by Cynthia Chow
Although San Francisco contractor Melanie Turner has developed an ability to see ghosts, she’s not yet ready to admit to the existence of omens. It would be hard to argue that the Wakefield project hasn’t seen its share of bad luck though; contractors walking off of the job, a series of accidents, and even angry protestors have all been plaguing the site.
by Kathy Eide Casas
This year, Christmas Tree Lane continues its delightful tradition, celebrating the Lane’s 92nd anniversary and making it one of the longest-running holiday events in our nation. Christmas Tree Lane’s spectacular sparkling display was born in 1920 with the decoration of one single tree, as a way to honor a young boy who had died in a home on the Lane. Who could ever have imagined that the lighting of that one residential tree would grow into a spectacular display that now stretches for two miles, includes well over 100 homes and each Christmas season captivates one hundred thousand visitors.
by Guy Belleranti
“Stuck up by Santa Claus first thing on a Monday morning!” Millie Mason’s double chin shook, and she glared at Sheriff Abner Peters before pointing at the empty display cases for the fifth time. “Gone. Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. What are you going to do about it?”
by Cynthia Chow
A perfect office space, located directly between his home and that of his boss/former assistant Natalie Teeger, and the declaration by Natalie and San Francisco Police Captain Stottlemeyer that Adrian Monk is standing in his new detective agency, is not enough to break Monk’s ability to deny the truth. Or accept change. He’s had a rough week though, considering that his attempt to reconcile with his former girlfriend, Ellen Morse, proved to be an epic failure.
by Sarah Peterson
As the Fresno Art Museum closes out 2014, it honors both its future and its past.
“We had a double celebration to commemorate both the holidays and our 65th birthday,” says Kristina Hornback, who has been Associate Curator at the Museum for almost three years.
by Ron Van Sweringen
The old man hunched over the battered grocery cart sought nothing more than protection from the biting wind. It was late afternoon, getting colder and he badly needed a place to spend the night. A graffito covered dumpster filled one corner of the alley, directly behind Donaldson’s Furniture Store. The usual trash and litter covered the frozen ground around it, but today something else caught his eye, something he had been hoping for. A large shipping carton of heavy cardboard, big enough for him to sleep in.
by Cynthia Chow
As a man of a certain age and retired on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Wilson McKenna is making a resolution towards living a life far more open to friends and family. Perhaps that’s a decision made a bit on the fly, as he has just boarded a plane to the Big Island in order to help his friend Alexander find the niece who has recently gone missing.
by Terrance Mc Arthur
In 2013, my favorite new series was M. L. Brennan’s Generation V, and I really liked the second book, Iron Night. Now, here comes Tainted Blood—delicious!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.