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Agatha Christie’s Witness For the Prosecution At 2nd Space

FROM THE August 24 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have been an Agatha Christie fan ever since I was a teenager, so when I saw that Good Company Players were going to be performing the Agatha Christie play Witness For the Prosecution, I couldn’t wait! We were front and center opening weekend for this show that plays at 2nd Space until October 9.

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West Highland White Terriers

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Lucille Solomon


Originally bred to flush badgers and foxes from hiding places in the rocky terrains of Scotland, the Westie came in all colors. However, multi-colored dogs were sometimes mistaken for the game they flushed. They were then bred to be all white for their own safety. The dogs were named for the areas in which they lived such as Pittenweems, Poltallochs, and Roseneaths. In the early 1900s the breed was officially named West Highland White Terriers.

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Murder in the Secret Garden By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



At West Virginia’s Storyton Hall, Jane Seward strives to host book-themed retreats for guests longing to escape from the busy world inundated by technology and high tech social media. The manager’s latest endeavor involves the Medieval Herbalists, a gathering of men and women devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of the medieval use of herbs. So when one of their members, a photographer in the erotic style of Georgia O’Keefe, is found drowned and possibly poisoned during the town’s annual rubber duck race, there is an abundance of knowledgeable suspects.

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The Cat, the Collector and the Killer By Leann Sweeney: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


The last six months of Jillian Hart’s life in Mercy, South Carolina has been sheer bliss. Newly married to police chief Tom Stewart, they have blended Jillian’s Abyssinian Syrah, Himalayan Chablis, Maine Coon Merlot, and Tom’s diabetic tabby Dashiell into one sublime feline family. Jillian always makes herself available to support a cat cause, so she doesn’t hesitate when Mercy Animal Sanctuary’s owner Shawn Cuddahee asks for help. This time though, it’s to act as a buffer between himself and Chester Winston, the county animal control officer with a restraining order against Shawn that prevents him from making a welfare check on a woman and her wandering cats.

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What is Your NQ? Noodle Q

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Healthy Eating in the Valley SECTION

by Tom Sims


IQ, Intelligence Quotient, is an important tool for measuring cognitive ability. EQ, Emotion Quotient, is a new device for measuring emotional health and capacity. However, to adequately measure the value of a noodle, one needs NQ and, more specifically, Noodle Q near the southeast corner of Fresno Street and Ashlan.

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Local Band Q & A With Call Me James

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson


Visalia’s Call Me James includes lead vocalist/guitarist Brendon Reese, bassist/vocalist Joaquin Ruiz, and drummer Chris Ramirez. They kicked off 2016 with a bang at Barmageddon in Tulare, and on July 21, released their self-titled debut, the digital EP Call Me James. Kings River Life caught up with Reese to get the scoop on how it all began.

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Deep Six By D. P. Lyle: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Jake Longley was a pro ball player but now owns a bar on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The work isn’t hard, in fact, it’s almost non-existent, thanks to his right-hand gal, Carla. Jake’s dad, Ray, is a private investigator. He lives a much more structured lifestyle, one that Jake wants no part of. On the other hand, a little surveillance job wouldn’t put him out, as long as that’s all it is.

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A Most Curious Murder By Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Jenny Weston moved back to Bear Falls, Michigan, following her divorce, not that she told her mom about that. It seemed best at the time to say she’d come for a visit. Now she’s got to break the news and doesn’t know quite where to begin.

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Reedley History: Going to the Dogs

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Hometown History SECTION

by Jim Bulls


When I was a child, my experience with dogs was somewhat limited. We did have a dog on the farm in Texas, but he wasn’t considered a pet. Shep was a shepherd-mix, just a farm dog. He had work to do. He was the protector, announcing the arrival of people coming down the driveway and clearing out the occasional rattlesnake so it would be safe to go outside to play in the yard. When we left the farm to move to Pantex, Shep stayed behind to continue his dog duties.

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Rattie Ratz: The Cool Trio–Bernard, Ralf, and Morty

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Rodent Ramblings SECTION

by Stephanie Cameron


One of the hardest lessons a rat owner will ever learn is that the life span of a rat is far too short. When a rat’s life is cut even shorter by an illness, it is that much more devastating. In many cases, the grief-stricken owners are left behind with a mourning cage-mate to look after. This sad occurrence brings many adopters to rescues like Rattie Ratz, where they come looking for a companion for their remaining rat. Maryanne was one such adopter.

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The Eyes Have It: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gail Farrelly


Old MacDonald had a farm.
Young MacDonald didn’t.
That was a problem, you see, because Tim MacDonald (aged 31) thought it was about time–well, more than time really–that his grandpa Michael (aged 78) park his old tractor for good and turn over the farm lock, stock, and barrel to his grandson, his only living relative.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet By Becky Chambers: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 20 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



Take the episodic style of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, add the close quarters of Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, throw in pirates and politicians, and set it out in a not-always-friendly galaxy, and you have Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Presented By the Woodward Shakespeare Festival

FROM THE August 17 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Woodward Shakespeare Festival is…
It’s like…
If you watch one of those food contests on TV where they give the chefs a strange set of ingredients and tell them to make something delicious, someone might tell the judges they have made a deconstructed dish, where the parts are disconnected and have to be mixed by the diner. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern is Tom Stoppard’s deconstructed Hamlet, pulling apart the Shakespeare masterwork and seeing what the audience will make of it.

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Muzzle Tuff, a Tiny Bundle of Cuteness

FROM THE August 13 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



When Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network sent Muzzle Tuff to Chris to be fostered, she immediately fell in love with him. “With his tiny feet and legs, he was just so cute how could anyone not love him,” said Chris. The problem was that Chris already had four dogs and she knew she could not adopt a fifth. The biggest impediment to adoption for Chris is her alpha female because she attacks Muzzle Tuff.

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