Lorie Lewis Ham

Rogue Festival 2024

by Lorie Lewis Ham

The wonderful arts festival known as the Rogue Festival, which takes place in the Tower District of Fresno, is nearly upon us again! This year it will be running from March 1-9. While the general idea of the Festival remains the same each year, there are always subtle differences, so we took a moment to chat with the always witty Jaguar Bennett to find out what this year’s Rogue has in store for us! Hopefully, we will get him to tell us about his show this year as well!

Murder At the Breakers By Alyssa Maxwell Becomes Hallmark Movie

by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Sandra Murphy

On Friday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, Alyssa Maxwell’s first Gilded Newport Mystery, Murder at the Breakers, will be premiering on the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Channel. The movie stars Ali Skovbye (Firefly Lane) as series sleuth Emma Cross and Danny Griffin (Get Even) as Police Detective Jesse Whyte. We had the chance recently to interview Alyssa about the movie. We are also reposting here our review of the latest book in the series, Murder at the Elms.

Q & A With River City Theatre Company Board Member Chrystal Laita

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Reedley’s very own theatre company, River City Theatre Co.(RCTC), has seen a lot of changes over the last few years. We thought it would be fun to get to know some of their current board members—many of whom are also local actors themselves who have been on the RCTC stage many times over the years. This time we are chatting with Co-Treasurer Chrystal Laita.

More Mystery Manga Reviews: Glitch Vol 1 By Shima Shinya/Hard-Boiled Stories From the Cat Bar By Yourei Ono

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This week I am reviewing two more mystery manga from Yen Press. There couldn’t be two more different manga mysteries to review at the same time—one is very dark and hard-boiled involving hit men, detectives, and cats; the other, while also dark, involves young adults moving to a new town, attending a new school, and discovering what might be a monster, or perhaps a ghost.

More Supernatural Mystery Manga Reviews: Oshi No Ko Vol 1 & 2/ Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Vol. 1

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Earlier this year, I watched season one of the anime Oshi No Ko, so I was excited to start reading the manga, hoping to go beyond that first season. However, Volumes 1 and 2 haven’t taken me there yet. But it was still interesting to revisit the story and get some bits that weren’t in the anime. The manga is published by YenPress. This is definitely one of my favorite anime/manga series!