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by Lorie Lewis Ham

Have you ever attended a murder mystery party? They can be a LOT of fun! When I was in my twenties my brother and I wrote several of them and had parties for our friends-those were so much better than the boxed ones. Recently I heard about a company that puts on murder mystery parties all over the country called The Murder Mystery Co. I took some time to interview Patrick Salyer, their Digital Marketing Assistant about their company, which includes parties in San Francisco.


by Terrance Mc Arthur

It’s not a pretty thing, yet we have a fascination with it. Thousands of mystery novels, movies, and television shows reveal whodunit, howdunit, and whydunit. Reality shows analyze the deaths, the investigations, the captures, and the trials. Usually, it’s men who kill, but there are times when a woman takes a life.


Love Is Murder

IN THE February 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Jeanne Matthews

As the comedian Chris Rock says, if you ain’t held a box of rat poison in your hands and thought real hard about killing your wife, you ain’t been in love. Thousands of men go to prison every year for killing their wives or their lovers – perfectly nice men who wouldn’t harm another living soul. So what is it about being in love that can stir a man to thoughts of murder?

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow

Penguin continues to release a lot of great cozies for our mystery reading fun! Here are a few more reviews of books that came out in October and September of 2013! This week we have food, clothing, supernatural and Amish country. A Finder’s Fee: A Missing Pieces Mystery by Joyce and Jim Lavene, Postcards from the Dead by Laura Childs, Bran New Death by Victoria Hamilton, Going Through the Notions by Cate Price, and Murder, Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan. Details on how to win all 5 of these fun mysteries at the end of this post.


by Margaret Mendel

Once a year during the summer I go camping in upstate New York, on property my daughter and her husband purchased with a friend. The area is known as Dunbar Hollow. It is a quiet place surrounded by rolling hills, wildflower meadows, acres of rambling blackberry bushes and it’s hard to imagine that a horrific crime once took place here.


Sanity Clause by Steve Brewer: Novella Review

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Pat Browning

P.I. Bubba Mabry needs Christmas cash to buy his wife, a newspaper reporter, a laptop computer. He takes an undercover job at Albuquerque’s new mall, where all he has to do is monitor Santa’s workshop for shoplifters, pickpockets, lost kids and perverts posing as Santa. “Albuquerque loves the ‘new’ the way a monkey loves a shiny penny,” he says of the hordes flocking through the doors.


by Katherine Fast

For your Christmas pleasure here is another Christmas mystery short story. The Holiday Bonus was first published in 2007 by NEWN (New England Writers Network) where it won a Flash Fiction award.


by Patricia Brown

Hop A Dog is an original mystery short story that has never before been published and is set in Fresno. Patricia Brown is a member of the San Joaquin Chapter of Sisters In Crime and this is her first published short story, but KRL has some more stories in this series coming up in the next couple months.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

This weekend a group of local history writers from the Fresno area will be debating whether knowledge of local history improves Fresno and the Valley, in a discussion at the Woodward Branch Library called “Rediscovering the Valley’s Past: A Panel Discussion on Local History by Local Historians.”

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Bones: TV Show Review

IN THE February 26 ISSUE

FROM THE Books & Tales,
andMysteryrat's Maze,

by Stephanie Barnett

Bones, a murder/mystery/comedy staring Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan, a world renowned Forensic Anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institution, and David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth, a former U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces sniper, tells the story of two completely different people coming together to solve murders in an unusual way.


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