by Lorie Lewis Ham
I admit to being a bit lost at the beginning of the movie because it had been far too long since I had seen the last one, The Desolation of Smaug, but once my memory was jogged and I kind of sorted out again who everyone was (well I knew Bilbo and Gandalf), The Battle of the Five Armies was an action filled, sword clanging adventure.
Nellie and Edgar Nicholson didn’t know it at the time, but their lives changed when their neighbor, Miss Mary Ryan, tripped on her hall rug and broke her hip. Miss Ryan had lived in the apartment above the Nicholsons for thirty-five years; for the last twenty, after her mother died, she lived alone. She listened to classical music, played her television softly, gave no parties, and spent the holidays with her niece. Then she fell and within two months had moved out of her apartment and into a nursing home near her niece.
by Jackie Dale
As another year comes to a close, I reflect back on the year and I am pleased. It has been a very productive year of TNR, (Trap-Neuter-Return), rescues, rehomings and lots of spays and neuters.
Another year is coming to a close and the main reviewers of KRL have been asked to pick their top 5 books of 2014, but most of us couldn’t keep it to 5! Let us know if you have a few we haven’t mentioned you’d like to share about in the comments, and while you are here check KRL’s book review section for many more great books that may not have made it on the list!
by Sandra Murphy
A psychic best friend, a cat who’s in the know on crime, and a deli shop to run, you’d think that would be enough to keep Nora Charles busy. She’s a former crime reporter from Chicago, moved back home to run the family sandwich business after her mother’s death. Sandwiches are named after movie stars and other celebs. The pull of a crime mystery is still there, encouraged by her part time work for the crime magazine, Noir.
by Sunny Frazier
Start your 2015 off with a new series penned by Maine author Lea Wait. Angie Curtis left Haven Harbor with she was 18 to escape her mom’s legacy. A decade later she’s pulled back home when her mother’s body is found. After the agent for her grandmother’s custom needlepoint business is also murder, she has to wonder: has going home stirred up some secrets? Twisted Threads will excite your interest.
by Cynthia Chow
As the owner of the vintage clothing boutique It’s Vintage, Y’all, Cassandra “Cookie” Chanel knew that the estate sale of Charlotte Meadows would provide an ample supply of beautiful, quality fashion for her store. What soon has Cookie doubting her sanity, though, is the sudden appearance by the late Charlotte herself, decidedly dead, but also quite vocal and definitely opinionated. The self-made real estate agent knows a thing or two about persistence, and even if Cookie is the only one who can see or hear her, Charlotte’s not about to let her own murder by strangulation go unsolved.
by Cynthia Chow
After twenty years of marriage to a career Air Force military officer, Sarah Winston never imagined that her life would be like this. At the age of thirty-eight, Sarah finds herself starting over on her own, hoping to turn her love of bargain shopping and tag sales into a profitable business organizing garage sales. After her husband, CJ Hooker, confessed to impregnating his nineteen year-old airman, Tiffany Lopez, he was forced into early retirement to become the police chief of Ellington, Massachusetts.
by Larry Ham
2014 was another great year for sports fans, with plenty of highlights and heartaches to go around. First we’ll take a look at the national highlights of 2014, and then the local highlights.
by Terrance Mc Arthur
2014 has been a delicious year for The Great Food Search. I have discovered the joys of Vietnamese pho, soups, salads, and chicken chains, visited new favorites where old favorites used to be, and found good eating where I least expected it (Chinese food in Orange Cove?). My top five restaurants of 2014 are places I went to review…and returned to enjoy…and enjoy…and….
“You’re John Randall Brown, the mentalist, aren’t you?”
Surprised, I looked up from being lost in a Jorge Luis Borges short story. My career has not yet included much television or cable work–not from any lack of effort however–so that recognition by a stranger was still a novel experience. I nodded. It had been about an hour of relaxing quiet since take-off from Seattle
by Maria Ruiz
We left Bangkok early in the morning to travel the 100 miles to the border between Cambodia and Thailand by bumpy bus. Once at the border, we crossed with dozens of hand-drawn carts and trucks, all carrying goods into Cambodia. Traffic going to Thailand seemed to be just pedestrians. After clearing Thailand immigration, we had to walk about a block into Cambodia to get our visas. Along the route, large casinos lined both sides of the road, evidence of Asians’ love of gambling.
by Sharon Tucker
If you choose to see the New Year in with amateur sleuths Lord Peter Wimsey, Christine Bennett or professional Edward X. Delaney, count on a body turning up for the holiday. Whether our investigators’ services are requested or they just happen to be in the neighborhood where a body is discovered, each is relentless in pursuit of the truth in his or own fashion. As he tells Harriet Vane when they meet in prison, Lord Peter simply enjoys “investigating things.”
by Sheryl Wall
The new Annie movie is loosely based on the original Annie musical from the 1930s. In this version of the story, Annie is a girl in Foster care in New York City with three other girls. Their foster mom is Ms. Hannigan and is very similar in character from the original movie in 1982 but has a modern twist to it.
by Paula Gail Benson
I have a habit of viewing life as a screenplay. It happens when you spend twelve years teaching film studies to university undergrads. You start to view most things as fodder for a movie script. Take tonight, for example, a week before Christmas. I’m here at the Study Break Cafe, a local hole-in-the-wall on the edge of campus. A place I’ve spent many significant moments. First job. Study dates. Surprise proposal. Uh, let’s not explore that proposal back-story.
by Terry Ambrose
With Christmas just around the corner, what could be better than sitting down with a good book filled with holiday cheer and murder? Yes, these are Christmas mysteries. So many options, so little time was never a more true statement because the season will be gone before we know it. Until then, why not grab a nog or a coffee and sit down with one (or more) of these seven holiday tales? We may not have a Christmas wedding in this batch, but we’ve got all the trappings: sometimes old, sometimes new, plenty of food, and someone blue.
by Karey Wedemeyer
To some people, Billie would appear to be the least likely dog anyone would want to adopt. She was old, in her last years, and sitting in the stray building at the Fresno SPCA. Her breath did not resemble the sweet smell that puppies blow in your face, nor would she be the best exercise partner with her tired legs. Yet, Pablo and Melani saw only a beautiful little dog that had endured a hard life, and who so badly needed a loving home.
by Cynthia Chow
Geri Sullivan and her partner Pepe have solved two murders, competed on the hit reality competition show Dancing with Dogs, and even stopped a dog-napping ring. These aspiring detectives-in-training operate under the license of the Seattle Gerrard Agency, whose questionable owner is Jimmy G, a third-person speaking, knockoff of a forties’ noir detective.