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All articles published in 2016

by Sandra Murphy


The last few months have been plagued by flus and colds which have put us a bit behind on some of our reviews. So this week we are playing catch-up and here are some reviews & giveaways of some mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors from the last 3 months (including one or two from December)-Dangling by a Thread: Mainly Needlepoint Mystery by Lea Wait, Hooking for Trouble: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Saddle Up for Murder: A Carson Stables Mystery by Leigh Hearon, Prose and Cons: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, and Death at First Sight: Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 6 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite being the second choice, after the first caterers closed down, Nora Charles was delighted to have her Hot Bread sandwich shop catering the Cruz Museum fundraiser. The pressure of catering an annual gala for over two hundred at short notice was worth being able to help the museum and its curators. Just in time for Halloween, Sir Rodney Meecham has agreed to exhibit for the first time in America the grimoire of Morgan le Fay, despite previous attempts of its theft.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Redeemer’s Church in Reedley got a new pastor the end of this summer. His name is Nick Jones, and we took a moment to sit down and chat with him recently to learn more about his background and his plans for Redeemer’s. Nick has been involved with some wonderful ministries in Fresno and has an inspiring story to tell.

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by Sandra Murphy


Cait Morgan is teaching in Budapest. Parts of it she likes, some not so much. She’s almost fifty and newly married, less than a year in fact, and misses her husband, Bud. He’s back in the States, helping his father take care of his mother until she’s back on her feet. He’s due to spend the last week of her stay with her and neither can wait to see each other. Nightly Skype sessions aren’t enough.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lella York is headed home from her annual trip to Italy. She’ll get to visit with her son Kyle for a day or two, catch up with her BFF Ruby, and see her cat, Flash. It turns out Kyle a budding actor, can’t stay. Well, that’s okay, she’ll catch up on her sleep and call Ruby in the morning. At least Flash will be glad to see her.

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by Jim Bulls



Lincoln is my favorite elementary school. Since I have shared many stories in Kings River Life, this may be a bit repetitious, but I owe more than just an education to the school district. Since both of my parents were teachers, it provided a roof over my family’s head, clothes on our backs and food on the table.

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by Mabry Hall


Rudolph sauntered into the bar, his red nose blue from the cold. “Gimme an Irish coffee, Bert. Gotta heat up the old schnozzle.”

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by Frederick Ramsay


The door slammed against the wall, bounced, shuddered, and slapped shut again. Darcie Starling, mouth agape, stood as her father’s picture in the foyer wobbled on its hook, seemed to hesitate, unsure if it should, and then plummeted to the floor with a crash, scattering glass shards across the floor. Seconds later, the Digby police, search warrant in hand, pushed their way in, this time more gently, and proceeded to search her house.

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by Mallory Moad



It’s time for the holidays in the Central Valley, and lights are a big, big deal. You can’t drive down a street after dark without multi-colored bulbs guiding your way. They’re wild and crazy and they’re everywhere, on homes, businesses and in at least 4 night-time parades. But in Fresno you’ll find one collection of illuminated displays in a place that’s a little out of the ordinary.

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by Cynthia Chow


Before she was a professional pet-sitter, Dixie Hemingway was a Sarasota sheriff’s deputy. It was in that capacity that she had her first run-in with model Elba Kramer, although Dixie saw her only as a naked woman running off of the yacht of an up-and-coming Senator. The newspaper pictures of that scandal tanked his hopes of a presidency and forevermore labeled Elba as the Scarlet Woman of Siesta Key.

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by Cynthia Chow


Thanksgiving may be fast approaching, but the residents of Brandywine Creek, Georgia, are far more concerned with their Opera House’s local production of Steel Magnolias. Director Sandy Granger is proving to be a ruthless dictator over their time and efforts, and Piper Prescott’s best friend Reba Mae Johnson just found herself fired from the much-coveted role of Truvy Jones.

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by Lupe Gore


Everyone loves kittens…that is, every cat lover loves kittens. So when there are kittens up for adoption at the shelter, usually they are adopted pretty quickly, unless they are black. Multi-color younger adults also have a good chance of finding a forever home. Adult blacks, especially if they are rather large, are the last to be adopted. Sadly, that is a fact.

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by Barbara Schlichting



Maggie and I had been friends for over twenty years. Our moms were friends; they went shopping together, taking Maggie and me along. Our families lived side-by-side in a working class neighborhood in south Minneapolis, until the day that turned my life around. That was the day my parents were killed in a car accident. I went to live with my grandparents, Marie and August Ott, and fortunately, they lived nearby, so Maggie and I could still be friends and go to the same schools. We graduated and still do everything together.

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by Stephanie Cameron


For those of us who had pet rats growing up, I think it’s safe to say the experience was a special one. From building mazes on our kitchen floors to shoulder rides and special trips to the pet store, rats have a way of making each day special and memorable. For those of us who have experienced this rattie love, it’s only natural to want to share it with our own families and children.

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by Sandra Murphy


Caprice DeLuca leads a busy life. She’s a home stager, although she does do some decorating jobs too. She rescues animals and finds homes for them, and she acts as matchmaker on occasion. Her family is close, some say too close, but it’s what she’s used to and loves.

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by Sarah Peterson


The holiday spirit is alive and well at Clovis’s Woods Elementary School, which has been sponsoring a Giving Tree charity drive every December for over a decade. Woods parent Heather Devany gave Kings River Life the scoop on what the program is all about, and the Giving Tree’s impact on Woods Elementary and its surrounding community.

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