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January Penguin/Kensington Mystery Fun!

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



We end this first month of the new year with a fun group of mysteries released by Penguin and Kensington this month-Snow Way Out by Christine Husom, Lie of the Needle by Cate Price, All the President’s Menus: A White House Chef Mystery by Julie Hyzy, and Criminal Confections: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery By Colette London. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, and a link to purchase them.

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Chloe Needs a Forever Home with a Lap

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


Chloe, a five-year-old Boston Terrier, was an owner turn-in to Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue. She had suffered a bad fall in her owner’s yard and required a lot of veterinary care. The owner, as is too often the case, was unable to pay for Chloe’s care.

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Dorothy L: A Mystery Community For More Than 20 Years!

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terry Ambrose



In a world filled with social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and a nearly endless supply of others, one small mailing list has remained popular for more than twenty years. Known as “DorothyL,” the list began after a 1991 meeting between two librarians, Diane Kovacs and Ann Okerson.

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Central Valley Café Scientifique

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



Welcome to the Central Valley’s gathering of science-seekers–it’s the Central Valley Café Scientifique, a place for science in the cultural life of California’s Central Valley.

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MacDeath: An Ivy Meadows Mystery By Cindy Brown

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Olivia Ziegwart took the stage name of Ivy Meadows, but she needs affirmation she truly is an actress. Through a happy accident involving a hidden cord and nimble recovery, Ivy manages to snag the role of an aerobatic witch in a circus-themed interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Even in a production where Macbeth is a lion tamer and Lady Macbeth is an aerialist, the curse of The Scottish Play falls heavily on the cast with the most notable cast member as its first victim.

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The Streets of Sarajevo

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Karen Lewis SECTION

by Karen Lewis



In December 2014, over the Christmas period, I spent two and a half weeks in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was an unexpected, out of the blue, invitation which took me by surprise and at the same time was just what I needed. It was something I was looking forward to, not only to see family but also for the excitement that another adventure was on the horizon.

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A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery By Tracy Weber

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


As the owner of Serenity Yoga, owner Kate Davidson is long overdue for a break. However, a ten-day working vacation on Orcas Island for a destination wedding is probably not the ideal holiday. This is the first trip with boyfriend Michael. Even before they arrive at Elysian Springs, Kate has a faceoff with Monica, a leopard print-wearing trophy wife whose off-leash Jack Russell terrier nearly incites Kate’s own beloved Bella into a frenzy.

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Last Seen Wearing: A Smart Guys Mystery Short Story

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Dennis Palumbo



It was our first murder of the New Year.
It was also the first time the Smart Guys Marching Society had gotten together after a lapse of almost four weeks. As usual, we’d had to skip most of the December meetings due to holiday plans with our families.

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First and Last Sorcerer By Barb & JC Hendee

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



Barb Hendee has written some of my favorite fantasy books. She and her husband, J. C. Hendee, have written one of the larger sets of fantasy novels, the Noble Dead series, and the thirteenth ND book, First and Last Sorcerer, has just been released.

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Coming Attractions: Bloody Valentine Edition

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



Love is in the air–and so is murder. Forget the candy, ask for books from your sweetheart.
In Mac Faraday’s 9th outing, he’s on his way to the altar. It’s the social event of the year for Deep Creek Lake. Mac’s not concerned with droopy flowers or guests who fail to RSVP. Instead, he’s got a professional hit squad on his heels. With Three Days to Forever, Lauren Carr keeps us on the edge of our pews.

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Kings Players Announce New Season

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Corey Ralston



The Kings Players in Hanford are gearing up for their 52nd season. This season promises a lot of fun performances and maybe even a few chills.

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The Rogue Festival Muse kicks-off the one month countdown to Rogue 2015

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by submitted




Rogue Festival 2015 proudly revealed its “Muse” – entitled Moving Free and its artist, Christopher Cayco at a reception hosted by KJWL Studios in downtown Fresno on Tuesday, January 27. Cayco’s work will grace the programs, posters, tee shirts, and badges for the 2015 Festival.

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Visions of Power featuring works by Anna Kenar at COS

FROM THE January 31 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Jessica Robles




It’s the start of another year, which means the COS Art Gallery is back with exciting new shows! To start out our semester, we bring you Visions of Power featuring works by Anna Kenar. The show will run from February 3 through February 27 with a reception on Thursday, February 5 from 5-7 p.m.

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Interview With SinC President Catriona McPherson & Fresno Event!

FROM THE January 28 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Mystery authors Catriona McPherson and Simon Wood will be speaking at the Fresno Chapter of Sisters In Crime on February 7, so we thought it would be fun to introduce you to Catriona through an interview. You can also check out a review of one of Simon’s books we did in 2012, along with a fun video interview with Simon, here in KRL.

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