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Must Read Crime Books

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Staff



There’s something about crime stories we’re all drawn to. It’s the thrill we get when reading and can’t wait for the next page to see what happens. We’re nervous or anxious but are cuddled up on our couch with a hot chocolate completely safe.

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by Vicki Vass


Alice Fine is the lucky one. As a young girl, she was stolen from the backyard of her Indiana community, but her policeman father was able to find her and bring her home. That memory has haunted her, and now she spends her free time volunteering for a missing person website called The Doe Pages. When a man is reported on the site as missing, Alice recognizes him as her childhood kidnapper.

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by Anne Da Vigo


Forty-two years ago, a gardener working in a Bakersfield back yard spotted blood creeping under his client’s door. Police discovered the beaten and stabbed body of Tommy Tarver, owner of an exclusive beauty salon.

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by Cathi Stoler


Suave, sophisticated, and savvy, professional Blackjack player Nick Donahue is one of my favorite characters to write. I created him when I wanted to write a story with a male protagonist and recalled the well-dressed men I’d seen playing Blackjack in a Venice, Italy, casino.

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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.

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A Welcome to My Time and Space

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Khaled Talib


Gun Kiss is a Hollywood story set in the present time. It revolves around a protagonist who wears many hats. Blake Deco is an Iraq vet who struggles in trying to be a screenwriter. In the meantime, he runs a taco restaurant while moonlighting as an artifact recoverer. His co-protagonist, Goldie Saint Helen, is an A-list movie star who lives in Los Feliz. Here, I found myself playing Ken and Barbie. I created a 1920s Spanish-style home for her, including places she hangs outs within the area. Blake, if not on assignment, lives in Hollywood Hills, a property his TV screenwriter parents left him in their will. He’s often seen at the taco restaurant located along Sunset Boulevard; a fictional place called Mama Tacos.

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by Sandra Murphy


As children, Sage and Ross Blackthorn witnessed a death that left them traumatized. As adults, the trauma manifested as reckless behavior and addiction. Although Sage has a successful career in New York, events lead her to go home, or at least back to where she grew up. Home is a word she doesn’t relate to anymore.

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Ruth Ware’s Art of Anxiety

IN THE October 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
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by Sharon Tucker


The supernatural may not be a major component of Ruth Ware’s suspense novels (except for reading Tarot cards…), but her books are intense reads. The primary characters who people her novels are young professionals, successful on varying levels, who find themselves in the midst of circumstances beyond their control.

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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 Murphy


After a second tour in Afghanistan, most people would want a calmer life. Not New York Police Detective Chiara Corelli. She is asked to go undercover to ferret out corrupt police officers. Most people would run from the thought. She feels if you wear blue, you should be one of the good guys.

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by Doward Wilson


Sammy Greene is a radio talk show host who has been invited to spend a summer in Greece with her old friend and his family, Gus Pappajohn. Gus is a retired cop who lives in Boston. Sammy currently lives in Los Angeles but is relocating to a new radio job in New York.

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by Sandra Murphy


Erin Gaines, her husband, and a couple of good, really best, friends start their own company. It features an app that helps users stick to their budget. As you pass a store, it will tell you what’s on sale, if it fits your allotted budget, and it keeps track of all your expenses and savings. A great way for college kids to live within their means, for adults to save for retirement, and for retirees to plan trips or gifts for the grandkids. The plan is to ride the app’s success for a few years, then sell to the highest bidder, retire as millionaires.

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by Kathleen Costa
& C.G. Abbot


It had been over a year, but the nightmares were back…visceral and terrifying. But it’s the vision, the hallucination, that was the most disturbing. Elizabeth has returned to her grandparent’s home in Cyprus, Mississippi, where she’d spent so many summers and met her very best friend, Loralie. But seven years ago Loralie had gone missing, and Elizabeth dismissed that the first vision of her beaten and bloodied friend was an illustration of her death.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In True Fiction, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow is on a book tour in Washington State when his life is turned upside down! Along for the thriller ride is Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer who had taken the job of driving Ian around to his events.

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