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Friday, April 28, 2017

“The Logan Triad” Three Bullet-Riddled Novellas by Nathan Walpow

by Cynthia Chow

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Meet Logan, a man with a past and secrets, lots of secrets! He specializes in helping women and children who have been brutalized or exploited by bad people. Bad people sometimes don't get the punishment they deserve when flaws in the judicial system work to their advantage. Logan makes sure that is corrected!

In Logan's Young Guns, the first of three novellas, we meet Logan as he searches for the man responsible for beating a young woman so badly, that she ends up in the hospital. In the process he meets the girl's brother, Johnny P. Jones. As they look for the man, they meet Annie, who works for Johnny's Uncle Frank, a professor in the art department of a local college. Uncle Frank is being pursued by an Italian enforcer trying to retrieve a piece of stolen artwork that Frank had bought on a recent trip to Italy. Annie is also being pursued by the Italian, so she joins Logan & Johnny when they agree to help her with that problem. Next, they turn to Johnny's sister's workplace to follow another clue. There they meet Vince, a young veteran who joins the other three in their search for justice. With Logan acting as their mentor and father figure, the three young vigilantes start to learn how to observe, follow and mete out punishment to those who take advantage of women and children.


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In Logan Shoots First we see the team training and working together to bring down a mobile prostitution ring that is kidnapping and exploiting underage girls. When Logan receives word that a new lead has surfaced in an old cold case where he failed to bring a serial killer to justice, he splits off and leaves Annie and Johnny to do surveillance on the prostitution crew. Logan finds the prime suspect in the serial killings, only to learn that the man didn't do it. In the meantime, Annie has been taken by the prostitution ring. Logan forces a showdown with them and a deadly gun battle ensues.



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In They Got Logan the distant past catches up with him as he meets Jen, his grown daughter, in person, for the first time! She is there to seek his help in finding out who was behind the killing of her mother, the first love of Logan's life. Leaving the young team behind, Logan and Jen head out to visit Jen's wealthy and bigoted grandparents who they think may have hired the men behind the home invasion that killed their daughter, Jen's mother. Tracking down the relatives of the three men convicted and sentenced for the crime puts them in touch with more suspects. The three men all died in prison attacks within the first two years of their sentence. That tells Logan and Jen that someone else was behind the scenes pulling the strings. Now they have to discover who!

Three well done plots woven together for one entertaining read! Logan and the youngsters emerge as engaging and complex characters trying to right some of the wrongs in the world, as they grapple with the reality of killing the bad guys!

To enter to win a copy of The Logan Triad, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “logan,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 6, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

"Smurfs: The Lost Village"

by Sheryl Wall

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

Smurfs: The Lost Village begins with a narration about how each Smurf has a name related to their talent or ability except for Smurfette. The story continues with her trying to find out what her abilities are. She then uses Brainy's new invention that is supposed to reveal her abilities but ends up breaking it instead. Brainy believes it's because she isn't a Smurf like the boys but instead was created by Gargamel out of clay.


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Since the invention is ruined, Smurfette and her friends Hefty, Brainy, and Clumsy go snowboarding as a distraction and she spots a blue creature in the Forrest who drops a hat similar to hers. This was a sudden shift in the story that didn't quite flow, but over all the story comes together well. She is then captured by Gargamel who sees the hat and decides to search for what he believes is a lost village of Smurfs. Her friends soon help her escape. Later, even though Papa Smurf forbids it, Smurfette and her friends go out in the Forbidden Forest looking for the Lost Village so they can warn them about Gargamel. They experience many new wonders on their adventure in the Forbidden Forest and end up making new friends.



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The Lost Village is a completely animated film unlike the previous movies. The storyline was unique and full of unexpected adventures in the Forbidden Forest--it made me think of Alice in Wonderland when they first entered the forest with all the new creatures and live flowers. My favorite scenes were the ones of the adventures leading up to finding the Village. The scenes on the water were very well done, and I really liked the luminescent rabbits. This is one of my favorite Smurf movies that didn't include the human world, except for Gargamel of course.

This is a fun movie that I enjoyed taking my girls to during the Easter break. It's a cute movie that the whole family can enjoy. Both my 2 year old and 8 year old loved it and will probably want to own it someday.

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Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.




Friday, April 14, 2017

"The Burning Page" by Genevieve Cogman

by Terrance McArthur

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

The Burning Page
is the third book in the Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. What could be more perfect than combining libraries and fantasy!

The main character of this series is Librarian spy Irene--but librarians in this world are very different from those in our own. While their lives still involve books, these librarians set out to the various worlds (yes worlds or realities) to retrieve and protect rare and valuable books. They also know magic and live in a world of fantastical creatures like dragons and Fae. Irene's apprentice Kai is a dragon prince.


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In this book, Irene is on probation due to some instances that happened in a previous book--while we aren't given all of the details, I didn't have any problem knowing enough to jump into this book and enjoy the story and characters. Irene's long time nemesis, Alberich, is again causing trouble and this time he wants to destroy the entire Library and especially Irene.



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The Burning Page is filled with so many wonderful characters, including a great detective named Vale who is very much like my favorite detective Sherlock Holmes. Irene is spunky, determined, loyal, and smart. This series makes me think very much of two of my favorite TV shows-Warehouse 13 and The Librarians. If you enjoy either of those shows, you will love this book, and series, and well if you love fantasy and libraries you will love it too! I can't wait to go back and read the previous books, The Invisible Library and The Masked City.

To enter to win a copy of The Burning Page, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “page,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 22, 2017. If entering via email please include your mailing address.





Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie's mystery writing at Mysteryrat's Closet.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

“Eat, Drink, and Be Wary” A Sleuth Sisters Mystery By Maggie Pill

by Cynthia Chow

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The three sisters of the Smart Detective Agency may be facing their toughest case yet: infiltrating a retreat promoting the celebration of traditional, old-fashioned values where the woman’s place is in the home—preferably in the kitchen, raising sons. Baby sister Retta has been asked by the FBI to go undercover within Love-Able Ladies to meet Dina Engel, an aspiring fashion designing who will be showing her first collection at the retreat. The FBI hopes that away from her crime boss father Roger Engel, Dina will be more amenable to testifying against her rather lamentable father. Considering that older sister Barbara’s staunch feminist attitude and her inability to pretend otherwise, it will be up to Retta and their middle sister Faye to blend in and attempt to cozy up to the mob boss’s daughter.


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Alternating narrations by each sister reveal the different investigations of the sisters, which become dire when inept criminals kidnap Retta and hold her hostage. Faye is left on her own to sway Dina to her side, so it’s fortunate that Faye’s budget-saving sewing skills have her essential to the fashion show. Making alterations to designs meant for statuesque models but now must be fitted on second-tier strippers was not in the Smart Detective Agency’s initial plans, but it gives Faye access to the behind-the-scenes actions of the mob boss and his many business entanglements. With the male halves of the sisters back at home, it truly is up to Barbara, Faye, and Retta to prove their skills while definitely not being the complacent, privileged, housewives who are promoted by the retreat.



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The bond between these three sisters is the highlight of this series, as despite their many differences they always come together in the end. They may bicker, manipulate, and occasionally attempt to avoid one another, but they are sisters in the purest sense of the word. Young Retta uses her charm to always get her way, oldest Barbara assumes she knows best, and Faye is the insecure middle child who attempts to make peace between them all. When they are together, they are at their most fun, especially they act like children in the most relatable ways. What is unexpected is that while the Love-Able Ladies enjoy a lifestyle that is one available to a select few, they receive a sympathetic and very fair depiction. Just because they’re old-fashioned, it doesn’t mean that they are entirely wrong. The mystery, which proves to be far more complicated and surprising than it appears, is as entertaining as the personal lives of these very engaging, very smart women.

To enter to win an EBOOK copy of Eat, Drink, and Be Wary, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “eat,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 15, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.




Friday, March 31, 2017

“The Secret of Bramble Hill” By Sue Owens Wright

by Cynthia Chow

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Following her heart and a soldier she met at a USO Dance, Tessa Field left England at the end of World War II for a new life in the United States. In April 1946, she receives a letter from her new step-uncle informing her of the drowning death and upcoming memorial service of her beloved Aunt Emily. Going by plane, train, and cab, she works her way to Bramble Hill, her aunt's estate on the Cornish Coast in Covington Haven, England.

Her arrival is greeted with open arms by Maggie and Alf, the couple who cared for the house and grounds for her Aunt Emily. Learning that her step-uncle, Edward is several years younger than her aunt leaves Tessa feeling uneasy; meeting him in person only intensives that feeling. His too familiar behavior raises more questions about her aunt's drowning and his possible involvement in it. Knowing her Aunt Emily was a champion swimmer, with the medals to prove it, she isn't surprised when the local Constable tells her that he is investigating the drowning as a possible murder.


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Bramble Hill was where Tessa spent every summer with Aunt Emily. There she roamed the fields, woods, and coast line with her closest friend, Peter, the younger son of the neighboring estate's family. She meets the grownup Peter when his stallion almost tramples her on one of the many trails. As they renew their acquaintance, they realize that their friendship is deepening into love. As a youngster, Tessa was teased and ridiculed for her looks and her physic abilities to see other things. With her return to Bramble Hill, the long dampened abilities return full force, and she knows that someone is trying to tell her what really happened to her Aunt Emily. Tessa's visions continue to become clearer and she knows that Aunt Emily is protecting and helping her from beyond the grave. Peter is writing a book about the history of Bramble Hill and the pirate treasure that is supposedly buried on its grounds. Is Aunt Emily's death mixed up with the legend of the treasure?



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This book was a fascinating blend of gothic suspense, romantic thriller, and a complex murder plot. The paranormal aspect worked very well with the murder plot without overshadowing it. The historical time period is well done with the characters and setting coming across as very authentic and lifelike. The story pulled me in with the first paragraph, and the action continued to flow smoothly right to the horrifying and shocking conclusion.

To enter to win a copy of The Secret of Bramble Hill, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “bramble,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 8, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.
Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Get Out" Movie Review

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for Get Out.


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Get Out is not currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6, but many other great movies are. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Logan is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.


Jessica Ham is 24 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.


Friday, March 24, 2017

“For Whom the Bread Rolls” A Pancake House Mystery series By Sarah Fox

by Kathleen Costa

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Marley McKinney had a rough start returning home, but when she inherited a beautiful Victorian house by the beach and local pancake restaurant from her grandmother’s cousin Jimmy, she decides to stay in Wildwood Cove. The Flip Side is doing very well, and Marley is settling in and making great friends. But, when she comes to work and finds graffiti painted across the front windows, prank calls all morning, and a new purchase stolen right off of her front porch, she knows something is not right. Believing Ida Winkler, curmudgeon extraordinaire, is the culprit, she decides to confront her and come to a friendly agreement. Ok…have you read a cozy mystery before? That’s right…Ida ends up dead, and Marley is a ‘person of interest.’


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Marley tries to keep things going at the restaurant and fend off all the questions about the murder hoping that tourists and regulars will not be scared away. She has Brett Collins along with her cat Flapjack and a new furry friend Bentley found injured on the beach to take her mind off the tragic events and gossip, but she decides to take a more active role to find the killer. She jogs about the area trying to clear her mind discovering suspicious dump sites down by the river, overhears more than one curious conversation, and spots shadowy figures skulking around the crime scene. There are several residents of whom she asks lots of intrusive questions, but she is always forthright in telling the police all she uncovers. They, however, continue to tell her to stay out of the investigation for her safety…but we know she won't do that.



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This book 2 in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery is great with or without maple syrup! She has written a delightful book with a clever mystery, sweet romance, and beautiful descriptions of the Northwest, the town, the woods, and the ocean. I enjoyed Marley and her clever deductions, and although I had someone else as the killer, the final solution was perfect…the clues were there, I just took them in a different direction. Those fans who have read book 1, The Crepes of Wrath, will be thrilled joining Marley and her friends on this adventure, and newbies, like me, will get enough background to be caught up quickly. However, there are some references to events in Book 1 that might be considered ‘spoilers,’ but maybe I misunderstood. I am not deterred and am headed off to read it like I would any prequel. The first book included some great recipes from Ivan’s kitchen at The Flip Side, but my ARC didn’t. But, looking at the book description on Amazon, you’ll discover some of the treats served up are included. Yummm! It’s a great entertaining read! I highly recommend this series.

“For Whom the Bread Rolls” earns 5/5 Ivan’s Maple Pecan Sticky Rolls! Yummm!
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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

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