Friday, February 23, 2018

Finally Home

Finally home as we had to run a couple of errands after we got our physicals done. Pending bloodwork, both Scott and I are doing okay. Thankfully, based on my primary care doctor's assessment, my congestive heart failure does not seem to have gotten any worse since he saw me about 14 months ago. I still have to have a physical at the cardiologist and go through their more extensive testing, but things seem to be relatively stable.

He is very concerned about the stress and grief I am under with losing both my Mom and Sandi last year and everything else I have been dealing with during the last year. At this point, time is the only relief I am going to get from the grief and that will not be anytime soon. We discussed in depth where I am at and how I am dealing with things (or not as the case may be) and he assures me that I am where I should be three months later today. He did stress that if my emotional state gets worse than it is, he wants me to call and come in for help. I have promised to do that.

So, at this point, we await the test results, but nothing is currently indicating any new issues. Just glad that today is over.

Physicals

By the time this post appears, Scott and I will be at our primary care physician having physicals. Something neither one of us likes as it is. As a cardiac patient, I go into these things as it is scared that EKG will freak folks out and suddenly I will be in an ambulance dealing with an issue.

Today will be much harder than normal as we are forced to talk about Sandi as our primary doctor had known her since 1980 and cared about her tremendously. It is 12 weeks as of today and I cry every time I talk about it or think about it.

This is going to be hell.

FFB Review: Map Of Murder: Original Stories of Mystery and Suspense Edited by Susan Budavari and Suzanne Flaig

For this final Friday of February, I blew the dust off this review and decided to run it again today.  More reading suggestions can be found today at the blog of Todd Mason.


Originally published in early 2007, Map Of Murder: Original Stories of Mystery and Suspense anthology showcases murder at various locations across the country. Edited by Susan Budavari and Suzanne Flaig, each story is complex and interesting as the involved authors took the mission concept in different ways. Of course, it really isn’t possible to go into any depth about any of the stories without ruining the story for the reader. Suffice it to say, there isn’t a bad one in the bunch and each weaves its own spell. With 20 stories involved, hopefully the ones I have chosen below will reflect accurately the scope and breadth of this engrossing anthology.

In Robert L. Iles’ story “Fast Eddie”, Eddie has a plan. Help the young female traveler store her luggage at the Vegas bus terminal and then lift it from the storage locker later. He’s a small hustler and thief who get far more than he thought when he grabbed the suitcase.

We have all had those days where one bad thing happens after another. So has a Vegas show girl named “Stella” in “An Off Day” by S. J. Smith. You will get a kick out of this one.

Frank Zafiro brings the border country near El Paso alive “In the Shadow of El Paso.” A beautiful bartender causes problems and pulls a lawman along a journey of love, hate, desperation and despair. This is a powerful story and one that packs quite a punch.

Another favorite, and not just because it is set on the Texas Gulf Coast, is Carole Kilgore’s “Bunuelos for the Beach.” Pete is dead, Gina is heartbroken at the death of her friend and Detective Cantu is on the case.

Heading east and north and a few stories later, readers find themselves deep in the Smoky Mountains in Deborah J. Ledford’s “Smoky Mountain Inquest”. The middle of the night makes for the best time to detect and it is a salvation for Edgar Marconi working a case in the Swain County Sheriff’s Department substation. Heavily atmospheric with a complex character I would like to see more of, this is an excellent inclusion.

No one really wants to find a body. Especially, early in the morning, which is what happens to Sarah in “Death at the Dumpster” by Suzanne Flaig. Good thing a cop is close to help her as the cop is married to her best friend, Marie. Too bad she quickly becomes a suspect.

Beth Groundwater weaves a twisting tale up into the Colorado Mountains in her tale “The Murder Cache.” When you are a good parent, there isn’t anything you won’t do for your child.

Having read and enjoyed Simon Wood’s work before, I was pleased to note his inclusion in this anthology. His story “Prove It” is well worth it and involves a con having to prove what he did on the outside to stay alive in San Quentin.

This anthology also includes stories by Kris Neri, R. L. Coffield, Alan M. Petrillo, Larry D. Sweazy, Dean Wagner and Debi McKay, Judy Starbuck, Robin Merrill, Susan Budavari, Nancy Nielson Redd, Connie Flynn, Rachelle N. Yeaman and Sybil Yeaman and last but not least John Randall Williams. While each story occurs in a different location, each story features complex characters involved in complex cases that lead the reader through a delightful tale. The result is an excellent crisscross trail across America full of murder, deceit, and betrayal.



Map Of Murder: Original Stories of Mystery and Suspense
Editors: Susan Budavari and Suzanne Flaig
Red Coyote Press
www.redcoyotepress.com
ISBN# 0-9766733-3-9
ARC



Material provided by the publisher in exchange for my objective review.



Kevin R. Tipple © 2007, 2010, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Writer Beware: HOW THE INTERNET ARCHIVE INFRINGED MY COPYRIGHTS AND THEN (KIND OF) BLEW ME OFF

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The Onion: Essential Oils: Myth vs. Fact

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Maine Crime Writers: Fact, Fiction, Moral Imperatives, and Jen’s New Book

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Crime Time : STALLION GATE – Martin Cruz Smith

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Something Is Going To Happen Blog: IN REMEMBRANCE

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In Reference To Murder Blog: Mystery Melange for 2/22/18

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Only days left to win books by Kathi Daley, Lena Gregory, Livia Washburn, Libby Klein, Caroline Fardig & more from KRL

Only days left to win a copy of "Fifth Night" by Kathi Daley http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/fifth-night-by-kathi-daley/


And to win a copy of "Clairvoyant and Present Danger" by Lena Gregory, & while there check out an interesting with Lena http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/clairvoyant-and-present-danger-by-lena-gregory/

Also to win a copy of "Baker's Deadly Dozen" by Livia J Washburn http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/bakers-deadly-dozen-by-livia-j-washburn/

And to win a copy of "Death Below the Stairs" by Jennifer Ashley http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/death-below-stairs-by-jennifer-ashley/

And to win a copy of "Class Reunions Are Murder" by Libby Klein http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/class-reunions-are-murder-by-libby-klein/

Also to win a copy of "Better Dead" by Pamela Kopfler http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/better-dead-by-pamela-kopfler/


And on KRL News & Reviews, only days left to win a copy giveaway of "An Eye for an Eye" by Caroline Fardig & while there check out a bit from Caroline about what it's like switching back and forth between cozies and suspense http://www.krlnews.com/2018/02/an-eye-for-eye-by-caroline-fardig.html


And to win a copy of "Aria to Death" by Nupur Tustin


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A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: MYSTERY/CRIME DUO!

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Guest Post: Jeanne and Treadmill Books: Vintage Toyshop Mystery series by Barbara Early

Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library is back this week with her latest in her Treadmill Book Review series. Even before starting this series of columns last May she had reviewed a lot of books here. You can find her other reviews here by using the search function here on the blog.


Treadmill Books: Vintage Toyshop Mystery series by Barbara Early

When Liz McCall found out her father had opened a vintage toyshop, she had mixed emotions.  On the one hand, she was happy he had purpose again after having to retire from the police force after an injury.  On the other hand… a toy shop?  Sure, the whole family had loved toys and games, but her father has put all his savings into this venture and there’s a good chance it won’t succeed.

Things only get worse when a man who had been trying to sell her father some vintage toys is found murdered inside the shop.  And unfortunately, it appears her father might have had something to do with his death.

That’s the set up for the first book in the series, Death of a Toy Soldier. Like many first in series books, this one is designed to introduce characters and setting and as such, can drag a bit at times.  Liz’s father, Hank, loves puns and the first book is peppered with them.  I enjoy puns, but it got a bit much at times.  The puns are still present but toned down in the second book. Liz also has the cozy standard two boyfriends she is trying to choose between, one of whom is (of course) a policeman. 

The vintage toys make an enjoyable backdrop.  Of course to those of a Certain Age, the toys named are fond childhood memories. . . or memories of their own children’s childhoods.  Interesting bits of history and toy valuation are thrown in with the nostalgia. 

While the first book didn’t wow me, I had read one of Early’s other series (Bridal Shop Bouquet Mysteries, written under the name Beverly Allen) and thought the series delightful after a similarly slow start. 

History seems to be repeating itself, because once again I found the second installment, Murder on the Toy Town Express, was better paced and generally more entertaining.  The author seems more comfortable with both setting and characters, making the latter more likeable for me. The primary setting for the second book was a toy/train/comic book show where Liz and Hank were hawking their wares alongside a neighboring shop owner—an annoying and abrasive man who, in good cozy fashion,  has “Potential Victim” written all over him. There were some nice twists and turns in the plot, and there are indications that the two boyfriend paradox may come to an end. (I base this on Liz’s awareness of the situation, not the teaser bit at the end of the book.)  I find I’ll be looking forward to Death of a Russian Doll, due out in October 2018.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spinetingler Magazine Fiction: Making Herself Useful by Linda Rodriguez

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SFWA: 2017 Nebula Award Finalists Announced!

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Relevant History: The Colonial Origins of Ethnographic Museums

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Reade and Write Blog: Guest Blogger: John Lindermuth

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A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: A PIRATE AT PEMBROKE

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Do Some Damage Blog: Slaughterhouse Blues

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Mystery Fanfare: CRIME SEEN: What to Watch Where? by Kate Derie

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Crime Watch: Review: ROBICHEAUX

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Thomas Pluck Reviews: Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

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In Reference To Murder Blog: Media Murder for Monday 2/19/18

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: We’ll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers for 2/19/18

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TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 2/19-25

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Dead Letters by Jane Haddam

Dead Letters by Orania Papazoglou writing as Jane Haddam is her first mystery featuring Georgia Xenakis, a New York City investigative journalist who returned to her hometown of Canfield in Connecticut to care for her ailing mother. Georgia found work teaching English in a for-profit college and managed to write a freelance article here and there to maintain her foothold in the New York journalism scene.


The failure of a local investment fund several years earlier still has everyone talking, not least because Jeff Laramie, who ran the investment fund, was killed shortly afterwards. His wife Margaret stood trial for his murder but was acquitted. She is living as a recluse across the street from Georgia while everyone in town believes she should be in jail. In the meantime no one is trying to find the real murderer.


The book opens just before Christmas, about a week after the funeral of Georgia’s mother. Georgia is still coming to terms with the huge change in her personal circumstances while the college administrators are demanding that she reverse the failing grade she gave the son of the town’s First Selectman. Since the grade was based on a paper taken verbatim from a Smithsonian journal, Georgia thinks the student should be expelled. The college administrators are more interested in revenue than ethics, however, and a painful meeting with the student, his father, and the college administration ensues.


After the meeting Georgia walks away from the university distracted and upset and ends up in a deserted subdivision of empty houses, their previous owners victims to the economic downturn. She finds an abandoned dog and searching for the dog’s owners, she stumbles onto the strangled body of her neighbor Margaret Laramie, whom Georgia just saw a few hours earlier across town.


The labyrinthine plot with multiple threads is exactly what I expect from the author of the Gregor Demarkian series. The diverse cast of characters is vividly delineated with their human frailty on full display. They include the new police chief, former head of Homicide in the Charlottesville, NC, police department, whom the First Selectman hired because he assumed a Southerner could be pushed around; the pair of childhood friends who grew up on the same street with Georgia and became the town gossips; and the free spirit owner of a coffee shop who runs a dog and cat rescue. The focus of Georgia’s suspicion bounces around like a pinball machine, and the perpetrator turns out to be someone I didn’t consider for a minute.


There are a number of enjoyable scenes. I particularly liked the bit where Georgia decides to respond to the neighborhood critics who have complained about her lack of holiday decor over the years by putting up the most tasteless display she can quickly assemble, a la Peter Shandy. Then the gossipy friends decide that the crime scene tape and police seals on a house do not apply to them and they break in to check things out, after which the police chief arrests them and they spend the night in jail. And on and on.


I look forward to seeing Georgia’s next adventure.


The occasional typo was jarring. I hope the Kindle version is corrected and a new one released.




·         File Size: 1933 KB
·         Print Length: 426 pages
·         Publication Date: January 9, 2018
·         Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
·         Language: English
·         ASIN: B078XJWW1C



Aubrey Hamilton © 2018
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Web Writer Spotlight: New York Judge Says Embedded Tweets Violate Copyrights by Alexis Davis

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KRL This Week Update for 2/17/18

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Fifth Night" by Kathi Daley http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/fifth-night-by-kathi-daley/

And a review & giveaway of "Clairvoyant and Present Danger" by Lena Gregory, along with an interesting with Lena http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/clairvoyant-and-present-danger-by-lena-gregory/

Also a review & giveaway of "Baker's Deadly Dozen" by Livia J Washburn http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/bakers-deadly-dozen-by-livia-j-washburn/

And a review & giveaway of "Death Below the Stairs" by Jennifer Ashley http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/death-below-stairs-by-jennifer-ashley/

We also have a review & giveaway of "Class Reunions Are Murder" by Libby Klein http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/class-reunions-are-murder-by-libby-klein/

And a review and giveaway "Better Dead" by Pamela Kopfler http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/better-dead-by-pamela-kopfler/

We also have a mystery short story by Gary R. Hoffman http://kingsriverlife.com/02/17/mumfords-museum-mystery-short-story/

And up on KRL News & Reviews today a review & giveaway of "An Eye for an Eye" by Caroline Fardig and a bit from Caroline about what it's like switching back and forth between cozies and suspense http://www.krlnews.com/2018/02/an-eye-for-eye-by-caroline-fardig.html

And a review & giveaway of "Aria to Death" by Nupur Tustin
Happy reading,
Lorie


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Jacob's First Visit


Pouring rain here....which fits my mood. It was 11 weeks ago yesterday....I miss her so much. The picture below came up today on the --on this day--deal over on Facebook. It was a year ago today that our grandson, Jacob Ryan Tipple, came for his first visit.