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Review: "Herbie's Diner" by L. Joseph Shosty

While Herbie isn’t around these days, the diner with his name is still in business forty miles south of Sacramento, California. It is a good location if you don’t want to work much during the off season as hardly anybody comes by on that lonely stretch of road. For private detective John Harwood, it is hard to be undercover and part of the back ground when your face has been used on bill boards and you are just about the only other customer in the diner.


That is except for…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 25, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Review: "JAMES 516" by BJ Bourg

For most folks it was a calm Tuesday in Magnolia Parrish in southern Louisiana. For a few others, such as the unlucky folks who worked at the First Gold Bank it has been an hour plus of sheer terror on this mid-August day. A man walked in, robbed the place, and then attempted to leave only to be stopped by the first police officer dispatched to the scene as a result of a teller hitting the silent alarm. The bank robber fired a shot at the officer and missed before retreating back into the…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 25, 2015 at 1:41am — No Comments

Adult Truth #16

#16I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.”

I don't frequent bars. I'm not a beer drinker. Now, this isn't to say I haven't imbibed and if you ask the right friends, they'll tell you tales of times when I've, uh, well...let's just say I overindulged a bit. However, this brings up an…


Added by Stephen Brayton on January 23, 2015 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Goodreads Giveaway

Looking for a chance to win a free copy of my latest Grace deHaviland novel?

Here it is. Goodreads ‪#‎Giveaway‬…


Added by David DeLee on January 21, 2015 at 3:17am — No Comments

EMPTY ROOMS is here!

Nothing but 5-star reviews for Empty Rooms (the first book in the Krebbs and Robey Casefiles--get in on the ground floor), and praise from giants of thriller writing!

Michael Connelly said, "Empty Rooms is a searing, no-holds barred journey into darkness. Jeffrey J. Mariotte knows the key is character, character, character and has delivered a story about men who relentlessly work the case at the same time the case works them. I was pulled in from the start on this one and it…


Added by Jeffrey J. Mariotte on January 18, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Chapters - III

C03On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food.”

Well, then bring along some Fritos.


Last time I talked about my basic day-to-day schedule, but my eating schedule has also changed since the move. I've been trying (somewhat successfully) to be more aware of what I eat. Trying to cut back on the carbs and…


Added by Stephen Brayton on January 16, 2015 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments


Things haven't been going well for Charlie Miner. His work as a private investigator involves him with an endless roster of shady characters. His ex-wife is borderline crazy. And he hasn't been getting to spend anywhere near enough time with his teenage daughter Mindy, the…

Added by Colman on January 13, 2015 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Catch Repeat of Author R. Barri Flowers Tonight on Snapped Killer Couples


If you missed premiere, catch #bestselling #true #crime #writer @RBarriFlowers #appearance on Oxygen’s #Snapped: Killer Couples: Charlene and Gerald Gallego – tonight, Jan 11th at 8 p.m. EST/ PST.



Added by R. Barri Flowers on January 12, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Review: "Effective Immediately" by Evan Ronan

It has been four months of mind numbingly boring work since Morale Was Down. Nothing remarkable has gone on as things have been their usual daily boring routine. Avoid as much work as possible and stay out of the eyes of the bosses is still the basic plan and it works. Today is Friday and that means, unsurprisingly, that reports are down. Reports are always down on Fridays.…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 11, 2015 at 1:43am — No Comments

Review: "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" by Gail Farrelly

8 pm and working on a broken sink in “Carl’s Car Repair Shop” isn’t a lot of fun. It is New Year’s Eve which makes the job on the industrial sink a little bit harder. At the same time with a little girl and a spouse waiting at home at least the hefty fee makes it all worth it.


Everything is…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 9, 2015 at 2:08am — No Comments

SHOW ME - Suspense Thriller

$.99 at Kindle! A woman's foolish public flashing stunt turns her life into a nightmare.…


Added by William Wilde on January 8, 2015 at 3:41am — No Comments

January TV Appearance on Oxygen's Killer Couples

Catch #bestselling #true #crime #writer @RBarriFlowers #Interview on Season 4, Episode 6 of #Snapped: Killer Couples: Charlene and Gerald Gallego – premieres on Sunday, January 4th 2015  at 9 p.m. EST and PST. 

Moreover, you can watch…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on January 3, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Killer Connection: A Hawaii Mystery Novelette

From award winning crime writer R. Barri Flowers and bestselling author of the Murder in Hawaii Mysteries comes a gripping Maui mystery suspense novelette, Killer Connection.


Honolulu fashion designer Kiyoshi Yoshida had just gone through the worst year of her life after…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on January 3, 2015 at 2:28am — No Comments

Review: "The Burning Room" by Michael Connelly

The end is near for LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. He has less than a year to the end of his career and isn’t sure what the future holds. His latest case in the Open-Unsolved Unit (cold cases) features a victim who just died though he was shot over ten years ago. The bullet that ripped into Orlando Merced that fateful day did not kill him outright. Instead it lodged into his spinal column making him a paraplegic and a repeat customer of the medical system.


He also became a…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 3, 2015 at 1:50am — No Comments

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolution pic I entitled this post 'New Year's Resolutions' for a simple reason: I don't make any. I used to but made progress on them for only about a week or so, then fell back into old habits. You know, the old standards: more exercise, watch the diet, quit smoking. Whoops, well, I can't claim I ever made a resolution to quit smoking since I never started.

I've been thinking about the end of…


Added by Stephen Brayton on January 3, 2015 at 12:42am — No Comments

Mass Movement interview with Mitzi Szereto

Check out my recent interview all about how my literary career got started in "It Ruined My Life" in the latest edition of Mass Movement! (page 25)

Added by Mitzi Szereto on December 30, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Review: "Jack Hardway's Crime Magazine-- Vol. 1 Issue 1" edited by Jack Hardway

The first issue of Jack Hardway’s Crime Magazine is an intriguing mix of short stories, music, a video, and a novel. The novel is Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliot Chase. I previously reviewed Jack’s version and highly recommend it if you have not read it.


The audio recording is the 1945 broadcast of…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 30, 2014 at 1:34am — No Comments

6 Give-aways over at Kings River Life

What to do with all those Amazon/B&N gift cards you received from Santa? Here's a few suggestions:

For more books you can win, go to the Mystery Rat Maze and click on the various books being reviewed. Instructions for entering the contest at the end of the article. Contests run to next Saturday, Jan. 3.…


Added by Sunny Frazier on December 28, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments


Discipline I chose this accompanying picture specifically because I don't like pushups. Never have. I don't have the strength to do many pushups because of my right arm.

For those who aren't familiar with my story, let me share. When I was a baby I fell out of bed. I was ill and the infection settled in my ankle and elbow. The ER nurse told my parents that I was crying just to get attention. (Dad, to this…


Added by Stephen Brayton on December 26, 2014 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Christie for Christmas

Here's a seasonal Agatha reading list

Added by Malcolm Noble on December 25, 2014 at 8:24pm — No Comments

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