Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bushwhackers, Desperadoes, and a Damsel in Distress: “Lone Star Fury” by James Reasoner

Derringers Find Their Targets

Derringers Find Their Targets

Agatha Short Story Nominees

Agatha Short Story Nominees

2015 Derringer Award Results

2015 Derringer Award Results

Mystery Readers Journal Market Call--- Food Mysteries

The next issue of Mystery Readers Journal will focus on Murder on the Menu: Food Mysteries. I’m looking for author! author! essays. 500-1500 words, first person, unclose and personal, about yourself, your mysteries and the ‘food’ connection. Think of it as chatting with friends and other writers in the cafe or bar. Add a 2-3 sentence tagline/bio and title. Deadline: April 10. Please send me a note off-digest if you’d like to be included. 

Feel free to send this to writers you’d like included.

Thanks,

Janet


Janet Rudolph, Editor, Mystery Readers Journal
www.mysteryreaders.org 
www.mysteryfanfare.com
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Review: "Li’l Tom and the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau: The Case of the Parrots Desaparecidos" by Angela Crider Neary

Li’l Tom is a kitten that is doing pretty good for himself these days as he heads up the elite Pussyfoot Detective Bureau of Telegraph Hill located in San Francisco. The hill is a great place to have a business as well as his residence because there are so many places to hide and do cat things. Because
the humans of the San Francisco Police Department aren’t interested, the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau helps animals with their problems such as missing rubber toys, catnip traffickers, and more. For Li’l Tom dodging dogs and noisy dive bombing feral parrots is hard enough, but there is M’Cavity who is definitely the bad cat of the neighborhood.

Named for his very bad teeth, M’Cavity likes to mess with Li’l Tom. Fortunately, M’Cavity missed out on eating the latest client of the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau. The offices located in a lower section of steps near the sub-basement storage area of the Malloch Building are not exactly where any self-respecting parrot would go unless he had to do so. But, according to the Lovely Lola, Li’l Tom’s assistant, the bird sitting outside in the tree is waiting for him.

While the only reason to tolerate a parrot is as a snack, Li’l Tom takes all clients.  Promising not to eat the parrot and getting the parrot to agree not to peck or claw him, Li’l Tom and the parrot sit down for a meeting. The parrot, Guillermo, wants their help to find his missing sister, Judit who has been gone three days. He is highly agitated with worry and as a result much louder in his vocalizations which is not a good thing since parrots are pretty loud naturally.  Guillermo says somebody had to have taken her from the cage she lives in with Alan, Jamie, and Guillermo. Their home is located one of the houses up the hill. Apparently was taken during the night just a few days ago. 



While she is a pretty strait laced bird, she did have some shady friends. She may be missing because she was flying around with some blue-crowned birds that were a bad influence on her. Those birds are trouble as they stay out late and sip up stale beer from puddles outside nearby bars and even hang out with the notorious M’Cavity among other things.  But, they may not be at fault as something or someone else could have caused her to vanish. Guillermo want her found and is willing to pay in the way Lil Tom likes best – Tender Vittles.


It is a case of mystery and deceit that will lead Li’l Tom, Lola, and a couple of animal companions to Chinatown and back in search of not just Judit as well as a number of other missing parrots. This cute and very clever book spins a tale that appeals to children as well as adults familiar with classic mysteries. That along with some humor and observations about humans and animals make Li’l Tom and the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau: The Case of the Parrots Desaparecidos a fun and mighty good read from Angela Crider Neary. 



Li’l Tom and the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau: The Case of the Parrots Desaparecidos
Angela Crider Neary
Tornado Alley Publications (imprint of Prairie Rose Publications)
February 2015
ISBN # 978-0692355640
Print (e-book available)
172 Pages
$9.99


PDF review copy was supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cinderella 2015

Cinderella 2015

Book Marketing Kung Fu vs. Telemarketing Tae Kwon Do

Book Marketing Kung Fu vs. Telemarketing Tae Kwon Do

5 Incredible Debut Novels

5 Incredible Debut Novels

Dreamlands – Chapter 11

Dreamlands – Chapter 11

A Killing at Cotton Hill: Terry Shames

A Killing at Cotton Hill: Terry Shames

Sandi Update

Back home and her blood work was okay. She got her shot and nothing more as everything was still fairly stable. Next appointment is Thursday.

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

Author and Friend Mark Troy and the BP MS 150 - Houston to Austin

Author and Friend Mark Troy and the BP MS 150 - Houston to Austin

Monday With Kaye: "Catch Me" by Lisa Gardner (Reviewed by Kaye George)

This week for “Monday With Kaye” the subject is CATCH ME by Lisa Gardner. Please welcome back Kaye George……


“Catch Me” by Lisa Gardner

             Gardner’s long time readers will know that she doesn't shy away from tough themes. And this is a tough one. My upfront warning is that this novel deals with pedophiles and their victims, as well as some graphic parental abuse. But I’ll immediately follow that with the opinion that this is an excellent read, a psychological thriller as well as a police procedural, done in Gardner’s usual excellent style.


The prologue plunges the reader into the lives of two girls coping admirably with their mentally unhinged mother. Then we’re whisked into the future and the life of twenty-eight-year-old Charlie (Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant), whose best friend was murdered two years ago on the 21st of January. One year ago, on the same date, her other best friend was also murdered. The three girls were inseparable as children, after Charlie was sent to live with her Aunt Nancy as a young girl. Charlie figures that, since it’s now the 17th, she’ll be murdered, too. She doesn’t know why, or how to prevent it, but wants the serial killer to at least be caught and punished. So she contacts the person she deems best suited to catch the killer, Boston Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren.

D.D. is dealing with her new baby, Jack, who doesn’t sleep much, and with moving into Alex’s tiny suburban ranch house. Alex, a crime scene expert and the father of Jack, wants to marry D.D., but she’s not ready to make that commitment. To add stress to her already precarious life, her parents are coming for a visit in two days. She’s also trying to track down the killer of a series of pedophiles.

Charlie, a 911 operator, leads us, holding our breath, through some tense emergency calls. The police don’t discount her weird request, to find her killer after she’s dead, since she’s on their team.

The author admits to terrifying herself as well as her reader, but she lightens the sometimes-grim mood with flashes of brilliant humor. I was terrified, breathless, and hanging on every word as I read this book.



Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Choke, for Suspense Magazine

 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 28 Issue of RTE

The March 28 2015  issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:
http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com

Plus

Michael Kahn in the 'Sixty seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:

http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/interviews.html?id=199



Reviews this week:

THE STRANGER    Harlan Coben     Reviewed by Sharon Mensing   
A stranger arrives to give away closely held secrets, and danger and murder follow.

HUSH HUSH        Laura Lippman         Reviewed by Barbara Fister       
Tess Monaghan isn't so sure she wants the job her friend Tyner Gray is urging her to take: evaluating the security of a woman who killed her baby and has returned to Baltimore to reconnect with her surviving daughters

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW      Elizabeth de Mariaffi     Reviewed by Cathy Downs
A young female reporter investigates a series of murders of adolescent girls, beginning with the abduction of a girlhood friend.

THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS      Kate Rhodes    Reviewed by Sharon Mensing   
Alice Quentin, psychologist, must face a criminally insane child killer to help save a young girl who has been kidnapped in North London.

THE WHITES    Harry Brandt     Reviewed by Barbara Fister       
A group of police officers get together to remember their "whites," the ones that got away, the ones they can't stop trying to solve.

THE BEAT GOES ON        Ian Rankin    Reviewed by Jim Napier           
A wide-ranging collection of tales spanning Rebus's career showcases both his strong character and the moody atmosphere of Edinburgh.

THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS    Robert Glinski    Reviewed by Phyllis Onstad   
A tale of criminal rivalry in Philadelphia when the Polish mob has to defend its territory after a leadership change within the Italian criminal underworld

INVISIBLE CITY    Julia Dahl    Reviewed by    Yvonne Klein       
A young reporter for a New York tabloid investigates the death of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman and finds out more than she had anticipated about her own past.

ASYLUM     Jeannette de Beauvoir    Reviewed by Nicole Leclerc   
Four brutally murdered women are found to be connected to a dark secret dating back to the 1950s when children born out of wedlock were confined to orphanages and asylums and shockingly mistreated and even killed.

ARCHIE IN THE CROSSHAIRS    Robert Goldsborough   Reviewed by PJ Coldren
Somebody takes a shot at Archie Goodwin; he and Nero Wolfe are determined to find the person before Archie gets killed.

INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD    David Morrell     Reviewed by Meredith Frazier
Thomas de Quincey and his daughter Emily help Scotland Yard detectives solve a series of gruesome murders that reach through the upper echelons of Victorian England’s elite and threaten the queen herself.

ALPHABET HOUSE (Audio)     Jussi Adler-Olsen Reviewed by Karla Jay   
World War II British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young are shot down over Germany and decide to hide out in a ward for shell-shocked patients, only to discover that some of them are malingerers, or worse

GAME OF MIRRORS Andrea Camilleri    Reviewed by Diana Borse       
Two bombs explode next to empty warehouses, perhaps targeting a local drug lord, but as Inspector Montalbano tries to find and apprehend the criminals a beautiful woman sets her sights on seducing him and the more he learns the less things make any sense at all.  Then the murders start

MONDAY'S LIE    Jamie Mason        Reviewed by Christine Zibas       
The secrets and spycraft taught to a young girl by her mother lay the pathway to safety for a woman whose husband begins acting strangely.

We post more than 900 new reviews a year -- all of them are archived on the site -- as well as a new interview with a top author every issue.


Yvonne Klein
Editor: ymk@reviewingtheevidence.com

The 10 Commandments of Highly Productive Professional Writers

The 10 Commandments of Highly Productive Professional Writers

Gold Medal Corner -- John McPartland by Bill Crider

Gold Medal Corner -- John McPartland by Bill Crider

Welcome Spring! Say Hello to Flowers and Medicinal Plants that You Can Grow and Use!

Welcome Spring! Say Hello to Flowers and Medicinal Plants that You Can Grow and Use!

THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES by Lawrence Block

THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES by Lawrence Block

Ed Gorman's blog: Gravetapping: "The Hell-Bound Train" by Robert Bloch

Ed Gorman's blog: Gravetapping: "The Hell-Bound Train" by Robert Bloch

Veterans Administration Delays Due to Recent Technology Upgrade

Veterans Administration Delays Due to Recent Technology Upgrade

SJWG March Blogfest

SJWG March Blogfest

Saturday, March 28, 2015

KRL This Week Update

If you love mysteries and you love food, don't miss this review & giveaway of "The Cozy Cookbook" up in Kings River Life Magazine​ this morning http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/the-cozy-cookbookmore-than-100-recipes-from-todays-bestselling-mystery-authors/

Also up,​ an Easter short story with a bit of a mystery twist by Nancy Brewka-Clark http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/bubble-bubble-tulips-are-trouble-an-easter-mystery-short-story/

We also have​ a review & giveaway of "Horse of a Different Killer" by Laura Morrigan, along with a fun animal related guest post from Laura http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/horse-of-a-different-killer-by-laura-morrigan/

And​ the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier​, along with a chance to win books from Tracy Weber​ and Lucy Arlington​ http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/coming-attractions-no-april-showers-edition/

We also have​ reviews & giveaways of 4 more mysteries from Penguin authors-"Suspendered Sentence" by Laura Bradford​, "Ladle to the Grave" by Connie Archer​, "Murder She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed" by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, and "Assault and Pepper": A Spice Shop Mystery by Leslie Budewitz​ http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/more-march-penguin-mysteries/

And we have​ a fun article by Terry Ambrose about Scottish mystery writers, from Arthur Conan Doyle to Catriona McPherson​ along with a fun video interview with Catriona http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/scottish-mystery-writers/

For our fantasy readers we have​ a review & giveaway of the new fantasy novel by Patricia Briggs, "Dead Heat" http://kingsriverlife.com/03/28/dead-heat-by-patricia-briggs/
Happy reading,
Lorie

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Free short stories on the WEB

Free short stories on the WEB

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: New Story at Beat to a Pulp

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: New Story at Beat to a Pulp: LastExit : LAST EXIT Chris Leek

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

Kiwi crime: FINAL RETRIBUTION by Nettie Cox

Kiwi crime: FINAL RETRIBUTION by Nettie Cox

Documents Confirm: Lincoln Would Have Been Dead By Now Anyway

Documents Confirm: Lincoln Would Have Been Dead By Now Anyway

Kill and Pray (Requiescant) 1967

Kill and Pray (Requiescant) 1967

Making of a Monster: Guest Post by Simon Wood

Making of a Monster: Guest Post by Simon Wood

Lesa's Latest Contest--- Ghostly giveaways

This week, I'm giving away copies of Carolyn Hart's Ghost Wanted and Paige Shelton's If Catfish Had Nine Lives. Details on my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please. Lesa


Lesa Holstine 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Finds for Writers

Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and The Wild West: Forgotten Books: THE LINKS - and - THE RETURN OF T...

Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and The Wild West: Forgotten Books: THE LINKS - and - THE RETURN OF T...: The Continental Op (short for Continental operative) has done a lot of returning. After making his debut in the story "Arson Plus&qu...

Chemo--Round 4:Part 2 Done

Second day of chemo is in the books and Sandi had a very hard time with it. This was, without a doubt, her worst one ever since all this began in 2011. She is home, in bed, and sleeping.


Judging Books by Gayle Trent

Judging Books by Gayle Trent

Jake Hinkson's Arkansas noir

“The Strand” Shows Its Hand

“The Strand” Shows Its Hand

FFB Review: "Murder In Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery" by Bill Crider

The days go by and once again it is Friday. That means it is time for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. This week Evan Lewis is collecting the links at his Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery where he also has an excerpt from his short story The Continental Opposite which can be found in the May edition of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM).

Patti might be doing it this week or might not. I never saw an update on her blog as to what was happening. Even if she isn’t she will have the link to the designated link gatherer and I will fix this late Friday after we get home from Sandi’s chemo.

By the way---- I don’t say it enough---thank you all for your thoughts and prayers here on the blog, by e-mail, and elsewhere across cyberspace. Sandi is having a very hard time with this chemotherapy  and it really helps all of us to know so many folks are keeping her in their thoughts. We really do appreciate it.

This week I thought I would run one of my old ones from way back on a series that you must read. Not only is Bill Crider a class act and a wonderful human being, he is a mighty  talented author. Murder in Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery is one of many installments in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series --as you no doubt figured out from the title---and is well worth your time as are all the other ones.


Like many of us, Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows he really can't sing and doesn't need some guy on a certain TV show to tell him. As a sheriff, Dan Rhodes is asked to join just about every group in Blacklin County. Most of the invitations he declines and he has every intention of declining the current invitation to join the barbershop chorus. Hack, the dispatcher, counsels otherwise and points out that it would help come election time.

The next election is more than a year out so Rhodes isn't worried about that. Elections are a sore spot with Rhodes anyway and he is more than a little tired of folks threatening him with their vote if he doesn't do things the way they want. Something that happens soon enough in the latest in the series along with a death.

Maybe the director of the barbershop chorus, Lyold Berry, wasn't interested in Rhodes singing. Maybe Lloyd Berry was hoping that if Rhodes joined the chorus, Berry would have some protection. Certainly his floral shop wasn't safe as that was where he was found dead behind the counter with his head bashed in. Proably due to the heavy metal wrench next to the body. Solving the case requires Rhodes full attention, but the frequent sightings of a naked man outside the local attorney's office, the chicken eating alligator, and a host of other things will fight for attention as well. That, and the constant reminders, like the drumbeat of the approaching storm, of the fact that the next election is coming.

On one end of the spectrum, you have Joe Landsale and his vision of East Texas. A vision of a landscape frequently populated by human beings full of violence, guile and twisted character. In his work there is a sense of the gothic coupled with a living breathing evil that many graphically and willingly embrace.

At the other end, you have the Dan Rhodes series by Bill Crider. A vision of East Texas where most are hardworking honest folks trying to do the right thing. A vision where occasionally, somebody slips up and kills somebody, but they never really meant to do it. It just happened and usually the victim bears some responsibility for his or her demise. And Rhodes just keeps asking questions until he catches the killer in one lie too many.

While both visions of East Texas have a lot of truth in them, Crider is doing for East Texas what Philip Craig did for Martha's Vineyard and Steven F. Havill has done for Posadas County, New Mexico. Unlike Havill who changed his series several novels ago by making his signature sheriff Bill Gastner nothing more than a minor player, Crider has kept Rhodes front and center in a series that consistently delivers a good read. You can't ask for more than that.


Murder in Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery
Bill Crider
http://www.billcrider.com
Thomas Dunne Books/Minotaur (St. Martin's Publishing Group)
http://www.thomasdunnebooks.com
February 2009
ISBN# 0-312-38674-0
Hardback
279 Pages



This book was provided by the good folks of the Plano, Texas Library System.  Please support your local library. They work to help keep people like me sane. Right now they and a lot of authors are working serious overtime.


Kevin R. Tipple © 2009, 2015


BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD: A DAN RHODES MYSTERY is scheduled to be released on August 11, 2015.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Do Some Damage: Guest post - Tom Pitts - The Novella is Dead

Do Some Damage: Guest post - Tom Pitts - The Novella is Dead

Chemo--Round 4: Part One-- Done

Sandi's blood work was really good today so she was able to start this round of chemo. She will have the rest tomorrow.

Next Monday we go back for the blood work, doc visit, and shot routine.

7 big changes coming to Facebook

7 big changes coming to Facebook

Review: POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard

Review: POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard

The Petrona Award 2015

The Petrona Award 2015

'Love & Crime' at St Hilda's Crime and Mystery Weekend

'Love & Crime' at St Hilda's Crime and Mystery Weekend

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Slay a Gremlin

How to Slay a Gremlin

Four Lies Book Publicists Will Tell You

Four Lies Book Publicists Will Tell You

Only 99 Cents for THE DEPUTY by Victor Gischler AND LOTS MORE

I very much enjoyed THE DEPUTY by Victor Gischler way back in July 2010 when I reviewed it here. For today and I don't know how much longer a digital copy is only 99 cents if you use the code DHS25 at Tyrus Books.


UPDATE--- More info from Ben Leroy as posted on Facebook:


Everything we've ever published by Reed Farrel Coleman is being featured as part of our March Madness sale today. $.99 ebooks when you use discount code "DHS25" The sale also includes Craig McDonald's EL GAVILAN and Victor Gischler's THE DEPUTY.

THIRTEEN books for you. If you wanted all of them, you could make that happen for less than $13. Who loves you? I love you.

http://www.adamsmediastore.com/tyrus-books

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: It's Never Too Soon to Get Those Orders In

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: It's Never Too Soon to Get Those Orders In: Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries): Bill Crider: 9781250039705: Amazon.com: Books

Making pre-orders work for you by Neil Plakcy

Making pre-orders work for you by Neil Plakcy