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Spring Mystery Catch Up

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries for your spring reading-Dead Even: A Mattie Winston Mystery By Annelise Ryan, A Sinister Service: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery By Alyssa Maxwell, Farm to Trouble: A Farm to Table Mystery By Amanda Flower, and Murder at Mabel’s Motel: A Granny Reid Mystery By G. A. McKevett.

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Q & A With Local Artist Teresa Nelson

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is filled with creative people of all kinds–musicians, actors, writers, artists, and more. This week we are chatting with Sanger artist Teresa Nelson.

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Rattie Ratz: Quarantine Rats Sheo and Ghost

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Stephanie Cameron


2020 was a difficult year for many people around the world, but even during a pandemic there are animals that need saving. Rattie Ratz Rescue is incredibly grateful that during a time of great difficulty and sorrow the support for our work and our rats never ceased. We are now a year into the pandemic and Rattie Ratz was able to help many rat owners in need thanks to this unending support. Many pet owners had to move or took large financial cuts, so there were a lot of pets needing to be rehomed. Rat owners have fewer resources and for many of these people, Rattie Ratz Rescue was their last hope.

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Death on Bull Path By Carrie Doyle: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


While the Labor Day tourist season is slowing down in East Hampton, New York, Windmill Inn owner Antonia Bingham still has a lot on her plate. After fleeing an abusive marriage in California, she is starting over as an innkeeper pursuing her love of cooking and catering to her wealthy guests. That’s what makes the discovery of two Wall Street bad boys murdered so troubling, as Shane Boskin and Gary DiAngelo had recently been drinking at her bar the night before.

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Death Grip By Elaine Viets: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


It’s just another day on the job for Angela Richman for her to be traipsing through the Missouri Woods to examine human remains. As the Death Investigator for Chouteau County, Angela works for the medical examiner’s office gathering evidence for ongoing investigations. A hiker discovered a burial for what soon appears to be a murderer’s disposal site, and early clues have them identifying one of the bodies as that of a missing Forest High track star.

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A Pair of New Hallmark Mystery Movies: How to Con a Con and Killer Timing

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Doward Wilson


The newest Hallmark Movies and Mysteries entry is the fifteenth in the Aurora Teagarden franchise. How to Con a Con stars Candace Cameron Bure as Aurora Teagarden, local librarian and president of the Real Murders Club. Her new fiancé Nick Miller (Niall Matter) is a college professor of psychology, an eager member of the Club, and very supportive of Aurora’s interest in all things murder. Marilu Henner, as Aurora’s mother Aida, isn’t a murder fan and usually is very vocal against any extraneous investigation, but will participate under serious protest.

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Bay Books, My Favorite Bookstore Suttons Bay, Michigan

FROM THE April 7 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Matt Lubbers-Moore


I have been around books all of my life. My mother was the president of the local library friends’ group, which meant that at the age of eight, I was carting boxes of books up from the basement for the semi-annual book sale. My reward and payment was a box of books. By my teen years, my bedroom looked like a library: shelves evenly distributed and books stacked from floor to ceiling. I have loved books very early in life.

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Col. Potter to the Rescue: Fast Eddie

FROM THE April 3 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Fast Eddie was adopted from a Cairn breeder as a puppy by a couple who really wanted him. However, his vet bills eventually became too much for his family, so, sadly, they surrendered him to Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network (CP).

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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder By Joanne Fluke: Review/Giveaway/Easter Recipe

FROM THE April 3 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Mayor Bascomb likes being a big shot in Lake Eden, ‘pulling strings’ to get friends out of a bind. When that doesn’t work out like he planned, he loses his temper and it’s a fierce one. This time he’s unleashed it on Andrea. She’s Hannah Swenson’s sister, Hannah being the cookie baker in town. Andrea can hold her temper for quite a while, but when Bascomb tells her she’s stupid, that’s the final straw. Hannah and Bascomb’s secretary are waiting in the outer office, and even they can hear the sound of Andrea slapping Bascomb so hard, his office chair overturns.

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Twilight Easter Egg Hunt: An Easter Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Margaret S. Hamilton



Lizzie climbed out of her van and called to Claire. “I’ve got a load of special Easter eggs.” Daylight was fading in the park. Clumps of vivid yellow daffodils dotted the wildflower meadow, paired with blooming forsythia.

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Other Stages With Local Musician Tony Imperatrice

FROM THE April 3 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


The pandemic has brought us many new ways of enjoying entertainment that we may not have been familiar with before 2020—Zoom shows, StageIt online concerts, online conferences, Virtual Rogue Festival, Facebook Live book launches, and more. The creativity and resilience of performers, both local and around the world, has not only been amazing but inspiring. Fresno musician Tony Imperatrice not only has performed online concerts, but he has also started his own YouTube show called Other Stages. We chatted with him this week to learn more.

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Paddlers, Promises & Poison By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 3 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


The new subdivision nestled on land in the Daniel Boone National Park will soon be filled with mega-buck homes, and despite any positive impact on the local economy, it continues to cause a kerfuffle among residents of Normal, Kentucky. Some see the influx of people with money just what the town needs, but others believe it puts the peaceful nature of this small community in jeopardy. Mae listens to the debate, and it seems there may be more to Blair Builders getting the land approved to build on than meets the eye, and when one of their realtors is found dead in the model home, she is compelled to look deeper into the situation.

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Wedding Day and Foul Play By Duffy Brown: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE April 3 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Prissy Fox Consignment Shop owner Reagan Summerside is finally marrying Walker Boone, the dreamily attractive Savannah attorney. More importantly, it’s been 183 days since she’s managed to stumble across a dead body, a habit that would be more disturbing if she also hadn’t played a significant role in solving the murders. Unfortunately, she’s going to break that record on the very same day her wedding dreams come true.

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Law & Order / UK Season 1-5 AcornTV Streaming

FROM THE April 3 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Law & Order is an iconic American television drama spinning off other iconic and long-running shows, so why not send it over the pond to the UK? Law & Order | UK aired originally in 2009, and currently, AcornTV is showing the first five seasons with a cast that in my opinion rivals, if not surpasses, its American cousin. The “police who investigate crime” is led by Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brooks (brilliantly cast with Bradley Walsh), partnered with Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber), and under the supervision of Senior Inspecting Officer Natalie Chandler (all-time favorite Harriet Walter).

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