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Fall Mystery Catch Up!

IN THE September 26 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murpy


This week we have another great group of mysteries for your fall reading-Booked for Death: A Booklover’s B&B Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, The Falcon Always Wing Twice: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews, Killer Kung Pao: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, Paw and Order: A Dog Club Mystery by V.M. Burns (giveaway for this one is ebook), and Little Bookshop of Murder: A Beach Reads Mystery by Maggie Blackburn.

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by Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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Reading in the Time of the Plague

IN THE September 23 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by Connie Berry


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Connie Berry. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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by Sharon Tucker


Although I liked Robert Urich in Spenser for Hire, he never really seemed like the Spenser I read in Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels. His touch was too light. And Lifetime TV’s attempt at Spenser movies still starring the likable Urich were bland palimpsests of the books. No. The real Spenser was in the pages Parker wrote, and I have my doubts anyone could embody him with justice. Spenser’s stream-of-consciousness, first-person narratives gave the reader inside information into what made an idealist like Spenser able to survive with his soul intact sorting out dark tangles beyond the rest of us.

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by Susan Van Kirk


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Susan Van Kirk. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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by Alexander Inglis


It’s not every day that you wake up one morning and say: “Why don’t I start a mystery publishing house?” It was almost like that with ReQueered Tales, an indie publisher of LGBTQ fiction started in the early spring of 2019. Three online friends – we’ve still never met in person – chatting in a Facebook gay mystery group were bemoaning the number of gay mystery novels that had slipped out of print. After some due diligence, ReQueered Tales was born.

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Virtual Read To A Dog

IN THE September 5 ISSUE

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andLorie Lewis Ham,
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


These are strange times and we are all trying to adjust. Shannon Escobedo and her two therapy dogs, Doxie and Fozzy, used to go to two Fresno County Libraries, one of them being Reedley, and the kids could read to the dogs. But of course that isn’t happening now, so Shannon started a virtual version. I chatted with her recently about the Read to a Dog Program, and about this new twist.

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by Sandra Murpy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of mysteries-The Devil’s Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by Carolyn Haines, A Royal Affair: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery by Allison Montclair, Night Shift: A Helping Hands Mystery by Annelise Ryan, Witch Hunt by Cate Conte, and Witches and Wedding Cake: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As we continue to feature other mystery podcasts, we wanted to include a rather new podcast produced by Crime Writers of Color, so we chatted with Kellye Garrett and Gigi Pandian to learn more.

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by Daisy Bateman


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Daisy Bateman. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Jon Land


In 1898, Texas Ranger William Ray Strong went to Mexico to arrest Pancho Villa. Things didn’t exactly turn out as expected. The town’s children have been kidnapped and it’s up to the Ranger, with the help of Villa, to get them back.

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by Mallory Moad



When you think of locally-owned, family-operated businesses, what comes to mind? I’m guessing it’s a restaurant or maybe a hardware store. Perhaps it’s a nursery or place that sells pet supplies. But there’s one Valley-based company you may not be aware of, in spite of it’s achievements.

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by Terry Ambrose


Mysterious Galaxy is an independent bookstore specializing in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, young adult, romance, and horror. Founded in 1992, the store has been an integral part of San Diego’s literary scene for readers ever since.

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My COVID Mystery Binge Reading

IN THE August 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Keenan Powell


Here is out latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, or as mystery author Keenan Powell has named hers, My COVID Mystery Binge Reading. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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