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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy
& Paige Shelton


Elizabeth Fairchild is the pen name for writer Beth Rivers, a fact well-hidden. That came in handy after Beth was kidnapped and held in a van for three days. To escape, she threw herself out while it was moving. She suffered a head injury and memory loss, keeping her in the hospital. Although her condition was kept quiet to the press, word managed to get out that she would survive. But would she survive after leaving the hospital? Her captor is still at large.

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A Pair of K-9 Mysteries

IN THE January 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have a pair of K-9 mysteries-No Man’s Land: An FBI K-9 series by Sara Driscoll and Tracking Game: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Margaret Mizushima. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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Food and Craft Mysteries Catch Up!

IN THE January 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have 2 food mysteries and a craft mysteries for your reading fun-A Murderous Tangle: Seaside Knitters Society Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, Cobblered to Death: Courtney Archer series by Rosemarie Ross, and Murder with Cherry Tarts: Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 3 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murdphy


Ever wonder what Jessica Fletcher’s first murder case was? A curious high school reporter asks just that question during an interview and doesn’t seem to think Jessica is giving a completely honest answer. It’s a subject Jessica never discusses, and she’s able to dodge the questions.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Sherry Harris


Sarah Winston has a new policy when dealing with her garage sale clients. She vets her sellers. After learning the hard way, not everyone is honest in their dealings, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Book Mystery Catchup Fun!

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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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 Sandra Murphy
& Bethany Blake


Willow Bellamy is an artist. She’s also a witch with the ability to enter an artist’s soul via a painting or sculpture. With her friends, Astrid and Pepper, they form a small, informal coven. Willow hosts paint and sip parties—she sets up the still life, easels, and supplies the paints. There are snacks and drinks.

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Historical Mystery Catchup!

IN THE January 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have a trio of historical mysteries-City of Scoundrels: A Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson, Murder Cuts the Mustard: A Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott, and The Body on the Train: A Kate Shackleton series by Frances Brody.

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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 Sandra Murphy
& Isis Crawford


Libby and Bernie A Little Taste of Heaven. It started mostly as a bakery, but now they also provide take-home dinners and more. That should keep them busy enough, but Bernie has been in contact with relatives they haven’t spoken to in many years. There was an incident, well, two really, of borrowed cars being wrecked. Several incidents of money borrowed but never repaid. That side of the family thrives on chaos and drama.

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by Sandra Murphy


Rory Anderson is a computer programmer but has a talent for painting—as in Christmas ornaments and the like. She and her friend Liz are set to sell their wares at a craft sale. Kicking off the holiday season are concerts, a pier lighting ceremony, and the annual sand-snowman contest. That is, snowmen built from sand. After all, this is Vista Beach, California, where actual snow is unlikely.

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by Sandra Murphy


Aspen Adams has custody of her niece, Candace. Becoming an instant mother to a teenage girl is hard to get used to. What is too strict, and what is too lenient? It’s time for school to get out for summer vacation. Fourteen is too old for camp but too young to be left on her own. Luckily, she has a friend whose mom can chaperone and chauffeur.

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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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