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Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy


Elizabeth Miles is a con artist, semi-retired. She’s trying to retire fully, but well, things keep happening. Right now she’s getting ready for her wedding to Gideon Bates. She’s shocked to find news of her wedding has been leaked to all the gossip columnists in town. Her worst fear comes true when Oscar Thornton, a true enemy, who thought she was dead, reads the news.

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by Sandra Murphy


Life in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is changing. For the better? Not everyone thinks so. Lucy and Bill Stone are just back from Florida for his father’s funeral. It’s a sad time, but it was nice their kids were all able to be there and share memories of their granddad.

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by Sandra Murphy


Emma Reed worked in finance in London. Tired of training young men who then became her boss, Emma quit her job to do something she loved.
Where to go and what to do? From trips as a child, she remembered a tea shop in a small village in Cornwall. Baking goodies was her passion. A tea shop would be just the thing. She and her Corgi, Oliver, headed for Cornwall.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we continue to catch up on our reviews with some more fun mysteries featuring book clubs, wine tastings, house flipping, and a historical-A Catered Book Club Murder: A Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford, A Lady Compromised: A Rosalind Thorne Mystery by Darcie Wilde, Wine Tastings Are Murder: A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, and Murder With a View: A House-Flipper Mystery by Diane Kelly.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Alexis Morgan


Abby McCree got bamboozled into being on another committee. This time she’s helping with the summer outdoor movies. The two people in charge have been called out of town and Abby’s on the hook for the last one of the season, an animated children’s film.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hope Taylor is the new pastor, make that new female pastor, at Faith Chapel Episcopal Church. It’s a smaller town than she’s used to, and except for the warp speed of gossip, she likes it.

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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 that were reviewed in KRL in 2020. 2020 was a year most of us want to forget, but one good thing that did happen is that a lot of great books were published! All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2020. 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


This week we continue to catch up on our reviews with some more fun mysteries featuring pets, food, and books-Broadcast for Murder by J. C. Eaton, Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan, Murder in the Margins by Margaret Louden, and On Deadly Tides by Elizabeth Duncan.

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by Sandra Murphy


Beth Rivers is in hiding. She’s a thriller writer who came close to the same fate as her characters. Kidnapped, held for three days, injured badly, and suffering memory loss, she left the hospital and chose as her hiding place, the most remote area she could find—Benedict, Alaska. So far, it’s worked. Only a handful of people know how to reach her and most of them don’t know her location.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun catch up group of mysteries published over the last few months-Absence of Alice: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery by Sherry Harris, Murder Comes to Call: A Beryl & Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott, Murder is in the Air by Frances Brody, and Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door by Barbara Ross (Barnes and Noble exclusive).

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by Sandra Murphy


Arlo and her friend, Chloe, have opened a bookstore and coffee shop. Arlo is in charge of books, while Chloe takes care of the coffee drinks. Anyone who’s tasted Arlo’s coffee, appreciates Chloe all the more.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


We are starting off the new year with another catch up group of mysteries published over the last few months-A Deadly Edition: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, A Death Long Overdue: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, and Death by French Roast: A Bookstore Café Mystery by Alex Erickson.

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by Sandra Murphy


Aspen Adams used to be a therapist. After the suicide of a patient, she quit her job, moved to Lake Tahoe, and worked for her Aunt Max. Max is a private investigator so Aspen started out with basic ‘you’ve been served’ work and now is a private investigator herself.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


This week we have another group of food mysteries for your Christmas feast-Game of Cones: A Lickety Split Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, Finished Off in Fondant: A Courtney Archer Mystery by Rosemarie Ross, and Murder with Oolong Tea: A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith.

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