Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – July 2014 Archive (10)

Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back in "Half In Love With Artful Death" by Bill Crider

Burt Collins is just one of those difficult folks that Sheriff Dan Rhodes has to deal with on a daily basis. Burt Collins has a very narrow view of the world and Rhodes has to listen to him complain and demand action. His latest issue is that he doesn't like the artists that have shown up all over Clearview, Texas. To hear Burt Collins talk those artists, who are in town for a workshop being taught by a couple of county residents, are an infestation that has to be removed before they ruin…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 23, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Review: "The Untreed Detectives" edited by J. Alan Hartman

After a short introduction to the book by, publisher J. Alan Hartman, it is on to the twelve short stories. Some are written by names you may recognize. Others by names that are unfamiliar to you. All authors involved have weaved a complex tale very worthy of their inclusion in The Untreed Detectives anthology released last year.


Kara L. Barney leads things off with “A Knife in the Dark.” This story is set in the time before Sherlock became legendary. Watson has…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 23, 2014 at 1:21am — No Comments

Review: "The Shamus Sampler II" edited by Jochem Vandersteen

Editor Jochem Vandersteen crafted a very good read with The Shamus Sampler and does it again with The Shamus Sampler II. The 13 stories in the book are all good ones though they go about things in very different ways. By doing so the authors show in very practical terms the argument put forth by author Timothy Hallinan in the introduction that the private…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 23, 2014 at 12:44am — No Comments

Review: "Thuglit: Issue 12" edited by Todd Robinson

The latest collection of eight stories edited by Todd Robinson features the noir tales one expects from the Thuglit series. Whether it be fate that puts these characters in bad situations, bad decisions as that simplistic Facebook meme that some folks must unthinkingly share week in and week out, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, many of these characters are not living, working, or even walking down the sunny side of the street. Heck, they can’t even see the…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 16, 2014 at 12:58am — No Comments

Short Story Collection Time With "Shots Fired" By C. J. Box

When I was a kid growing up in Northeast Dallas my parents always took us camping on the winter breaks as well as during the summers. Not only did we do a bunch of parks and sites here in Texas we spent weeks at a time up in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. My dad was an avid hiker and he and I frequented many a trail. Little did I know then that, as fate would have it, once I moved out at age twenty I would never make it back to the mountains I had loved since a child. Author C. J. Box is…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 14, 2014 at 12:27am — No Comments

Review: "Field Of Prey" by John Sandford

When a person vanishes and the body never turns up the usual assumption by law enforcement is that the person took off for a better life somewhere else. This is especially true if the missing person is female, young, and living in a place with limited opportunity. If it wasn't for a young couple by the name of Layton Carlson, Jr., and his girlfriend, Ginger, who needed somewhere private to park for a long anticipated romantic encounter the bodies in the cistern on the long abandoned farm…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 11, 2014 at 4:08am — No Comments

Review: "What Happens In Reno" by Mike Monson

For Matt Hodges this Tuesday morning finds him in what has become a common place event as What Happens In Reno by Mike Monson opens. Waking up in the car in the parking lot of the old Denny's just north of downtown Modesto, California after yet another hard night of drinking and bar hopping. Going home just after 7am to shower and clean up wasn't really a good idea either as his cheating wife, Lydia, is waiting there for him.


Their marriage is circling in a…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 11, 2014 at 1:43am — No Comments

Review: "The Woodsman - A Short Story" by George Wier

Wolf Dillard had been having a great carnal dream involving himself and a local waitress until he was woken up by a very loud screech. A screech in the night that continued long  after he awoke and seemed to sort of contain words in some sort of unintelligible language. Wolf made his way through his home to his screened in porch where he grabbed his shotgun from where it rested next to his freezer. By the time he got there the horrible loud noise had stopped. Karakawa County was silent and…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 9, 2014 at 2:33am — No Comments

Review: "Remains Of Innocence" by J. A. Jance

It begins far from Bisbee, Arizona in Great Barrington, Massachusetts where the daughter of a reclusive hoarder is forced to return to the home she hated. Selma Machett's life is ending and it is up to Liza, as the only living relative around, to deal with the latest installment of a dysfunctional and tragic family. Amidst the filth in the debris filled house she finds a small fortune. A small fortune, primarily in one hundred dollar bills, that belongs to folks determined to get it back…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 1, 2014 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Review: "Dangerous Women and Desperate Men" by Rick Mofina

After an introduction by the author Dangerous Women and Desperate Men: Four Short Stories Of People On The Brink opens with “Blood Red Rings.” Officer Frank Harper is running solo this night and things have been quiet in the zone. That is good as he has lot to think about at home and work. Then, as you knew it would, the night erupts into violence.…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 1, 2014 at 12:39am — No Comments

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