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FFB Review for December 23, 2016

In case you have not made it by my blog yet today, as part of Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott, I reviewed the mystery novella titled THE EMPTY MANGER.

Written by Bill Crider, the read features his long running series character, Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County,…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 24, 2016 at 1:56pm — No Comments

My Guest Today

Earl Staggs is back today with another “History’s Rich With Mysteries” guest blog post. Today he considers the case of Mary Surrat.  …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 19, 2016 at 12:19am — No Comments

FFB Review for December 16, 2016

Barry Ergang reviews The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini as part of FFB.…





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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 19, 2016 at 12:17am — No Comments

Review: Hollow Point: A Short Story by O’Neil De Noux

As Hollow Point: A Short Story begins it is 1984 in New Orleans and Casey Aloysius is once again the target of a manhunt by the New Orleans Police Department. Six years ago he went to prison in Angola for a raping a ten year old girl. The parole board granted his release so he got free three days…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 15, 2016 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Review: Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir Editor Michael Pool

Eighteen complex short stories make up the anthology Fast Women and Neon Lights. As made clear by the subtitle, Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir the tales in this book are noir in style and heavily steeped  in the glitz and glamour of the 80s. The music, the hair, the clothes all…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 13, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments

Review: The House at Sea’s End: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

It is March when Detective Sergeant David Clough gets the call from his girlfriend, Trace. With her purple spiked hair and piercings, one might be surprised at their relationship. Marriage is not planned at this point, unlike the upcoming one for Detective Sergeant Judy Johnson, who is gaining martial…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 13, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Review: The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

As The Janus Stone begins, Dr. Ruth Galloway, head of the forensic archelogy at the University of North Norfolk, is called to a dig site in the town of Norwich. A very large Victorian style house and accompanying grounds are being massively modified and rebuilt into seventy-five luxury apartments.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

FFB Review Today December 9, 2016

Back in March and April of 2013, Barry Ergang and I in separate reviews gave our thoughts on The Drifter Detective.

It seemed fitting more than three years later and with seven books more in the series at this point that for FFB today I run those reviews again. Therefore, as an FFB…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 7:32am — No Comments

SMFS Blog Guest Post by Debra H. Goldstein

If you have not gone by the SMFS blog yet today, please go read the guest post from Debra H. Goldstein that went up overnight. As head of the Sisters In Crime Short Story Initiative talked about a little bit earlier in the week, Debra explains the background to the project and its importance.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Blog Guest

Back in August, Judy Penz Sheluk gave us all some advice on “Becoming A Professional Writer.” She is back  with the topic of “Writing The Book Inside Your Head.” …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 8, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Review: Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J. A. Jance

The last days of August would have been hard enough for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady, as it was. She has to make funeral arrangements for her mom, Eleanor, and her stepfather, George. What was initially believed to be a simple motor vehicle accident involving their RV as they returned to Bisbee, Arizona was…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 27, 2016 at 3:42am — No Comments

Review: To Kill A Dead Man by Icy Sedgewick

Picking up a short while after The Guns Of Retribution, Bounty Hunter Grey O'Donnell is on the trail and heading into Bentley, Colorado in To Kill A Dead Man. He and Billy Cole are hoping to find the…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 27, 2016 at 2:41am — No Comments

Review: An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson

An Obvious Fact finds Sheriff Walt Longmire on the road outside of Hulett, Wyoming at a crash site. Located in northeastern Wyoming, the small town is best known the Devils Tower, the first national monument. Most likely the second most famous thing it is known for is the Sturgis Motorcycle rally in nearby Sturgis, South Dakota just across the Wyoming border.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 25, 2016 at 2:03am — No Comments

My Guest Today

Texas author Earl Staggs is back this month with his latest “History’s Rich With Mysteries” guest blog. This time he considers the case of ROSEANN QUINN – The Looking for Mr. Goodbar girl. …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 13, 2016 at 1:03am — No Comments

My Guest Today

If you have not read books by Carl Brookins you have no idea what good stuff you are missing.

I have been a huge fan of his for years now. Please welcome Carl to the blog today as he has a few thoughts about the inevitability of change and legacy……

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 10, 2016 at 1:04am — No Comments

Guest Reviewer Larry Chavis

After recently reviewing Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 Larry Chavis is back today with his review of FIFTY MYSTERIES: The Angela Files by John M. Floyd.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 8, 2016 at 12:51am — No Comments

My Guest Today

Please welcome back Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library as she address what can be a thorny issue for your hometown library system… 

 

What is Local?

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 6, 2016 at 12:24am — No Comments

FFB Review Today November 4, 2016

Back in April 2012 I first told you about Warning Signs by Jan Christensen. Four years later and for this first Friday in November, I remind you why this short story collection is a good one.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 5, 2016 at 4:28am — No Comments

Review: Crooked Roads: Crime Stories by Alec Cizak

Published in 2015 by All Due Respect Books, Crooked Roads: Crime Stories by Alec Cizak features fifteen previously published short stories. Published in print and online the tales reflect flawed characters, crimes of various types, and situations where there are no easy answers. …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 4, 2016 at 3:35am — No Comments

Ed Gorman Day

In case you missed it, yesterday was is Ed Gorman day on Patti Abbott’s blog were folks are sharing their remembrances of Ed.It would have been his 75th birthday.

Make sure you read them at…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 4, 2016 at 2:45am — No Comments

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