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by Marilyn Meredith



Murmurs of Insanity, a Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Mystery by Gerrie Ferris Fingers, is a fascinating and complicated trail littered with all sorts of intriguing characters including some who are missing: a young teen, an artist and his girlfriend.

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by Marilyn Meredith
& Lorie Lewis Ham


Sexy, platinum blonde movie siren, Gertrude Hurd had it all-fame, men, and riches. But now she was dead. A fallen angel, whose broken body and tarnished halo was lying on a hillside behind her beach front cafe. It’s 1931, and private detective Tom Logan is back, once again immersed in a perplexing mystery, that has him racing against time to track down a merciless killer.

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by Marilyn Meredith
&Cynthia Chow



It was a perfectly overcast night for a ghost hunt, and ghost tour guide Lorna Collins was hoping to please her ghost hunters at the Wilkinson House, a long-vacant Bear Creek home built in the 1900s and still up for sale. Unfortunately, the dead entity they discover on site is pretty corporal, as it is the body of a teenaged “Goth” boy with, very suspiciously, two puncture wounds on his neck. Ghosts are one thing, but a vampire–that is something even these spiritualists can’t believe actually exists.

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by Marilyn Meredith



I am a big fan of Naomi Hirahara’s writing for many reasons. She is able to bring to life a wonderful unassuming hero in Mas Arai. Reading her books immerses the reader in the richness of a bit of Japanese culture. She always brings to life a setting that is probably new to most—in Strawberry Yellow, Watsonville, California, and the strawberry industry.

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by Marilyn Meredith
& C. L. Shore



The story centers around the kidnapping of a concert pianist who disappears before the rehearsal of an important concert. The author is an artist of words when it comes to showing the anguish Ally, the kidnapped woman, experiences. Set in Australia, the different word usage is an added plus as are the descriptions of the unfamiliar places.

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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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by Marilyn Meredith
& Lorie Lewis Ham



What would you do if the daughter you believed dead suddenly reappears—as a vampire? Tiffany, the daughter, professes to have an illness that keeps her from being out in the daylight, fooling her parents for a while. She and her vampire friends leave a trail of corpses in their wake. The action and the vampires move on to the small town of Kingsburg with a vendetta against several of the residents.

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by Marilyn Meredith
& Marja McGraw



Marja McGraw has outdone herself with this next adventure with Pamela and her husband, Chris, who is a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart. Of course their 40s themed restaurant is the setting for much of the goings-on. It all begins with three church ladies who need help finding their missing friend, Addie.

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by Marilyn Meredith



When I read the book I had no idea it was categorized as a YA. I loved it from beginning to end. I supposed I should have realized it was a YA because of the lack of bad language and explicit sex scenes. What it did have was a unique and believable plot that gripped me from the very beginning.

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by Marilyn Meredith &
Lorie Lewis Ham



We are so excited this week to have a review of Spencer Quinn’s (aka Peter Abrahams) latest Chet the Dog book, A Fistful of Collars, an interview with Spencer, and some great opportunities for you the reader. First off, a portion of all sales of this book using the link below to Mysterious Galaxy will go to SNAP, San Diego’s Spay and Neuter Action Project. Secondly, there are instructions after this post on how you can win a copy of the book, & lastly Spencer is doing a book event at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on September 17 at 7 p.m. together with SNAP–more details below. If you can’t attend the event, you can use the purchase link to even get a signed copy of the book!

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by Marilyn Meredith


Newly arrived reporter, Samantha Slater, arrives to begin her new job as a reporter only to find that her boss, George Stanley has been stomped to death by a runaway horse. Samantha takes over the job as editor. Her first story is writing Stanley’s obituary. To do that, she must interview the townspeople. In so doing, she learns that George Stanley wasn’t exactly loved by the citizens of the small town. He seemed to delight in writing hurtful stories about the locals. The more she finds about the dead man, she begins to realize that many were relieved by his death.

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by Marilyn Meredith


Looking for a light, fun mystery to enjoy this summer? Three Seconds to Thunder would be the perfect choice. Set in 1896, in the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, China Bohannon longs to move up from office girl, dogsbody and book keeper to be an investigator in her uncle’s detective agency. She also has crush on her uncle’s partner, Grafton Doyle.

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by Marilyn Meredith


Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in coastal Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange, Gothic world of vampires, ghosts and a family curse that dates back centuries. This is the official beginning to the immensely popular black and white soap opera soap opera. It opened in June of 1966, no doubt part of the reason so many kids got hooked on the story.

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by Victoria Heckman
& Marilyn Meredith



We had the pleasure of seeing mystery author Victoria Heckman at the latest Left Coast Crime conference last week. It is always a delight to chat with her. This week she is sharing with KRL a post on her experience publishing with a small press. After her post we have a review of one of her novels, Burn Out, and Victoria’s video interview with us from Left Coast.

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