Monday, March 02, 2015

Texas Book Lover-- Monday Roundup: March 2 - 8

Monday Roundup: March 2 - 8

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Monday With Kaye: "The Killer Next Door" by Alex Marwood (Review by Kaye George)

This first Monday in March finds us kicking off a new segment— “Monday with Kaye.” For as long as she is willing to do it, each Monday will bring a review or something else from Kaye. Last week she reviewed Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron. This week she considers The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood.

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

This novel is about the people who live at 23 Beulah Grove in London. Does that sound innocent? Don’t read this at night, alone.

Just the landlord alone, gave me the creeps. In the Prologue, some body parts have been found in the freezer. A couple of the fingers match up with a young missing woman, Lisa Dunne. DI Cheyne finds out the residents called her Collette. But where is the rest of her? And just what is going on in that place?

The reader goes back in time and follows Lisa from her job at the bar (with lap dancing), where she finds her boss dead and, knowing too much about the financial dealings, snatches the money and runs for her life.

She lands in an ideal hiding place, the rundown rooming house, full of losers and a cat called Psycho. There’s Gerard, the music teacher, who never interacts with anyone there; Cher, the Scrumper, a friendly, out-going, pretty young black woman; old Vesta, who wants only to be able to live by the sea, where she takes an annual visit; Hossein, the intensely handsome Iranian immigrant; and that Landlord. The problem is, the reader doesn’t know which one is The Lover, a person who kills young women residents and mummifies them, until they decay and he must replace them.

Even stranger things start happening. Vesta’s basement apartment is broken into, the stinky drains, always a problem, are getting impossible. But the obese, sweating, lecherous landlord won’t fix anything until…well, things happen and it all comes crashing down.

Deliciously creepy book!

Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Kaye George, Author of  Eine Kleine Murder for Suspense Magazine

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Via The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog: 2015 Derringer Finalists

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Jack Hardway's Crime Magazine Update--- March-April Jack Hardway's Crime Magazine Live

As posted elsewhere earlier today....

I made myself a promise when I undertook this project. Actually two promises. One was that I'd give the mag at least four issues to see if it was doable with my other commitments. So far, it seems to be. Second, I swore that every issue of Jack's mag would be on time: the March-April issue would be live on March 1, the May-June on May 1, etc. In keeping with that . . .

The March-April issue of Jack Hardway's Crime Magazine
A Brush with Death, by Nancy Sweetland
Little J Checks in, by Wenda Morrone
Jackpot, by Eve Fisher
Unreal Dreams, by CL Pauwels
Liquor Store Holdup, by KM Rockwood
Retrospective, by Jack Hardway

The Big Caper, by Lionel White

Murder and Aunt Delia . . . a "clue in plain sight" type mystery from the Suspense! radio series

D.O.A.,  from the National Film Registry

My sincere thanks to everyone who contributed stories. I'm extremely proud to present them.

Things planned and hoped for down the line are a reader mail page and an archive of previously published work.  Audio versions of all the stories in an issue has proven to be unmanageable for the time being.

I've been asked what the reason is for the music buttons on the pages. The music is made up of production (background) tracks from mid-century crime movies and TV shows, some of which more venerable visitors might recognize.

The Ultimate Southern Lit Reading List: The 2015 SIBA Book Award Long List

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

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KRL This Week Update-- MC Beaton, Jane Tesh, Sunny Frazier, Sherlock Holmes, Coming Attractions, giveaways & more in KRL

As posted elsewhere earlier today.......

Up this morning in Kings River Life Magazine​ a review and giveaway of "Death of a Liar" by MC Beaton

Also up an article by Kathleen Kaska​ about how Mary Watson's portrayal from Sherlock Holmes has changed over the years, and & you can enter to win a copy of Kathleen's Sherlock Holmes trivia book

Also up this morning a review & giveaway of "A Snitch in Time" by Sunny Frazier​ along with a fun interview with Sunny

We also have the latest mystery Coming Attractions column by Sunny Frazier​ along with giveaways of books by Karen Rose Smith​ & Barbara Graham​

And we have​ reviews & giveaways of more fun food mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors-"Town in a Sweet Pickle" by BB Haywood, "License to Dill" by Mary Ellen Hughes​, and "Fry Me a Liver" by Delia Rosen

And we have​ a review & giveaway of "Just You Wait" by Jane Tesh​

For our fantasy/sci-fi readers, we have a review & giveaway of "Vacant" by Alex Hughes​

Lastly, over on  KRL Lite a review & giveaway of "The Deep End" by Julie Mulhern​, published by Henery Press​
Happy reading,

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Via Crime Watch: Review: THE LAST CHILD by John Hart

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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Sandi Update--Finally Home

After a 2 hour drive home (double the normal time) thanks to the snow and traffic signals with issues, we are finally home. Sandi's bloodwork was okay though her blood pressure was high. Medication changes to address that and a couple of other things were made. She also got the usual shot to try to slow down the normal white blood cell freefall after chemo.

We go back Tuesday and Friday of next week to do it all again.

Tuesday we might be dealing with severe thunderstorms too.

FFB Review: "MASTERS OF NOIR, Volume Two" --- Reviewed by Barry Ergang

Friday means Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. As far as I know as I set this up to run, later today Patti will have the links on her blog. If not, she will have the designated collector named and where to go. Barry is back this week with his review of the second volume of Masters Of Noir. You can read his review of the first volume from mid January for FFB here.

MASTERS OF NOIR, Volume Two (2010)

Reviewed by Barry Ergang

The second volume in an e-book series from Wonder Audiobooks, I can only surmise, based on the names of the authors represented, that the stories included were culled from old pulp digests such as Manhunt, Pursuit, Verdict, and perhaps others originally put out by Flying Eagle Publications. No actual original publication credits are supplied.

Please note that despite the publisher’s name, this is not an audio book. The stories and their authors are as follows:--

Vacationing in Acapulco, Jim Withers wonders about his wife Kathy and Juan, a waiter at their hotel. Is Jim’s jealousy without foundation, or are his “Green Eyes” justified? Hal Ellson does an excellent job of building the tension to an edgy climax.

After an initial meeting with singer Mona Varden in the night club in which she performs, private detective Johnny Liddell agrees to meet with her at her apartment at 3 a.m. But he’s barely left the club when he’s taken for a ride by a couple of goons. Matters get nastier from that point on—matters that involve murder and a “Big Steal” in a story by Frank Kane most experienced readers will have solved long before it ends.

His is an elegant, subdued cocktail lounge/restaurant in the Times Square area, one he’s owned for twenty years. In that time he has come to know how to read people, how to cater to the right sort and how, without a fuss, to persuade undesirables to leave. So handling the wild-eyed man in the old Army field jacket ought to be easy, right? Not before the man starts a “Necktie Party” in Robert Turner’s absorbing tale.

“The Purple Collar” does not refer to an article of apparel. In Jonathan Craig’s police procedural, the sub-genre that was his specialty, first-person narrator NYPD detective Pete, whose surname we aren’t given, and his partner Ben Muller methodically investigate a death to determine whether it was suicide or murder. The story moves along decently, but it’s well below the Ed McBain 87th Precinct level.

Not quite seventeen yet, George Burton broodingly worships the nearly two-years-older Lynette McCaffrey—mainly from afar. When she promises him a dance at the weekly Yacht Club dance, then has to postpone it until the following week, he tries to take it in stride. But his romantic nature takes over with dramatic adolescent morbidity, and telling himself “I Don’t Fool Around,” he takes drastic actions in Charles Jackson’s story.

You know how it is, guys like to kid. And Marty, who sells newspapers at the station, is ripe for kidding, so the taxi drivers and pool hall habitués kid him constantly, sometimes making him angry. But they’re basically a “Nice Bunch of Guys,” as Michael Fessier titles them, who mean no harm, so they can’t possibly be responsible for the things Marty does after some good-natured needling, can they?

When Mr. Algernon Petty gets himself into a monetary jam with his employer, he consults John J. Malone, leaving with the lawyer a sealed envelope to deliver to one Carmelita Maguire. Not long afterward, Petty’s murdered in an apparent robbery at the plant where he works. When Benson retains Malone, things become more complicated, one of the lovelier complications being Serena Gates, whom Malone gifts with “Flowers to the Fair.The story is attributed to Craig Rice. As I did for my review of The Best from Manhunt, I consulted Rice’s biographer Jeffrey Marks, who suspects that this particular story is another that was written by someone else. It’s not a bad story by any means, and even has a little of the trademark Rice humor, but it probably did not spring from the brow of Malone’s creator.

Cheap wine and booze brings Skid Row bums Jack (“Nobody ever gives their right names on Skid Row and that was what they called me when they called me anything”) Doc Trevor, and the four-legged Pasteur together in David Alexander’s “Die Like a Dog.” Any reader who has or has ever had a beloved canine friend—and I’m one of those—is likely to find this story one of or the most powerful in the collection.

The very attractive Grace Denney hires lawyer Scott Jordan to find out what’s going on with her estranged Aunt Paula, who is in a nursing home, after private detective Lester Britt has let her down. Soon it’s time to “Build Another Coffin” because the case turns murderous. It’s been many years since I’ve read one of the late Harold Q. Masur’s Scott Jordan novels or short stories, so this one was a genuine treat. Masur had a lively, literate style. In his earliest cases, Perry Mason was attitudinally and verbally hardboiled, but never physically so. Jordan is easily as tough-minded, but he can also handle himself physically, the story under consideration being a good example.

 “I’m afraid to go home tonight,” Enos Mavery says, because “Somebody’s Going to Die,” after which he launches into the story of how he met his wife Doreen, how he’s come to embezzle money from a successful and growing business, how he’s resolved that issue with his partner, and what the unforeseeable but ultimately frightening consequences of his actions might be in the concluding story by reliably solid storyteller Talmage Powell.

Crime and mystery fans who enjoy short fiction will probably enjoy this collection. The stories are well-paced and well-told, and offer a nice variety. It’s an easy anthology to recommend. And for me, it’s on to Volume Three.

© 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, February 26, 2015

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Review: "Redemption: A Noah Milano Novelette" by Jochem Vandersteen

Howard Pratt would not stand out if you saw him on the street as he is just an average 36 year old guy. An average guy with hair a little too long and a scar at the corner of his mouth. An average guy who twenty some odd years ago killed another 16 year old boy after he tortured him. Pratt went to an adult facility, did his time, and since then has had a clean record.

Noah Milano, son of the most notorious crime boss in Los Angeles, is willing to consider being Pratt’s bodyguard while he is in town. That sort of thing is what Noah does these days as a security specialist. Pratt is supposed to meet with Brady’s parents in the office of psychologist Denny Sturgis. The meeting is supposed to help both sides heal at least somewhat, but Pratt knows many would like to see him dead including Brady’s parents, Martha and Frank Resnick. Milano agrees to be there as his bodyguard in in Redemption: A Noah Milano Novelette.

Also part of this e-book is an excerpt from Triage: A Thriller (Shell Series) as well as synopses for several other Noah Milano series books.

A good compact story, the novelette is very focused on the case with little of Milano’s personal life. While the results of the initial set up are predictable, the rest of the read is not as it blends action, detective work, and twists in a page turning story. Action and detective work at a fast pace was also present in The Death Business: A Noah Milano Novella though in that book readers do get a little more of the background of security specialist Noah Milano. Like that book this read is another good one for fans of hardboiled pulp style stories.

Redemption: A Noah Milano Novelette
Jochem Vandersteen
Sons Of Spade Publishing
March 2012
40 Pages

Material purchased to read and review by way of funds in my Amazon Associate account.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015