Friday, May 25, 2018

Deep South Magazine: 2018 Summer Reading List

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FFB Review: A Little Darling, Dead by Jonathan Escott writing as Jack S. Scott

It was bound to happen sooner or later. This final Friday in May and the start of Memorial Day weekend means the heat is starting to settle in across North Texas. It is only going to get worse for months on end from here. Today also means it is time for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. We have another treat in store as Aubrey Hamilton has offered us her second FFB review after her first of Coffin Corner by Dell Shannon. After you read her review today, go read her other FFB review from last April, and then go make sure you read all the recommendations over at Patti’s blog. Have a great weekend…stay cool and stay safe!



A Little Darling, Dead by Jonathan Escott writing as Jack S. Scott (St. Martins Press, 1986) was one of two mysteries featuring Detective Chief Inspector Peter Parsons, somewhere in central England.  Escott released about 15 police procedurals between 1976 and 1986.
A teenaged girl is found drowned. Still in her school uniform she was clearly on her way home, even if the route was not her usual way to get there. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Parsons looks into the situation, which leans toward a finding of accidental death until a routine search of her room in her respectable home turns up expensive jewelry she could not possibly have afforded. Her friends seem to be withholding information but Parsons and his sidekick Sergeant Wimbush cannot prise their secrets from them.
While mulling all of this over and trying to decide if the case should be closed as the accident it appears to have been, the school is burglarized over a weekend and comprehensively swept clean of anything of value. The school caretaker was known to the police and he was the first person to be asked to help the police with their inquiries. He in turn seeks the support of the local parole officer as well as the alderman who helped him get the caretaker position to begin with. Their subsequent actions make Parsons wonder just what they are up to and when the caretaker is found dead, he has another suspicious death to investigate.
A robust British police procedural by an author not all that well known. The resolution rather galloped toward the end after a somewhat meandering investigation, although perhaps that’s the way events sometime transpire in real life. I was sorry to see there are only two books featuring Chief Inspector Parsons, who is a smart and likeable character. I intend to look up other books by Scott however.


·         Hardcover: 215 pages
·         Publisher: St Martins Press; 1st edition (February 1, 1986)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0312488459
·         ISBN-13: 978-0312488451




Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

New Issue of Crime Review

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (
www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s Christopher Wakling in the Countdown hot seat:

We’re on Twitter at:
Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:

DEAD IF YOU DON’T by Peter James, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
A missing teenager sets Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team of
Brighton cops in a race against the clock.

A BRUSH WITH DEATH by Quintin Jardine, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Bob Skinner is asked by the Security Service to look into the death of a
multi-millionaire boxer.

MURDER AT THE GRAND RAJ PALACE by Vaseem Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Retired police inspector Ashwin Chopra takes on the case of a man found
dead in the Grand Raj Palace hotel, while his wife Poppy is kept busy
seeking a reluctant bride.

ZEN AND THE ART OF MURDER by Oliver Bottini, reviewed by John Cleal
An injured Japanese monk appears in a small Black Forest village. Tracking
the man leads Chief Inspector Louise Boni to an international child sex and
smuggling ring.

THE WOMAN BEFORE ME by Ruth Dugdall, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Ruth Wilks lives inside a prison inside a prison for the manslaughter of a
baby she loved like her own. Cate holds the key to open one door, but only
Rose has the key for the other.

EARTH STORM by Mons Kallentoft, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Detective Malin Fors investigates cases of two opposing voices – the murder
of a right-wing extremist and a missing left-wing teenage activist.

FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by John Lawton, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Frederick Troy, a member of the Metropolitan Police, forms an unlikely
friendship with Guy Burgess, even though he is aware that he is probably a
spy. Burgess's reappearance after his defection to the Soviet Union, puts
Troy in danger.

THE ORPHANS by Annemarie Neary, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Two small children on a beach in North Goa wait for their parents to
return. That was 25 year ago. They are still waiting.

CERTAIN SIGNS THAT YOU ARE DEAD by Torkil Damhaug, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
A badly injured patient vanishes at Akershus University Hospital. The
Iranian porter Arash is blamed as he later finds the body in the basement.
But as the retired pathologist Jenny Plåterud gets involved, things get
messier and more complicated.

THE DEVIL’S CLAW by Lara Dearman, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A young journalist returns home to Guernsey, and when a drowned woman is
found on the beach finds links to other such deaths stretching back over 50
years.

MISS KOPP’S MIDNIGHT CONFESSION by Amy Stewart, reviewed by John Cleal
Constance Kopp, New Jersey’s only female deputy sheriff, faces new
challenges as America prepares to enter the first world war.

THE COST OF LIVING by Rachel Ward, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When a colleague is attacked on her way home, Bea, who works in the same
supermarket, takes an interest in the case.

BLIND DEFENCE by John Fairfax, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Barrister William Benson defends a man accused of the murder of his partner
and finds the case extends beyond simple domestic strife to organised
criminal activity.

SWEETFREAK by Sophie McKenzie, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Carey’s best friend is receiving nasty messages from someone calling
themselves SweetFreak. When Carey is accused of being the perpetrator,
she’s determined to prove her innocence, but the evidence is against her.

WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA by Roxanne Bouchard, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, relocating from Montreal to a seaside
village, is assigned the death of a local woman who sailed home after years
away.

A LESSON IN VIOLENCE By Jordan Harper, reviewed by John Cleal
An 11-year-old girl is unexpectedly reunited with her father, but this is
only the beginning for them.

POTTER’S BOY by Tony Mitton, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The son of the village potter wants to grow up to become a fighter, not a
potter. This is Ryo’s story.

A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Karen drives her car into a lamppost, late at night, in a seedy part of
town, but she cannot remember why she was there. The police are suspicious,
her husband disbelieving, and her best friend is behaving oddly.

STAR OF THE NORTH by DB John, reviewed by John Cleal
A young black Korean-American woman disappears without trace from a South
Korean island. Her twin sister refuses to believe she may be dead and is
herself later recruited by the CIA to find the truth and go undercover into
the world’s most secretive state.

DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Anne Buist, reviewed by Kate Balfour
Natalie, a bipolar clinical psychiatrist who moves to the country for a
quiet life, finds it anything but. She starts to counsel her new boss,
Frank, whose family’s history is very far from normal. Natalie must try to
stop herself from being drawn into their dangerous web.

Best wishes

Sharon
www.crimereview.co.uk

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jerry's House of Everything: FORGOTTEN BOOK: NOT THIS AUGUST

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The Rap Sheet: The Mighty Dozen

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Only days left to win books and more from KRL

Only days left to win a copy of the latest China Bayles mystery, "Queen
Anne's Lace", by Susan Wittig Albert, and while there check out an
interesting guest post by Susan
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/queen-annes-lace-by-susan-wittig-albert/

And to win a copy of "Sixth Cabin" by Kathi Daley
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/sixth-cabin-by-kathi-daley/

Also to win a copy of "Apple Strudel Alibi" by H.Y. Hanna
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/apple-strudel-alibi-by-h-y-hanna/

And to win a copy of "Follow Me" by Angela Clarke along with an interesting
interview with Angela
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/follow-me-by-angela-clarke/

Over on KRL News & Reviews, only days left to win a copy of "Newport Ave."
by Ken Kuhlken
http://www.krlnews.com/2018/05/newport-ave-by-ken-kuhlken.html

Happy reading,
Lorie

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Unlawful Acts: Incident Report No. 42

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In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday 5/21/18

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Review: Texas Two-Step by Michael Pool


Cooper Daniels has come up with a sure fire plan. Take the marijuana he and his buddy, Davis, has grown and processed, stuff it in some furniture, load that furniture and a bunch of other assorted junk into one of those container units, and ship it down to Texas. Let somebody else do the high risk deed of driving the pot across state lines. Legalized pot in Colorado is killing their ability to sell his illegal weed. The market is collapsing around their ears and being the brains of the duo, it is up to Cooper to get them out of their latest problem. A problem made massively worse thanks to a taskforce in Chicago that busted the guy he was going to sell his latest thirty pounds of high quality weed.

Things are changing and Cooper and Daniels are struggling to keep up. The old network is going under thanks to the wave of marijuana legalization sweeping the country. Cooper and Davis aren’t getting the bucks they are used to which is killing their life style. A life style built on concerts, parties, and getting blasted while staying at the best places and having the time of their lives. It has been grand, but they are getting older and things are changing in many ways.

In one last desperate attempt to get a big pay day, Cooper reaches out to an old contact down in Teller County, Texas. Elroy “Sancho” Watts is thrilled to hear from Cooper and is willing to work a deal. Neither Cooper or Davis wants to go back home to their old Texas stomping grounds, but the plan is to get in, do the deal, and get out of Texas as fast as possible and for good reason.

One of the many things they don’t know is that things have changed in a major way in Texas as well. One of those changes is the involvement of a man known to one and all as Bobby Burnell. Known to folks as “Bobby Burnout” for good reason the man is a human disaster zone. Involved in the deal, he as well as Sancho and several other folks are under the watchful eyes of local and state law enforcement. All of this and more means trouble, often at the point of a gun, for all involved.

Published by Down & Out Books, Michael Pool’s latest crime fiction feast, Texas Two-Step is a high octane ride. Shifting through various characters it becomes clear as the read powers towards a deadly confrontation that nearly everyone involved has dirty hands. Some are just a little worse than others.

As he did in other reads, author Michael Pool quickly pulls the reader in to a crime fiction tale populated by complex characters doing their best in their own ways to get through that brings far more trouble than one would expect on the surface when the decision happens.  Texas Two-Step is an intense read that works on every level. Highly recommended.  



Texas Two-Step
Michael Pool
Down & Out Books
2018
ISBN# 978-1-946502-56-8
Paperback (also available in eBook format)
280 Pages
$16.95



Paperback review copy provided by Wiley Saichek of Saichek Publicity for my use to read and review.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2018


Monday, May 21, 2018

Grandparent Time

Today was a treat as my son, Karl, his wife, Amy, and their two sons, Jacob and Justin, came down the long distance from their home in far northern Collin County. This also was my first chance to see Justin, the latest Tipple, who will be five weeks old as of this Thursday. He slept most of the several hours he was here. I did not get a chance to hold him yet as Mom kept a firm grip on him.

Amy and Justin

I did get to hold Jacob a little bit until he got tired of being on Grandpa's lap. He is a high energy boy and likes to move around a lot. But, I did manage to sneak in a few minutes.


Most of the time it was his Dad chasing him and hanging on to him outside the house.



As well as inside the house.


It was a blast. I am also one very tired Grandpa.

Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers for 5/21/18

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Double Wide by Leo W. Banks

Double Wide by Leo W. Banks (Brash Books, 2017) is an entertaining mash-up of unrelated elements (societal dropouts, baseball, gold mines, and economic botany) that add novelty to the usual smuggling along the border of Arizona in this compactly plotted debut. Prospero (Whip) Stark was an up-and-coming pitcher with a professional player contract and a killer fastball when his career crashed beyond salvaging. He retreated to the exquisitely beautiful desert outside Tucson, living more or less off the grid in a trailer and renting a few other trailers to those like him with no particular liking for society. Content with life, Whip comes home after a grocery run to find a shoebox on his front porch and is dismayed to find the severed hand of his friend and catcher from his professional baseball days in it. A short time later he finds the dead body of a stranger within a couple of miles of his trailer community.
Uneasy about the crime wave in his area, he knows he has to figure out what happened to his friend, which brings Whip back to the baseball field where he had his greatest successes. There he meets Roxanne Santa Cruz, a hard-drinking reporter ever on the hunt for a good story and she thinks Whip has one. Their investigation encounters a parade of eccentric characters including a retired professor of botany who has gone on the run with a stripper, the professor’s reclusive mentor who greets visitors with a shotgun and attack dogs, a sleazy sports agent, a naïve teenager with a wild pitch that he thinks is his ticket to fame and fortune, and a machete-toting drug smuggler.
Banks describes Arizona with the enthusiasm and detail of a travel guide. His characters are credible, if unusual. This convoluted and fast-moving story won the 2018 Spur Award for Best First Novel and the 2018 Spur Award for Best Contemporary Western. It was also True West Magazine's Best Western Crime Novel of the Year. I am looking for a sequel featuring at least some of the people introduced here.






·         File Size: 1763 KB
·         Print Length: 352 pages
·         Publisher: Brash Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2017)
·         Publication Date: November 1, 2017
·         ASIN: B074K1MD1H




Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by BJ Bourg is again currently available as a FREE read over at Amazon. I first told you about this one back in April 2016 in my review. This is the first book in the Clint Wolf series and well worth your time. Just go get it!

Amazon Synopsis:

Embattled former detective Clint Wolf is the newly appointed police chief for Mechant Loup, a small swampy town in southeast Louisiana. Usually a quiet town, the tranquility of the place is shattered when a human arm is found in the jowls of an alligator. Once it’s determined the arm belongs to a reputable business owner, the race is on to find the man and figure out what happened to him. Little does Clint know that solving the case could unearth a plot so evil it would go down as the worst event in Louisiana history . . . and he might not live to see it.

(Author's Note: While this book ends on a cliffhanger, the mystery is 100% resolved at the end, and it is a complete novel. The cliffhanger relates to peril--not plot. Book 2 contains a new and separate mystery that is also resolved at the end, and Book 3 wraps up the trilogy with another new and separate mystery.)

(NOTE: Originally published on December 6, 2015 by Amber Quill Press, LLC)

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Lesa's Latest Contest: 1920s Mystery Giveaway

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Necessary Evil & Barbara  Cleverly's Fallen Angels. Details on my blog,
https://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only,
please.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Home

Just got home. Had fun. Exhausted.

Saturday Afternoon

By the time this post appears, I should be on the road to or at Michael Bracken's home for his annual Spring gathering of writers. Michael Bracken and his lovely wife, Temple Walker, host this deal each year. Last year was the first time I was able to go and did so by driving over to Earl's place in Fort Worth where we all met up and then Graham Powell drove us both down.

This year I had decided in the wake of everything that had happened here as well as my own worsening health that I simply was not going. Beyond the fact that my grief makes me hard to be around and I am not good company, driving to Fort Worth was impossible. That got very painfully confirmed on so many levels after driving  a far shorter distance to downtown Dallas for Probate Court back on the 7th when my brother was in town. After that day, I knew without question I wasn't going.

That is until Graham Powell offered to come all the way over here and get me before heading to Earl's place.  Once he has me, we will go get the now three time Derringer winner. Then we will head south for the approximately 100 mile trip down to Bracken's place.

It should be a fun afternoon. And one I will be a part of thanks to Graham.

KRL This Week Update for 5/19/18

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of the latest China Bayles
mystery, "Queen Anne's Lace", by Susan Wittig Albert, along with an
interesting guest post by Susan
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/queen-annes-lace-by-susan-wittig-albert/



Also up a review & giveaway of "Sixth Cabin" by Kathi Daley
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/sixth-cabin-by-kathi-daley/



And an article about some of the noir mysteries of Chris Ould
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/chris-oulds-faroe-island-trilogy-british-noir-with-a-nordic-twist/



We also have a review & giveaway of "Apple Strudel Alibi" by H.Y. Hanna
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/apple-strudel-alibi-by-h-y-hanna/



And a review and giveaway of "Follow Me" by Angela Clarke along with an
interesting interview with Angela
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/follow-me-by-angela-clarke/



We are very pleased to have a mystery short story by Cheryl Hollon, which
features characters from her Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/unmade-in-the-shade-a-mystery-short-story/



And we have a look at the 20th season of Midsomer Murders
http://kingsriverlife.com/05/19/midsomer-murder-season-20-streaming-entertainment/



Up on KRL News and Reviews we have a review & giveaway of "Newport Ave." by Ken
Kuhlken http://www.krlnews.com/2018/05/newport-ave-by-ken-kuhlken.html

Happy reading,
Lorie

DFWCon: The Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference June 9-10, 2018 at Hurst Conference Center

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