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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow


Ever since the town of Wagtail, Virginia, rebranded itself as the destination spot for pet-loving travelers their businesses, shops, and restaurants became designed to be as pet-friendly as possible. It also makes Holly Miller’s Sugar Maple Inn the perfect retreat for an upcoming television show’s cast, especially since its star is “America’s Favorite Dog” border collie-Labrador mix Pippin.

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by KRL Staff


Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2019. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2019. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post in this issue.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


A new year has begun and KRL is still playing catchup with its mystery reviews-here are a few more books that came out in 2019-Three Widows and a Corpse: A Food Blogger Mystery by Debra Sennefelder, Two Bites Too Many: Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein, Hounds of the Basket Stitch: Black Sheep Knitting Mystery by Anne Canadeo, and Can’t Judge a Book by Its Murder: Main Street Book Club Mystery by Amy Lillard.

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by Cynthia Chow


Laurel McKay was only supporting her friend Stan when she agreed to dress up in an old western calico dress and be an extra on a film in the nearby town of Coloma, California. Her former coworker at Hangtown Bank was hoping to make his big break in show businesses by dazzling the crew of The Gold River Gang, a sexed-up western starring Brittany Abbott and Deke Hardesty.

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by Cynthia Chow


Before she begins traveling across the country selling her art wherever she can, Celeste Cabot has parked her trailer in front of her family’s home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She and her adorable Chihuahua Van Gogh may be the most normal members of the Cabot family, that includes overbearing big brothers, a stubborn father, and a giftwrap-loving mother who does her best to keep them all in line. Celeste is thrilled to be starting her new career with the four-day annual Summer Arts and Craft Fair, where she plans to sell her painted portraits.

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End of Year Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


The end of the year is almost here and KRL is playing catch up on our mystery reviews! Here is another great group of mysteries for your tbr list-Molded 4 Murder Sophie Kimball Mystery by J. C. Eaton, An Ale of Two Cities: Literary Pub Mystery by Sarah Fox, Murder at Icicle Lodge: Ferrara Family Mystery by J. D. Griffo, and Last Pen Standing: A Stationary Shop Mystery by Vivian Conroy.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Maggie Pill


At “Florida’s 55-Plus Beautiful Bird Recreational Vehicle Park,” snowbirds and seniors from all around have retired in the sunny climate where Christmas doesn’t include shoveling snow or the lack of accessible hospitals.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s Owl Fest 2019 in Caerphilly, Virginia, and for once Meg Langslow’s home is not the center of her grandfather’s well-intentioned chaos. Instead, J. Montgomery Blake has selected the Caerphilly Inn for the Blake Foundation’s December Owl conference of professors, scientists, and many unapproved owls.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews and giveaways of a bunch of Christmas mysteries to fill your Christmas stocking-Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Connor, Maddie Day, Alex Erickson, Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder: Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, Marry Christmas Murder: Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmore, Christmas Cow Bells: A Buttermilk Creek Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, Silent Knit, Deadly Knit: A Knit & Nibble Mystery by Peggy Ehrhart, A Merry Murder by Kate Kingsbury, and a bonus giveaway of Read and Gone by Allison Brook which we reviewed in 2018

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by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Kelly


If there’s one thing that Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz knows, it’s that nothing is ever all black or all white. That’s never more apparent than during the Christmas holiday season, when desperation drives some to commit crimes for what they believe are for “good” reasons.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Melissa Bourbon/Winnie Archer


Baker Ivy Culpepper and her best friend Emmaline Davis are used to long hours that frequently intrude on their personal lives. But it is a double tragedy when the latter’s duties as Santa Sofia’s Sheriff not only interrupts her marriage proposal to boyfriend Billy Davis, it calls her to the body recovery scene of Marisol Ruiz.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a big group of food and drink mysteries for your Thanksgiving feast-The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl, Apple Cider Slaying: A Cider Shop Mystery by Julie Anne Lindsey, Clarets of Fire: Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery by Christine E. Blum, Fatal Cajun Festival: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron, Jealousy Filled Donuts: A Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton, and Mumbo Gumbo Murder: A Scrapbooking Mystery by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran.

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by Cynthia Chow


For Hammer Construction owner Shannon Hammer, having Raphael Nash as a client is an unquestionable coup. Not only is he dating her friend Marigold, Rafe is one of the wealthiest men in the world whose unlimited budget gives Shannon free reign over the possibilities to renovate his Victorian mansion.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We have another mystery catch up this week-these books are all from September and October and include our first Christmas mystery of the season-A Killer Carol: An Amish Mystery by Laura Bradford, Beyond a Reasonable Stout: A Sloan Krause series by Ellie Alexander, Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, and All Hat’s on Deck: A Missy DuBois Mystery by Sandra Bretting.

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