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Mysteryrat’s Maze

by Lise McClendon


How to wring something positive out of one huge negative—that was the challenge I set for myself this spring. America, and the world, had shut down, locked down, were sheltering in place like victims of a mass shooting. But this enemy was invisible. The coronavirus, COVID-19, had arrived.

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Enhancing Mysteries with Subplots

IN THE July 29 ISSUE

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by Debbie De Louise


What does a missing cat, a kidnapped toddler, and the one-year-old murder of a woman on her anniversary night have in common? They are all subplots in my new novel, Memory Makers. The main plot features Lauren Phelps, a 28-year-old woman who was kidnapped along with her sister twenty-five years ago. Lauren escaped her captor, but her older sister, Patty, was found dead in the woods.

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by Joe Cosentino


“You gotta work it!” Don’t you just love a fashion show? The anticipation in the air, flashing lights, pounding music, enticing runway, gorgeous models, captivating clothes, and revealing costume malfunctions. I find runway shows mesmerizing. So I couldn’t resist setting the tenth novel in my popular Nicky and Noah mystery series during a fashion show.

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by Sandra Murphy


Passing boaters thought the Doral’s owners were below decks. It was only when they were close enough to see a man sprawled on the deck, they thought it was odd. Before they got near, the Doral exploded. Without bodies, it’s assumed three men, pharmaceutical executives, who were seen on the yacht were dead. The Jersey State Police declared the incident a triple homicide based on signs of a bomb found in the debris and wreckage.

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by Sandra Murpy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries-Nothing Bundt Trouble: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Red Hot: A Red Herring Mystery by Dana Dratch, Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody by Barbara Ross, and Still Knife Painting: A Paint and Shine Mystery by Cheryl Hollon.

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by Kathleen Costa


As an adventurer at heart, Mona was excited to learn she’d be attending a party where the host’s father-in-law is the famous egyptologist Sir Jonathon Alden. His daughter, Elspeth Neferet Alden, has married Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt Hopper, and the party is to present the new, and young, Mrs. Hopper to Lexington society. But, Mona is suspicious about their marital bliss having found the new bride crying and is that a bruise on her arm?

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by Sunny Frazier


Tired of quarantining? I’m prescribing 3 new series and cozies set in the South. Get comfy, curl up with tall glass of sweet tea and put the AC on.

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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 Jean Rabe


I have a one-eyed pug pup asleep on my lap. She’s a breeder surrender, and she squeezes between me and the keyboard. I manage to write like this.

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Animals in Espionage

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

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by Sally Carpenter


Spy literature and movies are chock-full of gadgets for the agents. Real-life agencies have another gimmick up their trench coat sleeves: trained animals.

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by Kathleen Costa


Peaches Partin is the owner of Tranquility Wellness Spa, giving a variety of yoga classes from cool to “hot.” But when Bernie arrived to deliver the mail, she witnessed more trouble than tranquility. ‘I’m telling you to get out!” Sarah Hodge wasn’t much interested in yoga when Simon Little was with Peaches, but now that she’s his girlfriend, she is a regular participant. China Gordon, friend and clothing rep, figures it’s Sarah’s way to mess with Peaches…it’s working. But, Simon has other issues with his health and business, so who will law enforcement look at when Simon ends up murdered?

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by Cynthia Chow


Cait Morgan had thought that her month-long vacation in Jamaica was to be a celebration by her husband and friends of her fiftieth birthday. While she and her husband Bud had a few weeks alone together on the bungalow estate, they were later joined by Bud’s two ex-colleagues and their respective plus-ones. Vancouver Police Department retiree Jack White has his amenable wife Sheila, but former secret service operative John Silver has brought along the much-younger, much flirtier, Lottie Fortescue.

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by Sandra Murpy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another group of fun food mysteries for your summer reading-Deadly Sweet Tooth: A Vintage Sweets Mystery by Kaye George, Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Mystery by Anna Gerard, Nacho Average Murder: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day, and Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse: A Marygene Brown Mystery by Kate Young.

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by Sandra Murphy


Courtney Kelly is the owner of Open Your Imagination, a fairy garden and tea shop in Carmel, California. She encourages customers to build their own fairy gardens in her class, take a kit home, or choose their own décor. Children believe; adults indulge them.

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