Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – May 2012 Archive (4)

Book Review: "Warning Signs" by Jan Christensen


Warning Signs by award winning author Jan Christensen is made up of three short stories that were previously published in print and online markets. This collection is a bit less than 19, 000 words and each story is a good one. Each story has a small intro, a brief explanation of how the story came about, and details on where the piece first appeared.


The book opens with the longest story “Warning Signs.” Rhoda isn’t happy with her ex-husband Hank…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 29, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Book Review: "A Woman's Touch-11 Short Stories of Murder and Misdeamors" by Sniplits Publishing


Like the anthology "Killer Fiction: 11 Short Stories of Killers, Fixers, and P.I.’s" the anthology does not waste time with an introduction of some type. While the "Killer Fiction" anthology had a decidedly noir bent in style, "A Woman’s Touch- 11 Short Stories of Murder and Misdemeanors" anthology is much more on the cozy side of reading with some stories being very predictable for seasoned mystery readers.

This anthology published by Sniplits…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 15, 2012 at 2:38am — No Comments

Book Review: "Death Will Extend Your Vacation" by Elizabeth Zelvin

This latest book featuring recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends Jimmy and Barbara, is another good one. While it could be read as a stand-alone this novel is later in time after Death Will Get You Sober and Death Will Help You Leave Him and thus should be read after those two good books.

This time around the three have taken shares for the summer in a group house in the Hamptons. They are not alone in the hose which is dedicated to clean and sober living. Vitally…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 11, 2012 at 12:13am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Skeleton Box: A Starvation Lake Mystery" by Bryan Gruley

The Skeleton Box: A Starvation Lake Mystery is the third book in the series and opens in March 2000 with somebody breaking into houses in Starvation Lake on bingo nights. Despite the break-ins, the victims report that nothing has been taken. The motive as well as the identity or identities of those involved remain a mystery. Pine County Sheriff Dingus has no suspects and the town is on edge.


Then, apparently in the course of a break-in, a murder happens and for…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 10, 2012 at 12:17am — No Comments

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