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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of food mysteries for your summer reading fun-For Batter or Worse: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Death Gone A-Rye: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer, Southern Sass and a Battered Bride: A Marygene Brown Mystery by Kate Young, and Peaches and Schemes: A Georgia B&B Mystery by Anna Gerard.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Player’s Encore is the second book in Joe Cosentino’s Player Piano Mystery series. In the first book, The Player, grade school music teacher Andre Beaufort discovers an old player piano in the basement of his building and has it brought up to his apartment. Much to his surprise, the piano is haunted by Roaring Twenties playboy Freddy Birstwistle, who was the original owner of the house that has been converted into apartments.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


While theatre starts slowly coming back to the stage, there still aren’t many shows to cover, so we are continuing to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with Fresno actor Donna Beavers, who has been the voice of three of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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by Kathleen Costa


The pandemic has directly effected our lives in many ways and we have tried desperately to find ways to keep ourselves engaged or distracted. We’re used to reruns, and in many cases don’t mind binging our favorite sit-com and movie series, but there’s On Demand, Netflix, Pay-Per-View, and a wide selection of streaming services for reasonable to “Ouch!” fees. For several years now, my “reasonable” membership in two streaming services has provided this Anglophile access to a wide variety of UK television shows and movies, some new and some longtime favorites.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresh Brewed Murder is the first in a brand new series by Emmeline Duncan. When I saw that the main character owned a coffee cart in Portland, Oregon I knew this book was for me. I love coffee, and Oregon is one of my favorite places!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Eva Gates


After running away from a marriage proposal and fleeing to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lucy Richardson finally found her dream as the Assistant Director for the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. Lucy even met her soulmate and is now engaged to the town’s mayor/dentist Connor McNeil. While they have not yet set an exact date or made any wedding plans, their friends and family are enthusiastically throwing them the perfect engagement party on Coquina Beach. Definitely not on the invitation list but arriving late anyway are Richard Lewiston the Third, his mother Evangeline, and her very barky bichon frise Fluffy.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


June is Pride month, but sadly, there are many places that still don’t acknowledge and recognize that fact. Former Selma, CA resident Lance Nelson decided that he wanted to make an effort to change that, starting with the area where he grew up. Lance was born and raised in Selma and attended Wilson Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Selma High School. He graduated from Selma High School in 2006. Lance is currently attending Columbia University, majoring in human rights with an interest in equal access to education. His future goal is to work for a nonprofit, and perhaps one day, even the United Nations.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s only been a year since Laura Bishop left a high-paying career in IT to set up her own professional home staging business in Pennsylvania, so she certainly didn’t expect to be competing for a chance at being the next home staging television star. After one of the Cozy Living TV contestants had to bow out for an illness, the crew was hard-pressed to find a replacement and Nita Martino was eager to toss her friend Laura’s name in as a last-minute replacement. While no one, especially the producer Olivia Yeager, thinks that Laura has much of a chance of winning, she can’t deny the value of publicity to promote her business after the week of challenges.

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by Kathleen Costa


I am an eager fan of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series not just for his clever mysteries, but for the strong female lead, endearing relationships, use of cultural language, and the picturesque descriptions of Botswana’s flora and fauna, so I was intrigued about Victoria Tait’s Kenya Kanga Mystery series, and judging by the marvelous covers, I was right to start reading her work. Now, I am a big fan of her stories, her lovely main character, and the intrigue and diversity of Kenya.

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by Sandra Murphy


This week we have another fun group of mysteries to review as we once again play catch up! We have Murder on Wall Street: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson, Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton, and Death at the Salon: A Daisy Thorne series by Louise R. Innes.

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by Terrance McArthur


You know how it is. You find a place to eat that you like, and a dish that you enjoy, so every time you go there, that’s what you order.
Where’s the adventure? Where’s the excitement? Where’s the danger?

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, and especially Hercule Poirot, then you won’t want to miss Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World! Mark Aldridge takes us through every single one of Christie’s Poirot books and stories, as well as stage, TV, radio, and movie adaptations.

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by Sunny Frazier


June is finally here and it’s beginning to feel like summer. Antiques and eats are on this month’s menu. Enjoy!
Tracy Gardner debuts a new series, the Avery Ayers Antique mysteries. After her parents’ death, Avery takes over the family business, Antiquities & Artifacts.

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by Jayce Ham


Next month is E3, the biggest video game event of the year. Game developers and publishers are gearing up for their big announcements next month. But, even though it is not time for E3 yet, there is still some exciting video game news to discuss.

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