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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Hannah Swensen of Cookie Jar fame, has a confession to make. Although her family says she doesn’t have to, she’s determined to make her announcement after the Sunday sermon. Confession is good for the soul, right?

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by Doward Wilson


Hallmark’s newest entry in their movies and mystery channel is the three-part Chronicle Mysteries. Recovered, The Wrong Man, and Vines That Bind are the new episodes starring Alison Sweeney as Alexandra ‘Alex’ McPherson and Benjamin Ayres as Drew Godfrey. Alex returns to her small town summer home in Pennsylvania to investigate cold cases for her true crime podcast. Drew is the local newspaper editor for the Harrington Chronicle who is tasked with assisting Alex with her investigations by the newspaper’s owner.

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by Cynthia Chow


As she pursues her dream of becoming a licensed real estate agent, Whitney Whitaker lives in her parents’ pool house and works as a property manager for Home & Hearth Realty. Although it allows her to take on carpentry jobs for her uncle’s Whitaker Woodworking business, kicking out tenants also results in Whitney being harassed and stalked by a furious frat evictee.

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by Cynthia Chow
& V.M. Burns


After proving herself innocent of the murder of her almost ex-husband, Lilly Echosby left Indiana for Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of her dog-loving best friend Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson. Lilly impulsively made the move along with her recently acquired rescue toy poodle Agatha, which makes finding a new living arrangement all the more difficult.

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by Kathleen Costa


“Clunk!” Sounds like Marabella’s mother has arrived. “Am I in trouble again?” The details behind how her mother can make the ghostly journey is complicated, but her appearance seems to herald dire events. “No, it’s Sam. Go check on Sam.” Sam, her seventy-year-old neighbor, had been a nice companion for Marabella’s mother before she got sick and in many ways a substitute father.

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by Sandra Murphy


Siobhan O’Sullivan lives in Kilbane, a small town in County Cork, Ireland. Her family runs Naomi’s Bistro while she patrols as the newest member of the Garda (police). Her boss, friend, and lover is Macdara. They have their hands full when the International Poker Tournament is held in a local pub at the same time as the Arts and Music Festival happens on the main street.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Amy Patricia Meade


Letitia “Tish” Tarragon divorced a year ago and moving on entails opening up a restaurant and catering business in a historic early twentieth century clapboard building in Hobson Glen, Virginia. Cookin’ the Books Café combines the best of two worlds…books and food. She has labeled herself and her style as a “literary caterer.” She can provide a Midsummer’s Night lawn party, Great Gatsby gala, Wonderland tea party, or a Christie-inspired murder mystery dinner. She also has cookbooks from around the world and a lending library for all to enjoy.

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by Sharon Tucker


Some commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with a pub-crawl, drinking Guinness and green beer. I think I would rather read an Irish mystery or crime novel—and just have a Guinness in tandem. S. Furlong-Bollinger’s Paddy Whacked (2011) is a brief and sprightly entry into the holiday stakes.

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by Cynthia Chow


During May’s library-sponsored evening bonfire for Girl Scouts, the ghost stories being told by the folklorist Professor Mona Raymond and her students aren’t as scary as the sight library director Amy Webber sees lurking in the shadows. It’s been two years since Amy spoke to ex-boyfriend Charles Bartos, and she’s done her best to avoid just seeing him ever since he and his girlfriend moved to her town of Taylorsford, Virginia.

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by Sandra Murphy


Emmaline St. Germaine appears to be a genteel single woman, a spinster. Her brother controls her inheritance, she lives in the town house he owns, her cousin Fidelity, is her chaperone/companion. For those who like a life of boredom, waited on by servants and constrained by what’s expected, it’s a good life. Emmaline wants more.

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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
& Amanda Flower


Violet Waverly got a message that her Grandmother was dying, hurry home. Fortunately, Grandma was faking. Now Violet is involved in running Charming Books with Grandma Daisy. The women of the family have been caretakers of a particular tree for generations. Logic says the tree shouldn’t still be alive, much less thriving, but there it is. Its health and longevity can be attributed to the magical waters from a nearby spring. Violet has inherited the caretaker job.

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