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by Sandra Murphy




If you keep your stash of culinary mysteries close to the kitchen, if you dog-ear the pages and have Post It tabs marking your favorite recipes, if you’ve ever wondered, “Why can’t these all be in one place?” —well, ask no more, The Cozy Cookbook is here.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have some more fun March Penguin mysteries-Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradford, Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer, Murder She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, and Assault and Pepper: A Spice Shop Mystery by Leslie Budewitz. Details on how to win a copy of all 4 at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase the books.

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Scottish Mystery Writers

IN THE March 28 ISSUE

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by Terry Ambrose



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may not have been the first Scottish mystery writer, but he’s certainly one of the most well known. Doyle, who began writing short stories while studying medicine, eventually opened his own practice, but soon returned to writing fiction.

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by Nancy Brewka-Clark



“I don’t know how you can eat that.” Charlene wrinkled her nose. “It really amazes me that in the twenty-first century people still think they can indulge themselves in acts of barbarism that destroy innocent animals.”

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by Cynthia Chow
& Laura Morrigan



Despite what she might think, Grace Wilde lives up to her name. An animal behaviorist as well as a veterinarian, Grace has an amazing talent with wildlife that has them literally eating out of her hands. With humans, though… The ability to psychically communicate with animals has Grace feeling like a pariah with her own species: if others knew of her talents, she’s sure to be disbelieved or thought crazy.

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by Cynthia Chow


They may call their meetings the Saturday Night Prayer Circle, but in actuality the women of Shadow Bend, Missouri gather in the Gossip Club nightclub to down margaritas and vent about their lives. Their latest confab has an actual goal: new bed-and-breakfast owner Ronni Ksiazak has a plan to attract tourists to their tiny town. The famed owner of Kizzy Cutler’s Cupcakes was once a local resident, and Ronni has convinced Kizzy to hold a baking competition in Shadow Bend to coincide with the debut of her new cupcake line. The competition will tie in local businesses with a fashion show, nightly entertainment, and a reception held in Devereaux’s Dime Store upper floor.

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by Guy Belleranti



SORRY, CLOSED MONDAYS read the sign on the door, but my partner Bart and I weren’t at the restaurant for breakfast. Murder was on the menu this morning and Liz Castle, co-owner of the Cozy Café, was the victim.

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by Cynthia Chow


Swan Dive wastes no time diving into murder with a text alerting Elli Lisbon that the Sugar Plum Fairy is dead. Elli is director of the Sea Pine Island Community Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, sponsored by the Ballantyne Foundation, and Elli has become accustomed to handling the often overwrought and exaggerated “emergency” texts from the artistic director.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


Jane Marple has been portrayed onscreen by a cadre of fine actresses. The world has been blessed with a veritable, murmuration of Marples. Or would that be a murder of Marples? Or perhaps a marvelization of Marples, because it is quite marvelous to have so many characterizations to choose from.

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by Cynthia Chow


The characters who were introduced in the full-length novel, Lawn Order, actually have been appearing in short stories since 1990, and here readers will have the fun in this collection that perfectly captures the rather dysfunctional relationship between fifty-something sisters Margaret and Bitsy.

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by Cynthia Chow


Historian Jaya Jones should be happy: she’s on her way to tenure at Berkeley University, has been published in a prominent journal, and has a wonderfully settled life in a great apartment near her friends and family. So why is she so bored?

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by Sharon Tucker


If you read and enjoy thrillers, you are probably familiar with those written about and during the Cold War (roughly between 1947 and 1991). The spy literature this era spawned is still classic and includes authors Ian Fleming, John LeCarre, Len Deighton, Alistair McLean, Frederick Forsythe, and Robert Ludlum, among many others.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur
& Simon Wood


This week we have a review of the new book by Simon Wood, The One That Got Away. We also have a very interesting guest post from Simon about his research methods. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a signed copy of The One That Got Away, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & supports indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy.

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Spring Penguin Mystery Fun

IN THE March 14 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have 3 more March Penguin mysteries, and one we missed in December-A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart, Murder Ties the Knot by Christy Fifield, The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer: A Paws & Claws Mystery by Krista Davis, and A First Date with Death: A Love or Money Mystery By Diana Orgain. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win all 4 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Theodore Feit


This series is one of three that J.A. Jance writes and it is interesting to see how Ali Reynolds has evolved as a character along the way, from TV anchor, sheriff’s deputy and a questionable marriage to the newlywed wife of B. Simpson, and who gets deeply involved in contemporary situations. In this latest novel, two subjects, if not three, arise: polygamous cults, elderly persons being taken advantage of and perhaps, the mistreatment of women. How’s that for a mouthful?

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by Nancy Brewka-Clark


“Okay.” Jackie squinted at the greasy card she’d just picked from the pile of trivia questions. The bartender, Timmy O’Toole, always pulled the pack out once a year and spread the questions under their yellowed laminated coats around the bar at random, a clump here and a clump there. “What’s small and green and has a wicked sense of humor?”

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