March 2016 Blog Posts (28)

Review: "Resume Speed" by Lawrence Block

Resume Speed by Lawrence Block is a quirky stand-alone novella. The stranger with little more than the clothes on his back gets off the bus in the small town of Cross Creek, Montana after seeing a help wanted sign in a local diner. He goes by the name Bill Thompson. He keeps to himself and slowly begins a quiet…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 29, 2016 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Review: "The Ehrengraf Fandango" by Lawrence Block

The Ehrengraf Fandango is the twelfth short story featuring the lawyer Martian H. Ehrengraf. He has a small room at his home reserved for attorney-client meetings. The room is a bit reminiscent of such a room at a police station as both the table and the chairs are bolted to the floor. The surroundings lean…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 29, 2016 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Review: "Gunfire Ridge: Bodie Kendrick Series Book 4" by Wayne D. Dundee

Gunfire Ridge is the fourth installment of the Bodie Kendrick Bounty Hunter Series. It opens with Kendrick in the company of a soiled dove in the town of Ford’s Bottom. The quiet is disturbed by the pounding on their room door, followed by threats, and very soon gunfire. When the lead stops flying and the dust has settled a bit town marshal, Cotton Mayhew, makes it clear that the bounty hunter has…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 29, 2016 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Review: "A Knife In The Back: A Case for Professor Sally Good" by Bill Crider

A Knife In The Back: A Case for Professor Sally Good by Bill Crider is the second one in the series following Murder Is An Art.  Head of the English and Fine Arts of Hughes Community College located between Houston and Galveston, Dr. Sally Good she is still trying to live down her reputation for solving the recent murder case. Her plan is to focus on student essays and dealing with the daily various…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 29, 2016 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Review: "Antler Dust" by Mark Stevens

Allison Coil came out to Colorado’s Flat Top wilderness to leave memories of death and destruction behind. Which is somewhat ironic since her new chosen profession was to be a hunting guide where she would routinely see death. The concept of death and what death means has become an almost constant companion while she seeks solace in the beautiful Colorado Mountains and the local area known as Ripplecreek. Hunting guides aren’t a rarity in the mountains but being a woman she stands out and…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 21, 2016 at 12:51am — No Comments

NOW IN PAPERBACK - JULIA'S ROOM

 Suspense Thriller - Never go into that room. At Amazon.…

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Added by William Wilde on March 15, 2016 at 2:30am — 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 March 12, 2016 at 2:43am — No Comments

New Novel !!1

Well, I've had my head down for over a year now. New hip and now my new novel - MEMPHIS BAR-B-KREWE is complete with a printing date of April 1, 2016 by Knox Vegas Publishing. I'm stoked!!!

Added by William Morris on March 11, 2016 at 4:25am — No Comments

MALCOLM MACKAY - ANATOMY OF A HIT (2013)

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Glasgow hitman Frank MacLeod is approached by an old associate. A shady accountant for a rival criminal organisation, Eric Holly wants Frank to arrange a meeting with his own boss Peter Jamieson. In return for Jamieson's protection - for both him…
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Added by Colman on March 10, 2016 at 6:59pm — No Comments

GUEST POST: Understanding Mitochondrial DNA with D.P. Lyle

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I’m absolutely delighted to have D.P. Lyle on my blog today! He’s an amazing writer, doctor, and forensic expert. I had the honor and opportunity to serve with him on a panel at Bouchercon 2014 to talk about forensics and the real CSI. I highly recommend that any writer, or anyone for that matter, who wants to incorporate anything about crime scene investigation and forensics into their stories to check out: Forensics for Dummies 2nd…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on March 10, 2016 at 5:02am — No Comments

Getting Away with Murder: 4 Infamous Cases

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With murder, comes the inevitable feeling of tragedy and outrage. But, sometimes, the tragedy of the actual heinous act is overshadowed by the outrage of a great injustice. That is, when a murderer is not held accountable for their actions, and is set free to wreak havoc once again.

How does a murderer escape the…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on March 10, 2016 at 5:01am — No Comments

MAX ALLAN COLLINS - QUARRY'S LIST (1976)

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Killer-for-hire Quarry is trying to lie low when he gets a midnight visit from two other gunmen sent by an old associate. Someone wants Quarry off the scene--for keeps. Back in print, this early crime novel by the author of The Road to Perdition shows once again that…
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Added by Colman on March 9, 2016 at 6:37pm — No Comments

BILL PRONZINI - SCATTERSHOT (1982)

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Business is booming for Nameless; he's started in on three new cases in one week. But every single one of them turns bad some way. In the first, a husband disappears from a car that Nameless has been following. In the second, a woman is mysteriously…
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Added by Colman on March 8, 2016 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Review: "Where It Hurts: A Novel" by Reed Farrel Coleman

Retired Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy is living a dead existence. Alive, barely functioning, and deep in a well of painful memories that has destroyed his marriage, his relationships, and nearly him. He has been that way since his son died. Divorced, he drives a courtesy van at night for The Paragon Hotel of …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 2:38am — No Comments

Review: "Favorite Kills" from the Top Suspense Group

The anthology Top Suspense: Favorite Kills features 12 very strong suspense tales. Assembled and published in 2011 by Top Suspense Group the short stories are ones that were previously published in various places. Due to their length as short stories one can’t go into too much detail…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 2:12am — No Comments

Review: "Thuglit: Issue 21" Editors Todd Robinson, Allison Glassgow, and Julie Mccarron

Thuglit: Issue 21 continues the anthology tradition of hard hitting noir stories. Eight new stories that tell tales of folks living on the edges doing what needs to be done due to compulsion or  to survive. Of course, since these are short stories, it is not possible to say much as to do otherwise…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 1:12am — No Comments

Review: "A Judgement In Stone" by Ruth Rendell

We know from the first line of Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement In Stone who did the crime. Eunice Parchman killed the Cloverdale family. We know from the second line of the compelling book the reason why she did it. But, that reason is far more complicated than described. Yet, at the same time, it…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

MAX ALLAN COLLINS - SCRATCH FEVER (1982)

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Return of a femme fatale. Beautiful, homicidal Julie has one lethal solution for every problem. And now Nolan and his sometime sidekick Jon have gotten on Julie's "problem" list. If a pair of out-of-town hitmen can't do the job, Julie will do it herself. Said the…
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Added by Colman on March 7, 2016 at 8:02pm — No Comments

NOREEN AYRES - THE JUAN DOE MURDERS (2000)

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“Tough, hip, visceral and lusty.” – Kirkus Reviews
 
Someone is killing illegal, Hispanic immigrants and leaving their bodies strewn like trash across Orange County, the playground of Southern California’s…
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Added by Colman on March 6, 2016 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Angels Burning by Tawni O'Dell

Could a book get much better than this? I was glued to the seat of my reading chair, I didn't want to miss a second of this whodunit. 

Chief of Police, Dove Carnahan is called out to a brutal crime scene of a young girl. She knows she's over her head on this case so she calls in State Police CID Investigator Nolan for assistance. I fell in love with Chief Dove when she's out in this no…

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Added by sheryl jeffries on March 6, 2016 at 1:39pm — No Comments

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