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Diana Hockley

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,
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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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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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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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