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Christmas Mysteries For Your Holiday Reading

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a great group of Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-“Death by Eggnog” Bookstore Cafe Mystery by Alex Erickson, “Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women” by Emily Brightwell, “Purring Around the Christmas Tree” A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, and “How the Finch Stole Christmas” A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Disabled Dogs = Courageous Canines

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Wendy Hunter


During my 15 years in the Bay Area, I adopted a rescue dog from a San Francisco shelter. Hap was a black and tan Terrier mix, who’d been abused by her previous owner. I was going through a rough patch at the time, and when I saw her curled up in the back of the kennel, I thought we needed each other. And so began a wonderful journey between myself and Hap, who enjoyed nothing more than herding me on long walks, cuddling on the couch, and trying to lick my face off.

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Local Actor Q & A with Alex Vaux

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL covers a lot of theatre, both local and in other parts of California, and we have taken our readers behind the scenes many times to get to know actors, directors, and others involved in putting a show together. This week we are once again doing a q and a with a local actor-this time it is Alex Vaux, who is currently playing Bob Cratchit in GCP’s production of A Christmas Carol at 2nd Space in Fresno.

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Seeds of Revenge By Wendy Tyson: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa



I am very aware of the countless rave reviews for Wendy Tyson’s Greenhouse Mystery series, and am thrilled to finally join in with others to voice my excitement. Although I started with the third most recent release, the synopses and revisiting of key details in the backstory or character connections made sure I never suffered from a newbie handicap.

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Knit to Kill By Anne Canadeo: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Lucy Binger has about a week left to live—as a single woman. Then she’ll marry Matt. Her friends decide she needs a pre-wedding bucket list, all the things she’d like to do before tying the knot. A girls-only weekend fits the bill.

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Burgundy: Twisted Roots By Janet Hubbard: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Janet Hubbard



Bonjour! I was offered a chance to read Janet Hubbard’s third book in her Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery trilogy, so off I went to explore the storyline and reviews: French vineyards, French wine, French culture, and French murder? I’m in! Janet Hubbard has earned rave reviews for her series introducing Maxine ‘Max’ Maguire, daughter of a legendary New York cop and a disowned French aristocrat, in Champagne: The Farewell first published in 2012.

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RHS Choir Bringing Joy to Reedley Through Song this Holiday Season

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Brissa Reyes



As caroling, hot chocolate, and cold weather begin to emerge, we begin to look forward to holiday joy that is soon to come. Recognizing the hard work students have put in, especially through music during this spirited season, it is exciting to see the RHS Choir program working hard to bring spectacular performances to their audiences.

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Of Spice and Men By Sarah Fox: Review/Giveaway/Holiday Recipe

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Sarah Fox



Again, I was so excited to have the opportunity to read the newest release in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series cleverly titled, Of Spice and Men, and totally entertained revisiting the well-developed and sometimes quirky characters (even the fur friends), and being absorbed in another engaging mystery. This time Sarah has a Hollywood-twist with a movie crew invading Wildwood Cove set to remake a cult favorite horror film.

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Healing Whiskers: Life of a Therapy Rat

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Hockley SECTION

by Diana Hockley


Healing Whiskers is the blog of Abby Chestnut from Rome, Georgia where she shares about her therapy rat Oliver and their adventures as a therapy team. We took a moment to chat with her about having a therapy a therapy rat.

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Killing Season By Faye Kellerman: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Theodore Feit


Turning her attention away from the long-standing series featuring Decker and Lazarus, Faye Kellerman has written a standalone involving a serial killer and rapist, a teenager obsessed with finding the murderer, first love, and hanky-panky goings-on in high school. It makes for good reading throughout the rather bulky book.

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A True Believer: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Barry Wiley


Nine Black Dragons was a Chinese restaurant that resembled an old Charlie Chan movie, even to being smudged black and white. According to the gaudy paper placemat describing the Chinese zodiac, this was the Year of the Dog. The white plastic chopsticks, antiseptically wrapped tightly in thin paper marked “Made in Hong Kong” in smeared purple ink, were placed near and exactly parallel to its right edge.

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Deck the Halls with Fudge Novella By Nancy Coco: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 2 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Frances and Douglas Devaney are not your average newlyweds. While they are just as blissfully in love as one would expect, the couple had only known each other a few months before tying the knot. Having decided that there’s no time to waste when you’re both retired and entering your eighth decade in life, the couple is happily adjusting to life living together on Mackinac Island.

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE November 29 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


Remember Dirty Dancing, where it’s at a summer resort in the Catskills? This isn’t that. Remember Where the Boys Are, where Connie Francis is on Spring Break looking for fun and love, and she sings the title song? This isn’t that. Remember Neil Sedaka, who composed a bunch of songs in the ’50s and ’60s, and made a comeback in the ’70s? This isn’t that.

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Just a Book Club On Stage At Fresno Soap

FROM THE November 28 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Jerry Palandino


CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP and Soap Co. Fine Arts & Film present Just a Book Club by Fresno Pacific University drama student, Jesse Parr. FIRST TRY, Parr’s previous work, opened the 2017 Season in January and played to full houses. Just a Book Club is our final production for 2017 and plays December 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. on the Fresno Soap Co. Stage, 1470 North Van Ness Avenue in the Tower District.

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