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Jackie Dale, The Cat Mother: TNR, Refuge, and More Kittens

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



The big news this month is…drumroll please…I received a $500 donation from a very generous woman! I have to say I was very shocked. I am so unbelievably grateful for this donation. This will pay for the Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) of a lot of cats. I am humbled by her generosity and her trust that I will use this money to reduce the over-population of cats in the Valley.

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Shot Through the Hearth: A Fixer-Upper Mystery By Kate Carlisle: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


For Hammer Construction owner Shannon Hammer, having Raphael Nash as a client is an unquestionable coup. Not only is he dating her friend Marigold, Rafe is one of the wealthiest men in the world whose unlimited budget gives Shannon free reign over the possibilities to renovate his Victorian mansion.

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Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide By Lois Winston: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Lois Winston


It may be the Christmas season, for sure, but when your house is the victim of an overzealous “Secret Elf” named Ira, it seems enough should be enough! But, when taking the decorations back to the “Elf,” they discover another over-the-top Christmas display with a blinding lights and loud music, gawkers choking the streets, and Anastasia’s late husband’s half-brother, Ira Pollack, in the middle of some angry neighbors!

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Steven’s Eventful October/November

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



While everybody was trick or treating for candy, my treat this past month, and heading into November, was attending shows. I didn’t even have to knock on doors in the Fall for entertainment. I was more like a kid in a candy store; I was like “I’ll go to this event or that one.” The holiday festivities are on the horizon, but the music and comedy festivities are well underway, and there’s more to look forward to as we get closer to the end of the year. Here’s a little taste of the shows I attended and what took place.

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November Mystery Catch Up With Christmas, Hats, Beer, and Lighthouses

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We have another mystery catch up this week-these books are all from September and October and include our first Christmas mystery of the season-A Killer Carol: An Amish Mystery by Laura Bradford, Beyond a Reasonable Stout: A Sloan Krause series by Ellie Alexander, Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, and All Hat’s on Deck: A Missy DuBois Mystery by Sandra Bretting.

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Stumptown On ABC

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Vicki Vass


After watching the first three episodes of Stumptown, I am hooked. Lead character Dex, a former Marine interrogator suffering from PTSD, is living on the edge. The edge of poverty, the edge of reason, and the edge of denial. Played by Cobie Smulders, Dex is rough and snarky, an older tougher Veronica Mars.

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Carpet Diem By Misty Simon: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Tallie Graver may have left behind her life as a Desperate Housewife to her ex-and-now-late-husband Walden Phillips III, but that doesn’t mean that she can avoid uncomfortable reminders and awkward interactions. Unpleasant even when Tallie was married to high society’s “Waldo,” Present Prescott’s obnoxiousness kicks into high gear now that her new cleaning company is in competition to win a contract for his aunt.

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Steven J. Havill’s Posadas County Mysteries

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


There is a lot to be said for young, attractive, very bright police officers in fiction. They possess boundless energy, and can usually chase, then actually catch, malefactors. However, Bill Gastner, Undersheriff of Posadas County New Mexico, has already raised a family, been widowed, and has been on the job for more years that he cares to count with retirement on the horizon. He also knows that in Posadas County, the undersheriff does the job and the sheriff is an administrator.

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10 DIY Ideas for Thanksgiving Decorations

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Dylan Bartlett


The holiday season has almost arrived, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. You’ve probably seen expensive wreaths and garlands at the stores you visit most often. During this time of year, everyone’s trying to sell holiday decor, but not all of it is fitting or affordable. Instead of overspending for the holidays, embrace your crafty skills and make your own decorations instead. It’s easy to come up with decor for your home when you choose the supplies and tailor it to your style.

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The Most Charming Neighborhoods in Ontario

FROM THE November 14 ISSUE

IN THE Travel SECTION

by Staff



Ontario is the most populated province in Canada. The country’s capital, Ottawa, and the multicultural city of Toronto are the two urban centers that make up the majority of the population. In addition to these two notable cities, there are many smaller towns full of history and charm.

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The Dark ComedyHookman Presented by COS in Visalia

FROM THE November 13 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


The College of the Sequoias in Visalia has a new play entitled Hookman opening this weekend, so we took a moment to chat with its director Chris Mangels, who is also a Professor of Theatre and Cinema Arts at COS.

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Cabaret On Stage at the Selma Arts Center

FROM THE November 13 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


The musical Cabaret hit the Selma Arts Center stage this past weekend with a bang! The show is visually stunning and emotionally poignant. I had never seen Cabaret before so I went in mostly blind beyond knowing some of the music. After seeing this production, Cabaret is now added to my list of favorite shows.

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Valley Animal Center: Amazing Ava

FROM THE November 9 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Arianna Padilla


Ava is a five-year-old American Pit Bull who is available at Valley Animal Center’s Dog Adoption Center. Ava has gone through quite the journey in her lifetime, and our staff is hoping she’ll find her true forever home soon.

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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

FROM THE November 9 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terry Ambrose


The Poisoned Pen Bookstore was founded by Barbara G. Peters in 1989 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The store carries current and classic works of mystery, thrillers, historical and literary fiction, and literature of the American Southwest, much of it offered in Autographed First Editions. For many bookstores, that would be enough, however, Poisoned Pen isn’t just an independent bookstore, it’s also a well-known publisher of mysteries.

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