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Julie Hyzy

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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by Sandra Murphy


Regular readers know Grace and Bennett Marshfield (the billionaire) have discovered they’re related. He’s made her his heir and is transitioning control of Marshfield Manor to her. It’s all overwhelming. On the other hand, she’s been able to help her roommates, Bruce and Scott, find a new home for their wine shop. It started life as a granite place, morphed into a glass factory, and will be reborn yet again.

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by Sandra Murphy


Grace Wheaten is the curator and manager of the beautiful Marshfield Manor. It’s open to the public for tours as well as being the setting for antiques and collectibles. Bennett Marshfield is the man in charge, but since Grace recently found out she’s his niece, he’s been grooming her to take over operations.

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by Sunny Frazier


June is often time to get hitched, so let’s start with Wedding Bel Blues, the first in a new series by Maggie McConnon. Belfast McGrath has spent 15 years avoiding her brash Irish family.

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by Sandra Murphy


White House Chef Olivia Paras just can’t stay in the kitchen or out of trouble. A while back, she was kidnapped by a violent group of terrorists from Armustan. The plan was to get one of their own released from Cenga Prison. When the attempt failed, the leader of the group lost face and was killed by his countrymen. Now his brother, Kern, must exact revenge or die trying.

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by Sunny Frazier


Start the New Year off with some mouth-watering mysteries, a few ghosts, and a curse or two!
It’s the early 1900s and twenty-four-year-old heiress Charlotte Demerayes lives in the Fanaman mansion with a few ghosts and the mother from hell.

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by Sandra Murphy


We have some more great Penguin mysteries this week-Grace Cries Uncle by Julie Hyzy, Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed, Tying the Knot by Elizabeth Craig, and Wound Up in Murder by Betty Hechtman. Details on how to win copies of all 4 books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy




If you keep your stash of culinary mysteries close to the kitchen, if you dog-ear the pages and have Post It tabs marking your favorite recipes, if you’ve ever wondered, “Why can’t these all be in one place?” —well, ask no more, The Cozy Cookbook is here.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



We end this first month of the new year with a fun group of mysteries released by Penguin and Kensington this month-Snow Way Out by Christine Husom, Lie of the Needle by Cate Price, All the President’s Menus: A White House Chef Mystery by Julie Hyzy, and Criminal Confections: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery By Colette London. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy


We end this month with another fun group of mysteries from Penguin. We have food, cats, bookmobile, crafts, food, and more: Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews, Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman, Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass, Grace Against the Clock By Julie Hyzy, and Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates. Details on how to win copies of all 5 books at the end of this post, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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by KRL Reviewers


KRL reviewed a lot of really good and great books in 2013, but we decided to give our best shot at choosing our top 5 of the year–some of us cheated a little, but here are our choices! And if you are an author who is not on the list, take heart–like I said, they were all good books!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Fonduing Fathers is a mystery delight, exploring the past of White House executive chef Olivia (“Ollie”) Paras’s family, the future of her relationship with government agent Gav, and the labyrinthine web of intrigue and deceit that is normal life in Washington, DC (according to most mystery thrillers).

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by Sandra Murphy



Here are four more fun mystery novels released this summer by Penguin! Corpse in the Crystal Ball by Kari Lee Townsend, Grace Among Thieves by Julie Hyzy, Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford, and Hot Button by Kylie Logan. Enjoy the reviews & enter to win all four–details at the end of this post. Check out another mystery review on KRL Lite-A review of Murder On The Half Shell By Lorna Barrett & enter for a chance to win that one too! Let KRL help supply your summer mystery reading fun.

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