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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…


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…


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

Book Review: "Out The Window: A Mathew Scudder Story" by Lawrence Block

It’s been eighteen hours since Paula Wittlauer threw herself out of her seventeenth floor apartment that early Friday morning in September and crash landed into the street just down from Mathew Scudder’s own residence. Among the others at Armstrong’s the night before, Paula had served Scudder and talked to him while she worked her last shift. Everything had seemed normal and he had no indication at all that she was in distress. Just a few hours later, for some reason, she took off all her…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 15, 2013 at 1:07am — No Comments

New Reviews

Having reviewed "Songs Of Innocence: A John Blake Mystery" by Richard Aleas yesterday for FFB, I reviewed today the short story by Lawrence Block titled "Out the Window: A Mathew Scudder Story" today. The direct link is…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 10, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Book Review: "The Marathon Murders: A Greg McKenzie Mystery" by Chester Campbell

Chester Campbell is one of those authors you never hear much about who constantly produces quality books. Instead of posting everywhere on everything, he just goes about his business and his latest novel is another good one.

When Warren Jarvis comes with a case, there isn’t anything Greg and Jill McKenzie won’t do for him. He brings with him a friend who goes by various names due to the nature of her work with the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. She has a family…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 6, 2013 at 1:27am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Minnesota Crime Wave Presents: Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Malice from the land of Minnesota Nice" by the Minnesota Crime Wave

After a brief introduction to the anthology written by Pete Hautman, The Minnesota Crime Wave Presents: Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Malice from the land of Minnesota Nice opens with “This Old House” by Marilyn Victor. Esther spends her days in a nursing home while Justine spends her days deep in bitterness. When she visits Esther in the home their meetings are of the past, family secrets, and debts to be paid in this mystery where sibling rivalry follows to the…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 3, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

January 2013 Reads and Reviews

January was been a brutal month with health stuff including Sandi’s major surgery deal of last week. We are still awaiting word from pathology. So, there were not as many books read and reviewed due to the obvious reasons. Below is the list of the books that were read and reviewed for January 2013. My sincere thanks again to Barry Ergang and Patrick Ohl for their contributions and friendship.


“Death of Jezebel” by Christina Brand---FFB Review by Patrick Ohl

“The Last…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 1, 2013 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

Book Review: "Blood Of My Blood" by Ralph Pezzullo

Tony “Smokey” Annicelli still knows people on the NYPD even though it has been quite a few years since he wore the uniform. When Luke, his best friend on the force, calls him and says that he better get over the fourth floor of a building at Two-forty-seven West Twenty-Ninth Street, Smoky doesn’t ask a lot of questions. Despite the urgency in Luke’s call, he is made to wait with his questions unanswered.


Finally, Detective Donnelly, after dragging him around awhile talking to…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 28, 2013 at 2:16am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Last Horseman: A Sandy Banks Novel" by Frank Zafiro

The project was simple and yet complex at the same time. Those involved would right the failures of the justices system. Those criminals, often released on technicalities, whose actions were so egregious that they should have been permanently removed from the planet by the system, would be removed by the group known as The Four Horsemen. These ex-police offices would do what the court system had failed to do---dispense justice.


Over time the project has become…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 22, 2013 at 4:33am — No Comments

Book Review: "Thorns On Roses" by Randy Rawls

Tom Jefferies has done a lot of things over the years. He used to be a member of Special Forces and still maintains links to his old group. He used to be a Dallas cop. A cop with, according to some, a rather checkered history though nothing was ever proved. These days he is a private investigator in Broward County, Florida.  That means he hands out a lot of business cards with his signature and the slogan--“If I can help, call me.”


The young dead woman in the morgue…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 16, 2013 at 1:41am — No Comments

Book Review: "FALLEN FROM GRACE" by J. R. Lindermuth

It is deep in the night October 5, 1897 when Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman is awoken by someone throwing small rocks at his bedroom window. Doctor Mariner has sent a young boy, Simon Hinkle, over to wake the sheriff.  The good doctor sent for the sheriff because he is treating a man that has been stabbed. Local resident Ollie Cramer found the man stabbed out on the road by the new bridge on the south side of town. A man that the doctor and almost no one else in the small town of Arahpot,…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 31, 2012 at 1:01am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Third Gate" by Lincoln Child

The idea of the “paranormal” or the “woo-woo” element is strikingly popular these days. If such books bother you, or you find them offensive, The Third Gate by Lincoln Child is not for you.  The paranormal as well as the idea of near death experiences play a major role in this novel.


Professor Jeremy Logan bills himself as an “Enigmologist” and is quite successful at it in addition to being a professor of Medieval History at Yale.  What really drives him is…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 29, 2012 at 12:39am — No Comments

Book Review: "Mad River: A Virgil Flowers Novel" by John Sandford

Mad River: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sanford is the latest in an increasingly enjoyable series. When you see the subtitle A Virgil Flowers Novel you know exactly what you are getting in the read--- a profane loner type cop who will be unorthodox in solving the case while also making the time to check out the available ladies. The job will get done, political and probably law enforcement big shots will be annoyed, and the body count will be fairly…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 25, 2012 at 4:42am — No Comments

Book Review: "Arrowmoon: A Bill Travis Mystery" by George Wier

The land is truly in the middle of nowhere in deep East Texas. Isolated, with nothing of any significance at all besides an ageing barn on it, nothing has disturbed the land and it secrets for decades. That is until now because a road is coming through to serve the increasingly population in Texas. The isolated and decaying barn and its secrets lay in the path of that road. Secrets that people will kill to keep hidden from all.


Bill Travis manages money from his office on the…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 24, 2012 at 2:27am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping" edited by J. Alan Hartman

Thanks to the success of the first anthology, J. Alan Hartman of Untreed Reads decided to do it again. As a result the anthology “The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping” was born. The book features 17 short stories by 17 authors set around Thanksgiving in some way. After a short introduction by Jay Hartman about the books, this one in particular, it is on to the stories.


The book opens with “Reign Check” by Arthur C. Carey where George Simmons is…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 17, 2012 at 3:04am — No Comments

Book Review: "Paradise City: A Joe Gunther Novel" by Archer Mayor

Paradise City: A Joe Gunther Novel is the latest in the series billed as featuring Joe Gunther, but is more and more about his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Their latest case begins at what is left of a multimillion dollar home on Tucker Peak. Thanks to moneyed interests, local politics, and other factors, the local commander of the Vermont State Police wants no part of the case and gladly gives the case to the Vermont Bureau of Investigation. That means Joe Gunther…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 9, 2012 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Book Review: "Caddo Cold: A Bill Travis Mystery" by George Wier

The seventh in the series finds Bill Travis once again trying to help a client who has also become a friend. A familiar pattern in these novels and one that played out in the first book The Last Call. That resulted, among other things, in a marriage to Julie, and a number of children. Neither will happen with Travis trying to help Holt Gatlin.


When Holt Gatlin went off the roof of the defunct theater in Karnack, Texas he hit the ground hard.  Everyone knows he…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 26, 2012 at 2:50am — No Comments

Book Review: "Protectors: Stories to Benefit Protect" Editor Thomas Pluck

Anthologies designed to raise monies for a cause are becoming more and more common. This is true here with Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT features stories about children in danger. Monies raised from book go to PROTECT, and its parent organization, the National Association to Protect Children, in order to help keep children safe, strengthen laws against child abuse in its many forms, and to assist the victims of such abuse. Along with a detailed explanation of…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 24, 2012 at 1:13am — No Comments

Book Review: "HOT STUFF" by Don Bruns

HOT STUFF is the latest in a series that began with STUFF TO DIE FOR and another very well done mystery read. This one finds Skip and his longtime girlfriend, Em, out for the evening at L’Elfe in Miami. The French restaurant on Bayshore Drive is quite famous as its owner is Chef Jean Bouvier. Known for his signature television line, “But can you do this?” on cooking shows on the Food Network, his line of cookbooks, spices, cutlery, etc., Jean and his wife,…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 12, 2012 at 1:36am — No Comments

Book Review: "SLOW FALLING: A Bill Travis Mystery" by George Wier

A man covered in dirt from head to toe looking like he just barely crawled out of a grave is never a good thing. It gets worse when the guy dies on the oak floor in a bar. Not that Bill cares one way or another right then what Sonny, the bar owner, is talking about as Bill’s wife, Julie, is in labor and Bill has more important things to think about and do.  Like getting to the hospital in time and in one piece.


He makes it to the hospital just in time to see his latest…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 5, 2012 at 3:19am — No Comments

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