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From The Alexander Steele Murder Mystery Series

Who murdered Mrs. Matthews and Sam the poolboy?  Find out Wednesday.

Suspects

Mr. Matthews (Husband)

Kitty (Sitter in-law)

The Cook

The Groundskeeper

The Maid

The Chauffeur…

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Added by Larry J on September 22, 2014 at 12:42am — No Comments

Fitness Writing, Part VI

Form I really enjoy the forms of the American Taekwondo Association. The white belt form has 18 moves and you work yourself up to 81 moves for the first degree black belt form. White belt starts with some very basic moves, punch, front and side kicks, low, high, and middle blocks, and a knifehand strike (karate chop). Each form thereafter introduces a new move or combination move with some extra turns, and so…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on September 19, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Review: "Nasty" by Bret R. Wright

Private Detective Ignatius Jepson goes by the name of Nate. On the mean streets of Seattle he is known as “Nasty.” It is not a nickname he likes, but considering the way he earned it, that nickname isn’t going to be something he will ever get rid of easily. Things don’t come easy to Nate and the way his latest case arrives won’t be easy either.

 

 It was early in the morning a couple of hours before dawn and Nate was on a secluded beach contemplating the meaning of life. More…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 13, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Fitness Writing, Part V

biking My first bike was a 5-speed Schwinn. The gear shift was in the middle with a big black knob on the end. Banana-type seat. Later, I had a ten speed which I outgrew. In Oskaloosa, I had, for a short time, a three speed several decades old, complete with a headlight. Unfortunately, I kept it in the laundry room and someone stole it. Now I have a ten speed that is just a bit small for me, but it…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on September 13, 2014 at 12:03am — No Comments

Hardboiled is No More

I've just had a story published in "Hardboiled."  Unfortunately it is their last issue after almost 25 years of publication.

Some great stories by some great writers, many of whom went on to be very successful authors.  Gary Lovisi did an outstanding job as editor/publisher through the years.

The magazine will be missed!

Added by Jed Power on September 10, 2014 at 8:55am — No Comments

Fitness Writing, Part IV

Running I went out for track in both junior high and high school. I never placed in any of my races. I went out for basketball as a junior in high school but the first warm up made my legs hurt for three days.

I'm not a fast runner but I've built up the endurance through taekwondo and through persistence.

I break down my running exercises into two categories. Intervals and…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on September 5, 2014 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Review: "Alive Into Hell: A Collection Of Crime Stories" by BJ Bourg

If you have read the author’s fiction before you are aware that betrayal is a theme found in many of his works. Such is the case here in Alive Into Hell: A Collection Of Crime  Stories. All twenty stories have been previously published in a variety of platforms both print and electronic. It also happens that all of them are good ones while also very frequently packing a hard punch to the gut.

 

The book opens with the signature story “Alive Into Hell” where…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 5, 2014 at 12:31am — No Comments

Review: "The Bone Orchard" by Paul Doiron

It is late May and Mike Bowditch has recently done what some in the Maine Warden Service have long wanted---he quit. These days he is working as a fishing guide. That decision had many consequences some of which were obvious and some that were not. One of the not so obvious ones, at least to Mike, was the fact that he wasn’t available when his friend and mentor Sargent Kathy Frost needed him the most. Instead, she was with a rookie officer when dealing with the call about a troubled veteran…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on August 31, 2014 at 1:32am — No Comments

Vandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales

Vandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales includes four spine-tingling young adult tales of horror and suspense from the Vandals Series by bestselling author R. Barri Flowers. In each gripping story, teen vandals are left to deal with the frightening consequences…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on August 30, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

Murdered in the Man Cave (A Riley Reed Cozy Mystery)

Murdered in the Man Cave is a cozy mystery novel by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.

 

In the first book of this exciting new cozy series, Riley Reed has a popular blog offering advice on home décor and renovation and does part-time consulting work in…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on August 30, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Fitness Writing, Part III

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We now return this blog to its regularly scheduled program. lol

This was my main thrust at the Sisters in Crime meeting. I discussed my fitness regimen, how I workout. Then I related those workouts to writing. So, let's spend a few weeks on just this aspect.

I discussed my workout regimen in that I have a lottery system that determines what I do from day to day (or day to…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on August 29, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

MURDER BEACH MYSTERY REVIEWS - Hot New Mystery/Crime Novels Upcoming For Fall

 Look for these new Fall 2014 Mystery/Crime titles by big name authors. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com   

Added by William Wilde on August 25, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments

Tide of Death, the first in the DI Andy Horton Series on Special Kindle Deal from 23-26 August Only

Tide of Death introduces the enigmatic DI Andy Horton, whose patch is Portsmouth and the Solent area on the South Coast of England. The action opens on a foggy August Bank Holiday and to mark the occasion Tide of Death is on a special offer on Amazon Kindle for August Bank Holiday, only 23 - 26 August. So if you haven't met Andy Horton yet here's your…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on August 22, 2014 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Review: "The Night Searchers: A Sharon McCone Mystery" by Marcia Muller

It’s March when the husband and wife first meet private detective Sharon McCone in her San Francisco office. Young and seemingly doing okay financially speaking the young couple owns a condo in one of the better local areas known as Russian Hill. While Jay Givens is sure his wife Camilla thinks she saw something he is also sure that it is all in her head. Camilla insists that it happened and while Sharon may agree with the husband’s assessment she does not like his attitude or his…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on August 17, 2014 at 2:48am — No Comments

Fitness Writing, Part II

I think of Means as part of the cop phrase, “The suspect had means, motive, and opportunity.” I take it and revise it just a bit so that Means includes preparation, opportunity, and follow up.

prepare pic Preparation

When it comes to fitness, you have to prepare for the workout. This includes cardio work to get the heart pumping. Proper warmup starts with cardio. You need the heart going and…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on August 15, 2014 at 8:09pm — No Comments

My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell

Recently, I was asked to write about where I write and why. That got me thinking…so here are my thoughts.

My home office is, I suppose, a bundle of contradictions.

First of all, it is small.

It’s only half the size of my husband’s home office. I’m kind of like the wife who drives a…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on August 14, 2014 at 3:16am — 6 Comments

The Suffocating Sea only £1.99 or $3.34 on Amazon Kindle until 31 August

The third in the DI Horton series (currently eleven) set on the South Coast of England in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight is on a special Kindle offer for August only £1.99 or $3.34.

As Horton is forced to confront his past he's faced with a dangerous adversary who will stop at…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on August 13, 2014 at 2:51am — No Comments

Murdered in the Man Cave (A Riley Reed Cozy Mystery) by R. Barri Flowers

Murdered in the Man Cave is a cozy mystery novel by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.

 

In the first book of this exciting new cozy series, Riley Reed has a popular blog offering advice on home décor and renovation and does part-time consulting work in…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on August 12, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments

Review: "Ruin Falls: A Novel" by Jenny Miclhman

A vacation can highlight the strain inside a marriage. The simple thing at home in the normal confines becomes a bit more problematic out on the road. Throw in the stress of taking two small children on the road and that strain is increased. Liz Daniels knew that there were some issues in her marriage to Paul even if she never fully acknowledged them. Minor control stuff and usually she could find a work around to deal with it without anything turning into a major problem. Much harder to…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on August 11, 2014 at 11:48pm — No Comments

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