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We Wish You a Murderous Christmas By Vicki Delany: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Merry Wilkinson once thought she had the dream life in Manhattan, but it took losing both a cheating fiancé and her job as a deputy magazine style editor to discover that her true place was back in her hometown. Now the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry fully endorses Rudolph, New York’s year-round celebration of Christmas.

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Jackson: From Very Ill to Happy and Healthy

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


Jackson came into rescue as an owner turn-in. Despite the owner’s claims that she had been treating this now six year old Westie since he was a puppy, he was in about the worst shape that Aggie and her colleagues at Sunshine State Westie Rescue had ever dealt with.

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Champagne Conspiracy By Ellen Crosby: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Lucy Montgomery is a vintner in Virginia. With help from her brother Eli and her right hand man, Quinn, they keep the place running. Eli’s daughter lives with them, too, with a nanny to help out.

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British Manor Murder By Leslie Meier: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Lucy got to take care of her grandson, Patrick, while Toby and his wife were in Haiti. Now they’ve come back, collected Patrick, and are off to Alaska where Lucy is sure a big bear will carry Patrick off into the tundra. She knows her fears, some of them anyway, are ridiculous, but they persist, mostly during the night. Then she’s dragging the next day and has no interest in even getting out of bed. Bill says she’s depressed, and she’d argue about it, but she’s too tired.

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CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s New Artistic Director

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently, Scott Hancock became the new Artistic Director for CenterStage Clovis. While new to the position, Scott is definitely not new to theatre. KRL sat down with Scott to chat about the new position.

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The Chopsticks Clue: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Earl Staggs



“What are you doing here?” Lieutenant Sue Townes was shocked to see her former partner. They’d been the closest friends until that thing with Harry three years ago. “And you’re in uniform. What gives?”
Millie Walker chuckled. “If you’d remembered what I taught you about observation, you’d see I’m a Meter Maid now.”

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A Cookies & Chance Mystery series By Catherine Bruns

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


This week we have a review of Burned to a Crisp, the latest Cookies & Chance mystery by Catherine Bruns, along with a look at the previous books in the series, and an interview with Catherine. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Burned to a Crisp, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

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Better Off Thread By Amanda Lee: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Seven-Year Stitch embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer survived Black Friday, but the real question is whether she can make it through the upcoming Christmas season. Considering that Marcy’s petite stature has her boyfriend Detective Ted Nash affectionately calling her “Inch-High Private Eye,” it shouldn’t have been too surprising that someone who already calls her “Tinkerbell” would hope to also include “Christmas Elf.”

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Great Food Search: Chicken Wings

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


If I had wings to fly…Better yet, if I had wings to eat. Hot wings, cold wings, buffalo wings…Who knew the arms of a chicken would become so popular?

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Reedley High Madrigals Spreading Christmas Cheer

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Cameron Calvillo



As Christmas gets closer, the Reedley High Madrigals are hard at work preparing to spread Christmas cheer. This holiday season they are set to perform at Hillcrest, go caroling, and put on their annual Christmas concert at the PAT on the Reedley High Schools campus. The group is led by Randy Lepp, a talented musician himself. He can always be seen early morning on campus running around with a determined look on his face.

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Trigger Yappy By Diana Orgain: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


After coming to Pacific Cove to help her sister Rachel run the Wine and Bark wine bar, Maggie Patterson is thrilled to finally be about to resume her job as a bookkeeper. Not only will she have the opportunity to work for the Soleado Mexican Riviera Cruise Line and sail off into the sunset, it also gives Maggie a less canine-focused occupation. Her plans veer off course when Rachel is hospitalized with a severe case of salmonella poisoning, leaving it up to Maggie to host Yappy Hour, the Friday when the Roundup Crew and their furry companions meet following their doggy walks on the beach.

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

FROM THE December 3 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Carolyn M. Tellers



The year of 1977 was a magical year for me. It was filled with fun family times, foods, and celebrations, including my seventh birthday on July 7. From what I remember, the weather was pretty mild that autumn through December, and Lake Erie hadn’t frozen over. What that meant was that when a cold north wind blew over the lake, it often brought Lake Effect snow.

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas On Stage at COS

FROM THE November 30 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


I grew up watching the movie version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and still watch it every once in awhile-it was always a holiday favorite in my family. It is a fun Christmas musical with great songs, a sweet story, and a great cast, which includes Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. This past weekend the stage version of the musical opened at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and it did not disappoint.

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A Christmas Carol Fundraising Event

FROM THE November 29 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Watching A Christmas Carol is a part of our Christmas tradition, whether we are lucky enough to see it on stage, or we watch Patrick Stewart’s version on DVD. It has been one of my favorite stories ever since I played the Ghost of Christmas Past at my elementary school’s annual production when I was in sixth grade. One of the best performances of this story I have ever seen was Chris Mangels one-man show and I am thrilled to share that he will be presenting a reading of that show on December 6 at 2nd Space in Fresno.

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