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House of Cards: Emmy Review

IN THE August 18 ISSUE

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by Terry Ambrose


Next week Monday are the Emmy Awards so over the next week we will be reviewing some of the nominees! If you have not yet seen House of Cards, be warned there are spoilers.

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by Cynthia Chow



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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by Cynthia Chow



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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by Sandra Murphy



Dave Cubiak’s life is a mess. So is Dave himself. He’s lost weight, looks terrible, wears too-worn clothes and has no interest in anything beyond drinking. The love of drink is at war with a promise he made to his friend Malcolm who helped him get a fresh start.

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Kilcuddy Kitty: A Cat Short Story

IN THE August 16 ISSUE

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by Elaine Faber


The first rays of sunrise streamed past posters taped to the butcher shop window, casting squares of shade onto the sunny linoleum floor. Beef Kidneys?$.39 a pound, Oxtails?$.15 a pound, Beef bones?$.10 a pound. No one complained about the poor cuts of meat because the best cuts were sent to feed the troops. Rationing and serving meatless meals was considered patriotic in the summer of 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have a review of Thomas Sawyer’s new mystery novel Cross Purposes, and we also get to interview Tom which was a treat as he has a very interesting background both in writing novels and in TV (he was Showrunner/Head Writer for Murder She Wrote). Details on how to enter to win a copy of Cross Purposes at the end of this post.

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by Sharon Tucker


Inigo Montoya insisted on going “back to the beginning” in The Princess Bride and we get to do just that in Jeri Westerson’s most recent novel, Cup of Blood. Can we be at the seventh volume in the Crispin Guest series already? I began reading the books a little over a year ago, intrigued by the notion of “medieval noir,” and curious as to how the author would make noir traditions work in the time of Richard II. In addition, I hadn’t read a book set in the 14th century since Anya Seton’s Katherine.

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by Cynthia Chow
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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 Sharon Tucker


May 9, 2014 marked the passing of novelist Mary Stewart at the age of 97. I hadn’t read her in quite a few years, but her death saddened me because somehow I felt as if I were saying goodbye to my youth again.

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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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by M. H. Callway



Margaret sat alone in the vet’s examining room, clutching the empty cat carrier the way she’d held Mr. Kim in his blanket. All over now. Death was so simple, so complete. Why did she still fear it when it seemed the most natural thing in the world? The young technician came back into the room carrying a pamphlet. She began explaining the different options for pet memorials. If Margaret wanted to be certain that she’d have only Mr. Kim’s ashes in the urn, instead of commingled pet remains, the cost would be far greater.

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Wild Storm By Richard Castle

IN THE August 2 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow



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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Paw and Order By Spencer Quinn

IN THE August 2 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy



When we last saw Chet (the dog) and Bernie (the human), the forces to be reckoned with and the entire staff of the Little Detective Agency (Little is Bernie’s last name), they were in Bayou Country and anxious to head home. On the other hand, Susie is in Washington, D. C. so it’s practically on the way, right? A drop in visit sounds like just the kind of surprise she’d like.

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by Joan Leotta


For many years Belgium remained a mystery to me, merely a place I went through. I knew it to be the home of chocolate and lace, of that most famous detective, Poirot, and Herge, the artist who wrote and drew boy detective/journalist, Tin Tin.

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