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In Your Easter Bonnet: An Easter Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gail Farrelly


LulaMae Harris was 67 years old and her mother had been dead for more than 20 years, but she still followed her momma’s advice.

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The Bread of Affliction: Passover Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 14 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Michael A. Kahn


I know a former trial lawyer who gave it up to write courtroom thrillers. He claims he prefers the fictional kind because he gets to control the judge, the lawyers, the witnesses and, best of all, the outcome. I think of him with envy whenever I have to deal with In Re the Estate of Mendel Sofer. It’s definitely real, and I’ve long since lost control. Back in the beginning, back when all I knew was that an 82-year-old widower named Mendel Sofer had died of a heart attack, it had seemed a simple case. Indeed, those were the very words Phil Rosenberg used when he called. “It’s a simple case, Rachel,” he assured me. “Even better, you’ll be doing a mitzvah.”

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How I Met My Dinner: Pysanky, Easter Egg Art

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Alicia Lieu SECTION

by Alicia Lieu


Living in New York City has advantages and disadvantages. But people who move to New York and choose to stay, even after the reality of the high cost of living sets in, can reap the benefits of living in a global city. Living in the city may mean that you can’t save enough money to travel the world, but it doesn’t hurt so badly once you realize that the world is only one subway ride away.

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More Food Penguins For Spring

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by & Sandra Murphy
Cynthia Chow


Spring is here and it seemed a perfect time for some more fun food related mysteries from Penguin! This week we have Death on Eat Street: A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery by J.J. Cook, Sugar and Iced: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery By Jenn McKinlay, and Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all three!

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The Dogs Who Didn’t Bark—Dogs and Passover

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Dogs will enjoy a Seder meal, games and prizes at Nature’s Pet Market, Salem, Oregon, Sunday, April 13 from 1- 3 p.m.
Dogs and Seder? Dogs who keep Kosher? Of course. “When the Jews were slaves of the Egyptians, dogs patrolled and barked if anyone tried to escape,” says Rabbi Avrohom Perlstein, director for the Chabad Jewish Center in Salem. “The night of the Exodus, no dog barked. Allowing dogs to take part in a Seder meal and in Passover, is a reward they’ve earned.”

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Surviving Summertime Fun With Bipolar Disorder

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Muffy Walker




Summer vacation will soon arrive. Parents and children alike often see this as a time to relax. Household rules may become more lax, bedtimes later, chores not upheld, play dates increase and thoughtful meal planning takes a back seat. For most children, this lack of structure, although initially welcomed, becomes a burden to all concerned. For those with bipolar disorder (and other behavioral and emotional issues), the lack of structure only complicates the course of the illness, often times upsetting the stability that was present during the school year.

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Murder on Bamboo Lane By Naomi Hirahara: Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Naomi Hirahara



Barely off of probation and still a rookie with the Los Angeles Police Department, Ellie Rush is struggling to establish herself as a patrolling bicycle cop taking complaints, writing up tickets, and hearing more complaints. It’s not a glamorous job, but Ellie has the ambition and intelligence to accept menial duties if it means advancing her career. That her aunt is the highest ranking Asian-American within the LAPD is a secret few know, as while Assistant Chief Cheryl Toma is a wizard at political maneuvering she has her own detractors and list of enemies.

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Mountain Communities SPCA: We matter

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Mar Preston



Years ago a small group of women in the Grapevine area of the Southern San Joaquin Valley gathered to see what they could do about the huge number of unwanted cats and dogs. Few resources existed. We were 65 miles far away from the Kern County seat, farther even from Ventura County, and beyond the curve of the earth from LA County.

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Launch Isn’t Just for Rockets…A Mystery Party Book Launch

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Duffy Brown


All my life I thought launch was what those really smart rocket science people do to get something into space and never in all those years did I expect to be involved. Yet here I am dong a launch of my very own. Not that I’m putting a rocket in space…though right now that seems like a snap…but I’m launching a book.

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The Whole Cat and Caboodle By Sofie Ryan

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


This is the first in a new series called the Second Chance Cat Mysteries. You might remember Cat Trick, Copycat Killing and, Final Catcall, the Magical Cats series by Sofie Kelly, reviewed here at KRL? They feature cats, Owen and Hercules, one who loves homemade treats and the other Fred the Funky Chicken catnip toy, as well as Kathleen the librarian. Here you’ll have a similar good read, because Kelly is using the pen name Ryan for this new book.

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The Hard Boiled Detective, Statement No. 18: Pandereos Ajax: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Ben Solomon


Brother, what a yarn. Real Ripley’s stuff. Who’d of thought the lives of two people could hang in the balance over a thing like that. I’m betting that’s what the department can’t dope out. You’ve got means, you’ve got opportunity, you’ve even got the murder weapon. But you can’t grasp the motive. There’s even a second weapon you’re all in the dark about. After a fashion. Sure there is.

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Marked By Alex Hughes

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Mary Anne Barker


Marked is an interesting sci-fi mystery. It takes place in the future,(at a guess about 80 years) where some people have acquired mind powers, some telepathy, telekinetic, pre-cognition, and teleportation and most of them have joined the Guide. My main problem with this book is that it is number three in a series, (I don’t like reading books out of order.)

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Slidin’ Back in Time Again: Service Stations, Cheeseburgers & Trivia

FROM THE April 12 ISSUE

IN THE Hometown History SECTION

by Jim Bulls


The last time we slid back in time it was to 1950 and I was pedaling around town on my J.C. Higgins ‘Hiawatha’ bike, checking out the auto dealerships around Reedley. Today we are going to slide back to 1958, while “cruizin” in my 1940 Ford Coupe.

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The King And I At Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE April 9 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



It has been a month of classic musicals for us at KRL, ending now with another Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King and I, currently on stage at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater in Fresno.

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South Pacific On Stage in Selma

FROM THE April 9 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



If you’re looking for Some Enchanted Evening, go to the Selma Arts Center for South Pacific, that wonderful old Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

FROM THE April 7 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Roy Runnels



I never thought that out of all of the Marvel movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be the one to change everything. I walked into the theater expecting an average experience, and walked out being blown away at how good it actually was. Not to mention the huge ramifications that it will have on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even without the huge twist, the movie still would have been extremely enjoyable, thanks to directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Who would have thought directors of the show Community could make one of the best Marvel movies?

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