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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.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 6, 2015 at 7:05am — No Comments

To Lie or Not To Lie

liedetector Years ago I had an interview with a police department for a forensic position.  I had already been fingerprinted, interviewed by the supervisor, had an in-depth background meeting with the background investigators trying to catch me in a lie from my thirty plus page application of my background, and the investigator even visited my home.  I still wasn’t done with the interview process yet! …

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Added by Jennifer Chase on July 4, 2015 at 3:24am — No Comments

The New Face of Crime

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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”   ~ Walt Whitman

The ability of law enforcement to maintain order has always depended on its capacity to outmatch the technological advancements of society’s underbelly. From the early days of systematic photography,…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on July 4, 2015 at 3:22am — No Comments

BritCrime Festival Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of BritCrime’s first free online crime fiction festival, 11-13 July, I have teamed up with BritCrime authors to give away one fabulous prize.

Visit my blog, Fictionophile to enter.

You could win a gift bundle of ten print books, including new…

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Added by Lynne LeGrow on July 3, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

Review of CHARLIE MARTZ by Elmore Leonard.

Early unpublished stories by crime fiction icon. At Murder Beach Mystery Reviews. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com

Added by William Wilde on July 3, 2015 at 4:12am — No Comments

Review: "The Guns Of Vedauwoo (Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Series Book Six)" by Wayne D. Dundee

Having delivered prisoner Luther Hyatt back to Cheyenne, U. S. Deputy Marshal Cash Laramie is looking forward to some time off. After putting up with the foul piece of human garbage known as Luther Hyatt for three very long days on the trail, Cash has plans for a bath, food and booze, and quite possibly some time with Lenora Wilkes. Unfortunately, Chief Marshal Devon Penn has other plans for Cash.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 28, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

Review: "See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery" by Larry D. Sweazy

Living on a farm in Stark County, North Dakota in July of 1964 is hard, but it isn’t winter and that helps a little bit. Things are harder for Marjorie Trumaine than most because she is trying to manage it all pretty much by herself. It has been that way since her husband, Hank, had his hunting accident that left him blind and paralyzed. He spends his days, except for a rare trip away from home, lying in their bed unable to care for himself or the farm they both love.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 27, 2015 at 11:34pm — No Comments

KAT GORDON - THE ARTIFICIAL ANATOMY OF PARKS (2015)

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At twenty-one, Tallulah Park lives alone in a grimy bedsit. There’s a sink in her bedroom and a strange damp smell that means she wakes up wheezing. Then she gets the call that her father has had a heart attack. Years before, she was being tossed around her…
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Added by Colman on June 26, 2015 at 9:39pm — No Comments

MARK SMITH - THE DEATH OF THE DETECTIVE (1973)

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Mark Smith’s Literary Masterpiece of Crime Fiction.
 
A National Book Award Finalist
 
The blockbuster New York Times bestseller.
 
“Remarkable for both its…
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Added by Colman on June 22, 2015 at 3:26am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 21, 2015 at 11:46pm — No Comments

NATHANAEL WEST - A COOL MILLION (THE DISMANTLING OF LEMUEL PITKIN ) (1934)

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In this book, Nathanael West, a great American satirist, nearly laughs the Horatio Alger myth to death. Like many an Alger, Lemuel Pitkin leaves his home on the farm to seek his fortune in the Big City. By the time he is through, he has been robbed, bilked, thrown in…
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Added by Colman on June 20, 2015 at 6:25pm — No Comments

PAUL J. HEALD - DEATH IN EDEN (2014)

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He wanted to do research, but what he ended up with was a murder investigation--murder deep within the porn industry. Desperate to complete the last chapter of his law thesis on workplace dynamics for women to secure his tenure, Professor Stanley…
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Added by Colman on June 19, 2015 at 8:47pm — No Comments

GARRET HOLMS - GRANT OF IMMUNITY (2014)

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WHEN EVIL HIDES BEHIND A BADGE, NO ONE IS SAFE ....
It’s 1976, Los Angeles. Sarah Collins, a young mother of two, is brutally raped and murdered at the Hollywood Reservoir. For nineteen years, the murder remains unsolved and the…
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Added by Colman on June 18, 2015 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Review: "Gathering Prey" by John Sandford

The latest in a long series from author John Sandford, Gathering Prey opens with Skye and Henry befriending Letty, the adopted daughter of Lucas and Weather Davenport. Letty knows very quickly that Skye and Henry are part of a group known as “Travelers” and spends some time with them learning about how they move around the country. Their lifestyle is far away from Letty’s life as a student at Stanford.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 18, 2015 at 12:15am — No Comments

Review: "Mangrove Bayou: A Troy Adam Mangrove Bayou Mystery" by Stephen Morrill

Troy Adam most recently left the Tampa PD in less than ideal circumstances. This June morning he is in the small town of Mangrove Bayou located somewhere south of Naples on the Gulf coast. Summer has come to Florida and Troy Adam has come to interview for the job of police chief. Of course, they don’t call it that. They call it the “Director of Public Safety” even though that is not quite what the sign on his door reads after it was vandalized a little bit.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 17, 2015 at 11:47pm — No Comments

EDWARD FREELAND - ADAPT (2015)

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Daniel O'Neal lives a very normal life. He drives a bus for a living in a sleepy English countryside town, and enjoys the mediocrity of his daily routine. But on a trip to London, while enjoying a quiet drink with a friend, he notices a code of numbers on his mobile phone…
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Added by Colman on June 17, 2015 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Review: "Dry Bones: A Longmire Mystery" by Craig Johnson

The place known as “Lone Elk” covers 10,000 acres in Absaroka Country, Wyoming. The landscape in May is dotted with blooming beauty and the scents are heavy in the air. Heavy in the water in one of the ponds at Lone Elk is a body that Omar Rhodes has found. Wealthy beyond all means, Omar likes his toys as well as to hunt and fish. This day he was on Lone Elk fishing as he had the permission of the family.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 16, 2015 at 1:29am — No Comments

Review: "It Doesn't Take A Genius" by Kate Thornton

According to the author’s forward, the editor refused to include the short story It Doesn’t Take A Genius in the short story collection Inhuman Condition because of its “graphic subject matter.”  For those who read a lot of crime or non-cozy mystery stories  the so called “graphic subject matter” is really not that graphic at all and certainly not at all disturbing.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 16, 2015 at 1:18am — No Comments

Review of FINDERS, KEEPERS By Stephen King

A dark crime tale. MURDER BEACH MYSTERY REVIEWS. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com/

Added by William Wilde on June 15, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 8, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

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