Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – January 2014 Archive (9)

Review: "Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled 3" Edited by David Cranmer & Else Wright

“’Just the luck of the draw, “Caleb would say, “sometimes you pull aces and sometimes two’s, and one times you pull an ace when what you really need is that two to make a straight.’” (Page 85, “The Blow Jobs” by Josh Stallings)


That attitude towards life very well sums up the situation for all the characters in Beat to a Pulp:  Hardboiled 3.  The characters in these nine pieces are folks that almost always have losing hands. Sometimes they know it…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 27, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Review: "Archie Solves The Case" by Dave Zeltserman

Boston’s brilliant investigator Julius Katz does not work unless he absolutely has to make some money. For his artificial intelligence sidekick, Archie, this is a frustration. As much as he can feel or recognize frustration, because Archie uses their cases to build on his neural network. Archie does not expect Julius Katz to meet with this latest potential client, Henri Chervil, but Julius surprises him and easily agrees to a meeting.


Julius soon figures out why the legendary…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 26, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Review: "The Gods Of Guilt: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel" by Michael Connelly

“’You know, lawyers have all sorts of nicknames for things, including juries. We call you people the ‘gods of guilt.’ Not in any sort of disrespect for religion or faith. But because that is what you are. You sit here and you decide who is guilty and who is not. Who goes free and who does not. It is a lofty and yet weighty burden. To make such a difficult decision you must have all the facts. You must have the whole and true story. You must have the proper interpretation of the…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Review: "Gumshoe" by Paul Brazill

New Year’s Day would be ugly enough thanks to the hangover if it wasn’t made worse by neighbors playing a certain and very annoying U2 song over and over. Fortunately in Seatown, a fading town on the northeast coast of England, Peter Ord, can pick up a few bucks here and there as a private investigator so that he can buy the booze and pills he needs to function. Look up self-medicating patient in the dictionary and there would be his name and a picture as he fits the classic definition.…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 24, 2014 at 3:32am — No Comments

Review: "A Killing At Cotton Hill: A Samuel Craddock Mystery" by Terry Shames

Former Chief of Police Samuel Craddock knows he should have done far more when he hears that Dora Lee has been murdered in her home in Cotton Hill. She had called him the evening before to tell him that somebody was sitting out on the road by her farm watching her. Craddock was in bed for the night and with her grandson, Greg, out there at the farm Craddock figured she was just being nervous and everything would be fine.


“I told her the same thing I always used to tell…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 16, 2014 at 1:02am — No Comments

Review: "Julius Katz Mysteries" by Dave Zeltserman

In the award winning novelette “Julius Katz” the latest client for Boston’s most famous and eccentric detective Julius Katz is the 53 year old Norman Brewer.  Accompanied by her slightly younger sister, Helen Arden, she wishes to discuss a family matter. A family matter she refused to tell Archie, Julius’ artificial intelligence sidekick, about over the phone thus preventing any real planning by Julius prior to their meeting.


The issue involves their 83 year old mother, Emma,…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 10, 2014 at 4:33am — No Comments

Review: "Trails of the Wild: Seven Tales of the Old West" Edited by David Cranmer

Trails of the Wild: Seven Tales of the Old West” book opens up with “Rattler” by James Reasoner. Texas Ranger Cobb and bank robber Franklin Harmon have had a gun battle going for the past hour. The large boulders were the only cover from the shots from Harmon and Cobb knew there was a big risk of a snake being in the rocks when he took cover in them. But, with his horse dead and no other cover around in the surrounding Texas landscape he didn’t have much of a choice.  Cobb…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 10, 2014 at 12:40am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Adventures of the Quinn Higgins Boy Detective: The Case of the Lost U-Boat" by Douglas Quinn

Reggie, Vaughn, Demian, and the Boy Detective, Quinn Higgins, like to pal around at school and at home. They call themselves “Quinn and the Three Musketeers.” Thanks to Demian they learn that there is a new kid in school. The 11 year old boy is from Chicago and just got to North Carolina and that means that Demian can happily give up his title of the “new kid.”


The new kid is Frederick Cullen and he is living with his grandfather out on Big Flatty Creek.  Word is that his mom…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 2, 2014 at 1:14am — No Comments

Review: "Spirit Of Steamboat: A Walt Lomngmire Story" by Craig Johnson

The Tuesday before Christmas brings snow, relative quiet, and no real plans for Sheriff Walt Longmire other than his annual rereading of A Christmas Carol. That is until the quiet dark haired woman toting a garment bag walked into his office. Eventually it becomes clear that she wants to see the former Sheriff, Lucian Connally. The woman claims to have something that she would like to return to him.


Lucian is living at the “Durant Home for Assisted Living” and could…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 2, 2014 at 12:47am — No Comments

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