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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Lorie Lewis Ham


We are back from vacation, however we are attempting this month to do some WAY overdue maintenance to the website, so most likely at least for the next couple of weeks all articles will instead be posted over on our sister website KRL News & Reviews.

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by Kathleen Costa


Rose has been called on an emergency to the home of fellow Quaker Charity Skells. She is in a great deal of stress, bleeding profusely, and appearing to be miscarrying her latest pregnancy. At thirty-two years old, she is the mother of five, the oldest only nine years old, having only three months ago delivered early a baby too small to survive.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Essie Lang


When her aunt is sidelined by knee surgery, editor Shelby Cox returns to upper New York’s Alexandria Bay to help run Edie Cox’s two Bayside Books bookstores. Shelby’s focus is on the smaller store built into Blye Island’s Blye Castle, and she doesn’t regret leaving her small publishing job in Boston for the island with its own ferry and ghost stories. Shelby remains steadfast despite a confrontation with curator Loreena Swan, who demands that Bayside Books stock copies of her rather unsellable guidebook.

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by Sandra Murphy
& AR Kennedy


Cecilia has suffered a lot of loss lately. First, her beloved father-in-law died. Before she can adjust to his passing, her husband is killed in a work accident. She’s left in a house she didn’t pick, a town she didn’t choose, and with a dog she didn’t want. Ferris was always more Joey’s dog. A big, goofy, golden retriever, he’s uncoordinated, slobbery, and enthusiastic always. He’s not what she’d choose to be her family.

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by Sunny Frazier


Spring brings flowers but also the first in four budding new series to grow in your TBR piles. Enjoy!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more fun food mysteries perfect for Easter reading-“Broken Bone China” A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs, “Leave No Scone Unturned” A Chef-To-Go Mystery by Denise Swanson, “Murder Lo Mein” A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, and “One Feta in the Grave” A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kirsten Weiss


Valentine Harris had come to expect the unexpected from her rather exuberant landlady and expert piecrust maker Charlene McCree. The delivery of a yurt at 4 a.m. was a little much though, especially since it would soon be accompanied by fifteen women intent on camping out for a weeklong goddess circle. The septuagenarian had Val and her Pie Town bakery’s best interests in mind, as Charlene also arranged under only slightly false pretenses to have the reality show Pie Hard film on site.

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by Kathleen Costa


I am a fanatical Anglophile, and Acorn-TV is one of the best streaming option to satiate my appetite for all things in UK television and movies. They offer current productions as well as providing “blasts from the past” in drama, mystery, comedy, documentary, and full-length movies. For a reasonable monthly or annual fee, I have been able to binge classics and enjoy many award-winning programs from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, and places “down under.”

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by Kathleen Costa


Mae West (cute name fits her personality) is pleased to receive recognition for her success with reenergizing the campground and it’s positive impact on the revitalization of the town of Normal, Kentucky, and very excited to be asked to bring her expertise and experience into the high school classroom.

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by Margaret Mendel


Charlotte usually experienced a transition at dawn. She had lost count of how many of these she had undergone, but then, since her murder, not much made sense. There was a familiar feeling when this smoky life force came over her. Charlotte often thought it must be how a butterfly feels when it comes out of a cocoon. There was no casing though for her to break through only heaviness that weighted her down making it difficult to move about as she once again became active.

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by Susan Boles


Helping homeless animals is a cause close to the hearts of many. And, reading great books is a great way to relax.
With that in mind, a group of fourteen USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and award winning authors have joined together to create a box set of mystery books with preorder funds going to support three rescue groups. Streetdog Foundation, Northshore Animal Shelter, and Home “Fur” Good.

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