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California Drinking

IN THE July 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Linda L. Kane



I became interested in the forging of wine after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal. I grew obsessed and researched every article I could find about the theft and counterfeiting of everything from low-end table wine to more expensive wine.

{ 1 comment }

by Kathleen Costa
& Kathi Daley


After her success solving her friend’s death, Amanda has decided to remain in Cutter’s Cove for the remainder of her six-week vacation hoping that she can actually have a vacation sans any ghosts, disturbances, or investigations.

{ 7 comments }

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Riggs



Penny Arbuthnot has asked her cousin Victoria Trumbull if she’ll host Penny’s wedding. Victoria agrees but soon finds out Penny has a much larger event in mind than she first mentioned.

{ 9 comments }

by Kathleen Costa



Along with her tack shop filled with all things for the avid horse person, Pepper Kane hopes to venture into the hospitality realm by opening a guest ranch, a B, B&B to be exact—bed, barn, & breakfast.

{ 3 comments }

by Cynthia Chow



Only a true villain would dream of sacrificing a public library in favor of a fishing pier and floating casino. That’s what the insultingly young new Mayor Jebson Day intends, dismissing the pleas by septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins to instead repair their Catalpa Springs Library.

{ 14 comments }

by Lorie Lewis Ham


As Pride Month comes to an end, we at KRL have one more LGBTQ+ related mystery review to share! This one not only features a transgender main character, but is written by transgender author, Renee James.

{ 7 comments }

by Sandra Murphy



Sarah, a woman with a monied and upper-class background, and Frank, an Irish ex-cop, are married and raising his son and a to-be-adopted daughter. To their dismay, they find the adoption is blocked by the fact that the girl’s father, Parnell, is alive.

{ 9 comments }

by Doward Wilson
& Kristen Lepionka



Roxane Weary is a private investigator whose life comes with lots of emotional baggage. This time she is hired to follow an engaged woman whose fiancé thinks there is another man in the picture.

{ 3 comments }

by Cynthia Chow
& Auralee Wallace



Erica Bloom does not have an issue with weddings. She just doesn’t like the dresses, flowers, gifts, music, centerpieces… So, maybe the nauseous look she gets when the topic comes up is why she is not asked to be the maid of honor for rival-turned-friend Candace, who instead turns to college friend Lyssa to help her walk down the aisle.

{ 7 comments }

by Doward Wilson
& Terry Ambrose


Meet Rick Atwood and his precious ten-year-old daughter, Alex. When a woman’s body is found on the beach near their Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast, Rick is determined to keep Alex away from the murder due to her curious nature.

{ 10 comments }

by Louise Titchener


Like most people, I moved to Florida looking for warm winters and easy living. But I’m a storyteller. Retired or not, I can’t seem to quit spinning yarns. I started thinking about a setting for the fourth book in my Oliver Redcastle historical mystery series.

{ 4 comments }

by Sandra Murphy



Josie Prescott is an antiques appraiser, seller, and collector. She’s set to appraise her friend Mo’s newest acquisition, a Japanese woodblock print. It’s hard to know which are real prints and which are counterfeit, but Josie and her team are up to the job.

{ 13 comments }

by Cynthia Chow



Lily Ivory knew she was going to have her hands full when she agreed to have her vintage clothing shop sponsor a coven’s fund-raising Magical Match Tea. Haight-Ashbury’s Welcome coven prided itself on being inclusive and well, welcoming, so what initially began as a matching-outfits mother-daughter event soon evolved into an all-gender, mother-figure brunch.

{ 9 comments }

by Sandra Murphy
& Susan Wittig Albert



China Bayles sells herbs fresh in pots, dried in jars, molded into soaps, poured into lotions, and woven into wreaths. Next door, her best friend Ruby has her own shop where she deals in the more mystical side of the universe.

{ 15 comments }

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