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Lorie Lewis Ham

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 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 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 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 Lorie Lewis Ham


Board and card games have become more popular again over the last several years. People want to do things together with friends and family in real life, not just on the computer. Interestingly, a lot of people during the pandemic even started playing board and card games on Zoom as a way to feel like they were together with people they couldn’t see in person.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Pasteleria Plaza in Reedley was opened in December of 2007 by cake decorator Martha Plaza. With the help of her son Luis, who translated for us, we chatted with Martha recently.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Magic Misled is the seventh book in the Lizzie Grace fantasy series by Keri Arthur. Lizzie is a witch and a psychic who has been on the run for a long time from her powerful magical family. Her family blames Lizzie for her sister’s death, and they trapped her in an unwanted marriage. However, she is not alone she has her best friend and familiar Belle. The pair now runs a tea and psychic consulting business on a werewolf reservation in Australia.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Murder My Past is the fifth book in the Ross Agency Mystery series. The series features Harlem private detective SJ Rook, known by most as just Rook. He works for Norment Ross and his daughter Sabrina. Rook is also dating Sabrina, or Brina as he calls her.

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Cozy Ink Podcast

IN THE May 8 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


After a long break, we are finally back to our series featuring mystery podcasts! This week we are interviewing host and mystery author Leah Bailey about Cozy Ink Podcast.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


College of the Sequoias Performing Arts is presenting another virtual show this weekend. This one is called All in the Timing and it was written by David Ives. KRL chatted about the show with Chris Mangels who is Professor of Theatre and Cinema Arts at COS, and the producer of this show.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno State University Theatre is presenting its fifth virtual production of their 2020-2021 mainstage season. It will be available to view May 7-15 and is called The Agony of Ecstasy. KRL took a moment to chat with the show’s director, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fresno State Gina Sandi-Diaz, about the show.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


While theatre on stage is still on hold for a little bit longer, with the exception of some virtual shows, 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 Ian Jones, who has been the voice of a couple of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors. I first saw Ian on stage in 2015 in Fresno Soap Co.’s production of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Ian played Dorian and he did an amazing job–I have been watching his career ever since. I was excited to get to work with Ian on the podcast!

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Let It Grow Fresno

IN THE April 17 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22, it seemed a perfect time to interview a new business involving plants that sprung up during the pandemic, Let It Grow Fresno. We interviewed one of the owners Kelly Brianne, who is also a local actor and is looking forward to getting back on stage once the pandemic is over. Her partner in the business, and in life, is Daniel Karkoska.

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