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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Kathleen Costa


Roxy and Patrick Cane have been blissfully married for a year, and have finally arranged to put aside their very busy schedule for a romantic date night. The Bean Hive has been on holiday overdrive, and Patrick’s construction company has been booming, so some quiet, delicious food, and melting in each other’s eyes was just the prescription for their weariness.

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End of Year Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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


The end of the year is almost here and KRL is playing catch up on our mystery reviews! Here is another great group of mysteries for your tbr list-Molded 4 Murder Sophie Kimball Mystery by J. C. Eaton, An Ale of Two Cities: Literary Pub Mystery by Sarah Fox, Murder at Icicle Lodge: Ferrara Family Mystery by J. D. Griffo, and Last Pen Standing: A Stationary Shop Mystery by Vivian Conroy.

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by Sandra Murphy


Kate Hamilton is an antique dealer in the U.S. Her daughter, Christine, has followed a boyfriend to England and is working alongside him as an intern on an estate in Suffolk, England. During a visit to Scotland a couple of months before, Kate met Detective Inspector Thomas Mallory of the Suffolk Constabulary. Even though a relationship seems impossible given the 3,200 mile commute to see each other, neither wants to give up on the idea. Since the holidays are usually a slow time for crime, Kate is visiting both Tom and Christine.

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by Kathleen Costa


The prodigal son returns! Gemma’s first introduction to the handsome stranger was awkward, but fortunately his escalating advances were curtailed by an important phone call he couldn’t decline. Later, Gemma’s mother pressured her to agree to last minute catering for her friend Annabel Floyd, daughter of Sir Hugh Morecombe, whose Sinterklaas Foundation is having a Christmas tea party for underprivileged children at her family’s estate, Thurlby Hall.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Maggie Pill


At “Florida’s 55-Plus Beautiful Bird Recreational Vehicle Park,” snowbirds and seniors from all around have retired in the sunny climate where Christmas doesn’t include shoveling snow or the lack of accessible hospitals.

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by Sandra Murphy


Snow in Charm, North Carolina? Who would have thought? The timing is right though as Christmas is close at hand.
It’s Everly Swan’s first Christmas at her new iced tea shop. She’s overwhelmed by the number of special orders for holiday cookies, the progressive dinner menu, and her Aunt Fran’s decision to run for mayor against a long-time incumbent. Aunt Clara is fighting seasonal stress by painting garden gnomes as gifts for friends and family.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s Owl Fest 2019 in Caerphilly, Virginia, and for once Meg Langslow’s home is not the center of her grandfather’s well-intentioned chaos. Instead, J. Montgomery Blake has selected the Caerphilly Inn for the Blake Foundation’s December Owl conference of professors, scientists, and many unapproved owls.

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by Sandra Murphy


Melanie Travis has a complicated family life. Most people do, but her family takes it to extremes. She has an ex-husband and a shared pre-teen son. Ex has married Claire who is now one of Melanie’s best friends. Melanie has Sam, her husband of a few years. They share Kevin, a toddler who is a champion at getting into messes. Aunt Peg, well, she’s of the opinion she knows everything and everyone which is pretty much true.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews and giveaways of a bunch of Christmas mysteries to fill your Christmas stocking-Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Connor, Maddie Day, Alex Erickson, Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder: Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, Marry Christmas Murder: Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmore, Christmas Cow Bells: A Buttermilk Creek Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, Silent Knit, Deadly Knit: A Knit & Nibble Mystery by Peggy Ehrhart, A Merry Murder by Kate Kingsbury, and a bonus giveaway of Read and Gone by Allison Brook which we reviewed in 2018

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by Victoria Hamilton


Our society puts so much pressure on the ‘perfect’ Christmas: tree, food, family, everyone being together, gathered around the tree, happy, cheerful. Not every year nor every family has that. But it’s not new pressure. I think women, in particular, have always felt the stress to make Christmas special for their family. I look back and wonder how my mom did it all. She worked full time as a nurse – and that meant shift work, and holidays, too – but still the whole family got together, if not on Christmas day, then on Boxing Day.

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by Sandra Murphy



Andy Carpenter is a lawyer, but he doesn’t like to take cases. Thankfully, he has enough money that he doesn’t have to work. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t get lured into it now and again. For instance, his wife Laurie has arranged for him to represent a K9 officer and his dog. The officer is retiring, but the department wants his dog to keep working in spite of age-related problems. Andy, a dog person and publicity hound, loves this kind of case.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Diane Kelly


If there’s one thing that Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz knows, it’s that nothing is ever all black or all white. That’s never more apparent than during the Christmas holiday season, when desperation drives some to commit crimes for what they believe are for “good” reasons.

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by Kathleen Costa


Gossip, of course, is a perk of the job delivering mail to the residents of Sugar Creek Gap, Kentucky, so when Vince Caldwell, resident of the local nursing home, speaks of a heated commissioners’ meeting and an emergency city council meeting, Bernadette takes a little extra time to listen.

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by Kathleen Costa


I love cookbooks! I have a collection of 50 books and 360 eBooks, and although I’m not a chef, not even a real fanatic in the kitchen, I am experienced in better-than-basic techniques, competent in following directions, and greatly enjoy putting together everyday meals, sweet desserts, and holiday feasts. I also love cozy mysteries! So, I’m thrilled many favorite cozy mystery authors have published cookbooks compiling recipes from their series, and often family favorites, too. Check out these eight cookbooks, explore links to author websites, view Amazon & Goodreads, and enjoy fun insights on their influences, culinary experiences, and best thoughts on Thanksgiving!

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