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Cat House On the Kings: Crackers/Creek Fire/Quilts/Calendars

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Harvie Schreiber



At The Cat House on the Kings, our goal is to place the right cat or kitten in just the right home, and we’re always thrilled to receive adopter feedback that lets us know that we were successful. On the 4th of July, under the “rockets’ red glare,” a sweet kitten named Crackers was born. He was abandoned by his mother and rescued at four days old. His foster mom said he was a “fire cracker” and the name “Crackers” stuck.

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Perfect Mysteries For Halloween Reading

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murpy


This week we have 3 mysteries perfect for your Halloween reading including sweets, cats, and haunted mansions-Murder Most Sweet: A Bookish Baker Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker, A Case of Cat and Mouse: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly, and Haunted Homicide: A Haunted Mansion Mystery By Lucy Ness.

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The Haunted Forest at Hobb’s Grove

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Halloween is not cancelled. Even as the coronavirus pandemic has so totally altered life as we know it, the seriously spooky show goes on at Hobb’s Grove, outside Sanger.

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Clockwork Gypsy By Jeri Westerson: Review/Giveaway/Halloween Guest Post

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Sharon Tucker
& Jeri Westerson


I grew fond of Leopold Kazmer, The Great Enchanter, in his first adventure, The Daemon Device (2019), where he battled the encroaching demonic takeover of steampunk Victorian London and won. Of course, he had help, both natural and supernatural, and I hoped that all his cohorts and a few more would return when I learned the second in Jeri Westerson’s Enchanter Chronicles was coming.

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Coming Attractions: Be Thankful Edition

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


This holiday will be a tough one with social distancing from family traditions and turkey. So, enjoy two new series and the offerings (and offings) from some of your favorite mystery authors.

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Jay’s October Halloween Video Game News

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Jayce Ham


It’s October, which means it’s time to play some spooky games. Horror is a genre in video games I have grown to love over the years. It allows the player to be fully immersed and participate in them instead of just being a bystander watching it all happen. While that might seem terrifying to many, it is an exhilarating feeling.

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Great Food Search: Forget the Tricks! Here Come the Treats!

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


It’s October. I know this is The Great Food Search, but do you really want to hear me tell of delicate dining? Of course not! You want the ooey-gooey, sticky-licky sweets, the sugar-laden and calorie-unconscious! Let’s go satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Cocktails and Murder By H.Y. Hanna: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Ellie is enjoying her Florida vacation. Of course, in between a couple of pesky murders she was successful at solving, she relaxes by the pool, strolls on the beach, and heads over to the Bar & Grill for a cool cocktail, spicy treat, and some people watching. Today’s people watching included some awkward eavesdropping. Not on purpose, you know, Ellie overhears Walter Saunders, a wealthy guest, deep in conversation with his “not gonna remain silent” business partner, but when the conversation goes from gators to scorpions, she tries to find something else to occupy her interests.

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The Caldera: A Halloween Ghost Story

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Margaret Mendel SECTION

by Margaret Mendel


Bev trusted her instincts, always had. So far she figured that’s what had kept her out of harm’s way all these years. Her mother moaned and complained about all the crazy schemes that her daughter had come up with. Though this time her mother said that none of her other ideas sounded half as ridiculous as this one. “You’ll end up a pile of bones,” were her mother’s last words as Bev closed the door behind her and descended the steps of the front porch.

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New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring Lipstick, Lies & Dead Guys By Jennifer Fischetto

FROM THE October 24 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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Mollie Cox Bryan’s Top 5 Mysteries Read During the Pandemic

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Mollie Cox Bryan


ere is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Mollie Cox Bryan. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

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Selma Arts Center Streaming Halloween Show Captain Louie

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


As the arts community continues to look for creative ways to share their talents in a Covid world, many theatre companies are turning more and more to streaming shows. On October 29 through 31 the Selma Arts Center will be streaming a new show with a Halloween setting called Captain Louie. We spoke with the show’s director/choreographer Michael C. Flores to learn more.

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War of the Worlds Radio Play Presented by Enchanted Playhouse

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


As the arts community continues to look for creative ways to share their talents in a Covid world, many theatre companies are turning more and more to streaming shows of various kinds. The Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia is doing a radio play of War of the Worlds this Halloween and it is being directed by Kelly Ventura. We chatted with him recently to learn more.

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Writing in the Time of Covid

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lois Winston


Shortly after the pandemic hit this past spring, writers began asking each other how they were going to handle Covid-19 in their books. Should we incorporate self-quarantining, social distancing, and mask wearing into our stories, especially for those of us who write ongoing series?

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