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Ellery Adams

by Cynthia Chow
& Ellery Adams


Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is where people come to heal, find peace, and enjoy the natural hot springs of their popular spa. It is also where Nora Pennington has opened her bookstore Miracle Books, where she utilizes her unique “bibliotherapy” skills to match the customers with the perfect books they need in their lives.

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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 Sunny Frazier


Enjoy Thanksgiving by taking a trip with Kathi Daley, drinking wine with Christine E. Blum and Ellen Crosby, and munching scones for dessert with Ellery Adams. On Black Friday head to bookstores with Ellery Adams and Vicki Delany. Plus a preview of other titles coming out this month.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Rosemary Stevens


The Supper Club of Quincy’s Gap may have initially formed as a diet support group, but the five members have bonded through murder investigations as much as through their many weight fluctuations. With all of them having experienced post-winter holiday gains, they are eager to get back on track with their resolutions by starting a new Mediterranean Diet.

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by Cynthia Chow



On the surface, Virginia’s Storyton Hall Resort is a luxurious haven for bibliophiles seeking refuge from the high-tech, social media-obsessed outside world. To remain competitive, manager Jane Steward is investing in the construction of an adjacent spa that would expand the amenities being offered to her book-loving guests.

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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
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Thanksgiving dinner reading-Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, Dead and Ganache: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, Assault and Buttery: A Popcorn Shop Mystery by Kristi Abbott, The Great Chili Kill-Off: A Fresh Baked Mystery by Liv Washburn, and The Quiche and the Dead: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.

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by Sunny Frazier


Witches, Black Cats, and Ghouls, Oh My! Shivers galore in this month’s mysteries. Also, welcome several new series from your favorite authors.

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by Cynthia Chow


Upon seeing her friend Laurel Hobbs, Oyster Bay’s five-star restaurant owner Olivia Limoges can’t help but be shocked. The normally perfectly put-together Laurel is completely fraught, disheveled, and jittery. She is being pulled apart from all sides, as Laurel is attempting to raise twin sons, work full time, care for the house and yard, and visit her ailing mother-in-law.

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by Sunny Frazier


No better Mom’s Day gift than a fun mystery to read in the garden. If you’re the mom, drop a few hints for these books. Even better, ask for a gift card.
Introduce Mom to Vannetta Chapman’s new Amish Bishop mysteries. In the San Luis Valley of Colorado, an out-of-control fire takes the life of an elderly Amish bachelor.

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by Cynthia Chow



At West Virginia’s Storyton Hall, Jane Seward strives to host book-themed retreats for guests longing to escape from the busy world inundated by technology and high tech social media. The manager’s latest endeavor involves the Medieval Herbalists, a gathering of men and women devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of the medieval use of herbs. So when one of their members, a photographer in the erotic style of Georgia O’Keefe, is found drowned and possibly poisoned during the town’s annual rubber duck race, there is an abundance of knowledgeable suspects.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ella Mae LeFaye may have lost her magical gifts, but she still retains her extraordinary baking skills. In order to save the magical community of Havenwood, Georgia, Ella Mae was forced to sacrifice both her magic and her position as their Clover Queen. It’s a choice that she has never regretted making.

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by Sunny Frazier


There’s flowers in bloom, magic in the air, Georgia on our minds, and these terrific books to read!
After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with Charles the cat and a good book.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cyntha Chow


This week we have some more fun mysteries from Penguin authors for you winter reading list-Writing All Wrongs: A Books By The Bay Mystery by Ellery Adams, Crowned and Moldering: A Fixer-Upper Mystery by Kate Carlisle, A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay, and Knot Guilty by Betty Hechtman. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, and a link you can use to purchase them.

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