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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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The Dogs Who Didn’t Bark—Dogs and Passover

IN THE April 12 ISSUE

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Dogs will enjoy a Seder meal, games and prizes at Nature’s Pet Market, Salem, Oregon, Sunday, April 13 from 1- 3 p.m.
Dogs and Seder? Dogs who keep Kosher? Of course. “When the Jews were slaves of the Egyptians, dogs patrolled and barked if anyone tried to escape,” says Rabbi Avrohom Perlstein, director for the Chabad Jewish Center in Salem. “The night of the Exodus, no dog barked. Allowing dogs to take part in a Seder meal and in Passover, is a reward they’ve earned.”

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by Sandra Murphy


This is the first in a new series called the Second Chance Cat Mysteries. You might remember Cat Trick, Copycat Killing and, Final Catcall, the Magical Cats series by Sofie Kelly, reviewed here at KRL? They feature cats, Owen and Hercules, one who loves homemade treats and the other Fred the Funky Chicken catnip toy, as well as Kathleen the librarian. Here you’ll have a similar good read, because Kelly is using the pen name Ryan for this new book.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have 2 Susan Wittig Albert books! Death Come Quickly is the latest China Bayles mystery just out this month, and Widow’s Tears, the book just before that, was just released in paperback. Enjoy these reviews and find info at the end of this post on how to win copies of both. Use the Amazon links in this post to purchase either book and a portion goes to help KRL keep bringing you great articles & reviews!

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by Sandra Murphy


Kath Rutledge is gearing up for Blue Plum’s historical festival. She’s not happy about the reenactment of a moving gunfight. With a ghost “living” on the second floor, gunfire might cause paranormal upsets and who knows where that could lead? The event planner wants to use her second floor window for the legend’s sniper.

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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 Sandra Murphy


This is book five of the multi-layered wine and cheese series. Charlotte runs the local cheese shop while her cousin Matthew takes care of the other side of the business, the wine that pairs so well with cheese.

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Peeps! for Dogs

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

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It’s Easter time again and that means colored eggs, chocolate bunnies that lose their ears too soon, and baskets full of the all-time favorite–Peeps! The bright pastel colored marshmallow chicks and bunnies are a holiday must.

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National Pet Dental Health Month

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

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Want to keep your dog or cat’s breath fresh and his teeth sparkly clean? Learn to brush his teeth for him. It’s not as difficult as it sounds; there are toothpastes made just for pets in flavors they’ll consider a treat.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have another fun group of mystery reviews & giveaways from Penguin authors- Murder with Ganache: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Murder Sends a Postcard: A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery By Christy Fifield, Playing with Fire by J. J. Cook, and Zero Degree Murder by M. L. Rowland. Info on how to win copies of all 4 of these fun mysteries at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy


For our second group of Penguin mysteries this year we have several fun food mysteries & many include recipes too! Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs, Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy, Pecan Pies and Homicide by Ellery Adams, and Tapestry of Lies by Carol Ann Martin. Details on how to win a copy of all of these books at the end of this post.

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by Sandra Murphy


Paige Marshall is still teaching kids how to sing, dance and perform in hopes of winning the big interstate contest. Teaching is not a calling, just something to pay the bills while waiting for her big break as an opera singer. It doesn’t hurt that Devlyn, a remarkably handsome man, shows interest in pursuing a relationship–if only he hadn’t spread the rumor that he’s gay to keep the teenage girls at bay. There was that cop she liked, Mike, but he declared his love for her and then disappeared–no return phone calls, nothing. Guess he’s out of the picture.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lois Meade is at it again with the help of Police Inspector Cowgill, semi-retired. This time things are much closer to home. Her daughter’s small grocery shop and apartment above are suddenly infested with exotic rodents and reptiles. There is a zoo nearby, but how did the creatures get out to all find their way to the same place? It’s downright creepy, which also describes the zoo’s director.

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Dying on the Vine By Aaron Elkins

IN THE January 11 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy


The head of a winery in Italy is debating whether or not to sell the winery. He could leave it to his son, but the oldest doesn’t have a feel for the grape, only the business. His second loves the grapes, but it would be unheard of to pass over the eldest. The youngest is a great salesman, but not a businessman. What to do? If that’s not enough, there are rumors that his wife is cheating on him–he could not stand the shame.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Starting the year off right with another group of fun Penguin mysteries! And Then You Dye by Monica Ferris, Buttoned Up: A Button Box Mystery by Kylie Logan, Quilt Trip: A Southern Quilting Mystery By Elizabeth Craig, and The Sayers Swindle: A Book Collector Mystery By Victoria Abbott. Info on how to enter to win all of these books at the end of this post.

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by KRL Reviewers


KRL reviewed a lot of really good and great books in 2013, but we decided to give our best shot at choosing our top 5 of the year–some of us cheated a little, but here are our choices! And if you are an author who is not on the list, take heart–like I said, they were all good books!

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