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Oliver! On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE May 27 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


From Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Lionel Bart fashioned the musical Oliver! which opened in London in 1960, toured the USA in 1962, and opened on Broadway in 1963. Now, it is a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through July 19.

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Pitch Perfect 2: Movie Review

FROM THE May 26 ISSUE

IN THE Jessica Ham SECTION

by Jessica Ham



Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.
Here is another video movie review from Jessica Ham. This one is of Pitch Perfect 2.

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Dutch, a Boston Terrier Boy with Over-Looked Potential

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


The aim for every breed rescue organization is to find that perfect forever home for each dog they rescue and save. And, these all volunteer groups work hard to do just that by actively marketing each dog through their website, on sites like petfinder.com, and through community outreach.

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Bite the Biscuit: A Barkery & Biscuit Mystery By Linda O. Johnston: Review/Guest Post

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Veterinarian technician Carrie Kennersly has just opened Barkery & Biscuits, an establishment featuring baked and cooked dog treats. She’s combining the “barkery” with Icing on the Cake, a bakery for humans. While requiring Carrie to apply arduous kitchen and hygiene procedures to meet legal human health regulations, her dog treats are as suitable for people as they are for their pets. Just not as sweet.

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The Edge of Dreams By Rhys Bowen

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur




Rhys Bowen is a master of mystery and she’s at it again! The recent Agatha winner (for Queen of Hearts in the Her Royal Spyness series) returns to her Molly Murphy series with a psychological thriller, The Edge of Dreams…or is it a thriller about psychology?

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Mental Health Awareness Month

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Forever Different SECTION

by Christine F. Anderson


Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental illness. Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May; it reaches millions of Americans through the media, local events, and screenings. It gives Americans an opportunity to replace stigma with hope by bringing much-needed understanding and education to others.

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Great Food Search: Buffets

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Buffets—no, I’m not talking about Jimmy and his parrothead pals in Margaritaville—are faster than fast food, homelier than home cooking, and come in many varieties. The Great Food Search presents a sampler—a smorgasbord, if you will—of all-you-can-eat places in the Central Valley. This isn’t everybody (Sorry, Ole Frijole—I wasn’t in your neighborhood), but here are some nice places to feed a bunch of people.

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The Final Reveille By Amanda Flower: Review/Interview

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


For the battling Union Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the Confederate Division of the King’s Brigade, it feels like the Civil War. For the director of the living history museum of Barton Farms, however, it’s a day spent wrangling nearly two hundred passionate re-enactors, staffers, and over seven hundred tourists.

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KRL Staff Profile: Terrance McArthur

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



On May 29 KRL celebrates our 5th anniversary! One of the things we are doing to celebrate is to introduce a few of our staff writers to all of you! Some you have already gotten to know as they are also mystery authors and have been interviewed here–but many you have not, other than what you have learned through what they write for us. I’m even learning fun things I didn’t know about our staff! This week we are chatting with Terrance McArthur who writes our Great Food Search column, and book reviews.

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Confetti: A Collection of Cozy Crimes By Patricia L. Morin

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Summer is the time for travel, but sadly not everyone has the privilege of whisking off across the country and escaping everyday life. That’s why we’re grateful for this anthology of nine short stories that take readers to Oahu, Venice Beach, and—well, New Jersey. Murder is, of course, involved, but it’s a footnote in these highly entertaining and often very funny short tales.

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Finger of Suspicion: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Guy Belleranti



Sally Pierson gave the dead man on her bedroom floor one final glance and then hurried to the front door to let in the police.
“I was in bed, almost asleep, when I heard a noise at the window,” she told the two plain-clothes officers as she led them down the hall. “He cut the screen and came over the sill toward me. If not for the gun in my nightstand…”

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Murder in the Boonies: A Sleuth Sisters Mystery By Maggie Pill

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Retta is a heroic police officer’s widow, and she provides her sisters’ Smart Detective Agency with valuable social contacts while managing their late parents’ Michigan farm. But her bossiness is keeping her from being a full-fledged member of the detective agency run by Barbara Ann and Faye.

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Grave Matters By Lauren M. Roy

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



When I read the first book in this series, Night Owls, what drew me in was the fact that it features a bookstore run by a vampire–what a perfect combination! Grave Matters is the second book in this series and it is filled with the same great characters, wit, and action!

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A Forgotten Great from the Central San Joaquin Valley: Advise & Consent by Allen Drury

FROM THE May 23 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by The Librarian



In addition to being the book that gave birth to the Washington D.C. political thriller, Advise and Consent and its sequels are the books that awakened my love of novels. I stayed up many nights engrossed in these books and am yet to find a writer who can capture my imagination more than Allen Drury.

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