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A Word From the Editor

Well, here it is. The new Mysterical-E format! It’s taken a while to get this launched and  LOT of work by our webmaster Jason who did a wonderfully outstanding job. We couldn’t be more proud. You’ll find all of your favorite areas: Stories, Columns, Reviews, and others. There are also some new features …

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Death by the Pixel: The Copper and Goldie Mysteries: Episode Three

Sam Nahoe, ex-HPD detective, sat on a park bench reading the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Goldie, his (mostly) golden retriever, lay curled up asleep at his feet. His two walking canes leaned next to him. In a rare moment of inattention, he didn’t see his young daughter dart out of sight. …

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Rattled

I was already havin a bad day, see? The twins were both sick and Momma said she wasn’t gonna keep em tonight on account of it’s her boot-scootin night. Her and her damn dance hall. Freddie was pickin her up at eight and she was already teasin her hair at …

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Honor Among Thieves

The elderly woman had passed me at least three times since I’d entered the store. She was wheeling a cart containing two boxes of Wheaties and a silk flower arrangement, wearing a windbreaker despite the single-digit weather outside, and leaning on the handle as though she’d been on her feet …

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Just A Man

How do you undo a murder? How could I have known I’d miss Hunter so much? He was a no-good, low-down jerk, but he’d been my jerk. It wasn’t as if he ever hit me, abused me. He just annoyed me with his noisy ways, his love of guns, sports, …

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Little Red

It was late and business had been a little off lately, so I was about ready to call it a day and head down to Charlie’s for a couple of rounds. That’s when she came through my office door. She was a Kewpie doll sized figure of fire and Ice. …

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No Quarters

I pulled into Steve’s Gas & Goodies and shoved two quarters in the Coke machine just inside the store. Steve’s wife, a short toothless old woman with severe dark eyes, sat on the stool behind the counter and watched me. I nodded and pulled a copy of the free Rusti …

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The Law And Daughter Series: Some Assembly Required

This time: When Fran Valentine drops in to visit the school where she once taught, she finds herself right in the middle of a possible con game. And no one but Fran suspects the suspect . . . _____ Fran Valentine felt a warm glow as she steered her gas-guzzler …

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The Thorn

The Rt. Rev. Barnabas P. Whittlesworth, M.A., D. Div. (Oxon.), was fortunate enough to possess an appearance that suited him precisely.  It was as if Nature had become tired of college dons who resembled prizefighters, and sweet-shop owners with the visages of undertakers, and had decided to make a man …

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The Jack Cable Chronicles: Exceptions to the Rule

Mr. Allen had me in a spot. On the one hand, if I turned him down again for what I considered to be valid reasons, all of which amounted to me wasting his time and money and my time, he’d consider me no different than the local cops. And that …

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Author Snapshot: A Man of Many Covers

Author Robert W. Walker is a man on a mission. His plan, besides writing top-notch novels, may be to have more books in print than the big-name authors. And he’s pretty well on his way with more than 60 novels under his writing belt. Walker, who grew up in Chicago …

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MYSTERICAL-EYE ON TV AND FILM

I’ll Be Streaming You I’ve always been a few years behind the latest technology. I’m writing this column days after unloading shelves full of well-worn VHS tapes. It doesn’t seem long ago that my Internet access was too slow to even consider watching TV shows and movies on my computer. …

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THE HELL YOU SAY

A Brief Diatribe From My Previous Life (or “r u a student?”) We all know about students who claim they don’t do homework. Indeed,  some of us have—occasionally, though not often successfully—tried to join their ranks.  When problem-solving is required, however (physics and mathematics both spring to mind but they …

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An Interview with Eileen Magill

Eileen’s curiosity has gotten her into hot water by asking the wrong people the wrong questions at the wrong times. All in the name of research, she has spent time in jail, taken a tumble down a hydroelectric penstock, survived a wilderness survival camp, and spent a day in an …

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An Interview WIth Sue McGinty

  With little more than an urge to hang out at the beach, write mystery novels, and mollify a grumpy cat who’d never ridden in a car before, Sue McGinty left Los Angeles on June 17, 1994—the same day OJ Simpson took flight across the LA freeways. Unlike OJ, Sue …

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An Interview with Victoria Heckman

  Victoria Heckman’s first Hawai’i mystery series features officer Katrina Ogden, K.O., of the Honolulu Police Department. Her second series, Coconut Man mysteries of Ancient Hawai’i begins with Kapu-Sacred. Her third series starts with Burn Out, a mystery starring animal communicator Elizabeth Murphy set on California’s Central Coast and continues with Wet Work (Jan. 2015). Stand alone mystery, Pearl Harbor Blues, begins …

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