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Fantasy & Fangs

by Kathleen Costa


I am always excited about the release of the annual “magical” mystery anthology. The Curses and Cauldrons collection, released in September, highlights many of my favorite authors and some new ones I have begun to explore. I was able to connect with a couple of my favorite authors and ask a few questions about writing.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Jeri Westerson


The Darkest Gateway is the fourth and final book of the Booke of Hidden series by Jeri Westerson. The third book, Shadows in the Mist, left us hanging so I was anxiously awaiting this one.

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by Cynthia Chow


Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot’s wedding to Declan McCarthy is fast approaching, but unless the renovations on her Savannah home manage to overcome an increasing number of delays and snafus, it is very possible that her reception guests will be using the on-site porta potties. It’s why Katie is so looking forward to a visit from her father Skylar Lightfoot, who is not only a practicing Shaman but has a surfeit of home construction experience. As it turns out, his shamanic skills are needed first when local philanthropist Kensington Bosworth is murdered.

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A Discovery of Witches Mini Series

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Kathleen Costa


Dr. Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) is a visiting research fellow at Oxford University set to explore prized manuscripts connected to her academic research into alchemy in the seventeenth century. She also comes from an extraordinary family of witches, with the distinction of being a direct descendant of Bridget Bishop who, in 1692, was the first to be executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

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by Cynthia Chow


Witch Lily Ivory may have grown adept at wielding spells and charms, but she’s never before manifested a nightmare to the point that she wakes up covered in sea water. The new experience is not one she welcomes, especially since she’s finally planning her wedding to the mysterious Rom gypsy Sailor. Not only is Lily in the midst of scheduling a honeymoon that will include tracking down the gargoyle mother of her shape-shifting familiar Oscar, Lily’s mother and grandmother’s coven are in San Francisco to sight-see and prepare for the ceremony.

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by Linda Reid/YS Pascal


Went to see a lovely play at the Geffen last week, Mysterious Circumstances, starring Alan Tudyk as Richard Green and…Sherlock Holmes. One scene especially resonated with me, as Holmes scholar Green is shaken by the sudden rejection and ejection from his fandom by Dame Jean Conan Doyle, sir Arthur’s youngest daughter and heir. Memories abounded…turning the page back to 1983…

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


She’s a shape-shifting daughter of the god Coyote.
She’s married to the Alpha of a werewolf pack.
She has claimed the Tri-Cities of Washington under her protection.
She is rounding up a herd of zombie miniature goats.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Grave Destiny is the latest in Kalayna Price’s urban fantasy series featuring grave witch Alex Craft. As a grave witch, Alex can speak to the dead, which has made her an asset to the local law enforcement and a possible threat to others. It has also helped her with her PI business.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a pair of magical mysteries for your reading fun-Final Exam: A Witch City Mystery by Carol J. Perry, and May Day Murder: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books, along with links you can use to purchase them. If you have ad blocker on you won’t see the Amazon links at the end of each review.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Humans think of themselves as the top of Earth’s food chain. Suppose the world was a bit different. What if there were creatures that could clear out entire sections of a country overnight? What if they looked on humans as “prey”?

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by Kathleen Costa


The evening at Le Chat Rose is filled with reverie, but drama is never too far away. First issue…Gachet, the night chef, and Linnea, the maid, are locked in a disagreement over Gachet’s connection to the Friday the Thirteenth Club. Her strong Catholic background lends itself to superstition, and the Club flaunts their efforts to challenge superstitions at every opportunity.

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


Another year has ended, and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2018. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10 favorite books they reviewed in 2018. Our newest reviewer, Katherine Costa, wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post.

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by Sharon Tucker


The Dark Mirror series by Barb Hendee delivers in terms of intriguing and well-developed characters, complex plots, and the creation of a believable world. This is certainly true with her newest, A Choice of Secrets (2018), where the younger daughter of White Deer Lodge sees something happen that she should not have seen, and then has knowledge of a secret that will dramatically affect her family and their future alliances.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Jeri Westerson


Deadly Rising is the second book in Jeri Westerson’s new fantasy Booke of the Hidden series featuring tea and herb shop owner Kylie Strange. The series takes place in Moody Bog, Maine.

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