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Born On the Fourth of July: A 4th of July Mystery Short Story

FROM THE June 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Margaret Hamilton


Flags started disappearing on Flag Day, June fourteenth. Mostly Stars and Stripes, with a few maple leaves to celebrate Canada Day, and a tricolored French flag, flown in anticipation of Bastille Day. On her usual early morning dog walk, a week before the Fourth of July, Lizzie Christopher saw that her Jericho, Ohio neighborhood was stripped bare, not a flag left flying.

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I Hate Hamlet On Stage at 2nd Space

FROM THE June 29 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



Take a cancelled TV actor and offer him the greatest role of the English-language theatre…Hamlet. Put him in the apartment of the late John Barrymore, who became a star by playing the Melancholy Dane. Is it any wonder the young man sees a ghost? I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick is now playing at the Good Company 2nd Space Theater through August 14.

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The Cat House on the Kings: Why The Newsletter Is Often Late

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



The past month for me has mostly been spent working on the quarterly newsletter. It is a labor of love, so I hope you will take the time to read it. If you don’t yet subscribe, please go to www.cathouseonthekings.com and sign up to receive it. It is located at the bottom right hand side of the page. Read the latest news and keep up with what’s happening at The Cat House.

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Food & Book Mysteries From Penguin

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Here are 3 more mysteries from Penguin authors for your summer reading fun, 2 involve food and one books-The Diva Serves High Tea: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, The Calamity Cafe: A Down South Cafe Mystery by Gayle Leeson, and Birds of a Feather: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copies of all 3, and a link to purchase them.

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New Mysteries From Stephanie Blackmoore & Cheryl Hollon

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have new mysteries from two Kensington authors-Engaged in Death: A Wedding Planner Mystery by Stephanie Blackmoore, and Cracked to Death: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl Hollon. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copies of all 5, and a link to purchase them.

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Hamlet Presented by the Woodward Shakespeare Festival

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


There’s a whole lot of Hamlet goin’ on! The Woodward Shakespeare Festival has the Melancholy Dane onstage, while the Good Company Second Space pokes fun at him with I Hate Hamlet. The WSF’s second and final play of the season will be another riff on something-is-rotten-in-the-state-of-Denmark, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Shakespeare is really busy these days, 400 years after his death.

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Coming Attractions: Fireworks Edition

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Time for BBQs, sunscreen, and reading on the beach. Why not start a new series and take a mental vacation back in time and to foreign shores with these titles.

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Interview With Local Musician Erick Tyler

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson


With a slew of upcoming gigs that stretch out through the sizzling California summer, Fresno’s Erick Tyler rocks it like a veteran with bassist Adam Smith and drummer Gerardo Ortega. And even though he only started performing live last fall, Tyler has already made a name for himself in the Golden State with the release of his EP Stuck in the Middle earlier this spring.

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All Murders Final! By Sherry Harris: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Sherry Harris


As great as the internet can be, it has its downside. A virtual garage sale, where sellers and buyers conduct their business through a closed web group, was in theory a great idea. Unfortunately, it also opens the door to exploitation and corruption, as the web site owner Sarah Winston soon learns. Complaints about failed payments and unhappy bidders pale in comparison to Sarah’s discovery of Margaret More, dead in her car with a tablecloth stuffed in her mouth. The fact that Sarah had the night before argued with Margaret online over the tablecloth only makes Sarah’s situation more precarious, especially considering that her ex-husband is Ellington, Massachusetts’ current chief of police.

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Victor House: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gary Hoffman


“Now don’t you worry any, dearie. I’ll have you back in sprouting form in two shakes of a lamb’s tail,” Bertha Vincent told the sick looking begonia sitting on a bench in front of her. She took a pinch of her super, but secretive, plant food from an old coffee can and sprinkled it around the base of the plant.

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The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming! Part 1: Inspector Morse

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Paul Revere wouldn’t have been so worried had the British crossing to our shores been an army of detective dramas. He would have foregone his ride through the countryside, put on a pot of black-market tea and sat and enjoyed the invasion. He would have noticed a diversity in the era, setting and style of the lead detective and supporting team, but would have recognized that the programs shared the English twang, unique locations and intriguing characters. Paul would have become a convert!

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Margery Allingham: Everything She’s Cracked Up to Be and More

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


Of the four Queens of Golden Age Mystery, Margery Allingham has been the least easy read. I suspect it’s because her Albert Campion comes across on the page in some of the early novels as so free of intriguing quirks that, to the uninitiated, he seems rather a milquetoast. However, he seldom fails to come across as arch, annoyingly omniscient, and he doesn’t even use his own name in his adventures due to hush-hush royal connections.

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The Music Man Presented by the Blossom Trail Players

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Meredith Willson’s tribute to small-town America and small-time con-artists is one of my favorite musicals. I’ve been in four different productions, and I’ve loved participating in each one. Here’s the Blossom Trail Players production, coming like a Wells Fargo Wagon loaded with good things.

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Why I Love Rooster Teeth!

FROM THE June 18 ISSUE

IN THE Jessica Ham SECTION

by Jessica Ham



Rooster Teeth is a production company for online content based in Austin, Texas. They started 13 years ago when they began to create a web series called Red Vs. Blue in a small room in one of the founder of Rooster Teeth’s, Burnie Burns, apartment.

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