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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Cynthia Chow
& Maggie Toussaint


The owner of Shell Island’s Holloway Catering, River Holloway Merrick is thrilled to have been hired to cater the Nature Coalition’s special event dinner. She’s especially honored to be serving veterinarian Jasmine Garr as they name her their Volunteer of the Year, which makes hearing the news of her death two days later all the more shocking. Found shot in the back in her yard, Jasmine’s quirky Chicken Lady neighbor becomes one of the first suspects for the shooting.

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by Cynthia Chow


After two decades of teaching English to Portland high school students and taking early retirement, Gwen Franklin had an abundance of free time and a best friend determined to make use of it. While the five – or maybe six – time divorcee and business mogul Nora Goldstein definitely didn’t need the income, she was able to convince her bestie of over five decades to form the pet-sitting and pet-walking Two sisters Pet Valet Services.

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by Kathleen Costa


Along with a “green thumb,” albeit still in training, twenty-something Poppy Lancaster inherited Hollyhock Cottage and a “need some TLC” cottage garden nursery situated in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. The small village of Bunnington is a far cry from her life in London, but Poppy is beginning to fit well into village life making new friends and working hard to reenergize the business of which her grandmother was so proud.

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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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The Sad Decline of Newspapers

IN THE April 14 ISSUE

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by Thomas Kies


“If you try and make this job about the money, you’ll be nothing but miserable, ‘cause we don’t get the money—never have, never will.” —That’s a quote from the 1994 Ron Howard film The Paper.
That was when newspapers were still vibrant purveyors of journalism. Part of the wit and wisdom of the movie is Robert Duvall’s smart-ass observations. At one point in the movie, he explains how a reporter can move through the rarified air of the elite, famous, powerful, and rich, but isn’t one of them.

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How Spirit Woman Evolved

IN THE April 14 ISSUE

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by Elaine Faber


I’ve published four cozy cat mysteries, starring Black Cat, who, with the aid of his ancestors’ memories, helps his ‘person’ solve mysteries and murder.

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by Elizabeth Wilkerson


Spring is finally upon us. With the end of a dark tunnel of anger, isolation, and illness in sight, we all just want to take a deep breath. But, the horrors of the headlines persist. From hate crimes against Asians to heartbreaking testimony in the prosecution of George Floyd’s killer and headlines about ordinary people of color enjoying their lives— before they’re murdered, the daily news is so packed with shocking, racist crimes that it’s delivered with a trigger warning.

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Spring Mystery Catch Up

IN THE April 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries for your spring reading-Dead Even: A Mattie Winston Mystery By Annelise Ryan, A Sinister Service: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery By Alyssa Maxwell, Farm to Trouble: A Farm to Table Mystery By Amanda Flower, and Murder at Mabel’s Motel: A Granny Reid Mystery By G. A. McKevett.

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by Cynthia Chow


While the Labor Day tourist season is slowing down in East Hampton, New York, Windmill Inn owner Antonia Bingham still has a lot on her plate. After fleeing an abusive marriage in California, she is starting over as an innkeeper pursuing her love of cooking and catering to her wealthy guests. That’s what makes the discovery of two Wall Street bad boys murdered so troubling, as Shane Boskin and Gary DiAngelo had recently been drinking at her bar the night before.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s just another day on the job for Angela Richman for her to be traipsing through the Missouri Woods to examine human remains. As the Death Investigator for Chouteau County, Angela works for the medical examiner’s office gathering evidence for ongoing investigations. A hiker discovered a burial for what soon appears to be a murderer’s disposal site, and early clues have them identifying one of the bodies as that of a missing Forest High track star.

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by Doward Wilson


The newest Hallmark Movies and Mysteries entry is the fifteenth in the Aurora Teagarden franchise. How to Con a Con stars Candace Cameron Bure as Aurora Teagarden, local librarian and president of the Real Murders Club. Her new fiancé Nick Miller (Niall Matter) is a college professor of psychology, an eager member of the Club, and very supportive of Aurora’s interest in all things murder. Marilu Henner, as Aurora’s mother Aida, isn’t a murder fan and usually is very vocal against any extraneous investigation, but will participate under serious protest.

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by Matt Lubbers-Moore


I have been around books all of my life. My mother was the president of the local library friends’ group, which meant that at the age of eight, I was carting boxes of books up from the basement for the semi-annual book sale. My reward and payment was a box of books. By my teen years, my bedroom looked like a library: shelves evenly distributed and books stacked from floor to ceiling. I have loved books very early in life.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Mayor Bascomb likes being a big shot in Lake Eden, ‘pulling strings’ to get friends out of a bind. When that doesn’t work out like he planned, he loses his temper and it’s a fierce one. This time he’s unleashed it on Andrea. She’s Hannah Swenson’s sister, Hannah being the cookie baker in town. Andrea can hold her temper for quite a while, but when Bascomb tells her she’s stupid, that’s the final straw. Hannah and Bascomb’s secretary are waiting in the outer office, and even they can hear the sound of Andrea slapping Bascomb so hard, his office chair overturns.

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by Margaret S. Hamilton



Lizzie climbed out of her van and called to Claire. “I’ve got a load of special Easter eggs.” Daylight was fading in the park. Clumps of vivid yellow daffodils dotted the wildflower meadow, paired with blooming forsythia.

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