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Fear Hovers Somewhere Between 11 and 54

Fear Hovers Somewhere Between 11 and 54

by Amy McNulty


Eleven, tucked neatly between 10 and 12, is an often overlooked age that, when we reminisce, can be both magical and paradoxical. We relinquish our childhood fears in favor of prepubescent ones, yearning for independence even as we cling to the shelter of a warm bed in familiar surroundings. High school is near enough to ignite our imagination, yet distant enough to arrest our anxiety, and we expect our friends will be fixtures throughout our life, though most will be retained only as memories, becoming the stories we share with our children when they’re old enough to understand and still young enough to listen—somewhere between the age of 10 and 12. Yes, I believe 11 is the perfect age.

<em>Strawberried Alive</em> By Jenn McKinlay: Review/Giveaway

Strawberried Alive By Jenn McKinlay: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


Until shots are fired at Fairy Tales Cupcake Bakery co-owner Melanie Cooper DeLaura, Mel thought her biggest headache would be refrosting hundreds of cupcakes to match the ever-changing mind of her bridezilla client. Honestly, after thirteen previous murder investigations, it’s a miracle that it’s taken this long for Mel to appear on someone’s hit list, be it from an unhappy client, envious rival baker, or the dozens of killers she and her assistant district attorney husband Joe have helped to put behind bars.

Fresno Bully Rescue: Pilgrim

Fresno Bully Rescue: Pilgrim

by Becky Holly


When you become involved in rescue, if you didn’t know it before, you quickly learn that life isn’t fair and people can be superficial. Black dogs and cats for instance, whether the lack of interesting markings or stigma with historical perceptions of witches with black animals, etc., are statistically adopted less often than their counterparts.

Reedley College Football: Head Coach Rob Hartenfels

Reedley College Football: Head Coach Rob Hartenfels

by Jim Mulligan


Reedley College has a newly appointed full-time, permanent, head football coach. Rob Hartenfels, while only recently chosen for the permanent position, has been at the helm of the Tiger’s football program for the last year. He also put in some time on staff as an assistant with the prior head coach. Additionally, Coach Hartenfels has an extensive experience in college coaching despite his relatively young age.

<em>Murder in the Community Garden</em> By Judith Gonda: Review/Giveaway/Interview

Murder in the Community Garden By Judith Gonda: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


Tory Benning is thirty-five years old, a widow these past two years, loves K-pop music, and roommates with Iris, a cream sable Pomeranian rescue dog, and Otis, a black cat. There’s her BFF/lawyer Ashley Payne, Ashley’s beau and a long-time friend Lieutenant Detective Adrian Ramirez, an aunt and uncle, and a passel of friends and colleagues. She had started to date Jake Logan, a private investigator from Santa Barbara, but the seemingly endless lockdown precipitated by the Covid pandemic, turned that into a long distance relationship.

<em>Double Shot Death</em> By Emmeline Duncan: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

Double Shot Death By Emmeline Duncan: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Double Shot Death is the second book in the Ground Rules Mystery series by Emmeline Duncan. I love coffee mysteries so I was excited when the first book, Fresh Brewed Murder, came out last year. I also love Portland, which is where this series is set, so it was a “double shot” of fun for me. When I saw that a new book in the series was coming out this year, well of course I was going to read it.

Mental Health Awareness Month Spotlight: Former MLB Legend & Minister, Darryl Strawberry

Mental Health Awareness Month Spotlight: Former MLB Legend & Minister, Darryl Strawberry

by Steven Sanchez



Former Major League Baseball legend and World Series champion of the New York Mets and New York Yankees, Darryl Strawberry, has a new position he plays now and that’s being an ordained minister. He came to CrossCity Church in Fresno on April 23 and 24 to do a service for those in attendance with the message of how God turned his mess into a message.

New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring <em>Death on the Rocks</em> By Guy Belleranti

New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring Death on the Rocks By Guy Belleranti

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!

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

by Rebecca K. Jones


The protagonist of my first novel, Steadying the Ark, published this spring by Bella Books, is Mackenzie Wilson, a young gay sex-crimes prosecutor. At the time I wrote the first draft of the book, I was in fact myself a young gay sex-crimes prosecutor, and I think that many people, especially those who know me a little bit but not well, assume that Mack is an autobiographical character, but nothing could be further from the truth.

<em>Claws for Suspicion</em> By Deborah Blake: Review/Giveaway/Interview

Claws for Suspicion By Deborah Blake: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Cynthia Chow


An odds-defying lottery win allowed Kari Stuart to escape her stagnated life as a waitress and move back to her hometown in the Catskills, where she found her purpose in buying a pet rescue animal sanctuary. Kari and her Serenity Sanctuary are in the middle of celebrating Oktoberfest when she has an unexpected, and unpleasant, confrontation with her ex-husband.

<em>Three Shots to the Wind</em> By Sherry Harris: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

Three Shots to the Wind By Sherry Harris: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

by Sandra Murphy
& Sherry Harris


It seemed like a typical day in the Sea Glass Saloon, at least until Joaquin called Chloe out onto the deck. Small planes towing banners to advertise local events are common. Seeing one that says, “I love you, Chloe Jackson” isn’t. The banner is soon followed by a huge bouquet of lilacs, her favorite flower. Same message. Ditto the magnum of sparkling wine.

Double Shot Death By Emmeline Duncan: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Double Shot Death is the second book in the Ground Rules Mystery series by Emmeline Duncan. I love coffee mysteries so I was excited when the first book, Fresh Brewed Murder, came out last year. I also love Portland, which is where this series is set, so it was a “double shot” of fun for me. When I saw that a new book in the series was coming out this year, well of course I was going to read it.

Queer Mystery Coming Attractions: June 2022

by Matt Lubbers-Moore


Last night I was invited to a wedding open house/reception for friends of mine. It was a wonderful time. Many members of the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus, which my husband sings with, were in attendance, and we had a great time chatting and wishing the happy couple well.

Vampires and Video Games

by Amy McNulty


Book 5 in my A Spooky Games Club Mystery series, Vampires and Video Games, releases this week! The e-book is exclusive to Amazon (free to read with Kindle Unlimited) and the paperback version is available widely, in addition to a large print version.

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Fear Hovers Somewhere Between 11 and 54

by Amy McNulty

Eleven, tucked neatly between 10 and 12, is an often overlooked age that, when we reminisce, can be both magical and paradoxical. We relinquish our childhood fears in favor of prepubescent ones, yearning for independence even as we cling to the shelter of a warm bed in familiar surroundings. High school is near enough to ignite our imagination, yet distant enough to arrest our anxiety, and we expect our friends will be fixtures throughout our life, though most will be retained only as memories, becoming the stories we share with our children when they’re old enough to understand and still young enough to listen—somewhere between the age of 10 and 12. Yes, I believe 11 is the perfect age.

Fear Hovers Somewhere Between 11 and 54

by Amy McNulty

Eleven, tucked neatly between 10 and 12, is an often overlooked age that, when we reminisce, can be both magical and paradoxical. We relinquish our childhood fears in favor of prepubescent ones, yearning for independence even as we cling to the shelter of a warm bed in familiar surroundings. High school is near enough to ignite our imagination, yet distant enough to arrest our anxiety, and we expect our friends will be fixtures throughout our life, though most will be retained only as memories, becoming the stories we share with our children when they’re old enough to understand and still young enough to listen—somewhere between the age of 10 and 12. Yes, I believe 11 is the perfect age.

Queer Mystery Coming Attractions: June 2022

by Matt Lubbers-Moore

Last night I was invited to a wedding open house/reception for friends of mine. It was a wonderful time. Many members of the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus, which my husband sings with, were in attendance, and we had a great time chatting and wishing the happy couple well.

Lost Coast Literary By Ellie Alexander: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa & Ellie Alexander

Emily Bryant is excited about pitching her first book at a major New York publishing house. Growing up she loved editing her favorite books making notes and even suggesting new endings, so it’s a dream come true. However, her boss has dashed her hopes: Pass. Maybe next time. Could the day get any worse? She’s been ignoring calls from her estranged uncle, so he decided to give her the bad news via text.

Vampires and Video Games

by Amy McNulty

Book 5 in my A Spooky Games Club Mystery series, Vampires and Video Games, releases this week! The e-book is exclusive to Amazon (free to read with Kindle Unlimited) and the paperback version is available widely, in addition to a large print version.

The Sleuthing Silvers and The Mystery of the Missing Reading Glasses: Mystery Short Story

by Ron Katz

“Have you seen my reading glasses, Barb?” inquired Bernie Silver. “Which of your twelve pairs?” asked Barb Silver with a sigh. Bernie’s wife of thirty years and his business partner in Silver Investigations since the company’s founding five years ago, Barb had fielded this inquiry from Bernie many times. They had met when both were investigators for Alpha Insurance Company.

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This Year’s Upcoming Adventure Films

by Staff


This year, we can expect to be graced with some great films. Anything from an adventurous comedy to an action-packed superhero movie - there's something for everyone! Check out this list of the upcoming adventure films.

Fresno Music Academy & Arts Opens Second Location

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Fresno Music Academy & Arts, which is currently located in the Tower District, is opening a second location in Fresno! We took a moment to chat with owner Debi Ruud about FMAA and about this exciting expansion! She and husband, John Alden, manage the schools.

AcornTV Streaming: NEW Detective Duo The Chelsea Detective & Harry Wild

by Kathleen Costa

AcornTV is one of my favorite go-to options when elsewhere is full of reality and reruns. For a reasonable fee (monthly $5.99 or special annual deal $59.99) members have access to hours and hours of entertaining series, engaging movies, informative documentaries, and even fun game shows from decades past or just uploaded. As a passionate Anglophile, I get a daily, sometimes multiple times a day, dose of accents, references to cups of tea, and gorgeous settings from the coast and the highlands to the Cotswolds and gritty urban streets. I always find something new, but my favorite are the detective shows like these new Acorn Originals…The Chelsea Detective and Harry Wild.

Rogue Festival Reviews: Return of the Son of One Hit Wonders

by Terrance McArthur

One Hit Wonders—Bands that had one song that you heard every time you turned on the radio…and then you never heard from them again. The Excursions assembled almost forty of them for their Return of the Son of One Hit Wonders Rogue show. They can’t play all of them in an hour, but they pick and choose a collection of about twenty of them for each show, and each performance has a different mix.

Missing Persons: A Ghost Short Story

by Ellyn Siegel

I handed my friend Graham a print out of the portrait I’d just taken of him and he burst into tears. He was sitting in the tapestry chair with his elbows resting on the wooden, carved lions head armrests, gazing into the near distance, exactly as I’d asked him to pose.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Pilgrim

by Becky Holly

When you become involved in rescue, if you didn’t know it before, you quickly learn that life isn’t fair and people can be superficial. Black dogs and cats for instance, whether the lack of interesting markings or stigma with historical perceptions of witches with black animals, etc., are statistically adopted less often than their counterparts.

Fresno Bully Rescue: Pilgrim

by Becky Holly

When you become involved in rescue, if you didn’t know it before, you quickly learn that life isn’t fair and people can be superficial. Black dogs and cats for instance, whether the lack of interesting markings or stigma with historical perceptions of witches with black animals, etc., are statistically adopted less often than their counterparts.

Feral Paws Fosters—Arthur O’Brien Jr.

by Paula Hunsaker

Fosters are so important to rescue groups. They open there homes up to moms and kittens, cats, and kittens in need for special care. When a rescue group is so blessed with a foster that is amazing, its can be a life saver to a rescue group. Rescue work isn’t a forever one. It’s not cake and ice cream. It can be so ugly at times too often then we in rescue want to see. But we must remain strong and fight for the life that is in danger. Our rescue group has been so blessed with an amazing foster for one of our moms and kittens that are doing amazing well and are in the best care every. Thanks to our foster Arthur O'Brien Jr.!

Adopting Senior Rats: The Tale of Jerry & Stuart

by Stephanie Cameron

No animal can escape aging, and sadly, some enter their golden time far too quickly. Rats are one such animal and are considered a senior by the time they are two years old. Because a rat’s life span is so short, and being a long-time rat owner myself, I have come to greatly respect the indomitable spirit of those who chose rats as their companion animal. Having to say goodbye to your beloved pets every 2-3 years can be challenging. It takes a big heart to care for an animal you know you will have to say goodbye to over and over again.

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Great Food Search: A Taste of the Tower District

by Terrance McArthur

The Great Food Search has trekked up and down the San Joaquin Valley, ventured to Morro Bay and Mariposa, and sampled the foods of the Fresno Rogue Performance Festival. Currently, I have been busy in Fresno, rehearsing for the Good Company Players production of I Remember Mama at GCP’s 2nd Space Theatre (which opened this weekend). Being a semi-human individual, I need sustenance to sustain me through these play practices, so I eat. Where do I eat? In the Tower District, which the City of Fresno defines as the area bounded by Blackstone, Belmont, West, and Shields. Let me tell you about my edible explorations.

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Reedley College Football: Head Coach Rob Hartenfels

by Jim Mulligan

Reedley College has a newly appointed full-time, permanent, head football coach. Rob Hartenfels, while only recently chosen for the permanent position, has been at the helm of the Tiger’s football program for the last year. He also put in some time on staff as an assistant with the prior head coach. Additionally, Coach Hartenfels has an extensive experience in college coaching despite his relatively young age.

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Benefits of Living a Natural Life

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There are many benefits of living a natural life. We are talking about eating what is fresh and organic and living a more balanced lifestyle. That includes getting enough sleep, exercising, and using natural products. Take care of yourself with a healthy diet. Most people would agree that a natural lifestyle is easier to live and does not put as much stress on the body. So if you have ever thought of changing your life to go along with the "natural" path, here are the top five benefits of living a natural lifestyle.

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Reedley College Football: Head Coach Rob Hartenfels

by Jim Mulligan

Reedley College has a newly appointed full-time, permanent, head football coach. Rob Hartenfels, while only recently chosen for the permanent position, has been at the helm of the Tiger’s football program for the last year. He also put in some time on staff as an assistant with the prior head coach. Additionally, Coach Hartenfels has an extensive experience in college coaching despite his relatively young age.

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