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by Kathleen Costa


Julienne ‘Julie’ LaMere, event coordinator and manager-in-training at an upscale resort in Colorado Springs, is frantically finalizing details for the Leadership Luncheon with many local community leaders with frequent last-minute changes. Lobster? No, scallops. Red? Blue? No, white tablecloths, Music? No, no music. Then back to scallops again? “This event must be executed with precision and perfection,” her boss expected.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The first book in this trilogy by April Daniels, Dreadnought, brought the world a whole new kind of superhero-a teen transgender one-and it was amazing! So I was excited to sit down and read the second book, Sovereign. Normally I don’t read books that are in present tense, but this series is so good I forget all about it!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we have a video interview with local chef Jon Koobatian. Jon grew up in Dinuba, and went on to be the owner and head chef at Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley. He recently published a cookbook and has been doing some local book events and cooking demonstrations. We will be reviewing Jon’s book in the near future, and giving away a copy, so be sure to watch for that! Info on his upcoming event at Woodward Library in Fresno both in the video and below.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Luann Dupree suddenly leaves town for a romantic adventure, only her best friend Sarah Biddle has her suspicions that it wasn’t because Luann swiped right. The wife of the sheriff in River Road, Illinois, Sarah has seen her share of crime, and she’s more than a little leery of the Mr. Maybe Luann found online. After the director of the Historical Society emails her resignation and packs up her belongings, most of River Road assumes that Luann departed to pursue her own midlife crisis.

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by Kathleen Costa


Digby Sloan has been hired as security for a 300-year old wooden icon called the “Kangaroo Dreaming” set to be the premier piece in an exhibit at the Royal Museum of London. The trip from Australia to London was long, but uneventful. However, the appearance of an Aboriginal man at the airport and on the street sets his little ‘gremlin’ (his professional sixth sense) chattering.

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by Cynthia Chow


The path towards love often is a rocky one, and as evidence one needs only to look within the doors of Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Melanie Cooper’s best friend and business partner Tate Harper is finally marrying Angie DeLaura, but her uncharacteristic transformation into a bridezilla has everyone ducking for cover. Even more unsettling is the demand by Mel’s former UCLA roommate, Diane Earnest, to create and deliver engagement breakup cupcakes to her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we are part of the Wedding’s To Die For blog tour with Maggie McDonnon & Marla Cooper. We have reviews and giveaways of their latest books-Bel of the Brawl: A Belfast McGrath Mystery and Dying on the Vine: Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries, along with interviews with both of them.

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by Kathleen Costa


Our bewitching story begins with Caitlyn Le Fey sitting with her cousin, Pamona, savoring her tea and scones and pondering the somewhat shocking revelations of her birth. Her mother recently died in a tragic accident, and surrounded by her mother’s lawyers she was handed a letter—a letter that announced she was adopted, well, it turns out she was really found abandoned on the side of the road near a little Cotswold village called Tillyhenge with an unusual runestone around her neck.

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by Sandra Murphy


Maggie’s visiting her sister, Rachel, while she decides what’s next in her life. Rachel owns a bar and every Friday night the Roundup Crew meets for Yappy Hour. Why Yappy? Well, the dogs are invited too, of course. These are the folks who walk on the beach with their dogs… and everyone needs a drink after that, right?

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by Cyntha Chow


Blame the expensive French lipstick. If it hadn’t rolled underneath the bleachers while she was watching her daughter’s high school cheerleading routine, single mom Ellison Russell would never have discovered the body of young Bobby Lowell. Ellison would also not have cut her hand, run into Detective Anarchy Jones, or heard Bobby’s last words (“tell her I love her”).

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The Herb Garden Club

IN THE October 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andFood Fun
SECTIONS

by Kathy Stevens


In Visalia, California, there is a wonderful herb garden located on the campus of Crestwood Elementary School. Twenty years ago, teacher Kathy Stevens joined with students, parents, and other teachers to create this peaceful nature place for everyone to enjoy. A wide variety of seasonal herbs, flowers, shrubs, and one bay tree welcome visitors throughout the year.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Last month we went to the LA Times Festival of Books and had a great time catching up with some of our favorite mystery authors. We have already posted 3 of our video interviews we did while we were there and now here are the final 3-Cara Black, Denise Hamilton and Linda O. Johnston. Enjoy!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Harper Blaine has died—several times—and has become a Greywalker, able to see into and travel through the Grey between this world and the next with spirits and other creatures. In Seawitch, the seventh of Kat Richardson’s paranormal series, the insurance investigator must solve the mysterious reappearance of the Seawitch, a boat that has been missing for 27 years. All hands were lost…or were they…and were they all human?

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by Marilyn Meredith & Lorie Lewis Ham



This week we have a Behind The Book mini interview with mystery author Jeri Westerson and a review of her new Medieval Noir book Troubled Bones featuring tracker Crispin Guest. At the end of this post are details on how to enter to win a copy of Troubled Bones.

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by Sandra Murphy & Lorie Lewis Ham



Today at KRL we have the next in our series-On The Road to Left Coast Crime 2012 where we get a chance to talk to authors who will be attending this year’s conference and review their books. This week we are talking to mystery author Carola Dunn, reviewing her latest book Gone West, and giving away a copy of the book (details on how to enter at the end of this post).

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by Lorie Lewis Ham & Pat Browning


On Sunday February 6 KRL’s Marilyn Meredith will be having a book talk & signing in Exeter, so I decided it was the perfect time to chat with her about her mystery novels. Marilyn is a fellow mystery writer and has been a good friend for many years.

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