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Lorie Lewis Ham

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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In honor of Pride this year we thought we would do something a little different—we reached out to several of the LGBTQ+ mystery authors that we have covered in the past and asked them to share their favorite LGBTQ+ mysteries.

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In honor of Pride this month we wanted to interview a local LGBTQ+ performer, so we chatted with one who does a little bit of everything in the theatre community, Michael C. Flores. Michael was born and raised in Madera, CA and has been very involved with Selma Arts Center since 2015.

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You probably know by now that the Crispin Guest books by Jeri Westerson are some of my absolute favorite mysteries–they are a perfect combination of the world of knights and castles and a great mystery. In Sword of the Shadows Jeri adds in one of my number one obsessions, King Arthur!

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In 2020, we are profiling members of the Reedley Fire Department. This week we are interviewing Efrain Martinez who is a Captain with the Reedley Fire Department. Efrain grew up in Parlier but moved to Reedley in 2005. As a profession, he is a manufacturing engineer. He volunteers for the City of Reedley Fire Department.

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Private detective Mitch O’Reilly is struggling to get clients so that he can pay the bills. He also runs a spy store called Eye Spy Supply in a mostly abandoned strip mall in Los Angeles. That isn’t going well either. The only time he seems to make a sale is when his sister Josie fills in for him when he’s off on a case. He is behind on the rent for his shop and practically living off cereal to survive.

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Since theatre on stage is on hold right now, it seemed like a good time to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with local actor and director Kelly Ventura who has been the voice of several of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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This week we are interviewing Fresno artist Carren McDaniel. She also writes and illustrates children’s books, and makes t-shirts and masks were a portion of the sales go to help support local animal rescues (100% of the mask sales go to local rescues). I got to know her through her masks, which are wonderful! If you are looking to purchase a mask that is not only cute, but helps make a difference, I highly recommend Carren’s which can be found on her Creative Design by Carren website, along with other items.

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Fake Truth is the third book in Lee Goldberg’s Ian Ludlow thriller series. It takes place shortly after the end of book two, Killer Thriller. Ian is a well-known thriller author whose books keep unintentionally turning out to be more truth than fiction.

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This is the third in our series featuring mystery podcasts! This week we are interviewing host and mystery author Eric Beetner about his podcast Writer Types.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In 2020, we are profiling members of the Reedley Fire Department. This interview though is a little bit different as he is not only a part of the Reedley Fire Department, but also Selma. Albert Rodriguez is a Captain with the Reedley Fire Department. He worked as an EMT with the Sequoia Safety Council for 20 years while working with Reedley Fire at the same time. Albert left the Sequoia Safety council when he was offered the job with the Selma Fire Department, but continues to work for Reedley Fire during his days off.

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Recently KRL checked in with several local theatre companies to see how shelter-in-place was affecting them and what people could do to help. This week we checked in with several local artists that KRL has featured in the past to see how they are doing. While this is only a small handful of the many artists in the area, I am sure if your favorite artist isn’t listed they would be happy to have you reach out to them on social media.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Since theatre on stage is on hold right now (check out our recent article that checked in with many local theatre companies on what they are doing during this time), it seemed like a good time to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with local actor Sean Hopper who has been the voice of several of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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This has been a difficult time for everyone. Not only are businesses closed that aren’t essential, but all events have been canceled as well. Many of those events have found creative ways to happen virtually, providing mostly free entertainment for those of us stuck in our homes. Community theatre has been hit particularly hard, canceling their shows has not only been disappointing for everyone, but they also don’t have those ticket sales coming in to help pay the bills.

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