Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – March 2016 Archive (9)

Review: "Resume Speed" by Lawrence Block

Resume Speed by Lawrence Block is a quirky stand-alone novella. The stranger with little more than the clothes on his back gets off the bus in the small town of Cross Creek, Montana after seeing a help wanted sign in a local diner. He goes by the name Bill Thompson. He keeps to himself and slowly begins a quiet…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 29, 2016 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Review: "The Ehrengraf Fandango" by Lawrence Block

The Ehrengraf Fandango is the twelfth short story featuring the lawyer Martian H. Ehrengraf. He has a small room at his home reserved for attorney-client meetings. The room is a bit reminiscent of such a room at a police station as both the table and the chairs are bolted to the floor. The surroundings lean…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 29, 2016 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Review: "Gunfire Ridge: Bodie Kendrick Series Book 4" by Wayne D. Dundee

Gunfire Ridge is the fourth installment of the Bodie Kendrick Bounty Hunter Series. It opens with Kendrick in the company of a soiled dove in the town of Ford’s Bottom. The quiet is disturbed by the pounding on their room door, followed by threats, and very soon gunfire. When the lead stops flying and the dust has settled a bit town marshal, Cotton Mayhew, makes it clear that the bounty hunter has…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 29, 2016 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Review: "A Knife In The Back: A Case for Professor Sally Good" by Bill Crider

A Knife In The Back: A Case for Professor Sally Good by Bill Crider is the second one in the series following Murder Is An Art.  Head of the English and Fine Arts of Hughes Community College located between Houston and Galveston, Dr. Sally Good she is still trying to live down her reputation for solving the recent murder case. Her plan is to focus on student essays and dealing with the daily various…

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Review: "Antler Dust" by Mark Stevens

Allison Coil came out to Colorado’s Flat Top wilderness to leave memories of death and destruction behind. Which is somewhat ironic since her new chosen profession was to be a hunting guide where she would routinely see death. The concept of death and what death means has become an almost constant companion while she seeks solace in the beautiful Colorado Mountains and the local area known as Ripplecreek. Hunting guides aren’t a rarity in the mountains but being a woman she stands out and…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 21, 2016 at 12:51am — No Comments

Review: "Where It Hurts: A Novel" by Reed Farrel Coleman

Retired Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy is living a dead existence. Alive, barely functioning, and deep in a well of painful memories that has destroyed his marriage, his relationships, and nearly him. He has been that way since his son died. Divorced, he drives a courtesy van at night for The Paragon Hotel of …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 2:38am — No Comments

Review: "Favorite Kills" from the Top Suspense Group

The anthology Top Suspense: Favorite Kills features 12 very strong suspense tales. Assembled and published in 2011 by Top Suspense Group the short stories are ones that were previously published in various places. Due to their length as short stories one can’t go into too much detail…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 2:12am — No Comments

Review: "Thuglit: Issue 21" Editors Todd Robinson, Allison Glassgow, and Julie Mccarron

Thuglit: Issue 21 continues the anthology tradition of hard hitting noir stories. Eight new stories that tell tales of folks living on the edges doing what needs to be done due to compulsion or  to survive. Of course, since these are short stories, it is not possible to say much as to do otherwise…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 1:12am — No Comments

Review: "A Judgement In Stone" by Ruth Rendell

We know from the first line of Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement In Stone who did the crime. Eunice Parchman killed the Cloverdale family. We know from the second line of the compelling book the reason why she did it. But, that reason is far more complicated than described. Yet, at the same time, it…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

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