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Tammy Euliano on Writing Fatal Intent

IN THE March 3 ISSUE

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by Tammy Euliano


Embarking on the writing of a novel is a truly novel (ha!) experience. As a physician, researcher, and teacher, who wrote extensively throughout my career in academic medicine, including an introductory anesthesiology textbook with my mentor, I assumed the words would flow and a book would appear. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Though a life-long reader, I soon realized I’d never analyzed the craft of the books I love, which of course is the author’s intent.

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Writing Life: Invention or Memory?

IN THE March 3 ISSUE

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by Victoria Hamilton


Every mystery series I write (I have four on the go: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, Lady Anne Addison Historical Mysteries, A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder, and the Merry Muffin Mysteries) is completely different, deliberately so. It allows me to reference my different interests, from vintage recipes and kitchen utensils, to English history, to a budding interest in opera and classical music. From the beginning I knew that the Merry Muffin Mysteries would feature classical music and opera, though not, I hope, in an overwhelming sense. Even if you’re not a fan of either, you’ll enjoy the Merry Muffin series.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we continue to catch up on our reviews with some more fun mysteries featuring book clubs, wine tastings, house flipping, and a historical-A Catered Book Club Murder: A Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford, A Lady Compromised: A Rosalind Thorne Mystery by Darcie Wilde, Wine Tastings Are Murder: A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, and Murder With a View: A House-Flipper Mystery by Diane Kelly.

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by Kathleen Costa


The 1920s are in full swing with people trying to get back to some kind of normal after “the war to end all wars.” Blanche Tucker, one of Alafair Tucker‘s gaggle of daughters, is restless, so she is easily taken in by a man claiming to be a film producer saying she has “IT.”

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by Sunny Frazier


While the snow melts in parts of the country and St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time, and the first day of spring are around the corner, don’t even think about giving up books for Lent! Here’s the start of a new series by a new author. There are also farms, food, and the luck of the Irish in the books coming out this month. Enjoy!

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Mystery Short Story Body of Evidence

IN THE February 27 ISSUE

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by Guy Belleranti


Ross Clark took care to park near Alice Morton’s front door, out of sight of the bedroom window through which he had entered earlier.
Clark’s fiancée, Brittany, pressed the doorbell, but of course, no one came.

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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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Friends and Sidekicks

IN THE February 24 ISSUE

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by Kaye George


What exactly IS a sidekick? He’s not a partner. The main character is the obvious number one star. The sidekick is…less so. They exist across lots of genres, as seen by the examples that popped up for me right away when I started thinking about them.

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A Jewel of a Rainbow

IN THE February 24 ISSUE

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by Ellen Byron


I’m a relatively simple gal. Most of my wardrobe comes from Target and a local shop where nothing seems to cost over forty dollars. I’ve never coveted fancy stuff. Then one day I walked into a local jewelry store to ask if they’d donate to my kid’s elementary school silent auction and I saw… it. A slim bracelet made of sapphires in a variety of colors arranged by shade like a rainbow. I. Fell. In. Love.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Want to help support KRL & and the podcast, and get something fun in return? Keep reading to learn more.
Kings River Life Magazine is approaching its 11th birthday this May and Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast will have been going for for 3 years this coming June. It has been exciting and we hope to be going for many more years to come. For anyone who doesn’t know, I am the publisher and editor-in-chief of KRL, and the producer, director and more of the podcast.

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by Cynthia Chow


After inadvertently burning her life down in a moment of rage and fury, Nora Pennington found healing and her purpose in the town of Miracle Springs, North Carolina. Renowned for their healing springs, Nora does her own bibliotheraphy there for those needing help in her Miracle Books bookstore. Though her many customers find bliss through the messages they learn through the books Nora selects for them, there is a very loud contingency less than pleased by her new autumn window display.

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by Cynthia Chow


Maizie Albright is no longer the teen actress who became renowned for drunken escapades, was arrested because of a drug-dealing boyfriend, and then eventually sentenced by a judge to living a life outside of Hollywood. She now needs to prove to the world that she’s not just Julie Pinkerton, TV’s Teen Detective, but a real-life competent private investigator-in-training.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Alexis Morgan


Abby McCree got bamboozled into being on another committee. This time she’s helping with the summer outdoor movies. The two people in charge have been called out of town and Abby’s on the hook for the last one of the season, an animated children’s film.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s the late fourteenth century London, and Crispin Guest is dealing with the consequences of his treasonous actions against Richard II. He has his head and entrails intact, but the loss of his rank, his position, his fiancée, his friends, and all support to make a living leave little for which to be thankful. However, he does have his wits on which in the past he has relied, if only he had a plan to use them to survive on the city’s mean streets.

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