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Ellery Adams

by Cynthia Chow



At West Virginia’s Storyton Hall, Jane Seward strives to host book-themed retreats for guests longing to escape from the busy world inundated by technology and high tech social media. The manager’s latest endeavor involves the Medieval Herbalists, a gathering of men and women devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of the medieval use of herbs. So when one of their members, a photographer in the erotic style of Georgia O’Keefe, is found drowned and possibly poisoned during the town’s annual rubber duck race, there is an abundance of knowledgeable suspects.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ella Mae LeFaye may have lost her magical gifts, but she still retains her extraordinary baking skills. In order to save the magical community of Havenwood, Georgia, Ella Mae was forced to sacrifice both her magic and her position as their Clover Queen. It’s a choice that she has never regretted making.

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by Sunny Frazier


There’s flowers in bloom, magic in the air, Georgia on our minds, and these terrific books to read!
After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with Charles the cat and a good book.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cyntha Chow


This week we have some more fun mysteries from Penguin authors for you winter reading list-Writing All Wrongs: A Books By The Bay Mystery by Ellery Adams, Crowned and Moldering: A Fixer-Upper Mystery by Kate Carlisle, A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay, and Knot Guilty by Betty Hechtman. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, and a link you can use to purchase them.

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Tea-Cozy by The Cozy Chicks

IN THE November 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by The Cozy Chicks


Long day today. Meetings and deadlines, traffic and headaches, arguments and resolutions . . . but now the children are asleep, the spouse is dozing, and dinner was tasty and filling. Finally, it’s time for you!

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by Sunny Frazier


Holiday shopping starts early with these mystery titles for your favorite bibliophiles:
What’s better than Christmas all year around? Vicki Delany has a new series with that theme. As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate in Rudolph, NY.

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by Cyntha Chow


Jane Steward has always adored books, and she delights in hosting book-themed events at her family’s Storyton Hall in Storyton, Virginia. Jane’s latest endeavor as resort manager is Romancing the Reader, a Valentine’s Day book retreat devoted to romance readers who are clamoring to meet their favorite romance authors. Headlining that list is Rosamund York, a very demanding diva whose advance copies of her new romance novel have her fans up in arms—and very vocal about their displeasure.

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by Sunny Frazier


“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” We have lots of entrepreneurs in this month’s mysteries to help keep your hands and mind busy with fun reads!
Jane Steward is organizing a Valentine’s week of activities at her book-themed resort, Storyton Hall. It all goes to hell when Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed. Rosamund had plenty of enemies: fellow novelists, a former lover, and dozens of angry fans.

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have some more fun food mysteries from Penguin-Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams, Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs, and Murder She Wrote, Killer in the Kitchen by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 3 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy




If you keep your stash of culinary mysteries close to the kitchen, if you dog-ear the pages and have Post It tabs marking your favorite recipes, if you’ve ever wondered, “Why can’t these all be in one place?” —well, ask no more, The Cozy Cookbook is here.

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November Penguin Mysteries

IN THE November 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 3 November Penguin mysteries-Lethal Letters: A Books By the Bay Mystery by Ellery Adams, A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper Mystery by Kate Carlisle, and On Borrowed Time: A Book Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. Details on how to win a copy of all 3 books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase the books where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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Three Fun Penguin Mysteries

IN THE August 23 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Cynthia Chow



Three more new mysteries from Penguin this week–this time we focus on books and food: Murder in the Mystery Suite: A Book Retreat Mystery by Ellery Adams, Extra Sensory Deception: A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery by Allison Kingsley and Death by Devils Breath by Kylie Logan. Details on how to win copies of all 3 at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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by Sandra Murphy


For our second group of Penguin mysteries this year we have several fun food mysteries & many include recipes too! Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs, Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy, Pecan Pies and Homicide by Ellery Adams, and Tapestry of Lies by Carol Ann Martin. Details on how to win a copy of all of these books at the end of this post.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Ellery Adams


When restaurant owner, Olivia Limoges, speaks these words to her boyfriend and Oyster Bay Police Chief Sawyer Rawlings, she’s not referring to con-artists or criminals. Olivia is actually speaking of a group of visiting professional storytellers who have mastered the skill of manipulation and have the ability to create worlds within their listeners’ minds. In town for their annual retreat, some of the nation’s best storytellers perform their skills at the public library following Oyster Bay’s popular Cardboard Regatta boat race.

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