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Cynthia Chow

by Cynthia Chow


After inadvertently burning her life down in a moment of rage and fury, Nora Pennington found healing and her purpose in the town of Miracle Springs, North Carolina. Renowned for their healing springs, Nora does her own bibliotheraphy there for those needing help in her Miracle Books bookstore. Though her many customers find bliss through the messages they learn through the books Nora selects for them, there is a very loud contingency less than pleased by her new autumn window display.

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by Cynthia Chow


Maizie Albright is no longer the teen actress who became renowned for drunken escapades, was arrested because of a drug-dealing boyfriend, and then eventually sentenced by a judge to living a life outside of Hollywood. She now needs to prove to the world that she’s not just Julie Pinkerton, TV’s Teen Detective, but a real-life competent private investigator-in-training.

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by Cynthia Chow


People come to the Yukon town of Rockton to escape from the world. They pay a lot to live off of the grid, away from the Internet, electricity, and modern conveniences. It’s a sacrifice they’re willing to make in order to disappear from the modern world and hide from their pasts, violent threats, or the authorities. Detective Casey Duncan and her partner Sheriff Eric Dalton are in charge of these “non-violent” residents, who have temporary stays within the small community.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we continue to catch up on our reviews with some more fun mysteries featuring bookstores, teddy bears and art-A Tourist’s Guide to Murder: A Mystery Bookshop Mystery by V.M. Burns, Wedding Bear Blues: A Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, and Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork: A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery by Rose Pressey.

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by Cynthia Chow


For librarian Trudell Becket, the unthinkable is about to happen. Her beloved library in Cypress, South Carolina, is about to go “bookless,” meaning that their entire physical book collection will be chucked out as they go digital and high tech. Leading the push to embrace e-books and databases is the new town manager Duggar Hargrove, who has little regard or patience for Tru’s appreciation of what he sees as obsolete.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite her declarations that she is not a Consulting detective, Gemma Doyle has proven to be remarkably successful at it. That shouldn’t be too surprising, as Gemma and her great-uncle own the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium in West London, Massachusetts, with that same uncle adamant that they are descendants Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It takes considerable will for Gemma to resist the plea by adorable young Lauren Tierney to find her lost kitten, but Gemma proves unable to turn off the astounding observational skills that lead her directly to the appropriately named white kitty Snowball.

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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 Cynthia Chow


If she hadn’t overheard that one conversation, Josie Way would still be working in her dream job as a librarian in the Library of Congress. But listening to a senator’s aide make an illicit deal with a contractor forced Josie to report it to the authorities, which had her fleeing D.C. after her fellow whistleblower disappeared and she feared that she could be next.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Jennifer J. Chow


Mimi Lee has never been happier. The success of her pet grooming business Hollywoof continues to grow, with there being no shortage of Los Angelinos willing to indulge and pamper their companions. Pedicures, bling, dyed periwinkle hairdos – Mimi has seen it all and is more than willing to do her best to ethically and safely match their whims. Even her sister Alice is finding joy teaching at Roosevelt Elementary, as her new Principal is more welcoming than her previous boss and always willing to hand out hugs.

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by Cynthia Chow


Historical home renovator and building contractor Shannon Hammer couldn’t be more excited about her latest project. Hammer Construction has been hired by Shannon’s best friend Jane Hennessey to renovate the historic 1870 Gables into a planned hotel and spa resort. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the name was changed to the Northern California Asylum for the Insane, but the purpose always remained the same.

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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 Cynthia Chow
& E.J. Copperman


The opposing lead attorney is absurdly attractive. The second chair is improbably gorgeous. The witness fakes a heart attack, and is caught out by another attorney grabbing his wrist. These improbable occurrences are all the clues one needs to know that this is a legal television show, one that has former New Jersey assistant prosecutor Sandra Moss wanting to throw her remote. Needing a change of pace – and having misguidedly dated her boss – made moving to Los Angeles to accept a job as a divorce attorney seem like a good idea. It only takes her first day at the law firm of Seaton, Taylor, Evans and Bach to show her how bad a decision it may have been.

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by Cynthia Chow


With over twenty installments of the charming Flower Shop mysteries under her belt, Kate Collins steers back into the adventures of Athena Spencer, first introduced in Statue of Limitations, in a mystery that earned her the nickname Goddess of Greene Street. The former Chicago newspaper reporter is unexpectedly relishing her return home to Sequoia, Michigan, where she joins her many Greek relatives who run their family-owned business.

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