A California Magazine with Local Focus and Global Appeal:
Community - Entertainment - Human Interest


Weekly issues every Saturday morning and new articles throughout the week, including — movie reviews each Monday at 7pm and live events Wednesdays at 7pm. If you love mysteries — explore Mysteryrat’s Maze — there's something for everyone… and check out our sister site on Blogger for bonus articles.


Mysteryrat’s Maze is your online source for everything mystery!Click on article titles to see full articles.

by S. Furlong-Bolinger



“You know, my wife, Dawn, just has no sense of humor anymore,” I was telling the guys. We were hanging out at Sid’s Hardware. They offered free coffee and a few of us had gotten into the habit of gathering there in the mornings.

{ 2 comments }

by Marilyn Meredith


This is a true thriller—a real nail biter.
Sandy Tremont seems to have the perfect life: a beautiful home in a remote setting, a husband with an affinity for the outdoors who truly loves her, and a teen daughter. Maybe that relationship isn’t as good as it could be, but we all know how teenagers are.

{ 6 comments }

by Sandra Murphy


To end out the month we have another fun group of mysteries from Penguin & Kensington-Bodice of Evidence by Nancy Parra, Bushel Full of Murder by Paige Shelton, Fat Cat Spreads Out by Janet Cantrell, Scam Chowder by Maya Corrigan, and Death By Coffee by Alex Erickson. Details on how to win copies of all 5 mysteries at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase the books.

{ 31 comments }

by Sunny Frazier


It’s the 4th of July on Fripp Island, South Carolina. Ann Malone introduces her family to a pair of newlyweds. But the next day when Ann goes for a walk on the beach, she finds a dead woman wearing the locket the new bride had worn the previous night. Nothing doing but she must find the killer. Mistaken Identity, Malone Mystery #4, is a holiday offering by Pat Gligor.

{ 2 comments }

Extra: A Mystery Short Story

IN THE June 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by Michael Guillebeau


You’ve seen me a hundred times and never known it and I’ve changed your life every time.
I’m a movie extra. I take care of the details. And I’m a pro. Cheap extras show up for the paycheck; I show up for the movie. Like this one, pirate film, could be a breakthrough if we do what it takes. Sometimes extras just stand in the back and smile. Sometimes, I do a lot more.

{ 2 comments }

by Cyntha Chow


The owner of Vintage, Y’All clothing boutique, Cassandra “Cookie” Chanel is thrilled that Moonlight and Magnolias is filming in her town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. What is less enjoyable but not entirely surprising (considering her last experience with the supernatural) is Cookie’s encounter with the ghost of Alice Neill. Alice is the previous owner of one of the 1940s dresses Cookie provided for the movie, but to Cookie’s surprise Alice has no interest in having her own death investigated.

{ 3 comments }

by Sandra Murphy
& Edith Maxwell


This week we have a review of Farmed & Dangerous, the new local foods mystery by Edith Maxwell. Since organic farming plays a part in this series, Edith is also sharing with us a guest post on organic farming. At the end of this post are details on how to win a copy of the book, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore.

{ 4 comments }

by Elaine Faber


“Buckle your seatbelts. We’re coming in for a landing.” As the seaplane descended, the tiny blue patch surrounded by green became a small lake, 200 miles from the nearest Alaska town.

{ 2 comments }

by Cyntha Chow


When a home renovation forces Brooklyn Wainwright to live temporarily back in Dharma, California, no one wants to mention the high probability that it will end in murder. The only real question is whether it will be a result of Brooklyn’s recent incarnation as a “murder magnet” or from living near her parents. Brooklyn may love her mother, but the compulsively organized, book-obsessed daughter couldn’t be any more different from the Wiccan Grand Raven Mistress of the Celtic Goddess Coven of greater Sonoma County.

{ 6 comments }

by Terrance McArthur


After World War I, Britain’s loss of two million young men meant that many young women would never have the chance to marry. Some called them spinsters or old maids, but the press called them surplus or superfluous. Superfluous Women, Carola Dunn’s 22nd mystery in the Daisy Dalrymple series, is the first novel I have read to address this issue in history. Interestingly, being superfluous freed some women from the restrictions of societal roles, allowing them to make their own lives and fortunes in the world.

{ 7 comments }

by Cyntha Chow
& Sandra Murphy



Enjoy three more fun summer mystery releases from Penguin and Kensington-Death of a Cupcake Queen: A Hayley Powell Foods and Cocktail Mystery By Lee Hollis, Privy to the Dead by Sheila Connolly, and Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 3 books & a link to purchase them.

{ 7 comments }

by Deborah Harter Williams


Jane and Lily as seniors? Seriously funny.
The success of the Netflix show Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin might have audiences rethinking the nature of old on television. Comedy is a time-honored way to challenge assumptions and G & F take on age and same sex marriage right out of the box. Add on interracial adoption and any number of semi-sacred cows with just enough I-can’t-believe-they-said-that to remind us that we’re not watching your grandmother’s broadcast television.

{ 1 comment }

by Duette Bennett



“Hey Dad, how deep is it here?” Gracie asked from the front of the boat. She was watching the line from her fishing pole continue to roll out from the reel. It had been going out for what seemed a very long time.

{ 1 comment }

by Margaret S. Hamilton



Lizzie and Nick’s trio of standard poodles charged the back gate, barking and wagging their tails. Lizzie put down her pruning shears and glanced at her husband Nick. “Who’s there?” she called.
“It’s us, Mom. Open up, before the dogs tear down the fence.”

{ 0 comments }

by Cari Dubiel



“There’s some dead bodies I need to deal with,” said my father as I walked into his room.
Dead bodies were common in Meadow Green. I walked by one on my way in, and said as much.
“What’s not common,” he observed, “is you coming to visit.”

{ 3 comments }

by Cyntha Chow
& Annie Knox


The Midwestern Cat Fanciers’ Organization is holding its silver anniversary week-long retreat and cat show in Merryville, Minnesota, and it seems like the perfect opportunity for Izzy McHale to promote her fledgling pet boutique business. What is far from ideal is that the head of M-CFO, Phillip Denford, is a relentless letch who ogles women while his highly medicated wife looks on. Even worse, Philip unrepentantly announces his intention to undercut Izzy’s pet couture business by mass-producing her designs at much cheaper prices.

{ 8 comments }

  • Arts & Entertainment

  • Books & Tales

  • Community

  • Education

  • Food Fun

  • Helping Hands

  • Hometown History

  • Pets

  • Teens

  • Terrific Tales