December 2014 Blog Posts (22)

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

Review: "Raining Willie & Cranked" by Bill Crider

Karla Ercums claimed the pink amethyst ring on her finger was handed down to her by her grandmother. Drug Cop Ray Tabor is sure the ring is stolen though he can’t prove it. Law enforcement can easily prove she stole other pieces of jewelry while working for Kleen Maid Service. Her actions as a thief as well as her desire for a shorter prison sentence means Tabor can use her as a snitch. In an area where everybody knows everybody else and most folks are related by blood, marriage, or both,…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 25, 2014 at 12:14am — No Comments

Review: "Deadline: A Virgil Flowers Novel" by John Sandford

It begins with missing dogs. The latest victim was Windy Butterfield who had two black labs stolen right out of his kennel. Butterfield knew a guy who knew Virgil and was willing to call him at three in the morning. By the next day Virgil Flowers is on the road to Trippton, Minnesota to see what is what.



Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 23, 2014 at 2:50am — No Comments

Review: "Early Retirement: A Short Story" by Sue Ann Jaffarian

It is approaching Christmas in Los Angeles as Early Retirement begins and Edna Brewer is glad the weather has finally cooled off a bit. Warmer weather helps her arthritis, but there should be a little chill bite to the air this time of year. Having just turned 67 she has convinced her employer, her brother who is named George and a lawyer that it definitely is time for her to retire. For over thirty year she has kept his law office organized and running smoothly despite the…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 23, 2014 at 2:21am — No Comments

DISTORTION, Topselling Texas Mystery on Sale 99 cents US or .77 UK

Distortion by Lucie Smoker

At a 3-chord punk bar, artist Adele Proust slams down a Shiner with her best friend. She wants to forget her ex, but when shouts of “Fire!” send the nightclub into chaos, she ends up stumbling over a slashed-up corpse. The details of that murder scene etch into her memory, then she's yanked away. The nightclub is in… Continue

Added by Lucie Smoker on December 20, 2014 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Review: The Woman in Black by Rene Natan

Having read Susan Hill's horror classic some time ago, the back of my mind considered The Woman in Black as a kind of horror piece; but it's not - it opens with the story of a woman impersonating a call girl to help a detective  solve a mystery that has kept his investigation at arm's length. But her mission is about to become a lot more complicated; not only because a new speech emulation program is enabling her to pull off the switch so far, but because she is also becoming more involved…


Added by Diane Donovan on December 20, 2014 at 2:23am — No Comments

Adult Truth #15

#15I think the freezer deserves a light as well.”

Why not? Illumination certainly would make finding that long forgotten frozen bagged hunk of round steak you placed in there eight months ago an easier task. This is one of those questions that nobody has taken the time to answer.

How does this truth relate to writing? Again, you'll have to…


Added by Stephen Brayton on December 20, 2014 at 12:45am — No Comments

Review: "Proof Positive: A Joe Gunther Novel" by Archer Mayor

Ben Kendall was known to be a hoarder. The piles of debris outside his home tended to indicate that. Anyone who looked inside would know it as well, but he allowed very few access. Once he finally made it home from Vietnam he had wanted to be left alone all these years. For the most part he had been. That meant he also did not get the help he needed to deal with the trauma of war and what he saw and experienced there as a combat photographer.



Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 15, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

Murder Chronicles: Collection of True Crime Tales by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of The Sex Slave Murders 1 & 2, Serial Killer Couples, and Murder of the Banker’s Daughter comes Murder Chronicles, a gripping collection of true crime tales.




Added by R. Barri Flowers on December 15, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Murdered in the Man Cave is a Cozy Mystery Novel by Bestselling Crime Writer 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…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on December 15, 2014 at 4:25am — No Comments

Food for Thought - Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

6075 Mills Civic Parkway

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Phone: 515-333-5665 Fax: 515-309-3359

6800 Fleur Dr.

Des Moines, IA 50321

Phone: 515-287-0847 Fax: 515-287-0850


Today we find Lori Campisi back home after a Friday night out after a…


Added by Stephen Brayton on December 12, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Best Mystery & Crime Novels of 2014

 Best of the year list. At Murder Beach Mystery Reviews.

Added by William Wilde on December 8, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Announcing 2 New Releases

First up is Book # 3 in the Grace deHaviland Bounty hunter series—With Intent to Deceive

 How far would you go to protect a friend? For bounty hunter Grace deHaviland and sheriff’s deputy Suzie Jensen the answer may be: until someone ends up dead.

 Rhona Hasen says she didn’t kill her husband. The police say otherwise.

Still, Sheriff’s Deputy Suzie Jensen wants to believe her. Yet her efforts to…


Added by David DeLee on December 7, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Chapters - II

C02It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often need to buy things during 'siesta' time-this should be banned.”

I'm sure if the person had spoken to the mayor, he would have made a new law right then and there. Sheesh!


This brings up the topic of schedules. Since the move back in October, '13 to a bigger city (well, a suburb of a…


Added by Stephen Brayton on December 5, 2014 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Review: "Wait For Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories" by Craig Johnson

As author Craig Johnson explains in “acknowledgements” the stories in “Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories” come from his annual holiday treat for his newsletter subscribers. Not only were they previously published in that sense several were also previously published in the small 2012 publication titled Christmas in Absaroka County: Walt Longmire Christmas Stories. Some of the stories are mysteries or have something a little mysterious going on and others are…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 5, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

Review: "Hawthorne Tales Of A Weirder West" by Heath Lowrance

Blending a bit----and sometimes a lot--- of the supernatural with the western, author Heath Lowrance created Hawthorne Tales Of A Weirder West. This is a west long before it became civilized when things moved in the night.  Native peoples knew what areas to stay away from and did so while the white man failed to see the signs. A west of old where one man with a cross cut into the top of his head made it his mission to destroy evil in its many forms.


After an…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 5, 2014 at 2:01am — No Comments

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