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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


Saving Ferris By A. R. Kennedy: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE April 27 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& AR Kennedy


Cecilia has suffered a lot of loss lately. First, her beloved father-in-law died. Before she can adjust to his passing, her husband is killed in a work accident. She’s left in a house she didn’t pick, a town she didn’t choose, and with a dog she didn’t want. Ferris was always more Joey’s dog. A big, goofy, golden retriever, he’s uncoordinated, slobbery, and enthusiastic always. He’s not what she’d choose to be her family.

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Great Food Search — Kebab, Kabab, Kabob

FROM THE April 27 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


Any way you spell it, it’s serious eating. Best known in the Middle East and Armenia, variants of this grilled meat dish range from Africa to China, with or without skewers.

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Coming Attractions: May Day Edition

FROM THE April 27 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Spring brings flowers but also the first in four budding new series to grow in your TBR piles. Enjoy!

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KRL News & New Podcast Ep Featuring Kathi Daley!

FROM THE April 27 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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NFL Quarterback Derek Carr’s Altar Conference Preaches Faith and Family to the Central Valley

FROM THE April 27 ISSUE

IN THE Ministry Musings SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



Oakland Raider’s quarterback and Fresno State alum, Derek Carr, returned back home for his Altar Conference, an event that the official website states “is a weekend of dynamic worship and powerful teaching, provoking believers of all backgrounds into a lifestyle of radical pursuit and relentless devotion to Christ.”

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New Fresno Theatre Company Presents The Sins of Sor Juana

FROM THE April 24 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


There is a new theatre company in Fresno; Near/Far Theatre is producing its first show, The Sins of Sor Juana, opening this weekend. We took a moment to chat with one of the company’s founders, Julie Reimer, about this new adventure and the show.

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Oliver! On Stage in Oakhurst

FROM THE April 24 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Michael Van Buren



Consider yourself at home as you join us in Oakhurst at the Golden Chain Theatre for its newest upcoming production, Oliver! The Tony and Olivier Award winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

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Food Mysteries For Your Easter Appetite

FROM THE April 20 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more fun food mysteries perfect for Easter reading-“Broken Bone China” A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs, “Leave No Scone Unturned” A Chef-To-Go Mystery by Denise Swanson, “Murder Lo Mein” A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, and “One Feta in the Grave” A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian.

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Rattie Ratz: Finding the Rattie in the Mischief

FROM THE April 20 ISSUE

IN THE Rodent Ramblings SECTION

by Stephanie Cameron


Rats are very intelligent and social animals that have complex hierarchical systems within a colony. If you are considering pet rats as a companion animal, it is very important that you bring home at least two rats. Because they are so social, rats very much need same species companionship the same way humans need companionship. Also, like humans, some rats are more reserved while others crave constant attention from their fellow rat friends.

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Pie Hard A Pie Town Mystery By Kirsten Weiss: Review/Giveaway/Easter Recipe

FROM THE April 20 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Kirsten Weiss


Valentine Harris had come to expect the unexpected from her rather exuberant landlady and expert piecrust maker Charlene McCree. The delivery of a yurt at 4 a.m. was a little much though, especially since it would soon be accompanied by fifteen women intent on camping out for a weeklong goddess circle. The septuagenarian had Val and her Pie Town bakery’s best interests in mind, as Charlene also arranged under only slightly false pretenses to have the reality show Pie Hard film on site.

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Queens of Mystery Streaming on Acorn-TV

FROM THE April 20 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


I am a fanatical Anglophile, and Acorn-TV is one of the best streaming option to satiate my appetite for all things in UK television and movies. They offer current productions as well as providing “blasts from the past” in drama, mystery, comedy, documentary, and full-length movies. For a reasonable monthly or annual fee, I have been able to binge classics and enjoy many award-winning programs from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, and places “down under.”

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The Mercantile in Downtown Kingsburg

FROM THE April 20 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we interviewed Jill O’Bannon, the owner of a charming shop in Downtown Kingsburg called The Mercantile.

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