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Kate Kingsbury

by Sandra Murphy
& Kate Kingsbury


Melanie West lives with her grandmother Liza and a resident ghost they call Orville. They’re not exactly sure who the laughing voice belongs to, but a ghost in an inn is a good marketing ploy so why not use him.

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews of 2 mysteries from Crooked Lane authors perfect for your Halloween reading, as they involve haunting and ghosts-Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook, and Doom with a View by Kate Kingsbury.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Kingsburg


Unhappy with her job in Portland as a financial analyst and even more unsettled by her recent divorce, Melanie West is starting over by helping her grandmother renovate a bed-and-breakfast in Oregon’s Sully’s Landing. Melanie and Liza Harris have barely begun to peel off the wallpaper before discovering a skeleton hidden in a wall’s secret compartment. It seems that not only did Angela Morelli never make it to New Jersey after leaving her husband seven years ago, an autopsy reveals that she was pregnant at the time.

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Christmas Mysteries

IN THE December 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
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by Terry Ambrose



With Christmas just around the corner, what could be better than sitting down with a good book filled with holiday cheer and murder? Yes, these are Christmas mysteries. So many options, so little time was never a more true statement because the season will be gone before we know it. Until then, why not grab a nog or a coffee and sit down with one (or more) of these seven holiday tales? We may not have a Christmas wedding in this batch, but we’ve got all the trappings: sometimes old, sometimes new, plenty of food, and someone blue.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we are celebrating Christmas with Penguin mystery authors and three Penguin Christmas mystery novels-Merry Market Murder by Paige Shelton, Mulled Murder By Kate Kingsbury, and Home for the Homicide: A Do-It Yourself Mystery By Jennie Bentley. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all three.

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by Sandra Murphy



For your holiday reading and gift giving pleasure we are reviewing 3 Christmas mysteries from Penguin & you can enter to win copies of all 3! We have Let It Sew by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, Read and Buried by Erika Chase, and Herald of Death by Kate Kingsbury. Details at the end of this post on how to enter along with info on how to purchase copies of the books, and if you use our purchase links you help support KRL and our ability to keeping bringing you mystery fun in the new year! And don’t miss our other book giveaways in this week’s issue!

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by Terell Byrd




My mother would have loved the painting on the cover of this book. A Christmas card scene of snow, greenery, a horse and sleigh in front of a lovely building in the countryside; the drawing would have been a centerpiece on our mantle. My father did not care for snow scenes. He said that he had shoveled too much of it to enjoy looking at it.

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