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Ghosts, Goblins and Witches, Oh My: A Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Teresa Leigh Judd



Rachel picked up her cup and sipped. “I love this fall weather, don’t you?”
Her friend, Elizabeth, nodded. “It’s just the best. Only one fly in the ointment.”
“What’s that?”
“Halloween is approaching.” Elizabeth lowered her voice, and hummed the Jaws theme.

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A Halloween Masque: Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Avril Adams



“The music committee is meeting at the table in the back. You’d better hurry, they’re voting,” said Robert, rushing past Bridget to the gymnasium stage. He carried, under his arm, the scarecrow she’d created the night before, a skeleton in overalls, bandanna and straw hat; an over-sized raven affixed to the crown, pecking at the skull. The scarecrow was a chimera, Bridget was proud to say, a Frankenstein offspring of E. A. Poe and The Grand Ole Opry. She was sure nobody at North Cromwell High had ever seen such a creature. She pushed her way through a row of folding chairs toward the back of the gym and realized, with disappointment, that the music committee had already recorded the vote. The motion, whatever it was, had carried.

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Gidion’s Knot Presented by The New Ensemble

FROM THE October 29 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



Gidion’s Knot opened in Fresno this past weekend, presented by The New Ensemble, and it definitely fits with their goal to provide shows that make you think. I knew going in that I was going to enjoy my night at the theatre because I always enjoy a TNE show.

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A Hit and a Miss: Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Joyce Ann Brown



A figure plunged out of the shadows like a deer bolts onto a freeway, giving the driver no time to react. Since the roadway in question was a residential street in a quiet Kansas City neighborhood, Marci had a smidgen more time to jam her foot on the brake and squeal to a stop than she would at highway speeds. A ghostly white face with huge eyes turned into the headlights. Marci squeezed her eyes shut. Her seat belt prevented her from slamming into the steering wheel, but the dread of hearing a thud caused her adrenalin to spike and her heartbeat to race into her throat.

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A Head for History: Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 27 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by L.H. Dillman




Auntie Cee wasn’t really the children’s aunt, and her name wasn’t really ‘Cee.’ She was an old friend of their mama’s mama, and she came to stay whenever their mama had a bout of the keep-to-herself-in-her-room blues. When the darkness descended, somebody had to watch out for the twins and their older sister until Maxine was on her feet, and that someone was Auntie Cee. She was firm but loving, exacting yet forgiving, down-to-earth while, at the same time, touched with a bit of magic. The children thought of her as a sort of Mary Poppins, but older, plumper, and, of course, blacker.

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The Conjuring: Halloween Must Watch Movie

FROM THE October 27 ISSUE

IN THE Chris Lovato SECTION

by Chris Lovato



This week, it’s a Special Edition of the Halloween Must Watch Movie List!
The search for scary movies to watch this Friday is a tough one, but here’s a gem you’ll want to catch if you haven’t seen it already. From James Wan, the man who brought us Saw and Insidious, comes: The Conjuring.

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Dracula Untold: Movie Review

FROM THE October 27 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



I have been a fan of vampires for as long as I can remember, so when I heard there was going to be a new Dracula movie I couldn’t wait. I went to see Dracula Untold not really having a clue what it was going to be like, but had heard rumors that this Dracula was some sort of hero–interesting concept.

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Reedley College Football 2014 Game 7 Recap

FROM THE October 27 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Larry Ham


The Reedley College Tigers continued their trend of getting off to a slow start, but they pushed the accelerator pedal right before halftime and never let up, scoring the game’s final 45 points, as they dominated the Cabrillo College Seahawks 45-10 Saturday night in Reedley

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The Black Cat: Winner Of the Halloween Mystery Short Story Contest!

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Nancy Adams



She was lost. Deliberately lost.
Rain pelted her face, and a chill night breeze pierced her thin coat of fur. Persephone shivered. Feet passed to and fro on the broad pedestrian walkway, and she huddled into the bushes that bordered the walk, only to start away as raucous laughter rang through an open window and a glass bottle sailed out, too close.

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One Potion in the Grave: A Magic Potion Mystery By Heather Blake

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



When an elegant blonde steps into Hitching Post, Alabama’s Little Shop of Potions, it’s not surprising that owner Carly Bell Hartwell is caught off guard. Dr. Kathryn Perry bears little resemblance to her past persona, Katie Sue Perrywinkle. Carly’s friend from the wrong side of the tracks, had struggled to leave her disreputable and greedy family behind. While Katie Sue hopes to reunite with her little sister, the real reason for her return is the much anticipated wedding of country music star Landry Calhoun and orphaned heiress Gabi Greenleigh. The union of a U.S. senator’s son and a Miss Alabama beauty queen is as close to royal wedding as The Wedding Capital of The South will ever see.

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The Cat House on the Kings: Open House, Makeovers & More

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



Okay people, next weekend is The Cat House on the Kings big Fall Festival Open House. I hope you all have marked your calendars, made sure you had the day off from work and are ready for some fun and lots of kitty lovin’! Remember to bring an admission donation: bleach, pine cleaner, paper towels, scoopable litter and/or of course, cat food. We use both canned food and dry food. Please note that we try to avoid dry cat food with brightly colored pieces of kibble. Something about the dye used to color the food messes with the urinary tract of the male cats. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you on November 1, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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Horror Hotel Web Series

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



Our Halloween issue seemed the perfect time to talk about an interesting web series called Horror Hotel. Recently we interviewed the show’s producer Debbie Hess about this interesting series, and you can even check out an episode of the series at the end of this post!

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A New Hope…of Fish and Chips: Halloween Special, A Cat & Rat Story

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Rebecca McLeod



The rats were busy chewing a pumpkin into a Death Star facsimile under the guidance of Bob, the pack’s official engineer and current artistic director. Bob had big dreams, but was working with a surly, nearsighted construction crew that was more interested in eating the pumpkin than carving it.

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A Spirit of Fraud By Barry H. Wiley: Review/Guest Post

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by

by Cynthia Chow
& Barry H. Wiley



Halloween seemed like a perfect time to review a mystery novel involving Spiritualists. Not only do we have a review of A Spirit of Fraud, but also an interesting guest post by Barry about writing this type of book. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Spirit of Fraud.

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A Midwinter’s Tail By Sofie Kelly

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Kathleen Paulson is the town librarian and she’s up to her ears in fundraising plans for the Reading Buddies program. The waiting list is long, so how best to fund the idea?
If that isn’t enough, Rebecca, her backyard neighbor and first friend in town, is finally marrying Everett, the man she’s loved since childhood. They seem to have done a quick role reversal.

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Three Mysteries From Kensington

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have a group of 3 mystery novels from Kensington-Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell, To Fudge or Not To Fudge by Nancy Coco, and French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier. Details on how to enter to win all 3 at the end of this post, and links to purchase each book where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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Coming Attractions Countdown to Bouchercon Continues

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



So many books, so little time to promote them all! Only three weeks remain until we all meet in Long Beach for the international mystery convention. Let’s get to it:
Just in time for Halloween is the e-book for Leigh Perry’s (aka Toni L.P. Kelner) A Skeleton in the Family, first in a new series.

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The Getaway God By Richard Kadrey

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



In Richard Kadrey’s The Getaway God, James Stark (a.k.a. Sandman Slim) is a half-angel, human-mothered Nephilim, not too popular in any realm. He probably has frequent-flyer miles to Hell and back. Stark even was Lucifer for a while. Now, he’s trying to prevent the end of the universe…or cause it. He isn’t sure which he should do. The Angra Om Ya, the Old Gods, are still mad about the God who took over this universe and kicked them out of it. God was depressed over the state of humankind and broke himself into five beings, and they are getting weaker.

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Halloween, Superstitions And Me

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Linda O. Johnston



Are you superstitious?
A lot of people say they’re not, yet they still cross their fingers, knock on wood, pick up coins from the sidewalk for luck—preferably heads-up pennies—and more.

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Angel: TV Review

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Liliana Costa
& Trista Holmes


In the midst of fog and dust, leftover from the detonation of Sunnydale High School, Buffy Summers’ heart throb, Angel, made a place for himself in Los Angeles, protecting the unsuspecting citizens from all sorts of demons. Series creator, Joss Whedon, stated that after the episode Surprise (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s second season) hit the airwaves, he knew actor, David Boreanaz, could carry his own show. Thus leading to the ensouled vampire landing his own spin-off, which spanned for five seasons, encompassing not only new ideas, and some substantially creepier episodes than the pioneer series, but brought both new faces together with familiar ones.

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KRL Staff Halloween Memories

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by

by KRL Staff



We thought it would be fun for KRL staff to share their favorite Halloween memories! We would love to hear yours in the comments!

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Stages of Grey: A Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mystery By Clea Simon

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow




As a fifth-year graduate student and doctoral candidate in the Department of English at an East Coast Ivy League college, Dulcie Schwartz feels the stress to revise and publish her paper on an anonymously authored gothic novel. Dulcie’s thesis advisor thought he was being sensitive when he suggested a seminar on time-management skills, but her friends go the other route and say she needs an escape to take her mind off her work. Their solution is a disco-themed interpretation of Ovid’s Metamorphosis performed by the University Repertory Theatre.

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