Lesley A. Diehl

Monkey Business: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Films of the Marx Brothers

by Josh Pachter


KRL readers might perhaps know me as the editor of a recent series of “inspired by” anthologies: The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell (Untreed Reads, 2020), Only the Good Die Young: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Billy Joel (Untreed Reads, 2021), and The Great Filling Station Holdup: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffett (Down and Out Books, 2021).

Nearly Departed By Lesley A. Diehl: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


Eve Appel Egret has quite the busy life in and around the swamp area outside of Sabal Bay, Florida, running a consignment shop and RV with her close friend Madeleine Boudreau Wilson, apprenticing with a local PI Crusty McNabb, and dealing with an extended family serious about their ancestral roots. There is her husband Sammy Egret who runs an airboat business along with working part-time as the manager at the local animal reserve with Madeleine’s husband David.

The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense Edited by Judy Penz Sheluk: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa
& Judy Penz Sheluk


Are you a fan of assortments? Do you like packages of treats with its variety of flavors, styles, or types? Popsicles? Cookies? Donuts? Ok, food seems to be my most popular way to pick up assortments. It's such a great way to try something new. But, how about books or short stories? I personally love getting the collection sets that include work from various authors, new-to-me especially. Case in point: The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.

Murder is Academic By Lesley A. Diehl: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


If psychology professor Dr. Laura Murphy hadn’t allowed herself to be goaded into practicing for Onondaga Fall’s canoe regatta, she never would have discovered the body of her Upstate College’s president. Even though Laura had recently had a less-than-harmonious discussion with President Thomas Talbot regarding her office research space, there’s no dearth of suspects within the New York academic institution.

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem Edited by J. Alan Hartman

by Cynthia Chow


In this fourth collection of short mystery stories celebrating Thanksgiving, you truly can judge a book by its cover. The cartoonishly adorable illustration perfectly captures the spirit of these ten tales of families who unite, sometimes unwillingly, for a day of food, dysfunctional interactions, and an occasional murder or two. Interspersed between the stories are recipes that will have readers drooling in anticipation of a meal that takes a week to prepare and ten minutes to consume.

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