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by Sandra Murphy



Josie Prescott is an antiques appraiser, seller, and collector. She’s set to appraise her friend Mo’s newest acquisition, a Japanese woodblock print. It’s hard to know which are real prints and which are counterfeit, but Josie and her team are up to the job.

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Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce

IN THE April 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSharon Tucker
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by Sharon Tucker


Being the mistress of one’s own fate is beyond compare especially at age eleven. Such is the case with Alan Bradley’s sleuth, Flavia de Luce, and is apparent from the first pages of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2009) through all nine novels in the series thus far.

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by Sandra Murphy



Rob Soliz and Frank Pierce are partners at the Dallas Police Department. They don’t always play by the rules and dance between solving the case and getting in trouble for how they did it. When they get called to the boss’ office, their first thought is, “What did we do now?”

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by Kathleen Costa


Alexia Gordon has garnered praise introducing us to thirty-six-year-old African-American Gethsemane Brown, a highly educated (Vasser, doctorate from Yale) talented musician and ex-pat in Dunmallach, Ireland.

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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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