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End of Summer Penguin/Kensington Mysteries

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


As summer comes to a close we have another fun group of mysteries from Penguin and Kensington authors-Murder on the Horizon by M. L. Rowland, Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge, In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott, and Loom and Doom by Carol Ann Martin. Details on how to win copies of all 4 books, and a link to purchase them, at the end of this post.

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The Cat House on the Kings: My Hero Cat, Selma Sagas, TNR Debate, Amazing Cat Rescue

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



I am going to start this column with the story of my hero cat, Big Fat Mannie. I live in the country on one and a third fenced-in acres. Despite the fence, we get the occasional critter coming through. On this particular day, I was in the backyard, filling the water bucket and refilling the hummingbird feeder. I left the house and about an hour later received a text from my husband that Big Fat Mannie (he weighs 18 sturdy pounds) had saved his life by warning him about an imminent danger. Then he sent me a picture of a four foot long diamondback rattlesnake.

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How I Made Him Mine: An Animal Rescue Adventure

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Kimberley Matchem


Everyone has their own adoption stories, but today I want to tell you about his. In 2011, we were in the process of filling our new home with a dog. We knew a puppy was out of the question. We stopped by our local animal shelter a few times a week, checking out the dogs and getting to know them. There, in the third kennel on the right, I locked eyes with him. He was shy, scared; and silent; a dog who wouldn’t come anywhere near me. The kennel attendant took him out into the main yard so I could hang out with him. He followed the kennel attendant everywhere like a lost dog.

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September Coming Attractions: Vacation’s Over, Back to Work

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Summer’s over and, with the exception of a honeymoon from hell, all the mysteries new this month are set in the workplace.

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Sunnyside Bicycles: Back To School

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Vanessa McCracken


It’s Back-to-School time, and that means lots of kids and adults are riding their bikes to get back and forth to school. Our service departments at both locations have been busy tuning up bikes and doing free safety checks to help make everyone’s commute a smooth one, and we wanted to share a few quick things you can do at home to help make your ride to school better.

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Double Trouble, From Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by P.A. De Voe


“They beat me and knocked me down.” His thin hands shook, although whether in anger or fear at remembering the confrontation, Judge Lu couldn’t say.
“When I fell, their leader laughed and pressed his foot on my neck. As I lay spread out on the ground, he threatened to kill me, taunting me, making me grovel like a dog,” the complainant said, shaking even more.

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Great Food Search: Tacos Part 2

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Last month, the Great Food Search went Taco Hunting, and I bagged some good ones, but I kept hearing about other places and other tacos, so, in our quest for news you can eat, Kings River Life brings you “Tacos, Part 2.”

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Plantation Shudders By Ellen Byron: Review/Interview/Giveaway

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Plantation homes are endangered in the South. Some fell on hard times and have been torn down, some fell down, some are a tourist attraction, and some turn into B&Bs in order to survive.

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Black Cat and the Accidental Angel by Elaine Faber

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Thumper, Noe-Noe, (cats) and the dog Sam, are headed home with their people when a truck rear ends them. The injuries aren’t too bad and the ASPCA comes for Sam. Unfortunately, in the chaos, no one saw the cat carrier fly out of the car and over the embankment.

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Veiled By Benedict Jacka

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



In Benedict Jacka’s Veiled, Alex Verus is a diviner, a mage who sees the alternate paths of the future, how his decisions will affect his life…or death. He has no real weapons but his wits, so some readers call him a coward. He doesn’t want to kill, but there are often a lot of dead bodies when the smoke clears. He doesn’t want to tap in to Dark magic, so he has to think his way around his opponents, who usually have one simple goal – killing Alex Verus. He maneuvers his opponents into a position which puts them in the path of something magical and nasty. It may not be kind, but it keeps Alex alive.

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Fatal Choice By Dorothy Howell

FROM THE August 29 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cyntha Chow


Jillian phones her best friend Dana Mackenzie—at three o’clock in the morning. It seems that Jillian went home with a man after meeting him at a local wine bar, but now she’s been left alone at his house. To prevent her stranded friend from doing a Walk of Shame, Dana drives over to Brett Sinclair’s home, only to discover that Jillian wasn’t alone there after all.

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Shadowlands On Stage at 2nd Space

FROM THE August 26 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Shadowlands opened this past weekend at 2nd Space in Fresno, and will be continuing until October 11. I was excited when I first heard that Good Company Players would be doing this show, as I had seen the movie many years ago and loved it. This production did not disappoint!

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. : Movie Review

FROM THE August 24 ISSUE

IN THE Jesus Ibarra SECTION

by Jesus Ibarra


Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in this modern update of the 60s TV series as a CIA agent and KGB agent forced to work with each other at the height of the Cold War. The movie is very much a mismatched couple meets spy conventions, and it is highly entertaining. Yes almost everything in this movie you’ve seen before from the two differing personality types bickering, to the spy tropes, to the twist at the end, but it was all done with an eye for style and tongue in cheekness that makes it all instantly charming.

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Boson Finds a Safe Harbor, An Animal Rescue Adventure

FROM THE August 22 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


When Jim Bowie, a little Wheaten Cairn, came into the Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue at the age of nine, he was a happy boy who had clearly not been abused. However, he had some medical issues like Dry Eye and severe skin irritations, which clearly had been neglected.

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More Golden Age Mysteries From Penguin

FROM THE August 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have 3 more Golden Age mysteries from Penguin authors-The Royal Assassin by Kate Parker, Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont, and No Comfort for the Lost by Nancy Herriman. Details on how to win copies of all 3 books at the end of this post along with a link to purchase them.

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Ampersand, Where Great Ice Cream & Community Meet!

FROM THE August 22 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the scoop on where to enjoy the best handmade homemade ice cream California has to offer, you’ll find it at Fresno’s own Ampersand. Located in the heart of the historic Fresno High neighborhood, local owners Jeff and Amelia Bennett have followed their vision of creating a unique place where great ice cream and community meet.

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