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by Sandra Murphy


We end this month with another fun group of mysteries from Penguin. We have food, cats, bookmobile, crafts, food, and more: Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews, Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman, Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass, Grace Against the Clock By Julie Hyzy, and Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates. Details on how to win copies of all 5 books at the end of this post, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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Celebrate National Mutt Day July 31

IN THE July 26 ISSUE

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In 2005, celebrity pet expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige created National Mutt Day to support the adoption of mixed breed dogs. Mixes are at the highest risk for euthanasia due to overbreeding and lack of available homes, partly due to the popularity of pure bred or designer-mixed dogs like labradoodles, pugapoos, puggles and goldendoodles.

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by Sandra Murphy



Gregory Smith, aka The Kid, used to be a professional pickpocket. He’s given up that life for a fresh start with his bride, Lynn, at their bookstore. He doesn’t miss picking pockets. Much.

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by Sandra Murphy &
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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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by Sandra Murphy



Abby and Dutch have been planning the new house, new focus on jobs and their marriage for a while now. It got derailed when the venue burned down and although Abby and Dutch were both tempted to elope, Abby’s sister Cat has invested so much time and money in the wedding, they feel they just can’t. Now Cat’s gone all out and found a new venue. She’s also gone round the bend in details. She’s invited everyone on Abby’s cell contact list. Nice for us to see old characters again, but Abby’s a little overwhelmed.

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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 Sandra Murphy &
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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 Sandra Murphy



In Heavenly, Pennsylvania, the Amish live in peace and harmony, or at least that’s the goal. Strife and problems can arise anywhere though. Claire Weatherly is English and not Amish. She owns Heavenly Treasures, a store that sells crafts made by the Amish. Unfortunately, the items that sell and are fastest to make are all small which means her sales totals are small too. She’s in danger of losing the store and is sick at heart about it. She hasn’t even told her Aunt Diane yet, owner of the local B&B for those seeking the Amish experience.

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Glass Houses By Terri Nolan

IN THE May 31 ISSUE

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The action starts on the first page as a lawyer for the city, his wife and twin foster children are killed in their sleep. After that, it just doesn’t stop.

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Bad Blood By E. E. Smith

IN THE May 24 ISSUE

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The time is during the Cold War between the US and the USSR. Alexis has just returned from England where she witnessed a murder. The first client she sees is the victim’s sister and the case is about a missing piece of jewelry. Her client doesn’t seem to be too worried about the victim! She barely has time to solve that before she’s called back to England to help her friend, Harry of Scotland Yard.

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by Sandra Murphy


As it gets warmer outside, what better way to avoid the heat is to stay inside and enjoy some more fun mysteries! This week we have one final April Penguin mystery, and a few more May Penguin mysteries. We have flower shops, food, therapy cats & more! Check out our reviews of Bloom and Doom, a Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery By Beverly Allen, The Pickled Pepper By Mary Ellen Hughes, Last Licks By Claire Donally, and Murder Gone A-Rye By Nancy J. Parra. Details on how to win copies of all 4 at the end of this post, also if you use the link below to purchase any of these from Amazon a portion goes to help support KRL.

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World Turtle Day

IN THE May 17 ISSUE

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Who would expect a turtle to change the course of a marriage? Susan M. Tellem, RN in Malibu, California, gifted her husband with two tortoises for his birthday. She found there was no national tortoise rescue so she and husband, Marshall, started one and have rescued over 3,000 turtles and tortoises since then.

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by Sandra Murphy



If you like action, suspense and intrigue, you’ll love this book. It starts with a letter from Ren LaFleet to his granddad, detailing the injuries he’s suffered lately and tells that the good guys survived and the bad guy killed. He says, “Just when you think you know a person, they turn out to be a prolific serial killer.” That line sets the tone for the book–humor mixed with a lot of dead bodies, stretched from Iraq’s war to current day, in and out of the Church with personal lives mixed in.

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by Sandra Murphy



Max, a police detective in New York City, has gotten herself into trouble over an excessive force complaint. Nowadays, every cop has to worry that bystanders will have their cell phones out, catching every move for YouTube. Max used an illegal choke hold to subdue the man, had no backup in sight, and the whole thing was posted for everyone to see. It doesn’t help that Joe is not only her partner on the job but at home as well. Was the lack of backup on his part a fluke or deliberate?

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