Wednesday, April 21, 2021


A woman starting over. A gossip website. A handsome playwright with a dark side. A director with an explosive temper. And a murder without a motive. It’s a mystery set in the historic Tower District—Fresno's dining, arts, and entertainment hub. 

Praise for One Of Us-

An entertaining mystery with a unique setting—the Tower District in Fresno. And an adorable pet named Merlin. He's a rat. Trust me on this -- you'll love clever Merlin.

    -- Elaine Viets, author of the Angela Richman, Death Investigator mysteries

In her new novel Lorie Lewis Ham brings the Tower District of Fresno charmingly alive.  Seeking a new life in a new town, Roxi Carlucci immediately gets involved in local amateur theatre and pet rescue activities and her cousin’s private investigator business. Before long she stumbles over a dead body at rehearsal.

I loved the charming, quirky, instantly endearing Roxi with her love of all things King Arthur and Sherlock Holmes, her pet rat Merlin, her intense curiosity about everything and her eagerness to plunge into her new life. That plus the Mafia family she’s trying to disassociate from, the circle of new friends, and a fast-paced mystery makes One of Us a treat for mystery readers and a fab start to a promising new series.

Vicki Delany/Eva Gates, One Woman Crime Wave, 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for Contributions to Canadian Crime Writing

Welcome to my closet, so to speak, where I "unpack" my writing for you. I have been writing mysteries since I was a teenager and I have published 5 of them. Four of those 5 featured gospel singing amateur sleuth Alexandra Walters. Most of them are now out of print. For the past 10 years I have been focusing my attention on my online magazine Kings River Life, and more recently also our sister site KRL News & Reviews. Since May of 2018 a lot of my attention is also going to our mystery podcast, Mysteryrat's Maze, which features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

After many years, I will finally be releasing a brand new mystery (see above), which debuts a brand new series, featuring podcaster and part time P.I. Roxi Carlucci (If you read my other books-she is the cousin of Stephen Carlucci). The books are based in Fresno, CA, and more specifically in my favorite part of that town called The Tower District. The photo in the background of this website is a photo I took of the Tower Theatre in the Tower District!

My hope is that the first book in this series, entitled, "One of Us" will be released this summer. In the meantime I am working on sprucing up my closet!

Check out the cover for "One of Us" in  this post!

Happy reading,

Your Mysteryrat Lorie!