic photographer in Cliffview, California, Cinnamon Greene was invited by her boyfriend Danny to a free trip to Bonamer Island courtesy of his old diving instructor, Ryan Miller. Ryan and his wife own the SeaSide Inn, and when guests cancelled he offered Danny their room along with the opportunity to swim in the gorgeous Caribbean waters. On a night dive off of the Town Pier Cinnamon and Danny encounter a corpse along with the advertised sea life, but the local authorities are dubious when the body disappears before it can be recovered.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Deanna Swanson


This week we have a review of Denise’s new Devereaux Dime Store mystery along with a fun guest post from Denise about her inspiration for the Dime Store setting. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Dead Between the Lines.

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by Cynthia Chow


FBI agent, Sydney Fitzpatrick, could never have realized that the investigation she began into her father’s death would place her in the middle of an international plot, risk national security and cost the lives of innocents. Unfortunately, while she may have solved the murder of her father in Face of a Killer, by this fifth in the series Sydney is immersed further in the mystery that began with her father, drew the attention of multiple law enforcement agencies and threatened the safety of a nation.

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More February Penguin Mystery Fun

IN THE February 22 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews & giveaways of 5 more Penguin mysteries. We have A Fatal Slip: A Sweet Nothing’s Lingerie Mystery by Meg London, A Tale of Two Biddies: A League of Literary Ladies Mystery by Kylie Logan, A Tough Nut to Kill: A Nut House Mystery by Elizabeth Lee, Beewitched: A Queen Bee Mystery by Hannah Reed, and Poison at the PTA by Laura Alden.

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