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Hines, a Fifty-Seven Variety Lover

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Hines is part of Col. Potter’s Mix-It-Up adoption group. Cheryl, one of his foster parents, thinks he is part terrier and part Chihuahua. She doesn’t know much about his background because he was found as a stray. However, she feels he may have had a family at one time but was not well treated.

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Food Mysteries For Your Thanksgiving Feast

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


Since this is Thanksgiving week we thought it would be fun to review some food mysteries for your Thanksgiving feast-Deck the Donuts: A Deputy Donuts Mystery by Ginger Bolton, The Cure for What Ales You: A Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Here Comes the Fudge: A Candy-Coated Mystery by Nancy Coco, No Grater Crime: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day, and Murder Can Frost Your Doughnut: A Haunted Craft Mystery by Rose Pressey.

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The Enemy You Gnocchi By Catherine Bruns: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Catherine Bruns


It’s Harvest Park, New York, and Theresa “Tessa” Esposito, Tess to some, had everything, but unfortunately, last year her life turned upside down when her husband was killed in a tragic auto accident that would later be confirmed as murder. It was a tragic time, but Tessa always found cooking to be her best therapy. She has fond memories of the sights, smells, and tastes of all the Italian delicacies bubbling in her grandmother’s kitchen, and now, in the kitchen of her own restaurant, Anything’s Pastable, she is making memories of her own for family, friends, and guests with many of those same recipes to which she’s adding some of her own touches.

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The Honey Pearl Café Brings Bubble Tea to Reedley

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Reedley has something very new and exciting that opened on October 16, The Honey Pearl Café. They feature Bubble Tea/Boba tea drinks and much more. A couple of weeks ago we stopped by to check it out and I love the decor and feel of the place! The Mochi donuts are delicious and I look forward to discovering Boba tea. While I personally am not comfortable sitting inside a restaurant or café quite yet, I look forward to when I am because Honey Pearl feels like a perfect place to hang out. In the meantime, they offer pickup, curbside, and delivery options for people like me. Recently, we chatted with the owner, Radeth Stratton (people call him Date), about the café. Date also owns Date’s Donuts in Dinuba.

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Sensational Reads: Preston and Child’s Pendergast Series

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


Remember the femjep 1997 movie The Relic? It was loosely based on the first novel of the same name in a best-selling series written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I say “loosely based” because the screenwriters left out one of, if not the main, character in all the books: Aloysius X. L. Pendergast, maverick FBI agent and all-around best person to have on your side in any kind of fight. It’s still a relatively good movie because a monster on the loose in a large museum, replete with departments in house to figure out who or what the creature is on the basis of anthropology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, sounds intriguing.

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Gated Prey By Lee Goldberg: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Gated Prey is the latest Detective Eve Ronin mystery by Lee Goldberg. Eve is the youngest homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a position many think that she hasn’t earned since she got the job after a video of her went viral. Because of this, she isn’t very popular among her coworkers, except for her soon-to-retire partner Duncan Pavone.

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Queer Mystery Coming Attractions December 2021

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Matt Lubbers-Moore


Amazing that another year is almost at an end. This year certainly has had its ups and downs professionally and personally. ReQueered Tales lay low for most of the year with very few releases compared to previous years. However, we had some amazing titles come out: Skydiving on Christopher Street by Stan Leventhal, Drylands End and its sequel Betrothal at Usk by Felice Picano, Dead as a Doornail by Grant Michaels, Long Goodbyes by Nikki Baker, and Little Miss Evil by Lev Raphael. In 2022, we expect to see a lot more releases by authors like John Morgan Wilson, Edward O. Phillips, Lauren Wright Douglas, Richard Hall, Robert Ferro, Michael Grumley, Nikki Baker, and, new to ReQueered Tales, Richard Stevenson!

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Sports Recap: Fresno State Football

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Sports SECTION

by Steven Sanchez




The Fresno State Bulldogs football team beat Nevada 34-32 on October 23. The game featured the two-highest scoring teams in the conference. The teams combined for 984 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs (6-2 overall, 3-1 Mountain West) snapped a two-game losing streak to the Wolf Pack (5-2, 2-1) and lead the all-time series 30-22-1. Quarterback Jake Haener completed 26 of 38 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Mims filled in for starter Ronnie Rivers who didn’t play in the second half due to an injury.

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5 Stones Open Door in Selma

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Tom Sims



Bethany Byrd started 5 Stones Open Door after seeing five of her friends die as a result of abuse. That abuse took several forms over the years, each of which is addressed by the non-profit organization she founded several years ago. They became the five stones of an outreach to people whose lives have been touched by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

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New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring Harvey and the Redhead Part 2 by Debra H. Goldstein

FROM THE November 20 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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Elf: The Musical On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


Once upon a time…an orphaned baby crawled into Santa’s sack and was carried to the North Pole, where he grew up thinking he was an elf…Oh, you’ve heard this one? A Will Ferrell movie called Elf, you say? (A movie everyone seems to have seen—except me.) Well, in 2010, a musical version opened on Broadway, and it usually plays at Christmastime. Elf: The Musical is now onstage in a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through January 9, and that’s a good thing. You should be glad.

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Merry Christmas George Bailey Presented by CenterStage Clovis

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre is back on stage on November 27 with a Christmas show, Merry Christmas George Bailey, which is a radio show of It’s A Wonderful Life. We chatted with their board president and artistic director, Darren Tharp, about the show.

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Why a Celebrity Crime Novel?

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Mar Preston


By Accident may be my last police procedural crime novel set in Southern California. Moving back home to Canada, specifically Ottawa, Ontario, I can’t hear the shush of the ocean waves on Santa Monica Beach any longer, or the buzz of traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, or the crowds on the Pier.

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Feral Paws Rescue: Peg & Micky

FROM THE November 13 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Paula Hunsaker


Peg and Micky were both rescued from CCSPCA, a high-kill shelter in Fresno. Both have medical issues which meant that they were both listed on the daily urgent list, and they would be euthanized at the end of the day they were posted. Sadly, when a medical issue cat is posted, they are overlooked by other rescues for the expense in having to deal with the medical issues, unless they have a private sponsor who will pay for medical procedures. When Peg and Micky were posted, I kept looking at their photos during the day.

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