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Mother Gets a Lift: A Mother’s Day Mystery Short Story

FROM THE May 2 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lesley A. Diehl



I was panting my way through a contraction when my cell phone sang out, “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The contraction ended, but the cell played on.

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Annie’s Story

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


For ten long years, Annie lived a lonely and bleak existence exposed to the extremes of Wyoming weather in an outdoor kennel with a cement floor. Her owner was a bigwig in town with a home on the golf course befitting his money and status. Annie enjoyed none of that.

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A Catered Mother’s Day By Isis Crawford: Recipe/Giveaway

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Isis Crawford


This week we have a recipe from A Catered Mother’s Day by Isis Crawford. At the end of this post are details on how to win copy of this book!
For A Catered Mother’s Day author Isis Crawford decided to ask the men she knew for recipes they would make their wives on Mother’s Day. All the recipes are simple to execute, and tasty to eat.

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Reading Up a Storm By Eva Gates: Review/Interview/Giveaway

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


The Lighthouse Library is celebrating Bertie’s tenth anniversary at the library. A big storm is coming so as soon as the cake’s cut and eaten, guests head for home. For Lucy, that’s a short commute as she lives above the library in the lighthouse itself. The bright light of the beacon doesn’t bother her but on this particular night, between flashes, she sees a light bobbing in the water, like a boat being tossed by the waves.

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Downtown Fresno Eatery The Republican

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Sarah Peterson


Since iconic Fresno eatery The Downtown Club reopened as The Republican last November, the historic building in downtown Fresno has gotten a new lease on life. Kings River Life sat down with Republican co-owner Kate McKnight to talk menus and venues ahead of the bar-and-grill’s new schedule starting May 2.

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Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Buffy is no ordinary orange tabby. He is patient, and not only puts up with all kinds of costumes, but will pose for the camera when wearing them. This is a photo book, by Sandy Robins and Paul Smulson, of life with Buffy who is Making the Most of All Nine Lives.

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Double Knot By Gretchen Archer: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


An undercover super secret spy for the Biloxi Bellissimo Resort and Casino, Davis Way Cole, is finding that even her stellar skills are challenged by being six months pregnant with twins. It’s a condition that is convenient for her secondary, but just as crucial, assignment as the stand-in for Bianca Casimiro Sanders. Bianca is not handling her own pregnancy gracefully, and as a result Davis will be modeling as Bianca on board the MS Probability, a luxurious half-billion-dollar yacht catering to fifty of the wealthiest gamblers in the world.

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Mini Maker Faire

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Mallory Moad



The message written on the chalkboard said, “What are you making?” At Fresno Ideaworks and Craftapalooza Fresno’s Mini Maker Faire, the answer was, “LOTS of cool things,” including robots, games, paper-maché cats, and a full-size replica of Dr. Who’s time-traveling vehicle, the TARDIS.

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The Good Wife: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Paul Lees-Haley


Joey Bam and his boss knew I did contract kills in my twenties, so even though I hadn’t seen him for years, I understood what was going down the second Joey set his drink on the bar and sat beside me.

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Even More April Penguin Mysteries

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


We end April with 3 more fun mysteries from Penguin authors–Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower, Murder She Wrote: Design for Murder by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain, and Needle and Dread: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

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May Coming Attractions: A Garden of Reading Delights Edition

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Along with May flowers come starter books. No time like the present to “spring” into a new series!
It’s A Front Page Affair when the Lusitania sinks, a shooting occurs at JP Morgan’s mansion and the Great War is on.

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Grave Visions By Kalayna Price: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham




It has been a very long wait for the fourth book in the Alex Croft series by Kalayna Price. I was so excited to finally get to read Grave Visions, as this series is one of my favorites! Alex is a grave witch who can communicate with the dead and she primarily talks to the recent dead to find out why and how they died–sometimes for the police, and sometimes for clients who come to her agency.

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Hair Receivers: A Collectible Curiosity

FROM THE April 30 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Bulls SECTION

by Diana Bulls



One of the most curious items to be found on a Victorian lady’s dressing table was a hair receiver. This was a small bowl with a hole in the lid. It was often part of a dressing table set, with a matching powder box. And why you ask, would anyone need a hair receiver? Well, some kind of receptacle was needed to collect and save the hair that accumulated in a lady’s brush or comb after the required daily 100 strokes.

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Shrek the Musical on Stage in Selma

FROM THE April 27 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


I keep trying to write a clever opening for my review of the Selma Arts Foundation production of Shrek the Musical, but I can’t seem to come up with anything. Instead, I’ll tell you the truth—the show is funny, the production really works, the cast is energetic and impressive, and you’ll be glad you went. I know that’s not an exciting way to review a play, but that’s what I’ve got.

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