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Review: "The Girl Who Wanted To Be Sherlock Holmes" by Bill Crider

As a junior at Harry Whittington high School, Ralph Markley, has enough going on every day without any complications.  Things have enough a tendency to happen to him and he gets blamed a lot.  It really isn’t his fault. He just is in the wrong place at the wrong time and because of that gets blamed for stuff.

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on October 1, 2014 at 12:41am — No Comments

Review: "A Werewolf Named Wayne" by Bill Crider

Readers who have read A Vampire Named Fred are well aware that Hermie and Al helped Fred and his assistant, Carl, with a couple of issues. While Kermit felt it wasn’t easy being green, being a vampire in these times of extreme prejudice caused by bogus Hollywood movies isn’t easy. Not to mention the fact that cats don’t like vampires and will come by the hundreds to the home and yowl in the yard. Neighbors don’t like that sort of thing.

Thanks to…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2014 at 5:40am — No Comments

Review: "A Case Of Noir" by Paul D. Brazill

A Case of Noir by Paul D. Brazil takes readers on a dark and twisted road through five chapters. Even though each one is a fairly contained short story, the five chapters link together to form a complex tale featuring Luke Case.

Except his name isn’t really Luke Case. Not…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2014 at 4:53am — No Comments

Review: "Piano Man" by Bill Crider

Originally published in the excellent anthology, On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir, Bill Crider’s very good and very dark tale “Piano Man” is now available as a short story. Somewhere near Fort Laramie in the year 1880 there sits a place known as the “Bad Dog Saloon.” It is the home for a man who forsook nearly everything else because of the booze. He is known as…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2014 at 3:07am — No Comments

Review: "Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel" by Lee Child

Jack Reacher was on the west coast when it happened. A sniper, loose in Paris, took a shot at the President of France. The shot was fired from 1400 yards out by someone on an apartment balcony. Some kind of new glass held saving the life of the politician. As the situation was investigated and the reality of just how difficult a shot it was to pull off a list of potential snipers with that kind of skill level was drawn up by those who should know.

It has been determined that…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2014 at 1:34am — No Comments

Fitness Writing, Part VII

Motive pic One day in August of 1991, I was uptown and saw the local taekwondo club had a special offer of two weeks' free classes. I'd always been interested in martial arts, so I thought this sounded like a good deal and started classes.

I'd been in Oskaloosa less than a year and soon after starting my job at the radio station I joined the local community theatre group. I had been acting in plays since…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on September 26, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Review: "A Vampire Named Fred" by Bill Crider

The very run down house next door had been on the market for about 15 years when it finally sold. Al, who is 12, loved exploring the old place, but his mom worried about rotted out floors, broken stairs, snakes in the basement, and the bugs and dirt. While his parents would not buy the old place like he wanted them to, at least his Mom never forbade him from going over there.  He had loved going over there and poking around as long as he could remember and often his buddy Hermie went over…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 22, 2014 at 11:56pm — No Comments

Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory and The Sex Slave Murders, comes a powerful new historical true crime short, in eBook and audio: Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on September 22, 2014 at 6:50am — No Comments

The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a powerful new historical true crime short, The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on September 22, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

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

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