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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


Books & Tales

by Sharon Tucker


In 1990, I remember sitting in a theater, stunned by the turn of events at the end of Presumed Innocent. Now that I have read three of Scott Turow’s Kindle County novels with the same characters, I see that his characters and plots are even better on the page. The internal monologues detail so much more than actors can ever vocalize. It is really a pleasure to go back and read what made the books best sellers and to discover more about these rich characters.

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A Layman’s Guide to Hungarian Words

IN THE June 17 ISSUE

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by Julia Buckley


Last time I visited this blog, I wrote about my grandfather: The Lasting Legacy of My Grandfather. There are tributes to my grandmother throughout the book, and of course, I wrote about them both in the author’s note.

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Stretching the Bounds of Reality

IN THE June 17 ISSUE

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by Margaret Lucke


Do you believe in ghosts? What about other aspects of the supernatural?
These are questions I get asked as the author of the Claire Scanlan Haunted House Mysteries. I’m excited that the second in the series, House of Desire, debuted earlier this month and is finding its way to readers.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


This week we have a bunch of food mysteries for your Father’s Day Feast! A Deadly Inside Scoop: An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery by Abby Collette, Pumpkin Spice Peril: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, The Diva Spices it Up: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, Sugar and Vice: A Cookie House Mystery by Eve Calder, Killer Chardonnay: A Colorado Wine Mystery by Kate Lansing, and Murder with Clotted Cream: Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Private detective Mitch O’Reilly is struggling to get clients so that he can pay the bills. He also runs a spy store called Eye Spy Supply in a mostly abandoned strip mall in Los Angeles. That isn’t going well either. The only time he seems to make a sale is when his sister Josie fills in for him when he’s off on a case. He is behind on the rent for his shop and practically living off cereal to survive.

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by Kathleen Costa


Staying at home? Tired of the news? Desire something different? Check out whether streaming AcornTV is the answer for you; it is for me! I’ve been a member for a very reasonable annual fee (monthly membership available) for a few years, and have always found something entertaining, engaging, and thought-provoking. From comedies (Ain’t Misbehavin’) and dramas (Pitchin’ In) to amateur and licensed detectives (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery and Hamish MacBeth). I plug myself in and…relax!

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by Kathleen Costa &
Kim Davis


It’s Huntington Beach, California. Emory Martinez is a “9 to 5” number cruncher, but her passion is cake decorating. With several “you’re so talented” comments and blue ribbons at the Orange County fair, she dreams of opening her own bakery one day specializing in cupcakes with unique designs and flavors. Now, on weekends, she works with her twin sister Carrie with her party planning and catering business. Carrie is older by only a few minutes, married, and has twin girls herself, but she has a meticulous, detail-oriented, and frustratingly self-absorbed manner.

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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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How about Using Real People in Fiction?

IN THE June 10 ISSUE

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by Kaye George


If you’re a writer, do you do it? If you’re a reader, do you like to see it done? Or do you even know it’s happening?
As a reader, you don’t know how “real” the characters are unless they’re famous, or unless you know the author pretty well.

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Would You Rather…

IN THE June 10 ISSUE

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by Amy M. Reade


One of the best things about writing mysteries is the research I get to do. Who else has a job that lets them spend the day reading and learning about the gruesome and macabre and call it ‘work’? I’ve researched everything from what a dead body looks like four hours after a drowning… to poisons that can go for weeks undetected in the human body until the victim keels over… to centuries-old medical techniques and tools that we would find horrifying today.

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It’s a Mystery

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by Kate Fellowes


Having grown up loving books and stories, I guess it’s no surprise, really, that I started thinking about writing my own novels while still in school.

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by Cynthia Chow


Steve Levitan would be the first to declare that his Golden Retriever Rochester was responsible for turning around his human’s life. After two miscarriages led to now ex-wife’s compulsive shopping habit, Steve wielded his considerable computer skills to hack into three credit bureaus and block her ability to spend. Unfortunately, that also led to his being caught and imprisoned for a year, forcing him to rebuild his life into an administrator at Eastern College.

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A Pair of Magical Mysteries

IN THE June 6 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a pair of magical mysteries-Mrs. Morris and the Witch: A Salem B&B Mystery by Traci Wilton and A Spell for Trouble: An Enchanted Bay Mystery by Esme Addison. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both 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


Since theatre on stage is on hold right now, it seemed like a good time to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with local actor and director Kelly Ventura who has been the voice of several of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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