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Books & Tales

by Lorie Lewis Ham


I am thrilled today to be reviewing the latest Sherlock Holmes book by Nicholas Meyer, and we have an interesting interview with Nicholas. Had I realized his connection to the Classic Star Trek movies there would have definitely been some Star Trek questions in there too! Maybe next time. Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek are two of my favorite things!

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by Elizabeth Wilkerson



Read crime fiction and step into the shoes of characters ensnared in increasingly desperate circumstances. Crime novels invite readers to experience the world of people who — out of necessity, greed, boredom, or frustration — are drawn across the line of legality.

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by Cynthia Chow


The residents of the Shakespeare-themed town of Ashland, Oregon, are accustomed to annually celebrating their Shakespeare Festival and routinely performing the Bard’s many plays. As winter sets in, bakery, winery, and now creamery owner Juliet Montague Capshaw is even more thrilled when one of her Torte bakeshop staff connects them with Javier de la Garza, the director of the Southern Oregon Museum of Art. Together they are able to bring to SOMA the Shakespeare’s Lost Pages exhibit, which includes not only his rare books and artifacts but also the highly coveted and newly discovered Double Falsehood manuscript.

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by Cynthia Chow


All it took was the impulsive – and desperate – purchase of a lottery ticket for waitress Kari Stuart to be able to turn her life around and find a new purpose. That came when she found a stray kitten, which in turn inspired Kari to purchase a run-down animal shelter and renovate it into a much-needed pet rescue shelter. That doesn’t mean that Serenity Sanctuary still doesn’t need financial support, though, which is why Kari let herself be talked into helping her friend Suz Holden at the Tri-County Kennel Dog show.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have another catch up group of fun mysteries for your TBR-A Counterfeit Suitor: A Rosalind Thorne Mystery by Darcie Wilde, Petals and Poison: A Flower House Mystery by Jess Dylan, and To the Tome of Murder: A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery by Lauren Elliott.

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Unconventional Valentines

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2022 Articles,
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by Kate Lansing



Now that we’ve settled into the New Year, commercial attentions have shifted to the next major holiday: Valentine’s Day. Which happens to be when my latest book, Mulled to Death, takes place. As such, I thought it’d be fun to share a bit of my inspiration for incorporating the purported day of love.

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by KRL Staff


Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at just a few of the many books that were reviewed in KRL and KRL News and Reviews in 2021. While 2021 was another difficult year, a lot of wonderful books came out! All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2021. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers is going up in a separate post next week!

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by Kathleen Costa


Bernadette Toothaker is the daughter of the founder of Cauldron Cove, a most renowned witch, and despite being the eldest at almost three centuries old, is the general manager of the successful Witchy Expo Service. Together with her granddaughter Nimue, they create the most unique, often whimsical, conventions offering lots of magical elements, however humans tend to be their biggest clientele since witches and warlocks aren’t all that interested in some of the flash.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Nancy J Cohen


It’s never a good time to receive a call from one’s mother announcing the news that there’s a dead guy in her shower. It’s even more challenging when attempting to juggle a ten-month-old son, stepdaughter graduating from high school, and owning and running a hair and day spa. The one thing that’s in Marla Vail’s favor is that she’s no stranger to murder, but for once she’s not the one discovering the body. Marla’s mother and step-father were in the midst of a big bathroom renovation, and the tile installer seems to have discovered the body of their project manager in their shower.

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Killer Research By Jenn McKinlay

IN THE January 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2022 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow


It may be the Spring season in Briar Creek, Connecticut, but it’s also the time of a heated election battle between mayoral candidates. Incumbent Mayor Hensen is running for his third term in office, and the fat-cat is wielding every influence his has to keep him in his very comfortable seat. Running against him is Briar Creek Library head of circulation Ms. Eugenia Cole, formerly known as The Lemon but who has softened through romance and the reluctant influence of the Director, Lindsey Norris.

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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 Maggie King


The Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, came tumbling down. For this author, that meant a scene rewrite and a research trip. I didn’t expect the trip to end in the ER.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of mysteries for your New Year’s Reading-A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery by Bailee Abbott, Digging Up Trouble: A Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery by Kitt Crowe, and Hypnosis is for Hacks: An Eleanor Wilde Mystery by Tamara Berry.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s only been two and a half months since Julia Bonatti lost her fiancé in a hit and run and now struggling has been her daily M-O. Finding a safe place to grieve without judgements or constant reminders of the life that’s now gone meant only one thing…her grandmother Gloria’s home. There she’s been able to shut herself off, and even though “Nonni” can identify since she lost, although many years ago, her own love, she recognizes for Julia it’s not a case of moving on, but just getting out…one step at a time.

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