Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – March 2013 Archive (6)

Book Review: "The Good, The Bad and The Murderous: A Sid Chance Mystery" by Chester Campbell

The Good, The Bad and The Murderous: A Sid Chance Thriller is the second book in the series that began with The Surest Poison. As such, while this novel could be read as a stand-alone, there are the occasional references to the earlier book in the series. It is recommended that you read that book prior to this one.

 

Djuan Burden has been arrested for murder by the Metro Nashville Police Department. It isn’t the first time this has happened…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 31, 2013 at 1:10am — No Comments

Book Review: "Cover Of Snow" by Jenny Milchman

Everything changed for Nora Hamilton that January morning when she woke up alone. Brendan, her police officer husband, was not in the bed with her. The normal morning sounds he would have made were not present. No sounds of the shower, no smell of morning coffee, no nothing as the strange silence stretched on and on. She will soon discover the silence exists for a good reason-- the man who made love to her the night before has committed suicide.

 

Devastated and distraught,…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 25, 2013 at 2:02am — No Comments

Book Review: "Faithful Unto Death: A Sugar Land Mystery" by Stephanie Jaye Evans

In Sugar Land, Texas, just outside of Houston, folks are not supposed to die. Not in this world of perfect master planned communities of perfect lawns, perfect homes, and powerful Home Owners Associations. Everything in sight is to be aesthetically pleasing at all times. Dead bodies are certainly not supposed to be laying out in plain view.

 

But, that is exactly what Graham Garcia did messing up the ambiance one Monday morning. He was murdered and his body was left where it…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 17, 2013 at 1:11am — No Comments

Book Review: "Four of a Kind: Four Tales of Mystery and Suspense" edited by Douglas Quinn

If it isn’t obvious by the cover and the back cover synopsis, Four of a Kind: Four Tales of Mystery and Suspense is an anthology containing four novellas that revolve around playing card games. Poker to be exact and the game plays a major role in each novella. In each case, poker isn’t the only game being played where the stakes include life and death.

 

After a brief introduction by author and editor Douglas Quinn, the book opens with “Papa’s Girl” by J. R.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 10, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments

Book Review: "Looking For Yesterday: A Sharon McCone Mystery" by Marcia Muller

As detailed in the previous books in this long running series, Private Investigator Sharon McCone has had a quite a few cases over the years and a number of them have been a bit odd. This latest one with Carolyn Warrick has the hallmark of being odd and, as another year begins, one that may have more challenges than worthwhile.

 

Carolyn who goes by the name “Caro” is a very vocal advocate for gun control. Three years ago she was arrested, tried, and acquitted for the…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 10, 2013 at 1:10am — No Comments

Book Review: "Beat To A Pulp--Round 2" edited by David Cramner

 

Reviewing short story collections, and especially anthologies, can be difficult. Beyond the length of the story which means the review of it has to be short as one does not want to inadvertently reveal too much, there is the problem of what to include in the review. Just mention two or three of the works involved and those that were not mentioned have reason to feel slighted.  Cover every single story and occasionally a reader will complain about the length and having to read all…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 4, 2013 at 12:32am — No Comments

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