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Strolling The Town: Sunday on the Fulton Mall

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Strolling The Town SECTION

by Tom Sims


There’s a dirty little sixteen letter word floating around the streets. Sixteen divided by four makes four 4-letter words. It is “re-gentrification.”
Lots of people bristle at the word and the concept and there are class struggles that grow up around it. Those struggles may or may not be necessary or valid and there are well intentioned people with mixed motives on both sides, but I am not a sociologist in this particular hat. I am a stroller out for a stroll on a Sunday afternoon on the Fulton Mall in Fresno. City Council has done its business and now I am doing mine – strolling.

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A Foxy Cairn Lady

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Lee Juslin SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Honora, or Foxy, as she is known to her friends, came into Col Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue because her elderly owner could no longer care for her. This sweet little five year old wheaten Cairn was very fortunate because her vet took charge of her, made sure she was up to date on her medical needs, and then called Col Potter.

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Ghost of a Gamble By Sue Ann Jaffarian

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Apparently being ashamed of one’s parent is a universal sentiment, and even a world-famous world-famous psychic medium such as Milo Ravenscroft isn’t immune. Perhaps he can be forgiven for not exactly approving of his showgirl-turned-fortune-telling mother, as having no powers herself and his own going on the fritz whenever they are together, Dolly Ravenscroft has never fully believed in his abilities.

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Baseball And Cracker Jacks

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Food SECTION

by Margaret Mendel


It’s that time of year again. When the smell of spring is in the air I get all excited waiting to hear those first cracks of the major league baseball bats. The weather might still be a bit unpredictable but rain or shine the baseball season starts the first week in April. There are maybe a dozen major league players that I like to watch, and I cheer the demise of a few teams I consider rivals to my hometown boys, but there’s only one yummy treat I think about when it comes to baseball. Cracker Jacks.

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Murder in the Worst Degree By F.M. Meredith

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Murder in the Worst Degree is the tenth book in F.M. Meredith’s (aka Marilyn Meredith) Rocky Bluff PD series. In this book the Rocky Bluff police department not only has to deal with an elderly man found washed up on the beach, but a serial rapist, drug deals, and auto accidents.

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A Great Sidekick

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terry Ambrose


In the world of mysteries, the sidekick may serve any number of roles. From Dr. Watson narrating the Sherlock Holmes stories to Robert B. Parker’s Hawk doing dirty work in the Spenser series, sidekicks come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Everyone has their favorite and numerous polls have tried to determine who readers consider the best crime-fiction sidekick.

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Saturday Night Dead: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gary Hoffman


Jim Thompson threw his pen on the desk, took off his glasses and rubbed the bridge of his nose. “This guy’s gonna drive me completely nuts.”
His partner, Joanne Wentworth, stood and walked to the coffee pot. “You ready for another cup?”

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Digging Too Deep By Jill Amadio: Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Jill Amadio


This week we have a review of Digging Too Deep, a mystery novel by Jill Amadio. We also have a fun guest post by Jill about Promoting Your Books Through Improbable Publicity Outlets. At the end of this post are details on how to win a copy of Digging Too Deep. If you click on the link after the review to purchase the book a portion goes to help KRL keep bringing you great articles & reviews.

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Death Come Quickly & Widow’s Tears By Susan Wittig Albert

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have 2 Susan Wittig Albert books! Death Come Quickly is the latest China Bayles mystery just out this month, and Widow’s Tears, the book just before that, was just released in paperback. Enjoy these reviews and find info at the end of this post on how to win copies of both. Use the Amazon links in this post to purchase either book and a portion goes to help KRL keep bringing you great articles & reviews!

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Star-Crossed: TV Review

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Chris Lovato SECTION

by Chris Lovato



All in all, Star-Crossed is a valiant effort on The CW’s part to give its viewers something good to watch while Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and The Originals draw to a close for the season; however, it remains to be seen whether this series will make it past Season 1. If love stories between human women and non-human males is your thing, then definitely check it out!

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Grinding Out A Living

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Terrific Tales SECTION

by Mary Reed




Perusing the colorless list of occupational codes in the IRS 1040 form instruction booklet, my attention began to wander and I started to think about jobs that were once common street sights.

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Grease On Stage At Reedley High

FROM THE April 2 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



Most people are familiar with the musical Grease, whether it is because of the John Travolta movie, or the stage musical. This week Grease will be hitting the stage at the Reedley High School Performing Arts Theatre.

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Divergent: Movie Review

FROM THE March 31 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Jessica Runnels



The Dystopian genre is very popular nowadays. A new way of running the world, a hero who fights against the new system, who wouldn’t love that? If you do love those things then Divergent is the right movie for you. It has action, romance, and a brave heroine, everything you could want in a movie.

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Muppets Most Wanted: Movie Review

FROM THE March 31 ISSUE

IN THE Movies SECTION

by Sheryl Wall


The Muppets Most Wanted begins where the last movie ended and the Muppets are trying to decide what to do next in their career. However, when they are approached by Agent Dominic Badguy to do a World tour, all but Kermit get excited for the new adventure. Kermit is not so sure they are ready but goes with the majority vote.

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Heirs of the Body By Carola Dunn

FROM THE March 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher isn’t an heir to her second-cousin Edgar’s title (women can’t inherit Lordships; it’s the 1920s, and such things aren’t done), but she can be dragged in to the process of finding the next heir to her former-schoolteacher, butterfly-hunting relative, in Heirs of the Body: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery by Carola Dunn.

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Westies Talk

FROM THE March 29 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Sheryl Wall


I have two Westies and they are very smart and love to learn. They also are very good communicators and will always find a way to tell me what they want. I will share with you a few stories to give you a good picture of their unique communication skills.

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