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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

IN THE October 20 ISSUE

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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

IN THE October 18 ISSUE

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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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Gone Girl: Movie Review

IN THE October 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Gone Girl is a very intense and shocking thriller. Nick and Amy Dunne appear to have the perfect marriage after the perfect courtship. On the day of their fifth anniversary though, it seems like things have been unraveling for awhile, and when Amy goes missing all fingers start pointing at Nick. Amy is the world’s darling, having grown up as the inspiration for her parents’ series of children’s books featuring Amazing Amy.

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by Cynthia Chow



Aurora “Rory” Chasen may not believe in superstitions but she’s familiar with obsessions. The death of her fiancé, Warren, sends Rory on a quest to validate or contradict the superstition that seemed to predict his fate. Rory’s path begins with a book recommended by her librarian/best friend and leads to a visit to the author’s residence in the superstition-themed town of Destiny.

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by Sandra Murphy


Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin’s Scottish Emporium does a lot of online business. During leaf-peeping season, day trippers stop to visit the unique shops. In spite of Internet orders, face-to-face customers by the busload and a new husband, Liss finds time to volunteer for the town’s Halloween fundraiser.

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by Cynthia Chow



Every Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, the non-witchy Winsome Witches organize a week of charitable events to benefit literacy. The celebrations include a Winsome Witch Faire, fund-raising luncheon, spookiest window display contest, healing potion workshop, candy-making classes and a Black Cat Parade of costumed pets.

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by Sunny Frazier



This week Coming Attractions spotlights several authors and DorothyL members who are heading to Bouchercon in November. Attendees come from all over, and so do their novels!

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by Diana Hockley



Rebecca Dahlke’s novels have always been good value in terms of humor and mystery, culminating in a darned good story!
Her female protagonist, Lalla Bains, is a charming and likable character whose ongoing romance with Sheriff Caleb is about to be fulfilled with matrimony.

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Forever TV Review

IN THE October 11 ISSUE

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by Chris Lovato



Immortality has been a dream shared by many, and realized by no one. Well, almost no one. Tales throughout history whisper of ways to cheat death, but often, those rumored to live forever don’t want to. Such is the case of Henry Morgan, the protagonist of ABC and creator Matt Miller’s new venture: Forever.

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The Equalizer: Movie Review

IN THE October 6 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I was a fan of the old Equalizer TV show back in the 80s and was surprised, and pleased, when I saw that it was going to be rebooted as a movie starring Denzel Washington. It was obviously going to be very different, as the TV show starred British actor Edward Woodward running around in a suit and trench coat, while Denzel is not only not British, but from the trailers it was clear there was no suit and tie. I wanted to see where they would go with it.

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by Cynthia Chow



We are so excited to have a review and giveaway of Richard Castle’s new mystery Raging Heat. And not only do we have the review, we were able to interview Richard Castle himself! Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book, along with a link to purchase the book with a portion going to help support KRL.

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by Cynthia Chow



Ten years ago Maralee Kowalski left her home of Salem, Massachusetts with the dream of becoming a star. After losing jobs as a weather girl and home-shopping network host, she is returning from Florida as the newly-named, thirty-three year-old widow Lee Barrett, to live with her Aunt Ibby and to apply for a position as a real television news reporter. While the position is already filled, the psychic host of Nightshades has just walked off the show; permanently, as Lee learns firsthand. Lee may not be a believer, but she has acting experience the program director is looking for in a replacement. Before she knows it, Lee has her foot in the door of WICH-TV and another new name, Crystal Moon.

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