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Under Lock & Skeleton Key By Gigi Pandian: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


As much as Tempest Raj wants to deny the existence of the Raj family curse, five generations of mysterious deaths have her believing in the inevitability of bad luck. A magician act gone terribly wrong not only cost Tempest her job in Las Vegas, it forced her to sell everything she had and move back to California and help with her father's Secret Staircase Construction business. As much as Tempest loves her grandparents' home of hidden reading nooks and secret gardens, building the same for paying clients was never her goal.

KRL’s Favorite Books of 2021

by KRL Staff


Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at just a few of the many books that were reviewed in KRL and KRL News and Reviews in 2021. While 2021 was another difficult year, a lot of wonderful books came out! All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2021. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers is going up in a separate post next week!

Favorite Books of 2019

by KRL Staff


Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2019. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2019. 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.

The Elusive Elixir By Gigi Pandian: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Cynthia Chow


Long life is not always a gift, as accidental alchemist Zoe Faust has learned over the last 300 years. Ever since she discovered the Elixir of Life in 1704, Zoe has feared not only the discovery of her secret but of making personal connections to those she would inevitably outlive. That has recently changed, due in no small part to the friendship with a living gargoyle, bibliophile, and chef extraordinaire Dorian Robert-Houdin.

The Masquerading Magician By Gigi Pandian: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


Over 300 years ago, apothecary Zoe Faust discovered the Elixir of Life, which granted her immortality. With that gift came tragic consequences, as Zoe was unable to transfer her unaging life to her ill brother, the reason she was seeking the secret in the first place. Until recently, Zoe has lived a very lonely life, outliving those she loved and forced to move from city to city to hide her continued existence. Three months ago though, Zoe finally gave in to her desire to put down roots in Portland, Oregon.

Sisters in Crime Los Angeles Presents Ladies’ Night Edited by Naomi Hirahara, Kate Thornton, & Jeri Westerson

by Cynthia Chow


Beauty is only skin-deep, and that is never more apparent than in this impressive collection of short stories by the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime. This biannual anthology takes readers on a tour that reveals the darkness hiding under the gorgeous veneer of Southern California, where illusions and play-acting are a way of life.

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