Books & Tales

King River Life Staff Favorite Books of 2022

by Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur, Lorie Lewis Ham,
& Sandra Murphy


It's that time of year again, a time to look back at the books we reviewed here at KRL over the past year and share with you some of our favorites! We reviewed a LOT of books here on KRL and KRL News and Reviews. All but one of our main reviewers shares in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2022. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post over on KRL News and Reviews this week-you can find it here!

Travel The World Mystery Catchup!

by Sandra Murhpy
& Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we have reviews and giveaways of 4 mysteries that take you around the world--from New York, to Scotland, to England, and to Japan--and what better way to travel than in a book-A Fashionable Fatality: A Lady & Lady’s Maid Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell, City of Fortune: A Counterfeit Lady Novel by Victoria Thompson, Murder at a Scottish Wedding: A Scottish Shire Mystery by Traci Hall, and A Death in Tokyo by Keigo Higashino.

To Make a Long Story Short

by Nancy Cole Silverman



Henry David Thoreau first coined the phrase 'make a long story short' in a letter back in the 1800s. He wrote: "Not that the story needs to be long, but it will take a long time to make it short."
As a novelist, short story writer, and teacher of the craft, I wholeheartedly agree. There is nothing short, simple, or quick about writing a short story. In fact, experience has taught me that the shorter the format, the harder it is to set the tone and capture the reader.

Fatal Fascinator By Jenn McKinlay: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


It’s wedding season in England, that time of year for romance, bridezillas, over-the-top hen parties, and of course, brilliantly designed hats and fascinators. It’s for that latter that the Mims Whims hat shop owners Notting Hill have been called upon to design bridal headpieces for the bride-proclaimed “Wedding of the Year,” after the previous designer took off with the fascinators and Piper May’s deposit.

Snuffed Out: A Magic Candle Shop Mystery By Valona Jones: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


Thirty-year-old Tabby Winslow and her twin “older” sister Sage inherited from their mother Marjoram The Book and Candle Shop in Savannah, Georgia, which had been in the family for three generations. They handcraft aromatic candles along with selling statues of mythical creatures, books on Savannah, lotions and soaps, and plants, as well as providing a quiet, restorative environment.

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