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by Cynthia Chow


When Pasadena Homicide/Assault Police Detective Nan Vining is called to the scene of a drowning at the Casa de las Ventanas estate, she immediately knows something is hinky. Not only is the blind owner of the home, Teddy Sexton, making inappropriate jokes and not taking the crime seriously, he is acting flirtatious and a little too touchy with Nan. Teddy’s assistant/brother-in-law as well has Nan are on full alert, as the ex-con Floyd Johansing is so twitchy and ready to flee that he practically oozes guilt.

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by Gloria Feit


The good news is that Val McDermid’s Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are back. The even better news is that this book is perhaps the best yet in this terrific series, and that’s saying a lot! Carol has two love/hate relationships in the two most important aspects of her life: the professional and the personal.

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by Cynthia Chow


Mattie Lu Cobb has been working as a K-9 officer for less than a month, but her seven years of experience with the Timber Creek County Sheriff’s office means that she’s not a novice. When a meeting with a high school principal to discuss K-9 inspections is cancelled due to a callout, it’s actually a relief for Mattie who, during her childhood, ran wild through school. Although Mattie never doubts her K-9 partner, Robo’s, skills, she couldn’t predict that his first assignment would result in the discovery of a teenager’s murdered body.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we sat down to interview author and police officer Adam Plantinga about his book 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman. This book is full of interesting stories and facts about real policework and is a book all mystery authors and mystery fans should read! Also, anyone who would like to know what it’s really like being a cop. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of 400 Things Cops Know, and a link to purchase a copy.

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by Tom Sims


Everything is pretty low-key at Family Healing Center. That is by design. Even the name is designed to protect the dignity and privacy of a specialized group of clients. People come to Family Healing center because more than their bodies need healing–they have been hurt at much deeper levels. In most cases, they have been wounded by someone they loved or trusted; they have been violated and they have been betrayed.

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by Cynthia Chow


After the death of his beloved wife, Samuel Craddock may have expected his retirement as police chief of Jarrett Creek, Texas would be days spent enjoying his art collection, sitting on his porch, and avoiding the predatory widows delivering casseroles to his door. When one of the widows, Loretta Singletary, brings news that Dora Lee Parjeter has been murdered in her own home and Sheriff Rodell has zeroed in on her grandson Greg Marcus as the killer, Craddock can’t sit idly by.

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Ask A Small Town Cop: Police Procedure

IN THE February 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Detective Will Knight



Welcome to a monthly column where small town, local cop and detective Will Knight answers some of your questions about how things really work in a small town police department. He has worked as a police officer in small California towns for the past ten years.

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Ask A Small Town Cop: November Question

IN THE November 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andContributors,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Detective Will Knight



Welcome to a monthly column where small town, local cop and detective Will Knight answers some of your questions about how things really work in a small town police department. He has worked as a police officer in small California towns for the past ten years. If you’d like to submit a question, simply email Will at life@kingsriverlife.com with the subject line “Cop Question”.

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Ask A Small Town Cop

IN THE September 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPublic Protectors
SECTIONS

by Detective Will Knight



Welcome to a new monthly column where small town, local cop and detective Will Knight answers some of your questions about how things really work in a small town police department. He is writing this under a pseudonym to protect his identity as he often works undercover, but he has worked as a police officer in small California towns for the past ten years. If you’d like to submit a question, simply email Will at life@kingsriverlife.com with the subject line “Cop Question”.

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by James Garcia Jr.



When one thinks of the kind of Chief of Police their town should have, characteristics such as competence, trust, dedication and honor come to mind. In Kingsburg, some may be surprised to realize that we are represented by those traits and more.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Just like the rest of the world, police departments have started taking advantage of social networks to communicate with the public. Big cities across the country like Philadelphia, New York and Chicago have been on Facebook for awhile now. Fresno has had a Facebook page since 2009, and now many of our own smaller towns are jumping on board as well, with Reedley being one of the first of the smaller towns in this area.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



We are all familiar with police officers—we see their cars driving around town, see them in uniform at crime scenes and local events—but how many of us are aware of the police chaplain who serves the community and the Police Department just as diligently, and as a volunteer?

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