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Twilight Easter Egg Hunt: An Easter Mystery Short Story

FROM THE March 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Margaret S. Hamilton




Lizzie climbed out of her van and called to Claire. “I’ve got a load of special Easter eggs.” Daylight was fading in the park. Clumps of vivid yellow daffodils dotted the wildflower meadow, paired with blooming forsythia.

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The Cat House On The Kings: Mountain Dogs, Spock, & McKitties

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



March has roared in like the proverbial lion. First came the mountain dog rescue and I still have the two dogs I took in, had them both fixed and vaccinated through The Cat House and they are residing in one of my kennels. Everyday when they are let out for exercise, we work on improving their behavior. For Patsy, the mom, that includes learning not to jump up on people when she is excited. For little Pugsly, it is about how to walk on a leash. At first he really didn’t like it and thrashed around a lot.

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Why a World Bipolar Day?

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Muffy Walker




World Diabetes Day, World Cancer Day, and even World Egg Day. And now, drum roll please, World Bipolar Day (WBD). WBD is a day to bring about awareness of bipolar disorder. It is the brainchild of Dr. Pichet Udomratn, a member of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), who collaborated with International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) and International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) to bring his idea to fruition. Now each year, WBD will be celebrated on March 30, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder.

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The Cozy Cookbook:More than 100 Recipes from Today’s Bestselling Mystery Authors

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sandra Murphy




If you keep your stash of culinary mysteries close to the kitchen, if you dog-ear the pages and have Post It tabs marking your favorite recipes, if you’ve ever wondered, “Why can’t these all be in one place?” —well, ask no more, The Cozy Cookbook is here.

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More March Penguin Mysteries

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have some more fun March Penguin mysteries-Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradford, Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer, Murder She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, and Assault and Pepper: A Spice Shop Mystery by Leslie Budewitz. Details on how to win a copy of all 4 at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase the books.

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Scottish Mystery Writers

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terry Ambrose



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may not have been the first Scottish mystery writer, but he’s certainly one of the most well known. Doyle, who began writing short stories while studying medicine, eventually opened his own practice, but soon returned to writing fiction.

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Dead Heat By Patricia Briggs

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Mary Anne Barker


Dead Heat is the newest fantasy novel by Patricia Briggs. After a three-year wait, we get to return to the Alpha and Omega series (part of the Mercy Thompson world, a world with werewolves, fae, and vampires). The Alpha and Omega series features werewolves Charles and Anna.

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Coming Attractions: No April Showers Edition

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



We’re stuck in a drought but we can dream of oceans, can’t we? Author Luke Christodoulou brings us back once again to the Greek Isles in The Church Murders. On the island of Salamina, a reporter is stabbed to death while investigating a gospel written by Jesus. On Santorini, bodies are piling up. Seven Ionian islands, seven more bodies. A boy experiences stigmata on Kefallonia. Police Captain Papacosta and Lieutenant Cara have their hands full, and readers experience a visual vacation.

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Bubble, Bubble, Tulips Are Trouble: An Easter Mystery Short Story

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Nancy Brewka-Clark



“I don’t know how you can eat that.” Charlene wrinkled her nose. “It really amazes me that in the twenty-first century people still think they can indulge themselves in acts of barbarism that destroy innocent animals.”

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Great Food Search: Taste of the Rogue

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


I received an email from our editor: “Sending a reminder that your column is due next weekend–any chance of something springy feeling?”
Springy?
Considering that I’d just spent more than a week tromping through the Tower District, seeing 31 Rogue shows and writing reviews, I couldn’t think of…

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Horse of a Different Killer By Laura Morrigan: Review/Guest Post

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Laura Morrigan



Despite what she might think, Grace Wilde lives up to her name. An animal behaviorist as well as a veterinarian, Grace has an amazing talent with wildlife that has them literally eating out of her hands. With humans, though… The ability to psychically communicate with animals has Grace feeling like a pariah with her own species: if others knew of her talents, she’s sure to be disbelieved or thought crazy.

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Local Actor Profile: Ryan David Torres, Loves the Thrill Of the Stage

FROM THE March 28 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



This Valley is overflowing with creative talent. We at KRL enjoy putting the spotlight on local performers so our readers can get to know them off the stage as well. This week we are profiling local actor Ryan David Torres.

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South Pacific On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers were major forces in musical theatre from the ’40s to the ’60s, penning the words and music for Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music, and… South Pacific, now a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through May 17.

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Insurgent: Movie Review

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Jessica Runnels



I love the Divergent book series so I was very excited for the second installment in the movie franchise. The first movie was faithful to the book almost completely so I knew the director knew what he was doing. >em>Insurgent was an intense, romantic, and amazing movie and I could gush about it for hours. There were some parts of the book they left out but the basic storyline still rang true.

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Cinderella: Movie Review

FROM THE March 23 ISSUE

IN THE Movies SECTION

by Sheryl Wall




I always enjoy it when a movie starts with a short. The pre-show before Cinderella was a Frozen short about Ana’s Birthday and how Elsa was trying to make her birthday special but she came down with the Frozen Fever where she sneezed mini snowmen. It was really a cute story worth seeing in itself.

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Dying for a Cupcake: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery By Denise Swanson

FROM THE March 21 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


They may call their meetings the Saturday Night Prayer Circle, but in actuality the women of Shadow Bend, Missouri gather in the Gossip Club nightclub to down margaritas and vent about their lives. Their latest confab has an actual goal: new bed-and-breakfast owner Ronni Ksiazak has a plan to attract tourists to their tiny town. The famed owner of Kizzy Cutler’s Cupcakes was once a local resident, and Ronni has convinced Kizzy to hold a baking competition in Shadow Bend to coincide with the debut of her new cupcake line. The competition will tie in local businesses with a fashion show, nightly entertainment, and a reception held in Devereaux’s Dime Store upper floor.

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