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Books & Tales

by Sandra Murpy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a group of food mysteries for your mystery Thanksgiving feast-The Key Lime Crime: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Murder with Honey Ham Biscuits by A. L. Herbert, Three Treats Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein, Dough or Die: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer, and Murder Goes to Market by Daisy Bateman.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews of 2 dog related mysteries perfect for pet loving mystery readers-Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery By Margaret Mizushima and Bending the Paw: A Paw Enforcement Novel by Diane Kelly.

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by Sandra Murphy


Sweet Mountain, Georgia, is home to Lyla Moody and the Jane Doe murder mystery book club. The club is an embarrassment to Lyla’s proper mother. Ladies, especially Southern ladies, do not concern themselves with murder, a cold case study, or otherwise.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Denise Swanson


Dani Sloan’s business, Chef to Go, is a lunch carry out for college students. She also caters and prepares chef-worthy meals in client’s homes. She has three students living in the mansion with her. The rent they pay plus the hours they work helps keep the business in the black.

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A Day in the Life Of a Forensic Psychologist

IN THE November 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by Ellery Kane


What exactly does a forensic psychologist do? I know precisely what you are thinking right now. You are picturing Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins—Clarice and Hannibal. You’re seeing a beleaguered Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross, hunkered over a desk, analyzing crimes scenes, profiling serial killers, and putting together a puzzle no one else can solve. But, for most forensic psychologists, a day in the life is far from Hollywood.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Hannah Swenson’s popular Cookie Jar Bakery has been open for two years. Baking is a soothing activity and brings happiness to so many of Lake Eden’s residents. Coming up with new cookie and cupcake recipes is always fun, too. One especially cold morning, a homeless man knocks at the back door, looking for work. Hannah invites him in for coffee and German chocolate cupcakes. He’s polite, eager to work, and has trouble with his memory. He leaves, promising to return the next day to do odd jobs.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Mollie Cox Bryan


Brynn MacAlister is a cheese maker and cow lover. She’s also a soft touch for rescued animals, as her veterinarian friend, Schuyler, knows. When a Scottish Highland cow, Jewel, is in need of a foster home, she joins Brynn’s three cows. It’s pretty obvious to all, Jewel’s already home.

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by Kathleen Costa


Mae and her adoptive mother, Mary Elizabeth Moberly, have begun to heal their former tumultuous relationship, so Mae invites Mary to join her on a hike to check out the new trail set up by the Old Train Station Motel. However, Mary’s choice to be more fashionable than practical is problematic; she slips, falls, and winces in excruciating pain.

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Scott & Bailey On BritBox Streaming

IN THE November 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
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by Kathleen Costa


It’s North West England, and murders from gangland conflicts to family scrabbles from crimes of passion to serial killers to historical cases are investigated by Syndicate Nine Major Incident Team (MIT) as part of the Manchester Metropolitan Police. The group is lead by Detective Chief Inspector Gill Murray (Amelia Bullmore; credited for some writing) whose tough, by-the-book manner is tempered with keen intellect, compassion, and a bit of a sharp tongue. Her team includes several capable professionals, but not without their weaknesses and flaws.

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by Sharon Tucker


What I love about each holiday season is that each is unlike any other before. The celebrations themselves usually stay within certain parameters but including different people in the mix or going to a new place during the season adds verve and just might open our perceptions. This is true of reading holiday stories from a variety of authors’ points of view, and in Festive Mayhem: Ten Stories of Holiday Mystery, Crime and Suspense (2020), Carolyn Marie Wilkins has collected works that celebrate diversity.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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by Vicki Vass


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Vicki Vass. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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by Kim Heniadis


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery reviewer Kim Heniadis. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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by Cynthia Chow


History is written by the winners. That’s never more apparent than in Absaroka County, Wyoming, where Native Americans have more than a little objection to their portrayal not just in books but in movies, television, and artwork. One of the most well-known has been Custer’s Last Stand, a painting destroyed in 1946 but has lived on in Anheuser-Busch ads. Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire has seen his share of warfare and the murky morality of it, most recently after a devastating rescue in Mexico.

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