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September Mystery Catchup: Sherry Harris/GA McKevett/Cate Conte

FROM THE September 11 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

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.

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Sweet Girl Farms: Reedley’s Year-Round Farm Stand

FROM THE September 11 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

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.

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One of Us By Lorie Lewis Ham: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE September 11 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

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.

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Fatal Family Ties By S.C. Perkins: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE September 11 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

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.

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Live with LaVida: A Local Band Q&A

FROM THE September 11 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

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.

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Dust to Dust: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE September 11 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by V.S. Kemanis



Boots firmly planted, Lucy Pitts gazes east from the summit and declares to the newly risen sun, “There is no better place than this.” Below the hilltop of dry grass, her two-point-five acres abound with California natives: manzanita, thimbleberry, madrone, bay laurel, and live oak. Rooted like another wild native, the century-old redwood structure unashamedly shows off its mossy shingled roof.

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Warned, But Had to Do It Anyway

FROM THE September 8 ISSUE

IN THE Marilyn Meredith SECTION

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.

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Easy Ways to Sell Your House Fast for Cash

FROM THE September 6 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by staff


It can feel like an overwhelming task to sell your home quickly when you are faced with nerve-wracking financial problems that you need to sort out. The longer your property stays on the market, the worse your anxiety grows. Thanks to the services of house cash buyers, such as Home Flippers, it’s now easier to sell your Canadian home faster than ever before.

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KRL Is Taking a Holiday! But A Mini Issue Is Up on KRL News and Reviews

FROM THE September 4 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


We are on vacation this week to do some much needed maintenance. But don’t worry we will be back September 11 with another full issue. We will still be posting some midweek articles next week.

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Wedding After-Party: 5 Fascinating Party Ideas You Can Try

FROM THE September 2 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by staff


Weddings are often a once-in-a-lifetime event in a couple’s life. They are the beginning of a new and joyful life. So, it’s only natural that no couple wants this memorable day to end so quickly. It’s crucial to enjoy this precious moment of your life and remember your wedding for years to come. Perhaps the best way to make your wedding memorable and enjoyable is by holding a wedding after-party.

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My Starbucks Habit

FROM THE September 1 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Neil S. Plakcy


The pandemic changed things for people around the world in large and small ways. For me the change was small, and yet meaningful. It broke me of my Starbucks habit.

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Dog Eat Dog: A Andy Carpenter Series By David Rosenfelt: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

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.

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Jackie Dale—TheCatMother/Cat Trapper: Transport/Hoarder/More Kittens

FROM THE August 28 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

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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End of August Mystery Catchup: Food, Fairies, & B&Bs

FROM THE August 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have even more mysteries for your end of summer reading-A Glimmer of a Clue: A Fairy Garden Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker, Death of an Italian Chef: A Hayley Powell Mystery by Lee Hollis, and Reserved for Murder: A Booklover’s B&B Mystery by Victoria Gilbert.

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