A California Magazine with Local Focus and Global Appeal:
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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


Two Beautiful Boys Looking for Their Forever Home

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Joey and Robbie, two miniature black Poodles, came from a breeder of show dogs and were very well cared for. So, when these two beautiful dogs were adopted by a woman, also in the dog show world, their good care and grooming continued, and, in fact, Robbie is a retired show dog.

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Murder in the Reading Room By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Although it seems like a lifetime ago, not much time has passed since Jane Steward learned of her family’s legacy as the guardians of a secret library full of rare and possibly dangerous books. She and her two sons, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, have found a new home and family within Storyton Hall, but this path has also led to threats, murder, and kidnappings.

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Mama’s Café: A New Place to Hang Out In Downtown Reedley

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



A few months ago a new coffee shop opened in downtown Reedley called Mama’s Café. My daughter and I now visit there on a regular basis. This is something that has been missing from downtown for awhile now-it is nice to have somewhere other than Starbucks to go to for good coffee and a nice place to hang out. But Mama’s offers a lot more than that. Recently we sat down to chat with owners Jose and Jacqueline Escoto to learn a bit more about this unique shop.

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Read on Arrival A Bookmobile Mystery By Nora Page: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Nora Page


Librarian Cleo Watkins is extremely protective of her “Words on Wheels” bookmobile, especially since the Catalpa Springs Library Board president Mercer Whitty seems to consider both of them outdated and overpriced. Cleo is justifiably threatened by his infatuation with Belle Beauchamp’s attention-grabbing BOOK IT! mobile library, as its noisy, carnival-like atmosphere overshadows all book-lending functionality.

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Beyond Spenser: Robert B. Parker’s Later Protagonists

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


As an academician, Robert B. Parker could have written literary fiction, criticism, or the great American novel, but lucky for us, he found a niche in crime fiction. His Spenser reinforced the admirable notion that adherence to a moral compass and accountability for one’s actions are essential to living a good life. That principle translated seamlessly when he wrote not only the Spenser novels but also his three other deeply satisfying crime series. What made Spenser such a pleasure to read holds true with his books featuring Sunny Randall, Jesse Stone, Virgil Cole, and Everett Hitch.

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Sassy Ladies of the Polynesian Club of Fresno

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Mallory Moad



For women “of a certain age” who are interested in a dance performance experience, it can be difficult to find a school or group that’s the right fit. Classes marketed as being “for seniors” give the impression that if you’re over 50 you’re as breakable as glass, while some performance groups have a creepy, patronizing approach that can be downright insulting: “Look at them go! And to think they’re all over 60 years of age, wow!” Yeah, right.

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Peonies and Poison By Ruby Loren: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Diana Flowers holds a masters degree and worked as a chemist for a London-based pharmaceutical company, but on her search for happiness, she decides to transfer to another lab nearer to Merryfield, the small rural village in which she grew up. Her mother is best one you visit rather than cohabitate, so renting a flat was the better option…a bonus for residents was renting for a reduced fee an allotment in the local village garden, but her plot needed major work.

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KRL News & New Podcast Ep Featuring A Baker Street Wedding by Michael Robertson

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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A Wall Can’t Contain George Lopez’s Comedy at Saroyan Theatre

FROM THE June 12 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Steven Sanchez




George Lopez, referred to as America’s Mexican, the comedian/actor/late night host came storming into the Saroyan Theatre for a two-time performance on the night of May 25. The earliest was at eight and the latest was at ten-fifteen. And his fans came out in droves.

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A Fantastic Feast of Food Mysteries For Father’s Day

FROM THE June 8 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Father’s Day feasts-Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Dying for Devil’s Food: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, The Diva Sweetens the Pie: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches: A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, and Sconed to Death: A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon.

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Valley Animal Center: Lovely Lizzie

FROM THE June 8 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Arianna Padilla


Lovely Lizzie is a 12-year-old Shih Tzu who has been with us since early April. Lizzie was surrendered to us by her elderly owner, who was no longer able to care for her. We would love to see Lizzie adopted into a loving, caring home for the remainder of her life.

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State University of Murder By Lev Raphael: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Doward Wilson


English professor, Nick Hoffman is still unsettled following events of the past spring, and now he has to contend with a new department chair, Dr. Napoleon Padovani. The chair is a prima donna who has managed to upset and alienate every professor and adjunct in the department and all of them are dumping it Nick.

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