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Kylie Logan

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of food related mysteries-A Crime of Passion Fruit: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Death of a Lobster Lover: A Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery by Lee Hollis, French Fried: An Ethnic Eats Mystery by Kylie Logan, & The Tell-Tale Tarte: A Five-Ingredient Mystery by Maya Corrigan. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Sunny Frazier


Time for summer time beach reads. There’s a new series to try, our favorite bookstore mysteries, and a few titles that will make you crave a cupcake. Enjoy!

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by Sandra Murphy


Bea Cartright owns Bea and Bees, on South Bass Island. It’s a nice, quiet retreat, at least when murder and mayhem aren’t on the schedule. There are other B&Bs on the island, of course, but when The Twins open Tara, complete with fake Spanish moss hanging from the trees, the over the top décor and atmosphere draw in visitors from all over. The Twins are a media sensation. Kidnapped as teenagers and the children of a movie star, gorgeous to boot, they can outdo the Kardashians in the publicity department.

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by Cynthia Chow


Until it all went south, Laurel Inwood spent six years living it up as the personal chef for Hollywood movie actress Meghan Cohan. Accustomed to exotic locations, luxurious accommodations, and an unlimited budget for gourmet ingredients, Laurel had the best of everything so long as she catered to the whims of the celebrity star. False accusations of leaking information now have Laurel blacklisted and out of a job, which is how she finds herself in Hubbard, Ohio.

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by Sunny Frazier


Along with May flowers come starter books. No time like the present to “spring” into a new series!
It’s A Front Page Affair when the Lusitania sinks, a shooting occurs at JP Morgan’s mansion and the Great War is on.

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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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by Cyntha Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This is definitely the summer of food mysteries! This week we have another great group-Fudging the Books: A Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Revenge of the Chili Queens: A Chili Cook-Off Mystery by Kylie Logan, Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton, Death Under Glass by Jennifer McAndrews, and Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies by Virginia Lowell. Details on how to win copies of all 5 book at the end of this post along with a link to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow



Ghostbusters have descended on South Bass Island just in time for Halloween. For a place that celebrates a “funeral” for the summer season and promotes legendary ghost, Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow, their presence is not met with open arms. The last time the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) were in town to film their television show, they destroyed Kate Wilder’s future wine crop and are now banned from the winery.

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Three Fun Penguin Mysteries

IN THE August 23 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Cynthia Chow



Three more new mysteries from Penguin this week–this time we focus on books and food: Murder in the Mystery Suite: A Book Retreat Mystery by Ellery Adams, Extra Sensory Deception: A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery by Allison Kingsley and Death by Devils Breath by Kylie Logan. Details on how to win copies of all 3 at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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More February Penguin Mystery Fun

IN THE February 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews & giveaways of 5 more Penguin mysteries. We have A Fatal Slip: A Sweet Nothing’s Lingerie Mystery by Meg London, A Tale of Two Biddies: A League of Literary Ladies Mystery by Kylie Logan, A Tough Nut to Kill: A Nut House Mystery by Elizabeth Lee, Beewitched: A Queen Bee Mystery by Hannah Reed, and Poison at the PTA by Laura Alden.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Starting the year off right with another group of fun Penguin mysteries! And Then You Dye by Monica Ferris, Buttoned Up: A Button Box Mystery by Kylie Logan, Quilt Trip: A Southern Quilting Mystery By Elizabeth Craig, and The Sayers Swindle: A Book Collector Mystery By Victoria Abbott. Info on how to enter to win all of these books at the end of this post.

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Penguin Fall Food Mysteries

IN THE October 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Here are some more fun food mysteries from 4 different Penguin authors-Drizzled With Death by Jessie Crockett, Chili Con Carnage: A Chili Cook-Off Mystery By Kylie Logan, Murder and Marinara: An Italian Kitchen Mystery By Rosie Genova, and The Chocolate Moose Motive By JoAnna Carl. Details on how to enter to win copies of all 4 at the end of this post.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we are reviewing several new Penguin mysteries with similar themes-Fashion or Food! Murder after a Fashion: An Accessories Mystery by Grace Carroll, Thread and Buried By Janet Bolin, Close Knit Killer: A Knitting Mystery By Maggie Sefton, Mayhem at the Orient Express By Kylie Logan and Steamed to Death: A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery By Peg Cochran. Details on how to win all five at the end of this post.

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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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