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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have another fun group of food and drink related mysteries for your Easter Feast-Death of a Blueberry Tart: A Hayley Powell Mystery by Lee Hollis, On the Lamb: A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian, Revenge Is Sweet: A Vintage Sweets Mystery by Kaye George, and Lavender Blue Murder: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite their estranged and contentious relationship in life, Eleanor Stone finds herself in Italy accepting a posthumous award on behalf of her father at an academic symposium. Unfortunately, the man responsible for her being in Florence, Professor Alberto Bondinelli, is found by the polizia in the Arno River before she ever meets him in person.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have reviews of 3 fun food mysteries-Death by Chocolate Frosted Donut: Death by Chocolate Mystery by Sarah Graves, Egg Drop Dead: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, and Pies Before Guys: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.

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by Cynthia Chow


After North Carolina’s heavy April rains drive a deluge of customers into Miracle Books for warmth and even more comforting reads, Nora Pennington decides to venture out to restock her supply of popular shelf enhancers. The striking bowls Nora finds at the tobacco barn flea market are irresistible, and she finds them as memorable as their creator “Cherokee Danny.”

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by Cynthia Chow


Over ten years ago Athena Spencer fled from her meddling and boisterous Greek family in search of big city life and a definitively non-Greek husband. After gaining a son but losing both her career and her spouse, Athena is back home in Sequoia, Michigan, working as a bookkeeper and fill-in staffer for her father at Spencer’s Garden Center.

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March Mystery Catch-Up!

IN THE March 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we are once again trying to catch up on mysteries we haven’t had the chance to review yet-A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, In Cold Chamomile: A Tea and a Read Mystery by Joy Avon, Matchmaking Can Be Murder: An Amish Matchmaking Mystery by Amanda Flower, and Sealed Off: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have 3 more fun mysteries-one with cats, a food one, and a former TV star turned PI-Claw Enforcement: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Last Licks: A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, and Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury: A Desert Flowers Mystery by Lee Hollis.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Jenn McKinlay


Scarlett Parker may have been made infamous by a viral video depicting the furious destruction of her married boyfriend’s anniversary cake, but she is now gloriously happy and engaged to her Mr. Right. While she would be more than happy to bask in her joy while helping her cousin manage their Mim’s Whims hat shop in Notting Hill, the arrival of fiancé Harrison Wentworth’s aunt makes that impossible.

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by Cynthia Chow


The South Carolina island town of Camellia Beach is battening down the hatches as they prepare for the arrival of what is to be the hurricane of the century. One of the last to leave is Charity Penn, who has recently fallen in love with her new home and especially her Chocolate Box specialty chocolate shop.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a review of 2 fun mysteries for your February reading-one magical and one a spin off-Coached to Death: The Life Coach Mystery by Victoria Laurie and Potions are for Pushovers: An Eleanor Wilde Mystery by Tamara Berry.

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by Cynthia Chow


Cassie McGlone is looking forward to promoting her Cassie’s Comfy Cats grooming business at the upcoming North Jersey Cat Expo held in the Bradburne Hotel and Convention Center. With a brand-new mobile grooming van, an enthusiastic Cassie signed on to demonstrate her cat grooming techniques on rescues and raise awareness for the Friends of Chadwick Animals shelter cats.

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Book Mystery Catchup Fun!

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a group of mysteries set in the world of books-3 bookstores and a library-Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Bookmarked for Murder: Mystery Bookshop series by VM Burns, and There’s a Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany.

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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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