Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – July 2013 Archive (8)

Review: "Compound Murder: A Dan Rhodes Mystery" by Bill Crider

It is the middle of October and still very hot and dry in Blacklin County, Texas. The weather has not been right for years and that isn’t all. Sheriff Dan Rhodes has already had a busy morning when the call comes in about the dead body over at the branch campus of a local community college. While he isn't sure if the one building on the outskirts of Clearview could be considered a campus Sheriff Rhodes is sure the body between the dumpsters is dead and the crime scene is ruined thanks to…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 29, 2013 at 3:35am — No Comments

Book Review: "Private Spies" by PJ Nunn

34 year old Jesse Morgan Jackson is not having a good year. Her mom says that since Jesse has always done things early she is just having a mid-life crisis. Jesse would not agree, but the past month has been especially difficult with the death of her best friend and business partner, Joey Catronio.

 

Five years ago they formed a partnership with Joey doing the street stuff and Jesse doing the computer stuff in the office. With his sudden death, Jesse is struggling personally…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 22, 2013 at 11:06pm — No Comments

Book Review: "Thuglit: Issue 4" edited by Todd Robinson

Thuglit: Issue 4 of the anthology magazine features eight stories from eight talented authors. Edited by Todd Robinson, aka Big Daddy Thug, these tales lean toward the noir side of things. These are stories where the reason why something happens is just as important as the act itself.

 

Crystal went all the way up to the bedroom in the small attic looking for the guest of honor. In “Through the Perilous Night” by Anton Sim she finds him watching TV, drinking, and…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 22, 2013 at 1:06am — No Comments

Chasing Bad Guys With Walt In "A Serpent's Tooth" by Craig Johnson

It is fall in Wyoming as A Serpent’s Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery opens and Walt Longmire, sheriff of Absaroka county, is spending at least part of the beautiful afternoon at the funeral of Dulcie Meriwether. Walt didn't know Dulcie, but he is there because Mike Thomas wanted Walt to have a conversation with his aunt Barbara Thomas. Apparently somebody has been doing work on her home and occasionally eating some of her food the last couple of weeks. The elderly woman believes…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 16, 2013 at 2:09am — No Comments

Book Review: "Surprise Larceny" by S. Furlong-Bolliger

Frank knows something is going on at work. Just what, he is not sure, but clearly somebody has been in his cubicle messing with his stuff. Nothing is missing. Things just seemed to have been moved a little bit. Then there was the fragment of overheard conversation last week between two of his coworkers.

 

“Frank’s going to be so ticked when he discovers that we know,” Bob said.

 “Well then,” Margaret’s tone was chiding, “Frank should have been more careful. He…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 11, 2013 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Book Review: "Flash, Flash Bang, Bang: 7 Flash Crime Stories" by R.J. Spears

These 7 Flash Crime Stories that were previously published at Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, and Flashes in The Dark, share a common theme of desperation. Desperation makes these characters do things that they might not have done otherwise. It could also just as easily be argued that desperation drove them to do what their natural natures would have compelled them to do anyway. Desperation might just have given these characters that slightest of slight nudges by a…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 11, 2013 at 4:51am — No Comments

Book Review: "Headaches and Bad Dreams" by Lawrence Block

Previously published in the anthology titled The Best of the Best” in 1998, the short story Headaches and Bad Dreams features two frequent plot elements familiar to any reader: murder and psychics. What author Lawrence Block does with these two common elements makes this short story far different than most.

 

Sylvia Belgrave is a psychic. Not one of those fake celebrity psychics one sees on television that has plenty of money. She is the real deal…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 5, 2013 at 5:51am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Mojito Coast" by Richard Helms

Miami private investigator Cormac Loame isn't at all thrilled with the idea of going to Cuba on a case. He has been there before, done that, and was rather lucky to get back home to Miami alive and in one piece. But, when Cecil “Madman” Hacker walked into his office just before the Christmas holidays while Cormac pushed paperwork and fantasized about buying a brand new 1958 Buick Roadmaster, he didn't have any really good way out. Hacker's fourteen year old daughter Lila has been taken by…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 5, 2013 at 12:48am — No Comments

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