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What You Need to Travel with Your Pet This Fall

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Staff


With fall in the air and the holidays approaching, you may be preparing to travel with your pet soon. Pets are wonderful travel companions if you are prepared for anything to happen. Whether or not they’re emotional support animals or regular pets, you’ll need to prepare for any issues that may arise on your journey.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Phyllis

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Becky Holly


Recently I was helping out at the emergency shelter for family animals displaced by the Creek Fire when an elderly gentleman arrived looking very tired and broken. He asked for help retrieving his dog, Phyllis, from his vehicle. Because Phyllis was a Pit Bull and the owner told shelter staff she was hard to handle, I was asked to get her from the car and set her up in a temporary crate for her stay.

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Knit of the Living Dead By Peggy Ehrhart: Review/Giveaway/Halloween Craft

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Peggy Ehrhart


It’s Halloween in Arborville, and no one is recognizable except Pamela Patterson. She’s wearing basic black slacks and sweater, with only cat ears to define her costume. She’s definitely underdressed in a crowd of mermaids, Greek goddesses, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and the usual wizards and zombies.

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Jackie Dale-The Cat Mother/Cat Trapper: TNR 911/Lots of Cats Leave/Rescue.

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



This month I begin my column with my current project, an eight-cat TNR in a nearby town. However in this case, the “R” will stand for “relocate.” Why? Because the cats were literally being starved to death. The story goes that an elderly woman had been feeding a small groups of cats at her home. The woman recently passed away. The daughter kept feeding the cats. Then one of the cats had kittens. Her siblings told her to stop feeding the cats so they “will go away.” Now for purposes of clarification, these siblings live in another part of the state so why they would even be so interested is puzzling.

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Cake-Popped Off By Kim Davis: Review/Giveaway/Halloween Recipe

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Kim Davis


Emory’s life is more hectic than busy, but getting embroiled in a family squabble could be dangerous. Experimenting with a new cupcake flavor she plans to showcase at Tillie’s upcoming pre-Halloween party, she nearly flambés the kitchen. This doesn’t go well with Tillie’s eldest, and pretentious, grandson Theodore, but the youngest grandson Brian is a lot more helpful. Emotions, however, go ballistic when, only weeks after the unsolved hit and run death of wife number three, Skylar Senior introduces his fourth trophy wife whose age, manner, and details of their whirlwind romance solicit questions about background, motives, and prenups.

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Tom Key’s Whimsical Drawings: Art Can Happen Anywhere

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Mallory Moad



For the past seven months, we’ve been on a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster ride and for many, these feelings have become commonplace. We’ve been bombarded from all directions by social unrest, political upheaval, international health crises, natural disasters, and deep personal loss. Our schedules, diets and sleep cycles have been disrupted. In short, the world has been thrown for a loop.

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Murder in Devil’s Cove By Melissa Bourbon: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Melissa Bourbon



All books tell stories, but some people are able to read more than just the words on the pages. As young Pippin Hawthorne will soon learn, her family has been both gifted and cursed to be bibliomancers, ancient practicers who foretell the future and truths through messages hidden within book passages. Pippin knows nothing of this when she and her twin brother return to Devil’s Cove, though, as they have only come to the island off of North Carolina’s Outer Banks to settle their inheritance of their late grandmother’s falling down beach house.

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American Ripper By Patrick Kendrick: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


In 1973, a Florida jury convicted Gerard John Schaefer of two counts of murder in the first degree. He insisted on his innocence, yet he named missing person cases and unsolved murders that should have been added to the list of twenty-eight deaths where he was suspected. On top of that, Schaefer was a law enforcement officer.

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Halloween Justice: A Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Marchisello


No one in the neighborhood put on a better Halloween display than Diana Hunter. Every year, she added new decorations to scare young children and delight older trick-or-treaters. Last year, she hung a two-foot black velveteen spider from a wispy net between the birch trees; the net’s threads were so fine, trespassers who cut across her grass became entangled in the creature’s web.

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Halloween At Home (And Some Propmaking!)

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Movies SECTION

by Rebecca Potts




As we near the finale of the best month of the year, a lot of us can’t help but feel a little deflated. Things are a lot…different this year, and tragically, Halloween will not be untouched by the chaos going on around us. Some of us might not feel comfortable going out, or we’re just looking for a new project, so it’s time to get creative at home. Propmaker Kimberly Houston from Reedley knows how to do exactly that. Kim creates props for theatre companies, horror movies, and anyone and everyone looking for props.

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Crimson at Cape May A Haunted Shores Mystery By Randy Overbeck: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE October 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terrance McArthur
& Randy Overbeck


Darrell Henshaw is a good football coach, has OCD that’s sort-of in check (he counts and touches things, but it’s not a debilitating, Monk-level), and just lost his job and his girlfriend in Maryland. He’s working a junior-high football camp in Cape May, New Jersey, hoping to get together again with Erin, and wishing that ghosts would leave him alone. That’s how things are in Randy Overbeck’s Crimson at Cape May.

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Joan Leotta’s Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic

FROM THE October 14 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Joan Leotta


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Joan Leotta. 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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Marilyn Levinson’s Top 5 Mysteries I’ve Read During the Pandemic

FROM THE October 14 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Marilyn Levinson aka
Allison Brook


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Marilyn Levinson (Allison Brook). 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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S.C. Perkins’ Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic

FROM THE October 14 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by S.C. Perkins


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author S.C. Perkins. 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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