Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Chemo Round 6--Part 1--DONE

Finally home after the chemo today. Sandi had a very rough time this afternoon for awhile, but they intervened and got things back under control. Hopefully things will go better tomorrow.

The Legend of Caleb York (A Caleb York Western) – Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins

The Legend of Caleb York (A Caleb York Western) – Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins

Was There Sufficient Planning Here?

Was There Sufficient Planning Here?

May issue of Gumshoe Review now online

Gumshoe Review May 2015 now Online

Editorial License:
Just the Facts - May 2015 by Gayle Surrette

US Books

Nonfiction Reviews:
The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today's Bestselling Mystery Authors

US Book Reviews:
A Finely Knit Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum
All the President's Menus (A White House Chef Mystery) by Julie Hyzy
As Gouda as Dead (Cheese Shop Mystery) by Avery Aames
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton
The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris
The Hidden Man (Cragg & Fidelis Mysteries) by Robin Blake
Ming Tea Murder (Tea Shop Mysteries) by Laura Childs
Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Murder in Merino: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum
Neighing with Fire (Colleen McCabe Series) by Kathryn O'Sullivan
Want You Dead (Det. Superintendent Roy Grace) by Peter James

-- Gayle Surrette
Brandywine, MD 20613

Crime Watch: Top crime and controversy: 2015 Anthony Award nomi...

Crime Watch: Top crime and controversy: 2015 Anthony Award nomi...: Tana French, Louise Penny, and Laura Lippman are among the nominees for the 2015 Anthony Awards that were announced overnight (NZT). The A...

Review: "Endangered: A Joe Pickett Novel" by C. J. Box

Life can be fleeting in the mountains of Wyoming and Game Warden Joe Pickett knows that all too well. Humans also have an amazing ability to be incredibly cruel. The most recent example is scattered on the ground around him on an otherwise beautiful mid-March day. Everywhere he looks he sees feathers, blood, shells, and the bodies of at least 21 dead sage grouse. Nearby a few wounded survivors who will not last much longer move around. Known to many as “Prairie Chickens” these helpless birds were wiped out sometime very recently as they went about their springtime rituals.

While Joe Pickett is plenty angry about this senseless slaughter he is about to get much angrier when his friend and Sheriff of Twelve Sleep County, Mike Reed, calls him. One of his deputies has found a young woman in a ditch by the side of an isolated road. The woman has been severely beaten and is barely alive. She also might be Joe’s daughter, April, who left home to travel the rodeo circuit with a local professional rodeo cowboy by the name of Dallas Cates. Dallas was trouble and Joe knew it, but he couldn’t prevent his 18 year old daughter from running off with the dashing cowboy.

It soon becomes very clear that the badly beaten woman in the ditch is April. She has endured serious blunt force trauma and is barely alive. Even if she lives, which is in grave doubt, most likely she has suffered irreversible brain damage. As April fights for life, Joe Pickett works to figure out what happened to his daughter and deal with whomever is responsible. 

Paperback--October 2015

As one expect in the series, a significant portion of the book deals with a secondary storyline involving the ongoing situation with Nate Romanowski. Repercussions from events detailed in Stone Cold continue here and provide a significant backdrop to the main storyline.

Endangered: A Joe Pickett Novel is the fifteenth book in the Joe Pickett series by author C. J. Box and a mighty good one. Family and the complex relationship between humans and nature have always been a major element in these books and such is the case here. The same is true in the short story collection Shots Fired. At the same time those issues never get in the way of the complex mystery or mysteries contained in each book. If you are new to the series start at the beginning with Open Season and work your way forward as family history is a major part of this great series. 

Endangered: A Joe Pickett Novel
C. J. Box
G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Group)
March 2015
ISBN# 978-0-399-16077-6
Hardback (also available in e-book and audio)
384 Pages

Material was obtained for my use in an objective review from the good folks of the Plano Library System and specifically the Haggard Branch.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2015

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Self-Defense Training to Help Fiction Writers Create Realistic Fight Scenes: Part 1

Self-Defense Training to Help Fiction Writers Create Realistic Fight Scenes: Part 1

2015 Anthony Awards Nominees (Bouchercon)

2015 Anthony Awards Nominees (Bouchercon)

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Cinco de Mayo

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo - Holidays - : Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the B...

Review: "The Fourth Victim" by Tony Spinosa (Reed Farrel Coleman)

It is early January 2005 as The Fourth Victim, a sequel to Hose Monkey, begins. It has been a few months since those events and ex NYPD detectives Joe Serpe and Bob Healy are both still working in the home heating oil business in the New York City area. Their plan is to take some of the profits each week and set that aside. Hopefully, in two years they will have enough to get out of the oil business they both pretty much hate for various reasons and buy a bar because Healy believes that is
what cops do best if they aren’t doing security work. The plan is working, but the execution murders of delivery drivers are a huge concern and a direct threat.

This is especially the murder of the fourth victim, Rusty Monaco, that hits home in a number of ways. Like Joe and Bob, Rusty was a retired NYPD detective. He was a racist and obnoxious jerk on the NYPD and his two years in the oil business haven’t made him any better at being a decent human being. But, when it counted back when they were police, he stepped up.  Joe Serpe can never repay the debt he owes Rusty Monaco. That guilt is a powerful motivator for Joe and before long Joe and Bob are working a murder case with tentacles far beyond the oil heating business.

Tony Spinosa, better known as Reed Farrel Coleman,  has penned an excellent sequel to the powerful Hose Monkey. Along with a complex mystery, the author sprinkles in details and depth for all the characters major and minor, and plenty of setting descriptions to bring The Fourth Victim alive for readers. Since some secondary storylines from the earlier book continue here and other aspects are discussed it is best to read this two book set in order starting with Hose Monkey.

If you like gritty crime mystery novels you won’t be disappointed. Highly recommend both books. 

The Fourth Victim
Tony Spinosa (Reed Farrel Coleman)
Bleak House Books (now Tyrus Books)
October 2008
ISBN# 978-1606480090
Hardback (also available in paperback and e-book)
240 Pages

I received an ARC for this title back in June of 2008 from Publisher Benjamin Leroy for my use in an objective review. Back then Ben ran Bleak House Books which later became Tyrus Books. 

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Monday, May 04, 2015


SHOTSMAG CONFIDENTIAL: 2015 THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YE...: © Fenris Oswin Giants of the genre are pitted against a clutch of new voices in one of the most prestigious crime wr...

Bookish events in Texas for the week of May 4 - 10, 2015

Bookish events in Texas for the week of May 4 - 10, 2015

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

Monday With Kaye: "Ties That Bind" by Natalie R. Collins (Reviewed by Kaye George)

This Monday for her “Monday With Kaye” segment the subject is the TIES THAT BIND by Natalie R. Collins. Unlike many of the books Kaye George has recently reviewed this book, published in 2012, is a standalone. That can be a bad thing if you are only into series. Of course, if you like the book this author has quite the list of other potential reads …

Ties That Bind by Natalie R. Collins

This stand-alone mystery thriller takes places in Utah, so of course it deals with Mormons. But it also deals with their social and cultural issues from the vantage point of an author who grew up in that faith, which is what made this such an interesting read for me.

The sleuth, a police detective named Sam, is the first woman detective in the history of the small town of Kanesville, where she grew up. She has a hard enough time being a female in the male-oriented society, rife with overt sexists. But she’s also dealing with old family problems, the death of her sister when she was a girl. Her grief, still very much alive, manifests itself as eating and sleeping problems. Detective Ray Jones, her partner nicknamed D-Ray, is a good friend to have, her only ally on the force.

A series of deaths by hanging eerily echo the suicide of Sam’s sister so many years ago. Evidence is found however, that throws these recent verdicts into doubt. Not everyone believes—or wants to admit—that a serial killer is operating in the tightly controlled community, but Sam does. She also knows it’s up to her to figure out exactly what’s happening.

Collins’ other books deal with the Mormon culture also, but they are not part of a series except in a loose sense—no recurring sleuths. The author gives us a riveting read and a glimpse inside a culture I know so very little about. I’ll bet you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did.

Reviewed by Kaye George, author of Smoke for Suspense Magazine

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Euro Crime: Also Published As (Revised)

Euro Crime: Also Published As (Revised)

Authors Up in Arms about Kindle Unlimited (Again)

Authors Up in Arms about Kindle Unlimited (Again)

Pierce’s Picks

 Pierce’s Picks

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 13 Reasons Why You Should Write a Short Story This...

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 13 Reasons Why You Should Write a Short Story This...: by Anne R. Allen Mashable reported this week that the buzzword of the moment is "snackable content" —described as "bite-si...


CARNOSAUR  WEEKEND is one heck of a read and is currently a free e-book at Amazon. The synopsis is:

It’s a dirty job ...

Policing the timelines has always been dangerous, but the brave agents of Continuity Inc. have arguably the most important job in human history. Protecting human history.

Newly promoted agent Kyler Knightly teams up with his uncle, Damon Cole, to stop unscrupulous developers from exploiting the Late Cretaceous. A luxury subdivision smack-dab in the middle of dinosaur country threatens not only the present, but super-rich homeowners looking for the ultimate getaway.

CARNOSAUR WEEKEND includes the original Kyler Knightly story “The Zygma Gambit,” inspired by the dream journals of Kyle J. Knapp, and a sci-fi short story “The Worms of Terpsichore,” all together totaling nearly 16K words.

My review is here

Tip of the cap to Bill Crider who mentioned this earlier today.

Children's Book Week 2015!

Children's Book Week 2015!

Agathas Find Their New Owners

Agathas Find Their New Owners

Bullet Points: Indie Bookstore Day Edition

Bullet Points: Indie Bookstore Day Edition

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The M.O.’s Short Fiction Submission Guidelines-- “Wishful Thinking” Theme

The M.O.’s Short Fiction Submission Guidelines-- “Wishful Thinking” Theme


Mystery Fanfare: KENTUCKY DERBY CRIME FICTION & MORE!: The 141st Kentucky Derby takes place today. To celebrate, I've dusted off last year's list of Kentucky Derby mysteries and added ...

KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in Kings River Life Magazine a review & giveaway of "A Catered Mother's Day", a mystery by Isis Crawford-perfect for your Mother's Day reading

Also up, reviews & giveaways of 4 Penguin mysteries that involve sewing, knitting, fashion, and embroidery-"Seven Threadly Sins" by Janet Bolin, "A Finely Knit Murder" by Sally Goldenbaum, "Murder in Merino" by Sally Goldenbaum, and "A Wicked Stitch" by Amanda Lee

We also have a mystery short story by Sally Carpenter​

And a review & giveaway of "Cold Trail", the latest Jeri Howard mystery by Janet Dawson​

And we have a review & giveaway of "Manhattan in Miniature" by Margaret Grace, aka Camille Minichino​

We also have reviews & giveaways of 2 mysteries by Molly MacRae​

And lastly for our fantasy readers, a review & giveaway of "Vision in Silver" by Anne Bishop

Happy reading,

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Pace Yourself by John M. Floyd (SluethSayers)

Pace Yourself by John M. Floyd (SluethSayers)



Costly Witch Hunts, Free Books (The Rap Sheet)

 Costly Witch Hunts, Free Books (The Rap Sheet)

Friday, May 01, 2015

Lesa's Latest Contest--Cozy Book-Related Mystery Giveaway

This week, I'm giving away copies of Carolyn Hart's Death at the Door or Lucy Arlington's Played by the Book. Details on my blog at Entries from the U.S. only, please.

 Lesa Holstine

MOORCOCK vs. ULTRON: Two Reviews

Extinct Elephants-- The Deinotherium.

One of the fun things about my freelance gig writing for the Tapir and Friends Animal Store is getting to write about extinct animals. Not recently extinct stuff thanks to mankind's continuing stupidity, but creatures from long ago at the dawn of humanity and further back.

Such is the case here with the Deinotherium who lived from ten million to about two million years ago. If things had worked out just a little differently evolution wise......

Marvel's The Avengers - Three Years Later

Marvel's The Avengers - Three Years Later

Yard Sale in Anna, Texas

This weekend from 10 am to 6 pm Karl and his girlfriend, Amy Rollins, will be having a yard sale at her house at 5025 CR #424 up in Anna. If you don't know, the small town of Anna is up the road north of Plano a little ways, but still in Collin County.

The main purpose of the sale is for Karl to sell his video games and various other things including consoles, but Sandi is also sending a bunch of her crafts with him for the sale. Money is a huge issue around here. Since the complex does not like garage sales, yard sales, etc., on the property (which is totally understandable), we are boxing and sending a bunch of her stuff animals, hats, walker caddies, blankets, and more with Karl in the hopes that just maybe he can sell some of the stuff up there.

So, if you are in the neighborhood around there this weekend, or looking for a place to go while taking an afternoon drive, please go by and take a look at what is being offered.

Friday Finds for Writers

Friday Finds for Writers

FFB Review: "The Burning Wire" by Jeffrey Deaver --Reviewed by Barry Ergang

Friday means Friday’s Forgotten books and a treasure map of reading. Patti Abbott  is currently in the midst of a move so Todd Mason is handling things link wise today and next week. This gives me another opportunity to tell you to follow his Sweet Freedom blog. Not just for FFB, but because he does a lot of cool stuff including his regular Tuesday segments on “Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V.”

Barry Ergang is back this week to kick off the merry month of May with his review of THE BURNING WIRE by Jeffrey Deaver. For us Texans the month of May means the hundred degree temps will start any hour now along with escalating attacks by home invasion of every single insect and bug that crawls, flies, or flutters known to mankind. For you Yankees it means winter snows just might be over. No matter where you live, make sure you check out the list over at Todd’s blog after you read Barry’s review……

THE BURNING WIRE (2010) by Jeffery Deaver

Reviewed by Barry Ergang

Someone or, perhaps, some terrorist organization has harnessed Algonquin Consolidated Power and Light’s electricity grid as a weapon with which to imperil New York City’s denizens. The first incident results in an arc flash which severely burns a number of victims and which kills another in an especially grisly manner. After that, demands begin to arrive at the office of Andrea Jessen, Algonquin CEO, requiring her to brown-out or completely shut down sections of the city’s extensive power grid, otherwise others will die. Such actions could endanger New York City’s and several surrounding areas’ entire security systems. Because acceding to the demands is an impossibility due to both security measures and time factors, the murderous atrocities continue, the deaths ever greater in number, as law enforcement tries to identify and stop the individual or group behind them. 

Called in to consult with the NYPD, the FBI, Homeland Security and, ultimately, to take over the prime investigation, are criminalist/former NYPD captain Lincoln Rhyme and his forensics team: NYPD detectives Amelia Sachs, Mel Cooper, and Ron Pulaski.

Rhyme, a quadriplegic as the result of an accident from his days as an active police officer, now works from his Victorian townhouse, Sachs and Pulaski functioning as his eyes and ears when they are out in the field examining crime scenes or following leads. Abrupt, uncompromising, practical, demanding, and tightly focused, the house-bound Rhyme strikes me as an amalgam of Nero Wolfe, pulp fiction’s Inspector Allhoff, television’s Ironside and Leroy Jethro Gibbs—regardless of whether the author intended any of  this.  

Rhyme is partially teamed with Jeffery Deaver’s other series character, California police detective Kathryn Dance, in the pursuit of a murderer known as the Watchmaker, who has been spotted in Mexico. Dance, in turn, puts Rhyme in touch with Commander Rodolfo Luna, whose team leads the trackdown of the Watchmaker.

( Hmm…Rhyme and Dance—sounds like a bizarre new fad or a third-rate vaudeville act. But I digress.)

The only other novel by Jeffery Deaver I’ve read is A Maiden’s Grave, which was tense and hard to stop reading, as I still recall after many years, and which I can assuredly recommend. I made it through The Burning Wire fairly quickly, too, though initially I wasn’t sure I’d get through it at all. Divided into five sections, the first is overloaded with forensic investigative technique, terminology and information, and I have to concede that when it comes to crime fiction, I’m something of a Luddite regarding the scientific approach to detection. But recognizing that the nature of The Burning Wire case required such an approach, I stuck with it and, once into the second section, was rewarded with a fairly taut, fast-paced suspense novel (albeit still with a lot of forensics)  that delivered several twists and surprises, and even included some traditional deductive reasoning by Lincoln Rhyme near the end. My biggest complaint is that the characterization was superficial at best.

Warning to squeamish readers: there are more than a few instances of raw and raunchy language in this one, so those who find it offensive will want to steer clear. Those who can handle it and who like so-called “ticking clock” thrillers will probably find this one appealing. As for yours truly, there’s a novel in the Rhyme series that involves an “impossible” disappearance, so it’s highly probable I’ll be visiting this sleuth sat least one more time, as well as reading more of the author's standalones.

© 2015 Barry Ergang

Derringer Award-winner Barry Ergang’s written work has appeared in numerous publications, print and electronic. Some of it is available at Amazon and at Smashwords. His website is

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story

Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story


Smart Girls Read Romance: REVIEW OF OF JACQUIE ROGERS' SLEIGHT OF HEART: By Caroline Clemmons SLEIGHT OF HEART is the first of the High Stakes Heroes series by Jacquie Rogers. If you have read her Hearts of Ow...

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: April 30, 1982. Kinsey Milhone files her first re...

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: April 30, 1982. Kinsey Milhone files her first re...: April 30, 1982.  A is for Alibi was published today.  It was not Sue Grafton's first book, but it is the one that made her career.  K...

2015 Ohioana Book Festival Follow Up

2015 Ohioana Book Festival Follow Up

Parenting your manuscript

Parenting your manuscript

Review: "Hellbound" by Chester Campbell

The man known to others as Bryce Scott isn’t thrilled about taking the “Lovely Lane Sliver Shadows” bus trip to New Orleans. The possibility of a hurricane that is currently in the West Indies arriving at New Orleans isn’t what concerns him. Not only is he doing to be forced to spend time with other people from a local area church  and talk to them, he is going to be forced into dealing with the very real possibility his cover has been blown.

While it is October 1999 and years since he testified, the mob never forgets. The mob in this case is the Vicario crime family. Their capo, Boots Minelli, is in town. The only reason Bryce Scott has a chance to do anything is Boots Minelli has had a very public heart attack and is incapacitated. What he told the others is secondary to the very real major question Bryce faces---what does he do now to stay alive?

As a hurricane gains strength and leads towards New Orleans, Bryce Scott takes the bus trip and makes plans to deal with ending the chase once for all. It has been a long time since he faced the Germans in World War II, but he isn’t going down without a fight. How to do it without involving innocent passengers is just one of a growing list of problems he faces as the miles pass.

This is an interesting mystery thriller style read that contains a few surprises. While it has less humor in it than the Greg McKenzie Mysteries do, there are the occasional small bits of humor. All and all, Hellbound by Chester Campbell is a good read that keeps the reader turning the pages to see how Bryce will deal with the killers after him as well as some of his fellow bus passengers. Some of them just might be as bad as the killers.

Chester Campbell
Night Shadows Press
February 2015
ISBN# 978-0986162206
Print (e-book also available)
232 Pages

E-book version supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015