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Denise Swanson

by Sunny Frazier


Spring break is over, and the kids are back in school. Time now for reading and your favorite authors are starting a new series. Enjoy!

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by Sandra Murphy
& Denise Swanson



After a scandal at work, as the HR person, Dani had to fire an entire department. It was time for a change after that, including a breakup with her boyfriend, Justin.

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by Sandra Murphy



Scumble River is in Illinois, in the path of tornadoes. Usually, they’re not bad, but this year, that’s different. Sky Dennison is married, pregnant, and ready to train a replacement school counselor who can handle things while Skye’s on maternity leave. Everything is going smoothly.

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by Sandra Murphy


Go to the dime store in Shadow Bend, Missouri, near Kansas City, and you’ll meet Devereaux Sinclair, the owner. She hosts knitting groups, quilters, teens after school, and makes gift baskets as well as whipping up stellar milk shakes. It’s all part of making a living in a small town.

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by Sunny Frazier


Martha Rose is part of a close-knit quilting circle in the San Fernando Valley of California. The newest member has an eye for couture. But when his fingerprints are found at the crime scene where the body of a fellow quilter is found, he is the #1 suspect.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Denise Swanson


Skye and Wally got married and are now expecting their first child. Her job as school psychologist takes her from middle school to high school to work with special needs kids or those who have trouble adapting—like the kid who thinks he’s a dog or the one who reads obsessively.

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by Cynthia Chow


No one would ever call Shadow Bend, Missouri boring, and nothing highlighted this more than their most recent city council meeting. As the owner of Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets, Dev Sinclair had strong interest on the vote to approve zoning for a proposed SRO. The shocker is that this would be the least contentious topic of the night. First, the Sinclair family nemesis Nadine Underwood supported an alientologist’s proposal to study residents being body snatched by Extra-Terrestrials. Then, closer and more lethal to Dev’s heart, the newest husband of her mother appeared with an offer to support the reestablishment of a much needed Shadow Bend Library.

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by Sunny Frazier


Don’t count winter out just yet! Here, for your reading pleasure, are several “yummy” mysteries with recipes, debut mysteries, and stories set all over the USA, Mexico, and across the Pond.

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Murder of an Open Book By Denise Swanson

IN THE September 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
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by Cyntha Chow


For a newlywed who’s just returned from her honeymoon with hubby Wally Boyd, Skye Denison is surprisingly stressed out. Some of that can be attributed to their honeymoon cruise being unexpectedly crashed by their families, friends, and a murder. The married couple’s professional lives are not exactly stress-free either, as their positions—Wally as police chief and Skye as school therapist/police consultant—have them both navigating a maze of local politics and relatives.

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by Cynthia Chow


They may call their meetings the Saturday Night Prayer Circle, but in actuality the women of Shadow Bend, Missouri gather in the Gossip Club nightclub to down margaritas and vent about their lives. Their latest confab has an actual goal: new bed-and-breakfast owner Ronni Ksiazak has a plan to attract tourists to their tiny town. The famed owner of Kizzy Cutler’s Cupcakes was once a local resident, and Ronni has convinced Kizzy to hold a baking competition in Shadow Bend to coincide with the debut of her new cupcake line. The competition will tie in local businesses with a fashion show, nightly entertainment, and a reception held in Devereaux’s Dime Store upper floor.

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More September Penguin Mysteries

IN THE September 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
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andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



We end September with 4 more fun mysteries from Penguin authors. The books feature crafts, the paranormal, and books-Marked Down for Murder by Josie Belle, Murder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson, Nightmares Can Be Murder: A Dream Club Mystery by Mary Kennedy, and The Wolfe Widow: A Book Collector Mystery by Victoria Abbott. Details on how to win a copy of all 4 books at the end of this post along with a link to purchase the books where a portion goes to help support KRL!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Deanna Swanson


This week we have a review of Denise’s new Devereaux Dime Store mystery along with a fun guest post from Denise about her inspiration for the Dime Store setting. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Dead Between the Lines.

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