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by H.B. Lyle


When we think of Victorian London, one or two writers spring to mind: Charles Dickens, obviously, in particular with A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What is more Victorian, more English indeed, than Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson hot footing it through London on the trail of a dastardly crime? But, what few people know is that, almost from the very beginning of his career writing Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle had a deep fascination with America and continued to put it in the Holmes stories again and again.

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by Joe Cosentino


In Drama Christmas, hunky and hilarious armchair sleuth Professor of Play Directing Nicky Abbondanza (Bob Cratchit), his handsome husband Associate Professor of Acting Noah Oliver (Nephew Freddy), their son Taavi (Tiny Tim), best friends Department Chair Martin Anderson (Scrooge/Carol), Ruben Markinson (Marley/Ghost of the Lover of the Past), and Martin’s sassy office assistant Shayla Johnson (Housekeeper) star in a musical version of Scrooge’s A Christmas Carol at Treemeadow College, entitled Call Me Carol! The show proves that every Christmas needs a good Carol. Nicky’s favorite target, Detective Manuello (Ghost of the Lover of the Present) and Nicky and Noah’s both sets of wacky parents, are along for the bumpy ride.

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by Cynthia Chow


It looks like it’s going to be a rocky Christmas for Pans ‘N Pancakes Country Store and Café owner Robbie Jordan. A fire at the home of Dr. William Geller has uncovered the remains of a body, and it doesn’t take long before they are discovered to be that of his missing wife Kristina. The abrasive anesthesiologist claimed that “Tina” ran out on him over a decade ago, although her twin sister Antonia had her doubts. “Toni” has her own muddled history with a past spouse, and her resentful stepson isn’t shy about making his own accusations about the death that cost him his inheritance.

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by Sandra Murphy


December in the Mississippi Delta is not the snow-covered trees kind of holiday season. However, towns each have special celebrations. Sarah Booth Delaney is happy to travel to nearby Columbus for a few days of alone time with her honey, Coleman, the local lawman. Of course, alone time is a relative term since the trip is funded by Sarah Booth’s PI business partner and pregnant at last best friend, Tinkie.

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by Sunny Frazier


Ho, Ho, hoping the vaccine will reach us soon. In the meantime, tell your friends and family that all you want for Christmas are books. Here’s some titles you can suggest—some are brand new releases and some came out earlier this year.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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by Sandra Murpy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a group of food mysteries for your mystery Thanksgiving feast-The Key Lime Crime: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Murder with Honey Ham Biscuits by A. L. Herbert, Three Treats Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein, Dough or Die: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer, and Murder Goes to Market by Daisy Bateman.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews of 2 dog related mysteries perfect for pet loving mystery readers-Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery By Margaret Mizushima and Bending the Paw: A Paw Enforcement Novel by Diane Kelly.

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by Sandra Murphy


Sweet Mountain, Georgia, is home to Lyla Moody and the Jane Doe murder mystery book club. The club is an embarrassment to Lyla’s proper mother. Ladies, especially Southern ladies, do not concern themselves with murder, a cold case study, or otherwise.

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The Top 5 Mysteries I Read During the 2020 Pandemic

IN THE November 18 ISSUE

FROM THE Uncategorized SECTIONS

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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A Day in the Life Of a Forensic Psychologist

IN THE November 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by Ellery Kane


What exactly does a forensic psychologist do? I know precisely what you are thinking right now. You are picturing Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins—Clarice and Hannibal. You’re seeing a beleaguered Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross, hunkered over a desk, analyzing crimes scenes, profiling serial killers, and putting together a puzzle no one else can solve. But, for most forensic psychologists, a day in the life is far from Hollywood.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Hannah Swenson’s popular Cookie Jar Bakery has been open for two years. Baking is a soothing activity and brings happiness to so many of Lake Eden’s residents. Coming up with new cookie and cupcake recipes is always fun, too. One especially cold morning, a homeless man knocks at the back door, looking for work. Hannah invites him in for coffee and German chocolate cupcakes. He’s polite, eager to work, and has trouble with his memory. He leaves, promising to return the next day to do odd jobs.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Mollie Cox Bryan


Brynn MacAlister is a cheese maker and cow lover. She’s also a soft touch for rescued animals, as her veterinarian friend, Schuyler, knows. When a Scottish Highland cow, Jewel, is in need of a foster home, she joins Brynn’s three cows. It’s pretty obvious to all, Jewel’s already home.

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by Kathleen Costa


Mae and her adoptive mother, Mary Elizabeth Moberly, have begun to heal their former tumultuous relationship, so Mae invites Mary to join her on a hike to check out the new trail set up by the Old Train Station Motel. However, Mary’s choice to be more fashionable than practical is problematic; she slips, falls, and winces in excruciating pain.

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