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by Terrance McArthur


I first saw Camille Gaston on my computer, laughing a lot as Brandon Delsid’s sidekick on the Basically Brandon webcast. Then, I started noticing her onstage in supporting parts that attracted attention. She was Scuttle the Seagull in The Little Mermaid, the Witch in Big Fish in Selma, and the Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy. Now, she takes center stage as Deloris Van Cartier in the Good Company Players production of Sister Act, and she commands attention in the role. Give it to her. She deserves it.

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A Sweet Westie Duo

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Lee Juslin


Daisy at nine and Charlie at six were owner turn-ins from the same home, though they are not related. The owner felt with family and work demands she could not give them enough attention, so she did the right thing and contacted Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR).

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by Doward Wilson


Ten Devilish Tales of Crime and Deception is a good start on describing this book of short stories. The characters are pleasant, unassuming people quietly carrying on with their lives. They rarely register in your daily life, but it’s the “Quiet Ones” you should watch out for because everyone is someone, and they all have an agenda.

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Feral Paws Rescue: Mama Rosa

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Lupe Gore


Last month, Feral Paws Rescue received a call from the CCSPCA Shelter to rescue several kittens, mostly Torties, which they did. The kittens were brought to their main rescue location. At the same time, there was a dilute Tortie female who had been at the shelter along with her kittens.

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by Sandra Murphy


Puppy Fest is set up similar to the annual Puppy Super Bowl. It’s a fundraiser for a local shelter run by Jane Brody. Her dad is Lou Brody, always referred to that way, never as Dad. Lou was married three times and has nine kids. They know how much he’s worth and none of them, including grandkids, are happy about the amount of money he’s left to charity in his will. Of late, he’s given thought to increasing that amount which in turn, increases their unhappiness.

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by Larry W. Chavis


“Think Hubby Dear would enjoy this? Let’s find out. Or–let’s talk. I’ll be in touch.”
Shelby let the slip of paper slide from her fingers to fall on the photograph it had accompanied inside a large, manila envelope, the photograph showing her and Marcus Rivers in flagrante delicto.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have 3 fun mysteries by Kensington authors-A Toast to Murder: A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, If the Haunting Fits, Wear It: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, & Mulch Ado About Murder: A Local Foods Mystery by Edith Maxwell. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 3 books, and links to purchase them.

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by Kathleen Costa


It is dark, totally dark, and the pain, the pain is excruciating. Caitlin Hart slowly regains consciousness seeing a cat, a black cat, purring softly next to her. There’s been an accident; the smell of gasoline and smoke spurs her to get up and out of the ditch. At the top of the rise she sees a body lying on the side of the road; she definitely needs to get help. A stranger drives by barely missing the cat in the road, and shares his phone allowing Cait to call for help. He, then, disappears. The cat disappears, and after help arrives and Caitlin leads all to the man on the side of the road…he has disappeared, too.

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ValleyPBS Celebrates 40 Years

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andSarah Peterson-Camacho,
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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


Downton Abbey, Sesame Street, Ken Burns—PBS is known for its wide variety of quality television programming, and ValleyPBS is no exception. And as the Valley’s local PBS affiliate celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, ValleyPBS CEO Phil Meyer sat down with Kings River Life to discuss the past, present, and future of Valley Public Television.

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by Sandra Murphy


Sabrina Tate is supposed to be writing her mystery book, but it’s so easy to get sidetracked with all the goings on in Lavender, Texas. This time it’s the annual Pumpkin Days. Things wouldn’t be quite so hectic if she could only control her Aunt Rowe. She’s in charge of the pumpkin cannon. That’s right, pumpkins shot out of a cannon—what could go wrong?

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Three Clerical Mysteries

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSharon Tucker
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by Sharon Tucker


Police procedurals dazzle us on the page and screen with their systematic use of investigative and forensic tools while their detectives wrestle with case files and clearance rates. Private investigators struggle with their own set of similar issues but more often have the time to devote themselves exclusively to one case at a time without, however, the safety net of police authority and resources.

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by Jim Bulls


This is the season when our patriotic blood seems to flow the strongest and we seem to pay more attention to memorials dedicated to fallen patriots. Since we celebrate the birth of our Nation in July, we often reminisce about wars and conflicts, how and where those patriots served. I’ve been thinking about ships.

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Baby Bat

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMaria Ruiz,
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by Maria Ruiz



Bang! “What was that?” I said as something hit the canvas roof of our attached tent on the side of our motor home.
It was June in Puerto Vallarta, and the temperature at ten o’clock in the night was still over 95 degrees. We have purchased a television dish and set it up to watch TV while we waited to move on.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This past weekend saw the Central Valley premiere of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, presented by Children’s Musical Theaterworks (CMT) in Fresno. I had never seen this show before, but now it is on my list as being one of my favorite shows.

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