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by Terrance Mc Arthur




Rhys Bowen is a master of mystery and she’s at it again! The recent Agatha winner (for Queen of Hearts in the Her Royal Spyness series) returns to her Molly Murphy series with a psychological thriller, The Edge of Dreams…or is it a thriller about psychology?

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by Cynthia Chow


Veterinarian technician Carrie Kennersly has just opened Barkery & Biscuits, an establishment featuring baked and cooked dog treats. She’s combining the “barkery” with Icing on the Cake, a bakery for humans. While requiring Carrie to apply arduous kitchen and hygiene procedures to meet legal human health regulations, her dog treats are as suitable for people as they are for their pets. Just not as sweet.

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by Cynthia Chow


For the battling Union Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the Confederate Division of the King’s Brigade, it feels like the Civil War. For the director of the living history museum of Barton Farms, however, it’s a day spent wrangling nearly two hundred passionate re-enactors, staffers, and over seven hundred tourists.

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by Cynthia Chow


Summer is the time for travel, but sadly not everyone has the privilege of whisking off across the country and escaping everyday life. That’s why we’re grateful for this anthology of nine short stories that take readers to Oahu, Venice Beach, and—well, New Jersey. Murder is, of course, involved, but it’s a footnote in these highly entertaining and often very funny short tales.

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by Guy Belleranti



Sally Pierson gave the dead man on her bedroom floor one final glance and then hurried to the front door to let in the police.
“I was in bed, almost asleep, when I heard a noise at the window,” she told the two plain-clothes officers as she led them down the hall. “He cut the screen and came over the sill toward me. If not for the gun in my nightstand…”

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by Cynthia Chow


Retta is a heroic police officer’s widow, and she provides her sisters’ Smart Detective Agency with valuable social contacts while managing their late parents’ Michigan farm. But her bossiness is keeping her from being a full-fledged member of the detective agency run by Barbara Ann and Faye.

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by The Librarian



In addition to being the book that gave birth to the Washington D.C. political thriller, Advise and Consent and its sequels are the books that awakened my love of novels. I stayed up many nights engrossed in these books and am yet to find a writer who can capture my imagination more than Allen Drury.

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have a review of Don’t Go Home, the latest Death on Demand book by Carolyn Hart. We also have a fun behind the book interview with Carolyn. Details on how to win a copy of the book at the end of this post along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have 5 more new food mysteries from Penguin authors-Flourless to Stop Him: A Baker’s Treat Mystery by Nancy J. Parra, Dark Chocolate Demise: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Sticky Situation: A Sugar Grove Mystery by Jessie Crockett, Fillet of Murder: A Deep Fried Mystery by Linda Reilly, and this one which is actually an April book, Five-Alarm Fudge: A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet.

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by Richard Brawer



Two policemen escorted my brother-in-law, Morty Sinclair, into the courtroom. The shackles around his wrists and ankles jangled as he shuffled across the floor to the defense table.
The judge banged his gavel to quiet the room. “To the charge of second degree murder, how do you plead?”

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s been less than a year since Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather moved from Ohio to Salem, Massachusetts, but in that time she’s come to trust her magical instincts. Things aren’t too fortuitous for the residents of the Enchanted Village: Darcy’s instincts have her ominously quoting Macbeth as she senses a coming darkness. What Darcy doesn’t believe are rumors that the Tavistock house is hexed—which is fortunate, since she’s checking out the empty mansion for her Aunt Ve’s As Your Wish concierge service’s latest client.

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by Cynthia Chow


On New Year’s Eve 1960, budding reporter Ellie Stone’s “date” is interrupted by the impulsive plea from a desperate Irene Metzger. Her fourteen year-old daughter, Darlene Hicks, has been missing for two weeks and police have written her off as a runaway. Irene is adamant that Darlene did not run off with an older boy, and after reading about Ellie’s successful endeavors in The Republic, Irene believes that the young reporter is her last hope in finding her daughter.

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by Sandra Murphy



Ellen Hadley’s had enough. Her family doesn’t appreciate her, they don’t help around the house and consistently forget birthdays and holidays like Mother’s Day. An offhand remark from her friend Bernie puts an idea in Ellen’s mind—drastic times call for drastic measures.

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have 4 mysteries from Penguin full of sewing, fashion, embroidery, and knitting-Seven Threadly Sins by Janet Bolin, A Finely Knit Murder by Sally Goldenbaum, Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum, and A Wicked Stitch by Amanda Lee. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 4, and a link to purchase them.

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