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Diane Vallere

by Cynthia Chow,
Sandra Murphy, Terrance Mc Arthur, & Lorie Lewis Ham

Once again another year has ended, and we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2017. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5 favorite books they reviewed in 2017 (well some of them may fudge on that a bit).


by Cynthia Chow

As a town that reinvented itself throughout the decades, it only makes sense that Proper City, Nevada, would celebrate extended holidays through ever-changing costumes. For the annual Spring Sagebrush Festival the town is hosting a family friendly week of board game-themed events, a counter to the more lascivious Las Vegas casinos.


Coming Attractions: End of Summer Edition


FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andSunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier

Bonbons and bon mots (witty stuff) are the order of the day in this month’s collection, along with knitters, astrologers, beauticians, and a costume shop. Enjoy reading!


by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Vallere

A surprise trip to Palm Springs was to be the first romantic vacation for Mad for Mod decorator Madison Night and her new boyfriend, Hudson James. It was also planned as a paid working gig for Mad and the contractor, as Hudson’s brother-in-law was constructing a strip mall revolving around a modernized, mid-century theme. It should be perfect for the 50s and 60s loving Madison, especially as it would also give her a brief escape from Texas, where she had become far too intimate with Death. Her first meeting with Emma and Jimmy McKenna does not go as Mad had imagined, as just before they arrive she and Hudson are run off of the road and their car overturned by a speeding SUV.


by Cynthia Chow

It’s not surprising that for Disguise DeLimit costume store owner Margo Tamblyn, Halloween is the busiest time of the year. What is surprising is how the entire town of Proper City goes more than a little bonkers over their Halloween celebrations. The planned Nevada city, without a given identity, took on that of the Costume Capital of the World, making every event one suitable for a masquerade. The highlight of the season is a kickoff party and costume competition at the Alexandria Hotel, with the winning prize for the last twelve years going to one sold out of Disguise DeLimit. That record looks to be stopped in its tracks when Margo receives a letter from the new owner of the hotel, proclaiming that her store is banned from the competition.


by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow

As summer heads for the home stretch, here are a few more fun mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors to see you through the rest of summer! We have food, crafts, and fashion. Grilling the Subject: Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Knit Your Own Murder: A Needlecraft Mystery by Monica Ferris, Shots in the Dark: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, and Silk Stalkings: A Material Witness Mystery by Diane Vallere. Details on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books at the end of this post along with links to purchase them.


by Sunny Frazier

Is it too soon to think about Halloween? Apparently not! Several authors are jumping the gun and offering novel treats, recipes, and first-in-a-series titles for those of you searching for the next good read.


by Cynthia Chow

Proper City, Nevada was a town without a real identity, so perhaps that is what led to it becoming renowned for the residents who don costumes to herald every holiday and celebration. Although Margo Tamblyn always loved working in her father’s costume shop, he was the one who encouraged her to leave and explore new opportunities outside of Proper City.


by Sunny Frazier

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” We have lots of entrepreneurs in this month’s mysteries to help keep your hands and mind busy with fun reads!
Jane Steward is organizing a Valentine’s week of activities at her book-themed resort, Storyton Hall. It all goes to hell when Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed. Rosamund had plenty of enemies: fellow novelists, a former lover, and dozens of angry fans.


by Cynthia Chow

Everyone in Lakewood, Texas is on edge: over the past month, four women have disappeared. The Dallas police are attributing their disappearances to the Lakewood Abductor, whom they believe masquerades as a law-enforcement officer. Mid-century decorator Madison Night shares the community’s nervousness, but her concern stems mostly from the suspicion that falls on Lakewood Police Department’s Lt. Thomas Rexford “Tex” Allen, a womanizing flirt Mad has nevertheless come to trust after their first meeting a year ago over a dead body.


by Sunny Frazier

We’re stuck in a drought but we can dream of oceans, can’t we? Author Luke Christodoulou brings us back once again to the Greek Isles in The Church Murders. On the island of Salamina, a reporter is stabbed to death while investigating a gospel written by Jesus. On Santorini, bodies are piling up. Seven Ionian islands, seven more bodies. A boy experiences stigmata on Kefallonia. Police Captain Papacosta and Lieutenant Cara have their hands full, and readers experience a visual vacation.


by Sunny Frazier

Start your 2015 off with a new series penned by Maine author Lea Wait. Angie Curtis left Haven Harbor with she was 18 to escape her mom’s legacy. A decade later she’s pulled back home when her mother’s body is found. After the agent for her grandmother’s custom needlepoint business is also murder, she has to wonder: has going home stirred up some secrets? Twisted Threads will excite your interest.


More November Penguin Mysteries

IN THE November 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy

We have another fun group of 3 Penguin mysteries-For Better or Worsted: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, A Dog Gone Murder by Elaine Viets, and Suede to Rest by Diane Vallere. Details on how to win a copy of all 3 books at the end of this post.


by Cynthia Chow

Samantha Kidd gave up her career as the senior shoe buyer for the New York store, Bentleys, to work the trend specialist for Tradava, a family-owned retail store in Ribbon, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, that position was cut short when the man who hired her was murdered and her following stint at Heist was similarly cut short. Distinctly aware of how her resume must look, Samantha agrees to use her degree in fashion history to help her former Tradava coworker, Eddie Adams, as his unpaid assistant for the Ribbon Museum of Art’s exhibit on the history of fashion. As part of the exhibit Tradava will be merchandising the hats being displayed by Hedy London, a famous noir movie actress.


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