A California Magazine with Local Focus and Global Appeal:
Community - Entertainment - Human Interest


Weekly issues every Saturday morning and new articles throughout the week, including — movie reviews each Monday at 7pm and live events Wednesdays at 7pm. If you love mysteries — explore Mysteryrat’s Maze — there's something for everyone… and check out our sister site on Blogger for bonus articles.


Reedley College Football 2014 Preview

FROM THE September 1 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Larry Ham



The Reedley College Tigers open the football season on September 6 with a 7 p.m. home game against Mendocino College. I asked head coach Randy Whited a few questions about the 2014 season.

[click to continue…]

More August Penguin Mysteries

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


We have 4 final August Penguin mysteries to review & giveaway-Shear Trouble by Elizabeth Craig, Taken In by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran, and If Catfish Had Nine Lives by Paige Shelton. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 4, and a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

[click to continue…]

Paisley, a Therapy Scottie

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Lee Juslin SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Though it’s rare for Scotties to become therapy dogs, Paisley, a silver brindle Scottie, does her breed proud. At three and a half, Paisley has earned her CGC (Canine Good Citizens award) and has passed the required test to become a member of Therapy Dogs United, a regional organization for therapy dogs covering northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York. “The training was a bit tough,” said Nancy, her owner and handler. It involves getting used to wheelchairs and walkers as well as interacting calmly with strange people. She had to take the test twice to pass.”

[click to continue…]

Cat in a Yellow Spotlight By Carole Nelson Douglas

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow




After the events of Cat in an Alien X-Ray, Las Vegas freelance public relations agent Temple Barr is engaged, planning both a possible move and a wedding, and dodging an assassin with the resilience of both Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Professionally, Temple has an assignment to be a white glove-assistant/babysitter for the recently reunited 80s rock band Black and White. Torn apart by romantic jealousies, three of their members disappeared. Now, after twenty-five years, the two diva singers return for a concert at the Crystal Palace.

[click to continue…]

Maddie Cakes Cupcake Bakery

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Food SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



Meet Madeline Travis, the ‘real’ Maddie behind the infamous Cupcake Bakery, Maddie Cakes. This homegrown, one-of-its-kind bakery, located in northwest Fresno, has had orders placed for their custom cupcakes and cakes, from as far away as Italy. Their customers explain that there’s simply no substitute for a Maddie cake. Maddie Cakes has been showcased from Washington, D.C to Las Vegas to Yosemite to Los Angeles and back again. It takes just one look at these creative cupcakes and other bakery items, such as their uniquely customized cakes and cookies, to see why customers from across the globe, call on Maddie and her staff to make their special occasion memorable and delicious!

[click to continue…]

Axis of Action: Web Series Review

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


With the Streamys coming up soon (online video’s version of the Emmy Awards), a lot of people are thinking about web series right now, something we at KRL have been keeping an eye on and reporting about for a while. Web series come in all different shapes and sizes, with all different kinds of budgets and target audiences. This week we are reviewing a new web series that premiered in July, and this one is just plain fun–Axis of Action.

[click to continue…]

Don’t Breathe: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Carole Nelson Douglas



I’m in need of some serious hiding.
Behind a garage or a garbage can won’t do.
My thumping heartbeat tells me I’ve wasted way too much time considering options.
My eyes scan the familiar neighborhood.

[click to continue…]

Death of a Crabby Cook By Penny Pike: Review/Interview/Giveaway

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Food SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



The San Francisco Chronicle, like many newspapers, feels the need to tighten the budget. As a result, restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett is served a pink slip! Of course, the bills don’t stop just because the paycheck does so she needs a replacement gig fast.

[click to continue…]

Trillian: An Animal Rescue Adventure

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Carola Dunn



The first time I saw Trillian, she was cowering in the quarantine section of the county shelter. She had been picked up running loose in the street, without collar let alone tags, emaciated, flea-ridden and scared of everyone and everything.

[click to continue…]

Interview With Local Band Strange Vine

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson



The blues are in their blood, but are just one of the diverse musical genres influencing the electrifying sound of Fresno two-man band Strange Vine.

Vocalist-guitarist-bassist Toby Cordova and drummer-guitarist-Rhodes pianist Ian Blesse have been jamming together since their high school days, but the duo formed Strange Vine (the name fittingly a blues title by Delta Spirit) five years ago.

[click to continue…]

Blood Games By Chloe Neill

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



There are a lot of cookie-cutter fantasy books out there. You know what I mean–previously oblivious to the fantasy realms and characters around her, a young woman suddenly becomes a death-and-carnage-dealing, hard-hitting powerhouse with a sexual hunk of paranormal fulfillment for a mentor/mate. There’s nothing wrong with these characters, but I often wonder how, with all the frenetic battles or passionate sex they engage in, they have any energy left for the other part, be it frenetic sex or passionate battles.

[click to continue…]

Coming Attractions: Dog Days of Summer

FROM THE August 30 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



We’re in the “dog days of summer,” and three authors in the September spotlight feature dogs in the pages of their mysteries.
Gnarly, the kleptomaniac German Shepherd who got a dishonorable discharge from the military, once again wrecks havoc in Lauren Carr’s Mac Faraday mysteries.

[click to continue…]
  • Arts & Entertainment

  • Books & Tales

  • Community

  • Education

  • Food

  • Helping Hands

  • Hometown History

  • Pets

  • Teens

  • Terrific Tales