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<em>Puzzles Can Be Deadly</em> By David S. Pederson: Review/Giveaway/Interview

Puzzles Can Be Deadly By David S. Pederson: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Set in 1950, Puzzles Can Be Deadly is a fun cozy mystery perfect for a summer beach read. The main characters, Skip Valentine and Henry Finch, are a couple at a time when such couples had to keep their relationships secret, and Skip has a passion for solving puzzles.

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno: Molly & Barney

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno: Molly & Barney

by Stacy Lynch Dodd


Since the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno is still up to its eyeballs in beautiful adoptable dogs, we are putting the spotlight on two very special and loving pups. First, we have Molly, a petite yellow female Labradoodle estimated to be about 1-1/2 years old. Second, we have Barney, a 3-year-old black male Lab.

Central Valley Mixed Media Artist Arien Reed

Central Valley Mixed Media Artist Arien Reed

by Mallory Moad



“Good art arrives through an organic process of inspiration and emotion.” These are the words of Central Valley mixed media artist Arien Reed. With a style that is colorful, powerful and celebratory, Arien (he/they) is using his “hella gay art” to raise awareness about gender diversity and encourage love and unity.

Queer Mystery Coming Attractions: July 2024

Queer Mystery Coming Attractions: July 2024

by Matt Lubbers-Moore


My husband and I are currently looking to buy a house. We are at the moment living in an 800ish square foot rental. It is nice and has been sufficient for the last few years. However, being a book collector means I need space and mostly moisture free space at that. The room used to store the books is terrible. Mold grows everywhere. Mushrooms have been found growing on the windows. Also the room is six feet wide, twelve feet long, and the ceiling is ten feet tall! It is a nice space with the exception of the moisture.

<em>The Honeymoon Homicides</em> By Jeannette de Beauvoir: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

The Honeymoon Homicides By Jeannette de Beauvoir: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Sarah Erwin
& Jeannette de Beauvoir


The Honeymoon Homicides by Jeannette de Beauvoir is the 10th book in the Provincetown mystery series featuring Sydney Riley, part owner of a Provincetown hotel. The book jumps right into the mystery when a dead body drops from the upper floor of the hotel right into the middle of Sydney’s wedding reception to her new husband Ali. Many guests run screaming from the scene, but not Sydney, who is also known as Provincetown’s own Miss Marple.

Eye on the Ball: A Few Words with Judy Penz Sheluk

Eye on the Ball: A Few Words with Judy Penz Sheluk

by Charlie Kondek


Judy Penz Sheluk doesn’t just write crime novels and stories, she publishes them. After her own ups and downs with publishers, she launched Superior Shores Press, which has just released its fourth anthology, Larceny & Last Chances. Like its predecessors, the tome collects 22 stories by some of the genre’s most engaging writers––and me, some old ad guy from Detroit nobody’s ever heard of! I had a chance to catch up with Judy between her finalizing and promoting Larceny & Last Chances, and here’s what she had to say.

<em>Clean Kill</em> by Anne Laughlin: Review/Giveaway/Interview

Clean Kill by Anne Laughlin: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Sarah Erwin


Nicky Sullivan is the resident manager of a sober living home in Chicago. Previously, she served as homicide detective until alcohol took over her life, and she quit her job after a fatal shooting that also injured a young girl. Nicky works hard to stay sober, take care of her residents, point them in the right direction, and deal with her absolutely awful boss.

Feral Paws Rescue: It’s Wednesday!

Feral Paws Rescue: It’s Wednesday!

by Lupe Gore


We at Feral Paws Rescue have saved many, many cats from high-kill shelters throughout the years since we started, and they have all held a special place in our hearts. Some, however, are just a little more special because of their personalities or the circumstances when we got them. This month we will share the story of one of those cats.

<em>Torn Asunder</em> By Barbara Ross: Review/Giveaway/Father’s Day Recipe

Torn Asunder By Barbara Ross: Review/Giveaway/Father’s Day Recipe

by Sandra Murphy
& Barbara Ross


Julia Snowden runs the Snowden Family Clambake during the summer and works with her best friend and business partner, Zoey, during the off season. Zoey’s dream has always been of a traditional wedding—white dress, huge cake, thrown bouquet, first dance, everything except being walked down the aisle since she doesn’t know who her father is. Now her dream is about to come true.

Q & A With Local Actors/Directors Claudio Laso and Chris Ortiz-Belcher

Q & A With Local Actors/Directors Claudio Laso and Chris Ortiz-Belcher

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Every year during Pride month we make a special effort to profile local LGBTQ+ members of the arts community. This year is something a bit different and extra special as we are interviewing a pair of local actors/directors who also happen to be a couple-- Claudio Laso and Chris Ortiz-Belcher.

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno: Molly & Barney

by Stacy Lynch Dodd


Since the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno is still up to its eyeballs in beautiful adoptable dogs, we are putting the spotlight on two very special and loving pups. First, we have Molly, a petite yellow female Labradoodle estimated to be about 1-1/2 years old. Second, we have Barney, a 3-year-old black male Lab.

Central Valley Mixed Media Artist Arien Reed

by Mallory Moad



“Good art arrives through an organic process of inspiration and emotion.” These are the words of Central Valley mixed media artist Arien Reed. With a style that is colorful, powerful and celebratory, Arien (he/they) is using his “hella gay art” to raise awareness about gender diversity and encourage love and unity.

The Inside Story of Breed Rescue

by Lee Juslin



As a child, Erica Cerny and her father began an informal pet rescue. When Erica would find a lost dog or cat, she would bring it home and her father would work to reunite the pet with its owners. With that beginning, it’s no wonder that as an adult, Erica turned to volunteering in pet shelters.

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Puzzles Can Be Deadly By David S. Pederson: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Set in 1950, Puzzles Can Be Deadly is a fun cozy mystery perfect for a summer beach read. The main characters, Skip Valentine and Henry Finch, are a couple at a time when such couples had to keep their relationships secret, and Skip has a passion for solving puzzles.

Puzzles Can Be Deadly By David S. Pederson: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Set in 1950, Puzzles Can Be Deadly is a fun cozy mystery perfect for a summer beach read. The main characters, Skip Valentine and Henry Finch, are a couple at a time when such couples had to keep their relationships secret, and Skip has a passion for solving puzzles.

Queer Mystery Coming Attractions: July 2024

by Matt Lubbers-Moore

My husband and I are currently looking to buy a house. We are at the moment living in an 800ish square foot rental. It is nice and has been sufficient for the last few years. However, being a book collector means I need space and mostly moisture free space at that. The room used to store the books is terrible. Mold grows everywhere. Mushrooms have been found growing on the windows. Also the room is six feet wide, twelve feet long, and the ceiling is ten feet tall! It is a nice space with the exception of the moisture.

How I Failed My Way into Writing Books

by David Aljuni

March 24, 2021. My family and I were enjoying dinner after a show. I was working two jobs at the time, plus making my first feature film. After years of planning, I had shot most of it with the best cast anyone could have asked for, and magic had been made. I had brought my laptop and hard drive with me, hoping I could get some more editing done in the three-and-a-half-hour drive both to and from the show, but we were all in the moment and enjoying each other's company, so no editing had been done thus far on the trip.

KRL Staff Favorite Books of 2023

by Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur, & Sandra Murphy

It’s that time of year again, a time to look back at the books we reviewed here at KRL over the past year and share with you some of our favorites! We reviewed a LOT of books last year. All of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2023, except for me. To find my list click here and you can also enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

Mystery Short Story: Who Squawked?

by Maddi Davidson

“This is Chet Armor. I need to dispose of a parrot.” “Thanks for your call, Chet,” Jake replied. “I’m sorry, but we don’t––” “You have to take him. I’ve called every bird and animal adoption place within an hour of Sacramento. No one will take a parrot. Snakes, pot-bellied pigs, and rats are welcome, but not parrots.”

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Central Valley Mixed Media Artist Arien Reed

by Mallory Moad


“Good art arrives through an organic process of inspiration and emotion.” These are the words of Central Valley mixed media artist Arien Reed. With a style that is colorful, powerful and celebratory, Arien (he/they) is using his “hella gay art” to raise awareness about gender diversity and encourage love and unity.

Q & A With Local Actors/Directors Claudio Laso and Chris Ortiz-Belcher

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Every year during Pride month we make a special effort to profile local LGBTQ+ members of the arts community. This year is something a bit different and extra special as we are interviewing a pair of local actors/directors who also happen to be a couple-- Claudio Laso and Chris Ortiz-Belcher.

The Band By Christine Ma-Kellams: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Cynthia Chow

The Band begins with a breezy narration full of footnotes covering the rise – and fall? – of a female Korean pop band attempting to forge their success in the States. They hope that connecting with another Korean idol who has found popularity in America will give them a boost up, but ominous hints would indicate that it’s about to go wrong.

Missing Persons: A Ghost Short Story

by Ellyn Siegel

I handed my friend Graham a print out of the portrait I’d just taken of him and he burst into tears. He was sitting in the tapestry chair with his elbows resting on the wooden, carved lions head armrests, gazing into the near distance, exactly as I’d asked him to pose.

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Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno: Molly & Barney

by Stacy Lynch Dodd

Since the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno is still up to its eyeballs in beautiful adoptable dogs, we are putting the spotlight on two very special and loving pups. First, we have Molly, a petite yellow female Labradoodle estimated to be about 1-1/2 years old. Second, we have Barney, a 3-year-old black male Lab.

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno: Molly & Barney

by Stacy Lynch Dodd

Since the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno is still up to its eyeballs in beautiful adoptable dogs, we are putting the spotlight on two very special and loving pups. First, we have Molly, a petite yellow female Labradoodle estimated to be about 1-1/2 years old. Second, we have Barney, a 3-year-old black male Lab.

Feral Paws Rescue: It’s Wednesday!

by Lupe Gore

We at Feral Paws Rescue have saved many, many cats from high-kill shelters throughout the years since we started, and they have all held a special place in our hearts. Some, however, are just a little more special because of their personalities or the circumstances when we got them. This month we will share the story of one of those cats.

Rattie Ratz Rescue: Keeping Pet Rats Safe in the Heat

by Stephanie Cameron

With temperatures beginning to rise as the year rolls towards summer, it’s important for pet owners to be conscious of how the heat affects the animals in their home. As a volunteer with Rattie Ratz (a domestic pet rat rescue), and living in California, I have had a few summers where the heat was too much for me and my animals and I have had to utilize some of the tips described below. Although this article is geared towards pet rats, these tips and tricks can be utilized for many different types of animals.

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Torn Asunder By Barbara Ross: Review/Giveaway/Father’s Day Recipe

by Sandra Murphy & Barbara Ross

Julia Snowden runs the Snowden Family Clambake during the summer and works with her best friend and business partner, Zoey, during the off season. Zoey’s dream has always been of a traditional wedding—white dress, huge cake, thrown bouquet, first dance, everything except being walked down the aisle since she doesn’t know who her father is. Now her dream is about to come true.

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New Theatre Opportunities For KCUSD Middle & Elementary Schools

by Lorie Lewis Ham

While Reedley High School has been well known for its theatre productions for quite some time, I recently became aware that theatre was happening at some Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD) K-8 schools in Reedley, so I set out to learn more. Little did I realize that this actually began last year and somehow slipped under KRL’s radar, with the first show, a production of High School Musical Jr., performed by TL Reed students at Silas Bartsch.

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Master Gardener Spring Garden Tour

by Mallory Moad


Winter is over and spring is finally here. So if you’re in the mood for an adventure in the great outdoors after emerging from hibernation (and who isn’t?), perhaps something affordable and close to home that will delight and possibly inspire you, listen up.

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Jackie Dale-TheCatMother/Cat Trapper: Too Many Kittens!

by Jackie Dale


This has been a month where I have spent a majority of my time at home taking care of many kittens and also a handful of adults as well. Due to a staffing shortage at the vets, there have been fewer appointments available so I have had to curtail some of my TNR work for the time being. It is just as well since the kittens keep me hopping.

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