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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Kathleen Costa


The new subdivision nestled on land in the Daniel Boone National Park will soon be filled with mega-buck homes, and despite any positive impact on the local economy, it continues to cause a kerfuffle among residents of Normal, Kentucky. Some see the influx of people with money just what the town needs, but others believe it puts the peaceful nature of this small community in jeopardy. Mae listens to the debate, and it seems there may be more to Blair Builders getting the land approved to build on than meets the eye, and when one of their realtors is found dead in the model home, she is compelled to look deeper into the situation.

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by Cynthia Chow


Prissy Fox Consignment Shop owner Reagan Summerside is finally marrying Walker Boone, the dreamily attractive Savannah attorney. More importantly, it’s been 183 days since she’s managed to stumble across a dead body, a habit that would be more disturbing if she also hadn’t played a significant role in solving the murders. Unfortunately, she’s going to break that record on the very same day her wedding dreams come true.

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by Kathleen Costa


Law & Order is an iconic American television drama spinning off other iconic and long-running shows, so why not send it over the pond to the UK? Law & Order | UK aired originally in 2009, and currently, AcornTV is showing the first five seasons with a cast that in my opinion rivals, if not surpasses, its American cousin. The “police who investigate crime” is led by Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brooks (brilliantly cast with Bradley Walsh), partnered with Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber), and under the supervision of Senior Inspecting Officer Natalie Chandler (all-time favorite Harriet Walter).

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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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Third Place Books is Number One

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Marty Wingate


We need three places in our lives according to sociologist Ray Oldenburg in The Great Good Place: the place we live, the place we work, and another place beyond those where we can gather and interact and form community. That “third place” could be a pub, a coffee shop, or, in my case, my favorite bookstore, Third Place Books.

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Life Provides Inspiration

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Janet Dawson


The phone rang on Mother’s Day. As the adult child of an elderly parent, it was the call we dread. The voice on the other end of the line, that of a dispatcher from an alert device company, said my elderly mother had activated her device. They had not been able to establish voice contact with her. The paramedics were on their way.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries-A Wicked Yarn: A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery by Emmie Caldwell, Egg Shooters: A Cackleberry Club Mystery by Laura Childs, Shucked Apart: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross, and A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery by Essie Lang. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books and links to purchase them at the end of each review–you may not be able to see the Amazon links if you have ad blocker on.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle is one of the most unique Sherlock Holmes stories written by someone other than Doyle that I have ever read. The title alone drew me in—I just had to know more. What could Eliza Doolittle have to do with Sherlock Holmes?

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by Sunny Frazier


This month I pull a few rabbits out of the hat and offer six cozies with recipes. What’s in your Easter Basket? (some were released in March and some in April)
Hop ‘Til You Drop over to Juliette (Jules) Bridges Fur Bridge Farm rabbit rescue in New Hampshire. She and her telepathic bunny, Bun, have agreed to hide Easter eggs at a town event.

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by Kathleen Costa


Despite being part of Julienne’s work assignment, she and Mason, her now official boyfriend, jumped at the chance for a romantic getaway; many of their alone time rendezvous have been interrupted by family or friends, so being six hours away may be the buffer they need. Her boss, Chandler Carlton, recently purchased the Enchantment Canyon Resort, a “mind, body, and spirit wellness” retreat just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, and she has been tasked to train the staff on new operating procedures and software linking it to the Colorado facility. Milling around are guests taking advantage of the healthy activities, peaceful atmosphere, and the corporate facilities for team building and strategy meetings.

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Introducing Jabberwocky Books

IN THE March 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Edith Maxwell


I’m delighted to share with you all my favorite place to buy books. I live in a lovely spot in the top right corner of Massachusetts a mile from the New Hampshire border and about ten miles in from the coast.

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The Magic of Cats

IN THE March 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Clea Simon


Sometimes, the lack of a reaction tells you more than any startled gasp ever could. That’s what I’m realizing now that my A Cat on the Case, the third Witch Cat of Cambridge cozy mystery, makes its way to readers. The big shock? Cat people aren’t surprised by the idea that cats have magical powers. It’s as if they already knew.

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by Kathleen Costa


The frantic demand was punctuated by the sound of sirens, whizzing of firetrucks, and billowing of smoke from the fire engulfing the guard gate and gatehouse leading to Hemingway Hills golf course. Close friend of Marty’s, Jody Emerson, is desperate for the G.O.L.D. girls to look further into the fire that seems to be covering up a theft. She worries her husband Ralph and some co-workers might be blamed…injured guard, missing weapons, and property damage.

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by Sandra Murphy


Louisa Cannon has been a lady’s maid to the Mitford family since she first went into service at age nineteen. Now she’s taking classes to be a court reporter and is getting married. She won’t be on equal footing with the wealthy Mitfords, but she’ll no longer be at their beck and call.

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