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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Kathleen Costa


It’s London. It’s the early nineteenth century. It’s a time of stark differences, upper class privilege, and women a century away from emancipation. Miss Rosalind Thorne, daughter of a baronet, had been a member of the upper crust of English society enjoying position and wealth prepped to be matched in a relationship that would strengthen her stand in society…until her father’s penchant for bad investments cost the family it’s fortune.

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by Sharon Tucker


I have been saddened at the passing of Marion Chesney Gibbon. I have only begun to process these feelings by actually writing an article about her and the last Hamish Macbeth books written as M.C. Beaton. Surely it is because Hamish is my favorite of her characters in her more than 160 books although there have been many characters and books from which to choose.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s not easy living in an RV with a husband and three-month-old twin babies. Every day Skye Denison-Boyd looks out the RV’s door to see if the contractor’s truck is at their new house. He promised they could move in before Christmas but late starts and no-shows make that unlikely.

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by Sandra Murphy


Four women reinvented themselves. Two became booksellers, two run the tea and pastry shop within the store, located in the Highlands, Scotland. For Christine, it’s coming home to take care of elderly parents. For Janet, it’s a return to a vacation cottage, minus the husband she’d shared it with, the rat. Janet’s adult daughter and a friend round out the group.

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by Cathi Stoler


Suave, sophisticated, and savvy, professional Blackjack player Nick Donahue is one of my favorite characters to write. I created him when I wanted to write a story with a male protagonist and recalled the well-dressed men I’d seen playing Blackjack in a Venice, Italy, casino.

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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 Kathleen Costa
& J.C. Eaton


Blame it on an itch! When Norrie tried to scratch it, she ended up volunteering to be on Catherine Trobert’s subcommittee for WOW, Wineries of the West. Norrie was not going to be alone with Catherine, who tirelessly tries to set Norrie up with her son Steven, so a well-place kick landing on her friend Theo’s ankle, and the group became three.

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by Cynthia Chow


The South Carolina island town of Camellia Beach is battening down the hatches as they prepare for the arrival of what is to be the hurricane of the century. One of the last to leave is Charity Penn, who has recently fallen in love with her new home and especially her Chocolate Box specialty chocolate shop.

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by Sandra Murphy


Scott Newman is a billionaire. He’s got the idea of moving his family to a private island that’s off the grid. A wood burning stove, a real “ice box”, no wifi, no radio, everything expensively done but rustic. His twin daughters, from his first marriage, hate it because they’re away from luxury. His twin boys, from his current (second) marriage, miss their friends and video games. His wife is a fashionista, except for when picking vegetables in their garden. Then she’s a fashionista in bib overalls.

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by Guy Belleranti


I finished ringing up a purchase by an off-season tourist, and was watching the woman pass out the door when my boss dropped her bombshell.
“Marsha,” Trudy Bracken told me, “I believe I know who is responsible for the shop’s recent rash of thefts.”

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a review of 2 fun mysteries for your February reading-one magical and one a spin off-Coached to Death: The Life Coach Mystery by Victoria Laurie and Potions are for Pushovers: An Eleanor Wilde Mystery by Tamara Berry.

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by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV has been my go-to entertainment for over two years and in that time I’ve enjoyed dozens and dozens of classic and contemporary mysteries, dramas, comedies, and some fascinating documentaries at a very reasonable monthly or annual fee.

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by Doward Wilson


Meet Carla Bass, interior decorator, currently living in Braga, Portugal, with her husband who is overseeing the remodeling of a hotel that is part of a high end chain. They are living in Braga for six months, and Carla is carrying on her decorating business with the help of her assistant back home and Skype.

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by Kathleen Costa


Gordon Hepler is the police chief for the small community of Mapleton, Colorado. Originally he accepted the position, not necessarily because he wanted the job, but as a promise to his late mentor, Chief Dixon. He wondered if he really was right for the position; he was by nature, temperament, and experience…just a cop. Along with piles of paperwork, PR needs, and leadership responsibilities, he also has to play politics with the mayor, which seems to offer the most difficulty.

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