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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have another fun group of food and drink related mysteries for your Easter Feast-Death of a Blueberry Tart: A Hayley Powell Mystery by Lee Hollis, On the Lamb: A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian, Revenge Is Sweet: A Vintage Sweets Mystery by Kaye George, and Lavender Blue Murder: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


When it comes to the imagination, the sky’s the limit for Gail Daley. With three science fiction and fantasy series underway, the Central Valley author feels as much at home exploring distant galaxies as she does creating memorable characters who leap off the page. Kings River Life spoke with Daley about inspiration, genre bending, and writing’s biggest rewards.

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by Sunny Frazier


March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb. That’s why animal mysteries are featured in this month’s edition. Also start your spring reading with three new series hitting the bookstores.

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by Sandra Murphy


The last time Charlie Harris got involved in a murder investigation, he almost got himself killed. He’s under strict orders from everyone who knows and cares about him to stop investigating. He’s promised—but will he be able to keep his promise?

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Books, Beers, and Buddies

IN THE February 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andCommunity,
andFood Fun,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


We’ve all heard of book clubs, and often see photos of people enjoying books and coffee, or books and tea, but what about books and beer? Marissa Raigoza is part of a group that asked that same question and came up with Books, Beers, and Buddies in Fresno who meet at Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen. KRL took some time to sit down and chat with her about this interesting idea.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


It’s that time of year again, time for the Fresno County Library’s Big Read! This is a fun time where the library features a specific book and has a lot of great programs! I interviewed Tiffany Polfer, who is Teen Programming Librarian with the Fresno County Library, about this year’s Big Read!

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by Cynthia Chow


Cassie McGlone is looking forward to promoting her Cassie’s Comfy Cats grooming business at the upcoming North Jersey Cat Expo held in the Bradburne Hotel and Convention Center. With a brand-new mobile grooming van, an enthusiastic Cassie signed on to demonstrate her cat grooming techniques on rescues and raise awareness for the Friends of Chadwick Animals shelter cats.

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by Sunny Frazier


The way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach, but a way to a reader’s heart is through books about food. Enjoy these culinary delights!

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Book Mystery Catchup Fun!

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a group of mysteries set in the world of books-3 bookstores and a library-Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Bookmarked for Murder: Mystery Bookshop series by VM Burns, and There’s a Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany.

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by Kathleen Costa


In 2019, I reviewed a record 180 entertaining books along with connecting with talented and delightfully friendly authors, including some beta reading. It was a daunting task to choose my annual “Tops” because every book, and a few television shows, have provided me with hours of entertainment and some inspiration…

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by Sunny Frazier


Start your 2020 with two new series and many favorites cozies while you sip hot chocolate by the fire. Or the heater. Or whatever makes you cozy.

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by Kathleen Costa


I love cookbooks! I have a collection of 50 books and 360 eBooks, and although I’m not a chef, not even a real fanatic in the kitchen, I am experienced in better-than-basic techniques, competent in following directions, and greatly enjoy putting together everyday meals, sweet desserts, and holiday feasts. I also love cozy mysteries! So, I’m thrilled many favorite cozy mystery authors have published cookbooks compiling recipes from their series, and often family favorites, too. Check out these eight cookbooks, explore links to author websites, view Amazon & Goodreads, and enjoy fun insights on their influences, culinary experiences, and best thoughts on Thanksgiving!

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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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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Terry Ambrose


The Poisoned Pen Bookstore was founded by Barbara G. Peters in 1989 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The store carries current and classic works of mystery, thrillers, historical and literary fiction, and literature of the American Southwest, much of it offered in Autographed First Editions. For many bookstores, that would be enough, however, Poisoned Pen isn’t just an independent bookstore, it’s also a well-known publisher of mysteries.

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