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Nancy J Parra

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we are playing catch-up once again with reviews of mysteries from the last few months, including the paperback release of one book. We have cats, wine, historical mysteries, games and weddings-A Devious Death: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell, No Escape Claws: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Seven Deadly Zins: A Wine Country Mystery by Nancy J. Parra, Grand Slam Murders: A Bridge to Death Mystery by R. J. Lee, and Gown With the Wind: A Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmoore.

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by Sunny Frazier


Looking for an inexpensive, easy to wrap, home delivery gift for friends? Books are the answer. Plus, you can borrow them back later (that’s fair, right?). You’ll be surprised at your favorite authors starting a new series. Some of this month’s offerings have wonderful recipes to eat by the hearth. So, curl up with hot buttered rum, ignore the messy house, and curl up and read. Merry, merry!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Nancy J Parra



Considering that planning her sister’s engagement led Pepper Pomeroy to create her Perfect Proposals business, one wouldn’t have thought that Felicity’s path down the aisle would have been strewn with so many corpses. Now that Pepper’s participation only requires being the Maid of Honor, the murder streak is one tradition she’s hoping to end. She almost makes it. Just moments after the newly married couple’s departure, Pepper is devastated to witness the collapse of bartender Ashley Klein, a woman with whom Pepper formed an early bond.

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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 Cynthia Chow


This week we have 5 more new food mysteries from Penguin authors-Flourless to Stop Him: A Baker’s Treat Mystery by Nancy J. Parra, Dark Chocolate Demise: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Sticky Situation: A Sugar Grove Mystery by Jessie Crockett, Fillet of Murder: A Deep Fried Mystery by Linda Reilly, and this one which is actually an April book, Five-Alarm Fudge: A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet.

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by Sunny Frazier



Ah, summer! A chance to lie in the sun coated with sunscreen and read. Quench your thirst for a good story with these novels: KRL “fave,” Nancy J. Parra has a new series out featuring event planner/sleuth, Pepper Pomeroy. A surprise marriage proposal and getaway for her sister gets hijacked at a private airport when a man’s body is found in the women’s restroom. Does the fiancé have more to hide than an engagement ring? Pepper’s on the case! Engaged in Murder is available in trade and on Kindle.

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by Sandra Murphy


As it gets warmer outside, what better way to avoid the heat is to stay inside and enjoy some more fun mysteries! This week we have one final April Penguin mystery, and a few more May Penguin mysteries. We have flower shops, food, therapy cats & more! Check out our reviews of Bloom and Doom, a Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery By Beverly Allen, The Pickled Pepper By Mary Ellen Hughes, Last Licks By Claire Donally, and Murder Gone A-Rye By Nancy J. Parra. Details on how to win copies of all 4 at the end of this post, also if you use the link below to purchase any of these from Amazon a portion goes to help support KRL.

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by Sunny Frazier



Only a week away! I couldn’t cover all the authors but Coming Attractions will continue to share about upcoming mystery novels even after LCC is but a memory.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


Here we are again with another great group of 5 Penguin mystery novels filled with sleuthing cats, dogs, clothes, supernatural, cooking & more! Killer in Crinolines: A Consignment Shop Mystery by Duffy Brown, Cat Nap: A Sunny & Shadow Mystery By Claire Donally, Trouble Vision: A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery By Allison Kingsley, Bled and Breakfast: An Immortality Bites Mystery By Michelle Rowen and Gluten for Punishment by Nancy J. Parra.

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