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Diana Hockley

by Diana Hockley


Fans of Robert Graves would enjoy this novel. Set in AD548, it was a perilous time for any person within Emperor Justinian’s orbit. Personal attendants had nowhere to hide. Highborn citizens and many in public office found reasons to leave the city, ostensibly to attend to military, political or private matters, but in reality to escape Justinian’s caprices.

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by Diana Hockley


Visalia, California born mystery author R.P., or Rebecca, Dahlke joins KRL again today for an interview, and a review of her latest mystery novel, A Dead Red Oleander, set in the Central Valley featuring a female crop duster. At the end of the interview are details on how to enter to win a copy of Dead Red Oleander.

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by Diana Hockley


Who couldn’t love a mouse, especially elegantly attired in smart red knickerbockers, with a nut shell helmet, wielding a tiny wooden sword? Not only that, we get to see him in gorgeous red-striped PJs, a blue sweat shirt and green trousers! A very handsome little person indeed.

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by Diana Hockley



Not being a fan of paranormal plots, I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Marabella Vinegar–was there ever a girl blessed with a worse name?–has had “mother” issues for all her life and eight years of group therapy to overcome them.

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by Diana Hockley



On Sunday, May 27, I accompanied a friend who runs Destiny Donkey Rescue, to the service commemorating animals in war and the unveiling of the first memorial dedicated to animals serving in war. We took two donkeys, Henry – who carries the colors of the Medical Corp, awarded to him by Australia’s Governor General in a ceremony in 2011 – and Wombat.

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by Diana Hockley



Aggie Mundine has retired from a banking career which she loathed, describing herself as a “squirrel counting nuts.” Having reached over thirty – it is hinted, not yet forty – she moves to Texas, where she plans to continue answering letters to her column, “Adventures in Staying Young” and contemplate what else to do.

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by Diana Hockley
& Elf



This week we have an interview with mystery author Melissa Bourbon & a review of two of her books–one from each of her series–Bare-Naked Lola and A Fitting End. At the end of this post are details on how to win copies of the first 2 books in the Lola series.

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by Diana Hockley
& Robert Bennett



Not only do we have a review of mystery/thriller novel Blind Traveler’s Blues, but we have a guest article by the author Robert Bennett about the obstacles of navigating life in a wheelchair. Blind Traveler’s Blues is available as an e-book for only $2.99 on Amazon!

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by Diana Hockley



This week we have an original mystery short story by author Diana Hockley from Australia (hence the more European spelling you may notice below). And within this story is a treat for those of us who love our pet rats.

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Tips For Your Trip To Australia

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley



I see you’re packing your bags for an overseas holiday! Perhaps you are contemplating a trip to Australia, and while you are here you may drop in on my “neck of the woods,” the Valleys of the Scenic Rim.

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by KRL Staff


Over the next six days KRL is going to review several movies with Oscar nominations, including most of those nominated for best picture. So enjoy our Oscar countdown and please share with us your thoughts on who you think should win in the comment section! Instead of a brand new post for each movie–we will be adding a new movie to this post every night so be sure and come back right here every evening to see what we’ve added.

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The Art Of Sulking

IN THE December 24 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley



I rarely sulk, but when given to do so, it is necessary to make sure that it is done everywhere.
The lounge room is a good place if there is anyone else at home, as those in the house can’t miss what is going on. The loo is an excellent place to sulk, but only if my husband Andrew, the two cats and our four pet rats all know that I am in there expressly for the purpose of sulking.

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by Diana Hockley



My position by the window in the family room was a splendid vantage point from which to observe next door’s cat when he came under the fence to dig holes in Fiona’s herb garden. I always tried to tell her, waving my arms in the air and bobbing up and down, but Billy usually disappeared before Fiona finally got to the window.

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by Diana, Terell, Terrance & Sandra



Since we’re all running around trying to think of the perfect gifts for friends and family, KRL thought what’s more perfect than a book! So here are some suggestions for some great mystery & fantasy books that would make perfect gifts! And as a bonus, we are also giving away copies of 4 of the 5 books below!

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by Marilyn Meredith & Diana Hockley



This week KRL is reviewing a pair of mystery novels by local publisher Oak Tree Press under their Dark Oak Mysteries imprint. With one of the books we actually have two reviews, providing some different perspectives. At the end of this article is a chance to win a copy of both books!

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Nose to Nose: An Original Short Story

IN THE November 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andPets,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley



Elegantly dressed, a vision in camel and olive tweed, she approached the Circus somewhat hesitantly. Her sweet face registered interest, like an “outside” cat approaching a roaring fire: not sure how close to come, but lured to the warmth.

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