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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy


Maura inherited a house, a pub, and employees a year ago. It’s dawned on her, she now has a family. There’s no need to return to Boston. Now, if she could just get the hang of running a business and a home.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Sarah Graves


Toby Moran is not a nice guy. He’s the guy who flirts, romances, and sweeps a woman off her feet—and then his real personality shows itself. When the woman breaks up with him, he gets even worse. Still, he manages to find another soon, and the cycle repeats.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Julia Henry


Lilly Jayne is known for her fabulous gardens. It’s a matter of knowing the plants, placing art work in between, and creating an overall layout that brings it all together. Lilly’s been out of contact with many of her friends for a while. First, it was her husband Alan’s illness and then the grief over his death.

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by Sandra Murphy


Belle, a rich widow, has summoned Sarah Winston, garage sale specialist, to visit her home. The invitation was hand-written on beautiful stationary and delivered by messenger. It’s enough to cause minor panic in the calmest person.

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by Sandra Murphy


Laura and Reggie are set to get married if only they can escape the paparazzi. Reggie is a barrister and Laura a movie star. Photographers have staked out all the likely venues, are following friends and family, to capture pictures of the wedding for all to see.

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by Sandra Murphy


For those of you who enjoy thrillers we have reviews of three of them for you this week-Fractured Truth: Bone Gap Travellers by Susan Furlong, Before It’s Too Late: FBI K-9 by Sara Driscoll, and Storm Rising: FBI K-9 by Sara Driscoll.

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by Sandra Murphy


Weatherford, Texas, is the setting for a new movie, based on a book Eve wrote. She changed the names and some details, but everybody knows the book is about Phyllis, a retired school teacher and Eve’s friend, who solves murders faster than the police. The movie set is in Austin, but for the Harvest Festival scenes where the body is discovered, the crew will be in Weatherford.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of food and wine mysteries-Batter Off Dead: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell, One Taste Too Many: Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein, Steamed Open: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross, Wine and Punishment: A Literary Pub Mystery by Sarah Fox, Live and Let Pie: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Kappy King and the Pie Kaper: An Amish Mystery by Amy Lillard.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Molly MacRae


Kath Rutledge is the owner of the Weaver’s Cat, a yarn shop inhabited by Argyle, a yellow tabby cat, and Geneva, a ghost. Only Argyle, Kath, and her employee Ardis, can see and hear Geneva. It makes for some odd conversations as Geneva talks when customers are in the shop.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Eveyln David


Brianna and Cooper haven’t been married long but are already expecting their first child. Neither one feels ready—in fact, panic is near the surface at all times. Brianna’s boss, Doc, has gone fishing with Hank, a retired cop and current crime scene investigator. Brianna is sent to bring them back to civilization. With only a vague idea of where their secret fishing spot is, she’s on her own to track them down.

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by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Lorie Lewis Ham


Another year has ended, and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2018. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10 favorite books they reviewed in 2018. Our newest reviewer, Katherine Costa, wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We start off the new year with reviews and giveaways of another great group of fun mysteries published over the last couple months-The Name of the Rosé: A Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery By Christine E. Blum, Slay in Character: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, Hooks Can Be Deceiving: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Botched 4 Murder: A Sophie Kimball Mysteries by J. C. Eaton, A Moment in Crime: A Santa Fe Revival Mystery by Amanda Allen, Downright Dead: A B&B Spirits Mystery by Pamela Kopfler.

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by Sandra Murphy


Kenna Ward is an envoy for Virtu-Tech. That means if a virtual reality user gets too involved in the scenario, she can rescue him before there’s a problem—like brain damage or death. Even though a user’s physical body is in a chamber and in no danger, the client can forget it’s entertainment and believe the situation is real.

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End of Year Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Sandra Murphy


There are so many wonderful mystery novels out there we constantly find ourselves playing catch-up with our reviews, so here we are again with a great group of mysteries to end out out the year! We have City of Secrets: Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson, Cut to the Chaise: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, Harvest of Secrets: Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby, Just Plain Murder: An Amish Mystery by Laura Bradford, Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, and Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower.

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