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by Matt Lubbers-Moore


I have been around books all of my life. My mother was the president of the local library friends’ group, which meant that at the age of eight, I was carting boxes of books up from the basement for the semi-annual book sale. My reward and payment was a box of books. By my teen years, my bedroom looked like a library: shelves evenly distributed and books stacked from floor to ceiling. I have loved books very early in life.

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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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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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Introducing Jabberwocky Books

IN THE March 24 ISSUE

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

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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by Cynthia Chow


This week we continue to catch up on our reviews with some more fun mysteries featuring bookstores, teddy bears and art-A Tourist’s Guide to Murder: A Mystery Bookshop Mystery by V.M. Burns, Wedding Bear Blues: A Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, and Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork: A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery by Rose Pressey.

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Suspense Magazine

IN THE February 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPodcasts,
andTheatre
SECTIONS

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we have the pleasure of interviewing Shannon Raab, the Creative Director of Suspense Magazine. We chatted about the magazine, their book publishing, and podcasting.

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by KRL Staff


Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books that were reviewed in KRL in 2020. 2020 was a year most of us want to forget, but one good thing that did happen is that a lot of great books were published! All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2020. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post in this issue.

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by Sunny Frazier


Chocolate bonbons go with books, and February offers these reading confections. Why are so many set in Maine? Also, Amanda Flower starts a new series for us to enjoy. Sweet!

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by Terry Ambrose


To much of the world, she’s known as Linda Hein, part owner of Hein & Company Bookstore. But, to those involved with the world of Baker Street West, she’s Mrs. Hudson. This alter ego began when Linda met with her girlfriend, Beth Barnard, for lunch to discuss the Sherlock Holmes stories. These days, Baker Street West is located in the Baker Street Shoppes, which offer a unique Victorian shopping experience, but it wasn’t always that way.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



Is there any better feeling than settling in with a book…with words that can quickly transport you into a world of fiction, fantasy, historical knowledge, or even catapult you to sci-fi land? Whatever your reading mood is, the Clovis Book Barn has just what you need….and so much more!

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by Elizabeth Wilkerson


Many people can’t read or don’t like to read. But reading can put you in the shoes of another human, allow you to experience someone else’s worldview, expose you to someone else’s culture. If the Angry White Man were to read works by diverse writers, I wonder if he’d be more compassionate, more analytical, more tolerant. I don’t know. But I wish he’d spend fifteen minutes and finish reading the Constitution.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


This week we have another group of food mysteries for your Christmas feast-Game of Cones: A Lickety Split Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, Finished Off in Fondant: A Courtney Archer Mystery by Rosemarie Ross, and Murder with Oolong Tea: A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith.

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by Jeannette de Beauvoir


I began the lockdown last spring with delight. More time to read! More time (perhaps even more importantly) to challenge myself a little. Find some authors I didn’t know about before. Read something a little difficult, a little unfamiliar, a little out of my ordinary.

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by S.C. Perkins


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author S.C. Perkins. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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