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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and new articles throughout the week, including — movie reviews each Monday at 7pm and live events Wednesdays at 7pm. If you love mysteries — explore Mysteryrat’s Maze — there's something for everyone… and check out our sister site on Blogger for bonus articles.


The Cat House on the Kings-Rescues, Relocations, Rehomings

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale




I was just relaxing in my chair for a few moments before heading out to teach my yoga class when I got a call from the packinghouse in Orange Cove where I had been conducting a TNR project. I was told that a kitten had been spotted lying under a tree. The woman who called me said she was told that the kitten had been in the same spot all day. Of course I went there immediately. As I approached the kitten lying motionless under the tree, I thought it was dead. Then it lifted its tiny head and meowed at me as if calling for help. I scooped up the poor thing at which point it began to cry piteously. I rushed it to my car and headed off to The Cat House on the Kings.

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A Batch of July Mysteries From Penguin

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


We end this month with another fun group of mysteries from Penguin. We have food, cats, bookmobile, crafts, food, and more: Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews, Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman, Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass, Grace Against the Clock By Julie Hyzy, and Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates. Details on how to win copies of all 5 books at the end of this post, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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West Side Story At Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Sharks and Jets. Street gangs. Turf war. Romeo & Juliet in the streets of New York City. “Tonight.” “Somewhere.” Mambo. Yep, it’s West Side Story, and it’s a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, playing through September 14.

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Mystery Series Carried On By Other Writers

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terry Ambrose


Have you ever wondered how that favorite author of yours produced a fabulous book after he died? Was the work written prior to the author’s death and only published afterwards? Was the creative effort put in by the originating author, and then edited by someone else? Or, did someone else take over the series altogether? In screenplays, music, and literature, all of these scenarios take place.

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Interview With Mystery Author Marcia Muller

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Last week we reviewed Marcia Muller’s latest Sharon McCone mystery, The Night Searchers, and this week we had the privilege of interviewing her.

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Great Food Search: What is Pho?

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Pho.
What is pho?
Before I tell you what it is, I have to tell you how to say it. It isn’t pronounced “foe.” You have to say “fuh,” which leads some people into off-color puns, but I try to show respect to people’s languages, so my puns will stay clean.

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The Hard-Boiled Detective, The Kid: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Ben Solomon



Let’s say you’re sharp. Really sharp. Sharp as Einstein on a good day. You can call it six, seven, even eight times out of ten what’s beneath a rock. Any rock. And therein lies the catch. Never can you figure when it’s going to turn out to be that ninth or tenth time.

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Celebrate National Mutt Day July 31

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



In 2005, celebrity pet expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige created National Mutt Day to support the adoption of mixed breed dogs. Mixes are at the highest risk for euthanasia due to overbreeding and lack of available homes, partly due to the popularity of pure bred or designer-mixed dogs like labradoodles, pugapoos, puggles and goldendoodles.

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Magic City: Recent Spells, An Urban Fantasy Anthology

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Mary Anne Barker


Magic City: Recent Spells is a selection of previously published short stories which have been brought together because they have the common “urban fantasy” theme. The stories are previously published in different anthologies. Some of them are good; some are okay and some of them “bleh.” But if you select it because there a couple of authors you like and you read more of the stories, then maybe you will find some great new to you authors and continue expanding your store of authors to read.

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Domestic Violence–Breaking the Silence

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



Local medical expert, Dr. Giatri Dave, featured weekly on the CBS Channel 47 Emmy Award-winning noon news segment, Ask the Doctor, has added another chapter to her growing journey of community health advocacy.

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Coming Attractions: End of Summer Edition

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



Three places you should be glad you didn’t go to on vacation this year are Windigo Island, Lost Island and City of Ghosts.
Windigo is the name of a mythical beast and Windigo Island is the name of William Kent Krueger’s 14th Cork O’Connor mystery. When the body of a teenage girl washes up on the shores of the island, the Ojbwe tribe knows it’s an evil omen. Cork is asked by a friend to investigate and in the process he faces his own demons, both mythical and real.

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MCC Cafe Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Last week MCC Cafe in Reedley celebrated their one year anniversary. Check out the photos from this fun event, and check out our video interview with Cafe manager Debbie Tingley to see what’s up for the future of MCC Cafe!

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Karen Beth in The Land of You Lost It & We Found It By Maria Ruiz

FROM THE July 26 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Maria Ruiz



Imagine being six years old and dressed for a night out with Mom and Dad. Now imagine dropping something on the floor and it rolls under your bed. When you bend down to pick it up, something grabs your arm and pulls you down into the crack between the wall and the floor. Meet Karen Beth and her friends in The Land of You Lost It and We Found It.

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The Music Man Presented By CenterStage Clovis

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you love big, old-fashioned musicals, you will want to go see CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production of The Music Man.

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