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by Teresa Leigh Judd



Rachel picked up her cup and sipped. “I love this fall weather, don’t you?”
Her friend, Elizabeth, nodded. “It’s just the best. Only one fly in the ointment.”
“What’s that?”
“Halloween is approaching.” Elizabeth lowered her voice, and hummed the Jaws theme.

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by Avril Adams



“The music committee is meeting at the table in the back. You’d better hurry, they’re voting,” said Robert, rushing past Bridget to the gymnasium stage. He carried, under his arm, the scarecrow she’d created the night before, a skeleton in overalls, bandanna and straw hat; an over-sized raven affixed to the crown, pecking at the skull. The scarecrow was a chimera, Bridget was proud to say, a Frankenstein offspring of E. A. Poe and The Grand Ole Opry. She was sure nobody at North Cromwell High had ever seen such a creature. She pushed her way through a row of folding chairs toward the back of the gym and realized, with disappointment, that the music committee had already recorded the vote. The motion, whatever it was, had carried.

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by Joyce Ann Brown



A figure plunged out of the shadows like a deer bolts onto a freeway, giving the driver no time to react. Since the roadway in question was a residential street in a quiet Kansas City neighborhood, Marci had a smidgen more time to jam her foot on the brake and squeal to a stop than she would at highway speeds. A ghostly white face with huge eyes turned into the headlights. Marci squeezed her eyes shut. Her seat belt prevented her from slamming into the steering wheel, but the dread of hearing a thud caused her adrenalin to spike and her heartbeat to race into her throat.

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by L.H. Dillman




Auntie Cee wasn’t really the children’s aunt, and her name wasn’t really ‘Cee.’ She was an old friend of their mama’s mama, and she came to stay whenever their mama had a bout of the keep-to-herself-in-her-room blues. When the darkness descended, somebody had to watch out for the twins and their older sister until Maxine was on her feet, and that someone was Auntie Cee. She was firm but loving, exacting yet forgiving, down-to-earth while, at the same time, touched with a bit of magic. The children thought of her as a sort of Mary Poppins, but older, plumper, and, of course, blacker.

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by Nancy Adams



She was lost. Deliberately lost.
Rain pelted her face, and a chill night breeze pierced her thin coat of fur. Persephone shivered. Feet passed to and fro on the broad pedestrian walkway, and she huddled into the bushes that bordered the walk, only to start away as raucous laughter rang through an open window and a glass bottle sailed out, too close.

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by Cynthia Chow



When an elegant blonde steps into Hitching Post, Alabama’s Little Shop of Potions, it’s not surprising that owner Carly Bell Hartwell is caught off guard. Dr. Kathryn Perry bears little resemblance to her past persona, Katie Sue Perrywinkle. Carly’s friend from the wrong side of the tracks, had struggled to leave her disreputable and greedy family behind. While Katie Sue hopes to reunite with her little sister, the real reason for her return is the much anticipated wedding of country music star Landry Calhoun and orphaned heiress Gabi Greenleigh. The union of a U.S. senator’s son and a Miss Alabama beauty queen is as close to royal wedding as The Wedding Capital of The South will ever see.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Barry H. Wiley



Halloween seemed like a perfect time to review a mystery novel involving Spiritualists. Not only do we have a review of A Spirit of Fraud, but also an interesting guest post by Barry about writing this type of book. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Spirit of Fraud.

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A Midwinter’s Tail By Sofie Kelly

IN THE October 25 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy



Kathleen Paulson is the town librarian and she’s up to her ears in fundraising plans for the Reading Buddies program. The waiting list is long, so how best to fund the idea?
If that isn’t enough, Rebecca, her backyard neighbor and first friend in town, is finally marrying Everett, the man she’s loved since childhood. They seem to have done a quick role reversal.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have a group of 3 mystery novels from Kensington-Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell, To Fudge or Not To Fudge by Nancy Coco, and French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier. Details on how to enter to win all 3 at the end of this post, and links to purchase each book where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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by Sunny Frazier



So many books, so little time to promote them all! Only three weeks remain until we all meet in Long Beach for the international mystery convention. Let’s get to it:
Just in time for Halloween is the e-book for Leigh Perry’s (aka Toni L.P. Kelner) A Skeleton in the Family, first in a new series.

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Halloween, Superstitions And Me

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by Linda O. Johnston



Are you superstitious?
A lot of people say they’re not, yet they still cross their fingers, knock on wood, pick up coins from the sidewalk for luck—preferably heads-up pennies—and more.

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by Cynthia Chow




As a fifth-year graduate student and doctoral candidate in the Department of English at an East Coast Ivy League college, Dulcie Schwartz feels the stress to revise and publish her paper on an anonymously authored gothic novel. Dulcie’s thesis advisor thought he was being sensitive when he suggested a seminar on time-management skills, but her friends go the other route and say she needs an escape to take her mind off her work. Their solution is a disco-themed interpretation of Ovid’s Metamorphosis performed by the University Repertory Theatre.

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by Margaret S. Hamilton



“How did we get roped into this? It’s been an exhausting week, and I’m bone tired.” Lizzie had envisioned a quiet evening dozing in front of the fire, instead of driving a carload of soccer players to the corn maze. The girls were packed in the back two seats, chattering at top volume while simultaneously texting.

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The Judge: Movie Review

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



In The Judge, Robert Downey Jr. plays big city Chicago lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home in a small town in Indiana for his mother’s funeral. From the moment he arrives he butts heads with his estranged father, the town’s judge, played by Robert Duvall.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



On October 25 the Book Barn in Clovis is having a big Halloween event called Magic, Mystery & Imagination. KRL too a moment to chat with Book Barn employee Joshua Muster, who is charge of their PR about the event.

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by Cynthia Chow



Ghostbusters have descended on South Bass Island just in time for Halloween. For a place that celebrates a “funeral” for the summer season and promotes legendary ghost, Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow, their presence is not met with open arms. The last time the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) were in town to film their television show, they destroyed Kate Wilder’s future wine crop and are now banned from the winery.

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October Penguin Mysteries

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by Cynthia Chow
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We have another fun group of 5 Penguin mysteries which includes one perfect for Halloween month, Literally Murder: A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery by Ali Brandon. We also have Off Kilter: A Scottish Highlands Mystery by Hannah Reed, Weave of Absence by Carol Ann Martin, Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James, and Gilt Trip by Laura Childs with Diana Orgain. Details on how to win a copy of all 5 books 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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by Lorie Lewis Ham



I have to admit that The Night Visitor is not my typical read–I tend to go more for cozy or private eye mysteries–and this one is more of a paranormal suspense/thriller. However, The Night Visitor grabbed my attention from practically page one and wouldn’t let go!

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by Sharon Tucker



Halloween will be here soon. Even if you haven’t gone trick-or-treating for some time, remember the deliciousness that you felt at this time of year as a child? The beginning of cooler weather in late October takes me back to remembering classrooms festooned with pumpkins, scarecrows and witches, all cunningly cut from construction paper.

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by Claire Murray



“Geez, kid. What’d you have to go and shoot him for?” Willie took Bobby’s gun and stuffed it in his jacket pocket, almost crushing the three packs of cigarettes and map he’d stolen from the convenience store.

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by Sunny Frazier



If you’re going to the convention, don’t miss out on the Spice Up Your Crafts panel. If you can’t make it, take a look at some of the “crafty” reads by these terrific authors!

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by Joan Leotta



My name is Tirzah. If you’re a student of the Bible you may have heard of me. My sisters, Mahlah, Hoglah, Milcah and I, daughters of Zelophahad, were the first women to be able to inherit property under Mosaic Law. We were always forward and independent thinkers. So why should it be different now, just because we’re dead?

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