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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.


In and Out the Rabbit Hole, With You

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Michael Guillebeau


Writers spend their lives stepping into rabbit holes. Then we go falling, falling helplessly out of control for years, typing up scenes and chapters that flash by until we reach bottom. I once saw a guy come out of a bar, early in the day, shirt half-buttoned, and wondered if he lived there like a character in a Steely Dan song. In my imagination, I fell into his nightmare. Maybe he sleeps in a broom closet in the back. Fall a little farther.

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Writing in the Time of Pestilence

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Betty Webb


Sounds like a Gabriel Garcia Marquez title, doesn’t it? Well, I’m certainly no Marquez, and I’ve always been more logical than romantic, but these last couple of weeks have already taught me a few things.

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7 Ways CBD Can Improve Your Health

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Staff



CBD is a compound that’s extracted from the Cannabis plant and refined for use in oils, capsules, tinctures, topicals, and much more. CBD products are abundant, and the market has seen exponential growth in the last few years, with estimates placing the value of the market at $10-22 billion in the coming years. Is it all hype, or does CBD actually have something great to offer?

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Tips to overcome writer’s block

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Staff



Writer’s block is something that happens to all writers. Is it inevitable? Yes, indeed! Every writer struggles with this phase at some point in time. However, what really helps you outshine others is how you cope up with this block. Now, before we help you with solutions to overcome this problem, we need you to understand this problem in a little detail. Let’s get started.

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Marcel

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Marcel came into Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network from a puppy mill. At the time, he was about four years old.
He is now fourteen and has been in several adoptive homes. His last adopter was an elderly woman who simply got to the point where she was no longer able to care for Marcel.

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Here Comes the Body By Maria DiRico: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Mia Carina was living in Florida when her husband disappeared. His adulterous ways, the lack of a body, and her mob connections (dad), made her a person of interest. It was time for a major change. She’s back in Astoria, Noo Yawk, living with her cat and Nonna (Italian grandmother). Her new job is technically the event planner at her father’s newly acquired banquet hall. In reality, it’s trying to keep him on the straight and narrow while running the business. The “newly acquired” means there was a guy who couldn’t pay his gambling debts and the mob was involved, and now there’s the banquet hall to run, totally legit, of course.

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Nate Butler, Helping Local Musicians in This Difficult Time

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Despite all of the terrible things happening in the world right now, there are a lot of amazing things happening online. Performers of all sorts are going online to provide concerts, classes, readings, and many other wonderful things-both locally and worldwide. Local musician/actor Nate Butler is involved in something local that not only provides entertainment for the rest of us, but helps out local musicians who aren’t able to go out and play their normal gigs. I chatted with Nate recently about this.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: SIT, STAY, SANITIZE, REPEAT

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Wendy Hunter


My fellow Americans, the world has officially gone mad. People are sheltering in place with Netflix and Domino’s, while trying to keep the kindergarteners entertained. This is the time when we earth dwellers need to find a common ground and be there for one another during this crazy, germ-filled crisis. Instead of stock-piling all the Kleenex, Purell, and Lysol we can find, let’s think about our fellow man.

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Death in Paradise: Eight Seasons On BritBox Streaming

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Stuck at home? Streaming your entertainment on an iPad, iPhone, or computer is a great option, and BritBox is one of my favorites! With a more than reasonable monthly fee, or the annual fee option for convenience, Anglophiles living in the U.S., like me, have access to hours and hours of classic mysteries, contemporary detective dramas, laugh out loud sit-coms, and thought-provoking documentaries. Often a whole series with multiple seasons is available providing “binge” fanatics the perfect opportunity to enjoy it all…no waiting!

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Easter Hair Hunt By Nancy J. Cohen: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


It’s a big Easter celebration at Tremayne Manor and loads of children are squealing over the eggs they’ve spotted hidden in the grass. Marla and her best friend Tally, with little Luke in tow, are enjoying the festivities, but “Blinky,” dressed as the iconic Easter Bunny, is no where to be found.

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Just Leave Out the Poison: Food Safety Should Not Be A Mystery This Easter

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Joan Leotta


If you find a reference to a recipe in one of my short stories, you can be sure that if I offer it to you, (attached or as BOGO) I will leave out the poison! Hope that line has made you smile.

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Food & Drink Mysteries For Your Easter Feast

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have another fun group of food and drink related mysteries for your Easter Feast-Death of a Blueberry Tart: A Hayley Powell Mystery by Lee Hollis, On the Lamb: A Kitchen Kebab Mystery by Tina Kashian, Revenge Is Sweet: A Vintage Sweets Mystery by Kaye George, and Lavender Blue Murder: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs.

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New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring Two Hundred Miles written by Margaret Lucke

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze 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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Turn to Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery By James W. Ziskin

FROM THE April 4 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Despite their estranged and contentious relationship in life, Eleanor Stone finds herself in Italy accepting a posthumous award on behalf of her father at an academic symposium. Unfortunately, the man responsible for her being in Florence, Professor Alberto Bondinelli, is found by the polizia in the Arno River before she ever meets him in person.

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