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Monday, July 24, 2017

"The Big Sick" Video Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for Big Sick.


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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.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Despicable Me 3" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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Despicable Me 3 begins with Gru and his wife Lucy chasing the villain Baltar Bratt who turned evil after his show as a child star in the 80s was canceled. He stole the World's largest diamond, and even though the diamond was recovered, Bratt escaped.


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The new boss of the Anti-Villain league fired Gru and Lucy because they failed to catch him. The Minions were hopeful that perhaps after being fired, Gru would go back to a life of crime, and though Gru didn't know what to do, he knew that wasn't an option. But when Gru found out he had a twin brother, Dru, he and his family went to meet him. They found him living in a huge mansion and working with pigs so they thought. The twins’ dad was a criminal who recently passed, and Dru wanted to be like their father and wanted Gru's help. They decide to do one heist together which is to steal the largest diamond back from Bratt who recently managed to steal it again. Dru didn't have the skill as a villain but was determined to follow in their dad's footsteps. Gru however had other ideas in mind for their mission.



Image source: Universal

Despicable Me 3 doesn't quite live up to the first movie, but it is still a fun movie to see with the whole family. We already have gotten to know and love the characters so its great seeing them back on stage. And, of course, the Minions are up to their mischief again though they weren't in this movie as much as the first two. Bratt was a very unique bad guy as he was obsessed with everything 80s and used scenes from his childhood show and tried to make them reality. The giant robot of Bratt was a bit overdone though. They did however portray life in the 80s very well through Bratt's character. The side story of Agnes searching for a unicorn was cute. “Despicable Me 3” was a fun story, and I hope to see another movie in their future.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

"Cars 3" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen finds himself being pushed out of the racing life because the new generation of cars can go faster then he ever could. After losing one too many times to the new racer, Storm, he crashes while trying to push himself too hard.


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To be able to get back into racing, he has to learn to train like the new cars do: with technology and simulators he has never used before and all the training is done indoors. His trainer, Cruz, tries to help him learn the ropes of the next generation. But Lightning McQueen, after a while, gets tired of this type of training, and having a hard time with it, he sets out to train on the beach and the great outdoors. He ends up seeking help from Dusty, Doc Hudson's trainer. Lightning McQueen finds that Cruz has always dreamed of being a racer, so he helps her learn about racing along the way. Once again on the race track unexpected changes takes place, but #95 lives on.



Image source: Disney Pixar

Cars 3 lives up to the Cars name. It’s so very well done that sometimes you forget you are watching cars talk not people. Even though, Mater has a smaller role, he still finds his way into the movie. I am glad because he is my favorite character.

The storyline is deeper for a cartoon about cars then you would expect, but it’s also full of fun and humor. I really liked the new character Cruz, who was introduced in this movie; she reminds me of Dory from Finding Nemo, but she isn't forgetful like Dory. “Cars 3” definitely is not one a Cars’ fan would want to miss. It’s fun for the whole family, and a perfect way to get out of the heat and do something fun together.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

“A Perfect Manhattan Murder” A Nic & Nigel Mystery By Tracy Kiely

by Cynthia Chow

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Our favorite couple that proves opposites attract returns to tackle murder on Broadway. Playboy Nigel Martini and his wife, former NYPD homicide detective Nic Martini, are back in New York for the opening of her friend Peggy McGrath’s Broadway play. Nic is thrilled to spend an evening with Peggy and their other schoolmate Harper, but not with her husband Dan, a Vanity Fair theater critic known as the Bastard of Broadway. A new baby, Harper’s immense family wealth, and the lack of a pre-nuptial agreement have Harper tied to the narcissist, which comes to an end when he is found murdered in his luxurious “work” apartment, and she becomes the probable suspect.


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Considering Dan’s reputation, few mourn the loss of yet another critic with writing aspirations of his own. Evidence seems to indicate that he had been using his apartment for more than just writing, but Dan’s cruel wit had done its share of damage within the dramatic realm. Although Nic trusts that Harper could never have actually killed Dan, it doesn’t look good that she has a Manny who resembles a personal trainer more than a hired caretaker. Complicating matters is, that in addition to the play, he was trying to produce. Dan may have been using a ‘tell-all’ more for leverage than writing credits. A producer with an interchangeable number of young ingĂ©nue girlfriends, an out leading man, beleaguered assistant, and grand dame of theatre all enliven both the suspect list and brilliant cast of characters. Not to mention Nic and Nigel’s don’t-tell-him-he’s-a-dog bullmastiff Skippy, who isn’t a suspect but does deserve his own credit.



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This continues to be an absolutely delightful series that creates a sense of nostalgia through the bantering dialogue of its charming detectives. Nic displays an exasperation for Nigel’s juvenile antics when she not-so-secretly revels in them, while he in turn plays out his playboy persona to its fullest. Underneath the pretense though, they have an unwavering devotion to one another and complete confidence in the other’s love and capabilities.

Nigel may have come from a socialite family of vast wealth, but he has little respect for superficiality or class structure. He is completely supportive of his wife’s investigations, and while he doesn’t exactly enjoy working, he never hesitates to have her back. The bon mots, witty dialogue, Oscar Wilde-worthy insults, and exploitation of Broadway’s egocentric eccentrics are endlessly entertaining. This very modern mystery somehow feels as though it was written from a bygone era, which is an amazing feat from a very talented author. If you thought you enjoyed Tracy Kiely’s Jane Austen-loving Elizabeth Parker series, you will love this series that is a tribute to the Nick and Nora Charles novels by Dashiell Hammett.

To enter to win a copy of A Perfect Manhattan Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “manhattan,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 24, 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.




Monday, June 12, 2017

"Wonder Woman" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins has finally graced the big screen aiming to tell the origin story of one of DC’s most beloved heroes. In this movie, we follow Diana of Themiscyra, an Amazonian princess, who leaves her secluded home to travel to the world of man on a mission to save it by killing the God of War Ares during one of the most brutal wars to ever happen, World War I.

This film had a lot of pressure to succeed both critically and commercially. Some of that pressure being fair, it’s part of the so far lackluster DCEU film universe, and unfair that it was somehow a litmus test for a female-led female-directed superhero action adventure movie. Well, not only did the movie deliver financially, it is actually a great film, leagues better than anything DC has put out since “The Dark Knight.” In fact, I would go on to say that this is the best superhero movie made. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot knocked it out of the park because they understood the fundamental core of the Wonder Woman character and gave us a coherent inspirational hero’s journey.


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From the writing to the action to the acting and directing this movie delivers, primarily because it always stays true to the story it’s trying to tell. There are many things I love about this movie, but I will only highlight a few for the sake of brevity. First, there is finally a DC movie with some humor. Even against the backdrop of World War 1, the movie understands that even during the worst of times levity is needed, and it’s mostly provided by any scene with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor, Diana’s connection to the human world. Also, the action scenes are just amazing. The way the Amazons and Diana herself fight is something new and old, and it gives the scenes this extra cool quality because you really haven’t seen this before. Possibly my favorite thing about this movie is that it tells a superhero story where the hero actually gets to be a hero by choice because they feel in this case it is the right thing to do. By that, I mean, most if not all superheroes in recent films are pushed by a villain to either save their own lives or the lives of loved ones. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it gets repetitive. So to see what most and myself included are calling the standout sequence in the film Diana crosses No Man’s Land to save a village was not only inspirational but breathtaking.



Image source: DC

If I had to critique this film at all, and I’m being nit picky, some of the CGI could have been better. But if I’m honest, I don’t actually care because we finally have a good DC movie, and we finally have a Wonder Woman. Ultimately, this movie succeeds because its creators understood the central character and gave her a fantastic narrative to showcase it.

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Jesus Ibarra is 24 years old; with a love of all media, he's always on the lookout for the best finds.




Friday, June 9, 2017

“Courtyard Corpse” A Cassie Hall Mystery by Sherry Lodge

by Sandra Murphy

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Cassie Hall works at the Parkstone Manor in Bethesda, Maryland. She’s the daytime concierge and loves her job. She loves her sideline job as fashionista even more. Originally from Colorado, she followed boyfriend Eric, a police detective, to Maryland in hopes that he would propose. It’s been fifteen years, and she’s still waiting.

Once in a while, okay, several times lately, Cassie’s been late for work but only once with deadly consequences. When she got to the front desk, the building’s water was turned off, and even though tenants had been warned, the phone rang off the hook with complaints. A scream from the courtyard propelled Cassie away from the desk and out the door where she found the body of Kip Ace, golf pro and all around good guy—or is he? Eric arrives on the scene, declares it’s murder, and locks the building down for 24 hours.


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Since the courtyard is in the center of the building and no one came in or out during that time, it’s apparent the murderer is one of the residents. Motive seems scarce at first, but gradually Cassie hears Kip wasn’t as good a guy as his image promised. First, he argued with a resident about a business deal and another over a collectible bottle of wine. He pulled out of a charity fundraiser at the last minute. There are rumors of an affair, of a disagreement between Kip and his wife Bunny about living at the Parkstone permanently, and Kip’s car had been damaged in the garage, whether on purpose or not, or by who, no one knows.



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Cassie’s job is on the line since she should have made her walk to check the courtyard just about the time the murder took place. Management blames her and says when the lockdown is over, so is her job. She has 24 hours to help Eric solve the case, whether he wants her help or not.

The book is a cozy, light read with a peek into the life of the rich and those who work for them. Cassie and Eric make a great couple, the residents are an assortment of kooks and cranks, and the mystery more nerve wracking since there’s no possibility an outsider did the deed. This is the first of four books in the series. Look for “Cloakroom Corpse,” “Clubroom Corpse,” and “Cabana Corpse.”

To enter to win a copy of Courtyard Corpse, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “courtyard,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 17, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her newest, "Arthur", included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Priates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean Movie starring Johnny Depp. The movie starts out with 12-year old Henry Turner diving to the bottom of the sea to tell his dad—who is dead and cursed to be a ghost at the bottom of the ocean in a ship—that he can save him with the Trident of Poseidon, so he will search for it for as long as it takes.


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Nine years later, Henry is a sailor on a ship that sails into the Devil's Triangle where everyone is killed by ghosts but him. He is spared to send a message to Jack Sparrow. The message is that the ghost Captain Salazar is seeking revenge on Jack.

Jack is up to his tricks when he is found inside a bank safe by the town. He and his friends try to rob the bank, but it doesn't end up as expected. Jack ends up needing to be rescued from execution. Henry joins Jack’s friends to rescue him in an elaborate rescue mission that is successful but not quite as you would expect. The story continues with a young girl accused of witchcraft, also rescued from execution, joining Henry and Jack on an adventure to stop Captain Salavar and find the Trident of Poseidon.



Image source: Disney

I usually don't expect much in the fifth in a series of movies, but found that “Dead Men Tell No Tells” was probably one of my favorite Pirates movies. I almost didn't go to see it but saw a preview at Disneyland and knew that it was going to be one I didn't want to miss. It is full of adventure and humor that only can be found in the adventures of Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp brings the character to life every time.

Dead Men Tell No Tales 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.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

“Cast the First Stone” An Ellie Stone Mystery By James W. Ziskin

by Cynthia Chow

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As a result of a hotshot reporter’s superstitious wife forbidding him to fly, it is New Holland Republic’s young reporter Ellie Stone who finds herself taking off to Hollywood to cover the story of a local boy hitting it big. High school drama star Tony Eberle has just been signed on to costar in a 1962 summer beach movie alongside the movie star Bobby Renfro, and Ellie will be promoting the hometown hero as a sign of pride for their failing mill town. Tony’s disappearance before their first interview could tank both their careers, making Ellie determined to find him before she loses her story and Tony misses his chance at stardom. The murder of Twistin’ on the Beach’s producer Bertram Wallis again links their paths as it starts a countdown to how long it will take for Ellie to be replaced on her story, and for Tony to be arrested. The studios control Hollywood’s industries and own the police, so his disappearance coinciding with the producer’s death gives them an easy way to close the case.


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Ellie finds herself a stranger in the strange land of Hollywood, not knowing who to trust in this world of superficiality and pretense. Ellie learns that the murdered producer was renowned for his lurid parties, where aspiring actors were given promises of roles in exchange for sex. Ellie is far too familiar with the rampant sexism facing a woman in her male-dominated profession, but here she is confronted with the hypocritical homophobia of the studios and police. While Tony and his girlfriend are on the run and in hiding, Ellie forms a tentative alliance with a rival reporter, a tabloid photographer, and a studio president’s jaded assistant. 1960s Hollywood never seems so vivid, gorgeous, and corrupted.



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What has become so entertaining about this series has been seeing Ellie mature from a brash, aggressively confident cynic into a far more empathetic, questioning young woman. She still believes in her inherent right to pursue a career alongside men, but Ellie also has moments where she must question her own prejudices. The writing is so well-crafted that even the most bigoted and revolting Hollywood characters have their sympathetic moments. Just as moving are the portrayals of those who are forced to act in their personal lives as much as in front of the camera. Ellie drinks too much, drives too fast, and is hungrier for a story than a relationship, and while this does not make her a proper young lady, it ensures that she is a stellar heroine for any era.

To enter to win a copy of Cast the First Stone, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “cast,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 10, 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.




Monday, May 29, 2017

"Everything, Everything" Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

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


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Image source: MGM




Everything, Everything 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.

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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.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

“Bound” By Benedict Jacka

by Terrance McArthur

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Bound (adj.): tied, compelled, leap, a border, forced.

Alex Verus is “Bound,” in the eighth book of Benedict Jacka’s British urban fantasy series. He is tied to Anne, the woman he wants to love, but instead, has gotten her into a horrible mess. They are compelled to work for the Dark Mages, while Light Mages keep trying to kill them (OK, some of the Dark Mages want to kill them, too). He makes a mental leap when he realizes that he’s been playing a short game, reacting to what happens to him, while the Dark Side is working from long-view plans. He breaches the border of his scruples when he does battle with an entity who is defending her home. He is forced to work for his evil mentor, or have all his friends killed.

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Alex is a Diviner Mage, able to see the alternate possibilities around him, and he usually wins by maneuvering his foes into a situation where something even more dangerous will remove his present danger, sort of like a fish steering a scuba-hunter into the path of a man-eating shark. Richard, his former Dark Master, assigns him to work for the Dark Mage representative on the Light Mage Council. Alex deals with the horrors and tedium of bureaucracy, which is why the book takes place over a year’s time, instead of the usual week or two, as in previous installments. It has a longer page count, too, but doesn’t feel unnecessarily padded, even with a spate of philosophical and ethical discussions. In fact, a major complaint in user reviews has been that it is too short.



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Jacka has been twisting fantasy expectations for years with his brain-centered hero, building a magical society in England. Some of the Light Mages are more corrupt and devious than the Dark ones, who are at least honest about their aims. A giant spider weaves anti-magic armor. A masked mage blows away everything in his path. A magical being weaponizes plants. Portals open to other dimensions, customized by the owner. It’s a weird universe, out there.

Bound ends with a cliffhanging twist (don’t all these books?) that promises more trouble for Alex, but isn’t that what we want and expect? Things have to get worse. The stakes have to get higher. Relationships have to get more complicated. That’s why we keep coming back to read more.

To enter to win a copy of Bound, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “bound,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 3, 2017. If entering via email please include your mailing address.






Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a Librarian with the Fresno County Public Library, and a published short story author.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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The Long Haul is the fourth movie based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. However, due to the original cast becoming too old to resume their roles a new cast was chosen for this recent movie.


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Greg Heffley was looking forward to a summer with nothing to do, but soon discovers this isn't going to be how he spends his school vacation after all. His parents planned a road trip to go to MeeMaws 90th Birthday party. This is disappointing to Greg until he realizes that they will, be as Greg explains to his friend Rowly, two inches (on a map) from a Gaming Convention where he can meet the famous Mac Digby. Due to a recent embarrassment in a ball pit where a dirty diaper gets stuck on his hand and is posted all over the internet, Greg decides that Mac Digby could make him famous and make everyone forget his diaper incident. There are many mishaps and adventures on the Heffley road trip including a pet pig won at a country fair by the youngest in the family, Manny, and birds invading the car.



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The Long Haul was a fun movie, though it wasn't as engaging and funny as the previous Wimpy Kid movies. However, it’s still a funny movie that stays true to the books. Greg's brother Rodrick was well cast and had some really funny scenes, though the gross scene of him throwing up I could have done without. I like how they used some of the drawings from the book and made them come alive throughout the film.

Overall, this is a fun movie for the whole family to enjoy and perfect timing with summer just around the corner. I hope to see more of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books made into movies in the future.

The Long Haul 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.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

“The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice” A Bird Lover’s Mystery By J.R. Ripley

by Cynthia Chow

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A bit groggy after once again being awoken by the red-bellied woodpecker named Drummy, Amy Simms can barely believe the scene she glimpses through the rain at the McKutcheon house across Ruby Lake. As the owner of Birds & Bees, an aviary, bee, & nature supplies store, Amy may not be an ornithologist, but she definitely knows the difference between a bird and a falling body. The rest of the town is not so certain though, and when Ruby Lake’s chief of police Jerry Kennedy finds no evidence of a corpse, his mocking doubt even has Amy questioning herself. Determined to find some sort of evidence, Amy leads her monthly bird-watching hike to McKutcheon house and its apparent conversion into a hostel. Amy is stunned to discover what she believes what could be a fresh grave, but before she can return to (literally) uncover more, she finds an even fresher corpse propped up against a tree. Irritable Bessie Hammond has grumbled about her last bird-watching venture, and this time even Jerry has to admit that it is murder.


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The chief of police still behaves as though he was the high school student who once dated Amy and was a student in her mother’s classes, so Amy doesn’t have much confidence that he will be able to solve this latest murder. This leads her to invite herself over to the McKutcheon house, whose owner Grant McKutcheon has filled with youthful Europeans. The relationships of these newcomers pale in comparison to the locals, who are using the McKutcheon’s connection to the legendary widow in the Lake to attract tourists to her annual ghostly appearance.



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This third in the Bird Lover’s Mystery series entertains with the impulsive escapades led by the very focused and determined Amy. This allows her very little time to operate Birds & Bees, so it’s fortunate that he she has the help of her mother, Aunt Betty, and much less reliable cousin Riley for daily operations. As the investigation leads in completely unexpected directions, it ensures for a surprising conclusion that few readers will see coming. Amy’s humorous insights provide endless laughter for readers; to put off a possible “we need to talk” breakup session with her boyfriend, Amy determines that all she needs to do is to completely avoid him. Amy’s best friend Kim is dating the latest in her string of short-term boyfriends, so she’s prime for an epic breakup soon. Amy may lead more with her intuition than actual evidence, but she continues to be an undeniable delight who will have readers giggling long after the crime is solved.

To enter to win a copy of The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice or the first book in the series, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “woodpecker,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 27, 2017. U.S. residents only. PLEASE STATE WHICH BOOK YOU WANT. 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.




Monday, May 15, 2017

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Video Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

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This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 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.

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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, May 12, 2017

“Uniformly Dead” A Stitch in Time Mystery By Greta McKennan

by Cynthia Chow

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After her boyfriend cleaned out their joint banking accounts and left her drowning in debt, wedding dress designer Debra Dembrowski was forced to close her wedding shop and find a new way to pay the bills. Operating out of her home, Debra has merged bridal couture with A Stitch in Time, her sewing business focusing on historical wear. It’s a new venture perfect for a designer whose hero was Betsy Ross and whose hometown of Laurel Springs, Pennsylvania is a host to a thriving Civil Reenactor community. Debra’s first fitting for reenactor Colonel Windstrom goes less than smooth though, with him disdainful towards her lack of knowledge and criticizing her every stitch.


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Although the filming of a big-budget Civil War movie should have been a fantastic opportunity for Debra’s business, they have their own unionized crew and wardrobe. At least the visiting set brings to town Debra’s camera-operating brother Pete, whom she hasn’t seen since he left for Hollywood six years ago. It’s apparently been a rough period for Pete, and the time spent away hasn’t lessened his old high school rivalry with Emmett McDowell, a historical book author and the heir to the McDowell estate. So when a valuable McDowell antique doll goes missing from an exhibit at the Tremington Museum, it is Pete who is blamed as a result of comments he made regarding valuables often hidden inside dolls by Southern troops. Clearing her brother of the crime would normally be her first priority if not for yet another crime, that of the murder of the unlikable “Colonel.” The man arrested for that crime happens to be the fiancĂ© of Debra’s client, and the pleading bride implores Debra to save the wedding by freeing the groom. Investigating combative reenactors and Civil War treasures would be difficult enough without having to tangle with Sean McCarthy, a Laurel Springs Daily Chronicle reporter who is extremely proud of both his appeal and his ability to deliver a story.



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This debut series follows two different mystery plots while also juggling Debra’s rather confused love life. When Pete goes missing, Debra discovers the dark reasons behind the failed Hollywood career that has followed him to Laurel Springs. As a handsome reenactor and real world accountant engages Debra’s attention, Sean McCarthy repeatedly interrupts with a grinning confidence that is meant to be charming but borders on just being irritating. The surprise MVP of the novel is Debra’s tenant Aileen, the lead singer of Twisted Armpits heavy metal band and whose intelligence and practicality proves key to getting Debra out of trouble. It is Aileen who has the honor of making the perfect twist on a “Princess Bride” line, “Have fun with the murderers!”

To enter to win a copy of Uniformly Dead, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “uniformly,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 20, 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).

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Monday, May 8, 2017

"The Circle" Movie Review

by Jessica Ham

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This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for The Circle.


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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, May 5, 2017

“A Closed and Common Orbit” by Becky Chambers

by Terrance McArthur

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Lovelace is no more. Long live Sidra!

The starship Wanderer’s Artificial Intelligence from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is now housed in a walking, autonomous, not-exactly-legal kit in A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. The Wanderer is left behind, and Sidra and the fix-darned-near-anything engineer Pepper try to find a place for Sidra to fit in to planetary society. She no longer fulfils her prime purpose of running a ship’s systems and protecting its crew, and her limited perspective of only seeing what’s in front of her, instead of being able to access different points of view through cameras in and out of Wanderer, is hard for her to accept.

Sidra’s story alternates chapters with the chronicle of Jane 23, a worker-clone who escapes from the robotic Mothers into a dangerous landscape of trash from a society that throws away anything that stops working perfectly. She wanders until she is protected by Owl, a lonely AI in a discarded star-faring ship. She spends years trying to replace damaged parts in a quest to travel off world, taught about other parts of the galaxy by Owl’s limited information resources.


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The parallel plot lines deal with being accepted and accepting others, what makes a community, and a continued study of gender and species. One of Sidra’s friends is gender fluid, switching physically from male to female and back, with difficult transition periods as changes occur.



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Long Way dealt with a duck-out-of-water situation, as an accountant adjusted to dealing with a multi-species crew and new environments and cultures. Common Orbit focuses in on smaller groups: Jane and Owl, Sidra and a trio of friends and protectors. Chambers excels at creating characters and societies that are outliers of our expectations, yet they have familiar cores of loyalty and the search for more. She mashes up Robinson Crusoe’s survival in a strange land with Oliver Twist’s search for a place to belong, and throws in a heist caper for good measure.

Reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet might help the reader understand the Sidra/Pepper background in this follow-up novel, but it isn’t necessary. I really enjoyed the first book for its quirkiness, but I may be even more fond of A Closed and Common Orbit and its lonely characters, drawn together as they go in the same circles of development, their own closed and common orbit.

To enter to win a copy of A Closed and Common Orbit, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “orbit,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 13, 2017. If entering via email please include your mailing address.






Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a Librarian with the Fresno County Public Library, and a published short story author.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

"13 Reasons Why" Video Review

by Jessica Ham

May is Mental Health Awareness month so be watching for several mental health related articles. To start the month off we have a video review of the Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why.




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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, 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

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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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Friday, April 14, 2017

"The Burning Page" by Genevieve Cogman

by Terrance McArthur

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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.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Get Out" Movie Review

by Jessica Ham

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


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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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