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The Cat House On The Kings: Open House, TNR, & Kittens

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale




Our Spring Open House Fundraiser is next weekend!! Please plan on coming by to support Lynea and all the kitties that depend on your generosity to fill their bowls with food. We are also inundated with kittens. They need to eat too! The raffle for the amazing Veggie Cats quilt is going a bit slower than usual. The tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at The Cat House office, the Petco adoption center in Fresno, or by phone at 559-638-0300. You can also buy tickets by mail, (7120 S. Kings River Rd. Parlier, CA 93648) but they must be purchased before May 2 and time is running out so choose the method that works best for you. See you there!!

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Grave on Grand Avenue By Naomi Hirahara

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Ellie Rush recently finished her first year of probation with the Los Angeles Police Department, but her latest assignment on the Bicycle Coordination Unit has her serving as a crossing guard in front of Grand Avenue’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. On the way to the restroom, Ellie exchanges a few friendly words with the hall’s charming gardener, Eduardo Fuentes. Just a few moments later, she discovers that he’s been pushed down the stairs and critically injured. The culprit is still on the scene, loudly declaring that it was an act of self-defense. Fang Xu, the father of a world-famous visiting Chinese violist, is claiming that Fuentes was attempting to steal his son’s cello, a Stradivarius worth five million dollars.

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More April Penguins

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



We are ending this month with three more fun mysteries from Penguin-Shadow of a Spout by Amanda Cooper, The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco: A Book Club Mystery by Laura DiSilverio, and A Fright to the Death: A Family Fortune Mystery by Dawn Eastman. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 3, plus a link to purchase them.

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With Vics You Get Eggroll: A Mad for Mod Mystery By Diane Vallere

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Everyone in Lakewood, Texas is on edge: over the past month, four women have disappeared. The Dallas police are attributing their disappearances to the Lakewood Abductor, whom they believe masquerades as a law-enforcement officer. Mid-century decorator Madison Night shares the community’s nervousness, but her concern stems mostly from the suspicion that falls on Lakewood Police Department’s Lt. Thomas Rexford “Tex” Allen, a womanizing flirt Mad has nevertheless come to trust after their first meeting a year ago over a dead body.

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Connie Wiebe: RHS Art Teacher Who Believes Everyone Can Create Art

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



I’m sure most of us can look back at our time in school and remember a teacher who made a difference in our lives, maybe even changed our life completely. We at KRL enjoy taking the time to recognize some of the local teachers in our area. This week we are profiling Connie Wiebe, who teaches art at Reedley High School.

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Great Food Search: Baseball Season & Hotdogs

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


It’s baseball season (For Dodger fans like me, my brain is already telling me, “Give them time. It will all fall apart.”) What do you eat during baseball season? Hot Dogs!

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Coming Attractions: Mother’s Day Edition

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



What better gifts for a mystery-lovin’ mom than these new titles?
For the mom who has trouble finding time to read, we have Murder, Fantasy and Weird Tales, a collection of 18 short stories put out by Rosemary & Larry Mild. Nothing “mild” about these offerings!

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Sounds & Sciences: Where They Are Now

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson



It’s been five years since Kings River Life first interviewed the members of Central Valley hard rock band Sounds & Sciences. Since then, not only has the group expanded (from four members to six), but so has their fan base.

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Dark Debt By Chloe Neill

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



You know how you feel when you’ve finally gotten the troublemaker out of your life and they suddenly show up on your doorstep? In Chloe Neill’s Dark Debt, the latest in her Chicagoland Vampire series of urban fantasy books, that’s how Ethan feels.

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Two Fun Kensington Mysteries

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews of a couple fun mysteries from Kensington authors-Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer Seeley and Antiques Con by Barbara Allan, and a giveaway of Slayed on the Slopes-details at the end of this post.

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The Case of the Murderous Mermaid: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Andrew MacRae



Miranda the Mermaid hovered in the water and adjusted the top of her sequined swimming suit. A chorus of catcalls came to her ears and she looked out the clear glass of the tank. A small crowd of young men gazed up from the dance floor in appreciative adoration of her nearly naked beauty. Miranda smiled and blew them a kiss and they shouted their approval in return.

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As Patient as Death By Karen Wiesner & Chris Spindler

FROM THE April 25 ISSUE

IN THE Marilyn Meredith SECTION

by Marilyn Meredith


Though this is number five in the Falcon’s Bend series, the authors did a good job of bringing the reader up to speed with the characters and past events.

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox On Stage at Enchanted Playhouse

FROM THE April 22 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Mr. Fox is a thief. He is a thief without a tail, thanks to the local farmers, but he is a fox with a family, friends, and big plans, in Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted for the stage by Debbie Metzler. It’s onstage at Visalia’s Enchanted Playhouse through May 2.

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Downstream By Betty Jean Craige: Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

FROM THE April 21 ISSUE

IN THE Going Green SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Betty Jean Craige



At the age of twenty I could not have imagined that in retirement I would write about a five-legged frog, a dog with un-descended testicles whose mother birthed him at the age of sixteen, two lovely post-menopausal ladies who got pregnant in their fifties, and twenty-four healthy centenarian gentlemen with swelling breasts. But neither could I have imagined back then that we’d be polluting our rivers, lakes, and streams with estrogen, anti-depressants, and tranquilizers. Who takes estrogen?

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Video Review of The Theory of Everything

FROM THE April 20 ISSUE

IN THE Jessica Ham SECTION

by Jessica Ham



We recently watched and loved The Theory of Everything on DVD. We are doing something a bit different this week and we are sharing Jessica’s video review of the movie from her YouTube channel!

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Bittersweet By Susan Wittig Albert: Review/Interview/Giveaway

FROM THE April 18 ISSUE

IN THE Going Green SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



It’s Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, Texas where China Bayles runs the local herb shop. It’s full of all the fresh plants, wreaths, soaps, lotions and books you could imagine. Her business partner, Ruby, will mind the shop as well as her own (New Age) while China visits her mom, Leatha, and stepdad Sam. Stepdaughter Caitie is riding with China, hubby McQuaid is bringing stepson Brian. It sounds like a blended family but with them, it’s seamless.

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