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by Sandra Murphy

Charlie and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are exploring the farmhouse Charlie inherited. He thought his grandfather sold the house many years ago but finds out the property was leased to Martin Hale for his lifetime only. Upon Martin’s death, which was a couple of months ago, the farm reverts to Charlie.


A Sweet, Cuddly Boy Needs a Home

IN THE September 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

SoBear Blackie is a Shih Tzu mix. When his parents, who were volunteers with Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, both died, SoBear came back to the caring arms of Col. Potter.

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by Terrance McArthur

Everly Swan is worried about a rival tea shop opening in town, her relationship with hunky police detective Grady Hays, and the annual Lost Colony historical drama, and…oh, yeah…a star surfer, dead with an arrow in his back, in Bree Baker’s sixth Seaside Café Mystery, Partners in Lime.


Sunnyside Delicatessen: A New Beginning

IN THE September 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMallory Moad

by Mallory Moad

“This is a hopeful sign.”
Those are the words of Bryce Cannell. He and his wife, Jennifer, were enjoying sandwiches and colorful pasta salads at the grand opening of the Sunnyside Delicatessen. The closure of this iconic southeast Fresno eatery in March, 2020, was the last straw in a long series of pandemic-related shutdowns, uncertainties, and disappointments for this pair of local educators.


by Jim Mulligan

While they say art is in the eye of the beholder, there are few classical artists whose work would not be appreciated by the masses. One would be hard pressed to harshly criticize Monet or Da Vinci, or speak ill of Michelangelo’s work. Even Pablo Picasso, while his style may be too abstract for some, created images that most would agree, draw the viewer into his world, evoking emotion and contemplative thought.


by Sharon Tucker

What a pleasure to learn that a new Daniel Rinaldi thriller is out. It’s good to be with Dr. Rinaldi, the quiet, steady therapist who helps us reconnect to our better, more sane selves when life gets out of hand. He counsels survivors of violence and I know I would feel comfortable seeking his help at such a time. It’s also good to go back to visit Pittsburgh, a part of the country I don’t know at all except through these novels. Their setting is rich with the Steel City’s history and atmosphere and with the complexities Rinaldi’s patients, associates, police officers, attorneys, and all those who befriend, tolerate, and actively work for or against the good doctor.


by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow

This week we have more mysteries for your September reading fun-A Time to Swill: Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery by Sherry Harris, A Few Drops of Bitter: A Savannah Reid Mystery by GA McKevett, and Claws for Alarm: A Cat Café Mystery by Cate Conte.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

One of the wonderful things that the San Joaquin Valley has to offer is fresh fruit and vegetables–the City of Reedley is actually known as The World’s Fruit Basket. One way to obtain some of that delicious produce is from fruit stands in the area. Recently, we chatted with Reedley farmer and the operator of one of these stands, Liset Garcia, from Sweet Girl Farms. Sweet Girl Farms is a family business.


by Kathleen Costa

When it rains, it pours: roommate moves, mortgage too expensive, animal rescue defunct, podcast not lucrative, and publisher says goodbye. This forces Roxi Carlucci to take cover and pack up her belongings along with her Excalibur replica sword, her well-worn copy of The Once and Future King, and her blue dumbo rat named Merlin and move to Fresno, California.


by Cynthia Chow

While dining at Austin, Texas’s Big Flacos, professional genealogist Lucy Lancaster is descended upon by the unappetizing appearance of her former coworker Camilla Braithwaite. At least Camilla was only her third least-favorite research librarian from Howland University Library, where Lucy previously worked as their staff genealogist.


Live with LaVida: A Local Band Q&A

IN THE September 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andSarah Peterson-Camacho

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho

Becoming a band in the middle of a pandemic might seem like a long shot to some, but to the members of Fresno band LaVida, it’s been more of a sure shot instead. Weaving together a variety of musical styles and beats, vocalist/bassist Jared Cato, guitarist Christian Viscarra, and drummer Miguel Padilla have crafted a genre of their very own.


Warned, But Had to Do It Anyway

IN THE September 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMarilyn Meredith,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Marilyn Meredith

Over and over I read comments from readers saying they didn’t want to read a book with the pandemic in it. When it was time to write the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, I wasn’t sure what to do.


by Sandra Murphy

Andy Carpenter is a lawyer who hates taking cases. Thanks to an inheritance and an obnoxious winning streak his clients appreciate, he no longer has to go to court. Somehow, he ends up there anyway.
This time, it’s an out-of-town case. On the weekends, Andy, his wife Laurie, son Ricky, golden Tara, and basset Sebastian take an evening walk together.


by Jackie Dale

Shortly after last month’s column, I had my foot surgery. I tried to empty out my kittens rooms beforehand, but alas, that didn’t happen. So I had to hobble around starting the day after surgery, and it wasn’t easy. I am not going to sugar coat it. It was really hard caring for thirteen kittens, and the new mom and her three babies while literally hopping around on one foot. I used crutches for the first week, but it was cumbersome. I would prepare the food bowls for each room and then carry them in on a large tray.


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