December 2016 Blog Posts (14)

My Guest Today

Kicking off this final week of December is Judy Penz Sheluk with a drink recipe.

It ties into her mystery, The Hanged Man’s Noose. Depending on how the holiday weekend was at your place you may really need this today….…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 27, 2016 at 2:10am — No Comments

FFB Review for December 23, 2016

In case you have not made it by my blog yet today, as part of Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott, I reviewed the mystery novella titled THE EMPTY MANGER.

Written by Bill Crider, the read features his long running series character, Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County,…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 24, 2016 at 1:56pm — No Comments

My Guest Today

Earl Staggs is back today with another “History’s Rich With Mysteries” guest blog post. Today he considers the case of Mary Surrat.  …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 19, 2016 at 12:19am — No Comments

FFB Review for December 16, 2016

Barry Ergang reviews The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini as part of FFB.…





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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 19, 2016 at 12:17am — No Comments

Review: Hollow Point: A Short Story by O’Neil De Noux

As Hollow Point: A Short Story begins it is 1984 in New Orleans and Casey Aloysius is once again the target of a manhunt by the New Orleans Police Department. Six years ago he went to prison in Angola for a raping a ten year old girl. The parole board granted his release so he got free three days…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 15, 2016 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Review: Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir Editor Michael Pool

Eighteen complex short stories make up the anthology Fast Women and Neon Lights. As made clear by the subtitle, Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir the tales in this book are noir in style and heavily steeped  in the glitz and glamour of the 80s. The music, the hair, the clothes all…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 13, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments

Review: The House at Sea’s End: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

It is March when Detective Sergeant David Clough gets the call from his girlfriend, Trace. With her purple spiked hair and piercings, one might be surprised at their relationship. Marriage is not planned at this point, unlike the upcoming one for Detective Sergeant Judy Johnson, who is gaining martial…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 13, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Review: The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

As The Janus Stone begins, Dr. Ruth Galloway, head of the forensic archelogy at the University of North Norfolk, is called to a dig site in the town of Norwich. A very large Victorian style house and accompanying grounds are being massively modified and rebuilt into seventy-five luxury apartments.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

FFB Review Today December 9, 2016

Back in March and April of 2013, Barry Ergang and I in separate reviews gave our thoughts on The Drifter Detective.

It seemed fitting more than three years later and with seven books more in the series at this point that for FFB today I run those reviews again. Therefore, as an FFB…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 7:32am — No Comments

SMFS Blog Guest Post by Debra H. Goldstein

If you have not gone by the SMFS blog yet today, please go read the guest post from Debra H. Goldstein that went up overnight. As head of the Sisters In Crime Short Story Initiative talked about a little bit earlier in the week, Debra explains the background to the project and its importance.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Blog Guest

Back in August, Judy Penz Sheluk gave us all some advice on “Becoming A Professional Writer.” She is back  with the topic of “Writing The Book Inside Your Head.” …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 8, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Why buy the cow when . . .

As a mystery/suspense author and an avid mystery reader, I'm constantly amazed at the number of books out there to choose from. And, with so many "free" books available, I'm seeing a trend lately.

Readers are downloading the free books and the books that are on sale and they seem to be less inclined to pay full price. Even if full price for an eBook is less than $3.99. It reminds me of the old saying, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"

Which, I think, is sad.…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on December 6, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Modern DNA Profiling: Two Infamous Cold Cases Solved

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Photo courtesy of kotatv.com.

Once the horrific act of murder has been committed, there is generally a relatively short window of time for law enforcement to solve the mystery. As time passes, the chance of a solving a murder case dwindles significantly.

And, the reason is simple—witnesses’ memories fade, valuable evidence begins to vanish or disintegrate, and police resources are reallocated. These seemingly forgotten…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on December 2, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

FBI Profiling: Inside the Minds of Violent Criminals

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Photo courtesy of cantebury.ac.uk.

Throughout history, law enforcement has developed many tools to combat, and protect us against, the dangerous criminals who unfortunately live among us. Over the past 50 or so years, one such highly effective tool that has gained significant traction and attention is “behavioral profiling.”

No other law enforcement agency has dedicated more time and resources to perfecting behavioral…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on December 2, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments

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