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Christmas

by Kathleen Costa


It is an intriguing premise that writers of different ages known to write in different genres would live, work, and collaborate together on several cold cases from a few years old to decades past bringing to justice the killers and providing closure to family and friends. Contributing additional facts, perspectives, and maybe a red herring or two, we have a quirky set of support characters: townsfolk from shop owners to law enforcement to a squawking parrot and a ghost (well, that’s what Gertie says).

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Carlisle


In the six years since Shannon Hammer took over California’s Hammer Construction from her father, she has not regretted it for a second. She and her sister grew up on construction sites, and there’s nothing Shannon loves more than the challenge of restoring homes to their former glory.

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by Kristine Acopian


It’s that time of year again: hot chocolate, the bright shiny lights, spending time with our loved ones and friends, and of course, the spirit of shopping. With our hustle and bustle lifestyles, we need a one-stop shop for our loved ones.

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by Sylvia Maultash Warsh


Anita loved the two expanses of blue water, the Atlantic on her left, the Gulf of Mexico on her right, as the car headed south down U.S. Route 1 along the archipelago of the Florida Keys. Carol, who was driving, chattered about all the muscle-bound tattooed bikers they’d seen riding their motorcycles along the road.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Kathi Daley


I knew shopping could be dangerous, but Santa and his elves? Zoe has so much on her mind from her soon-to-arrrive little girl to her mother-in-law injured in Paris to Zak out of the country helping said mother-in-law, and preparing for the Christmas holidays that she doesn’t see the elf…crash, boom, and bang on the head.

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by Diana Bulls



Decorating the Christmas tree is a walk down memory lane for me. Each ornament that is unwrapped has a special story. Included in this collected are “ornaments” that have been made with bits and pieces of Christmas. It was looking at these that started me thinking about popcorn.

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by Cynthia Chow


Belfast McGrath fled to New York City just after high school in an attempt to escape her interfering family and the ever-present cloud of suspicion. The town of Foster’s Landing always believed that Bel knew something about the disappearance of her best friend Amy Mitchell, and it continues to haunt Bel to this day.

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by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow
& Theodore Feit



This week we have 5 more Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-Hark the Herald Angels Slay: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery by Vicki Delany, Not a Creature was Purring: A Paws & Claws Mystery by Krista Davis, Slay Bells Ring: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, Yuletide Homicide>/em>: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse, and The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen.

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Christmas Parades

IN THE December 9 ISSUE

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by Mallory Moad




It’s Christmastime, and all over the Central San Joaquin Valley the season is being celebrated with parades. What could be easier? You just get a bunch of people, a few floats, and a marching band or two, and you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Behind every conglomeration of sights and sounds there are hours, days, weeks, and months of preparation and organization.

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Kay Kringle’s Christmas Trees

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by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the freshest, the greenest, the very best Christmas tree around, look no further than the infamous Kay Kringle’s Christmas Trees. Located in Christmas Tree Country (aka 8805 Highway 41 in Fresno just north of the San Joaquin River), this family owned Christmas Tree Ranch offers a Christmas tree shopping experience like no other.

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by Sandra Murphy




A Christmas Eve wedding sounds so romantic, but when the groom backs out less than two weeks before the big day, it’s heart-wrenching. It would be one thing if he just had cold feet. It’s a whole other kind of hurt when he says he met someone more “Zen.”

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by Cynthia Chow
& Barbara Early


A costumed superhero takes a less-than-majestic flight in the second mystery featuring Liz McCall and the Well Played Vintage Toyshop. November’s East Aurora Train and Toy Show in Western New York is a profitable opportunity for Liz and her father to promote their vintage toys before the holiday season, but Liz never expected that her childhood nemesis would be hosting the comic book booth next to her.

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by Terrance McArthur


Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has the perfect Christmas present for you. You don’t have to wrap it, and you can order it with dinner. Get yourself to Reedley to see a stage version of Miracle on 34th Street, based on the novelization of the 1947 screenplay.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a great group of Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-“Death by Eggnog” Bookstore Cafe Mystery by Alex Erickson, “Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women” by Emily Brightwell, “Purring Around the Christmas Tree” A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, and “How the Finch Stole Christmas” A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews.

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