historical

A Murder Most French By Colleen Cambridge: Review/Giveaway

by Sarah Erwin


I’m no stranger to Colleen Cambridge’s enchanting storytelling, but this is my first time meeting her sleuth, Tabitha Knight. It can be a gamble picking up book two in a series without reading the first, but I am happy to report that the kindhearted, yet fierce Tabitha dazzled me right from page one, and by page two, she felt like an old friend. The warm, inviting way in which Cambridge writes her characters (and the settings they inhabit) has a mesmerizing effect on the reader.

Murder on Mistletoe Lane By Clara McKenna: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Sarah Erwin


Cozy historical mystery readers are in for a treat with Clara McKenna’s Murder on Mistletoe Lane, book five in the Stella and Lyndy Mystery series. While this title could easily be read as a standalone, readers who haven’t yet met Stella and Lyndy will enjoy going back to books one through four. I listened to books one to four and found the performances spectacular.

Mystery Coming Attractions: November 2023

by Shawn Stevens


Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner, and as temperatures begin to dip, our cozy sweaters come out from hibernation, and the allure of curling up with a good book grows stronger. This November, why not indulge your love for reading by exploring these latest releases? Find that perfect spot to kick up your feet, unwind, and immerse yourself in the enchanting worlds waiting within the pages of these November treasures.

Mystery and History

by Jacqueline Seewald


My adult mystery series, featuring amateur sleuth and psychic librarian Kim Reynolds, consists of five novels: The Inferno Collection, The Drowning Pool, The Truth Sleuth, The Bad Wife, and Blood Family. They were all set in central New Jersey, where I lived for 40 years, and were contemporary novels. The need for researching history was limited.

Path of Peril

by Marlie Wasserman


Some of you reading Kings River Life Magazine are old enough to remember the horrible day in 1963 when Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy. If you do remember, you will have lived through one presidential assassination. Now, imagine your memories if you were a middle-aged adult in 1900. You would remember the day John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln in 1865, the day Charles Guiteau shot James Garfield in 1881, and the day Leon Czolgosz shot William McKinley in 1901. Three presidents dead in office in 36 years.

Courting Dragons A King’s Fool Mystery By Jeri Westerson: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


Entertainment in the sixteenth century, by our modern standards, was primitive: no moving pictures streaming, recorded music to take on the road, or thousands of books in your tiny hand-held device. No, none of that, it was a “fool” in colorful garb telling quips and storytelling, doing athletic stunts and magic tricks, or performing musical interludes and dramatic interpretations.

The Unkept Woman By Allison Montclair: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murphy


In 1946, two women, who shouldn’t have been friends or even known each other, opened The Right Sort marriage agency. Women, whose work was prized during the war years, are booted out of their jobs when the men returned home. There’s also a definite shortage of marriageable men due to the high death toll. How’s a girl supposed to meet the right sort of guy? Before Match.com, there was The Right Sort.

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