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food

by Cynthia Chow
& Winnie Archer


It took the death of her mother to finally bring Ivy Culpepper back to Santa Sofia, California, but that tragedy led to her finally feeling she was home. A professional photographer, Ivy has also found delight working in the Yeast of Eden bakery, under the tutelage of master magical baker Olaya Solis.

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New Year Mystery Catchup!

IN THE January 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andSandra Murphy
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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



We are catching up on some reviews for your beginning of the new year reading-“A Crime of Poison” A Silver Six Crafting Mystery by Nancy Haddock, “A Late Frost” An Orchard series by Sheila Connolly, “Etched in Tears” A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl Hollon,“Stay Calm and Collie On” A Pet Palace Mystery by Lane Stone and “That Olde White Magick” An Abracadabra Mystery by Sharon Pape.

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The Soup Quest

IN THE January 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andHealthy Eating in the Valley,
andTom Sims
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by Tom Sims



Sometimes, I eat alone. When I do so, my options are broader, brighter, and easier. But I do not always eat alone. When I eat with others, it is not necessary for my health that I eat. I have other ways of getting nutrition, but it is more pleasant and more of a celebration if I can order and savor something from the menu.

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Consumption: A Short Story

IN THE January 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andTerrific Tales
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by Maggie-beth Rees


“To be consumed by our overlords is our heart’s desire,” said the teacher. “It is not an easy path, nor is it painless. Especially not painless.
“Some are never chosen at all. In their shame, they will lie forgotten in the dirt, slowly dying as the sun beats down upon them.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have 5 more food mysteries for your Christmas enjoyment-A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Blackberry Burial: A Berry Basket Mystery by Sharon Farrow, Honey-Baked Homicide: A Down South Café Mystery by Gayle Leeson, Potions and Pastries: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates, and Running Out of Time: A Dodie O’Dell Mystery by Suzanne Trauth.

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by Sandra Murphy



Piper Prescott is attracted to Sheriff Wyatt McBride. They got off on the wrong foot in previous encounters, but the last year has shown some promise. At least until Wyatt was spotted having dinner or sharing chili cheese fries with the town’s leading realtor, Shirley Randolph. Rumors are flying that the two are an intimate couple, putting a damper on any hope of a relationship for Piper.

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by Kathleen Costa



H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery is my all-time favorite! Starting in January 2016, A Scone to Die For introduced Gemma Rose, who after quitting her high paying job in Sydney, returns to Meadowford-on-Smythe, England, to open the traditional and quaint Little Stables Tearoom with her BFF.

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by Kathleen Costa



Karoline Barrett is the author of a popular three-book cozy mystery series, the Bread and Batter Mystery, introducing Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams, best friends and co-owners of the Bread and Batter Bakery set in Destiny, New York. First published in 2015 with Bun for Your Life, the BFF team find themselves in the middle of an argument over a prime booth location at the Apple Harvest Festival which leads to Molly being labeled the prime suspect in a murder.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Sarah Fox



Again, I was so excited to have the opportunity to read the newest release in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series cleverly titled, Of Spice and Men, and totally entertained revisiting the well-developed and sometimes quirky characters (even the fur friends), and being absorbed in another engaging mystery. This time Sarah has a Hollywood-twist with a movie crew invading Wildwood Cove set to remake a cult favorite horror film.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


One of the library branches where I work is the Sunnyside Regional Library at E. Kings Canyon Rd. and Clovis Avenue in Fresno. In that shopping center, a change was made this year. Sunnyside Pizza was out, and something new was in the wind…Chicago’s Pizza With A Twist.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Thanksgiving dinner reading-Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, Dead and Ganache: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, Assault and Buttery: A Popcorn Shop Mystery by Kristi Abbott, The Great Chili Kill-Off: A Fresh Baked Mystery by Liv Washburn, and The Quiche and the Dead: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Jenny Kales


It is such a delightful experience connecting with a favorite author, talking about their book, their motivation, style, and process, but when you are lucky to become part of that process, it just adds to the wonderful experience. I “e-met” Jenny Kales over a year ago, you know meeting someone online, when I read and reviewed her Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series highlighting On the Chopping Block and Spiced and Iced. She has been such a delightful Facebook buddy, and when she took me up on my offer to help in anyway I could with her next book, I was thrilled to become a beta reader for Secrets and Pies.

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by Sharon Tucker


Our most food-oriented holiday season approaches, and I am not alone in wanting new twists on the traditional foods we serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Luckily, we can research some of the techniques that make French cuisine a sensuous delight just by reading the mysteries Alexander Campion has written that feature Capucine Le Tellier, a Police Judiciare officer in Paris as well as her husband Alexandre Huguelet, a major food critic for Le Monde.

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A Chinese Thanksgiving

IN THE November 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun
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by Tiana Matson


Thanksgiving Day is a particularly big holiday in North America, especially for Canadians and Americans. It’s a special and festive time that brings families together, reminding them to be thankful, giving perspective and encouraging thoughtfulness in life. It’s so important that folks in foreign lands will rush back to be with their families for this holiday season.

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