Kevin R. Tipple
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Jul 24
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Review: "I Am A Roving Gambler: Two Stories Of The West" by Bill Crider

I Am A Roving Gambler: Two Stories Of The West by Bill Crider features two previously published in the late 90s western short stories. Each tale also features a hero that is, in fact, a roving gambler who will also solve a mystery. A hero that found the intoxicating allure of gambling despite the presence of a preacher father who did a fiery sermon in a booming voice as he rode the circuit in the old west.…See More
Jul 20
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Review: "The Precipice: A Novel" by Paul Doiron

The area known as the “Hundred Mile Wilderness” is some of the most remote land, not just in Maine, but along the entire Appalachian Trail system. Two young women, recent graduates from Pentecost University, who were hiking the entire trail have failed to check in with their families as expected. Hikers that have been hiking the entire system in a trek up from Georgia and were experienced by this point on the trail as well as known to check in on a regular basis. It is September and it has been…See More
Jul 13
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Review: "Shadow In The Pines" by PJ Nunn

Dani Jones left a broken marriage and more behind when she moved to Tyler, Texas. Her new home is a two story log cabin nestled in the woods of East Texas. Not only is she many miles away from the Austin neighborhood and her jerk of a husband, she is finally pursing her dreams starting with grad school at the University of Texas at Tyler.…See More
Jul 12
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Review: "Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery" by Bill Crider

After the events in Dead on the Island private investigator Truman Smith has not been doing much of any investigating. Instead, he has been primarily house painting over on Galveston Island. He is aware that hiding away on the island painting a house here and there does little more than earn him some bucks and passes the time. So, when Fred Benton called and asked him to come about a dead alligator Truman was interested inspite of himself.…See More
Jul 6
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Jun 28
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Review: "The Crime Of Our Lives" by Lawrence Block

Noted crime writer, author, and much more, Lawrence Block avoids writing book reviews. He also prefers to write, if he is going to, about those authors that have departed. He explains why and more in the first section titled “Before We Begin” of The Crime of our Lives. While he won’t write reviews, he will write introductions to books which is what most of this book consists of— many of the various introductions he has written over the years.…See More
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Review: "Blood Sweep" by Steven F. Havill

Sheriff Robert Torrez likes his privacy and is meticulous about what he does. That includes his off duty hours. Some are spent hunting. With permission of the landowner, Miles Waddell, (builder of Nightzone) the good sheriff has been using a portion of his off time to track a herd of antelope. In this case there is not the thrill of the hunt as it is more a scientific operation for him. A chance to…See More
Jun 8
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Review: "The Julius Katz Collection" by Dave Zeltserman

After a forward by author Ed Gorman comparing and contrasting the differences between Julius Katz and Nero Wolf as well as considering how these short stories relate to Dave Zeltserman’s body of crime novels, it is on to the stories in The Julius Katz Collection. If you have never read some of these tales courtesy of his many appearances in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine you are in for a real treat. Even if you have read them before it is always very enjoyable to read them again as well as the…See More
Jun 4
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BSP Sample Sunday: "BURNING QUESTIONS" in "Mind Slices" collection

I rarely promote my own stuff, but today I am making an exception for my story BURNING QUESTIONS. "Honorable Mention"  winner in the 2007 Mysterical-E "Skeletons In The Closet" contest it is one of those deals that blends a mystery with a science fiction element. You can read the excerpt here and I hope you do as…See More
May 25
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Review: "A Scourge Of Vipers: A Mulligan Novel" by Bruce DeSilva

The newspaper The Providence Dispatch is barely hanging on by a thread. A shadow of its former self pretty much in name only it is now owned by a media conglomerate known to all as “General Communications Holdings International” or GCHI. A media conglomerate bent on wringing out every last penny as the bottom line drives everything. Investigative reporter Liam Mulligan is quite possibly the last dinosaur as he is hanging on to his job by a thread. It has been a long time since the Pulitzer…See More
May 16
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Review: "Endangered" by C. J. Box

Life can be fleeting in the mountains of Wyoming and Game Warden Joe Pickett knows that all too well. Humans also have an amazing ability to be incredibly cruel. The most recent example is scattered on the ground around him on an otherwise beautiful mid-March day. Everywhere he looks he sees feathers, blood, shells, and the bodies of at least 21 dead sage grouse. Nearby a few wounded survivors who will not last much longer move around. Known to many as “Prairie Chickens” these helpless birds…See More
May 11
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Review: "Hellboound" by Chester Campbell

The man known to others as Bryce Scott isn’t thrilled about taking the “Lovely Lane Sliver Shadows” bus trip to New Orleans. The possibility of a hurricane that is currently in the West Indies arriving at New Orleans isn’t what concerns him. Not only is he doing to be forced to spend time with other people from a local area church  and talk to them, he is going to be forced into dealing with the very real possibility his cover has been blown.…See More
May 4

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Writer, reader and reviewer along with the occasional editing job.
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Review: "Robert B. Parker’s Kickback: A Spenser Novel" by Ace Atkins

If you are a teen and run afoul of the law in Blackburn, Massachusetts, you are going to experience some bad times out on a rock out in the harbor. According to Sheila Gates, who comes to Spenser on the recommendation of Rita Fiore, her son Dillion Yates was put out there by a local judge. Making a fake twitter account for his vice principal and making some smart aleck tweets got him charged with terrorism, stalking, and making threats against an administrator.…


Posted on July 24, 2015 at 3:17am

Review: "No Dead Body in Sight: A Noah Milano Short Story" by Jochem Vandersteen

The elderly Ms. Albert is not being taken seriously by the police or anyone else because she claims to have found a dead body. She is sure the body was of a dead man, and that he had been shot in the stomach. Unfortunately, by the time she left the beach and returned with the police, the body was gone with no sign of anything. She wants Noah to find out what happened to the body.…


Posted on July 24, 2015 at 2:30am

Review: "The Devil’s Footprints: A Hunter Kincaid Short Story Billy Kring"

Border Patrol Agent Hunter Kincaid has never seen anything like the tracks she is seeing in the Big Bend area of Texas as this short story opens. The tracks are fist sized and don’t show any signs of toes, claws, or anything human or animal. Round and fist sized the tracks are uniformly spaced and show no signs of hesitation or adjusting to the terrain. Whatever it was came across the river and relentlessly marched through and just kept going.…


Posted on July 24, 2015 at 2:20am

Review: "Muddy Waters" by BJ Bourg

The body in the marsh has begun to decompose thanks to the August heat and nature taking its predictable course. The body also matches the description of a missing woman provided by a “Joey Coleman” who filed a report a few days ago. For Detective Rick Patterson and Detective Brandon Wolfe their job to figure out what happened to Mrs. Coleman has just begun.…


Posted on July 24, 2015 at 2:07am

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