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Books & Tales

Fall Mystery Catchup!

IN THE November 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Playing catch-up again this week with 3 more mysteries that have come out in the last few of months-The Right Sort of Man: A Sparks and Bainbridge Mystery by Allison Montclair, Murder at Crossways: A Gilded Newport Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell, and Murder at the PTA: A Maya and Sandra Mystery by Lee Hollis.

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by Cynthia Chow


Having established a reputation as a caterer serving up gourmet meals for clients in the entertainment business, East Coast caterer Penelope Sutherland and her Red Carpet Catering company are in Salacia Beach, California, for the filming of a potential summer movie blockbuster. Renowned producer Calvin Pope not only hired Penelope to cater the cast and crew’s meals, he’s her neighbor and owner of the beach house where she’s staying.

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by Sandra Murphy


Toby Wong is a lawyer. She moved away years ago but is back in her hometown because her mom was diagnosed with cancer. She loves her mom, but there are two bones of contention between them—Mom’s repeated question “Have you met anyone?” and the fact that her mom is a psychic via tarot cards. Toby’s best friend thinks this is very cool, but then again, she doesn’t have to live with it, so to speak.

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by John Weagly


I hate Halloween, Max Regan thought to himself in the dark of his living room. He was doing his best to ignore the endless knocking at the door. It was just stupid kids looking for free candy. He wanted the brats to think nobody was home.

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by Kathleen Costa


Anglophiles living in the U.S. have for decades been at a disadvantage when trying to find UK movies and television programs. Oh, sure, you might see some recent episodes or movies on PBS or a few cable channels, but they are inconsistently available. Hurrah for AcornTV!

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s going to be a big weekend at Happy Trails Campground. If this bridal party goes well, it could lead to future such gatherings, but Dottie is worried about all the “giggling and squealing.” Bride Shay Moon arrives with her bridesmaids, mother, and a family secretary in tow, well, in RV, and the groom and his entourage will be arriving later combining both bachelor and bachelorette parties.

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by Cindy Sample


“Caramel apples are my favorite,” Shelly said to her partner. “The thicker the caramel, the better.”
“Yep, when I think of autumn, I think of food – apple cider, apple donuts and candy apples.” Buck patted his khaki-clad belly. His shirt, which looked ready to burst a button or two, demonstrated his love of Apple Hill delights. Buck stepped back and snapped a few more photos. “And Halloween ghosts and goblins, of course.”

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by Sandra Murphy


Rose Gallagher is a Pinkerton agent, one of the very few women who were hired. She was a housemaid and now must learn to pass as gentry, as well as learn self-defense, etiquette, and how to interrogate suspects. It’s all a little much, especially since she has a crush on her former employer, now her partner, Thomas Wiltshire.

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by Sandra Murphy


As children, Sage and Ross Blackthorn witnessed a death that left them traumatized. As adults, the trauma manifested as reckless behavior and addiction. Although Sage has a successful career in New York, events lead her to go home, or at least back to where she grew up. Home is a word she doesn’t relate to anymore.

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Ruth Ware’s Art of Anxiety

IN THE October 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSharon Tucker
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by Sharon Tucker


The supernatural may not be a major component of Ruth Ware’s suspense novels (except for reading Tarot cards…), but her books are intense reads. The primary characters who people her novels are young professionals, successful on varying levels, who find themselves in the midst of circumstances beyond their control.

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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 Terrance Mc Arthur


Clue—the board game was developed in 1943 by Anthony E. Pratt in England, where it was known as Cluedo, and first marketed in 1949. The murder mystery game challenged the players to deduce the weapon, location, and killer.

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by Cynthia Chow


As Halloween arrives on Mackinac Island, Michigan, residents are celebrating early with a “Night of the Walking Red” American Heart Association charity walk and costume contest. McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop owner Allie McMurphy has already donned her zombie pinup girl, but it is her cat Carmella who arrives covered in very real blood. For once it is the feline and not “Grim Reaper” Allie who has discovered a corpse, with the zombie-costumed victim definitely dead and not just walking dead.

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by Kathleen Costa


Caitlyn’s magical family has long been shunned, if not bullied, by local villagers who suspect they are witches, even though they don’t really know the truth behind their suspicions. Caitlyn knows her apprentice powers are not a danger (well, there have been a few miscalculations), her grandmother’s chocolate has only been delectably masterful, and her aunt’s medicinal herbal concoctions truly provide remedy for various ailments.

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