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Diana Hockley

Annie’s Story: A Rat Tale

IN THE April 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


Annie loved the dregs of frothy coffee – the homemade kind that you get in a long, skinny packet. Every morning, I would finish my coffee, wait for the froth to cool and then place the cup on its side in the cage. Having awakened Annie with a gentle scritch, I watched delightedly as she slowly cleaned up every skerrick of her treat. Those memories are very precious, because last week, Annie died.

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by Diana Hockley


Sharon is a woman whose emotional and physical life is in the balance. An alcoholic, she has had her daughter removed from her care and placed by Social Services with her own mother, who has no time for Sharon and swears that Tasha will never be hurt again.

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Philly Rat Rescue

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL has been getting to know some of the rat rescues in the US and this week we are interviewing the founders of Philly Rat Rescue: Annette Ravinsky, Stephen Fleeger, Sarita Ravinsky-Fleeger, and Maria McAllister.

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The Standoff: A Rat Tale

IN THE December 28 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


The first time I met Cherokee–Kee for short–he was lumbering up and down on the top of the cages of his “mates,’ all of whom he would have torn limb from limb if he got the chance.

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Hurricane Hole By R.P. Dahlke

IN THE November 23 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Diana Hockley


Leila Stanford, daytime “soap” actress, is awaiting the outcome of negotiations for renewal of her contract. She decides to take a sailing holiday on the boat belonging to her and sister, Kate. Leila’s mistake is to take family friend and fugitive from justice, the light-fingered Gabe Alexander along as crew, because now she can’t get rid of him! When they arrive at Puerto Felice, Leila tries to shed Gabe, but he is having none of it.

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by Diana Hockley


In the strain of: Bob’s a carpenter, Harry’s a butcher, Greg’s is a plumber, Jack’s a blackmailer…you get the picture! Jack’s business is blackmail and he runs it with charm, empathy, professionalism and due respect to the IRS.The story starts out with a narration, explaining the background to the plot and rapidly picks up pace and heat. A routine infidelity investigation turns into a scam, the proportions of which keep Jack Sharp on the run.

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Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico

IN THE November 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico was founded by Chuck and Cherie Jones. We recently had the chance to chat with them about what they do for these wonderful tiny creatures.Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico was founded by Chuck and Cherie Jones. We recently had the chance to chat with them about what they do for these wonderful tiny creatures.

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True Confessions: A Rat Tale

IN THE October 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
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by Diana Hockley


My name is Vivaldi and I am a handsome, upstanding member of the rodent community. People say I’m fat, but I’m only 900 grams. Quite sylph-like, really.

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by Diana Hockley


“Do you think you can do it?” he asked.
“I know I can!” she purred. “And if I can, will I get the job?”
“Yeah. Go for it. Knock yourself out, sweetheart.”

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by Diana Hockley


What a treat it is to return to the “old-fashioned” murder mystery–the country house party–in the style of Agatha Christie, but with modern techniques. The first intriguing aspect is that this book, among a plethora of American whodunits, is set in Toronto, Canada.

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by Diana Hockley


When I was asked to do a review on Marilyn Meredith’s Dangerous Impulse, I was delighted because her books are always good value! I was not disappointed. This book is terrific!

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by Diana Hockley


We planned our trip for months, starting with a huge map which Andrew pinned to the wall in the hallway which was the only place large enough for it. The next job was to stick pins in all the towns where my writer friends lived, but unfortunately I had to trim down my wish list. The insurance company was only going to give us 62 days and after that the cost would be too much for us. Reluctantly, I had to trim down my numbers of friends to visit, so Florida, Georgia and some areas south had to be scrapped. Likewise, Maine had to go as there was just not enough time to go there and fit Boston, Hudson and New York in as well.

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The Gladiator: A Rat Tale

IN THE March 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


The first time I met Cherokee–Kee for short–he was lumbering up and down on the top of the cages of his “mates,” all of whom he would have torn limb from limb if he got the chance.

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by Diana Hockley
& Nancy G. West


Dang Near Dead is Nancy G West’s latest Aggie Mundeen mystery and believe me, it does not disappoint!
Aggie, her friend Meredith and Aggie’s love-focus, Sam, head for a dude ranch intending to enjoy a short break. Aggie is particularly eager for the holiday to turn out well, because she has practically dragged Sam there.

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by Diana Hockley


This is one of the most interesting books I have read this year. At first glance, Jack Burnett’s novel is crime fiction, no more, no less. However, it soon becomes apparent that this is so much more.

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by Diana Hockley



When Deputy Sheriff of Lawrenceville, Lupine County, Jessica McGuire heads out for a morning jog the last thing she expects to find as she runs past the cemetery is the empty grave of a long-dead infant. Who on earth would want to steal what is left of the body? The condescending attitude of her boss, Captain Boone, who dismisses the discovery as not being important enough for him to mount an investigation infuriates Jessica.

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