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Victoria Thompson

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun catch up group of mysteries-Murder on Trinity Place: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson, The Loch Ness Papers: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton, Murder in Midtown: A Louise Faulk series by Liz Freeland, and Wed, Read & Dead: A Mystery Bookshop Mystery by V.M. Burns.

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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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End of Year Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Sandra Murphy


There are so many wonderful mystery novels out there we constantly find ourselves playing catch-up with our reviews, so here we are again with a great group of mysteries to end out out the year! We have City of Secrets: Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson, Cut to the Chaise: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, Harvest of Secrets: Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby, Just Plain Murder: An Amish Mystery by Laura Bradford, Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, and Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower.

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by Sandra Murphy



Sarah, a woman with a monied and upper-class background, and Frank, an Irish ex-cop, are married and raising his son and a to-be-adopted daughter. To their dismay, they find the adoption is blocked by the fact that the girl’s father, Parnell, is alive.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews of several more fun mysteries from Penguin and Kensington authors-Death in the Stacks: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Murder with Lemon Cakes: Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, X Marks the Scot: A Liss MacCrimmon Mystery by Kaitlyn Dunnett, Murder in an English Village: A Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott, Of Murder and Men: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, and City of Lies by Victoria Thompson .

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by Sunny Frazier


No Turkeys in this selection! Five new series and favorite authors to savor!
Debut novel of the Mystery Bookshop series by V.M. Burns (she also does the Pickled and Preserved series). The Plot Is Murder is set in North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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by Sandra Murphy


It starts with a missing boy, brother to a man who, through hard work and an inheritance, is now successful. He wants to find his brother in order to share the wealth. The two became separated when they were sent West on the Orphan Trains. Families adopted homeless boys mostly, some girls, to add to their families; some were just looking for cheap labor. The story of the brothers begins to fall apart when the man claims his brother returned to New York. The story was easily checked and found to be a total lie.

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by Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


As we near the end of May, and the beginning of summer, we have 4 more fun May Penguin mysteries with crafts, cats, and a bit of history-Seams Like Murder: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Murder in Morningside Heights: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson, Murder at Lambswool Farm: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, and Catch as Cat Can: A Sunny & Shadow Mystery by Claire Donally.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cyntha Chow


This week we have a fun group of 3 Christmas mysteries from Penguin authors-Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson, Trimmed with Murder by Sally Goldenbaum, and The Iced Princess: A Snow Globe Shop Mystery by Christine Husom. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win all 3 books & a link that you can use to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy




This week we have reviews of four more mysteries from Penguin and Kensington that take us back into the past-Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson, Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson, Mrs. Jeffries Serves at Six by Emily Brightwell, and Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all four books, and also a link to purchase them.

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