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All articles published in 2013.

by Sandra Murphy


This is the sixth episode of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, featuring the Little Detective Agency; “Little” is Bernie’s last name in case you’re wondering. Chet is the Canine Detective and the tales are told from his point of view, not always an easy task but Quinn does it better than anyone else.

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by Sharon Tucker



Pemkowet, Michigan may boast a modest population of 3000 residents (excluding tourists during the season), but this scenic resort town is also home to a diverse society living under the radar. Readers may already be familiar with Jacqueline Carey’s lush, disturbing Kushiel books, but in Dark Currents: Agent of Hel, Carey has left Terre d’ Ange and turns to our own twenty-first century.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Morganville, Texas, has been a vampire town for generations. Humans have lived in fear and oppression…until now.
In Rachel Caine’s Daylighters, Claire Danvers and her friends (human and vamp), return to Texas from fighting an anti-vampire organization, only to find that the Daylighters have taken over Morganville. Humans walk the streets without fear, houses have fresh coats of paint, and new homes are being built. It’s wonderful, but there is the abandoned shopping mall on the edge of town that has armed guards on the outside…and is filled with vampires wearing explosive shock-collars. That’s not so wonderful.

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A Santa Cruz Kind of Christmas

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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by Christina Morgan Cree



Santa Cruz offers many wonderful ways to get in the holiday spirit this year. We may not have snow, but how many places can boast a Nutcracker ballet performed by trees? Victorian carriage rides, Holiday light trains, and Nutcracker ballets are just a few of the many fun activities going on this season.

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Local Musician Profile of Pieter Moerdyk

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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by Kristin & Vince Cosentino


We all follow our own unique path in life, but few people’s paths take them across three continents and culminate in Fresno, California. Musician Pieter Moerdyk’s did. He has spent five decades following his love of music wherever it may lead, and it has led him to some remarkable places.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Frog and Toad are back on stage! Rejoice, but don’t croak! (Oh, good! I got that joke out of my system.) StageWorks Fresno has brought back their wondrous production of A Year With Frog and Toad, and it is lighting up the Cal Arts Severance stage…again.

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Annie On Stage at The Reedley Opera House

IN THE December 11 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The heartwarming tale of an orphan named Annie has been touching hearts for years–first as a comic strip and then as a musical, and later as movies. This month the musical Annie comes to life again on the stage of the Reedley Opera House, presented by the River City Theatre Company.

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Christmas at Kearney

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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by Tess Mize



The holiday season is a time for nostalgia. It’s the time of the year when people wax poetic about their childhood traditions, family gatherings and days gone by. A particularly popular source of nostalgia for this time of year is the Victorian Era, perhaps because our Victorian forebears are the ones who started many of the now traditional celebrations associated with Christmas.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we are celebrating Christmas with Penguin mystery authors and three Penguin Christmas mystery novels-Merry Market Murder by Paige Shelton, Mulled Murder By Kate Kingsbury, and Home for the Homicide: A Do-It Yourself Mystery By Jennie Bentley. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all three.

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by Tom Sims


There are several things you notice when you walk through the door of Kuppa Joy on Clovis Avenue in Old Town Clovis. One is that there are people present, working, conversing, and sipping coffees and teas in a welcoming atmosphere that is rustic and contemporary. You notice that there is community gathering in the room creating community.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Put together some kick ass female fantasy authors with some kick ass female characters and you have the anthology Kicking It! This anthology, with the theme of boots and the paranormal, is edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price.

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Working for a Dream: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



Rachel knew she wanted to be a vet from early on. Her mother supported her dream by scheduling vet appointments for times when Rachel could go, too and then, at nineteen, her dream was given a big boost when she landed a job with a vet clinic run by a father/daughter team. Both vets were mentors to Rachel, and she was able to get practical experience in caring for sick animals and even observing surgeries. Not afraid of hard work, Rachel worked full time at the vet hospital and carried a full load of college courses at night. Dreams are worth working hard for.

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Gypsy Found a Home–But it Wasn’t Easy!

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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by Cathy McDonagh



On Saturday, October 26 Mark and I went to a big dog adoption event held at Burnett’s Landscaping in Salem, CT. There were dozens of dogs there and hundreds of people. The bell they clanged to celebrate each adoption rang almost constantly!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Juliet Blackwell


In the spirit of goodwill, and a less-than-sober New Year’s resolution to be more charitable, has contractor Mel Turner volunteering to be “House Captain” for Neighbors Together, a charitable organization that renovates homes for the disabled and elderly. What this means is that poor Mel is not just wielding a hammer on an occasional Saturday, but is instead answering the endless nonsensical questions of earnest but extremely unqualified and very inexperienced volunteers.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Beauty and the Beast Jr. opened this weekend in Fresno presented by the Children’s Musical Theaterworks (CMT). The show runs through December 15. We had the chance to talk with the show’s director Jenny Myers this week about the show.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s “Storage Wars” in Long Beach for Odelia Grey during the post-Thanksgiving Monday that she spends with a little too much family. After only recently being reunited with the mother who had abandoned her when she was sixteen and discovering that Grace Littlejohn would go on to have entirely new family thirty years later, the news that they may unexpectedly be spending more time together is not entirely positive. When Odelia’s security agent half-brother is called away on business before he can take Grace back to her home, Odelia tries to make the best of an uncomfortable situation even, though it has the two women accompanying another Thanksgiving relative to an auction for an abandoned storage unit.

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by Guy Belleranti



Carol jumped away from the living room window as an official-looking car pulled up outside. “Denise,” she called hurrying out to the kitchen, “the cops are out front.”
Her sister finished scooping stuffing from the roast turkey’s cavity and looked up. “The police? Are you sure?”

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Once Upon A Time in Wonderland: TV Review

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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by Chris Lovato


“When two people love each other, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish together.”
In Once Upon a Time fashion, true love conquering all obstacles takes on new life in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and like its parent show, put a new spin on old classics.

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