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Elaine Viets

by Cynthia Chow



Missouri’s Death Investigator Angela Richman has survived six strokes, brain surgery, and a coma, but even before the trauma, she has never fully understood the pretentious privilege of Chouteau County.

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by Cynthia Chow


Reading anthologies by a favorite author can be a tricky thing, as original short stories often serve as opportunities for writers to experiment with new characters and tones.

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Play It Again

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Elaine Viets



Readers ask me about a scene or a character in my Dead-End Job mysteries: Why did this character have to die? How come the villain got away in that book?
I tell them, “I can’t remember.”
“Well, you wrote it,” the readers say.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Elaine Viets



When geriatric financier Luther Ridley Delor goes up in flames along with his Chouteau Forest mansion, the wealthy Missouri community immediately condemns his twenty-year-old trophy fiancé. A viral video of a lecherous Luther drunkenly groping her the night before only makes the Mexican-American manicurist more of a suspect in the eyes of the police, who are quick to judge her based on their racist and elitist views. Having moved up the ladder by sucking up to politicians, Detective Ray Greiman epitomizes the worst of lazy cops, and Angela Richman is determined that Kendra Graciela Salvato not be railroaded right into prison.

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by KRL Staff


Once again another year has ended, and we take a look back at the many books reviewed in KRL. Each of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5 favorite books they reviewed in 2016. Usually I include myself in this list, but to my surprise I found that I have reviewed very few books this year.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Elaine Viets


As the death investigator for Chouteau County, Missouri, Angela Marie is the advocate for those who no longer have a voice. This is never more crucial than in a car crash involving Jillian and Jordan Hobart, nearly identical cousins and part of the illustrious Du Pres family. It is up to Angela to determine which beautiful young girl lies in the hospital, and which is in the morgue.

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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.

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by Cynthia Chow


Coronado Investigations is having a bit of a slow period, which explains why one-half of the married duo is taking a tour of Fort Lauderdale’s Bonnet House Museum. The converted plantation home is renowned for its artwork and gorgeous garden, and that is where Helen Hawthorne and her landlady Margery first spot the frail, but undeniably talented, artist Annabel Lee Griffin. It’s also the last time, as before she leaves Annabel collapses in the Bonnet House parking lot.

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by Elaine Viets


What’s a writer’s biggest problem?
Getting discovered by readers.
That’s what Joanna Campbell Slan believes. Joanna is a national bestselling author and Daphne du Maurier award winner. But, like all writers, she wants more.

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by Sandra Murphy



After Davis Kingsley’s death (natural causes), his daughter-in-law donates his books to the Flora Park Library. She and her husband had inherited the house and its contents so that was a generous thing to do, plus it got a lot of trashy novels out of the house so she could redecorate.

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by Sunny Frazier



What better gifts for a mystery-lovin’ mom than these new titles?
For the mom who has trouble finding time to read, we have Murder, Fantasy and Weird Tales, a collection of 18 short stories put out by Rosemary & Larry Mild. Nothing “mild” about these offerings!

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More November Penguin Mysteries

IN THE November 29 ISSUE

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

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by Cynthia Chow


As Margery Flax, owner South Florida Coronado Tropics Apartments, tells her tenant Helen Hawthorne, the murder all started with becoming blonde. It didn’t cause the murder, but it sure granted the attitude and confidence to commit it.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We have one last big batch of fun Penguin mysteries this year! All 5 of these are November releases-we have food, bookstores, cats, supernatural & more: Fixing to Die: A Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Mystery By Elaine Viets, The Quotient of Murder: A Professor Sophie Knowles Mystery By Ada Madison, The Thrill of the Haunt: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery By E.J. Copperman, Wedding Cake Killer By Livia J. Washburn, and Words with Fiends By Ali Brandon. Details on how to win copies of all 5 at the end of this post!

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by Terrell Byrd



This week we have a double header of great cozy mysteries & giveaways with a review of Elaine Viets latest book Final Sail & the first book in a new series, 50% Off Murder, by Josie Belle. Instructions at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books!

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Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets: Book Review

IN THE September 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Terell Byrd



I asked for this book to review. Well, all right, there was some begging and whining involved. I really wanted to read this novel – I spent more than my share of time in dead-end jobs in my college days and I was fascinated by the concept of a private investigator who takes dead-end jobs to gather information. People in the bottom jobs often know a great deal about what is going on. Agatha Christie used the principle, on more than one occasion that servants, waiters, cleaners and other people who provide small services can get away with murder because no one notices them.

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