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Food Fun

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more fun food mysteries perfect for Easter reading-“Broken Bone China” A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs, “Leave No Scone Unturned” A Chef-To-Go Mystery by Denise Swanson, “Murder Lo Mein” A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, and “One Feta in the Grave” A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kirsten Weiss


Valentine Harris had come to expect the unexpected from her rather exuberant landlady and expert piecrust maker Charlene McCree. The delivery of a yurt at 4 a.m. was a little much though, especially since it would soon be accompanied by fifteen women intent on camping out for a weeklong goddess circle. The septuagenarian had Val and her Pie Town bakery’s best interests in mind, as Charlene also arranged under only slightly false pretenses to have the reality show Pie Hard film on site.

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by Cynthia Chow
& S.C. Perkins



If you want to know who is your third cousin three times removed, Lucy Lancaster is the person to ask. Not only can she explain what being “removed” actually means, Lucy and her Ancestry Investigations creates for clients a book of family records that includes her meticulous research, photos, DNA analysis, newspapers, and census reports.

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by Sandra Murphy


Halia and Wavonne are at it again: another murder, another can’t-resist-it-investigation by Halia. Latasha is hosting Monique, famous in the haircare industry for her products like Sleek, a relaxant for African-American hair. She’s flamboyant, flashy, and loud—and a treat to meet. Halia and Wavonne are invited to Latasha’s salon to do just that. Of course, once Monique hears about the mouth-watering fried chicken and biscuits Halia serves at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, she and her entourage just have to try it.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more fun food mysteries for your Spring reading-Hot Fudge Murder: A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, Restaurant Weeks Are Murder: A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, Drawn and Buttered: A Lobster Shack Mystery by Shari Randall, No Good Tea Goes Unpunished: A Seaside Café Mystery by Bree Baker.

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by Terrance McArthur


The Rogue Festival: the crown performing-arts jewel of Fresno’s Tower District, 9 days (or 10, if you count the Rogue Teaser, which I do) filled with music, dance, theatre, magic, comedy, and other things. I managed to see twenty-five shows this year, dashing from venue to venue to see as much as I could…but a chubby little reviewer’s gotta eat, right? Where can you grab some food when you’re on your way to somewhere else? Is there any place for a quick bite to eat? Let me put it this way—I did not lose weight during Rogue 2019.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Hannah Swensen of Cookie Jar fame, has a confession to make. Although her family says she doesn’t have to, she’s determined to make her announcement after the Sunday sermon. Confession is good for the soul, right?

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by Kathleen Costa
& Amy Patricia Meade


Letitia “Tish” Tarragon divorced a year ago and moving on entails opening up a restaurant and catering business in a historic early twentieth century clapboard building in Hobson Glen, Virginia. Cookin’ the Books Café combines the best of two worlds…books and food. She has labeled herself and her style as a “literary caterer.” She can provide a Midsummer’s Night lawn party, Great Gatsby gala, Wonderland tea party, or a Christie-inspired murder mystery dinner. She also has cookbooks from around the world and a lending library for all to enjoy.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Springtime descends upon the Valley in a storm of pink and white petals as March showers gives way to the legendary Blossom Trail. And Sanger’s Kings River Winery is gearing up for wine-tasting season as the weather warms and memories of winter are shaken off like dripping umbrellas.

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Shop Local This Valentine’s Day

IN THE February 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCommunity,
andFood Fun,
andLorie Lewis Ham
SECTIONS

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Valentine’s Day is almost here, and there are a lot of wonderful local places where you can shop for that special Valentine’s Day gift. We chatted with some of the local shops to see what they had to offer. Some of the items needed to be ordered way ahead of time so for those make a note for next year, but there are many other wonderful things you still have time to go purchase for that special Valentine!

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by Sandra Murphy


Weatherford, Texas, is the setting for a new movie, based on a book Eve wrote. She changed the names and some details, but everybody knows the book is about Phyllis, a retired school teacher and Eve’s friend, who solves murders faster than the police. The movie set is in Austin, but for the Harvest Festival scenes where the body is discovered, the crew will be in Weatherford.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Here is another fun group of food and wine mysteries-Batter Off Dead: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell, One Taste Too Many: Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein, Steamed Open: A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross, Wine and Punishment: A Literary Pub Mystery by Sarah Fox, Live and Let Pie: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Kappy King and the Pie Kaper: An Amish Mystery by Amy Lillard.

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