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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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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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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

Murdered in the Gourmet Kitchen (Riley Reed Cozy Mysteries, Book 2)

Murdered in the Gourmet Kitchen is the sequel to the popular Riley Reed cozy mystery, Murdered in the Man Cave, by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.



Interior design consultant Riley Reed’s blog is full of helpful advice on home décor,…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on November 27, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments

Serial Killers and Prostitutes (True Crime Series Book 1)

Serial Killers and Prostitutes (True Crime Series, Volume 1), by award-winning criminologist and Ripperologist, R. Barri Flowers, taps into the bestselling author’s expertise on serial murderers and sex trade workers in offering an in-depth look at four noteworthy cases…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on November 27, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments

Review: Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J. A. Jance

The last days of August would have been hard enough for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady, as it was. She has to make funeral arrangements for her mom, Eleanor, and her stepfather, George. What was initially believed to be a simple motor vehicle accident involving their RV as they returned to Bisbee, Arizona was…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 27, 2016 at 3:42am — No Comments

Review: To Kill A Dead Man by Icy Sedgewick

Picking up a short while after The Guns Of Retribution, Bounty Hunter Grey O'Donnell is on the trail and heading into Bentley, Colorado in To Kill A Dead Man. He and Billy Cole are hoping to find the…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 27, 2016 at 2:41am — No Comments

Review: An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson

An Obvious Fact finds Sheriff Walt Longmire on the road outside of Hulett, Wyoming at a crash site. Located in northeastern Wyoming, the small town is best known the Devils Tower, the first national monument. Most likely the second most famous thing it is known for is the Sturgis Motorcycle rally in nearby Sturgis, South Dakota just across the Wyoming border.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 25, 2016 at 2:03am — No Comments

GARNETT ELLIOTT - THE DRIFTER DETECTIVE: VOLUME 1 (2013)

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A DRIFTER DETECTIVE LONG SHORT STORY. #1. (Paperback and eBook include the bonus short story “Fighting Chance.” Paperback also contains a preview of Hell Up in Houston, the second book in the Drifter Detective series.) -- Jack…

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Added by Colman on November 14, 2016 at 4:26am — No Comments

ADAM MAXWELL - THE DEFECTIVE DETECTIVE: MURDER ON THE LINKS (2011)

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Clint had woken up in some strange places in his time. Narcolepsy is like that. But even he had never woken up on a golf course next to a dead body. Until today.



When one of his friends reveals himself to be a…

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Added by Colman on November 13, 2016 at 2:33am — No Comments

My Guest Today

Texas author Earl Staggs is back this month with his latest “History’s Rich With Mysteries” guest blog. This time he considers the case of ROSEANN QUINN – The Looking for Mr. Goodbar girl. …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 13, 2016 at 1:03am — No Comments

K. A. LAITY - HARD-BOILED WITCH: TOIL AND TROUBLE (BOOK 2) (2014)

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Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When she and her familiar Henry end up as seconds in a magical duel, will anyone be left standing at the end of the shootout?…

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Added by Colman on November 10, 2016 at 8:20pm — No Comments

My Guest Today

If you have not read books by Carl Brookins you have no idea what good stuff you are missing.

I have been a huge fan of his for years now. Please welcome Carl to the blog today as he has a few thoughts about the inevitability of change and legacy……

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 10, 2016 at 1:04am — No Comments

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