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Victoria Hamilton

by Sandra Murphy



It’s time, long past time, for the old Dumpe Manor to be restored. Members of the Queensville Heritage Society have divvied up the rooms and each will decorate one, keeping in mind, they all have to blend and stay within style parameters. Jaymie Leighton has drawn the kitchen as her restoration project and that’s right up her alley as she collects vintage cookware and utensils. To add to what she can find in thrifts and at auctions, a box full of vintage mallets, like those used to tenderize meat, is found in the house. Jaymie is researching them for age and value. Too bad that before she can find all the answers, someone uses one of the mallets on her head!

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


This week we have another helping of food mysteries from Penguin-Cookies and Scream: A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery by Virginia Lowell, Crime Rib: A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery by Leslie Budewitz, Maple Mayhem by Jessie Crockett, and Muffin but Murder by Victoria Hamilton. Details at the end of this post on how to win all 4 books, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to support KRL.

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by Sandra Murphy
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Here are three more fun mysteries from Penguin-Freezer or I’ll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton, Read It and Weep by Jenny McKinlay, and Charms and Chocolate Chips: A Magical Bakery Mystery By Bailey Cates. You will find some great pets in two of these books as well–a Cairn Terrier, and a Yorkie-Poo. Details on how to win a copy of all 3 at the end of this post.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Penguin continues to release a lot of great cozies for our mystery reading fun! Here are a few more reviews of books that came out in October and September of 2013! This week we have food, clothing, supernatural and Amish country. A Finder’s Fee: A Missing Pieces Mystery by Joyce and Jim Lavene, Postcards from the Dead by Laura Childs, Bran New Death by Victoria Hamilton, Going Through the Notions by Cate Price, and Murder, Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan. Details on how to win all 5 of these fun mysteries at the end of this post.

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by Sandra Murphy



This week we have yet another group of new fun mystery novels to share and to give away. We have reviews of A Fete Worse than Death by Claudia Bishop, Agony of the Leaves by Laura Childs, Assaulted Pretzel by Laura Bradford, Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly, Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton, and Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly. These books include a lot of recipes, teas, cats, Amish and kitchen collectibles. Details on how to win a copy of all of these books at the end of this post.

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