Tuesday, January 17, 2017



In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday (01/16/17)

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday (01/16/17)


TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 1/16-22!: Bookish events in Texas for the week of January 16-22, 2017:  Special Events: 12th Annual MLK Symposium , Dallas, January 16 The Tom Bi...


A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: THE RISE OF MISS NOTLEY BY RACHAEL ANDERSON: The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson To escape an undesirable match, Miss Notley must give up her riches for rags. When M...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Market Call: Deadline Jan. 21 - Seeking original crime poetry

As you may know, I run the Five-Two weekly crime poetry site,
 https://poemsoncrime.blogspot.com/ I'm currently seeking two more 
original poems to fit the February 2017 theme of love gone wrong/crimes 
of passion.

There is no monetary payment, but all contributors receive a 
complimentary copy of the annual poetry ebook where their work appears. 
If you're up to doing a reading of your poem by audio file or phone, 
your voice will be featured on the poem's companion YouTube video. 
Alternatively, I can have a volunteer record for you.

Each poem post includes a bio where you can promote your stories, books,
and websites. I'm open to first-time poets. You may find, as I do, that
some ideas that don't fit well into stories make excellent poems. 
Writing poems may also help you see your ideas from different angles, 
helping you with stories you're working on.

The deadline to submit for the February theme is Saturday, January 21, but general submissions are always open:


Thanks for your consideration. I look forward to reading your poems.

Gerald So

KRL This Week Update for 1/14/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "The Ghosts of Misty Hollow"
by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Also a review & giveaway of "Third Time's a Crime" by Diana Orgain

And we have a review & giveaway of "The Elusive Elixir" by Gigi Pandian and
an interesting guest post by Gigi about the story behind the book

We also have a review & giveaway of a fun pet related mystery, "Custom
Baked Murder" by Liz Mugavero

And a review & giveaway of a fun new food mystery, "Pop Goes the
Murder" by Kristi
Abbott http://kingsriverlife.com/01/14/pop-goes-the-murder-by-kristi-abbott/

We also have a review of the 10th season of the "Murdoch Mysteries" on
Acorn TV http://kingsriverlife.com/01/14/murdoch-mysteries-season-10/

And a mystery short story by Guy Belleranti

Over on KRL Lite we have a review & giveaway of "River City Dead" by Nancy
G West and published by Henery Press

Happy reading,

Lesa's Latest Contest: This week's giveaway - Cleland & Castillo

This week, I'm giving away copies of Jane K. Cleland's Glow of Death & Linda Castillo's Her Last Breath. Details on my blog, http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine

Sandi Update

Sandi had an appointment this morning for labs and a visit with her cancer doctor. Thankfully, everything with her seems to be really good right now.  We go back in a month.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Mom

My Mom stepped off this mortal plane of existence just before three this afternoon. It was as peaceful as it possibly could have been. I choose to believe she is now with my Dad as she has so desperately wanted since he passed nearly five years ago.

Friday, January 13, 2017

It has been a really BAD Week

This has been one really bad week....except for one very good thing. Our son, Karl, and his wife, Amy, welcomed their son, Jacob Ryan, to the world yesterday afternoon. So, we are now grandparents which is a fairly amazing thing. Baby is one month early and over six pounds with a full head of hair. Everybody involved is doing well.

And now to the worst of the bad stuff that has happened this week .....

As those who follow my blog know, I said I was offline and dealing with a major family situation. After I and my out of state brother were unable to get my Mom on the phone Monday evening, Scott and  I went to her house. Around 11 pm I found her on the kitchen floor and she had clearly had a stroke. Dallas Fire Rescue came and were simply wonderful with me as well as my Mom.

Mom has had a major stroke and the prognosis is pretty bad. Near as I can tell by the phone messages on her answering machine, she was down at least 13 hours if not longer. That means the damage to a large section of the right side of her brain is not reversible. Her neurologist gently walked me through the visual record via MRI so I could understand the reality of the situation. She is now experiencing brain swelling and additional hemorrhaging so she is she is gradually getting worse. Everyone involved with her care is doing everything they possibly can, but some things just can't be stopped. I am braced as well as possible for what seems to be, at this point, inevitable.

If that was not enough, while coming home from her hospital yesterday, I had a car accident. I am more sore than normal and in new places this morning, but I think I will be okay. My car is probably totaled though that is not official from the insurance company yet. Sandi was exhausted after going to the hospital to see Mom the day before so she was not in the car with me yesterday. That was a very good thing as the front seat passenger door is now in the car having massively buckled in as I was hit from the side. Most of the right side of the car is buckled in. So severely it took multiple efforts to get the glove box open for the proof of insurance, etc. for the Plano police and other parties. Amazingly, the airbags, including the door side airbags did not trigger. I do, however, have the front license plate of the other car as it is crammed into the buckled metal of my car.

The other driver was not hurt. His car was a bit better off than mine and he was able to drive away when all was said and done. The Plano PD officer was a huge help as was the wrecker driver that was dispatched to deal with me and the car.

All I can say is that I have really had enough.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


While both Sandi and Scott are fine, I am dealing with a very serious family situation. Since I am not the only person affected by what has happened, I can't talk about it publicly. I will check my email when I can so please be very patient if you are waiting for a response.

Monday, January 09, 2017

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday, January 9, 2017

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday, January 9, 2017

George Weir, Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery (Words & Music Blog)

George Weir, Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery  (Words & Music Blog)

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil...

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil...: Reviewed by Jeanne The subtitle to this book is “A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds,” and that does give ...


TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR January 9-...: Bookish events in Texas for the week of January 9-15, 2017:  Special Events: Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend , Nacogdoches, January 12-...

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 1-8-17

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 1-8-17

Sunday, January 08, 2017

RTE for January 7, 2017

The January 07 2017  issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:

Ashley Weaver in the 'Sixty seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:        

We also present the year end lists of the editor's favourite books and the reviewers' favourite reviews for 2016


BLACK WIDOW            Christopher Brookmyre     Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

THE TRESPASSER            Tana French            Reviewed by Jim Napier

BEYOND THE TRUTH          Anne Holt            Reviewed by Barbara Fister

DEATH AT ST. VEDAST        Mary Lawrence         Reviewed by Meredith Frazier

THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS     Catriona McPherson         Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

LAMENT FOR BONNIE        Anne Emery            Reviewed by Susan Hoover   

ASH ISLAND                Barry Maitland         Reviewed by Anne Corey   

AN UNSETTLING CRIME        Terry Shames            Reviewed by Diana Borse

DIFFERENT CLASS            Joanne Harris            Reviewed by Diana Borse

SHE STOPPED FOR DEATH        Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli     Reviewed by PJ Coldren

PRECIOUS AND GRACE        Alexander McCall Smith    Reviewed by Nicole Leclerc

FICKLE                Peter Manus            Reviewed by Christine Zibas

BRONX REQUIEM            John Clarkson            Reviewed by Susan Hoover

THE MARRIAGE LIE            Kimberly Belle            Reviewed by Sharon Mensing

PLAID AND PLAGIARISM        Molly MacRae            Reviewed by PJ Coldren

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 Five-Two: Deadine January 21: Poems about Crimes of Passion,...

The Five-Two: Deadine January 21: Poems about Crimes of Passion,...: I'm seeking two more unpublished poems for our February 2017 Valentine's/passion/love theme. Aside from the theme, the usual guideli...

19th Annual Preditors & Editors / Critters Readers Poll--Best Review Site

Again in this year, this blog (Kevin's Corner) is listed for consideration in the review site category. If you think we are worthy, we would very much appreciate your vote.

The review sites are listed in alphabetical order which means this blog is about halfway down the review site page.


After you vote, you have to follow the directions on the confirmation email to validate your vote. You also have the option of adding a comment for all to see after your vote has been confirmed.

On behalf of Barry, Earl, Jeanne, Kaye George, Judy Penz Sheluk, Larry W. Chavis, and all the other many people who consistently contribute to the blog and tolerate my madness, we thank you!