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Christmas

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Visalia actor Kelly Ventura has voiced several episodes of Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast, and earlier this year directed an audio production of War of the Worlds for Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia. Now he has set out to do even more fun audio adventures that are available on his website and as a podcast, so KRL chatted with him to learn more.

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by Kathleen Costa


New Arcadia, Max Marley’s most prodigious project, is complete, and Georgie and her husband Jack have been invited (more like commanded) to its soft opening with an all-expense paid, deluxe, pet-friendly stay. They had planned to spend their first anniversary on a beach in Cancun, but they agreed to stop off at New Arcadia first to support, if not placate, their boss. Until…BOOM! What felt like an earthquake, shaking and shimmying, turned out to be two massive explosions.

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by Sandra Murphy


Siobhan, a garda (police officer), is looking forward to a Christmas holiday with her brothers and sisters. James, the oldest, and Elise are engaged, and she has invited them to meet and stay with her family. An added bonus is Elise is the granddaughter of Enda Elliot, a world-famous conductor. The orchestra will perform, giving Siobhan the opportunity to hear the talented Leah Elliot play the violin.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As we see more and more local theatre companies and schools presenting shows online, one more theatre company has taken the leap this holiday season with their second virtual show! Lindsay Community Theater will be presenting A Christmas Carol online December 19 and 20! We took a moment to chat with the show’s director Alli Smith to learn more. She has been directing shows for Lindsay since 2016.

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by Sandra Murphy &
Cynthia Chow


This week we have another group of Christmas mysteries for holiday reading-Candy Cane Crime: Amish Candy Shop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Gingerdead Man: A Five-Ingredient Mystery by Maya Corrigan, Murder She Wrote: Murder in Season by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, andA Whisker of a Doubt: A Cat Café Mystery by Cate Conte.

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by Jim Mulligan


Holiday traditions around Reedley are many and varied: from tamales to turkey dinners, house decorating to cookie baking, caroling to care package giving, and so many more. One tradition that hasn’t faltered in our quaint little town is the display of our community Christmas tree. Even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the custom continues. By most accounts, the city has displayed a community tree since before 1920, and for most of those years it has been right downtown, smack in the middle of G Street, serving as a beacon of light and cheer in the heart of our little town.

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by Kathleen Costa


Mae heard the voices, the pleas of “open your eyes,” and words like steering wheel, brain scan, and…coma. She couldn’t see and couldn’t respond, but albeit foggy, she could hear much of what was happening around her. Hank’s loving concern. Dottie’s encouragement. The doctor’s diagnosis. The two strangers’ whispers. Did she hear them correctly…murder? No, couldn’t be.

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by Connie Berry


Vivian Bunn frowned at the boxes and tissue paper strewn across the floor of Lady Barbara Finchley-fforde’s sitting room. Decorating Finchley Hall for the holidays used to be more a matter of deciding than actually doing the work. But since Mr. Mugg had…er, resigned, there was no one left to do it. Except Francie Jewell, of course. Francie, Lady Barbara’s cook and maid-of-all-work, would tackle anything except ironing. But if Francie were put in charge of Christmas decorations, they’d probably end up with a fake tree in the Great Hall and inflatable snowmen in the courtyard.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Peggy Ehrhart


This week we have a Christmas book that is actually 3 books in one-Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, Death of a Christmas Carol by Lee Hollis and Death of a Christmas Card Crafter by Peggy Ehrhart. We also have a fun Christmas guest post from one of the authors, Peggy Ehrhart.

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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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by Cynthia Chow
& Nancy Coco


Christmas on Mackinac Island may be the postcard ideal of snow and horse-drawn carriages, but for Allie McMurphy the holiday is proving to be a little more humbug than ho ho. Extensive renovations on the top floor of her family’s Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop have Allie bunking in her fudge shop manager’s vacant apartment until the construction is completed, but at least Allie has her bichonpoo Mal and calico Mella as roommates. A knock on the door and an intriguing note leads Allie to the steps of Fort Mackinac, where she is shocked to find a body facedown in the snow. Nearby church ladies identify the unconscious woman as Kayla Cramdon, a freelance graphic artist and new resident at the Ambassador apartments.

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by Sandra Murphy


April and Nick met at her B&B in Oregon. They soon fell in love and he proposed. She said yes and moved North with him, having no idea what she was getting herself into. Nick is the real Santa Claus, having inherited the title when his brother, Chris, died in a hunting accident.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a group of Christmas mysteries for holiday reading-Dying in a Winter Wonderland: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery by Vicki Delany, The Gift of the Magpie: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews, Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder: A Kebab Kitchen Mystery by Tina Kashian, and Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past: A Salem B&B Mystery by Traci Wilton.

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by Cynthia Chow


It looks like it’s going to be a rocky Christmas for Pans ‘N Pancakes Country Store and Café owner Robbie Jordan. A fire at the home of Dr. William Geller has uncovered the remains of a body, and it doesn’t take long before they are discovered to be that of his missing wife Kristina. The abrasive anesthesiologist claimed that “Tina” ran out on him over a decade ago, although her twin sister Antonia had her doubts. “Toni” has her own muddled history with a past spouse, and her resentful stepson isn’t shy about making his own accusations about the death that cost him his inheritance.

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