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Peterson publishes

4th Fairchild MysteryLocal Mystery Author PJ Peterson recently published her fourth novel in the Julia Fairchild mystery series.

“One Will Too Many” is about a wealthy banker with a long list of secrets who dies.


Dr Fairchild, an internist, is at home in Parkview working in her medical practice. She is asked to attend a fundraiser at a local theater where she discovers banker Jay Morrison, recently divorced and whose life is full of secrets according to a review by independent critic Matt Pechey. The day after the fundraiser, Morrison’s girlfriend calls Fairchild to tell him she can’t reach him. Fairchild is happy to help find him, and the duo go looking for him, Pechey wrote in their review of the book. They soon discover Morrison dead in his house.

At first, no one can figure out what killed him, but the coroner quickly confirms it was a homicide, according to a summary of the book on The wealthy banker died of methanol poisoning.

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Further investigations show that there may have been many people who had a dispute with Morrison and “with the reading of his will things could get messy,” Pechey wrote.

The crime scene ties up local police, and Fairchild agrees to help the understaffed force solve the case, but each clue further complicates his investigation. Will she solve the crime or will the killer give her a slip?

A resident of Kalama, Peterson is a retired doctor. She attended Lower Columbia College and then transferred to the University of Washington where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, according to Daily News records. She went to medical school at the University of Utah and trained in internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas. For 37 years, she was a locally practicing physician.

Peterson has been writing since childhood. As a child, she was also a voracious reader, reading the mystery series starring Trixie Belden and her friend, Honey; and all of Nancy Drew’s books.

While working as an internal medicine specialist, she wrote winning articles for the medical journal “Medical Economics”. Entries included “Don’t dismiss near-death patient experiences” and “The patient who gave me flowers every day for years.” She also published two articles in scientific medical journals during her medical studies and during her residency.

Her first murder mystery, “Blind Fish Don’t Talk: A Julia Fairchild Mystery”, follows Dr. Fairchild on vacation in the Caribbean where she discovers a dead diver. Although the death is considered an accident, she believes there is more to the story.

In his second novel, “Rembrandt Rides a Bicycle,” Fairchild returns to a “fun adventure along the Rhine.” In her third novel, “Pickled Pink in Paris,” a major business deal is cut short by a murder.

In an email to the Daily News, Peterson wrote that “One Will Too Many” is “put here in ‘Parkview,’ although readers won’t recognize any individual characters except Julia and her sister.”

She noted that she used a few local landmarks, such as Grant’s at the “Montpellier Hotel”, the “Back Door Office”, etc.

According to Peterson’s webpage, her “passions when she’s not writing are healthcare and education.” She volunteers time at the local free medical clinic. She also shares a portion of her royalties with St. Rose Catholic School and Seton High College, both of which are “close to her heart,” according to her biography.

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Native longview from a video cooking show

Cindy Thompsongraduate of Mark Morris High School in 1990, was recently featured on the YouTube show “Chef AJ Live”.

Chief AJ has more than 141,000 followers according to a press release submitted to the Daily News. The show features rising personalities in wholefood, plant-based cooking, and lifestyle.

Thompson, who grew up in Longview, is the daughter of the late Dick Thompson and the late Linda Thompson of Longview.

Cindy Thompson is a retired decorated fire captain from Gresham, Oregon Fire and Emergency Services. Certified health coach and educator specializing in helping people transform their health through a plant-based diet and a healthy lifestyle, she created Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching outside of Seattle, according to the press release.

Headshot: Cindy Thompson

Cindy Thompson

She is a Food for Life Instructor through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and a Harvard Medical School Food Coach. According to her website, she is a Rouxbe Certified Herbal Professional Health Coach, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Firefighter Peer Trainer.

She shares “easy and delicious plant-based recipes and cooking presentations, ratings output and is a featured contributor to the new book ‘Food Is Climate’, by Glen Merzer.

Thompson’s presentations can be seen on YouTube at

Volunteers of the month are named

Members of the Rainier Senior Center Board of Directors have been named Volunteers of the Month for December.

They “are the glue that holds the senior center together,” according to the group’s December newsletter, noting that it’s been a bumpy road with all the COVID restrictions and trying to provide services without compromising everyone’s health. .

Board members are Keith Ekstrom Rachel Kelley, Debra Elliott, Sue Beavers, Joanne Bernard, Jan Rich and Darnel Williams.