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Side By Side By Sondheim At The Ice House

FROM THE November 25 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue of some of the many songs written by famous Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The show includes songs from such popular shows as A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Company, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, West Side Story.

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A Political Cornucopia: A Thanksgiving Mystery Short Story

FROM THE November 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Debra H. Goldstein



It was nearing Thanksgiving 1969. America had put a man on the moon in July, Kennedy had been dead six years, Nixon was president, and for most of us, it was the Age of Aquarius. For me, after graduating Alabama and spending months banging on doors in New York, I’d come back home and was covering the political beat for my dad’s paper, the Wahoo Times.

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The Cat House on the Kings – We Are Truly Thankful

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it is a good time to take pause and reflect on those things for which we are truly thankful. The Cat House on the Kings has a lot to be grateful for. We are grateful to have Lynea who has literally, dedicated her entire life to running The Cat House. We are grateful to have Tammy Barker who is second in command and does the job with true passion and astounding efficiency.

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Food Mysteries For Thanksgiving Dinner

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Food SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Thanksgiving season seems a perfect time for food mysteries, and if you have them for Thanksgiving dinner you will have a lot less calories! From Kensington we have By Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan and Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses by Mary McHugh, and from Penguin we have The Chocolate Book Bandit by JoAnna Carl.

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Hit and Run: By Sandra Balzo, A Thanksgiving Mystery

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



If Dickens Hart intended to get himself murdered, he couldn’t have planned better than to invite his possible progeny, and their mothers, to spend Thanksgiving weekend with him. Notorious for being an unapologetic, and exceedingly wealthy, Lothario, who often dallied amidst the “fawns” of his Playboy-like gentleman’s club, Dickens has an extensive Black Book list recording his affairs. This wouldn’t be a problem for former Wisconsin reporter AnnaLise Griggs, if she hadn’t just taken the distasteful but very well-paying job of writing Dickens’ memoir. Well, that and also recently discovering that she herself is the first, so far, declared illegitimate daughter and legitimate heir of Dickens Hart.

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Busted! A Thanksgiving Mystery Short Story

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gail Farrelly


Sally and Tom Clarkson thought they were born to the manor. The problem was – they weren’t. In fact, they were poor as church mice, always living over their heads, always in debt. Now that they were in their forties and there had been no change for the better in their financial condition, they decided to do something about it.

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This Little Westie Girl Needs a Home For the Holidays

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Mitzie, a petite, six-year-old Westie, came into Scottie Rescue with her two Scotty housemates. All three were owner turn-ins, and it was a difficult situation.
The elderly lady who owned the three terriers had had several falls and was in the early stages of dementia so her family wanted to move her to a nursing home. The family called Scottie Rescue to take all three dogs, but then the woman refused to leave her home and her dogs so the call to rescue was cancelled.

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Great Food Search: Red Caboose Cafe

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


It was November, and the Great Food Search was getting desperate. What to review? What to review? Was there some new style of food to discover, an exciting restaurant opening, or any idea that hadn’t been beaten to death? I needed to feed my wife and not travel too far. I drove to the spot where leaving Sanger becomes going to Clovis–Shaw and Academy, and there, in a micro-mini-strip mall, is The Red Caboose Café.

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Kitchen Collectibles: Cast Iron Skillets

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Bulls SECTION

by Diana Bulls


Just about everyone I know has at least one cast iron skillet in their kitchen (or maybe in their camping equipment). Most of these pans were family hand-me-downs, but the more astute cook has actually searched them out at yard sales or thrift stores. Besides skillets–in all sizes–there are griddles, Dutch ovens, pots, waffle irons and muffin pans. In fact, cast iron was the world’s first “non-stick” cookware.

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Spells at the Crossroads By Barbara Ashford

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



The theatre can be a magical place, where amazing things happen, taking the audience to another time and place. Barbara Ashford recognized this, and created a pair of not-quite-urban fantasies, Spellcast and Spellcrossed. These have been republished in a single volume, Spells at the Crossroads. Maggie Graham, frustrated with her life, finds herself off in small-town Vermont, auditioning for a summer stock company. There’s something odd about the place…and the people…and the director, and that’s where the magic comes in, a magic that seems to find the missing pieces of a person’s character, casting them in parts that help them become the person they should be.

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Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer By Elaine Faber

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Hockley SECTION

by Diana Hockley



Kimberlee Clarke is astonished when she receives a letter from her Grandmother Lassister in Texas. Even more astonishing are the contents: Grandma is considering who to give her horse ranch to after she dies. The inheritor has to manage the ranch the same way as Grandma’s late husband would have.

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The Anthology of Cozy-Noir Edited by Andrew MacRae

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



While the term “cozy-noir” may seem contradictory, it does make perfect sense in this collection of thirteen stories that embrace the mix of dark moodiness within familiar suburban settings. While the stories often take place in the small communities familiar to most cozy mysteries, often simmering just beneath the surface is a sense of menace and betrayal that edges them over to the noir side of fiction.

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Sleuthing – Family Style This Thanksgiving

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Deborah Harter Williams SECTION

by Deborah Harter Williams



As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday each of us with our memories of family togetherness (however wonderful or painful they might be), I thought I’d take a look at fictional families who solve mysteries together. You might consider whom you might want at your dinner table.

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River Spirits By Marilyn Meredith

FROM THE November 22 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



I have always enjoyed Marilyn Meredith’s Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, so I was happy to hear that there was a new one out.
In River Spirits, the latest book in this delightful series, a movie is being filmed on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation and the crew is creating havoc on the reservation by trespassing on sacred ground and not following the rules established to allow them to film there.

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Company On Stage at COS

FROM THE November 19 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



Company is the story of Robert (played by Valley actor Terry Lewis), and all of his married friends. Robert is in his mid thirties and still single, and his friends keep trying to tell him how great marriage is and that he needs to be married too.

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Reedley College Football Final 2014 Season Recap

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Larry Ham


The Reedley College Tiger’s season ending 43-38 loss at Monterey Peninsula College Saturday night was a microcosm of their season. They fell behind, rallied to take a late lead, and gave up the winning touchdown with less than a minute to play.

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Interstellar: Movie Review

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Movies SECTION

by Roy Runnels



Interstellar, a top contender for the Golden Globes, is a really hard movie to describe. On one hand, you have an incredible sci-fi space movie about saving the human race. On the other, however, there is the last act of the movie, which you will either love or hate.

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The Job: A Fox and O’Hare Novel By Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

FROM THE November 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


The third installment in the adventures of FBI agent Kate O’Hare and international thief Nicholas Fox opens with Kate mind-numbingly bored after spending four days working undercover at California Metro Bank. Thankfully, the Tarzana bank is finally held up by the Businessmen Bandits, although an untimely phone call from Nick has her take a more confrontational route than originally planned. Kate soon learns, someone has been stealing priceless artifacts around the world and skillfully framing Nick.

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