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Three Fun Penguin Mysteries

IN THE August 23 ISSUE

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Three more new mysteries from Penguin this week–this time we focus on books and food: Murder in the Mystery Suite: A Book Retreat Mystery by Ellery Adams, Extra Sensory Deception: A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery by Allison Kingsley and Death by Devils Breath by Kylie Logan. Details on how to win copies of all 3 at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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Allison Cuddahee, owner of Mercy, South Carolina’s pet rescue/no-kill shelter, knows a cat who travels on his own to return home always makes national news. When a feline named Clyde treks over two hundred miles to find his cancer-stricken human, it’s sure to be a media sensation. The additional hook of owner Norm Jeffrey’s death before they could be reunited makes the story more irresistible.

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After the end of her marriage and equipped with a college degree that usually requires additional doctorates to insure employment, the chance to live with her aunt was a godsend for folklorist Kendra Harper. The contrast between Austin and tiny Nameless, Texas was a bit of a shock, but it gives Kendra the chance to research and write about ghost stories and local legends. When Kendra isn’t at a cemetery photographing tombstones, she helps Aunt Jewel with gardening classes. The most recent is the prophetically titled Dyeing with Plants workshop.

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This week we have a review of the latest book in the fun Book Club mystery series by Erika Chase, Book Fair and Foul. We also have a fun guest post by Erika on avoiding the Jessica Fletcher Syndrome. At the end of this post are details on how to enter to win a copy of Book Fair & Foul, and you will also find a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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by Cynthia Chow



The last thing hard-boiled Cincinnati private detective Eli Paxton wanted to be called was Pet Detective. Since his last two cases involved a racing dog and a valuable horse, it’s inevitable that when a rich widow needs a gun-for-hire to find her missing cat, Eli gets the case.

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Wild Storm By Richard Castle

IN THE August 2 ISSUE

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Derek Storm carries a gun called Dirty Harry, can scale a building like Spider-Man, and fix an airplane with tape, midflght, on the wing. He’s a man of the new millennium, so even though Derek Storm may be a sucker for a pretty face, he respects women too much to be a love ‘em and leave ‘em Lothario. That doesn’t mean, of course, his hormones won’t tempt him when his instincts should warn him.

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by Cynthia Chow



For twenty-four year-old Haley Randolph, it seems that every silver lining has a cloud. She recently got the awesome job of event planner for the very cool L.A. Affairs but she has to keep working at the questionable-in-taste mid-range Holt Department store for the medical benefits. She won a promotion to work out of Holt’s corporate offices, away from demanding customers who actually want customer service, but it means Haley will be closer to Ty Cameron, her ex-boyfriend whom she can barely think of without crying.

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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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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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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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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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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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