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You Better Watch Out: A Christmas Mystery Short Story

FROM THE December 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Aileen Baron


Every day, I pass the house. No one lives there now. It’s on the edge of a canyon that wind funnels through, and sometimes it sounds like cries and moans are coming from the house. They told me to keep away. Someone told me the house was haunted, that some nights, there had been sounds like harsh laughter, and lights flickered on and off through the cracked windows.

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Christmas Morning: A Christmas Short Story

FROM THE December 15 ISSUE

IN THE Terrific Tales SECTION

by J.J. White



It had been a Daley tradition dating back four generations. Christmas morning, each child received three identical gift boxes from under the tree. In two of the boxes were practical gifts such as socks or underwear, but the third contained that special present the child had asked for from Santa and wanted more than anything in the world.

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A Street Cat Named Bob & The World According to Bob By James Bowen

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Every Other Book SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently a friend introduced me to Bob The Cat, probably the most famous cat out there right now besides Grumpy Cat, especially in the UK. There are two full length books about this amazing cat–A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life, and then the more recent release of The World According to Bob. Both are written by Bob’s owner James Bowen. These books are now on the top of my list for favorite books ever!

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Frosty’s My Name, Playing Santa’s My Game

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Lee Juslin SECTION

by Lee Juslin


As a certified therapy dog, I visit Sterling House of New Bern every Tuesday morning throughout the year, and every December I host my annual holiday party. This year will be my eighth party. Now, it’s not polite to ask a lady her age, but let’s just say I’m a mature girl and you do the math.

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Once Upon A Grind: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle: Review/Guest Post

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle


What better mystery for the holidays than a Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle. This week we have a review of the brand new one Once Upon A Grind, a fun guest post from Cleo, and details at the end of this post to win a copy of the book, and to win a $20 Starbucks card!

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Death With All the Trimmings: By Lucy Burdette

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


It may be Christmastime in Key West, Florida, but Hayley Snow is definitely not feeling the holiday spirit. Her position as a food critic for Key Zest magazine is in flux. The co-owner despises Hayley and has brought in potential buyers who would take the magazine in a more social media-focused direction. Hayley’s editor—and potential boyfriend—Wally has been absent due to his mother’s battle with cancer.

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Murder, Served Simply By Isabella Alan

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Angie Braddock has a lot going on what with her parents in town for a Christmas visit, a town-wide progressive dinner and a surprise guest. Too bad the surprise is her ex-fiancé! The folks would like Angie to forgive Ryan, forget how he done her wrong and resume their relationship. Not going to happen. Pretty sure anyway.

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Gracie’s Gift from the East: A Christmas Mystery Short Story

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gary Hoffman


The car carrying the three men rolled to a stop. The woman who had been kicking the bumper of an old pick-up truck and calling it several bad names stopped and looked at them. “Can I help you?” she asked calmly.

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Though Heaven Fall: A Medieval Parable By Jeri Westerson

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Every Other Book SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Life is not easy in 13th century England, especially if you are a cripple. Edric, our quasi-hero, is adept at begging and stealing for a living. He also has musical talent with a pipe and makes a few shillings that way as well. His whole life he has built up a defense against people, expecting rejection and getting it. All he can handle are his own needs and he has become self-centered in order to survive on the edges of society.

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Birds Nest-Unique Finds: Handmade & Refurbished Gifts In Minkler

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Reedley resident Priscilla Luther has been selling her crafts at craft fairs for a few years now, but she dreamed of having a more permanent location to sell not only her crafts, but those of other local artists as well. Now that dream has come true with the opening of Birds Nest unique finds on November 1 in Minkler.

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Another One Bites the Dust By Chris Marie Green

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



After being yanked from a 30-year time loop, Jensen Murphy is a semi-well-adjusted ghost in Chris Marie Green’s second Ghost for Hire book, Another One Bites the Dust. She doesn’t really trust Amanda Lee, the psychic who released her from replaying her murder, because she used her to play detective and try to get a murder confession from an innocent man. Jensen isn’t trusted by Gavin, who she haunted and invaded his mind.

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The Power of Media: An International Bipolar Foundation Column

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Muffy Walker



Last week I received a call from a colleague inquiring whether I had heard about the recent homicide that occurred not too far from where I live. I had not, but quickly researched the incident.

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How I Met My Dinner-Hot Chocolate For Cold Winter Nights

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Alicia Lieu SECTION

by Alicia Lieu


It’s the season of hats and gloves, boots and leggings, sweaters and turtlenecks to combat the chilly weather. It’s the season of ice skating and witnessing proposals on the ice. What better beverage for people watching in winter than hot chocolate?

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Longmire Resurrection

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Deborah Harter Williams SECTION

by Deborah Harter Williams



It’s a new day in Absaroka County, with the old sheriff still in town but coming from another network.
Television is fickle. The show that is the darling one season gets thrown on the slagheap the next. Even the highly rated are not immune; Murder She Wrote, as many of us remember, was cancelled while still in the top 10. Latest on the chopping block—the A&E mystery/western, Longmire.

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Fresno’s M.E.A.L. & Halo Cafe: Making A Difference

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



“We are people who want to give…people who want to provide Fresno’s homeless with a meal that others would normally experience at their own kitchen tables…” Justin Kamimoto, Founder and Program Director for Fresno’s M.E.A.L.

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After Ariel By Diana Hockley

FROM THE December 13 ISSUE

IN THE Marilyn Meredith SECTION

by Marilyn Meredith


I’m not sure where to begin with this review of After Ariel–there are so many good things to say.
First, there is a glossary of Australian slang at the front of the book. It was fun reading. However, I didn’t find it necessary in order to understand the outstanding dialogue.

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