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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.


Feral Paws: Kitten Season Is Here!

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Paula Hunsaker


As we are starting to see kittens being found by the public, and as a rescue group, we are bracing ourselves for the flood of underage kittens coming into shelters. While we know our public has the best intentions when bringing the kittens to high-kill shelters, the best thing we could possibly do for these kittens is to leave them alone. Mom cat knows what is best for her babies, and because of this, it is critical that they stay with her.

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Murder in the Cookbook Nook By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Ellery Adams


Famous for their book-themed rooms and specializing as a resort for bibliophiles, Virginia’s Storyton Hall is about to be the site of a televised cooking competition show, A Bookish Cookoff. Six renowned American chefs will be competing against one another in book-themed challenges for bragging rights and a prize of $100,000, all hosted by young billionaire entrepreneur Mia Mallett. Before they even begin filming, there’s a fire on the archery field grounds and resort manager Jane Storyton fears that the sabotage has already begun.

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Pasteleria Plaza in Reedley: Baking Cakes and Cupcakes For Every Event

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Pasteleria Plaza in Reedley was opened in December of 2007 by cake decorator Martha Plaza. With the help of her son Luis, who translated for us, we chatted with Martha recently.

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Animal Instinct By David Rosenfelt: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, German shepherd Simon Garfunkel, recently retired from the police force. Now with Laurie and Marcus, they are the K Team, private investigators. They work for Laurie’s husband, attorney Andy Carpenter, but take other jobs when work is slow. Considering Andy is a lawyer who hates to take cases and can afford not to, work is as slow as he can make it.

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Death by Equine By Annette Dashofy: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Instead of getting ready for the next morning’s long anticipated vacation trip to Hawaii with his wife, Doc Lewis spent his last night before leaving out on a late veterinarian call to check on a colicky horse. It will be Doc’s last patient, as the next day he is found stomped to death in the chestnut stallion’s stall. Jessie Cameron had only planned on filling in for her mentor at the Riverview Park Racetrack while the Doc was on vacation for two weeks, but the park CEO immediately pressures her into making it a permanent position.

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Magic Misled By Keri Arthur: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Magic Misled is the seventh book in the Lizzie Grace fantasy series by Keri Arthur. Lizzie is a witch and a psychic who has been on the run for a long time from her powerful magical family. Her family blames Lizzie for her sister’s death, and they trapped her in an unwanted marriage. However, she is not alone she has her best friend and familiar Belle. The pair now runs a tea and psychic consulting business on a werewolf reservation in Australia.

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New Hallmark Mystery Movies: Riddle Me Dead/The Art Of The Kill

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Movies SECTION

by Doward Wilson


Riddle Me Dead is the fifth and newest Crossword Mysteries entry on Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries channel starring Lacey Chabert as crossword puzzle editor Tess Harper and Brennan Elliott as New York Detective Logan O’Connor. Tess has been hired to read clues on a well know game show, but when the host is found murdered Tess joins Logan in investigating the crime.

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Stephanie DuBois is All About Life, Art, Business, & Entertainment

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



Life, Art, Business, & Entertainment is the motto that defines the local startup marketing agency, The Method. It’s run by Stephanie DuBois, the licensed hairstylist of sixteen years who formerly owned the salon, The Paint Room, which unfortunately went under due to the pandemic. Having seen and lived through the year where businesses and people struggled because of the lockdown, she took the initiative to switch to a passion she’d always wanted to pursue which was public relations. With that drive, she wanted to help local businesses, big/small/local/independent, by expanding their social media presence and have them get involved with in-person events to drive their brand and generate profit.

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New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring In Dog We Trust By Neil Plakcy

FROM THE May 15 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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But They’re Not Really Dead: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE May 15 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Radine Trees Nehring



The constant “pock-pocka-pock” of the muskets wasn’t so bad. The boom of the cannons—from this distance at least—was endurable, especially for someone who had listened to rock drummers turned up loud. But the wind was sending black powder smoke straight toward them and, in this heat, that was awful. The whole idea was stupid. She was hot, sweaty, and she’d had enough.

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5 Healthy Habits You Should Adopt During A Pandemic

FROM THE May 14 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by staff


The global pandemic has transformed the way we live and claimed millions of lives across the globe. People have become accustomed to working from home, wearing masks, limiting social contact, and keeping up with the latest news regarding deaths and levels of incubation.

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The Reading Bug: A Bug’s Life

FROM THE May 12 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by J. Alan Hartman


Downtown San Carlos, California, is that kind of retail corridor that people imagine when they think of shopping in a small town. Mind you, San Carlos isn’t really a small town, but it’s always had that charm and feel. Laurel Street is a straight line featuring virtually zero chain stores of any kind, save from a Peet’s Coffee and one or two others. The San Carlos powers-that-be always imagined the downtown district as being local mom-and-pop shops, and they strive to keep it that way.

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3 Top Choices for Your 2021 Summer Wedding Color Palette

FROM THE May 11 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by staff


If you’re planning a summer wedding, one of the first things that may pop into your head is your color palette. When you think about it, deciding on the color scheme, along with your venue, sets the tone for the entire joyous event. Indeed, the colors you choose will tell your friends and family something about the atmosphere you want to create for yourself and your future spouse, as well as your guests.

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Aunt Peggy: From Fearful Pup to Love Bug

FROM THE May 8 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Little Aunt Peggy, as the Col. Potter folks named her, was in rough shape when she came into the Cairn rescue. She had a severe ear infection, bad skin, and she walked with a head tilt. As her foster Susan said, “She walked like a drunken sailor.”

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