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May 23, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A self-described "newspaper addict" who needs her "daily fix," Costa Mesa author Jean Femling says a story about a Los Angeles scam involving false automobile accident injuries inspired her latest Orange County mystery. "It was a ring that was broken by the insurance people, an undercover investigation," said Femling. "It's the kind of thing Moz would be doing." In "Getting Mine" (St. Martin's Press; $18.
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May 23, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A self-described "newspaper addict" who needs her "daily fix," Costa Mesa author Jean Femling says a story about a Los Angeles scam involving false automobile accident injuries inspired her latest Orange County mystery. "It was a ring that was broken by the insurance people, an undercover investigation," said Femling. "It's the kind of thing Moz would be doing." In "Getting Mine" (St. Martin's Press; $18.
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July 22, 1991 | Dennis McLellan
SUMMER READING: For those who like to curl up with a good whodunit, three mysteries set in Orange County are out this summer--T. Jefferson Parker's "Pacific Beat," Jean Femling's "Getting Mine" and A.E. Maxwell's "Money Burns." . . . But for the local angle with a change of venue, check out Huntington Beach author Elizabeth George's latest British detective novel, "A Suitable Vengeance."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1995
Looking for a book to add to your collection? Or, looking for a book to read and can't afford a new one? Friends of Costa Mesa Libraries will hold a used book sale at the downtown library at 1855 Park Ave. on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hardcovers will cost $1, paperbacks will run 50 cents, and children's books and magazines will be hawked for as cheap as a quarter. "What kind of books? Everything you can think of," said Jean Femling, publicity chairman for Friends of Costa Mesa Libraries.
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September 8, 1989 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer and
Jean Femling's first novel, a 1975 mystery thriller entitled "Backyard," was set in the mythical Orange County town of Sundown Beach. Publisher's Weekly called it a "splendid novel of menace . . . and Jean Femling an author to watch. You'll want her next book." Fourteen years later, the Costa Mesa writer's second mystery, "Hush, Money," (St. Martin's Press, $16.95) has finally been published.
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March 17, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It began with a conversation that Orange County Coastline Magazine publisher and executive editor Dave Bartlett had with author T. Jefferson Parker in a Laguna Beach restaurant. They were talking about the burgeoning number of mystery writers the county has spawned in recent years when it struck Bartlett: Why didn't his magazine publish a mystery serial set along the Orange coast, with each installment written by a different Orange County author?
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November 15, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "Set Up," Maxine O'Callaghan's new Delilah West mystery, the scrappy Orange County private eye is hired when an environmentalist receives a bomb threat after taking a dramatic stand against development. Or as O'Callaghan wrote in a blurb for the Sisters in Crime mystery writers organization, "Delilah West finds herself in big trouble, this time of the explosive kind, when a murder case mixes overdevelopment and Orange County politics." "Set Up" (St. Martin's Press; $18.
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April 18, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Public Library received a small windfall last week. Profits from the 1994 Men of Mystery calendar, a project designed by a group of Orange County female mystery writers to raise money for financially beleaguered public libraries, have been used to purchase 43 mystery books. The $500 worth of books will be distributed to the county's 28 branch libraries.
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August 25, 1989 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer
Laurence Leamer's latest celebrity biography, the sensational "King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson," is a top 10 best-selling book across America. And yet, Leamer told his audience at the Round Table West luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on Tuesday, "in the Los Angeles area you wouldn't know it." He said "AM Los Angeles" booked him as a guest, but "they canceled." He said "Entertainment Tonight" "won't touch the book." He said the CNN "entertainment reporter won't deal with it."
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September 24, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable to find a stateside teaching job after graduating from Cal State Northridge in 1972, Patricia McFall wound up in Japan teaching conversational English. Her nearly two years abroad was a colorful adventure for the 21-year-old, who even filled in briefly for a friend as a hostess in a Japanese nightclub.
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January 21, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With both arms stretched out in the classic gun-holding stance, Garden Grove mystery writer Patricia McFall calmly aimed the Smith & Wesson revolver at the center of the target. "That's good," said weapons instructor Larry Morrison. "Hold it. Squeeze." After firing off several rounds, McFall admitted she didn't much care for shooting a handgun for the first time: "I'd rather the target look like a bush than a person."
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