Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Short Story Review: "Daughters" by Nathan Walpow

Sometimes you know that your foe of the moment has no future. That he is too far down the wrong road so you put him down because you have to end his misery. That and you can rescue the three young girls held in the back of the van. It is just part of the job.

The woman in his living room also has a job in mind. A far more personal job for the man who used to be Special Forces and now is a vigilante killer working out of Los Angeles. A job that is complicated and also very much needs doing in the short story Daughters by Nathan Walpow.

Told in the first person, this is a hard edged fast moving short story featuring a nameless and very interesting main character. Borderline sociopath with a touch of humor our antihero is very much of the opinion that the world is a place that needs cleaning up after on a fairly frequent basis. One can’t reveal much about the short story without giving away too much, beyond what has been said above, but there are a couple of twists in this tale that help create a mighty good read. 

Nathan Walpow
August 2015
14 Pages

I picked up this free read to read and review thanks to the author mentioning it on Facebook.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Southwest Armchair Traveler: Southwestern Spooky Stories for Halloween

The Southwest Armchair Traveler: Southwestern Spooky Stories for Halloween: Every state – and country – seems to have its share of ghost stories and other spooky tales. And why not, when strange and creepy sites ...

Rangers Lose---Again

Whatever momentum they had when they came home is now long gone as the Texas Rangers lost again today to Toronto. With the series knotted at 2, game five is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.


Rough Edges: Now Available: Weird Menace Volume 1

Rough Edges: Now Available: Weird Menace Volume 1: The Weird Menace pulps flourished for less than a decade, from the mid-1930s to the early '40s, but while they were popular, they del...

20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival October 17-18, 2015

I so wish I was going....  

 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival October 17-18, 2015

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: October 12 - 18

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: October 12 - 18: Bookish events in Texas for the week of October 5 - 11, 2015:  Special Events: The Edgar Allan Poe Victorian Festival (OkPoeberfest) , Dal...

Monday Markets for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

 Monday Markets for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

Monday With Kaye: "Rogue Wave" by Boyd Morrison (Reviewed by Kaye George)

Monday means it is time for author Kaye George and her weekly “Monday With Kaye” guest post. This week she reviews the thriller Rogue Wave by Boyd Morrison. He is also the author of The Ark which I think is in my TBR pile here as well as numerous other thrillers.

Rogue Wave by Boyd Morrison

This thriller starts out fast and speeds up. Kai Tanaka, loving father of thirteen-year-old Lani, and equally loving husband of Rachel, finds he must risk his job with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to save his family. An event unprecedented in human history, but one which has actually been predicted for some time,
could throw his world into chaos.

Kai is acting director of the PTWC when strange events start occurring. Most of the staff is absent or unavailable. Kai and Reggie are alone in the center when an earthquake registers in the south Pacific where one has never occurred. Sensors meant to relay data from various islands then mysteriously fail. At first, they issue a tsunami bulletin, a minor notification that is ignored, as usual. If Kai orders an unneeded evacuation it will cost the islands dearly and Kai may lose his job as a result.

But if he waits too long, it could be too late for the the entire population of Hawaii. The warnings may not only be too late, the standard tsunami procedures may be useless in the face of the unbelievable gigantic rogue wave that he is beginning to suspect is on its way.

His daughter is out of reach and his wife, manager of the swank Grand Hawaiian Hotel, is staying there too long, trying to save her clients, including a group of disabled vets. Lani's best friend, Mia, and her mother Teresa, a third-year medical school resident, have not picked a good time to visit from Seattle. Kai's reckless and irrepressible half-brother, Brad Hopkins, part playboy, part Hell's Angel, refuses to get out of the say and stay in the background during the crisis. But he comes through in the crisis, in his own way.

Kai must choose between losing his job because of a poor decision and losing his wife and daughter as precious minutes tick by, leading to unimaginable catastrophe. This book had me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath in case a wave washed over me.

Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of A Patchwork of Stories, for Suspense Magazine

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Author Interrogations: Author Allan J. Emerson (Flash Bang Mysteries)

Author Interrogations: Author Allan J. Emerson (Flash Bang Mysteries)

Blatant Sunday Promotion-- "Mind Slices: A Collection of New and Previously Published Stories" by Kevin R. Tipple

I have a book out. You may have heard of it......

Mind Slices: A Collection of New and Previously Published Stories—16 stories in fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense, and mainstream fiction, with some stories blending genres.

The book opens with the first two stories ever published before moving forward into more recently published and new works. Included in the book is “Burning Questions”  which was a :honorable mention winner” in  Mysterical-E’s “Skeletons in the Closet” contest in the fall of 2007 as well as several pieces that were published at the mystery e-zine “Mouth Full Of Bullets.” In total, the book contains 16 stories in a variety of genres for $2.99.

The book is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OIV346 

Hope you check it out.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Gilbert Curiosities: Steampunk Granny's Review of The Martian

Gilbert Curiosities: Steampunk Granny's Review of The Martian:                                                             I’m going to say right up front that I believe in the Space Program and I f...

Do Free Book Promotions Work? (Part I) (Andrew Updegrove: Tales of Adversego Blog)

Do Free Book Promotions Work? (Part I) (Andrew Updegrove: Tales of Adversego Blog)

KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in KRL a never before published Medieval Noir Crispin Guest short story by Jeri Westerson! http://kingsriverlife.com/10/10/dark-chamber-a-crispin-guest-short-story/

Also up, reviews & giveaways of 2 Ghost mysteries by Carolyn Hart​-"Ghost to the Rescue" and "Ghost Wanted" http://kingsriverlife.com/10/10/two-ghost-mysteries-from-carolyn-hart/

And a review & giveaway of "Trick or Deadly Treat" by Livia J. Washburn, another perfect mystery for Halloween season http://kingsriverlife.com/10/10/trick-or-deadly-treat-by-livia-j-washburn/

And we have a review & giveaway of "Guaranteed to Bleed" by Julie Mulhern, along with an interesting interview with Julie http://kingsriverlife.com/10/10/guaranteed-to-bleed-by-julie-mulhern/

Don't miss this article sharing about three ghost related mysteries for your Halloween reading http://kingsriverlife.com/10/10/three-hauntings-for-halloween/

And over on KRL Lite, a review & giveaway of "Set-Up" by Maxine O'Callaghan http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2015/10/set-up-by-maxine-ocallaghan.html
Happy reading,

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Mystery Fanfare: Shamus Award Winners 2015

Mystery Fanfare: Shamus Award Winners 2015: The 2015  Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Awards. Presented 10/9 in Raleigh, NC. Best Hardcover P.I. Novel Hounded   by David R...

WELCOME TO HELL ~ by Glenn Walker: Same Old Same Old

WELCOME TO HELL ~ by Glenn Walker: Same Old Same Old: With the end of this summer's "Big Brother," featuring the dumbest cast of housemates in over a decade, it's time for t...

Reviews are Coming

Reviews are coming...just been really sick and very stressed out. While I have been reading a bunch here and at the hospital, I have not been writing the reviews out for Scott to type. Way too much stress around here as things money wise are collapsing in on us as well as the fact I am very sick with this cold or whatever-the-heck-it-is mess.

Hopefully, over the next couple of days before Sandi goes in for the day to get a chemo treatment I can set some reviews up in the pipeline here. Please be patient.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Devil of Delphi by Jeffrey Siger (Lesa's Book Critiques)

Devil of Delphi by Jeffrey Siger (Lesa's Book Critiques)


Rangers WIN and take a two nothing lead over Toronto. WooHoo!!!!!!

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

 Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

WELCOME TO HELL ~ by Glenn Walker: Arrow S04 E01: Green Arrow

WELCOME TO HELL ~ by Glenn Walker: Arrow S04 E01: Green Arrow: How do you make a fanboy giddy? Easy. Make them wait three seasons of a Green Arrow television series before ever even uttering the wo...

FFB Review: "The Prairie Chicken Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery" by Bill Crider

With Patti partying hard at Bouchercon, make sure you check out the complete list of reading suggestions at Sweet Freedom .......

When you solve the murder of an alligator as well a few other things you get a reputation for getting things done. Truman Smith might prefer to sit at the house on Galveston Island, but Dino comes to drag him into yet another fine mess. Though, at first, it doesn’t appear to be that big a deal. At least not like last time with the hunt for Outside Harry.

According to Dino, Lance Garrison wants to see Truman. Because of their past history dating back to High School and a broken nose he contacted Dino to spread the word.  Not only has he made a decent amount of money for Dino, Lance did all right for himself as he made plenty of money on the stock market while working for a brokerage firm there. He had a gift, made a ton of bucks, and came back to build and live in a fancy house with a view of the bay. If a major storm comes churning through the Gulf the house will be toast, but in the meantime the views of the sunsets are spectacular.

So too is the sight of Anne who is sitting a couch in Lance’s house when Dino and Truman arrive. Anne was a special love in High School long ago. The sight of her rattles Truman to the core as he still has incredible feelings for her. She is married now and older, but she still has Truman in ways he can’t fully explain. According to Anne, her father-in-law asked for Truman specifically and Truman still would like to make Anne happy if he can.

Out in the Eagle Lake area north of Houston near a little town called Picketville, Red Hineman (Anne’s father in law) manages quite few acres for Lance Garrison. Thanks to government program the land is a natural habit for water fowl and other birds. One of those is the Atwater Prairie Chicken also known as a grouse. With only 108 or so in the world, including forty or 50 in captivity, the bird is a very endangered. Now, somebody has killed one by shooting it. The dead bird was placed in such a way to make a clear statement. The government sent somebody to investigate, but all he did was massively annoy Red.  Lance is involved in the bird project and wants Truman to go poke around and see if he can figure out what happened before the Feds impose penalties and take other actions.

Lance is a jerk always has been and always will be, but he is willing to pay $500 a day plus expenses. Not only is it a chance to make Lance pay for his help, it is also a way for Truman to spend at least a little time with Anne. So Truman agrees and before long is dealing with a cast of suspects including a possibly crooked sheriff, the local militia, a radio host sure the government is about to attack any minute, small town politics, and more in The Prairie Chicken Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery by Bill Crider. 

Fourth in the series that began with Dead on the Island this read finds Truman Smith once again in a strange case as he moves around Southeast Texas. As this was first published in the mid 90s, it does not follow the current fad of dropping a body during the first three pages or feature an incredible hook in the opening sentence. Instead of the current gimmicks all the rage, it features a read that opens with introducing the characters and their relationship, the premise or initial mystery, and then builds slowly and steadily from there as events make things more and more complicated.  A little darker in tone than most of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, Truman drinks his Big Reds and gradually puts the clues together in a case where nearly everyone is a suspect. Plenty of twists and turns fill the read making The Prairie Chicken Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery by Bill Crider another very good read. 

The Prairie Chicken Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery
Bill Crider
Walker And Company
July 1996
ISBN# 0-8027-3282-8
Hardback (also available in audio and e-book formats)
208 Pages

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Public Library System. 

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Thursday, October 08, 2015

2015 Macavity Award Winners

2015 Macavity Award Winners

Rough Edges: Coming Soon: Weird Menace Volume 2

Rough Edges: Coming Soon: Weird Menace Volume 2: Perfect reading for this Halloween season. Stories include: "The Spider-God of Nauru!" by Mel Odom "Lust of the Cave Sp...

Crime Review Update

In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we
have 16 reviews, together with Mari Hannah in the Countdown interview hot
Crime Review may be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson may be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler may be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:
SPLINTER THE SILENCE by Val McDermid, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Carol Jordon, faced with the humiliation of a drink-driving charge, turns
to former friend and colleague, Tony Hill, and the pair are soon immersed
in a series of apparent suicides due to internet bulling. As ever, it takes
Hill to spot the patterns others have missed.

THE MOTH CATCHER by Ann Cleeves, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
A retired farm labourer comes upon the body of a young man in a quiet
Northumberland valley. When the police visit his flat to find out more
about him they find the body of another man.

SOLOMAN CREED by Simon Toyne, reviewed by John Cleal
A plane crashes in the Arizona desert and a lone figure emerges from the
blazing wreck. He has no memory of his past, no idea of his future. He only
knows he must save a man – a man who is already dead.

POISONED GROUND by Barbara Nadel, reviewed by Chris Roberts
PI Mumtaz Hakim goes undercover in a psychiatric institution seeking
evidence that a doctor has manufactured evidence to cover up his crimes.

RIVER OF SOULS by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by John Cleal
A minister’s wife calls in forensic psychologist Alice Quentin to reopen
the case of the attack which left her daughter mutilated and half drowned.
A priest and a policewoman die the same way and Alice must get inside the
mind of a madman obsessed by the River Thames.

IN BITTER CHILL by Sarah Wards, reviewed by Craig Sisterson
Two girls are snatched off the street in small-town Derbyshire in 1978.
One, Rachel Jones, is found. The other, Sophie Jenkins, disappears forever.
More than 30 years later, Sophie’s mother commits suicide, and Rachel
realises she has to find out what really happened.

THE TRAITOR by Jonathan Holt, reviewed by Chris Roberts
The discovery of a banker on a popular Venice beach, his throat cut and
tongue removed, kicks off an investigation with international ramifications.

NORMAL by Graeme Cameron, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh
He’s in control of his life, a practiced serial killer skilled in his
chosen art. But when he kidnaps Erica, his life starts to unravel.

A COLD KILLING by Anna Smith, reviewed by John Cleal
Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour, back from hiding in Bosnia, investigates the
murder of a retired university lecturer who was far more than he appeared.

FORGOTTEN VOICES by Jane A Adams, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Widow Ellen Tailor is found dead at her remote farmhouse – but it’s a
mystery who wanted her dead. DI Mac MacGregor consults his amateur sleuth
friend Rina Martin for her advice.

DYING WISH by James Raven, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When an author has a heart attack at his own book signing, he makes a
bizarre last request of an old friend. He wants his house burned to the

BAD SEED by Alan Carter, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Australian cop Cato Kwong returns to investigate the slaughter of four
people, a crime with Chinese connections that brings the detective into
closer contact with his heritage.

THE SUICIDE CLUB by Andrew Williams, reviewed by John Cleal
British forces are mired in the bloody stalemate of Passchendaele. Prime
Minister Lloyd George is unhappy with progress and soldier-spy Sandy Innes,
sent to report on the divided headquarters of commander-in-chief Sir
Douglas Haig, soon suspects treachery.

LOCKWOOD & CO: THE WHISPERING SKULL by Jonathan Stroud, reviewed by Linda
Lockwood & Co go up against the Fittes Agency again in the search for a
deadly relic that’s been stolen after being dug up from a London graveyard.

THE TWO-PENNY BAR by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Chris Roberts
The night before his execution, condemned man Lenoir tells Maigret of a
murderer he was blackmailing – a man who was recently seen at a two-penny

LOVE YOU TO DEATH (audiobook) by Meg Cabot, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Being able to talk to the dead isn’t always easy, as 16-year-old Susannah
Simon will testify.

Best wishes


The Latest Reviews at Flash Bang Mysteries

 I have one up and Barry has two. Mine is a western:


Barry has up: 
Review: THE MAN WHO LIKED SLOW TOMATOES (1982) by K.C. Constantine

Review: WILDERS WALK AWAY (1948) by Herbert Brean

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 E02: Purpose in the Machine (Bif Bam Pop!)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 E02: Purpose in the Machine (Bif Bam Pop!)

October issue of Gumshoe Review is online

Gumshoe Review October 2015 now Online @

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

Book Reviews:
Andi Unstoppable (Andi Boggs) by Amanda Flower
Dead Investigation by Charlie Price
The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens
The Lightning Stones: A Novel by Jack Du Brul
The Moon Tunnel by Jim Kelly
Murder of an Open Book (Scumble River) by Denise Swanson
Nine Lives: A Lily Dale Mystery by Wendy Corsi Staub
Outrage (The Singular Menace, 2) by John Sandford and Michele Cook
A Talent For Murder by Teresa A. LaRue
Tipping the Valet: A Workplace Mystery by K.K. Beck
You Are Dead (Det. Superintendent Roy Grace) by Peter James

-- Gayle Surrette, Editor@gumshoereview.com

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Biopsy News

It IS cancer. However, it is the same type of non hodgkins lympoma as she has. While other tumors shrunk a bit, this one grew. Why this particular one went rogue and did that nobody knows.....it just happens sometimes. Thankfully, it is NOT the type of cancer everyone was sure it was.

So, at this point, she has multiple inflammation points in her intestinal tract which should start going away slowly, many tumors that have shrunk a bit, and one rogue tumor that grew significantly. She also has a minor version of the sinus mess I have so they swabbed her nose to rule out the flu and make sure it is nothing more than the run of the mill virus going around in these parts.

The plan going forward is to do the maintenance chemo first mentioned to us about a month ago. That will consists of a daily chemo pill via mail order from some specialty lab (she also has to be approved for a federal program to pay for this as it is insanely expensive) and a once a month  4 to 6 hour infusion of Rutuxian in the infusion room of the doctor. After about three months they will most likely do another Pet Scan to see how she is doing.

All things considered, I think we got the best possible news. Obviously, the fact that it is cancer is not good, but at the same time the fact it is the same type and class as the cancers she already has is a good thing.  They believe that the one-two punch of the two maintenance drugs will not only keep the others in line, the rogue one will also become contained. The oral chemo deal is manufactured in some way to make the body hostile to growing new tumors. What they are putting her on has shown a lot of success with it beyond the original target group of patients it was originally designed for who were fighting various types of skin cancer.

Hopefully all this will come together in the right way and she can have some semblance of normalcy for awhile.

Review: "The Grid: A Jon Cantrell Thriller (A Jon Cantrell Thriller Book 3)" by Harry Hunsicker

This third thriller in the series (The Contractors and Shadow Boys) finds Jon Cantrell away from Dallas and down the road to the south about a hundred miles. Now, a few months after recent events, he is the relatively new Sheriff Jonathan Cantrell of Peterson County. Located in the Waco area, the county has
various businesses including a private run for profit prison. It also has an out of control deputy wanted for drug abuse, beating on his wife (currently in the hospital recovering from broken ribs, a cracked orbital socket, and other injuries), as well as some other legal issues. When found the man isn’t going to go peacefully.

Jon Cantrell got his job thanks to his checkered past and some connections he has made over the years. All of that is about to haunt him again when Price Anderson shows up. These days he is head of security for Sudamento. They own a third of the electric power plants in Texas including at least one in the immediate area. Based on the two area wide power failures in the last 90 minutes during this clear and hot day, they have a problem.

A problem that Jon Cantrell wants no part of as his current job is a chance at new start and some stability in his life. He has plenty to deal with privately regarding Piper and their new baby, not to mention the situation involving the deputy. Before Cantrell could get the deputy into custody he got himself murdered. Cantrell probably even saw the suspect leaving the scene at a nearby motel. None of that matters to the multiple tentacles of Federal Law Enforcement that insist he must become fully involved in the apparent attack on the power grid. He could refuse as this is America after all, but they have plenty of leverage that can be bought to bear to make his life unbearable.

The Grid: A Jon Cantrell Thriller is another good one that shifts in point of view from Jon, to the killer, and a few others at various points in the complex three hundred plus page read. Frequently graphic in terms of violence and sexual content, Cantrell works multiple investigations that span significant sections of the state. Neither situation is easily solved which makes for quite the read in The Grid: A Jon Cantrell Thriller. 

The Grid: A Jon Cantrell Thriller
Harry Hunsicker
Thomas & Mercer (Amazon)
ISBN# 978-1477827659
Paperback (also available in audio and e-book forms)
330 Pages

Material supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015