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Oak Tree Press

by Sandra Murphy
& C.L. Swinney


Two guys on a fishing trip to the Bahamas sounds like a nice, relaxing holiday. Once Detectives Dix and Peterson find out their guides are missing, presumed dead, things are not so relaxing any more. It seems the guides may have had a little sideline business–running cocaine. Gunshots blew their boat, the Gray Ghost, out of the water and it’s now sitting on the ocean’s bottom with a hundred million dollar’s worth of cocaine still hidden in the hull. Who will get to it first and will they live to tell about it?

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Oak Tree Press just recently relocated to the San Joaquin Valley so it seemed like a perfect time to learn a little more about them. We here at KRL have reviewed many of the mystery novels Oak Tree has published, but they publish a great variety of other types of books as well. So check out our interview with founder Billie Johnson, and watch for more Oak Tree mystery book reviews & giveaways coming up soon!

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End of the Road By Amy M. Bennett

IN THE September 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Cynthia Chow


While the New Mexico Bike Rally Weekend will provide the Black Horse Campground with much needed guests and revenue, it also has owner Corrie Black short-handed and relying on the unfortunately less-than-reliable Oscar “Buster” Bustamante, and flighty and flirtatious Dee Dee Simpson for help maintaining and cleaning the campground Corrie inherited from her late father.

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by Cynthia Chow,
Sandra Murphy & Sharon Tucker


During the late 1940s, after World War II, Vince Pope retired from private investigation into a relatively luxurious life with his new wealthy socialite wife, Laura Thronson. He can’t escape his past or his reputation though and Pope continues to be consulted by potential clients pleading for him to return at least one more time to his occupation as a private eye.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


You’d think being married to the manager of a posh hotel in Florida would be sunny days by the pool, umbrella drinks served on a tray and mani/pedis on demand but it’s harder than it looks. Caught in the middle, the wife has to make nice with tourists who want a memorable vacation, returning guests, dignitaries and the rich and/or famous. That’s the easy part. The hard part is when all the managers and bosses descend on the hotel for a big meeting and you have to be nice to them too, even the ones who are less than politically correct and way too touchy-feely.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have had the pleasure of knowing Sunny Frazier for many years and watching her grow not only as a writer but now an acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press. After a recent Sisters In Crime meeting in Fresno I sat down to chat with Sunny about her books, and about the new one coming out this summer. Watch for a review of the new book when it comes out & for more guest posts by Sunny about writing and the publishing world.

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by Cynthia Chow



Diminutive Florida Big Lake Country Club bartender Emily Rhodes normally has no trouble calming drunks down or handling her other more abrasive companions and that includes her part-time coworker Donald Green. Emily’s coping skills are put to the test though when she stumbles across her second body at the Big Lake Bar-B-Que Competition (the first occurring in Dumpster Dying), especially considering that the body was sauced and stuffed with an apple in his mouth. It seems that philandering Everett Pratt has basted his last hunk of meat and there are a string of competitors and the not-so-broken hearted as suspects.

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by Sunny Frazier



Small publishing houses work for me because I can’t seem to resist the urge to put my two cents in on how the publishing house works. I’m sure Simon & Schuster or Random House could care less about what I think on the way they run things, but I’ve had two publishers now who value my opinions. Let me tell you, it’s a heady feeling.

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Oak Tree Authors Talk Writing Mysteries

IN THE November 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
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This week three Oak Tree Press mystery authors share about their books and how they came to be! Also, at the end of this post are details on how you can win copies of all three books! Purchase the books from the included links as you get ready to do your Christmas shopping and you help support KRL!

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by Marilyn Meredith


Looking for a light, fun mystery to enjoy this summer? Three Seconds to Thunder would be the perfect choice. Set in 1896, in the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, China Bohannon longs to move up from office girl, dogsbody and book keeper to be an investigator in her uncle’s detective agency. She also has crush on her uncle’s partner, Grafton Doyle.

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