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Lee Hollis

by Cynthia Chow
& Lee Hollis


Hayley Powell may not know who first spoke the words of the sentimental toast she may be plagiarizing, but she truly believes in what she’s saying at the wedding shower of her BFF Liddy Crawford. No one really thought that Liddy would manage to get the much younger, boy-toy attorney Sonny Lipton to propose, and perhaps that explains why Liddy seems in such a rush to run down the aisle.

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by Sunny Frazier


Easter is more than Peeps and chocolate bunnies. Check out recipes in four mysteries and four more novels for book lovers. That means YOU!

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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 Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 4 more mysteries that would be perfect for your June Wedding reading as they deal with cocktails, flowers, and France (what better honeymoon destination could there be)-Death of a Cookbook Author: A Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery by Lee Hollis, Natural Thorn Killer: A Rose City Mystery by Kate Dyer-Seeley, Dressed for Death in Burgundy: A French Village Mystery by Susan C. Shea, and Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower .

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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 Cynthia Chow


As ubiquitous as fruitcake, but probably better received, eggnog ushers in the start of the holiday season with its spicy aroma, sinful calories, and for these three cozy mystery authors…murder.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Lee Hollis



As much as Hayley Powell loves the Halloween season and the copious amounts of candy she consumes, this holiday looks to be bringing more than its expected share of scares. Hayley’s ex-husband Danny has descended upon Bar Harbor, ostensibly on vacation to visit their children, but she has her suspicions. The handsome, charming, and undeniably appealing rogue has a history of leaving a trail of debt and broken hearts in his wake, and Hayley doubts that he has changed.

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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


Although Hayley Powell may have finally settled into her position as the food and cocktails columnist for Bar Harbor’s Island Times newspaper, she is suffering from empty-nest syndrome while her two children are off at school. So it’s the perfect time for her to be offered a weekend trip to New York to appear on The Chat, a big-time nationally televised talk show. For their celebration of Bacon Week, Hayley will be demonstrating her signature dish of Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Stuffed Chicken Thighs.

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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



Enjoy three more fun summer mystery releases from Penguin and Kensington-Death of a Cupcake Queen: A Hayley Powell Foods and Cocktail Mystery By Lee Hollis, Privy to the Dead by Sheila Connolly, and Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 3 books & a link to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s Christmastime in Bar Harbor, Maine, and single-mom Hayley Powell is trying to juggle a Christmas list that grows as her finances shrink. Hayley’s narcissistic ex-husband has back-peddled on his promise to help her with their kids’ expenses, and her boss at the Island Times newspaper has saddled her with additional duties without the additional salary.

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