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A Review of the New Revue

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Tom Sims



What happens when you take the best locally roasted coffee with a story and weave it into a local ice cream story? You add a dash of Jeff and Amelia Bennett of Ampsersand Ice Cream and a pinch of Bryan and Kimberley Feil of Lanna Coffee and you get a big cup of deliciousness. In other words, you get the grand reopening of The Revue in the Tower by way of Mia Cuppa.

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Feral Paws Rescue: My Name is Yo Yo

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lupe Gore


My name is Yo Yo, and if I say so myself, I am a handsome Angora-mix boy. I am 10 years old. Five years ago, I was taken to the shelter in Lancaster ( Los Angeles County ), California. I don’t know what I did that my people would take me there, but there were a lot of other cats in the shelter, all in cages, and if they didn’t get someone to pick them up after a few days they were taken out of the cages and put to death.

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Death of a Bachelorette By Laura Levine: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


This time Jaine Austen (no relation to you-know-who) has it made. She’s been hired to write for a reality show set on an island near Tahiti. With neighbor Lance to mist her Boston fern daily and the okay to bring her cat Prozac along for the ride, she’s off to a tropical paradise.

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Sunnyside Bicycles: Life Lessons From My Bicycle

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Vanessa McCracken


I tore my Achilles tendon in early May, which means I’ve been off the bike for a few months now. When people find out, they invariably ask, “Oh, do you miss riding?” Yes, of course I do! But luckily, my bike has taught me a few lessons over the years, and I think I’m handling the situation pretty well.

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Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My By Denise Swanson: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Go to the dime store in Shadow Bend, Missouri, near Kansas City, and you’ll meet Devereaux Sinclair, the owner. She hosts knitting groups, quilters, teens after school, and makes gift baskets as well as whipping up stellar milk shakes. It’s all part of making a living in a small town.

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Camp Carter By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Kathi Daley



Well…the decision to go camping with a bunch of pre-teens is questionable, not having a bathroom close by is inconvenient, and being six-weeks pregnant with nausea is crazy, but, when Zoe heads off to the kitchen to get some saltines and club soda, and finds a dead body in the pantry? That’s just insane! To make matters worse the victim had a chance to call 911, and the police find Zoe covered in blood with the knife in her hands.

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All Signs Point to Murder By Connie di Marco: Review/Giveaway/Astrology Chat With Sunny Frazier

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



Being a best friend means being supportive through thick and thin, especially when called upon to be a bridesmaid. Julia Elizabeth Bonatti has been helping her college best friend Geneva Leary prepare for her wedding in Sonoma, in spite of the frantic demands of the wedding planner and the disappearance of the bride’s sister. Moira Leary does eventually appear —intoxicated and a bit worse for wear—but it is the coordinator Sally Stark who collapses after the ceremony.

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Hollywood Homicide By Kellye Garrett: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



After a brief moment of fame as the “Don’t think so, boo!” girl in the Chubby Chicken commercials, aspiring actress Dayna Day decided to retire from acting. Always being recognized as familiar—but not someone they knew from high school—tests Dayna’s patience and humiliation limits, especially since she’s either overqualified or under qualified for most jobs. Dayna’s job search becomes critical when she receives a phone call from her father, who has the upsetting news that her parents’ home is about to be foreclosed on and that the lawyer Dayna hired was a con artist.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: The Friendly Adventures of Hazel

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Rodent Ramblings SECTION

by Stephanie Cameron


This month, instead of sharing someone else’s adoption story, I thought it was time I shared one of my own. I adopted Hazel from Rattie Ratz Rescue back in August of 2015. I needed a companion for a sanctuary rat who had just lost her sister. Hazel was the runt of the litter, a tiny black and white hooded baby, and my family fell in love with her instantly. Thankfully, my sanctuary girl Rowan also fell in love with little Hazel. They were happily living together within hours of being introduced.

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Ann Cleeves’ DI Jimmy Perez: Page and Screen

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


As we know, translation from the page to the stage is problematic. We readers are notorious for our loyalty to the ‘mise en scene’ in our heads, not to mention ideas about everything else from the characters’ appearances to following the books’ plots to the letter. Some novels are an easier go-to script because they are written with the object of production in mind and read almost like a screenplay already. However, this was not the case with the Shetland novels of Ann Cleeves.

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Reedley History: Willie’s Then and Now

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Jim Bulls SECTION

by Jim Bulls


Every Reedley High School student from the late 1940s into the 1970s remembers Willie’s Drive In, directly across the street from the high school. This was the closest place, off campus, where the smokers could light up their cancer sticks.

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The Great Train Robbery: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE August 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Michael Bracken


When Buck Johnson rolled out of bed and his feet slapped against the cold hardwood floor, his thoughts weren’t on that day’s scheduled train robbery. Instead, he concentrated on leaving the bedroom without waking his wife, who was snuggled warmly on the far side of the bed.

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Cabaret Presented By Visalia Players

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Nancy Holley



Cabaret, the iconic musical, opens the 61st season of the Visalia Players and the 42nd season of the Ice House Theatre. Cabaret is set in 1930s Germany as the Nazis are coming to power, but its basic themes of love, apathy, and totalitarianism are universal. Thus, over its 50-year history, the staging of Cabaret has mirrored American society at the time of the production.

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Hedda Gabler Presented by New Ensemble

FROM THE August 15 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Destiney Warren



Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen has always been one of my favorite plays despite the fact that I had never actually seen a production of it. I read it in a Modern World Literature class, and I fell in love with the characters and the way that Ibsen presented something he saw as a problem in his society: the standards of society that kept people (especially women) from doing what they actually wanted to do and enjoying their life. While this doesn’t seem very shocking, Ibsen wrote this play in the late 1800s Norway, and it was very forward thinking for the time. I was excited to find out that The New Ensemble was putting on a production of it, and I loved finally getting to watch it.

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