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Murder At the Breakers By Alyssa Maxwell Becomes Hallmark Movie

by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Sandra Murphy


On Friday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, Alyssa Maxwell’s first Gilded Newport Mystery, Murder at the Breakers, will be premiering on the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Channel. The movie stars Ali Skovbye (Firefly Lane) as series sleuth Emma Cross and Danny Griffin (Get Even) as Police Detective Jesse Whyte. We had the chance recently to interview Alyssa about the movie. We are also reposting here our review of the latest book in the series, Murder at the Elms.

KRL Staff Favorite Books of 2023

by Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Sandra Murphy


It’s that time of year again, a time to look back at the books we reviewed here at KRL over the past year and share with you some of our favorites! We reviewed a LOT of books last year. All of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2023, except for me. To find my list click here and you can also enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

Even More Mystery Reviews/Giveaways For Your 2024 TBR!

by Sandra Murphy, &
Cynthia Chow


This week we are doing even more catch up from having gotten behind in 2023. We have a bunch of fun mysteries for your tbr-Murder on Tour: A Mystery Bookshop Mystery by V.M. Burns, Coaching Fire: A Cat & Gilley Life Coach Mystery by Victoria Laurie, Murder in a Cup: A Crystals and CuriosiTEAS Mystery by Lauren Elliott, and Death by Demo by Callie Carpenter.

January 2024 Mystery Catchup!

by Sandra Murphy, &
Cynthia Chow


This week we are catching up on some more fun mysteries that have come out in the last few months-A Twisted Skein by Sally Goldenbaum, Murder with Chocolate Tea by Karen Rose Smith, Murder Checks Out: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, and Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal: A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery by Raquel V. Reyes.

Sniffing Out Murder By Kallie E. Benjamin

by Sandra Murphy


Pris is on her last day of school—as a teacher—and at her last parent/teacher meeting. What a way to end the year, talking to Whitney, the mean girl who tormented everyone in high school. Whitney hasn’t changed a bit. Life in Crosbyville is a step back in time for Pris. She’s written a children’s book, sales are good, and she’s able to turn in her chalk and erasers for good at the end of the school year.

Dangerous Women By Mark de Castrique: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murphy


Ethel Fiona Crestwater is in her seventies, the landlady of a boarding house, and seemingly a clichéd little old lady. She’s anything but. The boarders in her house are generally FBI agents. Ethel used to be one herself. She still has the ability to think on her feet, plan ahead for contingencies, and she knows everyone who is anyone. Calling in a favor sometimes is as simple as reminding someone she knew them when.

December Mystery Catchup!

by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow & Joan Leotta


As 2023 winds down, we are busy playing catchup with mysteries we have not yet had the chance to review. Here are four more delightful mysteries-Murder Uncorked by Maddie Day, Spoon To Be Dead: A Shake Shop Mystery by Dana Mentink, Knitmare On Beech Street by Peggy Ehrhart, and Murder in Drury Lane By Vanessa Riley.

Cry Wolf By Lark O. Jensen: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Sandra Murphy



Stacie Calder, a tour guide in Alaska, usually shows tourists the highlights of Alaskan scenery from a boat. Once the temperatures drop low enough that ice in the water becomes a problem, she’s at loose ends. As a volunteer at Juneau Wildlife World, she’s familiar with the terrain and the animals who live there. This year, she’s a paid employee. One of the perks is being able to bring her dog with her and to stay on the premises when the roads are too slippery to navigate her way home.

Even More Christmas Mysteries For Holiday Reading!

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have even more Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-Murder Under the Mistletoe: A Mainely Murder Mystery by Sherry Lynn, Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery by Vicki Delany, In the Wick of Time: A Magic Candle Shop Mystery by Valona Jones, and Let It Crow! Let It Crow! Let It Crow! by Donna Andrews.

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