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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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by Terrance McArthur


The basement of a hospital, Kingsburg, Sanger, Fresno, Reedley, Hanford. In 2018, The Great Food Search proved it will go anywhere to find great eats in the Valley. Here’s a roundup of the best munchies and crunchies.

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by Tom Sims



The world turns and things change.
Tree of Life, Fresno, has a new location and Delly Beans, Clovis has new owners. This is good news because in a world where restaurants are constantly going out of business, these two are simply making changes and thriving.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Daryl Wood Gerber


As California’s Crystal Cove prepares for their annual Christmas Festival, not everyone is embracing the holiday spirit. Grinch Emmett Atwater refuses to decorate his home, filing numerous complaints against his neighbor Jake Chapman, who amps up his own decorative efforts in retaliation. Unfortunately, those decorations are put to nefarious use when Jake’s friend Geoffrey is found just outside of Jake’s house, stabbed by a tree topper, and wrapped in Christmas lights.

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by Sandra Murphy


Choosing attorney Allan Sharp to play Scrooge in the local production of A Christmas Carol was type-casting. He and Mayor Mobley hatched up schemes to their benefit, not the townspeople, very Scrooge-like behavior.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food and craft mysteries perfect for your holiday reading-the crafts may inspire you with gift ideas, and the holidays aren’t complete without great food-A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, How to Knit a Murder: Seaside Knitters Society Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, Purls and Poison: Black Sheep Knit Mystery by Anne Canadeo, Forever Fudge! A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes by Nancy Coco, In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, and The Walking Bread: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer.

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Thanksgiving treats and threats

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Merrilee Robson



We always want our holiday dinners to be perfect.
But quite often they’re not.
My late mother always believed in the “more is more” approach when it came to family dinners. Our Thanksgiving feast always included at least three desserts, “because not everyone likes pumpkin pie.”

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Thanksgiving Kathi Daley-Style

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


Thanksgiving is a delightful holiday gathering family and friends together to enjoy turkey, mash potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and…Murder? Kathi Daley has penned two entertaining mysteries set during this holiday, and although she has readers engaged in a mystery often with some peril, she highlights family, two-legged and four-legged friends, and the joy of gathering together. Oh, yeah, always with recipes as a delicious bonus.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


During this time of year we like to feature groups who are making a difference in their community. While looking for such a group this year I found The Community Life Garden, just outside of Reedley. Interested in what exactly they do, I chatted with the Executive Director of Community Life Garden, David Gonzalez.

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by Kathleen Costa


Catherine Bruns is the author of Cookies & Chance Mystery, a very popular and “deliciously” entertaining series garnering a huge fan following and consistent 4-1/2 star ratings. Introducing Sally Muccio and her Sally’s Samples bakery with a marvelous first book Tastes Like Murder (2015), Catherine wielded her talent to dish out Karma to a high-school nemesis, and then followed it up with four more exciting books in which “just desserts” are served up to a cheating ex, ‘wiseguy’ client, ‘zilla bridezilla, and a lying ex-classmate.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Rosemary Stevens


The Supper Club of Quincy’s Gap may have initially formed as a diet support group, but the five members have bonded through murder investigations as much as through their many weight fluctuations. With all of them having experienced post-winter holiday gains, they are eager to get back on track with their resolutions by starting a new Mediterranean Diet.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 4 food mysteries to whet your reading appetite-Dim Sum of All Fears: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, Goodbye Cruller World: A Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton, Stabbed in the Baklava: A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian, and Premeditated Peppermint: Amish Candy Shop Mystery by Amanda Flower.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


When someone you love is in the hospital, you want to be near them. When you’re near them, you still have to eat…and you shouldn’t steal food from a sick person. At Fresno’s St. Agnes Hospital, one of the options is the One Main Café & Grill.

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